Film Screening: Chinese Couplets
Q and A with Producer, Director and Writer Felicia Lowe
Sponsored by Asian American Studies and the Cinema Departments
Part memoir, part history, part investigation, the film, Chinese Couplet, 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. 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.
Felicia Lowe is an award winning independent television producer, director, and writer with more than 35 years of production experience. Chinese Couplets is her latest film which premiered at CAAMFest 2015 (Center for Asian American Media) and won an Audience Award. Lowe received an EMMY for Best Cultural Documentary for Chinatown: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco. The lively hour-long piece on the history of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhood has been broadcast numerous times on PBS. Carved in Silence, her documentary about the experiences of Chinese immigrants detained on Angel Island Immigration Station has become a classic and is used in classrooms across the country. In 1979, Lowe documented her trip to China to meet her paternal grandmother and made China: Land of My Father which was broadcast on PBS and garnered numerous awards.
Her innovative works reveal the unique experiences of Chinese in America while underscoring our common humanity. Prior to her documentary work, Lowe was a broadcast journalist and has taught film production and scriptwriting at San Francisco State University and Stanford University. She’s been actively involved in the preservation and restoration of the Angel Island Immigration Station