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Silk Screens

Chinese Lanterns

SILK SCREENS - this video portrait by British Chinese was filmed in the run up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and exhibited in cities across the UK at simultaneous outdoor film screenings and live events celebrating the lives of the British Chinese, on July 19th 2008, as part of the CHINA NOW festival.

BIRMINGHAM - Photo Gallery
See Birmingham's Live Silk Screens event in Victoria Square.


GLASGOW - Photo Gallery
See Birmingham's Live Silk Screens event at Pacific Quay.

LONDON - Photo Gallery
See London's Live Silk Screens event in Leicester Square.

MANCHESTER - Photo Gallery
See Manchester's Live Silk Screens event in Exchange Square.

Films from the UK's British Chinese below.




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23 June 2008
WATCH THIS SPACE
Jimmy Tam
2.47 mins
When Jimmy was growing up there weren't many Chinese role models on the television screen, he feels it’s time British Chinese had more of a profile.



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10 July 2008
LONG JOURNEY TO CHINA
Connie and Leslie Hoe
3.31 mins
When China opened up to tourists it was the right time for Connie and Leslie to plan a trip of a lifetime, to visit the land where both their fathers came from.



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23 June 2008
EAST V WEST
Antony Rickatson
2.44 mins
Anthony compares and contrasts life as a student in the UK with Hong Kong.



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23 June 2008
ALIVE IN LIVERPOOL
Xia Lu
4.49 mins
Doctors in China told Xia Lu that she was going to die, but 20 years later she is alive and well in Liverpool.



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27 June 2008
STUDYING LIFE
Jinyu Lu
2.35 mins
Jinyu really likes learning about life in England but she has found many people don’t know much about her home, China.



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30 June 2008
MARTIAL HEART
John Xue Zhang and Phoebe Chen
3.15 mins
John has been doing martial arts since he was 5 years old. As well as keeping him fit, he sees it as an important link to his Chinese cultural roots.



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23 June 2008
RECORDING MY COMMUNITY
Julie Fu
2.21 mins
Julie's family come from Hong Kong and she grew up immersed in the family takeaway business. But when it came to her own career she wanted to use art to reflect Britain's changing Chinese communities.



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23 June 2008
CHINESE SCOUSER
Perry Lee
2.11 mins
Perry sees himself as a Scouser first then Chinese but he feels his heritage has always led to tensions in his life in Liverpool.



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23 June 2008
CHINA DRAWER
Liying Liu
4.55 mins
Liying has settled well in the UK but lacks a sense of belonging. She has a special drawer where she keeps all her precious memories of China but she is not even sure if that's where she considers home either.



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23 June 2008
CONNECTING HOME
Louise MacDonald
3.27 mins
Louise keeps much more up to date with everything happening back in China now she can talk to her family via the internet.



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23 June 2008
CHAO AT HOME
Chao Chen
3.27 mins
Ten year old Chao came to Gloucester when he was two. He missed China at first but this is now where he feels at home.



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23 June 2008
EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
Lena Juan
2.36 mins
As a child in China, Lena wanted to help her mother and grandmother with their embroidery business. Now in London it's her daughter who is benefiting from three generations of Chinese tradition.



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16 June 2008
MY NEW COMMUNITY
Yvonne Chin
2.11 mins
Yvonne felt quite isolated when she moved from Hong Kong to Liverpool, so she started volunteering in the Chinese community.



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16 June 2008
JOURNEY TO THE WEST
Theresa Teng
4.03 mins
Theresa runs a Sunday Chinese School in Manchester. The children are preparing a play which aims at helping them explore their cultural roots.



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23 June 2008
MY OPERA DAYS
Shirley Wong
2.39 mins
Chinese opera is Shirley's passion but her busy family restaurant means she only gets to enjoy her hobby once a week!



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23 June 2008
THE ORIGINAL CHINATOWNERS
Connie and Leslie Hoe
2.47 mins
Connie and Leslie were part of quite a unique group of children growing up in the original Chinatown in Limehouse.



