A Documentary that explores the effects of Modernization on China
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Missing Home is a documentary that explores modernization - specifically its effects on the culture & lives of people living in hutongs, Beijing’s ancient sprawling alleys.
Hutongs, which date to the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1341), have long been regarded as the heart and soul of Beijing. They are chock-a-block with family homes and crammed with countless small shops and restaurants, but are now disappearing at a prodigious rate as Beijing modernizes. It is estimated that 80% of these revered ancient alleyways have been plowed under in the last decade, displacing close to 580,000 souls. Few of the displaced residents have reaped the prosperity that was promised to accompany modernization –most face more economic struggles than ever before.
Although the loss of the historic architecture is significant, it is perhaps more important to note the loss of an ancient social network of neighbors and friends, of spirit & culture that have defined the way of life in Beijing for centuries of generations. A collective way of life is being edged out by sterile high-rises, which are rapidly inundating the spaces hutongs once filled. This displacement & replacement stands at the heart of an increasingly controversial dialogue about progress and modernization in China: How can the China of the future balance the preservation of culturally & historically significant traditions & sites, while building a global city?
Director Weimin Zhang will attend the screening and take questions from the audience.
Its rapid economic boom has gained China much attention from the world, as it is experiencing a complex restructuring of its major metropolis areas. However, under the facade of progress, the majority of Beijing’s hutong residents have yet to experience the prosperity- rather, they face more economic struggles than ever before. These issues are not only occurring in China, but all across the world. Modernization is changing traditional ways of life and unjustly displacing families. Although the loss of this ancient architecture is significant, it is also important to note the loss of a social network of neighbors and friends, of spirit and culture that have defined the way of life in the hutongs for generations. This collective way of living is jeopardized by the sterile environments of the high-rises, as they are rapidly replacing the space where hutongs once stood. Today they are at the heart of an increasingly controversy between progress and modernization in China: What balance should be struck between preserving Beijing’s culturally and historically significant sites, and building a developed, global city for the future China?
Long considered one of the standout film makers of China’s sixth generation of filmmakers, Weimin Zhang holds degrees from both the Beijing Film Academy and the Ohio University film school. She has recently taken a post at the Film School at San Francisco State.
Directions to the screening
The new venue we moved into in May 2014 is part of the Senior Coastsiders facility within the sprawling Coastside Senior Housing Complex. Because the building is brand spanking new Google maps and other mapping programs still can't find it or may take you to the wrong location. Typing in the address (not the name) should get you close. Or check out the map I provide on the previous page.
The parking lot is off of Arnold Way. Feel free to park in one of the 35 parking spaces marked SC-Reserved or CADH-Reserve or on Main Street in front of the complex. Do not park in any numbered spaces. The entrance is to the right of the fountain next to the parking lot.
When: August 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM
|Where:||Coastside Adult Community Center|
925 Main Street
Enter on Arnold Way
Half Moon Bay
|Directions:||South of downtown Half Moon Bay. Corner of Arnold Way and Main Street. Enter on Arnold Way.|