A Vlog about a Canadian family in the 90's Haikou becomes a hit
News source:hihainan / By Chen Shumin / 06 29,2020 16:40:00 / Focus on Hainan

On June 21, Jared from Canada who likes to call himself a "Hainanese", posted a video "My Dad's VLOG" that showed the life of the Jared family in Hainan in the 1990s as a special gift to his father on bilibili.com, a popular website among young people in China, which has become a hit among many Hainan people.

Jared was born in a Canadian city close to Vancouver. In 1993, when he was only two and a half years old, he followed his parents to come to Hainan. Jared’s parents taught English at Hainan Middle School and were the only two foreign teachers in the school at that time. He also became the only foreign child in the kindergarten affiliated to Hainan Normal University. Because he lived with his parents in the school dormitory, Jared's childhood was mostly spent on the campus of Hainan Middle School.

Jared and his family at Hainan Middle School in the 1990's.(Courtesy of Jared)

After living in Hainan for six years, in order to accompany his brother who should returned to Canada one year earlier for the college examination, Jared's parents quit their jobs and the family left for Canada from Hainan. They had planned to return to Hainan after Jared's brother graduated from high school, but they could not made it come true for various reasons.

Jared, along with his father, brother and sister showed up at the street in Haikou in the 1990s. (Courtesy of Jared)

But Jared has long regarded himself as an authentic Hainanese. Even though he was a just a little child at that time, he can still remember how to say "have a meal" in Hainan dialect, "Jia mui". "I hope to have the opportunity to learn more Hainan dialect, for that is my hometown," Jared said.

Jared went roller skating at Hainan Middle School in the 1990s. (Courtesy of Jared)

More than 20 years ago, Jared’s father recorded the daily life of their family in Hainan by videos, which offers a glimpse of the scenes of Haikou in the 1990s. "To remain the vintage feel, I did not add any special effects or sound effects during editing my father's video clips, for it just recorded our daily life, living environment and people around us at that time," said Jared, adding that this was the original intention of his father's shooting.

Jared and his brother revisited Hainan Middle School in 2015.(Courtesy of Jared)

On Father's Day this year, Jared posted the video named "My Dad's Vlog", which became a hit on different social media platforms just half an hour since it was released. The vintage feel and precious scenes in the video make people, especially the locals in Haikou, recall the life more than 20 years ago.

Nowadays, Jared has graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and lives in Shanghai. He confessed that it had been half a year since he met with his parents last time for they live in different cities. He hoped to present his father’s video clips in his own way and give them a surprise. “I translated the message in the video and transferred it to them. They are very happy. I am also very glad to build up such a 'bridge' between my parents and Hainan where we had a good time so many years ago," said Jared.

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