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Chinese Restaurants: On the Islands| 1hr : 20mins
Director: Cheuk Kwan | Producer: Cheuk Kwan
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: Canada
Subject Tags: americas, asia, canada, china, cuba, culture, global, globalization, mauritius, migration, trinidad and tobago
Quality Tags: Optimistic, Slow, Activating, Harmonizing
"Chinese Restaurants: On the Islands" tells a story of the Chinese diaspora told through its most recognizable and enduring icon - the family-run Chinese restaurant. Film-maker Cheuk Kwan takes us on a tour of restaurants in Mauritius, Trinidad, and Cuba, showing us Chinese communities that have become an integral part of these sensual and seductive islands in the sun. In the middle of the Indian Ocean, we discover an innovative self-taught chef who serves up inventive new dishes combining Hakka Chinese, Creole and Indian flavors. In San Fernando we find a restaurant owner whose passion for quality and service has won him widespread affection and respect as he dances to the infectious calypso music of the island’s annual Carnival. In Havana, we go beyond the "Chinese Fantasy" created by the Cuban government to discover the legacy of a community that dates back to 1847 and has now become truly Cuban.

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