“If you love her, send her to New York, for there it is heaven; if you hate her, send her to New York, for there it is hell.“
地点 location：家作坊 HomeShop
时间 time：2013年1月5日，星期六，全天，中午开始 Saturday, 5 January 2013, from 12 noon all day
HomeShop invites to you to indulge in a day of post-holiday TV watching. We will spend Saturday, January 5, attempting a marathon viewing of the complete run of 90s television series “A Beijinger in New York” (北京人在纽约). This well-known soap opera (or “opera soup,” as our friend Pilar says) chronicles the trials and tribulations of a Beijing musician and his wife after they move to New York City.
The soap opera is based on a book of the same name by CAO Guilin (曹桂林 Glen CAO) published in 1991. After the success of the book’s sales and subsequent serialization in the Beijing Evening News, CCTV began production of the television series in 1993. Directed by ZHENG Xiaolong and FENG Xiaogang, and starring JIANG Wen, “A Beijinger in New York” was the first Chinese television series filmed in the United States.
The TV series opens a larger discussion about leaving home and trying to “make it” in a new place as an image of New York as imagined by Chinese expats is revealed throughout the series. Inevitably discussions about cultural exchange, power relations, and the American Dream arise. Many of us are expats ourselves and the reverse imaginings provide a counterpoint to our own experiences in Beijing. Join us as we dissect constructions of other places.
We will start screening around 12:00 p.m. and view all 25 episodes. Extra blankets and popcorn (salty with butter) will be provided all day. Feel free to bring snacks to share and/or beers to drink.