American Sons takes a comprehensive look at how racism shapes the lives of Asian American men, challenging commonly held conceptions and stereotypes.
American Sons is a provocative examination of how racism shapes the lives of Asian American men. A simple, but compelling performance piece featuring four of the country's finest Asian American actors: Yuji Okumoto (True Believer, Karate Kid II), Kelvin Han Yee (A Great Wall), Lane Nishikawa (Life in the Fast Lane, I'm On a Mission from Buddha) and Ron Muriera of the Asian American Theater Company, American Sons is an intimate and disturbing exploration of how prejudice, bigotry and violence twists and demeans individual lives. American Sons mixes documentary and drama, utilizing actors telling real stories based on a series of interviews with Asian Americans throughout the country. It looks at difficult issues, such as hate violence, and examines the deep psycholgical damage that racism inflicts over generations. It confronts the ignorance of most Americans about Asian Americans, in particular the stereotypes placed on Asian men. It breaks the silence of the Asian American community and shatters the model minority myth. It presents a painful and angry view of American life never before explored in a motion picture or television program.