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New Faces Old Fears Television (Full Length) – 2004 Documentary

New Faces Old Fears

Television (Full Length) – 2004 Documentary

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Nominated for a Qantas Media Award, this documentary examines prejudices against Asians in New Zealand, amidst the context of burgeoning immigration (80,000 ethnic Chinese and 20,000 Koreans have arrived in NZ since 1988). Directors John Bates and Manying Ip look back at the history of Asian settlement in Aotearoa, from colonial xenophobia and the poll tax inflicted only on Chinese migrants, through ‘ching chong Chinaman’ abuse, to the present day — where 21st century migrants face struggles with discrimination, language barriers and integrating in their new home. 

Key Cast & Crew

Manying Ip

Director

Karen Bates

Producer

Tom Ludvigson

Composer

There’s some students that would crack an Asian comment, and then they’d realise that I’m there and go, ‘oh, but not you’. Some students would say, ‘oh I wish they’d all go back to their own country’, and they’d realise that I’m sitting there and go, ‘oh but not you.’
– Susasga Yang