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Chinese Couplets Film Screening

Join the Bowers Museum for a documentary screening of Chinese Couplets and take a journey with the filmmaker to find answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion Act. Q&A with filmmaker Felicia Lowe immediately following.
 
When:
February 17, 2018 1:30pm to 3:00pm
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Join the Bowers Museum for a documentary screening of Chinese Couplets and take a journey with the filmmaker to find answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion Act. Q&A with filmmaker Felicia Lowe immediately following.
 
Chinese Couplets is veteran filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s latest hour documentary. Part memoir, part history, part investigation, the film spans two centuries, three countries and four generations of women in this intimate story that reveals the impact of America’s Chinese Exclusion era on her family. More topical than ever, Lowe offers a nuanced, engaging approach to the debate that details the long-term, multi-generational effects of ethnically motivated immigration policies while imparting a cautionary tale of living with cultural pluralism in the 21st century. 
 
“This is a story about family and identity, mothers and daughters, being immigrant and being American. Master storyteller Felicia Lowe lovingly brings them to light in ways that will touch audiences far and wide.” -- Erika Lee, Author, Teacher, Historian
 
 Location: Fluor Gallery 
 
Ticket info: FREE (does not include access to museum galleries). This program is sponsored by OC Public Libraries. 

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