“This documentary is ripe for pedagogical use in urban planning, sociology, and Chinese studies courses. There are many interesting concepts that are alluded to in the film that could be expanded upon in the classroom through discussion, case study analysis, or research. The overall originality of the documentary’s subject matter makes it a worthy addition to library film collections.” - Educational Media Reviews Online, Brandon West, Social Sciences Librarian, State University of New York at Geneseo
“The film is a unique story yet relevant to other ethnic neighborhoods in cities across the U.S. It is an important contribution to our understanding of immigration history in the United States.” – Professor Maggie Burnette Stogner, School of Communication, American University
“Chinatown can serve students making short documentaries, particularly ones about their own communities, as example to discuss access, style, and story. And it also could be useful for Asian Studies curriculums, to consider other Chinatowns facing gentrification.” – Assistant Professor Danielle Beverley, Department of Communication, Northwestern University in Qatar
“Yi Chen’s documentary looks at the evolution of the Washington, D.C. neighborhood through the lens of three residents, who are trying to hang on to the last vestiges of Chinese culture on a strip where an increasing number of storefronts are chain restaurants and bars.” – Stephanie Merry, The Washington Post
Runtime: 26 min.
Genres: Documentary, Asian American Studies, Urban StudiesSubtitles / Closed Captioning: Some English subtitles
Awards: Best Documentary Short, IndieCapitol Awards
Festivals: PBS Broadcast on WHUT, Vancouver Asian Film Festival, Virginia Film Festival, DC Shorts Film Festival, Our City Film Festival, Film Festival at Little Washington, Heritage Film Festival, Utopia Film Festival, Decades of Docs in Our City Film Festival