Chan is Missing

Genre: Feature
Ethnicity: Chinese American
Themes: Cultural Encounter & Misunderstanding, Identity/Representation,
Immigrant/Refugee Experience/Diaspora
Date: 1982
Running Time: 80 min.
Director/Producer: Wayne Wang
Koch Lorber Films
Purchase Price: $29.98 (DVD)

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When Chan Hung goes missing amidst a $4,000 business deal and a controversial incident in San Francisco’s Chinatown, two cabbies go on a search to unravel both the facts that lead to Chan’s mysterious disappearance and the issues raised by being of Chinese descent in America.  Cultural misunderstandings accumulate as the two come closer to understanding the differences that abound across generations, languages, politics, and race.  But in spite of these gaps, they also acquire a deeper knowledge of what it means to be "Chinese," as their search leads them to various conversations that intertwine the individual mystery of Chan with the broader issues of identity and assimilation into American society.

Canby, Vincent.  "Chan is Missing."  New York Times.  April 24, 1982.

Ebert, Roger.  "Chan is Missing."  Chicago Sun-Times.  January 1, 1982.

Hsu, Hua.  "The early brilliance of Wayne Wang."  Slate.  March 30, 2006.

Wang, Wendy.  "Chan is not the only one who’s missing."  Asia Pacific Arts (UCLA Asia Institute).  May 7, 2004.

Supplementary Material
Chang, Lia (ed.).  "Fade to black with auteur Wayne Wang."  AsianWeek.  August 10 – 16, 2000.
Interview between filmmaker Wayne Wang and interviewer Elvis Mitchell.
Asian American Filmography ExEAS