An unvarnished portrait of the life and memories of a stoic and reticent man committed to his family, My Life in China retraces the perilous steps filmmaker Kenneth Eng's father chanced in search of a better life. Exploring themes of home, exile, and belonging, the film is a story about promise, purpose, and living life without regrets.
Edward Said, Reflections in Exile
Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unsealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted.