FACE OF A NATION
"WHAT HAPPENED TO THE WORLD'S FAIR?"
A 1st generation American architect struggles to keep her dream alive when she journeys to discover why America abandoned World’s Fairs.
FACE OF A NATION is a larger American story structured within Mina Chow’s personal struggle to save her dream. For generations of Americans, World’s Fairs were the icons of cultural memory capturing a tangible vision of hope for their future. Mina Chow became fascinated with World’s Fairs when she saw pictures of her parents at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Beginning with their photo albums, she shares their pictures and dreams that inspired her to become an architect. Decades later, she discovers the 1st World’s Fair in China. With over 73 million visitors, the 2010 Shanghai World Expo breaks all attendance records in human history. The national pavilions are innovative and spectacular. But the USA pavilion is plastered with corporate logos, and visitors accuse America of violating their human rights. Her dream destroyed Mina begins a search for answers… to find out what happened to the vision of World’s Fairs, and ultimately what happened to America.