Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail (2016)

Director: Steve James. 88 min. Not Rated. Documentary.

I've heard that in Iran's banks, you hand the teller your debit card, who asks for your PIN number to process transactions. Crazy, huh? Not by their standards. A similar East/West cultural misunderstanding is at the heart of Abacus: a small family-owned Chinese bank in NYC’s Chinatown becomes the sole indicted bank after the 2008 financial crisis, not necessarily because they were "small enough to jail", but because ... that’s how Eastern communities work. And in their own geography, they work fine - and the West will never get a clue. Watch this to better understand your neighbor.

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