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3RD I NY Co-presents with The Museum of Chinese in the Americas and Queens Museum of Art

Cheuk Kwan's Chinese Restaurants

Two screenings and a Q&A with the director

Jump to: May 11: Screening and Q&A | June 4: Screening

Film Screening & Director's Q&A:
Chinese Restaurants: Brazil South and India West

Wednesday, May 11, 2005, 6:30 pm
New York University
King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
(Thompson and Sullivan Streets)
Map: http://www.nyu.edu/map/virtual.nyu

Suggested Fee: $10/ General Admission; $8/MoCA, QMA, 3rdI Members & NYU Students w/ ID
RSVP: (212) 619-4785 by May 4, 2005

The program is co-sponsored by the NYU Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program & Institute, Queens Museum of Art and 3rdI NY.

Highlighting MoCA's food and restaurant season is Canadian filmmaker Cheuk Kwan's Chinese Restaurants documentary series that tell the story of the Chinese diaspora through its most recognizable and enduring icon - the family-run Chinese restaurant. Together these family histories illustrate the wider story of Chinese migration, settlement and integration, and celebrate the resilience and complexity of the Chinese diaspora. Set against events that have sparked some of the past century's most dramatic global migrations, Chinese Restaurants recounts histories that have remained in the margins of official records, showing us communities whose culture and identity are held together by a kinship that is stronger, yet more intangible, than mere nationalism, religion, language, geography or politics.

In this segment, Kwan tells the story of Lee Ho Shau and his future wife Wong Yim Sheung, who swam from China to Macau, and freedom, during China's Cultural Revolution in the 1960's. They made their new life in Sao Paolo dedicated to perfecting the fine art of Chinese cuisine. On the eve of the World Cup final, their son, Luis, recounts his passion for soccer and what it means to grow up Chinese-Brazilian. As Brazil won its championship, the streets of Rio de Janeiro exploded as Luis celebrated with tens of thousands of fans.

In Western India, the brothers Nini and Baba Ling grew up as in a Chinese-Indian family. While Nini inherits his father's Bombay restaurant, Ling's Pavilion, his brother branches out into Delhi, opening the Imperial Garden. Both establishments enjoy success by strictly using the freshest ingredients in their cooking. As Nini contemplates his retirement, Baba is forging ahead with the ambitious construction of Nanking, the re-incarnated name of a landmark restaurant his father established in 1947, the year India gained independence.

Film Screening:
Chinese Restaurants: Brazil North and India East

Saturday, June 4, 2005, 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Queens Museum of Art
New York City Building, 2nd Floor
Flushing Corona Park
Queens, NY

This event is free and open to the public, no reservations required.

Directions: Subway: 7 train to Shea Stadium then 10-minute walk through park, following the signs for the Museum, which is located adjacent to the US Tennis Center and the Unisphere. Visit http://www.queensmuseum.org/information/directions.htm for more detailed directions.

For more information on the Queens Museum of Arts, visit http://www.queensmuseum.org/

For more information about this series please visit: http://www.moca-nyc.org

MoCA, Queens Museum of Art and 3rdI NY are pleased to present the final two episodes of Canadian filmmaker Cheuk Kwan's Chinese Restaurants documentary series that tell the story of the Chinese diaspora through its most recognizable and enduring icon - the family-run Chinese restaurant. Together these family histories illustrate the wider story of Chinese migration, settlement and integration, and celebrate the resilience and complexity of the Chinese diaspora. Set against events that have sparked some of the past century's most dramatic global migrations, Chinese Restaurants recounts histories that have remained in the margins of official records, showing us communities whose culture and identity are held together by a kinship that is stronger, yet more intangible, than mere nationalism, religion, language, geography or politics.

In the frontier city of Manaus, on the great Amazon River, Taiwan immigrant Jack Sun has been running the Mandarin for thirty years. Jack Sun came to Brazil in 1967, when he was a young man, to build his life in the resource-rich country. Meanwhile, his business-savvy US-educated son, Eddy, navigates his own unique identity as a Chinese Brazilian in the Amazon -- Chinese in heart, but Brazilian in spirit.

In East Indian episode, we meet Samson, Richard, Samuel and Stephen Yeh who were born in Calcutta and suffered from the aftermath the 1962 Sino-Indian border conflict. Today, the four brothers take turns running the New Embassy Restaurant in Calcutta and Hotel Restaurant Valentino in the Himalayan hill-station of Darjeeling. As they reminisce what it was like to grow up Hakka Chinese in India, the next generation's emigration to the West has decimated the once vibrant and prosperous community.

The screening concludes with a sampling of Chinese Indian food provided by Talk of the Town located in Jackson Heights, Queens and a dialogue with the restaurant's manager about this delicious cuisine. Seating will be first-come, first-served.

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This event is made possible in part through public funds from the Fund for Creative Communities/New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.