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Film Screening and Q&A: Dear Corky

Oct 20 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us for a film screening of, "Dear Corky" followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Curtis Chin.

USA. English. 2022. 17 min.

For over fifty years, New York native Corky Lee photographed his hometown's Chinatown, and Asian American communities around the country. With a strong sense of social justice,  he captured activists, celebrities, and everyday heroes with equal passion, taking over a hundred thousand photos. Sadly, while documenting the latest rise of anti-Asian hate crimes, Corky fell to COVID. Through his own words and pictures, Dear Corky reveals the man behind the camera. Corky Lee is a well known figure amongst the Asian American community, especially for those who have lived in Chinatown, NYC. His impact continues to inspire a new generation of Asian Americans to this day.


A co-founder of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York City, Curtis Chin served as the non-profits’ first Executive Director. He went on to write for television before transitioning to social justice documentaries. Chin has screened his films at over 600 venues in sixteen countries. He has written for CNN, Bon Appetit and the Emancipator/Boston Globe. A graduate of the University of Michigan and former Visiting Scholar at New York University, Chin has received awards from ABC/Disney Television, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and more. His memoir, "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant" is published by Little, Brown in Fall 2023. He is also the author of, "Everything I Learned, I Learned in a Chinese Restaurant: A Memoir". He can be found at CurtisfromDetroit.com. You can preorder his book by purchasing here.

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