Sunday, October 30, 2016

Coming Up Next: Hawaii Filmmaker Robin Lung, 'Finding Kukan' and More!

Picture this.

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 Tune in on Saturday, November 5 starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern USA Time/ 10:30 p.m. China Time. 

FINDING KUKAN will be screened at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF.Org) in Honolulu on Saturday, November 5 at Dole Cannery Theatre B at 5:45 p.m., and again on Friday, November 11 at Dole Cannery A at 3:45 p.m. 

FINDING KUKAN's North America premiere will be at DOC NYC in New York City on Tuesday, November 15 at Cinepolis Chelsea at 5:30 p.m., and Wednesday, November 16 at the IFC Center at 12:45 p.m. 

Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim's broadcasts are from AM1490 WGCH and anywhere on in Greenwich, Connecticut USA. 

This show is title-sponsored by Beijing AmBridge International Culture Development Ltd. You are invited to explore how an alliance with Beijing AmBridge can help your company or organization grow and prosper. Call Beijing AmBridge's office in Beijing at 86-10-80775517 or email

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