EASTMAN KODAK AWARD - Sundance Film Festival | BEST DOCUMENTARY - Athens International Film FestivalAsian American Identity • Asian American History • U.S. History • Immigration • Activism • Road Movie • Personal Narrative
Date of Completion: 1998 | Run Time: 90 minutes | Language: English | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director & Producer: Renee Tajima-Peña
Intoxicating and irreverent, the Sundance Film Festival award-winner, MY AMERICA...OR HONK IF YOU LOVE BUDDHA, is a rollicking ride across the changing terrain of American culture that recaptures the spirit of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Asian American style.
In MY AMERICA, the filmmaker recalls her childhood--back in the days when her vacationing family would cross five states lines without ever catching a glimpse of another Asian face. Returning to the road more than 20 years later, she finds that new immigration has suddenly put Asian Americans on the map, making them the country’s fastest growing racial group. Tajima-Peña sets out to search for the new American identity that will arise from an increasingly diverse population on the cusp of the new millennium.