Born and growing up in Beijing, Ying came to Canada in her late 20s, first as an international student and then became a landed immigrant. As the co-founder of the organization, she made up the name “Cinevolution” in a daydreaming afternoon in September 2007, hoping to create a niche space for her and people like her who were newcomers to this land to do something imaginative in a liberating way. Ever since then, the organization became her art school, where she learned from everyone encountered, whether it’s an artist, a social justice activist or a walking-in audience at the events. Over a decade has passed, she is awed to see the impact the organization has in the community. After completing her documentary The World is Bright in 2020, which she also started in 2007 and won multiple awards, she is now working with the dedicated team to continue exploring the independent vision and voice of Cinevolution.