This experimental documentary will use observations from my visit to Port Townsend as the basis for my investigation of the fate of the Chinese there. It will include images of the remains of the Chinese Gardens and Chinatown. It will also include interviews with the few Chinese Americans currently residing in Port Townsend.

Through found footage, text, interviews, and voiceover it will recount the history of Port Townsend’s Chinese and will illustrate the virulent anti-Chinese violence in the Pacific Northwest. The project will resurrect an aspect of U.S. history that has been lost, outlining the discrimination the Chinese faced and the lengths they went to in order to overcome it. Though the Chinese are well-established in the U.S., their disappearance from places like Port Townsend suggests that not all of their struggles to settle here have succeeded and not all of their undertakings have flourished.

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