In search of a new tradition
23rd of January 2012. Its Chinese new year. London, San Francisco,
Lusaka, Banja Luka, Amsterdam; in every city where Chinese men
and women have migrated throughout the century houses are
decorated with colourful symbols, new clothes are bought and
fireworks lighten up the skies. China’s cities are plunged into chaos
as 130 million migrant workers travel back to their villages to
visit parents and children for the New Year’s holiday.
This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration.
The documentary Last Train Home directed by the Canadian-Chinese
Lixin Fan, is about this migration
Lixin Fan is traveling with Zhang Changhua and Chen Suqin.
A couple that left their poor village in the Sichuan province to work
in a garment factory in Guangzhou. Last train home shows an emotional
story of their life and the rapid transformation occurring in China.
Zhang and Chen are welcomed warmly in their home village,
one scene of the documentary moves us: Three generations are joining
the dinner - grandmother, the couple and the children of the couple,
a boy and a girl. The conservation is not about the village or about
the couple but about the performance of the children. To the boy;
‘this year you’re fifth of the class last year you were third of your class
that’s not good enough you have to study harder!’
The daughter is going to study in one of the big cities the following year.
The documentary portrays a clear image of one generation clearing
the path for the next one; A generation aware of their roots and traditions
while aiming for a better future.
Our workshop Home-work is about this generation.
Home-Work will research how this generation deals with their own
roots and tradition and how do they appear within a new world.
the result of the workshop will be presented in:
TKK MoA Xiamen