Loren, a partner of Mexican restaurant Qmex, comes from Kentucky and has been living in Beijing for 12 years. This year, he chose to stay in Beijing for the Spring Festival. His first Spring Festival was in Chongqing, around 20 years ago, where he saw local villagers slaughtering a pig for the New Year. As he spent years in China, the Spring Festival changed a lot, and gradually became part of his life. Because of the pandemic, this year Loren, as well as his wife, stayed at home instead of traveling to Inner Mongolia, his wife’s hometown. They plan to celebrate the festival by making dumplings with his parents in the US, his sister and her family in Switzerland through a video call. By the way, Loren is now relatively good at making dumplings!
From the first to the seventh day of the first lunar month of the Year of the Ox 2021, our viewers can enjoy the Chinese Spring Festival through seven different short videos of touching stories we post online. Produced by the Information Office of Beijing Municipal Government, the seven-episode “I am in Beijing for Spring Festival” video series will show you how people from different countries and different backgrounds spend their Spring Festival in Beijing. This is the 4th episode: Separated family holds online dumpling making summit across three continents.