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Nakasako, Spencer

Overview
Works: 17 works in 54 publications in 2 languages and 1,210 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Biographical films  History  Field guides  Documentary television programs  Internet videos  Short films  Drama 
Roles: Director, Consultant, Author
Classifications: GN303, 362.734089
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Spencer Nakasako
A.k.a. Don Bonus by Spencer Nakasako( Visual )

12 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and held by 309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After escaping the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the Ny family became one of thousands of refugees faced with resettlement in the U.S. Their lives unfold through the lens of this stirring video diary. As 18-year-old Sokly Ny (Don Bonus) struggles to graduate from high school, his family is harassed in the housing projects, his eldest brother cannot fill a dead father's shoes and his youngest brother ends up in a youth prison. Sokly shares these experiences, his personal feelings and his hopes as the year progresses. Ultimately, A.K.A DON BONUS becomes a story of triumph and survival from the perspective of one of America's newest arrivals
First person plural( Visual )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sent from Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams led Borshay Liem to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, filmmaker Borshay Liem's heartfelt journey makes FIRST PERSON PLURAL a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities"--Container
Kelly loves Tony( Visual )

4 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 214 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Seventeen-year-old Kelly Saeteurn has a dream - she calls it her American dream. As a fresh high school graduate on her way to college, she envisions a rosy future for herself; Kelly is the first in her family of Iu Mien refugees from Laos to have accomplished as much as she already has, but her dreams exist in sharp contrast to her reality - she is also pregnant. Her boyfriend Tony is a junior high school drop-out and ex-con. The brutal honesty of this film's footage and dialogue offers viewers a rare glimpse into the lives of two young people struggling to make their relationship work in the face of overwhelming obstacles like parenthood, gender issues and cultural and educational differences
Refugee( Visual )

4 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mike Siv has a plan: go to Cambodia with his buddies Paul and David, see the sights, have fun and reunite with his father and younger brother, whom he hasn't seen in twenty-two years. Harsh reality sets in before the journey even begins, however, as Mike, Paul and David have never been out of the country, and are the first in their families to visit Cambodia since fleeing the bloody regime of Pol Pot in the late 1970s. A reunion becomes a journey of self-discovery, maturation, borken families and backdrop of war
Talking history( Visual )

6 editions published between 1982 and 1992 in English and Multiple languages and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compelling mosaic of oral histories and historical footage of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Laotian women featuring their journey to the U.S. and their unique immigrant stories
Spencer Nakasako's trilogy( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Refugee: "For Mike Siv, the trip begins innocently enough: 'Me and my homies, David and Paul, we're going to Cambodia. We'll see the sights, visit family, have some fun.' But a simple reunion becomes a journey of self-discovery, maturation and acceptance, against a backdrop of war, broken families, and long separation."--Container
Monterey's boat people( Visual )

9 editions published between 1982 and 1997 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interviews with fishermen in the Monterey Bay area reveal conflicts concerning fishing techniques between established residents and recent Vietnamese immigrants
With silk wings : Asian American women at work( Visual )

4 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Asian American women from different backgrounds talk about their personal lives and how they deal with traditional expectations and personal aspirations. "Four women" profiles the stories of four Asian American women. "On new ground" shows how ten Asian American broke the barriers and went into traditional male jobs. In "Frankly speaking," high school students, teachers, employers and counselors discuss the challenges faced by young Asian women as they move from adolescence to adulthood. "Talking history" is a compelling mosaic of oral histories and historical footage of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Laotian women featuring their journey to the US and their unique immigrant stories
Tenderloin stories( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This compilation features works by a group of 15 and 16 year old immigrant directors and actors. Christina Duculan's Just deal with it (1997 San Francisco Film Festival, Golden Gate Award Winner) is a multicharacter melodrama rooted in a mysterious death and interwoven by stories of family, work, personal and societal crisis; Sarah Diep's The seven of us is a documentary of a day in the life of Diep's seven videogame-playing, sucka-imitating girlfriends; Aram Collier and Rudy Choy's Express lane is an adrenaline-laced, technically virtuostic thrilling chase throughout urban San Francisco somewhere between a pedestrial Bullit and an under-21 Pulp Fiction; and Ra Sek's Get off your koot! is a curiously complicated tale of money and ambition
TL Xmas( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

TL X-mas follows Cambodian youths as they experience Christmas. School daze is a video diary of six students for one day. Home is about nine youths discussing their feelings and thoughts towards their family, friends, and their experiences in growing up in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco
Tenderloin stories : youth-produced videos, 1989-2004( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compilation of sixteen dramatic video works by fifteen and sixteen year old Asian American directors and actors from San Francisco
Daze of justice( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Born in Cambodia in 1975 during the bloody regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, filmmaker Mike Siv and his mother barely escaped the infamous "killing fields." Growing up as a refugee in America, Mike has been haunted by the ghosts of memory ever since. "Our parents don't want to talk about the past, and the next generation inherits the scars of their silence." Thirty-five years later, Mike is given the opportunity to film a small group of Cambodian Americans who are civil parties in an historic trial against the Khmer Rouge. Given the opportunity to face the very criminals who forever changed their lives, the survivors are joined by an unexpected guest who happens to be the son of one of their most hated enemies." --Center for Asian American Media
Life is cheap ... but toilet paper is expensive( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An half-Chinese/half-Japanese American stablehand is assigned by an organised crime syndicate to deliver a briefcase to the "Big Boss" in Hong Kong. The film follows his trials & tribulations as he attempts to complete his mission in the city where life is cheap, toilet paper expensive, and "face" everything
A.K.A. Don Bonus : a video( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary is a self-portrait of a young Cambodian immigrant growing up in the United States. Shot by Sokly Ny himself, it shows his struggles to graduate and survive his complicated life during his senior year of high school
Q it up( Visual )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Explores the effects on family relationships when a young Chinese man starts using drugs
Dim sum take out by Wayne Wang( Visual )

1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Composed of previously unseen out-takes from Wang's feature film Dim Sum. Focuses on one woman from Chinatown and her personal issues of independence and sexuality
A.k.a. Don Bonus : a video diary. by Sokly "Don Bonus." Ny( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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