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Oct. 5: Film, community members share immigration stories

Friday, October 5, 2012

FREDERICK, Md.—Five prominent Chinese Americans will discuss their family's migration stories in a short documentary Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at Hood College.

Bill Moyers, journalist, news commentator and White House Press Secretary during the Johnson administration, conducts one-on-one interviews with five distinguished individuals from the fields of literature, science, business, medicine and the arts whose impact on the United States has been profound. The film, followed by a discussion, will be shown in the college's Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall.

Originally a three-part PBS series entitled "Becoming American, Personal Journeys," the film includes conversation with David Ho, a world leader in AIDS research; Shirley Young, an expert on brand development and consumer marketing; Gish Jen, second-generation Chinese American fiction writer who is a leading literary voice about the Chinese American experience; Samuel Ting, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1976 and, despite his limited facility with the English language, completed bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees within six years; and Maya Lin, a sculptor, architect, designer and craftswoman who was catapulted into the public eye when, as a senior at Yale University, she was the controversial choice to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., a design that changed the nature of war memorial sculpture.

Following the film, a panel of Chinese Americans from the Frederick community will share stories of their own personal journeys in the United States.

The event is part of the Hanson Lecture Series, made possible through the Robert D. and Barbara Esmer Hanson '45 Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

For more information, contact Martha Bari, Ph.D., director of first-year programs, at