Chinese In America Discuss Sexual Diversity
a video documentary by
Living Well Project's Visibility Campaign
There Is No Name For This explores the lives of Chinese and Chinese American lesbians, gays, and bisexuals and their experiences coming out across cultural and language barriers. The first video to examine the impact of the lack on vocabulary to explain issues of identity in Chinese languages, No Name introduces the family and community relationships of 21 people in different stages of coming out.
Structurally integrating interviews, video letters, poetry, and informal conversation, No Name raises common questions and conflicts in the context of family relationships. The video offers relevant, practical models for situations such as addressing homophobla when it appears in real-life situations, culturally appropriate methods for coming out, and alternate vocabulary for discussions in Chinese.
The lesbians, gays and bisexuals interviewed talk about why they have or have not yet come out to family members and in public, and why they chose the methods they did. They describe a wide range of reactions of parents and siblings when they disclosed their own orientations, and the experience of introducing a partner to the family.
Family members share their own thoughts on decisions taken by their children or siblings to come out to them. They describe the steps they took to understand such different experiences and lifestyles, and their attempts to discuss this with other family members and friends.
A discussion on the public visibility of Asian and Pacific Islander gays, lesbians, and bisexuals is set against the backdrop of the inclusion of a queer contingent in the Chinese New Years Day Parade in San Francisco. Further interviews with Chinese elected officials offer a perspective on reactions to the increasing visibility of homosexuality within their community, and present the viewer with multiple perspective on reasons for their own personal responses.
Ranging in age form 17 to 76, the interviewees reflect a wide diversity in age, background, immigrant status, and lifestyle. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Dallas, and originate from various regions of the U.S., Singapore, mainland China, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Honduras, reflecting the diversity within the Chinese community itself.
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: LIVING WELL PROJECT: ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AIDS SERVICES
CO-PRODUCERS, CO-DIRECTORS: MING-YUEN S. MA AND CIANNA PAMINTUAN STEWART
LENGTH: 49 MINUTES
LANGUAGES: MANDARIN, CANTONESE & ENGLISH
SUBTITLES: CHINESE & ENGLISH
PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE: DECEMBER 1996
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: LIVING WELL PROJECT: Asian PFLAG