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Title Xmas without China [videorecording] / director & producer, Alicia Dwyer ; producer, Tom Xia ; a co-production of Dwyers & Xia, LLC and the Independent Television Service (ITVS), in association with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) ; Chicken & Egg Pictures ; Veracity Productions.

Publication Info. Oley, PA : Bullfrog Films, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library DVD, Non-Fiction    382.01951 XMA    Available
Description 1 videodisc (63 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
two-dimensional moving image tdi rdacontent
video v rdamedia
videodisc vd rdacarrier
digital optical stereo Dolby rda
video file DVD video all regions rda
System Details DVD; region 1.
Language Closed-captioned in English and Chinese with English subtitles. English SDH captions.
Terms Of Use Includes public performance rights. MnManS
Performer Featuring Tom Xia.
Credits Cinematographer & co-producer, Michael Dwyer ; co-producer & editor, Juli Vizza ; co-editor, Tova Goodman ; associate producer, Katie Roper ; music written & performed by Kenneth Pattengale.
Note Originally produced in 2013.
Audience Rating: Unrated.
Contents Bad news about China -- Tom challenges neighbors -- Tom's introduction -- The Jones family accepts challenge -- Removing everything "Made in China" -- Western culture and the Xia family -- Cookie party at the Joneses -- American citizenship -- Joneses make Xmas lights without China -- The Xias plan for Xmas -- Xmas shopping -- Tom plays poker with friends -- Jones Xmas song -- Tom's apology -- PRC 60th Anniversary celebration -- Xmas preparations -- Tom attends church with Evelyn -- Tim and the XBox -- Tom calls grandpa -- Acupuncture -- Xmas Eve -- Xmas Day -- Conclusion.
Summary Exploring the intersection of consumerism and immigration in American culture, XMAS WITHOUT CHINA is an intimate portrait of families wrestling with our drive to consume cheap products, but also with our desire for human connection and a sense of who we are in a fast-changing world. Pride and mischief inspire Chinese immigrant Tom Xia to challenge the Americans in his Southern California suburb to celebrate Christmas without any Chinese products. With deep ties to his extended family back home, Tom is incensed by how he considers China is misunderstood, particularly by the American media. But he gets more than he bargains for when he meets the Joneses, a young family trying to keep their children safe as a wave of Chinese toy recalls forces them to have their son tested for lead poisoning. The Joneses start to give up not just toys, plates, lamps, and clothes, but the beloved hair dryer, coffeemaker, X-Box, and many Christmas decorations, challenging the way they live everyday life and how they celebrate Christmas. Meanwhile, Tom's parents are constructing a new home, proudly using Chinese materials to build their American dream. As they decorate for Christmas for the first time and the interactions between the Xias and the Joneses intensify, Tom realizes that he's on a deeper journey to understand the complexities of his own divided loyalties between America and China.
Subject Consumers -- United States -- Attitudes.
Exports -- China.
Globalization -- Social aspects -- United States.
Globalization -- Economic aspects -- United States.
Emigration and immigration -- Social aspects.
Chinese Americans -- California -- Arcadia.
Christmas -- California -- Arcadia.
Arcadia (Calif.) -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Added Author Dwyer, Alicia, film director, film producer.
Xia, Tom, film producer.
Vizza, Juli, film producer, editor of moving image work.
Pattengale, Kenneth, composer.
Dwyers & Xia (Firm), production company.
Independent Television Service, production company.
Center for Asian American Media, production company.
Chicken & Egg Pictures (Firm), production company.
Veracity Productions (Firm), production company.
Bullfrog Films, presenter.
ISBN 9781937772994

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