Directed by Larissa Lam and produced by Baldwin Chiu, the Far East Deep South documentary is part of the WORLD Channel (PBS) documentary series America ReFramed. It can be streamed online at WORLDchannel.org and PBS.org May 18 through June 17 in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Far East Deep South is a documentary that follows the Chiu Family on a surprising journey through Mississippi in search of their lost family history. Through the Chiu’s family story, Far East Deep South provides a window into a community few even know exists — Chinese immigrants in the Deep South — and reveals how exclusionary immigration laws such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 separated their family for generations. The family also learns about the symbiotic relationship between the Southern Black and Chinese communities during the Jim Crow era.
Producer Baldwin Chiu (aka Only Won) and director Larissa Lam are a music and filmmaking husband-wife team and have participated in past CHCP events:
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