MHCH 1002 – The Peopling of NYC Archive

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Macaulay Trip to Ellis Island

This past Sunday, our Macaulay Seminar 2 class went on a trip to Ellis Island. I put together a short video highlighting some of the things we saw and learned along the way. Check it out below, and enjoy!

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Movie Night @ The Peopling of NYC Seminar

Below is a post I made for my second Macaulay Honors College seminar, The Peopling of NYC. We had to choose a movie where immigration to a part of NYC is showcased and then describe our favorite aspects of the film.

I’ve been thinking hard about influential films I could use where immigration to some part of New York City is prevalent, but every one I thought of was something that I figured everyone else in the class would use. I wanted to be a little original and funny, so I chose Jackie Chan’s┬áRumble in the Bronx.

I know, I know, it may not seem like a very immigration-related film, but that’s actually what the whole story revolves around. Jackie Chan plays a Hong Kong police officer who is invited to his uncle’s wedding in the Bronx. While visiting the borough, Jackie’s uncle tells him that he’s going on a honeymoon and he’d like him to help watch the market they operate in a bad part of town. Unfortunately for them, multiple violent gangs that roam the borough’s streets start causing problems for the family, and it’s up to Jackie to set things straight.

I really haven’t seen that many television shows or movies where Bronx is the central location of the story, so this film was really fun to watch. I’ve linked the trailer below.┬áLinked below that is one of my favorite fight scenes from the film, where Jackie unleashes his fury on a couple of goons causing problems for his uncle’s Bronx business. If you don’t know much about Jackie Chan, he’s a legend for doing all of his own stunts with no doubles and breaking practically all of the bones in his body over the course of his film and martial arts career.

A fun fact for you: Although all of the film’s events take place in the Bronx, all of the primary shooting was done in Vancouver! This was especially obvious to audiences when they saw mountains in the background of one of the shots where Jackie was fighting on a Bronx apartment building rooftop, haha!

All in all, this is a really fun film, and it was one of the first Jackie Chan films that received a nationwide release in the United States (which is why the trailer is so focused on Jackie Chan and his fighting style and skills). Chinese culture has had a very large effect on the boroughs of New York City, and this film is a great visual example.