Since the Cold War, many Southeastern Asians with ethnic Chinese backgrounds have moved to Taiwan for education. Although their study visit was part of the KMT attempt to claim its governance over China, these overseas students from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Macau and Hong Kong, have immensely contributed not only to the economic prosperity of the island but also the formation of contemporary Taiwanese culture. In the field of cinema, the most notable names are Tsai Ming-liang from Kuching, Sarawak and Midi Z from Lashio, Myanmar.
After high school, Midi Z moved to Taiwan at the age of 16 to study commercial printing and industrial design and later he taught himself the art of filmmaking. With his long-term interest in Chinese diaspora and his own relocation experience, Midi Z depicts the realities of life struggles in the Sinophonic communities in Maynmar as he touches on such issues as drug-trafficking, illegal immigration, jade mining and desperate poverty. His production budget is usually low and he takes a guerilla approach in shooting in order to evade the censorship of the Burmese government but his works, full of fresh energy, reveal meticulous narrative structure and crafted camerawork. Seen as a unique voice in Taiwanese cinema, Midi Z has represented Taiwan in numerous international film festivals.