MOCAFILMS: Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to Chin

When 11 Apr 2015
5:00PM - 7:00PM
Where Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
United States
Cost $12/Adult; $7/Student & Senior; FREE for MOCA Members (includes museum admission)
Enquiry (212) 619-4785

Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China is the moving story of former television executive Paula Williams Madison, a Jamaican American woman who went in search of her mother’s father, Samuel Lowe—and discovered her own Chinese roots.

Paula and her brothers grew up in Harlem with their half-Chinese mother Nell. Throughout her life, though, Paula would feel that her mother’s perpetual sense of melancholy was due to Nell’s sudden, forced separation from her Chinese father’s side of the family. After Nell’s death, Paula decides to fulfill a promise to her mother, and connect to her estranged father’s people. Taking family tree research to an epic proportion, the siblings travel to Jamaica and later to two Chinese cities, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, where along with other U.S. family members, their group of 20 relatives visit the Lowe ancestral village. What Paula discovered there was more than just details of her family history, but 400 more members of their family who had been living across the world, and a family tree that dates back 3,000 years. Please join us for a special screening of the documentary Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China and the launch of the memoir Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem.

Followed by Q&A moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist Ti-Hua Chang and book signing with Paula Williams Madison.

Paula Williams Madison is Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management, LLC, a division of Williams Group Holdings LLC, a Chicago-based investment company. They manage such significant companies as The Africa Channel. Madison also is vice president of the Los Angeles Police Commission. She spent 22 years with NBC, and was most recently their Executive Vice President of Diversity as well as the Vice President of the General Electric Company. Honored for corporate leadership and community outreach, Madison was named one of the “75 Most Powerful African Americans in Corporate America” by Black Enterprise Magazine in 2005, and included in the Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100.” In 2013, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. inducted her as an honorary member during its centennial. A native of Harlem, Paula and her husband reside in Los Angeles.

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