Gold Mountain: Dreams of a Better Life | Chicago Reader

Gold Mountain: Dreams of a Better Life

Two of these 2003 shorts address the same subject from different angles and with unequal success: Corey Fortuné's Employee Dang is a passable fictional melodrama about the conflict between a Vietnamese immigrant and his defiant, assimilated granddaughter. Koji Hayasaki's Leang's Journey is a riveting documentary about parallel tensions between a Cambodian refugee and his daughter. Both films highlight an ironic new product of the American melting pot: second-generation Asian-Americans who reject their heritage in favor of rap music, gangsta poses, and hip-hop styles. Also showing: Wonsuk Lee's overly cute fable Tree and Romeo Candido's Kuya Medley, essentially a promotional video for a boy band of the same name. 85 min.

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