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Esther Eng, 1914-1970

Esther Eng, 1914-1970

Esther Eng, 1914-1970
Esther Eng, born Ng Kam-ha in San Francisco, was a Cantonese-American filmmaker who worked as a director, a writer, a producer, a screenwriter, and a distributor to make Chinese-language films for the Chinese markets in the U.S. and in China. Eng grew up during a period in history where public attitude toward China may have started to improve due to Pearl S. Buck’s positive portrayal of Chinese peasants in her novel, The Good Earth, while Chinese-Americans were still living under the Chinese Exclusion Act. Eng made four feature films in America, including Golden Gate Girl in San Francisco, and Murder in New York Chinatown, and five in Hong Kong. Eng was openly lesbian and lived her life her way, which was remarkable during her time. Eng was recognized as a pioneer of world, feminist, and antiwar filmmaking.

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  1. Esther Eng, 1914-1970
    Esther Eng, born Ng Kam-ha in San Francisco, was a Cantonese-American filmmaker who worked as a director, a writer, a producer, a screenwriter, and a distributor to make Chinese-language films for the Chinese markets in the U.S. and in China. Eng grew up during a period in history where public attitude toward China may have started to improve due to Pearl S. Buck’s positive portrayal of Chinese peasants in her novel, The Good Earth, while Chinese-Americans were still living under the Chinese Exclusion Act. Eng made four feature films in America, including Golden Gate Girl in San Francisco, and Murder in New York Chinatown, and five in Hong Kong. Eng was openly lesbian and lived her life her way, which was remarkable during her time. Eng was recognized as a pioneer of world, feminist, and antiwar filmmaking.

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