3 People Video Premiere

AIISF coordinated a video program in 2017 for local youth who interviewed immigrant and American-born seniors from the local community. The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation provided generous funding for this program and the “3 People” program which premiered its videos in 2015. Our wonderful producer Anson Ho and co-producer Casey Chow worked with all the students from Cameron House, the Japanese Community Youth Center, and J-Sei  in 2017 and with Cameron House in 2015. One of the people interviewed in 2015, Ming Quan Chang, became a video student in 2017!

Phillip Van left Vietnam in 1973 for Hong Kong and later came to the U.S. as a refugee. He settled in San Francisco and now works to serve the community on the staff of a community legal organization.

Interviewers – Ming Quan Chang and Michael Zhao
Camera – Atticus Flores, Vienna Wu, Fiona Zhao
Sound – Justin Lim Lee
Editors – Justin Lim Lee, Charlie Ruan, Garvin Wu, Michael Zhao
Transcriptions – Ming Quan Chang, Justin Lim Lee, Jessie Lei, Charlie Ruan, Michael Zhao
Translation Ming Quan Chang

Of Russian background, Ludmilla Litvinoff came to the U.S. in 1958 from Harbin China to join her parents. She settled in San Francisco and married a fellow immigrant she had known in Harbin.

Interviewers: Vienna Wu, Fiona Zhao
Camera – Casey Chow, Anson Ho
Transcribers – Ingrid Chan, Justin Lee, Vienna Wu, Fiona Zhao
Editors – Casey Chow, Garvin Wu, Vienna Wu, Fiona Zhao, Michael Zhao
Drawing – Vienna Wu

Hiroshi Shimizu was born in Topaz, Utah, and he tells about his family’s odyssey traveling among World War II U.S. incarceration camps and his boyhood in San Francisco.
 Interviewers – Orion Lee, Shawn Wang
Camera – Sarina Jiang, Kai Palmer, Peggy Tran
Sound – Claire Art, Maddie Louie
Lighting – Tiffany Huang, Dora Zhang
Editor – Lakambini O’Donnell
Transcribers – Sarina Jiang, Elsa Wong

Shigeko Ishikawa immigrated from Tokyo, Japan and tells the story of her early jobs, pioneering sushi restaurant, and love for the United States.

Interviewers – Winnie Lew, Lilian Truong
Camera – Michael Jue, Christian Lew, Nathan Macias, Kadi Miura>
Lighting – Aaron Huang, Willie Wang
Sound – Jennifer Du
Editor – Katelyn Flanagan
Artists – Karen Guan, Peggy Tran
Transcribers – Karen Guan, Serena Li

Art Mayeno’s parents immigrated from Japan to Seattle, Washington. He tells their story, his family’s incarceration camp experience, and reads from his poetry.

Interviewers – Naseem Alavi, Lynn Wolfe
Camera – Malia Kobayashi
Sound – Justin Lee
Editor – Anson Ho
Transcribers – Naomi Furuya, Malia Kobayashi, Lynn Wolfe
Art and Poetry – Art Mayeno
Family History Books by Mayeno family

3 People project undertaken in partnership with AIISF, Donaldina Cameron House and the Center for Asian American Media, project producer Anson Ho taught the Cameron House kids video production and interviewing skills.

The interviews were often emotional as the seniors told their stories to the young people who captured the moments on tape. To paraphrase one of the students, “This started out as fun, but I quickly learned how important capturing these stories is.”

The story of Doreen Soohoo during China’s Cultural Revolution and her experiences as a young immigrant in San Francisco. Interviewed by Kristen Huey and Vienna Wu

Camera – Matthew Chen, Leanna Fong, Andrew Huang, Ken Huang, and Samantha Wong
Assistant Camera – Justin Wong
Sound – Jared Lue



Originally from Saigon, Ming Quan Chang shares her experiences in war-torn Vietnam and how she adjusted to life in America. Interviewed by Sam Wu and Brandon Yuen.

Camera – Atticus Flores, Juliana Mak, and Owen Wong
Assistant Camera – Shawn Li
Sound – Kristen Huey



Hong Ching Ng immigrated to America in 1997 seeking a more secure life and to join her family who had arrived earlier. Interviewed by her granddaughter, Juliana Mak and Rosa Zhang.

Camera – Anson Ho and Cody Szeto



The story of Soon Ong Lee Fong and her days at the Angel Island Immigration Station as told by her daughter-in-law, Lina Fong. Interviewed by Lina’s daughter, Leanna Fong and Alex Ye.

Camera – Jared Lue, Samantha Wong, Sam Wu, Vienna Wu
Sound – Matt Chen, Shawn Li



Casey Chow learns about both his grandfather, Benny Chow and mother’s immigration stories. Interviewed by Ken Huang and Wayland Lee.

Camera – Jared Lue, Samantha Wong, Vienna Wu, Rosa Zhang
Assistant Camera – Matthew Chen and Justin Wong
Sound – Atticus Flores and Henry Li



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