A new face for Beijing

Time for a Change In this series debut, Jennifer tells us about her arrival in Beijing, a city that's undergoing a profound transformation. Jennifer's also coping with her share of changes . . .

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Haoze Li
august 3, 2020
I visited CBC olympic site many times before. Due to the lack of coverage about the Beijing game, I rarely come to www.cbc.ca/olympics/. Today is my 1st time visiting here.

Girls you really made a smart choice that come to China and continue the career which you like. There is no doubt that you are doing much much better in Beijing than in Toronto.

No time for typing so many nonsense words. In the end, I just want to say, Thank you for promoting the great game and introduce the life in China to Canadians. I hope you and your sister can achieve a greater success in the future!

Good Luck!
Harris in Ottawa

Randolph
july 23, 2020
Tiffany,

What you said in the bio makes sense to me:

"Film has the ability to break ignorance, prejudice and provide people with hope and confidence within themselves. "

And thanks for the incredibly human, personal, honest, and interesting video footages.

Regarding comments from Ming and Zuo Yang, I don't really quite understand which part of Tiffany and Jennifer's stories have made them feel uncomfortable? and why should everything about China be politicized? and why should people NOT have the RIGHTs to tell a personal story with a relatively positive tone about what they see in China? And why there should always be a anticipated (politically correct) formula when it comes to telling stories about China?

Sorry, Tiffany and Jenniffer,

It wasn't my intent to politicize your website. I Look forward to seeing more of your videos ... be them personal, or political ... but they will have to be your choices, not other people's voices.

Again, thank you!


Zuo Yang
july 21, 2020
Yes i do agree with Ming.They tell China is getting better in all way but forget regarding HUMAN RIGHTS.People Thing we are the worst communist country. I don't know what happen to people that has been kick out.May god bless these people who have to start their live again.

John Conley
july 21, 2020
Despite the changes I doubt this olympics will see the defections of participants that seem to happen in the 'free' world.

It becomes hard to see beauty through the the gloom of oppression and lack of basic human rights.

On can only hope that real change will come, where people are not something to be controlled, but valued as a varied, and colourful resource.

Candy
july 10, 2020
I always thought that those CBC (Canadian Born Chinese) would be better off than those immigrate to Canada/US at their teenage. I thought CBC would be widely accepted by foreigners because they speak fluent English, speak like Canadians. I grew up in HK I found that there is a difflculty in blending into the society, even I am graduated from a Canadian University, work as a professional, speak fluent English (with little bit accent of course). After watching this 10 video, those CBC in fact has a bigger struggle than those who grew up in China...

One last remark... the girls are beautiful, very beautiful =)

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Tiffany Hsiung

“Film has the ability to break ignorance, prejudice and provide people with hope and confidence within themselves. I am in love with the empty and disgusted with the full, and will always seek an empty glass to fill.”

To expose, educate and promote societal change has been the driving message behind Tiffany Hsiung’s work and inspiration behind her award winning short film “Binding-Borders”. A graduate of Ryerson University’s film production program in June 2007, Hsiung’s work has earned her numerous film awards including the Best Toronto Focus Film Award, People’s Choice Award at the Cabbage Town Film Festival and the Grand Jury prize for R.C.I ‘Digital Diversity’. She gained recognition after awarded the William F. Whites Equipment Grant Award, as well as the Kodak Film Grant for her short film and the 2007 Norman Jewison Film Production award. At 24 years old, Tiffany has worked closely with accomplished directors such as Academy award nominee Deepa Mehta and music video director Christopher Mills.

Her next project to complete is a documentary that pieces together the broken fragments of her mother’s childhood. Hsiung’s mother was sold at the age of 6 by her own father, and had not seen her birth parents in over 37 years. Nor did she know the truth behind her mysterious past. Tiffany was determined to do just that, find out the truth. Her journey is documented in the feature film, Sing Me a Lullaby. It is currently in post-production.

Jennifer Hsiung

I came to Beijing, China on July 12, 2020 to pursue my dream of a career in broadcasting. I once wrote a mission statement. I promised myself to be on TV before the age of 25. Well the promise came early – 366 days early, to be exact. Just one day before my 24th birthday, I anchored my first live sports show on CCTV International.

When I was a little girl I wanted to be Connie Chung because she was the only famous Chinese person next to Bruce Lee and Michael Chang. And since I wasn’t a dude, I thought that she would be a fitting role model. I went into journalism after high school because I sucked at math and didn’t want to end up with a general BA and work at Indigo for the rest of my good years. In June 2005, I graduated with Honours from Ryerson University's School of Journalism and won a bunch of journalism awards – mostly because my grades were high.

My first on air job came 3 months after graduating. I worked as an overnight traffic reporter for 680News. The hours sucked but the experience was invaluable (Thank you Scott Metcalfe for giving this lost girl a chance). I'm an extremist who yearns for balance; a perfectionist who is all too familiar with fixing things that aren’t broken to begin with.

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