My Chinatown, With Aloha

Fourth-generation Chinese American Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu Chinatown and the parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1899-1900 bubonic plague that hit Hawai‘i, highlighting the ways the two public health crises transformed the iconic neighborhood then and now.

This short documentary is part of the "Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond" series by Asian American Documentary Network and The WORLD Channel.   

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Produced with the support of the Asian American Documentary Network and The WORLD Channel. 
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Events and press coverage

Conversation about Chinatown with GlobeDocs

 

Director/producer Kimberlee Bassford is participating in a conversation on Monday, May 23, 2022, hosted by the Boston Globe celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and highlighting three films about Chinatowns. Along with Kimberlee, the conversation features Lisa Mao, director of A Tale of Three Chinatowns about the Chinatowns in Washington, D.C. , Chicago and Boston, and James Q. Chan, producer of Chinatown Rising about the activism in 1960s San Francisco Chinatown.

The WORLD Channel has a page with information on all three films here

Talk Story event with CPB Foundation

 

Kimberlee  was the featured speaker at a virtual "talk story" event hosted by CPB Foundation, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and A Better Chinatown Association and taking place in-person in Honolulu and online on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

Kimberlee shared clips from the documentary and stories about her great grandfather C. Q. Yee Hop, who is one of 14 honorees being profiled in a special exhibit on display at Central Pacific Bank's downtown Honolulu location in late February.

Hawai‘i News Now and "Muthaship"

 

Kimberlee was the featured guest in February 2022 in an episode of the popular podcast "Muthaship with Stephanie Lum," in which Stephanie and Kimberlee rang in the Year of the Tiger together and discussed the film and more.
 

The interview was also featured in a news story that aired on Hawai‘i News Now.

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For more information about this production, contact us at:

makingwavesfilms@gmail.com

The film drops on the PBS website and The WORLD Channel's YouTube page on May 24, 2022.

Read more about the full "Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond" series here and watch a trailer

Below is a list of known screenings of the film. 

The WORLD Channel, U.S. public television broadcast slated for 2022

PBS Short Film Festival, Online, July 11-22, 2022

CAAMFest, Online, May 12-22, 2022 

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, World premiere, May 8, 2022

Director/Producer/Writer/Editor

Kimberlee Bassford

 

Director of Photography

Valerie Narte

 

Animator

Mahima Tuladhar

 

Additional Camera

Kimberlee Bassford

Henry Mochida

Michael Bassford

 

Voice of C. Q. Yee Hop

Nicholas Chun

 

Motion Graphics

Manjula Varghese

 

Production Assistant

Kathleen Zane

 

Featuring

Steve S. Alm

Eddie Flores

Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock

Karen Lau

Cindy Lee

Nicholas Lee

Wing Tek Lum

Mei Mei Say

 

Featuring the poem “Before The Fire”

Written and read by Wing Tek Lum

 

Archival

andrewtang.design

C. Q. Yee Hop Companies

Hawai‘i State Archives

Jeremy Huang on Unsplash

Meredith Nierman / GBH News

Pond5

Richard Tao on Unsplash

 

Sound Effects

Zapsplat.com

 

Thanks

Celia Baker

Jonathan Bassford

Michael Bassford

Naleea Bassford

Evelyn Chun

Mikey Chun

Randall Chun

Jay Hubert

Tami Lee Keolanui

Chad Koyanagi

Stephanie Lum

Barinna Poon

David Warman

Christina Whinnery

Eric Wong

 

ASIAN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY NETWORK (A-DOC)

 

Lead Series Producer

Pallavi Somusetty

 

Series Producers

Victoria Chalk

S. Leo Chiang

Lailanie Gadia

Grace Lee

Robert Winn

 

Advisor

Freida Lee Mock

 

Series Production and Post Assistant

Lily Qi

 

Post-Production Services

Flash Cuts

 

Sound Mixer

Mia Stewart

 

WORLD CHANNEL

 

Producer Editor

Hannah Paul 

 

Digital Producer

Sharon Wong

 

Assistant Editor

Jill Poisson

 

Post Production Assistant

Jenny Tan

 

Digital Associate Producer

Brigitte Carreiro

 

Digital Production and Editorial Assistant

Ravjot Singh

 

Project Manager

Elmira Zenger

 

Outreach Manager

Victoria Marsh

 

Director of Audience Development and Engagement

Eleanor Hong

 

Executive Producer, WORLD Channel & GBH Boston

Christopher Hastings

 

General Manager, WORLD Channel & GBH Boston

Liz Cheng

 

My Chinatown, With Aloha is a Co-Production of Making Waves Films LLC, Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc), GBH WORLD Channel and Center for Asian American Media. Making Waves Films LLC is solely responsible for its content.

 

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