I am a Chinese diasporic documentary filmmaker and visual journalist with roots in the Bay Area, California. Having grown up as the daughter of immigrants, my work applies community-centered documentary tactics to amplify stories at the intersection of justice and human relationships, looking at topics like labor, housing, migration and sustainability.
My personal documentary short, Golden Boy, explores themes of reconciliation, immigration, and caretaking in the aftermath of my mother’s brain injury, and is currently finishing the festival circuit. Golden Boy has played in Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Chinese American Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, D.C. Chinese Film Festival, Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Houston Asian American Pacific Islander Film Festival (Jury Award - Documentary Short), Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, DOC NYC.
As a member of Brown Girls Doc Mafia, Asian American Documentary Network and Asian American Journalists Association, I have received generous opportunities to amplify stories about community resistance in Los Angeles’ Chinatown, intergenerational restaurants in Koreatown, and youth mobilization in suburban Fremont, California. I recently produced 2 episodes of an upcoming HBO docuseries, airing early 2021. Before directing and producing documentaries, I reported for NBC’s local investigative news podcast, Shaky Town, and did archival research for PBS’ Asian Americans.
Outside of film, I serve as a consultant for the National Asian American Leaders Table (hosted by Asian Law Caucus), which recently released a statement of solidarity for the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, and work as the Communications & Programs Assistant for Building Movement Project. I have a B.A. in film and international development studies from the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently based in Brooklyn, NY, on Munsee Lenape and Canarsie land.
✉️ reach me at — kittyxhu [at] gmail [dot] com
Additional list of published pieces here.