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A Name UnheardFor one man in New York, the name Eric Yu means many things. It is the shame and fear of an inescapable alias. It is a perpetual disguise against officials who have called him a criminal to deny his asylum. It is the afterimage of faint hope ruined by corrupt Chinese attorneys who have stolen his money. It is the sign of a real hope made stronger through small daily achievements. It is a name for a boy who, half a world away, heard his mother tell him that tears would be useless in the face of life-threatening hydrocephalus. It is the terror of a daily nightmare wherein China, his homeland, becomes the cage that bars him from the life he has earned. It is the symbol of man who cannot name his desires as straight or gay because he has never experienced a relationship, a romance, or even a flirtation to affirm his innermost thoughts.
Eric Yu is the name of a 30-year-old New Yorker, a Chinese citizen, an undocumented immigrant, a hospitality worker, a performer, an actor, a family burden, and a beloved son. Eric Yu is the name that one man must adopt because to tell anyone his real name would be to rend apart the life he has built in America.
In Eric's Dream, filmmaker Peng Wan will explore a world invisible to most Americans: the lives of illegal immigrants from the Earth's most populous nation, who leave their home as second class citizens and struggle to do better for themselves in a new land. Wan's film will immerse viewers in both the joys and cruelties inherent to this life as an outsider. The half hour documentary will follow Eric in his daily life, explores his attempts to attain political asylum, examines the costs to a young person who tries to establish himself in America illegally, and probes the shadow class division that exists deep within the torrent of young people arriving on America's shores from China.
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