American Dreams in China (2013) Peter Chan
despite the only foreign recognition so far of this film being a string of teeth-gnashingly ignorant web reviews (jesus christ wow i mean seriously fuck it really does take being in china to realize how much the Modern White Man has not a fucking bit of understanding of what modern china is), this is the shit to see for a variety of good reasons (e.g. a belated introduction to the 80s student vibe, the toxicity and persistence and crooked beauty of the fucking american dream, or if you just want to knock out your screen with Anger At White People)
im not saying it’s perfect this shit is still kind of pandering and fairytale-like but goddamn i cried over this because this was my parents generation yo like i don’t know how many of you little fuckers look at our 2.0 model minority household and my dad’s phd and think we’re solidly middle class blood or some shit but my family are fucking farmers and laborers and im the first one of either side going to fucking college good n proper like hahaha i know educational visas r comparatively lax now but just ten yrs ago do you even know what it feels like 2 face a customs official after traveling hrs by train 2 shanghai just to find out whether your family can b together again? and then my parents sacrifice everything 2 bring me 2 this country so i could grow up in the security and nurturing arms of racist assholes of the 21st century n *~liberated leftist flower-crown icon feminists~* <33333
this is a story about three dudes in 1980s china who meet in Beijing University and all want to go to America n their friendship and successes and failures and the deaths of their respective American Dreams and coincidentally, how they start the leading educational company that trains Chinese students aiming to study in the US.
It is based, in part, on the Beijing 新东方学校 and its founders.