Searching for Asian America [TV Documentary Series] (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Race & Ethnicity, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Produced by Donald Young, Sapana Sakya, and Kyung Sun Yu, this three-part documentary centers around several very different experiences within the Asian-American community, including Asian politician Gary Locke's effort to sell empowerment to his Asian constituents while convincing other voters that he won't cater to any particular ethnicity; a pair of Filipino doctors (longtime friends Martin Bautista and Jeffrey Lim) living in a rural Oklahoma town, and Korean-American actress Lela Lee, originator of the stereotype-bashing comic strip Angry Little Asian Girl. The film dissects the events and prejudices that have led some into assimilation within American culture, while leaving others nostalgic for their homeland.



assimilation, culture [social culture], culture-clash, ethnocentrism, race/ethnicity, stereotype