A group of Chinese grandpas and grandmas have been patrolling the streets of Manhattan Chinatown for several decades as NYPD volunteer police. They fought to find belonging in this unwelcoming foreign country. This NYPD uniform is their way of protecting the few blocks of their newfound home and family in it. From the savage tribulation back in the 70s to the “Asian Hate” era during the COVID-19 pandemic, their stories remind us of the hope this country represented to the tired, the poor, and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. It’s never too late to stand together.


  • Zijun Cathy You: Director
  • Zijun Cathy You: Producer
  • Jia: Producer
  • Zijun Cathy You: Editor


  • Project Type: Documentary, Student, Short
  • Runtime: 25 minutes 48 seconds
  • Completion Date: June 20, 2022
  • Production Budget: 15,000 USD
  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Country of Filming: United States
  • Language: English, Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Shooting Format: Digital
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Film Color: Color
  • First-time Filmmaker
  • Student Project: School of Visual Art