A Documentary that Asks
where & why we belong
A Documentary that Asks
where & why we belong
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Generations ago, a small neighbourhood in Taipei was settled by soldiers fleeing a Communist China. Now, forced to leave, they are confronted with the age-old question: where is home?
This is a documentary about identity and belonging. In May 2014, our crew will travel to Taipei and capture the story of the residents at the Shaoxing Neighborhood. The project is the winner of the “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition (emerging category) at the 2013 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
As the winner of the “So You Think You Can Pitch” competition (emerging category) at the 2013 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. The film is also generously supported by Charles Street Video, Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto.
The Shaoxing Neighbourhood is located at the heart of Zhongzheng District in Taipei (surrounded by Shaoxing South Street, Xinyi Road, Linsen South Road and Renai Road), approximately a ten-minute walking distance from the National Taiwan University. Living in the neighbourhood are largely soldiers who followed the Kuomintang (KMT) party to flee from mainland China in the early 1950s. In August 2010, the residents received an unexpected letter from the National Taiwan University (NTU), suing them for illegal occupation of land, demanding monetary compensation, and forcing them to relocate.
To date, although negotiations between both sides are still on-going, the case has not been settled yet because of the historical complexities of the situation. Students and NGOs have actively protested on behalf of the Shaoxing residents, in hopes that the current KMT government properly addresses the issue.
Quick facts about the Shaoxing Neighbourhood
Cinema Studies and Asia Pacific Studies Major at the University of Toronto
Director, Girlfriends (2013), Unsung Voices Youth Shorts Program at the 2013 Reel Asian Film Festival
Director, Untag Taiwan (2012), a student documentary screened at the Asian Institute in Oct. 2012 xiebetty.com
This project is inspired from a chance encounter I had visiting the Shaoxing neighbourhood with my research teammate when we were in Taipei to observe the 2012 Presidential Election. We revisited the neighbourhood in early 2013, and the experience of the residents still lingers in my mind. Given the opportunity, how can i walk away from telling their story?
I drifted from Guangzhou to Vancouver to Toronto. For me, “home” is always in future tense: we pursue it, for tomorrow.
I study at the University of Toronto, but in my spare time I like to gallivant across Asia, explore literary worlds, or navigate gastronomic landscapes.
Last summer, I interned at a television broadcasting company in Taipei where I fell in love with the city. Thus, I could not pass up the opportunity to tell a story about “belonging” in Taiwan, which is something my family is quite familiar with.
In a bowl of noodles (tonkotsu ramen, pho, wonton noodles, udon, oyster vermicelli …), or anything my grandma makes!
I’m in my last semester at the University of Toronto and I dabble in photography. I’m constantly picking up projects outside of school and I'm blessed to have friends who push me to challenge my creative limits.jessielau.com
I have been involved with all of Betty’s film projects in different capacities and I convinced her that she needs me in this.
I was born and raised in Hong Kong and I moved to Toronto with my parents at 14. Anywhere with my parents and a WiFi connection is home.
Recently completed Political Science & Cinema Studies double major from University of Toronto and determined to devote remaining living and awake hours to the infinite realm of creativity. As a relatively newcomer to filmmaking, I made my feeble first attempt at making a thriller short called Elude (2012) for the Unsung Voices Youth Shorts Program at Toronto’s Reel Asian Film Festival 2012. It left me very confused yet increasingly intrigued about filmmaking, and curiosity, is quite fatal.
By tirelessly nagging the director.
No where, but can be anywhere. Like ‘nostalgia’, to me, it is almost an imaginary and merely a relative concept.
Graduated from University of Toronto Scarborough with double major in computer science and new media studies. Current working as website developer, I am always passionate about film and culture. I am in the marketing community for Reel Asian Film Festival for the past two years.
I told Betty and David if they won the pitch, I will help them to make this documentary. I have found this project is a once a lifetime opportunity to reach a dream that I always have.
Home is where my culture can be practiced, expressed, and respected.