Residents were recently invited to follow one family’s triumphant journey through 1960’s and 70’s communist China.
Chicago author Jian Ping presented the film “Mulberry Child” to about 100 viewers at North Central College. The documentary is based on ping’s book by that same name, which details her traumatic childhood during China’s Cultural Revolution under the rule of Mao Zedong.
She wrote the book hoping her Americanized daughter Lisa Xia would have a better understanding of her heritage and an appreciation for traditional Chinese family values. Ping then wanted to reach out to others with her story.
“I wanted to share my story with other Asians [and] all mother-daughters in general so we can open the door to communication and for better understanding,” said Ping.
“Mulberry Child”, the documentary, debuted at the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis last October and sold out at two recent screenings in Chicago.
Ping hopes to continue offering free showings at other colleges.
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