BALDWIN CHIU teamed up with his wife, Larissa Lam, to produce the documentary, Far East Deep South, and is also one of the film’s subjects along with his family. The film is made its broadcast debut on PBS/World Channel's "America ReFramed" and has won numerous awards at film festivals such as CAAMFest, Cinequest and Seattle Asian American Film Festival. Chiu is a graduate of the Act One film producing program and his family’s story has been featured in major media outlets such as CBS, USA Today and NBC News. Born in San Francisco and raised in Sacramento, Chiu is a fierce advocate for the increased inclusion of Asian American history in schools and has spoken at numerous Fortune 500 companies, conferences and universities. He has been a speaker on numerous panels addressing race, immigration, and Asian American representation in the media. For his work documenting the Chinese American experience, he received a special award at the Chinese Railroad Workers Descendants Association 150th Anniversary Golden Spike Conference and in 2018, he was named as a Mandarin Leader honoree. Additionally, Chiu is also a rapper known by his MC name, Only Won, who gained recognition for his viral videos, “Cantonese Boy,” and “Asian Americans Make History.”
Prior to his career as a film producer, Chiu was a professionally licensed mechanical engineer. Chiu is also a rapper/beatboxer known by his stage name, Only Won - The Lyrical Engineer who raps about unconventional subjects like dim sum and thermodynamics. His clever and witty videos “I Wanna Be an Engineer”, “Lyrical Engineer”, and “Rocketeer Engineer” have gone viral with millions of online views and quickly gained the attention of a national STEM initiative using his creative and artistic media. He was previously a spokesperson for the Intel/White House campaign, “Stay With It,” promoting careers in science and engineering under the Obama administration. Chiu’s songs were featured in the video game “Sleeping Dogs” and the film “Dead Man Down” starring Colin Farrell. Chiu is also an actor who has appeared in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness, The Hulk and The Matrix. Chiu currently hosts the podcast, “Love, Discovery and Dim Sum” with his wife and creative partner, Larissa Lam.
Films by Baldwin Chiu
A Chinese-American family’s search for their roots leads them to the Mississippi Delta, where they stumble upon surprising family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of early Chinese immigrants in the midst of segregation and the Chinese Exclusion Act era.