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NACA Was Interviewed for Documentary Film of Deng Xiaoping’s 1979 U.S. Visit

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The Crew of Documentary Film “Nine Days of Whirlwind” Interviewed the NACA for Behind-the-scene Stories of Deng Xiaoping’s U.S. Visit  纪录片《旋风九日》剧组专访全美华人协会, 拍摄邓小平1979年访问美国以及和在亚特兰大和全美华人协会交流互动的幕后故事。该片预计于2015年农历正月初一登陆全国院线隆重上映

On July 14, 2014, the crew of history documentary film “Nine Days of Whirlwind”, led-planned by the Institute for International Communication of Chinese Culture at the Beijing Normal University and co-invested by several institutions, film-interviewed the National Association of Chinese Americans (NACA) at NACA’s Atlanta headquarter.

“Nine Days of Whirlwind” is a documentary film that mainly features Deng Xiaoping’s visit to the United States in 1979. The year 2014 is the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-US diplomatic relations, the 65th anniversary of the founding of PRC, as well as the 110th birth anniversary of Deng Xiaoping. The choice of filming “Nine Days of Whirlwind” this year demonstrates a special commemorative significance. Said by Director Fu Hongxing, “The reason why the nine days of Deng’s U.S. visit in 1979 was a turning point, not only because the nine days reversed China-US relations, but also they rewrote the world pattern.” The film, to be fully released in China on the first day of Luna New Year, will use rich video footage for the review of past China-US relations and future China-US friendship outlook.

In order to restore history, “Nine Days of Whirlwind” crew came to the Atlanta headquarters of NACA and shot video stories of Deng Xiaoping’s visit to the United States. In a temporary filming room in NACA, the crew interviewed veteran NACA members including NACA Chair woman Lani Wong, Chris Yao, Kendall Du, Tse-I Chiang, and Ben Bao, who participated in the historic moment on behalf of Atlanta Chinese 35 years ago when a reception of Deng Xiaoping took place. As the moderator proceeded, the guests recalled details of the ice-breaking trip 35 years ago. This is the first time when a documentary is made to reveal the behind-the-scenestories of Deng’s visit, once historical blanks. “It is because of the visit”, NACA Chair Woman Lani Wong remarked, “that we felt deeply responsible for uniting the strength of all Chinese Americans and for building the bridge of China-US friendship. As the direct result, NACA was founded.” The shooting of the interview lasted nearly four hours.

According to reports, thepolitical figures who were involved in Deng’s 1979 visit, such as former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, former U.S. Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger are also interviewed in the film.

35 years past, the tremendous progress in China-US relations and China’s remarkable development have been truly impressive. Over these 35 years, NACA has upheld its original goal to promote China-US friendship, grown up with the China-US relations, and developed three objectives to “bridge cultures, build leaders, and benefit communities”. Today, NACA is ever more confident in and more dedicated to the China-US relations and the Chinese community.

(By NACA Board Member Hu Bingzi)

纪录片《旋风九日》剧组专访全美华人协会拍摄邓小平访美幕后故事

2014年7月14日,由北京师范大学中国文化国际传播研究院主导策划、多家机构联合投拍的大型文献历史纪录电影《旋风九日》摄制组来到全美华人协会亚特兰大总部进行专访拍摄。

《旋风九日》是一部以1979年邓小平访美为主要内容的纪录电影。2014年是中美建交35周年,新中国成立65周年,同时也是邓小平诞辰110周年的纪念。《旋风九日》剧组选择在今年制作拍摄就显示出了特别的纪念意义。傅红星导演表示,“79年邓小平访美九天之所以是一个转折点,不仅因为是扭转中美关系的九天,更是改写世界格局的九天。”该片将于明年正月初一在中国全面上映,以丰富的影视资料回顾中美关系的昨天,展望中美友好的未来。

为了真实还原历史,《旋风九日》剧组专程来到全美华人协会亚特兰大总部,拍摄邓小平访美的影像故事。剧组在全美华人协会布置出了一个摄制厅,在这里专访全美华人协会的元老李秀兰主席、姚康乐、苏林翘,、江祖诒以及飽哲鹏。35年前,他们作为亚特兰大华人代表参与了接待邓小平来访的历史时刻。随着剧组主持人的提问,受访嘉宾们纷纷回忆起35年前那次破冰之旅的细节。这是首度有纪录片对35年前邓小平访问亚特兰大的幕后故事进行揭秘,这些珍贵的资料将弥补海内外对这一历史时间的纪录空白。李秀兰主席说,正是缘于那次访问,大家深感有责任团结华人的力量,建造中美友谊的桥梁,全美华人协会因此应运而生。拍摄历时将近四个小时。

据透露,该片所涉及到的与1979年邓小平访美有关的政治人物,例如美国前总统卡特、美国前安全事务助理布热津斯基、美国前国务卿基辛格均会在影片中出镜并接受采访。

35年后再聚首,话当年看今朝,中美关系的巨大进步和中国举世瞩目的发展让大家由衷地欣慰和感慨。这35年中,全美华人协会秉承其促进中美友谊的初衷,与中美关系一同发展壮大,发展出“架构文化桥梁、培养未来领导、回馈造福社区”的三大宗旨,更有能力有信心为中美关系和华人社区奉献力量。

(全美华人协会胡冰子)

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