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Mitsuye and Nellie
Asian American Poets
A film by Allie Light and Irving Saraf
1981, 58 minutes, Color, 16mm/DVD
Order No. W99210
This absorbing documentary examines the lives of Asian Americans through the inspirational poetry of Mitsuye Yamada and Nellie Wong. Interviews, rare archival footage, intimate family scenes and a lively dialogue between these fascinating women underscore the different histories of Chinese and Japanese Americans but also shared experiences of biculturalism and generational difference. Ideal for literature and poetry classes, women's studies and Asian American groups.


  • American Film and Video Festival
  • Hong Kong Film Festival
  • Taiwan Film Festival

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    "A sensitive, quality film that is becoming a classic."
    Karen Ito
    American Anthropologist

    "Extraordinary. Vividly and warmly presents the strengths and tragedies of two Asian American societies."
    Margo Skinner
    Asian Week

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