Every Day Is a Holiday

Every Day Is a Holiday

Fri, 05/03/2013 - 9:00pm

http://www.everydayisaholiday.org/

Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong knew little about her father’s past until she discovered his secret diary, written when he was a teenager and POW in a Japanese work camp during World War II. In it, he vowed to make “every day a holiday” if he ever survived. Told through her eyes, EVERY DAY IS A HOLIDAY, airing Friday, May 3 at 9 p.m. on WXXI World (DT21.2/cable 524), tells the painful but life-affirming story of her father’s unlikely journey, from Chinese Malay teenager and Japanese POW, to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him: the United States. Using intimate conversations, rare archival footage and his wartime diary, the film traces how, through sheer strength of will, Paul Loong overcomes the horrors of war and obstacles as an immigrant, making “every day a holiday”.

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