Key Personnel


中文 – English

Rae Chang – Writer, Director, Co-Producer

Rae Chang

Rae Chang (writer, director) is an artist and graphic designer based in the Bay Area. She has worked in a variety of mediums including drawing, sculpture, performance, and video. Her work has been presented at Kearny Street Workshop’s APAture, the San Francisco Chinese Culture Center, Pacific Film Archive, Pacific Asia Museum, and Tribeca Film Center in New York. Trained in Chinese martial arts (wushu), she performs with the dance company Facing East Dance and Music, focused on exploring the Asian female experience through modern dance. Her short film on Qiu Jin, JINGWEI GIRLS, was presented at APAture Film Night in 2003 and the Women of Color Film Festival in 2004.

Rae graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 1994 with degrees in Art and Anthropology. Prior to filmmaking, she worked as a graphic designer at various Internet companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Adam Tow – Cinematographer, Editor, Co-Producer

Adam Tow

Adam Tow is a digital media producer and web consultant. An accomplished photographer, his work has been published in The New York Times, Stanford Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His subjects include weddings, corporate events, musicians, artists, politicians, and business professionals. He was the official photographer for the musician Vienna Teng’s 2003 Tour and U.S. Congressman Jared Polis’ 2008 Campaign.

Adam graduated from Stanford University in 1997 with a degree in Symbolic Systems. He runs his own technology consulting business. His corporate clients have included The Wall Street Journal,, Stanford University, and various startups in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Li Jing – Principal Actress

Li Jing

Li Jing is a former professional athlete for the China National Wushu Team and trained under Wu Bin, the coach of Jet Li. She has twenty years of martial arts experience and expertise in a variety of styles and weapons, as well as special skills in fight choreography and wire work. She achieved Junior and Senior China National Champion titles over thirty times and was ranked one of the top six female wushu athletes in China. Li Jing has worked as a stunt actor for several film, television, and commercial projects in Hollywood, including Rush Hour 3, The Fast and the Furious 3, Twins Effect, Desperate Housewives, and All My Children.

Melissa Chin – Supporting Actress

Melissa Chin

Melissa started to learn Chinese martial arts (wushu) when she was at 41/2 yr old. Melissa won the Gold medal at the 2005, 2006 and 2007 UC Berkeley Chinese Martial Arts Tournament, 2007 All Around Champion at the Overseas Chinese American Athletic Tournament Wushu Competition, and Gold medal at the 2007 11th World Cup International Martial Arts Championship in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She also won the first place at the 2004 Sing Tao Newspaper Children Talent Competition and first place at the 2009 World Journal Star Talent Show.

Melissa is currently an 11-year-old 6th grader GATE Honor Roll student at Fremont Chadbourne Elementary school.

Jean-Paul Jeanne – Sound

Jean-Paul Jeanne

Jean-Paul Jeanne is a graduate of Stanford University and Native American filmmaker and writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has written several screenplays and short stories and produced multiple videos, including two videos for Stanford University. His independent short, Why Dormcest Is Bad, won the Back to School video contest on YouTube in 2005.

Matt MacPhail – Sound Designer


Matt MacPhail is an independent music producer, editor and sound engineer. Matt and his wife, Ann, are the principals of News At Eleven Productions, a recording and production company in Arlington, VA. Recent clients and projects include James Dempsey and the Breakpoints for the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) and the Cooking With Kinders series, a 10-month curriculum consisting of recipes, extension activities and original music for kindergarten students.

Advisory Board

C. C. Cheng is an Academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan. He is currently Chair Professor of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language at Taiwan Normal University in Taipei. He taught at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as Jubilee Professor of Linguistics and at City University of Hong Kong as Chair Professor of Linguistics and Chinese.

Eileen Cheng is Assistant Professor of Chinese at Pomona College. Her area of interest is modern Chinese literature and culture. She is currently working on a manuscript on the modern writer Lu Xun. Her paper, “The Menacing Public Body: Qiu Jin’s Troubling Gender” was presented at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference in 2003.

Amy Dooling is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Connecticut College. Her research interests include women’s literary and cultural history and the feminist movement in Mainland China. She is the author of Women’s Literary Feminism in Twentieth-Century China (Palgrave, 2005), co-editor and co-translator, with Kris Torgeson, of Writing Women in Modern China: An Anthology of Literature by Chinese Women from the Early Twentieth Century (Columbia University Press, 1998), and editor of the sequel volume Writing Women in Modern China: The Revolutionary Years, 1936-1976 (Columbia, 2005).

Lingzhen Wang is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Cinema at Brown University. She specializes in modern Chinese literature and culture, gender and literary theory, film studies, and transnational feminism. She is the author of Personal Matters: Women’s Autobiographical Practice in Twentieth-Century China (Stanford University Press, 2004).

Hu Ying is Associate Professor of Chinese literature at the University of California at Irvine. Her fields of interest include modern Chinese literature and culture, translation study, and feminist theories. She is the author of Tales of Translation: Composing the New Woman in China, 1898 – 1918 (Stanford University Press, 2000).

Yan Haiping is Associate Professor of Critical Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Theater, Film, and Television. Her research specialties include twentieth-century Chinese dramas, cultural theories, and performance studies. She is the author of Chinese Women Writers and the Feminist Imagination, 1905-1948.

Danny and Kitty Tow, Thomas and Cora Chang: Executive Producers

Support Organizations

Chinese Culture Center

Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco (publicity and outreach partner) is a non-profit community organization focused on promoting Chinese and Chinese American art, history, and culture in the U.S. Established in 1965, the center offers a variety of educational programs, exhibits, and performances. Visit their website at:

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum (research partner) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Chinese and Chinese American history, culture, and art. Since its founding in 1996, it has presented over 39 historical and cultural exhibits to the public. Visit their website at

San Francisco Film Society

San Francisco Film Society was our fiscal sponsor during the production of the movie. Visit their website at:


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