Dutchmen do not like fish. They like roast pork, with sweet and sour sauce.’ This is the idea that the Ho couple, owners of the Chinese-Indian restau­rant Oriëntal, has of Dutch people. The Ho family them­selves are portrayed a lot more subtly in Chin.Ind. by docu­men­tary maker Yan Ting Yuen. Indu­bitably owing to her Chinese back­ground, she managed to get to the other side of the serving hatch of one of the count­less Chinese restau­rants, where just as many Chinese immi­grant fami­lies are earning their daily bread. The film consists of four parts (the four seasons), running parallel to the Cantonese opera The Impe­rial Flower: the couple met each other at the Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong. During the daily routine of the restau­rant (‘want sambal?’), the couple tells about their colourful and once-promising artistic past and their persisting, but seem­ingly unre­al­is­able ambitions.


Production company
TV company
Distributor NL
AV Management BV

Title: Chin.Ind. Een leven achter het doorgeefluikje
Year: 2001
Duration : 50 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2001

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Korte Documentaire (2001)
Stef Tijdink
Beste Korte Documentaire (2001)
Yan Ting Yuen

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