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9-MAN

Venue: IFC Center
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Add to Calendar 05/20/2014 08:00 PM 05/20/2014 10:00 PM America/New_York 9-MAN More detail: http://apa.nyu.edu/event/9-man/ IFC Center, New York, NY

 

Update: A/P/A sponsored tickets are no longer available.

Co-presented with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU and Asian CineVision

Join Stranger than Fiction, the A/P/A Institute at NYU, and Asian CineVision for a screening of 9-MAN, a documentary about the gritty streetball game played competitively in Chinatown since the 1930s. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ursula Liang (Visiting Scholar, A/P/A Institute at NYU).

During the Chinese Exclusion era, the Chinatown community was largely a Bachelor Society, ghettoized by extreme discrimination and distrust. Restaurant workers and laundrymen were forced to socialize exclusively amongst themselves and nine-man offered both escape and fraternity to men who were separated from their families in China. Today, some 80 years later, the game provides a lasting connection to Chinatown for a community of men who know a different, more integrated US. Nine-man punctuates each summer with a vibrant, aggressive, exhausting bragging-rights tournament that unites thousands of Chinese Americans and maintains traditional rules and customs–sometimes to the malcontent of outsiders.

 

 

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