Tim Chan

Reanimating the Immigrant Experience

Lillian Chan's short film, Jaime Lo, Small and Shy brings astronaut families down to earth.

LILLIAN CHAN DIDN'T have to look far to find the inspiration for her animated short Jaime Lo, Small and Shy. The film, which follows a 7-year-old girl whose father is sent to work overseas, was largely based on Chan's experiences living in Toronto, Canada. While her own dad was not one of these so-called "astronaut fathers," shuttling between family in one country and work in another, there were plenty of other examples for Chan to draw on.