Podtalk: Jian Ping in Documentary ‘Mulberry Child’ on Amazon Prime

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CHICAGO – In the landscape of life, not many have experienced a journey like Jian Ping. Raised in China, she was a child during the political reign of Chairman Mao Zedong. Eventually ending up in Chicago, she wrote her 2008 memoir “Mulberry Child” about her childhood, which was made into a documentary and directed by Susan Morgan Cooper. The doc is now on Amazon Prime.

The film, along with the book, takes its name from the resilient tree that thrives even in harshest winter conditions, which symbolically defined Jian’s resolve. The story depicts her family’s fight for survival during China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and ‘70s, that destroyed the lives and reputations of millions. Although she found the freedom she sought in the United States, Jian Ping deals with the painful reality of raising her only child as an American who had no interest in connecting to her roots. The emotional story is an immigrant’s memory, whose very survival was challenged by a harsh homeland environment … it’s a powerful and moving journey of redemption.

Scene from ‘Mulberry Child, Featuring the Story of Jian Ping (inset)
Photo credit: Amazon Prime

Jian Ping is the author of “Mulberry Child: A Memoir of China” (2008), which was developed into an award-winning documentary film … Ms. Ping is associate producer of the film. Most recently, she has made her directorial debut with “Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny” (2020), a feature-length documentary film on the life and impact of Art Paul, founding director of Playboy Magazine and creator of the iconic rabbit logo. That documentary is also available on Amazon Prime.

In PART ONE of a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, Jian Ping of “Mulberry Child” talks about the story of her life and how it was turned into a memoir and documentary.

In PART TWO, Jian Ping reflects on emotionalism, the re-connection with her daughter through the book/film, and modern China.

”Mulberry Child” is available on Amazon Prime, Tubi TV and digital download. Click here for more details. For more info on “Art Paul of Playboy: The Man Behind the Bunny,” click here.

HollywoodChicago.com senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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