Big Fight in Little Chinatown [dir. Karen Cho]


Karen Cho is the first ever to capture a genuine smile out of me; that’s how much her documentary tour-de-force BIG FIGHT IN LITTLE CHINATOWN means to me. Now that it’s having its theatrical run, you have no excuse. I don’t care how “m’thso buzy” you are, how hot your date is and your fear that you two have to use your brains/empathy, or how self-involved you are in your own post-modern struggle for hubristic validation. If you have a modicum of belief in society beyond yourself, you will see this film or send someone else in your place. Also Happy Lantern Festival.

[This aggro promotion is neither sponsored nor sanctioned by the production of BIG FIGHT IN LITTLE CHINATOWN or its affiliates]

🎟️ Cinéma Public 🎟️
▶️ FEB 3 @ 18h00 – with director in attendance
▶️ FEB 5 @ 16h00
▶️ FEB 12 @ 13h30 – with director in attendance
▶️ FEB 18 @ 18h30

🎟️ Cinémathèque Québécoise 🎟️
▶️ FEB 3 @ 17h00
▶️ FEB 4 @ 20h20 – with director in attendance
▶️ FEB 5 @ 18h30
▶️ FEB 5 @ 14h00
▶️ FEB 8 @ 16h30
▶️ FEB 9 @ 20h15 – with director in attendance

🎟️ Cinéma du Musée 🎟️
▶️ FEB 3 @ 17h20
▶️ FEB 4 @ 14h30 – with director in attendance
▶️ FEB 5 @ 12h00
▶️ FEB 6 @ 17h00
▶️ FEB 7 @ 11h45
▶️ FEB 9 @ 14h30


I’d been trying to think of how to best honor Karen Cho’s profoundly of-the-moment documentary masterpiece. Sure I’m cool enough to be Karen’s friend, but all you have to do is search it and you’ll see how essential her work is to the Chinese-North American community.

While I might not be smart enough to contribute to the reviews praising this film’s discourse, I do understand how Big Fight in Little Chinatown operates beyond its educational power. For the Chinatown communities—their residents, merchants, patrons, friends and family—it is an experience in collective healing, as well as a bridge-strengthener with the communities’ allies.

From the first generation immigrants to the youth at present, whether fighting racism and/or gentrification—Big Fight in Little Chinatown affirms the historically-everlasting battle that our marginalized people have endured. We are linked by that endured trauma, and the sacrifice and loss resulted throughout.

But we are just as much linked by our defiance to exist, and by the celebration and nurturing of our culture and shared values.

And in exploring the present continued fight—this film is about the bonds we all share, regardless at which point any of us came together, or reunited. And so even a noob volunteer like I feels in on that fight—amongst my sheroes and heroes, immortalized.


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Digital Golem: It worked though we wish we wer

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