Events

Sat Sept 6 | Film Night: “American Dreams In China”

Join us for a special 1990 Institute Film Night at the Center for Asian American Media’s CAAMFest San Jose on Saturday, September 6, at 6:00pm.

We are proud to co-present “AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA,” one of China’s most successful box office films of 2013. Directed by acclaimed Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan, the film has been highly praised as China’s version of The Social Network.

Get your tickets TODAY!  We’ve reserved a block of extra seats at a special discount rate through Thursday, September 4th, and it will sell out fast. We’ve already sold 50 tickets!


The 1990 Institute co-presents AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA  | view trailerAmerican Dreams In China_Dual


SAT SEPT 6 | 6:00 PM |  CAMERA 3 CINEMA in San Jose

DIRECTOR: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | China 2013 | Narrative | 110 Minutes | Mandarin w/English Subtitles  | Rating equivalent – PG-13

BUY TICKETS by midnight, Thurs 9/4  |  $11 per ticket for the 1990 Institute community
(regular tickets are $13.50 >>  $12 + $1.50 ticketing fee)

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DESCRIPTION:
One of China’s most successful box office hits of 2013, AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA is a story about three ambitious college students, Meng Xiaojun (Deng Chao), Wang Yang (Tong Dawei), and Cheng Dongqing (Huang Xiaoming), who all have the same goal — to study in the United States. When only Meng Xiaojun is granted a student visa to the US, the three friends make do with the long distance.  The penniless trio who become billionaire owners of New Dreams, a chain of English language tutorial centers for Chinese seeking to study in the US. Reminiscent of Mark Zuckerberg and the founding of Facebook, as these three underdogs rise to the top, they also face copyright infringement lawsuits that threaten all that they have worked for.

With a wry eye, Hong Kong director Peter Chan explores entrepreneurial drive, the toll it takes on friendship over the years, and the compromises made in the wake of unexpected success. This riveting, modern telling of David versus Goliath is loosely based on the real-life company New Oriental Education & Technology Group (NYSE: EDU) which was founded by Beijing University English teacher Michael Minhong Yu and went public in the US in 2006.

Throughout the film, viewers will see the various ways in which America is viewed by Chinese — sometimes as the land of hopes and dreams, sometimes as an enemy.  With the original mainland China release coming only weeks after President Xi Jinping officially endorsed the “China Dream,” the movie is Chen’s de facto salute to a whole generation of mainland China-born entrepreneurs who came of age during the 1980s and have since become world-class business leaders, including Alibaba Group’s Jack Ma, Lenovo Group founder Liu Chuanzhi, Sohu.com CEO Charles Zhang, former Google China chief Kai-Fu Lee and others cited in the film.

FILM REVIEWS:
Slate:  American Dreams in China Storms the Box Office
WSJ: Capitalist Fantasy Tops China Box Office, Spurs Debate

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