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)