A Tale of Three Chinatowns explores the survival of urban ethnic neighborhoods. Specifically examining Chinatowns in three American cities, the film looks at the forces altering each community and the challenges that go with them.The film profiles Chinatowns in Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Boston and features the voices of residents, community activists, developers, government officials, and others who have a connection to this ubiquitous neighborhood. Through these perspectives, the film presents the present day pressing topic of urban development and gentrification through the eyes of those on the frontlines. Chicago’s Chinatown is a story of growth where the Asian-American population has increased and its borders have expanded. In contrast, Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown has dwindled to an estimated population of 300 residents of Chinese descent. The Chinatown neighborhood in Boston finds itself somewhere in between these two extremes as various groups fight for the land on which it sits.
A Tale of Three Chinatowns @RoxFilm
Premiere: JUN 23 @ 8:00PM ET
On Demand: JUN 23 @ 8:00PM ET – JUN 27 @ 10:00PM ET
$10 | 90 mins | All Ages
Director: Lisa Mao
Executive Producer: Penny Lee