Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart
Laureen Chew is professor emerita of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University. Her areas of expertise span elementary education, ethnic studies, bilingual education, and multiculturalism in higher education.
Laureen Chew, Kim Chew, Victor Wong, Ida F.O. Chung,
“I was filming in a Chinese home and saw all the shoes on the floor by the door. This image gave me the idea of making a movie about the people who belonged to those shoes . . . how their family lives and outside lives fit together” (Wang). Dim Sum is Wang’s one from the heart, part homage to Yasujirō Ozu, part idiosyncratic ideogram about the ways that Chinese Americans are Chinese and American. Wang elicited a marvelously nuanced performance from nonprofessional actress Kim Chew as Mrs. Tam, whose daughter Geraldine (Laureen Chew, Kim Chew’s daughter) is caught when her mother paradoxically pushes her both to marry and to stay home with her.
Dim Sum Take-Out
Wayne Wang, United States, 1987
Wang’s short film uses the female cast from Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart to contest prevalent stereotypes of Asian American women. A bittersweet, music-filled tale of five singing, screaming, dancing friends—Chinatown women who dream big.