Last week, I attended part of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) conference in San Diego for a couple of days. One of the rare occasions where I saw more Asians than other ethnic group under one roof.
I was there for Mulberry Child movie. After spending weeks getting the Chinese subtitles ready and selecting a few episodes of “behind the scene” interviews for the premium DVD of the film, I was very excited to see the final package on display at the booth of China Classics, a distributor of Chinese classic literature and artwork at AAS conference. Wang, owner of the company, graciously agreed to showcase Mulberry Child at his booth when a mutual friend introduced us. He has been in the business of providing Chinese language materials to East Asian Studies libraries at universities across the U.S. for many years. I was impressed and pleased to see so many of his clients come to him to order books he carried. His booth must be the busiest one in the exhibition hall.
Over the period of a day and a half when I was at the exhibition hall, I met with more than 50 professors or librarians in East Asian Studies from universities around the world. Reportedly, more than 3,000 people attended this annual conference.
I was very encouraged by the interest in and positive response to Mulberry Child movie and the book. And more excitedly, upon my return to Chicago, I began to receive orders from universities via our website, which posted the sales of two different packages of Mulberry Child DVD to educational institutions.
I know Mulberry Child movie can serve as a very effective tool in courses on China’s history, women’s studies, and immigrant studies. And with the addition of Chinese subtitles, it can assist in the learning of Chinese language as well.
I look forward to the opportunity of reaching out to more students, professors, and librarians at universities in the coming months and want to thank those who have generously supported us, including Mr. Wang.
Jian Ping, author of Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China, which has been developed into an award-winning documentary movie by Susan Morgan Cooper and is narrated by Jacqueline Bisset. Visit www.mulberrychildmovie.com for more information.