Will the so-called Chinese Dream come true for this 18-year-old from the country’s 260 million migrant workers?
Chinese Dreamer follows the 18-year-old Wanghao as he travels from his rural farm to Beijing to help support his struggling family. A few months later he is there, only to find the big city unwelcoming and realise he has little hope for a future beyond working menial jobs and sending money home. Wanghao dreams of a better life, but with little education and few skills, he struggles to envision something other than difficult, thankless times ahead.
Published in Aeon Video which streams contemporary and classic short documentaries, exploring the intersections between nature, culture and ideas.
Multimedia by Sharron Lovell and Tom Wang.
Sharron Lovell is a visual journalist and educator. Currently based in Beijing, she is also the course leader for a Beijing-based, U.K. accredited Master’s program in Multimedia Journalism.
Tom Wang hails from central China, where he studied multimedia journalism. He has always been a music and film lover and while studying in University discovered documentary film.