Tea & Justice chronicles the experiences of three women who joined the
New York Police Department during the 1980s—the first Asian women to
become members of a force that was largely white and predominantly male.
In this award-winning documentary, Officer Trish Ormsby and Detectives
Agnes Chan and Christine Leung share their fascinating stories about
careers and personal lives, as well as satisfactions and risks on the
job, the stereotypes they defied, and how they persevered.
Intrigued by the image of Asian women in a non-traditional profession,
filmmaker Ermena Vinluan explores her own mixed feelings about cops
while honoring the challenges Ormsby, Chan and Leung embraced, and the
far-reaching changes they helped bring about. Interviews with ordinary
New Yorkers, leading advocates of law enforcement reform, and
anti-police abuse activists consider proposed changes in police culture
and explain how women’s preventive policing style, based on
communication, contrasts with more reactive, physically forceful methods
used by men. Humorous cartoons, lively graphics depicting cultural icons
of strong Asian women, and original music enhance this nuanced study of
race, gender, and power.
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