My Name My Family # 163

My Name, My Family

19:00, Saturday 15th June, CMB 3

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  • Director/Anthropologist: Cun xuan, Li xin
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 91 mins
  • Country of Production: China
  • Location: Mandalay, Burma / Yunnan, China
  • Ethnic Group: The Han Nationality
  • Language: Chinese, Yunnan dialect, Mandarin (English)

To comply with the last wishes of grandma, the author makes a first visit to her hometown Tengchong Heshun town-ship. It spawned her burning curiosity to explore her family and the distant regions where her family still live.

The film begins as a chronicle of the author's journey through Burma to interview her uncle’s family, snd the author narrates how she is understood and accepted by her family in a short time by weaving together observations from her own rooted journeys throughout Burma and China. The film switches between Mandalay Burma and Tengchong Heshun China, with stages of the trip introducing the lives, family, faith, clan, and cultural traditions of overseas Chinese in Burma.

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