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My Odyssey – Between Two Worlds Free One Day Only Staff Pick

When: Sun., Jan. 20, 2-5 p.m. 2019
Phone: 510-548-2350
Price: free

Raymond Chong

A disconnected relationship with his dad sprouted Raymond Chong’s curiosity about his cultural roots and identity. For the past 15 years, Chong, a Chinese-American engineer, author, and filmmaker, has focused his attention on finding out more about who he is and where his family came from. That journey is on display in the new documentary My Odyssey – Between Two Worlds, directed by Alvin Wright. The 30-minute film takes viewers to places in China like Long Gang Li (Village of Dragon Hill) and Diaolou (the stony watch towers) to retrace Chong’s father’s steps before his migration to the United States. Through a mix of observational footage, interviews, and archival photos, viewers get a sense of how culture and identity are intertwined and essentially intergenerational. This weekend, Chong will show his award-winning film as well as talk about his new book, Chop Suey and Sushi from Sea to Shining Sea: Chinese and Japanese Restaurants in the United States. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2 p.m., free, Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St., Ste. 290, Oakland,
— Amyra Soriano


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