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“Sweet Home Chinatown?” is a short documentary depicting modern day Chinatown in New York City. Through interviews with art activists such as Chinatown Art Brigade, and residents from the Chinatown community, the film uses personal and collective narratives to highlight the neighborhood's struggles with gentrification. Oral history from Chinese immigrant residents such as Gary Lum, fourth-generation owner of family antiques shop, offer insight to the ways in which historical cultural values of immigrant business families are reinvented to flourish in contemporary times. This film investigates how immigrant culture is preserved, not negotiated in relation to the American landscape.