Wednesday, August 12, 2020
4:00pm - 5:30pm
A panel discussion with the film’s producer and its subjects: Chanterelle Sung ’00, Abacus Chief Executive Officer Jill Sung, and Board member Vera Sung.
Join us on Zoom for a Panel Discussion on the award-winning film ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail with Chanterelle Sung ’00, Abacus Chief Executive Officer Jill Sung, Board member Vera Sung, and film producer Mark Mitten, moderated by Ti-Hua Chang on Wednesday, August 12th 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm EDT. Registration button below.
ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail tells the incredible story of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Abacus was the only U.S. bank to face criminal charges in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The indictment and subsequent trial forced the Sung family to defend themselves—and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community—over the course of a five-year legal battle. The film received a nomination for the 2018 Academy Award–Best Documentary Feature, among numerous other awards and nominations.
Hear from the Sung sisters—Jill Sung, President and CEO of Abacus Bank, Vera Sung, member of the Board of Directors of Abacus Bank, and Chanterelle Sung ’00, ironically a former Assistant District Attorney within the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office that prosecuted the case, as well as Mark Mitten, the film producer. The panel will be moderated by Ti-Hua Chang, an award-winning investigative reporter.
The documentary is available for viewing here: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/abacus/
Bios of Panelists: https://docs.google.com/document/d/10SJG7m97XrKW8vs4J3Hdub0pHx2BfbLM8ARyaGOubr0/edit
Event organized by Stella Zhang *16, Benny Mah ’82 and Ella Cheng ’16; co-Sponsored by A4P, PANYC, PWN NYC, PCNC and PCSC.