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Growing up in Flushing, Queens, I have so many vivid memories of Lunar New Year celebrations in my neighborhood. But last February, in Chinatowns across the U.S, Asian-owned businesses began closing, anti-Asian sentiments began rising, and I watched as my neighborhood became a ghost town. Manhattan’s historic Chinatown has survived crashes, recessions, depressions, terrorist attacks, hurricanes, floods, and fires, but what does it mean when old-school charm, Chinatown’s greatest asset, becomes a threat to its survival? This film paints a nuanced picture of a post-pandemic Chinatown that looks at how the next generation of Asian-Americans are balancing tradition and innovation.

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