Chinese Culture Takes a “Bao”

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The accomplishment of Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi in garnering an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 91st Academy Awards has prompted a variety of reactions: the joy of Domee’s friends and family, the pride of Pixar, the goodwill of the animation community, the tears of immigrant Chinese viewers, the horror of mainland Chinese viewers (when Bao’s mother eats him), and the optimism of mainland Chinese filmmakers who have expressed their hope that Bao’s win heralds an impending Best Picture Oscar for some Chinese film in the near future.

As a public service to my starry-eyed Chinese comrades in the latter group who dream of one day lugging an Oscar through customs, I’d like to provide my takeaways on the three keys to Bao’s success… (full article on AWN)

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