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23 June 2008
BOWLING CLUB
Susan Chan
2.42 mins
Susan found bowling was a great way to meet friends and fit in to the community when she came to Newcastle from Hong Kong.



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20 June 2008
CULTURAL CONFIDENCE
Tony Tse
2.06 mins
Tony has been very shy all his life. He has turned to helping his elderly Chinese community to try and overcome his shyness.



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16 June 2008
TRADITIONAL TREATMENT
Ying Gao Zhi
3.15 mins
Ying Gao gave up accountancy to practice Chinese medicine when she came to Newcastle. She feels Eastern and Western medicine can really complement each other.



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20 June 2008
REFLECTING COMMUNITY
Moira Kenny
3.16 mins
Moira’s childhood fascination with Chinese culture has shaped her as and adult and she now uses her art to work with Liverpool's Chinese community.



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16 June 2008
FORTUNE COOKIE
Ke Cai
4.04 mins
Ke is Chinese but now lives in Glasgow. His time in the UK has given him chance to reflect on his homeland and he thinks developments there can be compared to the making of a Chinese fortune cookie.



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16 June 2008
DRAGON TONGUE
Dragon Tongue Squad
4.17 mins
Witness a rare and unique musical collaboration between China's foremost Hip Hop act and emerging British Chinese musicians.



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16 June 2008
ADOPTED IDENTITY
Tina Freeth
5.05 mins
Tina's cultural roots are complex. She is British Born Chinese but she was adopted by a white working class family when she was very young.



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16 June 2008
BEHIND THE DRAGON
Amy, Amanda and Cuebong
3.38 mins
Amy, Amanda and Cuebong see Chinese Dragon Dancing as an important way for them to keep their Chinese heritage alive.



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13 June 2008
MY IDENTITY
James Lee
2.11 mins
As a British Born Chinese, James became more interested in his Chinese identity and heritage when he was at secondary school.



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06 June 2008
BIKING COMMUNITY
Jason Lau
4.05 mins
Jason is a passionate biker. He thinks there is nothing better than the thrill of being on the open road with the biking community in Manchester.



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12 June 2008
PURSUIT OF PERFECTION
Tom Braithwaite
2.10 mins
Tom’s passion for Kung Fu took him to China where he immersed himself into Chinese culture, which has now become his way of life.



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06 June 2008
PORTRAYING ANOTHER CHINA
Natasha Huang
2.44 mins
Natasha Huang hopes her art exhibition can help convince people there is more to Chinese culture than “cheap toys and take aways”.



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06 June 2008
DAUGHTER NUMBER ONE
Sharon Zhu
4.25 mins
Sharon, like so many Chinese people of her generation, is an only child. She had no idea of family life with siblings until she came to Glasgow.



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06 June 2008
FITTING IN
Qiunan Fu
4.25 mins
Chinese student Qiunan loves London. She says it’s a really easy city to fit into because it has such a diverse population.



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06 June 2008
WEST TO EAST
Julie Sohoo
5.05 mins
Growing up in Wales was quite a strange experience for Julie whose family is Chinese and she feels she would like to find out more about her cultural roots.



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06 June 2008
CHINESE KNOTS
Tuang-Jung Lee
3.26 mins
Tuang-Jung loves the traditional art of making Chinese knots but she fears the skill could be lost as the next generation looses interest in Chinese traditions.



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06 June 2008
LIVERPOOL LIPING YANG
Fenfen Huang
2.48 mins
Fenfen has always wanted to be a professional dancer but only realised her dream she left China and came to Liverpool.



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06 June 2008
MANCUNIAN CANDIDATE
Pei (Nick) Wu
3.11 mins
Nick talks about the differences between life back home in China and his experience as a Mancunian student.



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06 June 2008
I AM CHINESE
Sue Lau
2.53 mins
Sue Lau feels she knows her own identity as a British Born Chinese, but that other people often get confused about who she is.



