54 min | English | USA | 2023

Alan Chong Lau has sliced, cut, and trimmed produce at Uwajimaya Store in Seattle’s International district for over 30 years. Between his “death sentence” job grind, he has chronicled the International District neighborhood, the shoppers, and the produce through poems published in poetry reviews and a book of poetry published by the University of Hawai’i press, Blues and Greens, A Produce Worker’s Journal and paintings represented by the Francine Seders gallery.


Seattle International Film Festival 2023

Sun, May 14, 2023 – 6:30 PM SIFFUPTW3 (511 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

Tue, May 16, 2023 – 6:00 PM Ark Lodge Cinemas (4816 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA


Featuring: Alan Cong Lau 

Producer: Doug Ing

Director: Doug Ing

Editor: Doug Ing 

Story Consultant: Fernanda Rossi 

Junior Editor: Gordon Modin

Editing Consultant: Edward Engel

Musical effects: Susie Kozawa

Creative consultant: Leslie Thyagarajan 

Sound Mixer: Lars Sorenson

Post Production Consultant: Nadeem Uddin

Music: David McKnight Brunn


Producer, Director, and Editor Doug Ing

Doug Ing is a filmmaker and artist based in his hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. He has made over 70 short films, and Alan @ Work is his feature-length film debut. 

Subject: Alan Chong Lau 

Alan worked in produce for over 30 years at Uwajimaya Store in Seattle, WA, International District before retiring. When he wasn’t trimming Bok Choy or cutting overripe bitter melon, he wrote poetry and painted. He is currently still the Arts columnist for the International Examiner, a biweekly community newspaper. “Blue and Greens a produce worker’s journal” 2000 University of Hawai’i Press. His paintings are represented by Art Xchange.