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Heard on Campus: Curtis Chin, documentary filmmaker

"Education is the only way out of poverty for a lot of these families. And so they do put all of their emphasis on it, because that's their perception." -- Curtis Chin, writer, producer, director, talking about his documentary, "Tested."

"For me, looking at this film and dissecting it and understanding why these things happened ... I wanted to present that yes, these Asians are succeeding, but do you see the sacrifices they're making? Do you see the extra hardships they have to go through? Do you see the conditions for why they have to do it? Because they really have no other choice. Education is the only way out of poverty for a lot of these families. And so they do put all of their emphasis on it, because that's their perception."-- Curtis Chin, writer, producer, director, talking about his documentary, "Tested," which follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse eighth-graders as they fight for a seat at one of New York City’s schools. The screening and talk, sponsored by the College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, and the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Student Association, was held in Foster Auditorium in Pattee and Paterno Libraries on Thursday evening, March 24."For me, looking at this film and dissecting it and understanding why these things happened ... I wanted to present that yes, these Asians are succeeding, but do you see the sacrifices they're making? Do you see the extra hardships they have to go through? Do you see the conditions for why they have to do it? Because they really have no other choice. Education is the only way out of poverty for a lot of these families. And so they do put all of their emphasis on it, because that's their perception."

-- Curtis Chin, writer, producer, director, talking about his documentary, "Tested," which follows a dozen racially and socioeconomically diverse eighth-graders as they fight for a seat at one of New York City’s schools. The screening and talk, sponsored by the College of Education Diversity and Community Enhancement Committee, and the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Student Association, was held in Foster Auditorium in Pattee and Paterno Libraries on Thursday evening, March 24.