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Wayne Wang's Films Explore the Chinese American Experience.

Filmmaker Wayne Wang. With the films "Chan is Missing," "Dim Sum," "Slamdance" and "Eat a Bowl of Tea," to his credit, Wang is the first Chinese-American film director to make an impact in the American film industry. Wang has focussed his work around the problems of identity and assimilation, and other issues in the lives of Chinese-American immigrants. He made his first film, "Chan is Missing," on a budget of only $22,000, but the mystery set in San Francisco's Chinatown became both a critical and box-office success. Chan's latest movie, "Eat a Bowl of Tea," takes place just after World War Two, when Chinese women were first allowed to immigrate to America in large numbers. It will be shown next week on public television's "American Playhouse" series. (Rebroadcast. Originally broadcast on Wednesday, July 26, 1989).

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Other segments from the episode on April 27, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 27, 1990: Interview with Wayne Wang; Commentary on Little Richard, Part 1; Interview with Eugene Richards; Review of the film "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her…

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