MA Shumin’s Chinatown
"Chinatown holds a special place in every Chinese immigrant’s heart, whether they are aware of it or not. It is the first place we know of after leaving China. It is the place where we are with the people from the same kind of background, speaking the same dialect. And it is the place that helps us assimilate to our adopted country."
NPR's Science Friday website.
MA Shumin was born in Taishan, Guangdong province, China,
raised in New York ’s Chinatown, and studied film at Syacuse
University's Newhouse School. Currently Shumin is a Metcalf
Fellow, producing environmental videos for
"It has been an incredibly meaningful journey making these videos for Chinatown Partnership's
Explore Chinatown website" says Shumin. "The project allowed me to reconnect with Chinatown via the streets, shops and its people: the herb specialists, street cleaners, barbers, and ballroom dancers. Being away from Chinatown for almost a decade, making these films gave me a chance to explore and rediscover my Chinatown."