In 2016, I had the pleasure of taking FIPR469a, an Asian Canadian Film Production class offered by the Theatre & Film and ACAM department at UBC. Taught by filmmaker Alejandro Yoshizawa, this class introduced students to foundational techniques and practices of video production, and offered the space for the examination of Asian Canadian issues and topics through the production of short films. One of the resulting films, called Where I’m Grounded, was produced by my partner, Tyler Mark, and I.
Initially, Tyler and I were interested in exploring the ways in which different generations of Chinese Canadians engage with their family’s migration history. As individuals with multiple, overlapping and often contesting identities, we hoped to examine the unique struggles that arise when navigating one’s relationship to their family’s history and experiences of migration. However, as stories became clearer and new parallels began to be drawn, we were pleasantly surprised by the slight tangent that our film took. The resulting product is one that we hope will resonate with audiences across cultural and generational differences.
How does the present depend on the past? Where I’m Grounded features the perspectives of three generations of Chinese Canadians and explores how they forge relationships through engaging with their family history. In doing so, this film offers insight on different generations’ hopes for the future of their family histories.
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