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NOW / NewsOfTheWorld , 31 июля в 02:59

Interview with Mu Yang Lin, International Award Winning Journalist.

 Today guest of our interview is Lin Mu Yang, an international journalist of Chinese origin. He felt his talent of writing when he was young and had chosen this path, to be a journalist. The strength lies in the pen which he takes to write his articles which then are read by hundreds of thousands. He also was noticed and then recognized by different international film and tv festivals, got awards for his writing skills and was invited to become the judge.

- Good afternoon Mu Yang, thank you for coming to do this interview.

- Good evening, thank you for having me Joanna.

- Muyang, you got recognitions not only in media sphere as journalist, but also for in the tv and movie industry as a writer. Please tell us how do you combine these skills ?

- In fact, I would say being a journalist as well as an entertainment industry practitioner require the same qualities: empathy to your audience, and the ability of telling a good story. In fact, I am going to tell a story right now to show how do I combine these skills

I was born and raised in a writing-passionate and -driven family. My mom was a Chinese literature teacher so she always wanted me to read books and newspaper as much as I could. My father, despite the fact he was an extraordinary architect, stayed very active and published a number of historical and political articles in different kinds of newspaper and journals. My family background uncorked the geyser of for me get interested in writing.

However, it was not until the 21st century that I finally realized the power of writing. In 2000, a reporter published a story named "Video Games: The Electronic Heroin Aims to Tempt Our Children" in Guangming Daily, which is a nationally disturbed newspaper in China. The journalist Xia Fei uncovered a number of students skipped classes and even commit crimes for the purpose of playing video games. An extreme case was mentioned in which two 16-year-old boys kidnapped a 14-year-old girl to obtain ransom in order to spend on games. This investigative story gradually gained popularity after winning the second prize for the China Journalist Award in the late 2001. Media adopted negative phrases like “Electronic Heroin” and “Digital Opium” as terminologies to describe video games ever since. Many parents, including mine, were deeply influenced by the idea that video games are digital drugs and stopped their children from playing games anymore. As a big video gamer, the fact that my parents were deeply affected by this article and forbade me from playing video game not only made me one of the victims of this anti-gaming campaign, but also led me fully recognized the capability of what a vivid story can change people’s mind. Ever since then, I have constantly given speech and written articles regarding the benefits of playing video games, doing my best to correct people’s stereotypes against the gaming industry

Therefore, if you ask me how do I combine the skills of a journalist and movie/tv practitioner, I would just say: use the empathy to know your audiences, and then try to come up with a good story to spread your ideologies and understandings.

- What are the new challenges you set for yourself?

- To integrate more oriental aspects into western world

As a person who comes from China, I am always willing to carry more cultural “crystal” and find where they can shine in the U.S. and the entire western world. In other words, I am willing to devote myself to find potential multi-cultural aspects that can be the key to booming the entertainment industry. We’ve already seen some blockbusters that used Chinese elements to be successful, such as Mulan and Kungfu Panda. But as I said, China is one of the ancient civilizations with a history of more than 5000 years, there are plenty of cultural elements which can be both funny and educative. I’d like to become the ambassador to demonstrate these elements, and who knows, maybe a simple folk tale from 3th BCE can be the next big Disney animated film.

- You won an award at the International Youth Hollywood Film Festival, how did it feel? In your opinion which aspects of your work led you to success?

- It feels so good because winning the award means your works are recognized by your peers and professionals.

From my point of view, the most important aspect is that I was not afraid of step forward and take the leadership position whenever it was needed to be done. Although leadership sound like something really cool which can be associated with commendatory terms such as charming and powerful, I felt like less and less people were willing to take leadership position because it also means you have to take responsibility and be in charge of the whole team.

Despite the fact that as an international student and employee, an outsider, and a non-native English speaker, I always stayed active and were willing to take responsibility. For example, when I worked on PRLab as a director of client services, my job was to oversee the strategic direction of four account teams, in total of 18 people, and make sure they were able to deliver high-quality content. It was burdensome f and I had to admit I hesitated to accept this job. But in the end I took this role and I did learn a number of new skillsets and social skills during my term of office.

To sum up, my “Braveheart” to try anything stressful pushes me to carry on improving, and finally winning this award.

- You got to be a judge at the international film festival, please share with us your feelings of being a judge?

- It was a mixed emotion.

On the one hand, it was such an honor to become a judge, which offered me a precious chance to look deeply and peer review works crafted by a number of young talents; on the other hand, it also let me realize that I still have things that need to be enhanced. Being a judge didn’t stand for the fact that I was above them academically, and in fact for some of their works I just had no idea how to give them feedback because they were beyond my understanding. This judge experience made me understand the significance of being down-to-earth. I would focus on spending more time on getting familiar with more industry-related knowledge to make sure I am able to be a more qualified judge as well as a mentor in the future.

- Please tell us about the book you plan to publish in the US and China this summer?

- The title of the book is “From A Perspective Of An Ethnic Minority: Traditional Media, Social Media, And International Media Campaign.” The purpose of writing this book is to share what I think of current media environment. Despite my young age, I have devoted myself to the media industry for about 15 years. Having had dual cultural and educational background from both the United States and China, I wish to explore my discovery during my media journey and share my understanding of ways to improve media practices in the contemporary world, particularly, in both the U.S. and China.

This book mainly talks about three part. To start with, it discusses whether or not the traditional media is dead because the fake news accusation and the rise of social media. Secondly, it demonstrates what I believe a better way to integrate social media into business such as public relations, marketing, and advertising. Last but not least, it reveals some of the cultural barriers where people need to know if they want to do media-related business in China.

It is hard to sum up my media journey in such a short paragraph, so stay tuned for me book!

- You were invited to many film and tv festivals, events, presentations. What are you next goals?- I'd love to explore more in the US and Europe. I'd love to attend Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals, Canne, Berlinale and London film Festivals. Also I know that there are great film festivals in Odessa and Moscow, with rich history and I'd love to attend them but not just as a guest, but as a participant. For me it is important to learn, to accumulate knowledge and experience, to grow and share everything with my readers.

- Thank you Mu Yang Lin for your inspiring story and this interview. Wish you best of luck in achieving your goals.

- Thank you Joana! It was a great pleasure.

Mu Yang Lin: The source of power and wisdom is in books.

Mu Yang Lin: The source of power and wisdom is in books.

Mu Yang Lin (on the official media photoshoot near Boston MA, USA)

Mu Yang Lin (on the official media photoshoot near Boston MA, USA)

Mu Yang Lin: My Dream is to have my books in the libraries all over the world.

Mu Yang Lin: My Dream is to have my books in the libraries all over the world.

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