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How the title “My Life In China” came to be…

by Ken Eng January 07, 2015

How the title “My Life In China” came to be…

“My Life In China” is named after a book my brother recommended for me: “My Life in China & America” by Yung Wing, the first Chinese scholar to graduate from an American university (Yale). “My Life In China and America” is Yung Wing’s autobiographical book that describes his experience as an immigrant in America and his difficulties re-entering China. He was the person that encouraged the Qing Dynasty to start sending students to the United States for a “Western education”. This paved the way for the first official student exchange programs in China.

You can read “My Life In China and America” for free on google:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=084NAAAAIAAJ&rdid=book-084NAAAAIAAJ&rdot=1

In a way, “My Life In China” is an homage to Yung Wing and his work. As somebody who was lucky enough to get a great education from the best schools in America, I wanted to make a film that conveyed a message that education can change anybody’s life situation.




Ken Eng
Ken Eng

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Kenneth Eng is a director, editor and executive producer. After graduating from Boston Latin School, Ken left for New York in 1994 to study film at the School of Visual Arts. His thesis Scratching Windows, a short documentary film about graffiti writers, was broadcast as part of the doc series REEL NY on WNET - NY PBS. In 2001, Ken directed and edited Take Me to The River a feature length documentary about the Maha Kumbh Mela festival in Allahabad, India. Kokoyakyu: High School Baseball, his film about the famous Koshien Tournament in Japan was nationally broadcast on PBS as part of POV and continues to play in Japan on NHK-TV. In 2007, Ken was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to launch My Life In China. Recently, he edited Tested for director Curtis Chin, and is currently developing projects on post-genocide reconciliation in Rwanda and the rise of baseball in China.


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