A new face for Beijing

Beyond Bananas For many people, China has turned into the Wild Wild East. A number of foreigners of Chinese descent return to their roots.

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july 15, 2020
The episode will be online later tonight. Thanks for your patience.


july 9, 2020
The earthquake provides a dramatic backdrop to the life of these bananas. It's a tragic coincidence but congrats on being at the right place at the right time and putting this together.

Look forward to seeing more.

paul bliss
july 3, 2020
well done jennifer ..

compelling production ..

it leaves me wanting to see more and curious as to how you'll find the Tdot if you ever come back.


Doris Ng
july 2, 2020
It was an interesting topic which I can related on. As a native Canadian with Chinese roots, I deal with this issue every day. When I walk on the street, go shopping and so on, a lot of people tend to see me as a Chinese, and a Chinese only. Being born in Quebec, people has the tendancy to think that I don't speak French and mostly try to speak to me in English as their common sense tells them that my French might be pretty poor... However, when I turn to older Chinese natives, they sometimes look down on me as being a "banana", my Chinese might be quit poor as well... Who are we really then? It is sometimes so hard to balance one's life and reconcile both of our worlds with its different cultures and believes, the Chinese and the Canadian within us...

Fernando Chu
july 2, 2020
I went from Joy to Sadness ( earthquake scenes ), this episode really touched all my senses. It is just getting better and better. Bien hecho, impresionante!.

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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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