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After the 2008 financial crisis that nearly destroyed the world economy, none of the American financial institutions faced prosecutions for their shady dealings that contributed to this debacle, except one. Abacus Federal Savings Bank, a small Chinese-American bank that catered to the neglected market of their community, was indicted on fraud charges and loan falsifications. As the bank disputed these accusations, many in the mainstream news media noticed that far larger competitors appeared to have committed similar misdeeds without legal consequence; likely because they were "too big to fail." This film explores the history of Abacus and its legal battle for survival against this hypocritical, and likely racist, application of the law that seemed to determined to punish them as a scapegoat for crimes that much larger felons deserve to face.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
6/2/18. Another perspective on the 2008 financial debacle. While watching this, you have to wonder if this Chinese-run bank wasn't singled out to be the scapegoat for the what happened during the 2008 Great Recession. Just seemed like an easy target to get picked on, while the mega-banks got away with murder. Granted they had their problems with record-keeping, but they weren't the only ones. So, watch this with that in mind. Oscar-nominated and worth catching.
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