As a Chinese American, Vietnamese culture has been a huge part of my life and identity. I wanted to film people, places, and food that personally connected with me as a child and as a student abroad. I loved to film non-touristy places because there’s beauty and deep satisfaction in finding hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall food stalls.
As a highly visual person, I chose film because it was the most creative way for me to remember my experience. Once I decided that I wanted to film, my perspective of Vietnam and my program became more analytical and emotional, which helped me choose footage. With tons of random clips from throughout Vietnam, it became impossible to create a single, cohesive film. It became a pure video journal for myself and for anyone who enjoys travel films.
Senior at UW with a passion for nutrition sciences, food culture, people, and storytelling.