In the Press: AsianWeek (3/29/12)

Posted by in News | April 6, 2012

SF State Professor’s Film Explores Racism in 19th-century Pacific Northwest

BY ASIANWEEK STAFF
MARCH 29, 2012
POSTED IN: BAY AREA

SAN FRANCISCO – What does a late-1800s Pacific Northwest town have in common with today’s immigration debate? Quite a bit, says SF State’s Valerie Soe.

Soe, an assistant professor of Asian American studies, has written, directed and produced a new short documentary called “The Chinese Gardens” that explores the lost Chinese community in Port Townsend, Wash. and draws connections between anti-Chinese racism in the late 19th-century Pacific Northwest and today’s anti-immigrant rhetoric.

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