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‘Chan Is Missing’ (1982) is a neo-noir detective film directed by Wayne Wang and is credited as being the first Asian-American independent feature film, gaining a wide theatrical release as well as mainstream critical acclaim. The film follows two Chinese American taxi drivers, Jo and his nephew Steve, as they search for Chan Hung, a Taiwanese immigrant who mysteriously disappears in the middle of a business transaction with their life’s savings. Jo and Steve hit the streets of San Francisco for clues on Chan’s whereabouts, interviewing his family, friends, and others close to him only to find that Chan himself is just as much a mystery as his disappearance itself. Through dialogue and voice over, Chan Is Missing contains musings and meditations on what it means to be “Asian-American”, an identity burdened with having to define the experience and history of so many, it takes forms that hardly seem to have anything in common.
“The problem with me is that I believe what I see and hear. If I did that with Chan Hung, I’ll know nothing because everything is so contradictory. Here’s a picture of Chan Hung, but I still can’t see him.”