This documentary was produced in collaboration with performance artist Nicky Paraiso for his critically acclaimed multi-media performance at P.S. 122. Eleven different interviews with "Asian Boys" are intercut with images of "fish out of water" in Chinatown and footage from the Miss Universe contest in the Philippines. The interviewees’ responses to requests for childhood stories range from humorous to hostile, from genuine to satirical, and tellingly reveal their underlying ideas about race and identity.
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TWN acknowledges that in New York we are on the unceded territory of the Lenni Lenape,
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TWN is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council
on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Color Congress, MOSAIC, New York Community Trust, Peace Development Fund,
Humanities NY, Ford Foundation, Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and individual donors.