HOME AWAY FROM HOME
Documentary Short | 12:51min | USA | CHINA | 2016
Every weekend, a group of old people come to this Chinese language school learning English, while their grandchildren are taking Chinese classes. This is a project focusing on the living condition of these elder group who immigrate to America to help take care of their grandchildren who are born there.
They feel obligated to do so since the family union is one of the most important cultures in China. However, the obstacle of language, the solitude of living alone and the self-conscious of getting aged create a dilemma that they have to face with.
What are their real thoughts? And where is their real home? This short documentary is not only about nostalgia from living abroad, but also draws attention to the current social problem of ‘empty nest’ in China as well as the concerns of being old.