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_Ying Jia, Corner Store in La Petite Patrie

“Ying Jia” tells the story of a hundred-year old Montreal convenience store and the multi-lingual, multi-generational Chinese family that runs it.

2012 Dominique Lafond,Judith Lussier
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“Ce qui nous a attirées, c’est l’hybridité entre la culture chinoise et québécoise. On y trouve aussi bien de la Tremblay que du ginseng ou du thé.”

Judith Lussier, Writer and Director, in Le Devoir

By focusing on three generations of Chinese shopkeepers living in Montreal, the interactive documentary Ying Jia, Corner Store in La Petite Patrie explores the immigrant experience in Canada. Originally hailing from China, the Lu family runs a convenience store in Montreal. Ying Jia captures their struggles adapting to owning a small business in a foreign country. Unfolding in five chapters, the documentary is multimedia rich, blending storytelling strategies from photojournalism, radio, and film.

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Language : EN,FR
Country : Canada
Year : 2012
Author : Dominique Lafond,Judith Lussier
Producer : National Film Board of Canada
Team : Deux Huit Huit,Dominique Lafond,Hugues Sweeney
Funders AND Incubators : Le Devoir,National Film Board of Canada
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