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Han Chee
(Sweet Potato)

Jean Cheng
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Han Chee


Five thousand years of Chinese culture. Fifty years of Japanese occupation. Forty years of martial law. Ten years of democratization. What does it all add up to? What is Taiwan-an independent nation or an upstart, renegade province of China? Who gets to decide?

Han Chee is a personal, experimental documentary about Taiwanese history and identity. Divided into three parts, it is a poetic meditation on colonialism, culture, memory, identity, and nationhood. Given Taiwan's tumultuous past (colonized by Japan 1895-1945, occupied by the Republic of China since World War II), and its currently ambiguous status in the international arena, what does it mean to be Taiwanese? Where is the intersection between official history and personal experience?


Jean Cheng is a second-generation Taiwanese American, born in Boston, Massachusetts, and raised in Portland, Oregon. She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.F.A. from San Francisco State University. Her award-winning first film, "Across a Paper Ocean" (1993), was screened at festivals across the United States and broadcast on public television. "Han Chee (Sweet Potato)" is her M.F.A. thesis film.

Contact information:

Jean Cheng, Director, Producer
Sweet Potato Productions
67A Lapidge St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
phone: 415-701-8268

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