- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 100 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: July 21, 2000
Shunned and discriminated against, Chinese immigrants nonetheless prospered, preserving ancient traditions and embracing the opportunities North America provided.
The Chinese diaspora changed the face of North America. Chinese laborers formed a vital part of the labor force that built the railroads in the 19th century. A second wave of immigration--spurred by Nixon's historic efforts to open China to the west in the 1970s--wrote a new chapter in the fascinating chronicle of CHINATOWN: A SECRET HISTORY.
This feature-length program ventures back 150 years and into the tight-knit communities that exist in nearly every major North American city to tell the story of the Chinese-American experience. Find out why just two of China's many provinces contributed the vast majority of 19th century immigrants and experience the prejudice and hatred they had to overcome in their new land. Examine the many enigmas that surround the Chinese in America to this day: the contrast between their secretive ways and the openness of American society, the violence of Chinese gangs and the success of individual entrepreneurs, and their steadfast adherence to ancient traditions and customs even as new opportunities are embraced and exploited.
Join CHINATOWN: A SECRET HISTORY for a fascinating look at the immigrant experience through the eyes of those who have lived it.