Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre St., Manhattan)
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Crossing Canal focuses on the history behind the Oversea Chinese Mission, one of the largest Chinese Christian congregations in New York. The story is told within the context of a rapidly growing Chinatown, chronicling the church’s bold purchase of a building in the neighboring streets of Little Italy– a move that effectively spurred the expansion of the Chinese community northward. The film includes first-hand accounts of a number of Chinatown residents from the 1950s and 1960s, who describe the challenges they faced as a pioneering group of Chinese in less-than-welcoming territory. As the Oversea Chinese Mission was founded just a few years prior to the wave of post-1965 Chinese immigrants, the church’s own growth and history very much mirror the growth and changes in the community it serves.
Screening followed by Q&A.