Join filmmakers Baldwin Chiu and Larissa Lam in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Chris Stacey about their film Far East Deep South. The film is an award-winning feature documentary. Far East Deep South explores the seldom-told history of Chinese immigrants living in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900s through the eyes of Charles Chiu and his family as they travel from California to Mississippi to find answers about his father, K.C. Lou. Do you know why Chinese people were recruited to come to the deep South during Reconstruction? Have any of your history classes addressed the consequences of Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the 1913 Alien Land Law, and the 1924 Immigration Act? Did you know Chinese immigrants became small business people in African-American communities in the South? Far East Deep South is a profoundly moving and inspirational film filled with personal and historical discoveries. You’ll enjoy watching this significant contribution to American history through the framing narrative of a father's desire to "not want to know" and a family’s insistence on exploring the mysteries of the past. Our panel discussion will raise issues of the role of personal trauma in history; the complexities of immigration to a country where anti-Asian sentiment was intense; insights into what life was like for Chinese grocers and their customers in the South - a historical moment of cross-cultural, syncretic exchanges of community to resist oppression; and the questions our audience members want to address. This is a signature event and we hope you will attend.
Private Film Screening Dates: Sunday, November 14-Tuesday, November 16. We provide you with a link to watch the film at home that lasts for three days.
Panel Discussion Date: Wednesday, November 17
Panel Discussion Time: 8:00PM Central Daylight Savings
Cost: $10.00 per registrant to access the film link.
One Ticket for All Access: Your ticket allows you to screen the film with your guests at home in advance of the panel discussion. The ticket also registers you for the panel discussion.
Note To Educators: Gov. J.B. Pritzker into law a new measure making Illinois the first state in the U.S. to require Asian American history be taught in public schools. Pritzker signed House Bill 376, the Teaching Equitable Asian American History or TEAACH Act. The law takes effect on Jan. 1 and the requirement begins with the start of the 2022-2023 school year. We feel Far East Deep South is an excellent course material for the TEAACH Act. To learn more about how your school can license an educational copy of Far East Deep South, go to: https://www.newday.com/film/far-east-deep-south. Free resources and discussion guide can be accessed here: https://fareastdeepsouth.com/resources/. To apply for a free screening in classrooms through the 1st Class Initiative, go here: https://fareastdeepsouth.com/1stclass/
Biographies of the Filmmakers: Learn more about Baldwin Chui and Larissa Lam: https://fareastdeepsouth.com/meet-the-filmmakers/