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.
Jean Cheng, Director, Producer
Sweet Potato Productions
67A Lapidge St.
San Francisco, CA 94110