Student made films premiered at the Qingdao Center

March 29, 2012
A still of a house in China from Kevin Slaten's student film.

Kevin Slaten, a graduate student in OSU Chinese Flagship Program (Masters in Advanced Chinese Language and Culture) made this short film about Qingdao New Citizen Home Workers Union, a NGO with the mission of helping migrant workers new to the Qingdao area. (The politically sensitive term is no longer “农民工 peasant-worker” or “移民工 migrant-worker” but “新市民 new city-resident.”) One of the major activities of this organization is to provide educational and cultural opportunities to the much less-privileged children of these “new city-residents” free of charge. Volunteers of all social, cultural, national backgrounds have contributed to the success of this meaningful mission. The purpose of the film is to honor recruit more volunteers to join the efforts. The film was premiered at the OSU Qingdao Center on March 29, 2012 to an audience of working professionals, business people, university students, professors, and government officials.  After show discussion was planned for one hour but lasted more than three hours due to enthusiastic responses generated by the film. (You can view this film on

This is not the first time student made film premiered at the Qingdao Center. Last summer, Nick Holtkamp, also a student in OSU Chinese Flagship Program, made a short film about a nonnative living in a ever changing, complex, and cross-cultural environment. The film is tiled 《人在青岛》and was premiered at the OSU Qingdao Center on August 18,2012.  The film has been shown through various venues in both Beijing and Shanghai and has received very positive and sometimes very enthusiastic responses. (You can view this film on