MY Beijing Birthday takes a heart-felt and humorous look at the rapidly changing lives of a group young Beijingers through the eyes of a New Yorker, Howie Snyder.
The story shows us the group as 8 year olds in 1996 studying Chinese stand-up comedy with Howie and their teacher Mrs. Ma. We visit the group again in 2008 as they reflect on their lives and their new dreams for the future.
This generation of children, known as China's new little emperors , is the first in the world to grow up without brothers and sisters. They have grown up amid the most rapid economic growth the world has ever seen.
In "My Beijing Birthday' Howie breaks through language and cultural barriers to shows us how these children - and Beijingers in general - are a lot like his native New Yorkers: rough on the outside, but tender on the inside.
Must-see in Hong Kong: 'My Beijing Birthday'
If you're in Hong Kong tomorrow night, October 23, and you're not hospitalized, in jail, running the control tower at Hong Kong airport, or otherwise in possession of a good excuse for not attending, please get to the Hong Kong Arts Center by 7pm to see a screening of the wonderful hour-long documentary, My Beijing Birthday.
- James fallow, The Atlantic
Another Shoutout- My Beijing Birthday
Such a wonderful documentary the other day. Really moving and funny, but also gives great insight into how china and the chinese are changing. Its called My Beijing Birthday and the prime mover (and shaker, quite literally in this case) is Howard snyder who, apart from being a great guy and living in my compound also speak just about the best chinese i have ever heard from a foreigner.
Simon Elegant, Time magazine