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Join AABANY for "Abacus" at the Asia Society


When: Wednesday, September 6th
5:30 PM
Where: Asia Society, Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium
725 Park Ave
New York, New York  10021
United States
Chris Kwok


AABANY is proud to be outreach partner for a screening of


ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail


It’s a story of resilience, courage, and justice in the face of power. ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail documents the legal battle of the Sung family, Chinese immigrants and owners of Abacus Federal Savings in Chinatown. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, Abacus was the only bank in the United States to be charged with a crime, accused of mortgage fraud by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. Over the course of five years, the Sungs embark on an existential legal battle in defense of themselves and their Chinatown community, and over the fact that, in an industry of powerful interests and influential corporations, no bank should be small enough to jail. Don’t miss this true, David vs. Goliath story from acclaimed director Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself).

ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail will be shown at the Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium at the Asia Society on Wednesday, September 6th. Reception at 5:30 pm, screening at 6:30 pm, followed by Q&A. Watch the trailer here.



Steve James is an award-winning documentary film producer and director. His films include Hoop DreamsThe Interrupters, and Life Itself, among others.

Thomas Sung is a lawyer and real-estate investor. He is the founder of Abacus Federal Savings Bank in New York.

Tom Nagorski (moderator) is Executive Vice President of the Asia Society. He joined Asia Society following a three-decade career in journalism — having served most recently as Managing Editor for International Coverage at ABC News.

All AABANY members can see ABACUS: Small Enough to Jail at a discounted price with the code “AABA090617.” Instead of paying $15.00 AABANY members will pay $10.00 after entering the discount code. Select “Non-Member Adult” ticket, proceed to check-out, add the code, and then click activate. Click HERE to buy tickets. We hope to see you there!


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