Documentary & Discussion: Maineland

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Date/Time:Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018 at 6:30 pm
Location:South Ballroom, Memorial Union
Cost:Free
Contact:
Phone:515-294-9934
Channel:ISU Lecture Series
Categories:Diversity Lectures
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MAINELAND follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers from China as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. They are part of the enormous wave of Chinese "parachute students" enrolling in U.S. private schools. A discussion with the director, Miao Wang, will immediately follow the 90-minute film.

Filmed over three years in China and the United States, Maineland follows two affluent and cosmopolitan teenagers from China as they settle into a boarding school in blue-collar rural Maine. Stella and Harry are part of the enormous wave of Chinese "parachute students" enrolling in U.S. private schools, seeking a Western-style education, an escape from the dreaded Chinese college entrance exam, and the promise of a Hollywood-style U.S. high school experience. Director Miao Wang captures their experiences of alienation, culture clash, and personal identity, sharing new understandings and poignant discourses on home and country.