A Library Film Night showcasing the extraordinary documentary “Honor and Duty: The Mississippi Delta Chinese” will be presented in the Community Room on Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. The very special event will also feature writer, director, and producer Samantha Cheng, who will introduce the film and conduct a Q & A afterwards. The free event for all ages is sponsored by the South Pasadena Public Library, the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library, The Bissell House Bed & Breakfast, and The Chinese American Museum of Los Angeles.
The remarkable new film is in three parts –each under 30 minutes.. Part One covers the Chinese coming to America starting in the mid-1850s to 1941. Part Two covers the participation of the Delta Chinese in in the U.S. military effort in World War II. Part Three covers post—World War II in the Mississippi Delta and how the children of the U.S. military veteran Delta Chinese became doctors, dentists, pharmacists, and other types of professionals. Many of the Mississippi Delta Chinese came through Los Angeles, California and have extended family still living in California.
Samantha Cheng is based in Washington, DC and has hundreds of broadcast and non-broadcast programs to her credit. Samantha is very active in the Asian Pacific American community and created the Asian Pacific American History Project, an oral and video history documentary series produced with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. Samantha is the Co-Founder of TPS, Inc., a television production services company, and Heritage Series, LLC, a firm specializing in interactive educational programs about U.S. history. She is an active member of the Asian American Journalist Association and Women in Film and Video.
The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro Street. No tickets or reservations are needed and refreshments will be served. Doors to the Community Room will be open at 6:30 p.m. and the rest of the Library will be open until 9:00 p.m. because the South Pasadena Public Library is now open on Thursday nights (and closed at 6 p.m. on Monday nights). Special thanks to Nancy Lem Designs, The South Pasadena Chinese-American Club, and 210eastsound!
Free parking is available after 6:00 p.m. and on weekends at the Mission-Meridian Parking Garage located at 805 Meridian Avenue, adjacent to the Metro Gold Line Station.