My America (...or honk if you love Buddha)
- 1996 ----- color ----- 86 min ----- vhs
An often humorous and sharply observed documentary about one Asian-American's quest to find Asian America. Inspired by Christine Choy's Chan is Missing, Renee Tajima-Pena visits New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, and the Deep South to search for the land's Asian-American identity. She begins with actor Victor Wong, a man rich with Asian, American, and Asian-American experiences, who serves as a touchstone during the many legs of her journey. Along the way she meets new friends and old, like legendary political activist Yuri Kochiyama (about whom she made a documentary in 1993). The Asian America Tajima-Pena finds is as unique as each individual with whom she she speaks. From new immigrants to debutantes, from rich entrepreneurs to rappers, the production focuses on individuals as it explodes stereotypes and celebrates the hardships and victories that belong to many Asian-Americans.
- Topics: (American Ethnic Studies: Asian-American, Discrimination, History: American, Motion Pictures: Documentary, Women Studies)