Second Annual San José J-Town FilmFest: Digging To Chinatown

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 11:00 a.m.
Japanese American Museum of San Jose
535 N. Fifth Street, San José,

De Anza College’s California History Center (CHC) announces the premier of “Digging to Chinatown,” a new documentary video on Heinlenville, Chinatown in San José 1887-1931.“Digging to Chinatown” is a dynamic narrative of an extraordinary Chinese community, buried in history only to surface through excavation. Created by historian Connie Young Yu and videographer Barre Fong, with the sponsorship of the CHC, the documentary uses historic photographs, interviews and never-before-seen images of the archaeological excavation of the Heinlenville site.

This site is extremely significant, not only as an important example of one of San José area’s early Chinatowns, but also because it created a hub for other Asian American communities, including Japanese Americans and Filipino Americans. The area immediately adjacent to the original Heinlenville later became what is now known as San José Japantown.

Program: A conversation with historian Connie Young Yu (Chinatown, San Jose, USA), historical preservationist Leslie Masunaga and filmmaker Barre Fong. Moderated by Tom Izu, Executive Director, California History Center.

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