Asian Pop-Up Cinema - Season 15 Virtual

What We Inherit

Expired October 17, 2022 5:00 AM
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What We Inherit

United States | Experimental | 2021 | 6 minutes | English with subtitles 

Director: Tiffany Chin Luong



It’s universally human to wonder where we come from, how we came to be, and how we own the different chapters of our identities. In short bursts over the last decade, I have been trying to understand why my relationship with my parents was so tumultuous. I learned that one of the antidotes to breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma was to reconnect to cultural roots. Simpler than it sounds, it makes sense - know who you are, have space to be who you are, and you won’t need to hurt others. I photographed and interviewed my parents, spending more time in my childhood home over 10 weeks than I had in the last 10 years. This became What We Inherit, a multimedia piece that began as an inquiry into my grandparents' immigration story from China and ended up being a study of wounding and healing from intergenerational trauma.

DIRECTOR - Tiffany Chin Luong

Tiffany Luong is a Chinese-American photographer based in Los Angeles. She specializes in family documentaries, kids/family experiences, visual ethnographies, health & human services, travel stories and putting people in their best light. She is a thoughtful partner to brands who have a story to tell about how they want to deepen connections with their clients, their culture, the earth, and humanity. Her personal work focuses on themes of cultural preservation, family history, and intergenerational healing. She currently lives in Alhambra with her husband, 7-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter in a tiny (498 sq ft!) home.

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    6 minutes
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    United States
  • Director
    Tiffany Chin Luong