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Opportunity is also what brought Korean American Howard Kim to Beijing.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in the US in 2007, Kim received an offer from an architecture firm in Beijing. Although he later left Beijing after a few years, after working in the US and South Korea for a few years more he chose to return to Beijing in 2015, at the age of 29.
"In South Korea, experience prevails. At the age of 35 or 30, it will be difficult for an architect to get some major projects or opportunities. But in Beijing in China I feel that if you want to try, they will give you the chance… you will get fewer opportunities in South Korea and the US," Kim says in the film.
Forty-eight-year-old Miguel Angel Ley Montano comes from Mexico and now works in Tianjin, a coastal city near Beijing, as an airline captain for Tianjin Airlines. While he has lived in China for the past six years, he had never thought about working or living in China prior to being invited by the airline.
Ley Montano worked in the Panama airline industry for years until the company he was working for went bankrupt. Roving between several airlines in Mexico and the US later on, he could not find a place to settle down. At the time, Tianjin Airlines was expanding their business and in need of experienced pilots, and so Ley Montano got an invitation to work with the company.
At first Ley Montano hesitated between his desire for a stable job and the fear of moving to, what was for him, a strange nation in the Far East that he had little knowledge of, but his wife convinced him that a stable life would be better for their kids.
Over the past six years, Ley Montano has not only risen to the position of captain, but also helped cultivate a number of young Chinese captains and instructors - an accomplishment of which he is very proud.
"For me, it took 11 years to become a captain. Back in America or in my country, in Mexico, it's not easy to upgrade… because normally all the companies, they don't grow all that fast. So if they don't grow, you need wait for the chance, for a captain to retire, or the company buying a new airline," Ley Montano explains.
Another source of satisfaction is that both his son and daughter have adapted well to the Chinese city.
"I hope to retire here," Ley Montano says.