Tokyo Pengyou

Jamie Coates


This ethnographic film follows a young Chinese musician's struggles in Japan, demonstrating how emergent socialities and convivialities form through playful scenarios and the interplay of digital and analogue worlds. It explores how desire, disappointment and creativity shape young Chinese people's social bonds while living abroad, revealing the complicated nature of friendship in migration contexts. Based on long-term fieldwork in Tokyo's unofficial Chinatown, Ikebukuro, the film also serves as a reflection on the role of friendship in anthropological research.


China; Japan; migration; friendship; play; media

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