My Chinatown, With Aloha

A fourth-generation Chinese American, filmmaker Kimberlee Bassford explores her family’s relationship to Honolulu's Chinatown. She also examines the parallels between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1899-1900 bubonic plague in Hawai‘i, highlighting the ways the two public health crises transformed the iconic neighborhood then and now.



This May, celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with #AAPIStories honoring the joys and recognizing the struggles of the AAPI community, including Asian American Stories of Resilience and Beyond, a series of seven shorts from AAPI filmmakers exploring the double pandemic of COVID-19 and anti-Asian racism and the rise of solidarity efforts within the community.

Watch three new America ReFramed films: Daughter of a Lost Bird follows a Native adoptee's journey to reconnect with her birth mother and heritage; Geographies of Kinship explores the rise of Korea’s global adoption program; and Chinatown Rising chronicles the battles for social justice in the San Francisco neighborhood. A Tale of Three Chinatowns premieres on Local, USA May 23, documenting the survival of Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston Chinatowns.

Follow along with us on YouTube and @worldchannel for #MeetTheMakers Twitter Spaces all month long!

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