One Hundred Eggs a Minute

23 mins  16mm  b&w  1996

Digital restoration courtesy of the Prelinger Archives, 2019

CO-PRODUCER  Jeff Adachi, AAMM Productions
CAMERA ASSISTANTS  Christa Collins, Susan Brunig
SOUND  Monica Nolan, Christopher Scheer
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS  Kevin Chan, Lori Pino, Voltar Mara-Drita

One Hundred Eggs a Minute is an experimental documentary film about the reflections of a second-generation Chinese-American woman who grew up working in her family’s fortune cookie factory in San Francisco from ages 5 to 23. This is a film about one immigrant family’s means of survival, as much as it is a story about work, filial piety, sacrifice and the meaning of choice.


This film will stimulate discussion and provoke a critical re-examination of both the partial truths and distortions in stereotypes of Asian American women and families. -Sylvia Yanagisako, Professor of Anthropology, Stanford University

Student discussions will be stimulated by Maythane Woo’s contradictory impulses. She is a devoted daughter who sacrificed her youth and her chances to attend college to work in the family fortune cookie factory. Now in her late thirties and still single, she lives with her aging parents so that she can take care of them. At the same time, she longs to express herself – in art, in dancing, in telling viewers the story of her life. This provocative film is appropriate for history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, women’s studies, and ethnic studies classes. -Elaine H. Kim, Professor of Asian American Studies, University of California at Berkeley

Through May’s own wit, humor and creative genius, she transformed her family’s fortune cookie-making – at least in memory – into folk art. The deep message lies in the film’s portrayal of how she grapples with the conflicting challenges of a “we” communal culture and those of a highly individuated culture of “I’s.” -Pacific News Service

This film is unique in that it addresses the experiences of women of color as affected by the constraints of societal and economic discrimination, and intrafamily role expectations in an extremely thoughtful, nuanced and aesthetic framework. -Margaret M. Russell, Professor or Law, Santa Clara University

Happy Family Night Market at UnionDocs Brooklyn, NY 2022 / Curated Programs From The SF State Student Film Archives 2021 / Happy Family Night Market, Abrons Arts Center NYC 2019 / National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for School Teachers 2015 / Present Tense Biennial: Chinese Character, San Francisco Chinese Cultural Center 2009 / Echo Park Outdoor Film Festival, Los Angeles 2005 / Locus Arts, San Francisco 2003 / Migration, Borders & Transnationalism Conference, California State U. Northridge 2002 / Featured Artist, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco 2002 / KRON/Bay TV 2000 / Boston Tour (MIT, Emerson, Museum School of Fine Arts, Tufts U., U. of Massachusetts in Amherst) 2000 / San Francisco Bay Guardian Sunshine Initiative 1998 / Artists’ Television Access, San Francisco 1999 / California State University Media Arts Festival (Honorable Mention) 1998 / Santa Clara U. 1998 / Bridgewater State College, MA 1998 / Boston Asian American Film Festival 1998 / Independents in Flight, Northwest Airlines 1998 / Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival 1997 / Women in the Director’s Chair Film Festival 1997 / Seattle Asian American Film Festival 1997 / San Francisco Int’l Asian Film Festival 1997 / Chicago Asian American Film Festival 1997 / Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 1997 / San Francisco City College Film Festival 1997 / Windy City Int’l Documentary (Student Best of Festival) 1997 / Women of Vision KCSM-TV / Free Speech TV, Boulder, CO 1997 / Portugal Figueira da Foz 1996 / Chicago Int’l (Silver Plaque) 1996 / Columbus Int’l (Honorable Mention) 1996

Featured in “American Documentaries: One Hundred Eggs a Minute,” History in Image, by Ren Yuan, Beijing: China International Radio Press, 2004


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