Far East Deep South

When Charles Chiu, a Chinese American man from California, travels to Mississippi to visit the grave of the father who abandoned him as a baby, he and his family stumble upon surprising truths that change their lives. Along the way, they meet a diverse group of locals and historians who shed light on the complex history of the first Chinese immigrants to arrive in the segregated South during the Chinese Exclusion era. Their emotional journey reveals just how deep their roots run in America.

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NOTE: This film is geo-blocked to the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut).

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Community Partners

  • Junzi
  • Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
  • A-Doc
  • Chinese Progressive Association
  • Museum of Chinese in America
  • Chinatown Partnership

Bonus Content


  • Larissa Lam
  • Lam is a native of Diamond Bar, Calif., and UCLA alumna. She previously directed the award-winning short FINDING CLEVELAND and was part of the Smithsonian's Emerging Filmmakers Lab. As an accomplished recording artist and composer, her credits include The Oprah Winfrey Show, E!, and Konami. Her song, "I Feel Alive," won the Hollywood Music in Media award for Best Dance Song. She also co-hosts the podcast Love, Discovery & Dim Sum and aims to empower and educate others through arts and media.
  • Producer

    • Baldwin Chiu
  • Writer

    • Larissa Lam
  • Cast

    • Baldwin Chiu
    • Charles Chiu
    • Edwin Chiu
    • Rebecca Chiu

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