Big Fight in Little Chinatown is a story of community resistance and resilience. Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, the documentary takes us into the lives of residents, businesses, and community organizers whose neighbourhoods are facing active erasure. Coast to coast, the film follows Chinatown communities resisting the pressures around them. From the construction of the world’s largest vertical jail in New York, Montreal’s fight against developers swallowing up the most historic block of their Chinatown, big box chains and gentrification forces displacing Toronto’s community, to a Vancouver Chinatown business holding steadfast, the film reveals how Chinatown is both a stand-in for other communities who’ve been wiped off the city map, and the blueprint for inclusive and resilient neighbourhoods of the future.
A panel discussion/Q&A will follow the screening.
Keynote Speaker: Karen Cho, Director, Big Fight in Little Chinatown
Karen Cho, Director, Big Fight in Little Chinatown
Djaka Blais, Executive Director, Hogan’s Alley Society
Kevin Huang, Executive Director, Hua Foundation
Jag Nagra, Artist; Member, Punjabi Market Regeneration Collective
Stephanie Leo, Chinatown Celebration Society / Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group
Moderator: Henry Yu, Associate Professor of History, UBC; Co-lead, Centre for Asian Canadian Research Engagement
Jan Lee, Gary Lum, Lorraine Lum, Mei Lum, Nancy Seid, Betty Eng
In English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisanese and French with English subtitles
Open to youth!
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