Beyond the Barrier: Shanghai

Through the conducting of numerous interviews at various local hotspots in China, we were able to deduce that most local citizens are neither disapproving nor embracing of foreigners in the country. Instead, an overwhelming amount of people were nonchalant and ignorant of foreigners’ activities and lifestyles in Shanghai. In order to overcome such a barrier, we collaborated with Craft’d, an expat arts and crafts studio located in the heart of the French Concession, in order to put together a meaningful gift of initiative: a quilt decorated with patches that each represent a cultural symbol of the city. By doing so, we were able to catch on camera the small steps that people can take to lend out a hand, and how such act can transcend above petty barriers of cultural misunderstandings.

  • Soo Min (Emma) Kim
  • Soo Min (Emma) Kim
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 27 seconds
  • Language:
    Chinese, English
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Soo Min (Emma) Kim

Emma Kim is a senior in high school. She was born in the U.S., raised in Korea, and is currently living in Shanghai. As a student at an international school, Emma understand firsthand the struggles of living in a foreign country, and the obstacles brought on by a language barrier. Over the years, Emma has developed a true passion for written journalism, but wanted to step out of her comfort zone to capture the cultural misunderstandings through video to accurately capture the raw emotions of local citizens.

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