Jim and I saw the story of The Young Pioneers as an entry point into Chinese development and assimilation at Indiana University. In IU's town of Bloomington, Indiana, Chinese restaurants, groceries, salons, bubble tea cafes and clubs and groups are in abundance. Jim and I had collectively lived in China for over a decade and we were fascinated in these Chinese communities. When we met The Young Pioneers, we knew that we wanted to tell their stories. It was a story that weighed origins and dreams, pressures and freedoms, and fearlessly pursued a desire to assimilate with IU's culture in a way that we rarely saw from Asian students. As we filmed, we observed (and encouraged) these Chinese students to assert their belief that international students can do everything American students can do, including ride bikes.