For five years, documentary filmmaker Barre Fong embedded within an international research team conducting the first archaeological study of a migrants’ home village in southern China’s Pearl River Delta. Making Ties: The Cangdong Village Project chronicles the challenges, successes, and outcomes of this study. The film provides an intimate window into the practical experience of archaeological field research, and illuminates how the study of material culture can reveal complex networks that connected 19th century Chinese migrants with their home villages. The live premiere of the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the filmmaker and members of the research team.
About the Filmmaker: Barre Fong is a fourth generation Chinese-American and San Francisco native. Barre’s activities as a filmmaker and community activist is an embodiment of his grandfather’s dream of preserving his own experience as a turn-of-the-Century Chinese immigrant. Barre continues to live in San Francisco with his wife and two children. He previously served as the President of the Board of Directors for the Chinese Historical Society of America and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Lick-Wilmerding High School. He has produced and directed short films about the Asian American experience since 2013. His 2016 film, Digging to Chinatown, was well received and his 2018 film, Finding the Virgo, is earning several awards.
About the Cangdong Village Project: During the 1800s, more than 2.5 million people left China’s Pearl River Delta region, creating new communities around the world. Their cultural and economic influences also transformed their home villages. The Cangdong Village Project was developed to investigate how daily life changed in migrant’s home villages during and after migration. The Cangdong Village Project is joint undertaking of the Stanford Archaeology Center, the Guangdong Qiaoxiang Cultural Research Center at Wuyi University, and the Guangdong Provincial Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology.