Beautiful "Seeds of Hope" movie re: Africa - with film-maker Wendy Pin-Yen Shieh

  • February 5, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Wendy Pinyen Shieh, a computer programmer in Cambridge who is 'retooling' or 'reinventing' herself as a film-maker, has produced a beautiful 2-hour documentary that she would like shown and reviewed locally, so this group seems like a likely LOCAL group for showing. Her goal after POLISHING this footage is a showing on PBS.

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Her original video shot on location in three (of the 54) states in Africa is beautifully done, the scenery in Africa is lovely, and some study is done about the renegade Buddhist monk, Hui Le, a former engineer and architect, who is now known as "The African Monk" for spreading Chinese Buddhism into Africa (because "Africa needs the values and teachings of Buddhism now more than ever"). It explores how groups carry cultural baggage with them, the financial opportunism AND the social and religious idealism of the Taiwanese entrepreneurs who relocate to underdeveloped Africa for economic opportunities, and their deference to the Buddhist religious teachers for explaining to them the relevance of Buddhism in their new environments. Then, the fun part: we see hundreds of native African teens speaking Mandarin with very thick African accents, doing Chinese dance, music, and martial arts, and practicing Buddhism against the background of African Christians family members who have given up their double-orphaned nieces and nephews in order to give them the best possible career and economic futures in an economically changing Africa where they are relatively powerless (because, with the education the Amitofo Care Centers (ACCs) provide these double orphans, they will have as much formal education as they can complete - through the master's degree, professional degrees, and/or PhDs, and they speak Mandarin, so they can be guaranteed employment with the Taiwanese immigrants AND economic development from PR China.

Read more about the Amitofo Care Centres here: 
http://amitofocc.com/acc-amitof...

The “Children’s Village” idea is not unique and was used in New Hampshire by the Salem Children’s Village, also a vegetarian orphanage.

Asians (and friends of Asian) who don't speak in Mandarin (well, or at all) will be able to understand what is happening but will not enjoy the evening as much.

Those who are learning Mandarin will enjoy the opportunity to hear the Mandarin with English subtitles.

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Chinese-Americans may feel doubly-conflicted about the advance of Taiwanese Buddhism and the double economic advance of ROC and PRC. But more than that, for our purposes, it's not about Buddhism or foreign missionary work, or Christianity vs. Buddhism, or even Asian migrations oversees. It's about learning Chinese language, and for that reason, it's a fun and interesting movie for this group - if we can only get the overhead projector in Kresge 201 to work on December 18. Feel free to invite and bring your friends, but we have a limited seating capacity of 35, and I need to request building passes for anyone outside Harvard who has no current Harvard ID.

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Like having Ken Burns after a PBS fundraiser, we hope to have film-maker Wendy Shieh to answer questions in Mandarin OR English after the video.

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The TUESDAY evening event is ALWAYS in the Longwood Medical Area, Boston, MA 02115 (near Mission Hill).

Check http://Chinese.Mandarin.com/35/for details.

You are WELCOME and ENCOURAGED to forward this to interested friends. However, there are ONLY 35 LEGAL seats in our reserved room (though we have SAID 40 for the sake of "no-shows").

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  • reece

    For future events. do not crosspost events from other Meetup groups. You can post on Discussion board any information for Meetups from other groups, or the community. It may help keep the rsvps clearer! Btw I noticed this same event was posted in a couple other groups and some of the SAME PEOPLE rsvpd in multiple groups...Please do not dupicate rsvp folks! Let's keep it clean. Thanks!

    February 11, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    The movie and presentation was great, BUT > HALF the folks who had SIGNED UP on the other meetups (particularly the Chinese-35 Mandarin meetup) DID NOT SHOW - usually by CANCELING at the VERY last moment (just hours before, despite all the work it takes to get them building passes)!

    February 5, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    Those who don't speak in Mandarin (well, or at all) will be able to understand what is happening but will not enjoy the evening as much.

    Those who are learning Mandarin will enjoy the opportunity to hear the Mandarin with English subtitles.

    You are invited to bring your friends, who can enjoy the film without speaking Mandarin.

    1 · January 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      my name, for entrance to the film. i
      Devorah Steinberg

      February 3, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    Thank you for registering to see "Seeds of Hope" at HSPH this coming Tuesday, 5 February from 6-8:30 pm.

    EVERYONE needs a building pass. Some registrants prevent direct "IN-MAILS" through Meetup. Therefore, PLEASE e-mail me with your first and last name so that I can request a building pass for you IF you are not associated with Harvard (which would give you a Harvard building pass).

    February 2, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    EVERYONE needs a building pass. Some registrants prevent direct "IN-MAILS" through Meetup. Therefore, PLEASE e-mail me with your first and last name so that I can request a building pass for you IF you are not associated with Harvard (which would give you a Harvard building pass).

    January 30, 2013

  • Maynard S. C.

    The Mandarin-language movie "Seeds of Hope" (with English-language bylines over the bottom) will be shown. The film producer, Wendy Pin-Yen Shieh, will be present to discuss how she produced the film and to answer questions about the beautiful photography.

    1 · January 18, 2013

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