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Wayne Wang's Films Explore the Chinese American Experience.

Filmmaker Wayne Wang. With the films "Chan is Missing," "Dim Sum," and "Slam Dance" 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 new 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.

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Other segments from the episode on July 26, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 26, 1989: Interview with Wayne Wang; Review of Toscanini's albums "La Mer" and "Tragic Overture/Symphony No. 4"; Interview with Dubravka Tomsic; Commentary on Ursula…

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