Chinatown Rising

The Asian-American movement from the perspective of young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition.

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A feature documentary currently in production.

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Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination. Chinatown Rising is a documentary film about the Asian-American movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change.

We are humbled, excited, and honored to be in partnership with California Humanities as we move towards completing and getting the finished film out into the world!  View the California Humanities 2018 California Documentary Projects Announcement.

We are beyond thrilled to announce that Chinatown Rising is a recipient of the

Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) Documentary Fund Award!

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Our Team

Director, Producer

Former Youth Director and later Executive Director of Cameron House, Harry was an early mentor for hundreds of Chinatown youth including author/activist Gordon Chin. Harry was the catalyst in Chinatown’s fight to save the Chinese Playground from being developed into a parking garage, leading to the formation of the Committee for Better Parks and Recreation in Chinatown.  He was co-founder of the Chinatown Coalition for Better Housing, which led the fight to develop the Mei Lun Yuen affordable housing project.  He was appointed by four separate mayors to city commissions which included the Public Housing  Authority and Juvenile Justice Commission.  Harry was one of the first Asian American religious leaders to speak out for same-sex marriage. In 1981, he earned his MA from the SF State University’s Film Arts Department where he served as a p/t student assistant in film history. His footage for this film was shot as a student/activist and Chinatown Rising is his official return to filmmaking.



James Q. Chan is a San Francisco-based Producer and Director. His film training began alongside two-time Academy-Award winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (THE TIMES OF HARVEY MILK, THE CELLULOID CLOSET, PARAGRAPH 175). He has collaborated on Emmy- and Grammy-winning projects and his projects have premiered at film festivals and television around the world. Prior to filmmaking, James worked as a Talent Agent working with actors in SF. He is the founder of Good Medicine Picture Company and his recent film FOREVER, CHINATOWN (Jury Award, Best Cinematography, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival; Audience Award, Boston Asian FF) has been selected for the American Film Showcase, the premier film diplomacy program bringing screenings and workshops to audiences in more than 40 countries. A partnership between the U.S. State Department and USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, James will serve as film envoy for the 2017-2018 AFS Program. He is the founder of Good Medicine Picture Company.  



Anson is a San Francisco native rooted in the Chinatown community. While serving in the US Navy he found his passion in film and tv when he produced and filmed his own closed circuit television show on his naval ship, USS OLDENDORF. He followed his passion by moving to Los Angeles and worked on various short films, music videos and documentary projects. Notable projects included sundance film FINISHING THE GAME as an associated producer and thereafter worked on Universal's Studio FAST & FURIOUS as an assistant to the director both directed by Justin Lin. He also help develop and film numerous webseries and comedy sketches on a Youtube Asian American channel called YOMYOMF which gained over 35 million views within a year. As a traveling cinematographer, he's film documentaries all over China, India, Indonesia, Nepal and Mt Everest base camp. He is currently working on a feature film narrative called SNAKEHEAD as a 1st Assistant Director.



Greg is currently a Video Editor and Producer based out of Culver City.  He is employed at both NFL Network and Spectrum Sportsnet, where he edits and produces live sports television along with original sports reality programming.  Greg has also been the lead editor on two feature films, UNDOING and FINISHING THE GAME.  FINISHING THE GAME was directed by Justin Lin and premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.  He was also the lead editor on the documentary LINSANITY, which was directed by Evan Jackson Leong and premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Currently he is in post production as the lead editor on SNAKEHEAD, the directorial feature debut of Evan Jackson Leong.  Greg has over 15 years experience editing with 10 years of experience editing live sports television.


Co-Producer, Assistant Editor

Josh grew up in San Francisco's Chinatown and has worked in the community for over 16 years as a youth worker, filmmaker, and fundraiser. He has produced, shot and edited short films for the past 16 years, mostly sharing the stories of individuals who symbolize the rich diversity of the city, as well as organizations advocating for the needs of the underserved. He currently directs the UPS Community Internship in San Francisco, an intensive community immersion program for UPS Upper Management, which focuses on the Chinatown, Tenderloin, and Bayview neighborhoods. He enjoys international travel, often spending months at a time overseas. To Josh, the best part of travel is learning about other cultures, meeting inspiring individuals, and playing basketball with the locals.

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