Family resilience and individual dreams

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Family resilience and individual dreams

Clip from Mao's Last Dancer  |  Nine  |  June 8, 2013

Back home, Li's family suffers the consequences of his defection. Communist Party officials visit the family home intent of shaming the family. Li's mother, distraught and protective of him, blames the party for taking her son away. Li tells Ben of his plan to move to Florida with Elizabeth and Ben convinces him to stay in Houston, with what family he has here. Li continues to have nightmares about his family and the consequences of his actions. Li and Elizabeth's relationship deteriorates.

Back home, Li's family suffers the consequences of his defection. Communist Party officials visit the family home intent of shaming the family. Li's mother, distraught and protective of him, blames the party for taking her son away. Li tells Ben of his plan to move to Florida with Elizabeth and Ben convinces him to stay in Houston, with what family he has here. Li continues to have nightmares about his family and the consequences of his actions. Li and Elizabeth's relationship deteriorates.

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Tara Westover grew up with radical, survivalist parents in rural Idaho who didn’t believe in doctors, hospitals and mainstream education. At 17, Westover decided to educate herself as a means of escape. She got into university but academically she missed out on learning about events in history including the holocaust and the civil rights movement. She also struggled socially.

Ben Shenton was raised in a notorious Australian cult called The Family. At 18 months of age his mother handed him over to a woman called Anne Hamilton-Byrne whose followers of the cult believed was Jesus Christ reincarnated.
Shenton lived on an isolated property two hours from Melbourne. There was physical abuse and at times the children were deprived of food. Ben was 15 when police raided the property and he began a new chapter in his life.

Emma Gingerich was raised in an Amish family in Ohio and Missouri. They had no electricity or running water and had very little contact with the outside world.
Gingerich was only allowed to be educated to grade eight and there was no science or geography, only reading, writing and maths. 
At 18 she left her family and the Amish community. Her transition to the outside world wasn’t easy and she says she was raped soon after leaving.
 
The Atchley family live in a remote part of Alaska, four hours from the nearest town. They only got the Internet this year and admit they struggle to keep up with current events and popular culture.
Their 14-year-old son, Sky, lives with them and is home-schooled. Since discovering the Internet Sky wants to become an online gaming commentator and says this might involve him one day leaving his family home and moving to the city.

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Tara Westover grew up with radical, survivalist parents in rural Idaho who didn’t believe in doctors, hospitals and mainstream education. At 17, Westover decided to educate herself as a means of escape. She got into university but academically she missed out on learning about events in history including the holocaust and the civil rights movement. She also struggled socially. Ben Shenton was raised in a notorious Australian cult called The Family. At 18 months of age his mother handed him over to a woman called Anne Hamilton-Byrne whose followers of the cult believed was Jesus Christ reincarnated. Shenton lived on an isolated property two hours from Melbourne. There was physical abuse and at times the children were deprived of food. Ben was 15 when police raided the property and he began a new chapter in his life. Emma Gingerich was raised in an Amish family in Ohio and Missouri. They had no electricity or running water and had very little contact with the outside world. Gingerich was only allowed to be educated to grade eight and there was no science or geography, only reading, writing and maths. At 18 she left her family and the Amish community. Her transition to the outside world wasn’t easy and she says she was raped soon after leaving. The Atchley family live in a remote part of Alaska, four hours from the nearest town. They only got the Internet this year and admit they struggle to keep up with current events and popular culture. Their 14-year-old son, Sky, lives with them and is home-schooled. Since discovering the Internet Sky wants to become an online gaming commentator and says this might involve him one day leaving his family home and moving to the city.
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