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Chinatown Rising (working title)

Documentary Feature, Pre-production, 2017

Director and Producer: Harry Chuck

Producer: James Q. Chan

Co-Producer: Josh Chuck

Cinematographer: Harry Chuck (16mm, 8mm); Anson Ho

Editor: Anson Ho

Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination. Chinatown Rising (working title) is a documentary film about the Asian-American movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change.


Project Advisors


JUDY YUNG is professor emerita in American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She specializes in oral history, women's history, and Asian American history. Judy Yung is the fifth daughter of six children born to immigrant parents from China. She grew up in San Francisco Chinatown, where her father worked as a janitor and her mother as a seamstress to support the family. Yung was able to acquire a bilingual education by attending both public school and Chinese language school for ten years. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds an M.A. in Library Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in English Literature and Chinese from San Francisco State University. Prior to entering academia, Yung worked as librarian for the Chinatown branch of the San Francisco Public Library and the Asian branch of the Oakland Public Library, pioneering the development of Asian language materials and Asian American interest collections in the public library to better serve the Asian American community. She also spent four years working as associate editor of the East West newspaper. Upon receiving her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies, Yung was hired to establish an Asian American Studies program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she taught courses in Asian American studies, women's history, oral history, and mixed race until she retired in 2004.


GORDON CHIN is the former Executive Director of San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center, which he co-founded and ran for 34 years before retiring in October 2011. Recognized nationally as a leader in community development and affordable housing, and as a pioneering Asian American activist, he led Chinatown CDC in developing thousands of units of affordable housing for low-income seniors, working families, and formerly homeless residents. From the beginning of the Asian American Movement in the turbulent 1960s, he has devoted himself to building community, organizing tenants and immigrant families, and developing youth leaders. Mr. Chin lives in San Francisco, where he continues to be involved in community issues and is an avid Giants fan.


EVAN JACKSON LEONG directed the documentary LINSANITY about Jeremy Lin, which screened at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Leong has also directed the feature-length documentary 1040: CHRISTIANITY in the NEW ASIA and BLT Genesis: The journey of BLT. Leong is currently in production, directing the crime drama SNAKEHEAD in a tale about the underworld of human smuggling in New York City's Chinatown.



Pamela Kong is a workers' and tenants' rights attorney at the law firm of Sundeen and Salinas in Oakland, California.  Born in Chinese Hospital in San Francisco, she received a bilingual education at St. Mary's Chinese Day School, played on the floors of San Francisco's garment factories where her grandmother's friends worked and came full circle in 2003 at the Women's Employment Rights Clinic when she joined the trial team representing almost 300 monolingual Cantonese garment workers in a lawsuit to recover unpaid wages.  Since then, she has steadily provided legal services to the Chinese Community through volunteering with Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus and her own legal practice. Most recently, her law firm is co-counsel with the Asian Law Caucus to largely monolingual Cantonese tenants of an SRO in Oakland Chinatown who have filed a lawsuit against their landlord. She earned her B.A. in Asian American Studies from UCLA and her J.D. from Golden Gate University. Proximity and love for Chinatown is a factor in many of her decisions.