Escaping and Searching in “The Wild Goose Lake”

When I was listing the films to watch for Philadelphia Film Festival in late October, I couldn’t help noticing a critically acclaimed Chinese film that was proudly selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. “The

To Lie or Not to Lie — “The Farewell” (2019)

If there isn’t much time left for the one you love, would you let them know? For some, an unhesitant “yes” seems to be the answer, yet the opposite may be the choice for people from a different culture. Based on a

Kamakura: train, buddha, people & town

During my winter break, I took a trip to Japan and visited Kamakura, an old city next to Tokyo where tourists from all around the world will pay a visit to as soon as they arrive at Tokyo. The city is famous

Long Day’s Journey Into a Surreal, Spellbinding Night

“Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (2018) by Chinese director Bi Gan vividly depicts subconsciousness and dreams by building a surreal atmosphere and using beautiful and unique  cinematography. The story revolves around a man named Luo Hongwu (Huang Jue) returning to his hometown

“Roma” Weaves Personal Memories Into A Great Epic

The 27th Philadelphia Film Festival has come to an end. The 10-day journey has given me great pleasure, and watching seven excellent films in a roll was undoubtedly one of the best experience I have had this year. “Roma” (2018) by Alfonso

Japan: Pearls of The Heisei Period

In the past few years, I have traveled to Japan multiple times, and every time was a wonderful experience. The country, which neighbors China, has a culture that is so similar to mine, yet so different sometimes. Even though we share the

Cuba: The Many Shades of Music

This is the second part of a two-part photo essay Jiang created. The first part, focused on Mexico, was published in the last issue of the Phoenix and can be found online.   After a short trip in Mexico, I went to

Mexico: A Symphony of Colors

During this summer break, I went on a trip to Mexico and Cuba.  These countries, so foreign compared to my home culture in China, enchanted me. I felt that my horizons were broadened by these feasts of the senses.   In Mexico,