What did it mean to be Chinese in Black space during segregation? Blurring the Color Line follows director Crystal Kwok’s personal journey of discovery as she digs into the way her grandmother’s family navigated life as grocery store owners in the Black neighborhood of Augusta, Georgia. The film weaves personal family stories with memories from the larger Chinese and Black communities, opening up uncomfortable but necessary conversations around anti-Black racism and the deeply rooted structure of white power and Chinese patriarchy that contributed to this. Which fountain did the Chinese drink from? Where did they sit on the bus? This film serves as an entrance into the connected histories we never knew or dared speak about as told through a woman’s lens.
Sponsored by UNCW Office of the Arts, WHQR Public Radio, Cucalorus, and Working Films.