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Taking Out Chinese from Chinese Take Out

What are you actually taking out from these commonly seen Chinese take out restaurants?

Overview

Genre
Culture, Social Issues, and Minorities
Synopsis

This project is a short personal documentary about the filmmaker as an international student from China, shocked by the “Chineseness” represented by those commonly seen Chinese take-out food restaurants in Philadelphia. Why are they everywhere? Why do they all look so similar without being chains? Who are the people behind them?

Denying this is her culture and trying to figure out how it happened, the filmmaker started her journey getting to know the restaurant owners, their stories, the food, as well as the neighborhood – only to find out that her initial assumption was mistaken. These Chinese restaurants do not represent an accented or distorted “Chineseness” but a genuine culture, with its own depth, glory, pain, and history that she had never thought about before.

Stage
finished
Running time
14 and 10 minutes

Credits

Production Details

Country
United States
Years of Production
2018
Locations
PA - Pennsylvania

Distribution Details

Release year
2018
Festivals
Docs without borders, The CFK International Film festival, PRISMA Film Festival, The Film Collective Showcase, The First Glance Film Festival.
Awards
The Merit Award, Docs without Borders Film Festival; 2nd Place winner, CFK International Film Festival
Language
English | Chinese
Subtitles
English

Photos

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