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The Fascinating Story of Actress Nancy Kwan Is Now the Subject of a Feature Documentary!

      Even after numerous viewings of “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey,” this motion picture about the life of Nancy Kwan is such a satisfying, interesting and beautiful documentary that I definitely plan to watch it again and again. The film, written, produced and directed by Brian Jamieson for Redwind Productions, is that compelling and that important! It is at once a fitting tribute to the formidable Ms. Kwan herself; and it is an excellent primer suitable for Asian American, Asian, and filmmaking studies. The movie is compelling on many levels: a chronicle that presents the incredible making of a world-class movie star who didn’t really want to be an actress…how she then became a symbol of hopes, promises and dreams for Asian American actors who were being ignored even as Nancy was catapulted to global fame and acclaim…and the heartbreaking personal stories of being abandoned by her mother at a young age, losing her father when he was still quite young, and finally the agony of caring for her only child, only to watch him succumb to the ravages of HIV/AIDS.

      “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey” -- filmed on numerous locations and featuring many well-known entertainment figures -- is available on DVD (and Blu-Ray) at www.kashensjourney.com. For information about public screenings of the film and more, visit www.nancy-kwan.com.

Nancy Kwan’s 50th year in showbiz was celebrated in Monterey Park, CA, on May 22, 2011, with sold-out screenings of “To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey” and “The World of Suzie Wong” at the AMC Atlantic Times Square 14 cinema. The double feature was followed by a sumptuous Chinese banquet at the Harbor Empress Seafood Restaurant, where colorfully dressed children ushered Ms. Kwan into the dining room with music and flowers, and the beautiful star was congratulated by many of her adoring fans, including producer-husband Norbert Meisel, documentary filmmaker Arthur Dong and, of course, Jack! The event, coordinated by Cindy Yee, was designated by Nancy as a benefit for the Chinese American Museum in L.A., the Chinese Historical Society of SoCal, and the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. (Photos by O.C. Lee)

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