Reviews & Quotes

Educational Media Reviews Online | Brandon West, Social Sciences Librarian, State University of New York at Geneseo
RECOMMENDED
“This documentary is ripe for pedagogical use in urban planning, sociology, and Chinese studies courses…many interesting concepts…could be expanded upon in the classroom through discussion, case study analysis, or research. The overall originality of the documentary’s subject matter makes it a worthy addition to library film collections."

Northwestern University | Danielle Beverley, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Chinatown can serve students making short documentaries, particularly ones about their own communities, as an example to discuss access, style, and story. And it also could be useful for Asian Studies curriculums, to consider other Chinatowns facing gentrification."

American UniversityProfessor Maggie Stogner, School of Communication
“The film is a unique story yet relevant to other ethnic neighborhoods in cities across the U.S. It is an important contribution to our understanding of immigration history in the United States."

Simon Fraser University, CanadaSophie Fung, Urban Studies
Chinatown would make an excellent addition to geography and urban studies departments seeking material to examine how an invisible population is being impacted by and fighting against urban processes. The film is also suitable for those studying the changes of Chinatowns across North America."

Washington Latin Public Charter School | Chrissy Stouder, World Languages Department Head
“I’ve found the film to be an excellent educational tool in the classroom to engage students in a meaningful discussion about immigration history and changes in the historic Chinatown neighborhood over the last decades. It engages my diverse student body and encourages critical thinking about important social issues and a part of American history that is often overlooked in mainstream secondary curriculum."

NPRRebecca Sheir
“The very first documentary film about D.C.’s Chinatown…takes an intimate look at the past, present and future of the gentrifying D.C. neighborhood, through the eyes of three Chinese immigrants. What makes a Chinatown authentic isn’t an archway or signs in Chinese. It’s the people who’ve called the neighborhood their home for years and hope to do so for many more to come.”

The Washington Post | Stephanie Merry
“Here are a few films that have us buzzing: Yi Chen’s documentary looks at the evolution of the Washington, D.C. neighborhood through the lens of three residents, who are trying to hang on to the last vestiges of Chinese culture on a strip where an increasing number of storefronts are chain restaurants and bars.”