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Well, after this brief hiatus from blog writing I now find myself overflowing with things to say about all that has happened so far. Now, with a steady-ish interwebs connection for once, I shall do my best to share some great experiences. In summary, after landing in Shenzhen I was off to Xingning, the heart of Hakka culture in the mountains of the south. There I stayed with my aunt’s family and spent weeks finding relatives and my mom’s old friends, which included an incredible journey deep into the mountainside as well as days spent late in small, rural villages where my parents grew up. In these weeks I collected some magnificent b-roll as well as a few crucial interviews for the film. Woohoo! More on the filming and villages later, for now I’ll just narrate the ridiculous adventure I had in Beijing. Who needs chronological order?

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