My "Useless" Mother
The winter of 2017 was especially cold for the so-called "low-end population" who lives on the outskirts of Beijing. After a housing settlement occupied predominantly by migrant workers went up in flames, the municipal government initiated a "safety campaign" to tear down settlements alike dotted around the outskirts of the capital. Occupants have been forcibly removed from their homes, most with less than a week's notice. Those who were lucky were able to find new places on even more suburban parts of the capital. Others have no choice but to return to their homes in rural parts of the country.
Jerusalem: 70 Years of Conflict
November 2017 marks a key moment in the history of Israel and Palestine. United States president Donald Trump announced that the US is going to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and will relocate it's embassy there from Tel Aviv. A short visual history of the Israel-Palestince conflict gives context to this war-plagued and disputed territory.
At the centre of Hong Kong's central business district, on the bottom floors of some of the city's most expensive offices, sits a very peculiar shopping mall. No chains, no big name brands, just humble grocery shops, garment stores, travel agents, and logistics storefronts. This is Worldwide House. Every Sunday, domestic helpers swarm the mall. They hang out here, shop for some affordable fashion, have some Filipino food for lunch, recharge their long distance sim card, and send goods back to their family in the Philippines. Helen is the owner of a door-to-door delivery service. She started off as a domestic helper 20-odd years ago when she first came to Hong Kong. This film follows the story of Helen, and how she discovered this piece of "home" away from home.
Hong Kong: 20 Years in Figures
1997 was the year the sovereignty over Hong Kong was transferred from the United Kingdom to China. 20 years later, economic developments have brought about prosperity, it has also turned Hong Kong into one of the most expensive places to live in the world. With comprehensive figures and analysis, this animated infographic traces the changes that has happened in the past two decades.
July 1, 2017
July 1st is a special day for Hong Kong--it is the day of the establishment of the Special Administrative Region. July 1st 2017 is especially unique as it marks 20 years since the Handover of Hong Kong's sovereignty from the United Kingdom to China. On this day, people celebrated, people protested, people held hopes, people held discontent. This visual documentary captures the roller coaster ride of emotions Hongkongers went through on this day, and in the past 20 years.
Dafen Oil Painting Village
In the bustling city of Shenzhen is Dafen Village--the production hub of world famous paintings, or rather, copies of these world famous paintings. China's Van Gogh, they call them. The village used to produce copies for a worldwide market. Whether a Picasso for a German hotel, or a Monet for an Italian restaurant, these skilled painters are guaranteed to satisfy their clients with exceptional results. However, the demand for copies are dropping. Noticing this trend, the municipal government has decided to initiative a plan to transform the brand of Dafen from a copy-producing factory to a hub to nurture original artists. Cai and Huang are two skilled painters at different points of their painting career. Cai has his own studio, while Huang works off the narrow alleyway between two buildings. Through following the story of these two painters, this video explores the tension between Dafen's future and it's legacy.
2017 Chief Executive Selection
On March 26th, 2017, two parallel timelines popped into existence in Hong Kong. On one timeline, people had ballot papers, while on the other, people had dim sum papers. Unfortunately, this is not a sci-fi story, but the reality on the day of Hong Kong's Chief Executive "election". In Hong Kong, only a handful of political elites get to choose the next leader of the city. They rest of us? The only thing we get to choose is whether to have siu mai or prawn dumplings for lunch.
Longhair for Chief Executive!
During the 2017 Chief Executive race, Hong Kong's democratic camp decided to back a liberal leaning establishment candidate instead of protesting the undemocratic selection system as they have done in the past. Out of discontent and protest, veteran lawmaker and democratic camp politician "Longhair" Leung Kwok-hung decided to run for the city's top job as well. With a lack of support from people on his camp, and a group of elite voters which he most definitely would not have pleased, his run was more of a statement on Hong Kong's political landscape. This video captures his mentality and emotions, as his campaign comes to its inevitable end.
Living in the Shadow
Living in the Shadow is a documentary that explores the effects of redevelopment in East London. The film follows the developing story of The Goodsyard development project — a derelict site at the risk of becoming a complex of skyscrapers. ‘Redevelopment’ as a process is neither intrinsically good nor bad, it carries with it different significance for different people; and with them, different demands and visions for an ideal community. By telling the stories of the major stakeholders of The Goodsyard development — residents and campaign groups, the council, and the property developer — we aim to present a comprehensive understanding of how this development project will affect those whose livelihoods are closely tied with the unique characteristics of Shoreditch.
Umbrella Movement: One year on
Umbrella Movement: One year on is an 8-episode TV special that marks the one year anniversary of the civil disobedience movement that happened in Hong Kong in 2014. The series comprises of a selection of documentary shorts, drama shorts, and animations that explores the resonance and repercussions of the movement in different parts of society a year after the movement. My involvement in this project involved the production of web videos and content for the project’s Facebook page, along with assisting production in 6 of the 8 episodes.
The Pulse (RTHK)
The Pulse is an English weekly current affairs show in Hong Kong. I produced a segment for the show that investigates the rise and fall of English news media in Hong Kong, how that affects non-Chinese speakers’ access to current issues and news, and potentially disenfranchise them from social and political debates. Are officials increasingly reluctant to provide English responses? Is English media just not making enough money? Will the rise of online news platforms shake up the city’s English news media landscape?
When a beggar comes upon a box with the power to change his life for the better, he demonstrates this ability to other beggars. However, to his horror, upon witnessing the box's power, the others plot against him to obtain it. Eventually, they realize that the box is more than what it seems. What follows leaves the group in pure and utter awe.
Just who do I think I am?
Well, that's hard to say..
I recently graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London with a degree in Media and Communications. This portfolio showcases a collection of my best works. Having completed the intensely demanding (and fun) Foundation diploma at University of the Arts London, I've had quite a different perspective to seeing the creative industry. It is like a science -- where research, experimentations, and improvements are all crucial to reaching an appropriate and elegant solution to a problem. In fact, learning in general should be fueled by curiosity, perpetuated by our continued exploration of knowledge and ideas. Who we are is ultimately defined by this knowledge, experience, and curiosity of our's, and the places they will take us next.
So, just who do I think I am?