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AsiaLENS: Every Day Is a Holiday Virtual Screening

  • Event Date: Friday, September 10, 2021–Friday, September 17, 2021
  • Time: 5:00 pm (CDT) Friday–5:00 pm (CDT) Friday
  • Location: Online
  • Cost: Free, registration required

Virtual Screening

Virtual screenings of Every Day Is a Holiday is available from 9/10/2021–9/17/2021.

On 9/14/2021 at 5:00 pm, an online conversation with the filmmaker Theresa Loong will be held via Zoom. Registration is required for both the online viewing and online conversation, and the viewing link and password will be included in the Zoom registration confirmation email.


About the Film

Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong creates an intimate portrait of her father, a man fifty years her senior. In this documentary, we explore the bonds of the father-daughter relationship and place themes of growing older, immigration and racism in the context of “living history.” Paul Loong talks of his experiences as a POW in Japan and his subsequent quest to become an American. We discover why, despite much suffering, “Every Day Is a Holiday.”

About the Filmmaker

Theresa Loong is an interactive media artist who creates intergenerational storytelling experiences focused on memory, identity, and immigration through the use of film, games and apps. She provided editorial and strategic consulting services to AMC Networks (for shows such as "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead"), New York Magazine, The New York Times, and Milestone Film. Theresa is an award-winning multimedia director and producer whose work has been exhibited at the SVA, Triennale di Milano and Circulo de Bellas Artes. Theresa was a consulting producer on interactive documentary projects about Afghanistan, the Disability Rights movement, and Joseph Papp. She worked on PBS films “So Very Far from Home,” "Shanghai 1937" and “China Now: To Get Rich Is Glorious.” Theresa lectures at Bloomfield College in the Creative Art and Technology program. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied social anthropology and conducted ethnographic research using film and video, and received her MFA from Hunter College.

Sponsored by Center for East Asian & Pacific Studies; Spurlock Museum of World Cultures

For more information, look at the AsiaLENS: Everyday Is A Holiday/Theresa Loong (Virtual Screening + Online Filmmaker Discussion) calendar event (external link).

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To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or (email link).