A man thinks back to his childhood memories of growing up with an annoying little sister in China in the 1990s. What would his life have been like if things had gone differently?
Being born as my parents' second child in the height of China’s One Child Policy during the late 1980s, I was one of the children who were "outside of the state plan.” My existence as an "unplanned child” has always been troublesome. I carried this label throughout my childhood. My brother was “disabled” on the paper. My parents paid a relatively large sum of fine for my birth.
Despite all the troubles, I also know that I’m one of the lucky “little sisters” to be born and to live a life. If my parents didn’t go through troubles to give birth to me, I would not exist. The narrator of this film, Bingyang Liu, for example, told me his story of losing an unborn younger sister due to the policy when he was four-years-old in 1991. Moreover, growing up with a sibling has been a privilege and a unique experience for me. Throughout my childhood, the question that had been asked a lot by my friends and peers is that, how is it like to have a sibling?
Growing up with my brother has been a bittersweet but wonderful experience. I want to make a film to tell “Bingyangs” what it is like to have a sibling. More importantly, I also want to tell the story of “Bingyangs”, who would’ve had a different life if their siblings were born. The Chinese government officially abolishing the One Child Policy in 2015 made people who were born in China from 1975 to 2015 the only generation of “only child” in human history. My film is dedicated to this group memory