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Book: Interior Chinatown (2020)

 From the infinitely inventive author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe comes a deeply personal novel about race, pop culture, immigration, assimilation, and escaping the roles we are forced to play. 

Interior Chinatown

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Documentary: Mucho Mucho Amor (2020)

This documentary features interviews with American Latinos who found a connection to their heritage in Mercado’s ubiquitous presence on Spanish-language television for several decades.

Walter Mercado's Legacy in Netflix's “Mucho Mucho Amor” – NBC Palm Springs  – News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

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Movie: Moonlight (2016)

The film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.

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Movie: The Namesake (2006)

The Namesake depicts the struggles of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli (Irrfan Khan and Tabu), first-generation immigrants from the East Indian state of West Bengal to the United States, and their American-born children Gogol (Kal Penn) and Sonia (Sahira Nair). The film takes place primarily in Kolkata, New York City, and suburbs of New York City.

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Movie: Picture Bride (1995)

The film follows Riyo, who arrives in Hawaii as a "picture bride" for a man she has never met before. The story is based on the historical practice, due to U.S. anti-miscegenation laws, of (mostly) Japanese immigrant laborers in the United States using long-distance matchmakers in their homelands to find wives.

Picture Bride movie review & film summary (1995) | Roger Ebert

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Movie: Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

As a contestant on the Kaun Banega Crorepati, an Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Jamal surprises everyone by being able to answer every question correctly. Accused of cheating, Jamal recounts his life story to the police, illustrating how he is able to answer each question correctly.

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Movie: Saving face (2004)

Saving face is a 2004 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Alice Wu, in her feature-length debut. The film focuses on Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American surgeon; her unwed, pregnant mother; and her dancer girlfriend.

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Movie: Minari (2020)

A semi-autobiographical take on Chung's own upbringing, the plot follows a family of South Korean immigrants who try to make it in rural America during the 1980s.

Minari (film) - Wikipedia

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Book: Americanah (by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)

When Ifemelu departs military-ruled Nigeria to pursue her studies in America, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. This powerful and tender novel illuminates race relations in contemporary America through Ifemelu’s refreshing wit and brazen honesty.

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Documentary: Crossing Borders (2009)

This is a documentary about the power of cross-cultural friendships. It follows four Moroccan and four American university students as they travel together through Morocco and, in the process of discovering The Other, discover themselves. 

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Movie: Bend It Like Beckham (2002)

The film follows the 18-year-old daughter of British Indian Sikhs in London. She is infatuated with football but her parents have forbidden her to play because she is a girl. She joins a local women's team, which makes its way to the top of the league.

Two sporty girls hugging.

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Movie: Lost in Translation (2003)

The film explores themes of alienation and disconnection against a backdrop of cultural displacement in Japan.

Bill Murray's character sits on a hotel bed with Tokyo visible in a window behind him.

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Movie: The Farewell (2019)

The film follows a Chinese-American family who, upon learning their grandmother has only a short while left to live, decide not to tell her and schedule a family gathering before she dies.

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Note: A tool created for this movie is available at https://hubicl.org/toolbox/tools/649/objectives

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Movie: Queen (2013)

Rani, an under-confident Punjabi girl from New Delhi embarks on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam by herself after her fiancé calls off their wedding.


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Movie: A Grandson from America (2012)

An old retired Shadow Puppet Chinese master, Lao Yang, has his quiet life disrupted his 6-year-old American grandson, who barely speaks Chinese. The movie is about their funny interactions and how they overcome differences in age, language and culture.

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Movie: Gran Torino (2008)

Set in Highland Park, Michigan, this film is the first mainstream American film to feature Hmong Americans.

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