Stories on Screen: Far East Deep South

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage

On Sunday, Sept. 10, GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will screen the documentary Far East Deep South, followed by a Q&A with producers Baldwin Chiu and Larissa Lam. Admission is free.

This event is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Arts Commission, Delta Arts Alliance, Needle Specialty Products Corp., The Asian American Foundation, The King’s Daughters and Sons Circle Number 2, and the Maddox Foundation.

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Far East Deep South explores the seldom-told history of Chinese immigrants living in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900s through the eyes of Charles Chiu and his family as they travel from California to Mississippi to find answers about his father, K.C. Lou. The film provides a window into the lives of the Chinese in the South and the discrimination they faced during segregation. It not only highlights the struggles and perseverance of the Chinese, but explores the racial dynamics between the white, Black and Chinese communities and the added challenge of exclusionary immigration policies many families faced at that time.

The film presents a very personal and unique perspective on immigration, race and American identity, and features interviews with notable leaders such as Congresswoman Judy Chu; Levon Jackson, former Mayor of Pace, Miss., and historians such as Gordon Chang (author of The Chinese and the Iron Road), John Jung (author of Chopsticks in the Land of Cotton) and Jane Hong (author of Opening the Gates to Asia).


​​CLICK HERE to view the documentary trailer. Run Time - 76 Minutes | Not Rated

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