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Patrick Radden Keefe’s New Yorker article on Fujian-Chinatown Snakeheads

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

The Snakehead (author: Patrick Radden Keefe)

This Friday dGenerate Films and the Museum of Chinese in American kick off their regular screening series Chinese Cinema Club. The first screening, held at the museum’s Chinatown location, will be Robin Weng‘s Fujian Blue, an exciting indie feature about reckless youths tied to the human smuggling trade in China’s Fujian province.

Joining us in post-screening discussion is Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream. It’s a fascinating book that digs deep into the smuggling of people from China to the US, an illegal practice which by the 1990s grew into a multi-billion dollar industry. Keefe will share his real-life observations of life and crime in Fujian, and also discuss how the “snakeheads” forever changed New York’s Chinatown.

Admission: $10/adult; $8/student & senior, Free for MOCA member. Visit the MoCA website for directions and details.

In 2006, Keefe published an eye-opening article in The New Yorker that eventually led him to write the book. Here’s a key excerpt:


Chinese Cinema Club Launches This Friday at the MoCA in Chinatown

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The Chinese Cinema Club, a collaboration between dGenerate Films and Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), is a movie club screening Chinese and Chinese American films on the first Friday of every other month.

The Club is a first step towards addressing the disappearance of cinemas from Chinatown, and its subsequent lack of public screening options. The aim will be to draw diverse movie-lovers and provide a regular space to gather, watch, discover and interact around cinema.

The series kicks off this Friday October 1 with Fujian Blue, Robin Weng’s acclaimed feature about reckless youths dangerously involved with illegal human trafficking in China’s Fujian Province.

Fujian Blue

2007, 87 min. Directed by Robin Weng.

This award-winning debut feature portrays two interweaving stories of youth crime and family crisis shed light on illegal emigration and human trafficking in China’s Fujian province.

Followed by Q&A with Patrick Radden Keefe, author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, moderated by Kevin Lee, VP of Programming with dGenerate Films.

Admission: $10/adult; $8/student & senior, Free for MOCA member. To purchase tickets, please

Purchase tickets to all three screenings for $25!

To RSVP for the event, please visit the Facebook Event Page here.


Take Out
Friday, December 3, 2010, 7pm

2004, 87 min. Directed by Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou
An illegal Chinese immigrant falls behind on payments on an enormous smuggling debt. Ming Ding has only until the end of the day to come up with the money.
Followed by Q&A with the directors, Sean Baker and Shih-Ching Tsou.

February 4, 2011, 7pm

2005, 110 min. Directed by Jiayin Liu

Daily life in an impossibly cramped Beijing apartment takes on epic proportions in this, intimate portrait, with unprecedented access, of a working-class Chinese family.

To find out more about the Chinese Cinema Club, please click here.