Judith Benedikt embarks on a journey following first and second-generation immigrants from China in Austria, who are mainly stranded in Asian restaurants in the city and in the countryside. After half a century of migration, mainly in one direction, there is a new current flowing back to the east, due to the economic boom in China. Gradually a new generation is emerging that has to face the fact that Chinas current boom can also create new opportunities for them. One of the protagonists – a father, who already built up a whole empire of Asian snack stands and restaurants in Vienna – dares the leap back to China, to establish a chain of typical Viennese coffee houses there. Backwards migration.

(Catalogue Text, Crossing Europe Filmfstival, Lina Dinkla, April 2014)


'We followed the emigration trend of the time. I planned to go back after I had earned 100.000. At least that's how I imagined it. In the beginning, it was like I reached the summit with no possibility to descend.'

~ Yang Dongping

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