Item # 044934.
Directed by Eddie Wong (United States, 1974)
Immigrant farm laborers — Chinese, Japanese, and the Filipino manongs — came to America through Angel Island to work the land. At turns lyrical and expressive, PIECES OF A DREAM tells the story of Asian Pacific American life and history on the Sacramento River delta. Their stories are told through a montage of voices from the past, adapted from Victor Nee and Brett de Bary’s Longtime Californ’.
Delta life is captured in lush, pastel colors and presented with the music of jazz/fusion band Hiroshima. A visit to the Locke Historic District, a town founded by Chinese immigrants shows viewers the sharp realities of the present: The crumbled wooden Chinatown looks like a quaint tourist landmark, but is revealed as low-income housing for the Delta’s poor; a Japanese American farmer talks about the pressures of the large agribusiness on small farmers. Running time: 30 min.
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