It's the late 1930's. China is in dire straits under Imperial Japan's military juggernaut.
A female Chinese American firebrand from Hawaii jolts American audiences into action with a revolutionary new film medium: 16mm Kodachrome color film.
She hires an American photojournalist to travel to China and capture on film a citizen's perspective -including the massive bombing of Chungking.
Their film, Kukan, was screened at the White House with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was called "awesome" by the New York Times, and received one of the first Academy Awards for a feature color documentary -in 1942.
So, why haven't we heard of Li Ling-Ai, or Rey Scott? What happened to all the copies of Kukan?
My next guest on Conversations is Hawaii filmmaker Robin Lung whose documentary Finding Kukan chronicles her seven-year quest to find the answers. I flew to Hawaii and caught up with Robin Lung at the Hawaii Chinese History Center in Honolulu's Chinatown. Trust me, there's nothing dull about this investigative journey -one that was full of twists and turns along the way.
We'll have our weekly Confucius Moment, our journey to another one of the Treasures of China, events happening in the community and more on the next broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim on 1490 WGCH and WGCH.com. Tune in on Saturday, November 5 starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. China Time.
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