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DocuLens Asia: Screening of “Senior Year,” 9/14/06

September 14, 2007IASEvents0

In the No.1 High School of Wuping County in western Fujian Province, 78 high school seniors have only one chance to advance to higher education, through taking the annual national entrance exam. Eighty percent of students in the school come from surrounding rural areas. Their parents tell them that if they do not want to become farmers, the entrance exam to high education is their only chance to change their lives. The documentary records the hardworking, high-pressured, and lonely lives of a group of seventeen- and eighteen-year-old Hakka descendants who are high school seniors at the No.1 High School of Wuping County. As one student puts it, “I can’t stand the idea of going through another senior year.” Director: Zhou Hao. 95 min, 2005, Chinese w/English subtitles. Cosponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Asias. Cosponsored by The Asian American Studies Program, The Department of Asian Languages and Literature, and Th Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.

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