A TRADITIONAL Chinese walled village is invaded by some Westerners, causing all kinds of conflicts and troubles, but ending up All In A Family. The Radio and Television Hong Kong television production, which received wide acclaim in the territory, has not only raised Hong Kong people's interest in cross-cultural issues but also concern from overseas. Director Jeremy Yung Wai-mi has been invited to attend the Hong Kong Festival at Columbia University and the Ohio University Film Conference this month. This is the first time a television director had been invited to join the festival in Ohio and Yung plans to take this opportunity to encourage inter-cultural acceptance and understanding. 'Excerpts of the television series will be shown at Ohio University and I hope to motivate more people to engage in this kind of programme with the theme of inter-cultural relationships,' Yung said. He plans to introduce the humanistic and social aspects of Hong Kong media work to the Americans during the Hong Kong Festival at the Columbia University. 'Americans only know about action movies. I hope to introduce more information on the non-commercial sector of the media in Hong Kong.' All In A Family had a strong impact on the territory when it was shown on the Chinese channel. It is now showing on the English channel with subtitles. It took the crew more than six months to finish the production. Casting Cantonese-speaking expatriates was the most difficult task for the directors. 'We interviewed a lot of people. I never imagined there are so many expatriates in Hong Kong, seeking opportunities and enjoying life, while the locals are fleeing to other places,' Yung said. Canadian Pierre Tremblay and American Scudder Smith, who studied Chinese in China and Taiwan, not only won the parts, but also the hearts of Hong Kong audiences with their proficiency in the language. The series is funny but touching, and there are a lot of messages behind the laughter. 'Hong Kong people call expatriates gweilos , whom they hate. We also tend to think that Hong Kong women marry expatriates because they want to get overseas passports,' Yung said. 'We hope to bring out problems like these and get local people to think about them.'