In 1882, the United States passed a ban on Chinese immigrants, blaming them for the 1874 Depression. In 1924, the Johnson-Reed Act expanded the ban to include Asians and Arabs. By 1936, over a half a century after the original ban…the Chinese were the first generation to come of age under an immigration ban.
Following Edison Hark—a haunted, self-loathing Chinese-American detective—on the trail of a killer in 1936 Chinatown, THE GOOD ASIAN is Chinatown noir starring the first generation of Americans to come of age under an immigration ban, the Chinese, as they’re besieged by rampant murders, abusive police, and a world that seemingly never changes.
Two Asian critics- Ritesh Babu and Harry Kassen discuss and dig into the ambitious Asian-American Noir drama.