Sunny: stationed in Shanghai
Name: Jin “Sunny” Cui
Location: Shanghai, China
Sunny is the presenter of the reports from Shanghai, the reports are directed by Bas Roeterink.
What story about your country today would you like to tell the world?
There are so many exciting stories happening here. You can’t imagine how common Louis Vuitton’s classic style is here, while 95% of Shanghai’s residents still don’t earn more than 400 euros a month. (Joking, of course the Vuittons are all fake.) All the foreign media like to talk about China’s economic growth, but there still is so much poverty in Shanghai. Imagine the rest of China… But ofcourse, people here live a better life than before.
Some new values are becoming popular, you can easily find the gay or lesbian bars here, there are sex shops, and not as many prejudice as there was before, which seems to be impossible in China, but it is true. Although I had to have dinner with my gay friends parents last night and pretend to be his girlfriend.
Every girl here is busy with losing weight, not to be slim but to be bony. And there’s the discussion on prices versus salaries, talk about nude pictures of the local super stars in dirty magazines, and the discussion on the One Child policy, these are all very interesting issues. It is really my pleasure to tell the the world what’s new and hot here.
What did you dream of as a child?
I used to dream of being a doctor when I was a kid, but real life seemed to be the contrary of what I was dreaming of, since I was so poor at chemistry.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope I can do something really outstanding, and more people get to know me, and of course, I want to be earning money. Meanwhile, I hope that every family member is healthy, which is the most important thing, because my father passed away last year because of cancer. I hope my beloved guys can stay healthy for as long as possible.
How did you become a reporter for metropolis?
I heard about the try-outs for finding a suitable host for Metropolis. I thought my talent for communicating may help me to succeed in this new challenge, so I called for details. We had a try to see how I was when fronting the camera, we went on the street, and I had to do some talking while looking into the camera and have random interviews with the strangers on the street without script. I liked it very much, so I was happy when they chose me.
What is the best thing about it?
The best thing of the program is having an alibi to talk to people. To me, I can experience a lot of cool people and hear many interesting stories. I used to be a editor for a local newspaper, dealing with Shanghai history and culture, so it’s really a good chance to make my theory into practice.
Where and how do you live?
I’m living in Shanghai, with my husband and my mother. My father passed away 3 months ago. Me and my husband work every day, both of us feel more responsible after our marriage last year, so we have busy days during the week, like most of the young people here.
Describe the circumstances under which you work. What are your facilities?
It’s so amazing when working, there’s no stress, we always chat and joke when having break, but when shooting, I think we are pretty professional and try to keep full concentration. To me my facility is just myself, of course before shooting, I’m briefed about the content, and we will discuss the dressing issues, make sure my dressing is fit for the situation and the story, that’s all. There’s a lot of equipment for shooting, I can only figure out the camera and the microphone.