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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Tiffany Hsiung
july 7, 2020
Firstly, Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to watch A new face for Beijing. It has been a life changing experience as not only a Chinese born Canadian, but as well as a Filmmaker.
The stories I've heard and the many people I met has truly made my journey thus far amazing. I am not a journalist nor do I film tabloid headlines to entice the audience, I am a women with a camera sharing a journey through other people's words.
In reference to Mings comment. I am in China to seek personal stories and tell them the best I can in ten minutes. My focus is to bring out a side of china's change different then those focused in the Media.
I hope you all continue to watch the upcoming episodes, thank you for your support.

Debbie
july 2, 2020
Thank you for an amazing "feeling"; a personal, human not a characteristic "media network" view of China. I plan on sending this link to as many people as possible. However, I too as Ming states would like to see a realistic view of the "human" factor of how the less affluent people of Beijing are adjusting to these major changes.
Please use this incredible technology to help mankind, we can change the world. Knowledge through education has commanding influence, as it is the power of the people that can affect positive change for the less fortunate in Beijing.

Affluence can give opportunity to many who otherwise would have none. As we all look to Beijing for the Olympic games, let this occasion be a victory for all people.

Karin Valle-Cavero
july 2, 2020
An interesting and intimate view of change in China. Yes, (Ming, June 23), there is uprooting and social injustice, worker migration to cities and the inevitable family difficulties that result, but that is covered in other news casts. The east is changing at a pace that no one in the west can imagine. My past visits are enhanced by your documentary. Thanks to your personal approach Jennifer, I feel that I am there with you, enjoying a visit with a friend.

Mathieu Roussel
june 23, 2020
Hi, I am from Quebec, I dont if I should write this in French or in English but anyway, it's a great project to have a Chinese "Laowai" going back in her own country, realizing major changes and trying to make her way to the job she always dreamed of. Again, it's another image of China that I, personnaly, can't get bored of.

I lived in China for a year and the woman looks exactly like China: Changing but not sure whether it's for the best, still very confused...
The first report was great and I look forward for the others

yu-wen
june 23, 2020
A friend forwarded me this link to watch this mini series' first episode.....Having been to China many times in the past. I was really drawn to the story, and most fasinated by the way this story is told. Can't wait to watch the other parts. Great job Tiffany & Jennifer. A very touching documentary. Good luck!

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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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