Sunday, March 19, 2006


Grassroots Rising

Grassroots Rising

Another documentary I watched last Sunday "Grassroots Rising" also tells the depressing story about working class people, mostly the new Asian immigrants, in the America. We actually have a lot sweatshops right here in the United States of America. These working class people speak little English. Some of them are forced to slave labor because their illegal immigration status. Some work at a restaurant for 13 hours a day without any overtime pay because they are paid by monthly. I even overheard the same story myself from two old people's conversation (in Chinese) on a bus heading to Chinatown. One difference from "China Blue" is that this film also shows those workers began to be educated and started to understand their rights and organize labor union. The grassroots are rising. It's a really a moving documentary and you probably will see it soon on a PBS station. But the film could have done a better job at editing, especially the first half of the film, the transitions between stories lack continuity sometimes.

My rating: 6 out of 10.

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