My Life in China


Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3:00pm

Director Kenneth Eng's father would often tell his family the story about how he walked for seven days and six nights before swimming for four hours to Macau to escape Communism in 1966. At the time, the story fell on deaf ears: His son was more concerned with being American. Years later, when his restaurant eventually went bankrupt, Eng's father believed he had failed at the American dream, and he began considering a move back to the motherland. But his father first wanted to see whether he could spend the rest of his days in the place where he was born. In 2008, Eng accompanied his father as he retraced that long-ago journey, returning to his home village and visiting family along the way. Documentarian Eng brought his camera to see what he could learn. He writes: "During my entire childhood, I couldn't comprehend the magnitude of my father's story until I saw it with my own eyes. It's only now that I am beginning to understand his selfless act. And for that, I am forever grateful."

U.S./China, 2014, 81 min., English & Chinese

Directed by

Kenneth Eng

Film Category

Asian Focus Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight International Spotlight



With director Eng and writer/producer Ehren Parks.

Film Website

Official Website

Shown with

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