Chinatown: Immigrants in America

Mon, 08/10/2020 (All day) - Wed, 03/31/2021 (All day)

Dir. Jon Alpert / 1976 / 29 min

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Produced in response to what DCTV felt were inaccurate media portrayals of New York City's Chinatown, this award-winning, often startling portrait of an immigrant community probes beneath the tourist's-eye-view to uncover the complexity of an inner-city subculture plagued by poverty and exploitation. "This is the story of our neighbors," says Jon Alpert. His sympathetic "reportage from within" reveals kitchen workers earning less than $100 for sixty-hour weeks, rents that are among the highest in the city, and garment workers laboring for minimum wages in unsafe conditions. Focusing on individual stories to expose broader issues, this is an unflinching document of Asian immigrants under pressure to assimilate into mainstream culture and struggling to survive in America.

CHINATOWN: IMMIGRANTS IN AMERICA is a DCTV and WNET/Thirteen production, co-produced by Jon Alpert, Keiko Tsuno and Yoko Maruyama.

1976 DuPont-Columbia Citation for Broadcast Journalism
1976 The Christopher Award

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