I have been living in LA for over 30 years now. I have had such an amazing journey working with some the best people in the industry from oscar winners, top directors, to indie filmmakers. What is so interesting at this point in time is that Hollywood and China are definitely eyeing each other very closely. Many Chinese are traveling here. I see a seemingly insatiable appetite to know more about the entertainment business. I think my experience, especially because I am familiar with the Chinese industry as well, could be very enlightening for some people. I would love to take you on that journey to see beyond the glamor of the industry. I want to help demystified Hollywood. I love to bring you into my world through Voyadi.
Hollywood and China
China and Los Angeles
A Joy Luck Reunion! What a treat. The girls — Ming, Roz, Lauren and Tamlyn — are as gorgeous, fun, and warm as ever. We decided that we must do this regularly.
I like to think that the film I produced, JOY LUCK CLUB, which was partially shot in China, was an antidote to that. It managed to be a Hollywood studio movie, but focused entirely on Chinese characters. To this day, this project holds a unique profile in this respect, and has never been replicated
The hosts of our trip — apparently we were the first Asian-American delegation sponsored by the government — took us absolutely everywhere. Golan Heights, Masada, Galilee, Dead Sea, Tiberius, old city of Jerusalem. We saw it all. The Old City of Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
The project is about a lost kingdom called Loulan, along the Silk Road, where one hundred years ago, they discovered a mummy with totally Caucasian features?! It was a bucolic, peaceful kingdom, and then suddenly disappeared.
Life today in Xinjiang is still somewhat nomadic –- horsemen living in yurts, camels, sheep abound. I often like a nomad myself, so no wonder I felt quite at home.
It’s Oscar season, so as an Academy member, that means many functions. I have somehow gotten on some very good lists. One highlight was the lunch for Ang Lee. What’s ironic is that I doubt uber-publicist Peggy Siegel knew about our thirty-year friendship, and that we worked together on what was the first feature in each of our lives!
Filming East to West: America Through the Eyes of a Chinese. Ang Lee was the sound man!
With Steven Spielberg filming Empire of the Sun, 80's. Meeting with the Spielberg of China, Xie Jin.
Learn from Janet
When it comes to Los Angeles and China, there is no better way to experience it than having Janet by your side. Let us know where you are going and we can help make your trip extraordinary!
About Janet Yang
Throughout her life, Ms Yang has distinguished herself by serving as a key link to bringing the creative and business worlds together, as well as by bridging East and West. As a film producer, Yang has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world, as well as discovering unique, often unheard voices and stories, and bringing them into mainstream. She is a Golden Globe and Emmy winning Producer, and is best known for such seminal works as Joy Luck Club and People vs. Larry Flynt, and many others.
About Voyadi Experience
We believe travel is a transformative experience. We help our members to go beyond the ordinary from visiting extraordinary destinations, exploring authentic experiences, connecting with remarkable people, to immersing oneself with local culture. Many travel destinations are accessible by anyone but only Voyadi offers intimate curated experience through hand-selected insiders. The experience that we offer is unique and the serendipity encounters makes it truly memorable.