AAJA visitor in Hong Kong, for TEDx and film screening

ther(1)Theresa Loong, an AAJA member from the U.S., will be in Hong Kong with her documentary, “Every Day Is a Holiday.” It’s showing at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center on Aug. 21, and Theresa will be speaking at TEDxWanChai on Aug. 23.

“Every Day Is a Holiday”: Growing up in suburban New Jersey, filmmaker Theresa Loong knew little about her father’s past. Then, one day she discovered his secret diary, written during World War Two. “Every Day is a Holiday” tells the inspirational story of how Paul Loong survived a prisoner of war camp in Japan and set out on an unlikely journey to become a citizen of the country that liberated him – the United States. We discover why, despite much suffering, “Every Day Is a Holiday.” Using intimate conversations, rare archival footage and his wartime diary, this film also addresses contemporary issues of war, immigration, and national identity. The documentary explores the bonds of the father-daughter relationship and places themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of “living history.”

Documentary Screening & Post-Screening Director’s Q&A
Screening at 6:45 pm
Post-Screening Q&A at 7:45 pm
Close at 8:10 pm
(Dir: Theresa Loong; 56 mins; In English, Chinese subtitles)

The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director and producer, Theresa Loong.

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