SHORTS: WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM?

Surprising stories of the Asian diaspora outside the US context – from a little-known Cuban Korean hero, interred Japanese Peruvians, and an obsessed Japanese fan of East LA Chicano music.

This screening is free. Please collect your free ticket at the box office.

Co-Presented by: UCSD Asian Pacific Student Alliance (APSA)

In this program


KIMCHI

Directed by Jackson Kiyoshi Segars

Marrying into a Korean American family in disarray over the grandmother’s choice of death, a Japanese American man hides away with his camera and discovers a hidden connection with his future grandfather-in-law.

LETTER TO MY CHILDREN

Directed by Joseph Juhn

An imaginary letter from a Korean man who lived in Mexico as slave labor and in Cuba as a free man. Archival footage and interviews from a rarely-seen Korean diaspora in Latin America, its relationship to war, and redefining motherland.

OUR MAN IN TOKYO (THE BALLAD OF SHIN MIYATA)

Directed by Akira Boch

With music and shout outs to Ritchie Valens and La Bamba, meet Shin Miyata, a Japanese record label owner with an undying love for Chicano music, and the many East LA musicians he brought to Japan for nearly 20 years.

THE CRYSTAL CITY

Directed by Kenya Gillespie

An internment documentary unlike any other, with a spectral voiceover that reveals German Americans and Japanese Peruvians intersecting in repatriation and swimming pools.

SIDE BY SIDE: OUT OF A SOUTH KOREAN ORPHANAGE AND INTO THE WORLD

Directed by Glenn Morey, Julie Morey

Korean adoptees from around the world share crisp stories about childhood, homecomings, and scars from past lives. A rare adoptee documentary completely told in past tense, yet collectively tells the story of a current transracial adulthood.

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