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Jaime Lo, Small and Shy

Jaime Lo, Small and Shy

| 7 min

In this animated short, Jaime Lo's father is sent to Hong Kong for a year-long work assignment. A shy Chinese-Canadian girl, Jaime Lo must use her creativity to cope with his absence. This story offers us a lighthearted glimpse into a common dilemma that many immigrant families face, where one parent must work overseas in order to provide for the rest of the family back home.

Part of the Talespinners collection, which uses vibrant animation to bring popular children’s stories from a wide range of cultural communities to the screen.

  • director
    Lillian Chan
  • animator
    Lillian Chan
  • writer
    Lillian Chan
  • animation assistance
    Eddie Hui
    Qin Leng
  • voice
    Alexandra Lai
  • original music
    Luigi Allemano
  • sound design
    Luigi Allemano
  • turntable remix
    Kid Koala
  • musician
    John Roney
    Dave Laing
    Luigi Allemano
  • digital imaging specialist
    Susan Gourley
  • lead infographist
    Randall Finnerty
  • infographist
    Neerajkumar Patel
    Jason Smalridge
    Anna Poplawska
    Louis-André Fortin
  • foley
    Karla Baumgardner
  • voice recording
    Luc Léger
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • music mix
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Shelley Craig
  • off-line editor
    Jason Lee
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • technical coordination
    Julie Laperrière
    Richard Lesage
    Jelena Popovic
  • studio administration
    Gisèle Guilbault
    Rosalina Di Sario
    Jocelyne Lalonde
  • marketing manager
    Hélène Tanguay
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner
    David Verrall
  • producer
    Michael Fukushima


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Ages 5 to 10

Diversity - Diversity in Communities
Family Studies/Home Economics - Child Development
Family Studies/Home Economics - Family Diversity and Challenges


  • Where is your family from?
    • Allow your students to reflect on their cultural heritage and find something that makes them unique.
  • Family Portrait
    • Everybody has a unique family situation; allow your students to use their own artistic expression to represent the people that they consider to be in their family.
  • “Let me in!”
    • Have your students acquire copies of family photographs that they were not present for (e.g., old family gatherings), then, have your students draw themselves on a separate piece of paper, which they can then cut out to paste into the photo that they chose. 

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