Friday, November 22, 2013

"Xmas Without China" (film)

Mary's Christmas Museum for an inclusive Xtmas (Kevin Dooley/

Chinese immigrant Tom Xia challenges his American neighbors, the Joneses, to one Christmas season without using anything made in China!

"Xmas Without China" is a feature documentary set around the Christmas holiday in Arcadia, California, a Pasadena-adjacent neighborhood in the San Gabriel Valley that used to be predominantly Anglo, but is now half Asian.
Tom Xia, a Chinese-American immigrant, challenges his neighbors, the Jones family, to spend the entire month leading up to the commercial holiday season with no Chinese products in their homes and without purchasing any Chinese products for the holidays.

"Black Friday" is coming. Where will you be?
(Kevin Dooley/
Fed up with food and toy recalls, the Joneses take up the challenge. But the tables turn when Tim Jones provokes Tom about who he is and why he's so proud of China. As the Joneses struggle to figure out how to have a simpler Christmas in a time when "We don't make anything anymore." They also begin to think about just how related they are to China. 
xmas-without-china-banner-200x225Fed up with the mudslinging between the two countries, Tom finds himself on an unlikely journey to break down stereotypes between China and America. He find his own place between these worlds.
We shot the first half of the film, and in the wonderful way of documentary, we discovered that Tom's challenge brings us a fascinating story of the unusual relationship between two families who are each trying to adapt to the enormous changes that are defining our world today. More

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