Intergenerational conflict in immigrant families and the relentless drive towards upward mobility quickly became mainstay and tired themes of Asian American dramas. In these films, family relationships are scrambled, pushing back against the pitfalls of assimilation.
The films part of the Tradition Re-Framed strand are:
The Wedding Banquet (1993, Ang Lee)
Terminal USA (1993, Jon Moritsugu)
Kelly Loves Tony (1998, Spencer Nakasako)
The Namesake (2006, Mira Nair)
This is the third strand of the programme Constellating Histories: Encounting Asian American Diasporas Onscreen, running from 6 January to 19 March 2023 at Oldham Theatre.
About the Programme
From Chinatown sagas, to experimental documentary, to musicals in Technicolor and punk-inspired chamber dramas, this series brings together a constellation of voices from the Asian American cinematic imaginary. The images, sounds, and narratives of these films express both a longing from the dispossessed for an unattainable homeland and a glee at having broken away from it.
Tickets for Strand 1 – 3 of this programme will go on sale Wednesday, 21 December 2022.
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