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The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival from the interns' point of view

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Posted by Tianhong Yang at 1:38PM
The photo was take at Skydeck Chicago.

Blog posting written by Tianhong Yang, Environmental Sciences, ’18, FLEFF Blogger, Hangzhou, China

The digital landscape comprises of a variety of channels including movies, social networks, info sites, and email lists. Such mediums promote participatory cultures across theories and technologies, defining the contemporary environment.

The theme for the 19th annual Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival is Landscapes. In my sense, Landscapes, including both physical and human elements, dramatically shape cultures and characters.

My name is Tianhong Yang, and I’m a sophomore Environmental sciences major with Honors and pre-MBA double minor.  I come from Hangzhou, China, but I’ve been living in the U.S. for four years.

I believe that part of me remains wherever I have been. Growing up in Hangzhou, one of the Four Garden Cities in China, I’ve always been amazed by its historic relics and natural beauty. I love Hangzhou so much that I become passionate about studying environmental sciences to help improve the quality of water and urban space.

I moved to Lakeland, Florida at the age of 16. I found out that the American education system is much more lenient compared to that of China. I was no longer bombarded with homework assignments, but rather I was encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. I gradually developed interests in lacrosse and photography.

Through my classes at Ithaca College, I’ve begun to appreciate the cultural diversity among college students and the interdisciplinary approach to education. Within two years, I’ve been able to explore topics concerning conservation efforts in Central America, new media projects in Asia, operations management in North America, as well as global citizenship and cosmopolitanism.

FLEFF, embracing sustainability across all of its forms, will be a brand new experience for me. I’m excited about engaging in intensive dialogues with film producers and community members before, during, and after the festival. I’m looking forward to being fully immersed in what FLEFF has to offer. 

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