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The Chiney Shop

In Jamaica, from the 1930s to the early 1970s, the ubiquitous Chinese-owned groceries were located on many busy street corners in Downtown Kingston to remote towns in every parish.

This documentary explores the complex relationship and social interaction between the Chinese shopkeepers and their Jamaican customers.

Although the Chinese were an insular group, The Chiney Shop explores the myriad ways, in which this ethnic minority contributed to Jamaican society. Drawing from interviews by members of the Jamaican-Chinese community and prominent Jamaicans from the diaspora and using archival footage and photos, the film attempts to illustrate the deeply-rooted connection between Chinese shopkeepers and Jamaicans not usually portrayed in mainstream media.

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Half: The Story of Chinese-Jamaican Son

From his native Jamaica to a village in china, the journey of half-black, half-Chinese Vincent Lee began when he was only a young boy. Chinese immigrants to Jamaica in the late 1800 and early 1900s were largely men from southern china, known as Hakka. They often entered into relationships with Jamaican women as did lee’s father. When his father died prematurely, like many Chinese-Jamaican sons shipped to china to discover their Chinese roots, lee was sent to his father’s homeland, but endured hardship and servitude at the hands of his Chinese relatives.

Separated from his mother and siblings for years, Vincent returned to his native homeland as an adult. However, he had to leave behind a family in china and rebuild a new life in Jamaica.

Half is a story of the universal journey of love, loss, search for identity, and finally reconciliation and acceptance.

It illustrates the strength of family bonds, the importance of culture and how for Vincent Lee, returning home to find his family and his roots helped him become whole.

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