DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

A Tale of Three Chinatowns w/Atomic Cafe & Fugetsu-Do

Expired July 26, 2021 3:59 AM
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Join us Saturday, July 17 @ 1pm EDT for a LIVE Q&A with A Tale of Three Chinatowns filmmaker Lisa Mao, with special guests Ted Gong from the 1882 Foundation, and one of the DC documentary subjects, Eddie Moy. Moderated by DCAPAFF Programmer, Annie Xiao.

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Fugetsu-Do is an intimate portrait of a sweet shop that has been an anchor for the Japanese American community in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo since 1903. The brightly colored pieces of mochi-gashi that line the wood-paneled cases are made with much more than rice flour and sweet bean paste. The ingredients are mixed with stories of joy and pain, tradition and racism, legacy and loss. Survival is never easy; it’s complicated and messy, full of contradictions and surprises. In the three generations that the Kito family has been running Fugetsu-Do, the store has become a memory bank for the community and the stories that line its walls could not be more relevant in today's America. "We had to live the American Dream twice."

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  • Runtime
    13 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Kaia Rose
  • Producer
    Kaia Rose