Zixuan (Sharon) Deng grew up in Wuhan, China, and it was in Wuhan, aptly and poetically named the “furnace city” because of the scorching summer heat, that Sharon began her exploration in storytelling. At the age of 13, she started the three-year process of writing her novel, Breathe, which was published by Jiuzhou when she was 16. Her film “Paris, Ni Hao” explores the evolving and sometimes tense relationship of eight first and second-generation Chinese immigrants with their adoptive city – Paris. The film won Best Documentary Award at the Chinese Student Film Festival and premiered in the US and premiered in the US at the 40th Asian American International Festival in New York. Sharon graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture degree at Harvard University, focusing on how culture and immigration are transforming the urban landscape.