Chinese Couplets

About This Episode


Part memoir, part history, part investigation, filmmaker Felicia Lowe’s search for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era reveals the often painful price paid by immigrants who abandoned their personal identity, the burden of silence they passed on to their offspring and the intergenerational strife between immigrants and their American born children. Chinese Couplets is an intimate family story of the impact of America’s Chinese Exclusion Acts on one family, over two centuries in three countries on four generations of women.