This animated short tells the story of Kwan Ming, a man who left China to live and work in the New World. Once at destination, Kwan Ming and three traveling companions look for work but find nothing. When opportunities finally arise, Kwan Ming lets his friends have the best jobs and takes a lowly position (tailor, shoemaker and baker) as helper to a mean storeowner. His cruel boss makes three impossible demands: that Kwan Ming find him a woolen suit that never tears, boots that never wear out and bread that won’t go stale. Kwan Ming’s generosity of spirit pays off when his friends come to his aid.
The 7 minute short film directed by Christine Amber Tang is based on the story by Paul Yee in the book “Tales from Gold Mountain: Stories of the Chinese in the New World”. See more short films geared towards kids: Asthma Tech, The Chinese Violin and Jaime Lo, small and shy.
The Friends of Kwan Ming : short film