Directed by Miao Wang
Co-presented by NAAAP
Over 370,000 students from mainland China are enrolled in American high schools and universities – six times more than a decade ago – with $11.4 billion contributed to the American economy. MAINELAND follows two teenagers – fun-loving Stella and introspective Harry – who are part of this enormous wave of “parachute students” from China’s wealthy elite seeking Western-style education and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. Through their personal stories we see China’s place in the contemporary world order.
Miao Wang is a New York-based filmmaker. Her award-winning documentary films BEIJING TAXI (feature-length) and YELLOW OX MOUNTAIN have screened at over 50 international festivals and institutions, with US theatrical release, and broadcast nation-wide. She directed MADE BY CHINA IN AMERICA, a documentary short in Morgan Spurlock’s acclaimed WE THE ECONOMY series. She also directs, produces, and edits award-winning branded content and shorts for agencies and clients such as Ogilvy, DuPont, Philips, Microsoft Design, and Vice Media. Wang is a recipient of grants and fellowship from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, the Tribeca Film Institute, Tribeca All Access, IFP Filmmaker’s Lab, Independent Film Week, Women Make Movies, and the Flaherty Film Seminar.
Xizi "Cecilia" Hua / United States / 2017 / Documentary / 4 minsWHERE ARE YOU FROM explores the often quiet conflict that a Chinese "Parachute Kid" experiences when asked where she is from, while living in the U.S. Though she is certainly Chinese, her desire to blend into American society often overtakes her as she struggles with a proper response that accurately reflects her cross-continental loyalties and upbringing. The short documentary follows her straddling two worlds, the Eastern and the Western, including time in the U.S. and a trip back home to China, where she "parachutes" in for a visit and then just as quickly, is back out again.