A peek into the wax lotus. Lotus Lantern is a tribute to late Chinese singer Zhou Xuan, a missing link between filmmaker’s queer identity and Chinese heritage.
Xingpei Shen grew up in mainland China, where he spent most of his time indulging in internet subculture and plotting his romantic exile. While priding himself on being the class misfit, he blames his sweet awkwardness on excessive Die Hard Andy Lau moments and 90s anime girl power. Training as an animator, he is finishing his senior year at Rhode Island School of Design. He draws glamorous characters with sparkles next to their bubbly eyes, sends hearts emojis to his friends, and contemplates on queer identity and vulnerability