Chinatown Abecedario: A Folk Taxonomy of L.A.’s Chinatown

I had a chance to be the Production Advisor for the new video piece Chinatown Abecedario: A Folk Taxonomy of L.A.’s Chinatown by Audrey J. Chan. The piece uses the 26 letters of the English alphabet as the base structure for the piece combined with alliterative sentences that discuss an aspect of Los Angeles’ Chinatown. For each sentence there are corresponding illustrations that forefront aspects of Chinatown’s past and present cultural climate. Each letter and sentence is also accompanied by text and narration in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. I worked with Chan on the production and post-production side of the project, primarily finding a workflow that would enable her to complete the 13 minute animation in less than two months.  It is currently part of the (de)Constructing Chinatown exhibition put on by the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, which runs through October. For more information on the project please visit