As is usual with this series, the camera turns on slowly, emitting a soft buzz and a sharp click as it does so. In the frames, the viewer can see a beautiful orange-golden sky; the sun is now setting. Sitting on the grass with a bright smile on her face is Tiffany Chen. The videographer walks over and sits down next to her, focusing the lens on her face. Tiffany looks up and waves.
Videographer (known as VG from here on out): Hi! Are you ready to start?
VG: So, where do you live?
Tiffany: I live in China, specifically in Guangzhou, which is near Hong Kong. I’ve lived there my entire life.
VG: Wow! That must be fun! How old are you and how long have you been attending TPS?
Tiffany: I’m 17 years old and I’ve been attending TPS since grade 7.
VG: What TPS classes are you taking this year?
Tiffany: I’m currently taking Algebra 2 Honors, Worldviews, Physics, Advanced Comp., A.P. World History, A.P. U.S. Gov., and Spanish 4.
VG: What career do you want to have as an adult?
Tiffany: Actually, I haven’t decided what career I want to have, but I might study political science or education in college.
VG: Would you ever like to move out of China?
Tiffany: I will go to a university in the US, but I still plan to return to China after graduation.
VG: Are you a junior or senior?
Tiffany: I’m currently a junior.
VG: What are some of your favorite animals?
Tiffany: I have three cats and they’re so adorable. Their names are 乐乐 (Peace), 喜喜 (Joy), and 仔仔 (Love).
VG: How many members of your family do you live with and what are their names?
Tiffany: I live with my parents and I have a younger brother, who’s 8 years old now.
VG: What is one thing that you’ve always wanted to do in America that you can’t do in China?
Tiffany: Hmm actually… I don’t think I have any specific “to do lists” but I think I’ll travel a lot cause I LOVE travelling and I’d love to travel to different states.
VG: Well, what do you love doing in China that you can’t do in America?
Tiffany: Well, honestly, in China, since people don’t have guns, it’s actually relatively safer so sometimes me and my friends at church will gather and have a snack after our worship service or worship night (and sometimes even after midnight). So basically I can go to anywhere at anytime without worrying about safety issues. So that’s one of the reasons why I love China.
VG: If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be and why?
Tiffany: I guess I might want to be a panda because they’re protected in China and everyone treats them with care. I guess it feels nice to be protected and cared by 14 hundred million people.
VG: What inspires you?
Tiffany: My dad is probably the person that inspires me the most because he gives me tons of great advice and whenever I feel desperate or tired, he can cheer me up somehow.
VG: What school subject stresses you out the most?
Tiffany: Honestly… I don’t like math, physics, and chemistry… I enjoy those classes, but not the subject itself.
VG: What are some of your favorite Bible verses?
Tiffany: My favorite Bible verse is Psalms 27:4 “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
VG: What languages do you speak?
Tiffany: I speak Mandarin, English, Cantonese (a Chinese dialect), and I’m learning Spanish.
VG: Lastly, what places have you been to with your parents?
Tiffany: I’ve been to 20 different countries, I’ve been to Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Egypt, Israel, Australia, Turkey, and a couple of other Asian countries.
VG: Thank you for meeting with me! I really appreciate it.
Tiffany: You’re welcome! Goodbye.
The two hug and the videographer stands up. The camera shuts off, and the viewer is left with one final image of the beautiful sky.