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Project of the Day: ‘My Life in China’ is a Personal Doc about the Rural Side of the Nation

Project of the Day: 'My Life in China' is a Personal Doc about the Rural Side of the Nation

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“My Life in China”

Tweetable Logline:

“My Life In China” is a personal film that takes viewers on a journey to rural China where an emotional revelation takes place.

Elevator Pitch:

“My Life In China” is a film that all Americans can relate to. In America, everyone has a family story of immigration.

My father would always tell us the story about how he walked for 7 days and 6 nights, before swimming for 4 hours to Macau to escape communism in 1966. His story would always fall on my deaf ears as a teenager, but as an adult, I’m finally beginning to understand his sacrifice.

“My Life In China” is a personal film that retraces that epic journey back to rural Taishan, China where a profound revelation happens.

Production Team:

Director/Editor: Kenneth Eng
Producer: Melanie Blair
Director of Photography: Jack Lam

About the Production:

“As I get older, my quest to fit in has been replaced by my desire to rediscover my origins.  During my entire childhood, I couldn’t comprehend the magnitude of my father’s story of immigration. It’s only now that I’m beginning to understand his selfless act. And for that, I’m forever grateful.  The purpose of this film project is to reach as many people as possible with the hopes of inspiring them to think about their own family story.” — Kenneth Eng

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This film is by an extremely talented filmmaker and explores a topic that is universal… Where do we come from? What have our parents sacrificed for us? And how can we honor that sacrifice? I'm so excited to use this film in my classroom when we discuss family histories. Ken has done an amazing job of diving into his own story, a story of immigration and history. I can't wait to see the finished product!


A dominating percentage of Chinese Anericans have roots that connect back to this small region of China. Very curious to see this doc. An important and under explored history.


This is an amazing, EPIC doc. I'm in a position to say this, because I was there. Its powerful and emotional – transcending race, class and age. It was a beautiful and touching story when it was first shot and edited. And as with most films… the story evolved and focused during production and then post. During that time, I've changed too. I've become a mother. And the film has taken on an entirely new level of meaning for me. As children (in our adult years) we can appreciate and acknowledge the sacrifices our parents make on our behalf. But as a parents, we realize that the lengths we will go for our children are infinite and indescribable.

In MY LIFE IN CHINA, Ken and his father take these "infinite and indescribable" lengths and give them measurement and meaning. This film is a moving, poignant journey of family love, adventure and the deep need to make the future better for our children.

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