Look Forward And Carry On The Past: Stories from Philadelphia’s Chinatown

This film illustrates the strength and complexity of Philadelphia’s only remaining community of color in the city’s center, attending to the role of folk arts and cultural expression in the neighborhood’s continuing struggle for respect and survival. The documentary attends to the everyday interactions, relationships, and labor—so often overlooked—that build and defend endangered communities, highlighting community efforts to stop a stadium from being built that would demolish the area (one of many fights over land grabs and “development”), and touching on other occasions when the community comes together (including Mid-Autumn Festival and New Year). The film is a collaboration between Asian Americans United, The Philadelphia Folklore Project, and Barry Dornfeld.

Watch the full film on Folkstreams here.