Community Film Screening: Crossing Canal

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 @ 6:30pm - 4:00pm



Crossing Canal focuses on the history behind the Oversea Chinese Mission, one of the largest Chinese Christian congregations in New York. The story is told within the context of a rapidly growing Chinatown, chronicling the church's bold purchase of a building in the neighboring streets of Little Italy-- a move that effectively spurred the expansion of the Chinese community northward. The film includes first-hand accounts of a number of Chinatown residents from the 1950s and 1960s, who describe the challenges they faced as a pioneering group of Chinese in less-than-welcoming territory. As the Oversea Chinese Mission was founded just a few years prior to the wave of post-1965 Chinese immigrants, the church's own growth and history very much mirror the growth and changes in the community it serves.

Screening followed by Q&A with panelists:


Mrs. Esther Chew, Board Member, Oversea Chinese Mission (OCM)


Dr. Frank Shih, President, Organization of Chinese Americans - Long Island Chapter (OCA-LI) and Lecturer, Stony Brook University


Rev. Billy Yip, Associate Executive Director, Chinese Christian Herald Crusades (CCHC)


Mr. Tim Louie, Director, Crossing Canal


Admission: This program is free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP to


You may also be interested in our March 1 program, From Street Fair to Medical Home: The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center.









This program is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.