YUEXIA “LUNA” LIN
With one of the oldest and richest cultures in the world, China has become a global economic power. But, the journey has come with a high cost. The Cultural Revolution decimated China’s cultural legacy and left a hollow shell behind. Widespread human rights abuses continue today. Chinese cultural identity has been replaced with a fanatical quest for the dollar, and the popular images of Chinese immigration include
sweatshops, nail salons and fast-food.
When I immigrated to the United States from Southeast China two years ago, I went to work in a sweatshop, and was trained as a “nail technician.” Now I am living in Brooklyn, graduating from high school and going to college. I hope that I can use documentary filmmaking to tell the stories of people who are overlooked by society.
There are nearly four million Chinese-Americans in the United States, not including illegal immigration. My film will show the abusive and exploitative labor environment of Chinese immigrants in New York City, using my own experiences as a guideline. Using this as a platform, I will explore the loss of Chinese culture, which began during the Cultural Revolution and is furthered by immigration.