Waltzing the Dragon

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Waltzing the Dragon

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THE SWEET ‘N SOUR STORY OF AUSTRALIA AND CHINA’S COMPLEX RELATIONSHIP

This engaging two-part documentary digs deep into overlapping histories of the respective countries, unpacks the present and looks to the future of Australia’s ‘waltz with the dragon’. Law explores the vital, but often tense China-Australia relationship through the lens of his own family story, asking the question: as we become increasingly dependent on China, what does our history teach us about how we face our fears and live with this dragon of the north?

Ben and his wonderfully outrageous mother Jenny travel from Caloundra to Canton in search of her mysterious family roots, and discover, ironically, their Australianness, as well as their place in a vast family they were previously unaware of. Ben and his father, entrepreneur Danny Law, go all the way back to the fascinating pre-colonial trepang or sea cucumber trade between Indigenous
Australians of the north coast, traders from Indonesia and Chinese merchants – an industry whose legacies in language, customs and art remain highly visible and valued today.

'The more I engage with my history and with the Chinese-Australian community, the more I’m really proud of my heritage. We have a history that’s worth being proud of, a history that needs to be acknowledged and celebrated.’
—Benjamin Law

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WILDBEAR ENTERTAINMENT