Powerful African-American Woman Traces Her Roots To China
By:Tony Wong Toronto Star Staff Reporter,Posted with permission from Toronto Star
Paula Madison is proudly African-American. Her family is the largest investor in The Africa Channel. She studied African-American history at Vassar. And she was the former head of diversity for NBC Universal.
She was raised in the quintessential black American neighbourhood of Harlem, N.Y., after her parents moved there from Jamaica. But she also happens to be mixed race: her mother was half-Chinese.
That led her on a search that would take her from Toronto to Jamaica to China to find her family. But the question remained: Would they accept her?
Finding Samuel Lowe: From Harlem to China, directed by Jeanette Kong, debuts in Toronto at a screening at the Chinese-Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto on Saturday. It’s a fascinating look at identity and the quest for belonging in a world where the boundaries between culture and race are shrinking.