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How One Man Reconnected With Elderly Chinese Through English

When Yaokun Gong’s tour guiding work dried up during the pandemic, he turned to teaching Chinese seniors English online—watch the short documentary to find out what happened next


Yaokun Gong has had two passions for as long as he can remember—English and travel. He led a successful career as an English-speaking tour guide in Chengdu, but when the pandemic hit in 2020 and China’s borders shut indefinitely, Kun’s life took a hit.

Sitting at home with no job and no income, he chanced upon the world of online teaching. Then, he received a surprise job offer—to teach Chinese seniors English.

Why are Chinese senior citizens learning English? Does the new gig help Kun turn his life around? And what did the experience teach him about relations between generations? Watch to find out.