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Bittersweet roots : the Chinese in California's heartland

Author: David HosleyDennis YepCorita GravittLouise LoKelvin Han YeeAll authors
Publisher: Sacramento : KVIE, Inc., ©2002.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The California Delta is the only place in America where the Chinese have maintained a sustained presence for nearly a century and a half. Here, immigrants from China transformed swampland into one of the richest agricultural regions on earth. Bittersweet Roots is their story, about how they came and thrived despite hardship and discrimination--an experience that has been both bitter and sweet. It begins in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Documentary television programs
Feature films
Historical reenactments (Motion pictures)
History
Nonfiction films
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: David Hosley; Dennis Yep; Corita Gravitt; Louise Lo; Kelvin Han Yee; Philip P Choy; Sylvia Sun Minnick; Judy Yung; Kevin Starr; H Mark Lai; KVIE (Television station : Sacramento, Calif.),
OCLC Number: 58391769
Notes: Originally produced as a documentary program for public television station KVIE, Sacramento, California, in 2002.
Credits: Editor, Mark Johnson ; chief videographer, Richard Enos.
Performer(s): Narrator, Kelvin Han Yee ; commentators, Wally Chan (Courtland, California), Philip P. Choy (Chinese American historian), Ronnie Maiden (curator, Dai Loy Museum), Sylvia Sun Minnick (Delta historian), Kathleen Lim (Marysville, California), Jennifer Tung (visitor, Bok Kai Temple), Dr. Franklin Yee (Sacramento, California), Judy Yung (associate professor, American Studies, University of CA), Mas Hatano (docent, California State Railroad Museum), Dr. Kevin Starr (California State Librarian), Elsie Yun (former resident of Isleton), Dan Chan (General Produce Company), Larry Brooding (director, Isleton Historical Society), Lilly Jang (former resident of Locke), Connie King (Locke, California), Penny Lee Pedersen (former resident of Locke), Everett Leong (former resident of Locke), Bobbie Lee (former resident of Locke), Gene Chan (former resident of Locke), Harry Sen (former resident of Locke), Edgar Jang (former resident of Locke), Harry Lee (former resident of Courtland), Him Mark Lai (Chinese Historical Society, San Francisco), Dr. Douglas Yee (Sacramento, California), Vicki Leow (grew up in Stockton), Donald Leow (grew up in Stockton), Heddy Chiang (Sacramento, California).
Description: 1 videodisc (approximately 57 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Other Titles: Chinese in California's heartland
Responsibility: executive producers, David Hosley and Dennis Yep ; producer, Corita Gravitt ; story and script development, Louise Lo.

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"The California Delta is the only place in America where the Chinese have maintained a sustained presence for nearly a century and a half. Here, immigrants from China transformed swampland into one of the richest agricultural regions on earth. Bittersweet Roots is their story, about how they came and thrived despite hardship and discrimination--an experience that has been both bitter and sweet. It begins in the 1850s, when thousands of Chinese fortune-seekers rushed to California's gold fields. After the mines played out, Chinese workers faced the arduous task of completing the transcontinental railroad, then reclaimed the Delta by building a complex system of levees. Learn about the families who worked the land and meet some of their descendants who are still producing crops today."--Container.

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