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30 June 2008
FUSING ART
Morica Wangyan
2.13 mins
Morica feels she has made an important artistic journey by leaving China to live and study art in Glasgow.



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24 April 2008
CHINESE HOGMANAY
Lyman Chan and The Chinese Community Development Trust
4.05 mins
Glasgow's Chinese community prepare for their annual New Year show at the Royal Concert Hall. It brings a whole new meaning to Hogmanay.



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23 May 2008
OUT OF PLACE
Hermanto Djonny
3.36 mins
Djonny has felt out of place most of his life because he feels confused about his true identity.



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24 April 2008
TAKEAWAY DRUMS
Yuk Kiu (Lydia) Tse
2.39 mins
Lydia had a vision of drumming on Olympic rings in the kitchen of her Chinese takeaway – so from using chopsticks on food containers she formed a Chinese drum orchestra.



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20 April 2008
LEARNING OUR ROOTS
Sandra Yee
1.44 mins
Sandra was born in the UK but never learnt much about China because her parents were busy. Now she wants to embrace her Chinese roots with her own children.



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24 April 2008
TALENT IN CHURCH
Kui (Talent) Jiang
3.29 mins
Talen came to Luton to get a degree and make some new friends but unexpectedly she found God when she left China.



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20 April 2008
BRIDGING EAST AND WEST
Hi (Harry) Wang
3.29 mins
Harry talks about his life in the UK, with a Chinese twist!



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23 April 2008
CHINESE MEDICINE
Dr Zhong (Jenny) Zhau
2.20 mins
Dr Jenny as she's known by her patients in Worcester is committed to making people well through traditional Chinese Medicine.



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20 April 2008
CHANGED MAN
Gerald Sze
2.20 mins
Gerald has changed since he came to Britain from Hong Kong - but it's not the country - its his new found faith that's made the difference.



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11 April 2008
CHINESE DANCING
Jade and Emily
2.03 mins
Jade and Emily are a bit nervous ahead of their New Year performance at Leeds' Town Hall.



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20 April 2008
CULTURAL LIFE
Margaret Wan
3.23 mins
After twenty years in the UK Margaret is still keeping her traditional Chinese culture alive.



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10 Mar 2008
CANTONESE OPERA
Michael Kwan
2.30 mins
Michael thinks more Chinese people should rediscover their cultural identity.



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12 Feb 2008
CELEBRATING CHINESE NEW YEAR
Tyze Li
3.44 mins
Tyze Li talks through the celebrations of the Year of the Rat in Manchester.



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14 Feb 2008
A TIME FOR FAMILY
Valerie Tsai-Yu Chan
1.38 mins
Valerie's come to England from Taiwan - so this year she's had to experience Chinese New Year without her family.



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20 Mar 2008
NEW YEAR FUN
The Community
2.31 mins
The Chinese New Year celebrations in Liverpool are a really multicultural and wide reaching event.



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14 Mar 2008
CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL
Fenfen Huang
1.58 mins
Chinese dancer Fenfen explains why she thinks it's important to celebrate Chinese Culture in Liverpool.



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08 Feb 2008
INSIDE THE LION'S HEAD
Daniel Hawkins
2.03 mins
Daniel has been immersed in Chinese culture since he was a lad because of his dad's passion for martial arts.



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08 Feb 2008
CHINESE TRADITION
Hilda White
3.24 mins
Hilda celebrated her Chinese New Year in style, with bright decorations, a feast of foods and close friends and family.



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08 Feb 2008
NEW YEAR MEAL
Vivienne Yau and Mr Lui
2.31 mins
Vivienne and her Head Chef, Mr Liu cook up a traditional Chinese New Year meal.



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08 Feb 2008
LISTENING TO MUMMY'S MANDARIN
Hirondelle Chatelard
1.30 mins
Hirondelle is half French half Chinese. She is studying Mandarin at University and hopes to pass on her cultural roots to her daughter.



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