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Finding Kukan
Uncovering the Story of An Asian-American Female Producer from the 1940's

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Ke

After seeing and being moved by "Finding Kukan" in person at the Boston Asian American Film Festival, I began using it in my "WWII in East Asia" class and its has generated much enthusiastic discussion. It is a very helpful film not only for for WWII classes that touch on Asian American ...Read more

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mary

I absolutely love FINDING KUKAN! We screened the film at the CineCulture film series at Fresno State, and the director, Robin Lung joined us for a post-screening discussion. She was so knowledgeable, articulate and gracious. This was one of my favorite screenings, and I've been responsible ...Read more

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Robin

Thank you, Mary. It was a real pleasure to discuss the film with your students and the larger Fresno community after the screening. The audience brought up so many interesting questions and comments. Your CineCulture film series is a great role model for other institutions. I’m proud to have ...Read more

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Kristin

In addition to being a great story, this is an excellent resource for exploring the absences and gaps of official film history, especially with respect to the contributions of women, and minority diasporic women in particular. It also probes the relationship of the filmmaker with the subject ...Read more

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Robin

Thanks for your comments, Kristin. I made a difficult choice to put myself into my own film. And Iʻve been pleasantly surprised by audience reactions to my on-screen search. I also gained a new respect for the subjects of documentaries and how much trust they give filmmakers when they appear ...Read more

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Samantha

What a wonderful film! I loved the interludes of the actors dancing and playing out scenes in the shadows as well as all of the wonderful archival footage. Lung definitely did her homework. It's amazing how many stories get erased, especially if those stories don't adhere to the dominant ...Read more

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newday

Thanks, Sam. Women's history is especially vulnerable to erasure since women's lives are traditionally not well-documented. Li Ling-Ai insisted and persisted in telling her own story while she was alive. That's one of the only reasons why I was able to make this film. I also learned that ...Read more

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J. S.

Showing the truth requires responsibility and dedication; telling the truth is a duty. Finding Kukan is an incredible chronicle of one woman’s commitment to showing a story of war atrocities and another woman’s commitment to telling that story. J. Cardenas, Hawaii Pacific University

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Robin Lung

Thanks for your comment, J.S. I worked on FINDING KUKAN for eight years. I started the project as a way to bring greater visibility to an inspirational Asian American woman – the kind of woman I longed to see more of in mainstream media. But I grew to realize that the missing faces of ...Read more