Thanks to NUTV, this is my first doc.
One of the many things that scares me about father hood is the possibility of my daughters asking me if she is Chinese or Canadian? So I thought the best way to answer this question is through my camera lens. This started as a family history doc on why my family left China, but I decided to chop it down to a more chewable size. I do plan on finishing the whole thing... soon? Thanks for your help everyone!
Two descendants of Mr. Tung Sheng Liu who helped saved the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders during WWII.
On April 18th 1943 sixteen B-25 bombers took off from the deck of the USS Hornet, led by (then Col.) Jimmy Doolittle.
The Doolittle Tokyo Raiders were a group of volunteers, eighty men from all walks of life, who all knew it was a very dangerous mission.
They were to fly over Japan, drop their bombs and fly on to land in a part of China that was still free.
Chinese guerrilla two weeks to get all the American Pilots out of Japanese occupied territories into safe area called "Free China." The Chinese locals rescued the Americans.
Their father Mr. Liu was one of the Chinese who were there to bring the Raiders to safety. After the war, the Liu brother's parents came to the U.S. to study and reconnected with the Doolittle Raiders and were invited to their reunions for several decades until their last reunion this year 2013.
Let's help save this WWII historical event.
The Chinese ancestors had been so brave and worked so hard, even died for the cause in saving American lives.
Learning and knowing, that we human beings, can destroy each other.
Dedicate this to world peace and to avoid wars in the future.
A book talk by John Jung about "Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurants ," a social history that examines the history of Chinese family restaurants in the U. S. and Canada.
Why did many Chinese immigrants enter this business around the end of the 19th century? What conditions made it possible for Chinese to open and succeed in operating restaurants after they emigrated to North America? How did Chinese restaurants manage to attract non-Chinese customers, given that they had little or no acquaintance with the Chinese style of food preparation and many had vicious hostility toward Chinese immigrants?
The goal of "Sweet and Sour" is to understand how the small Chinese family restaurants functioned. Narratives provided by 10 Chinese who grew up in their family restaurants in all parts of the North America provide valuable insights on the role that this ethnic business had on their lives. Is there any future for this type of immigrant enterprise in the modern world of franchised and corporate owned eateries or will it soon, like the Chinese laundry, be a relic of history?