留学生インタビュー

Why did you decide to come to Japan to study?

In my senior year at high school, I kept dreaming about studying abroad. However, as I did not have any particular subject that I wanted to study, I attended to a junior college in Beijing. In my years at the junior college, I worked part time at a company which is involved in creating animation characters for children's educational software. Gradually, I began to like animation and wanted to learn more about it. After graduating from the junior college, I decided to study animation in Japan where it was the most advanced in the world.

Reason for choosing current area of specialization

My childhood interest in drawing pictures led me to my choice of an art school for my high school education. Before my university years, I had always thought that drawing can only be done on paper but through my part-time job, I had learnt how to animate and subsequently breathe life into the characters in my animations. This part-time job was a trigger for me to explore further into "Expressions via Animated ". Therefore when I found out that I could acquire knowledge in the areas of drama, video art, photography, computer graphics, films and animation at Musashino Art University's Department of Imaging Arts and Sciences, I applied without any hesitation.

Current research at the graduate school

At this point of time, I am working on an animation of self-made characters with "Si He Yuan" and "Hutong" as the background. Si He Yuan is a classical architecture style of residential housing of Beijing citizens dated from the Ming Dynasty. The narrow streets between the Si He Yuan are called "Hutong"s. A single implementation of Si He Yuan comprises of garden surrounded by four houses and protected by high walls. Si He Yuan with Hutong which have been very familiar for people, having a history of more than 700 years now suffer from the urban renovation and economic development of China, and they are slowly disappearing from Beijing. Although people from my father's generation loves Si He Yuan, there are no measures to stop them from being destroyed. Watching such circumstances, I decided to choose Si He Yuan as the theme of my animation. I hope that people who have seen my work will think about the future of Beijing and at the same time consider what the new generation like us can do to help. I also selected this theme to document the vanishing Si He Yuan and Hutong. In order to complete my work, I need to create a storyboard and film the town of Si He Yuan. After the shooting, I have to modify the composition and film the town again. After the second filming, I can finally start the editing. It is scheduled to be finished in December 2003.

How are you spending your days as a university student in Japan?

I go to school three times a week. When I am not in school, I concentrate on my work at home, visit a gallery or discuss about our works with students from other majors. On school days, I attend general studies, borrow books from library, and watch visual data at a room called "Image Library". I usually visit my professor once a week to update him through a progress report of my work and to receive some advice. Even though I am spending hectic days, each day is a fulfilling one, and I am very happy that I have the chance to study in Japan where animation techniques are highly developed.

Uploaded on 19th December 2002