I Might Have To Eat My Words

Posted: March 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

  1. Catherine Castillou says:

    I saw this posted this morning on my Twitter feed by many of my friends who have parents that are immigrants from the Philippines and Vietnam. It has been 20 years since the movie Mulan came out, and I am so glad to see Pixar incorporating Chinese and Asian culture back into their films and shorts. Their latest movie Coco was a huge hit and I am sure this film short will also be widely viewed.

    • Jiahui (Karen) Chen says:

      I can’t wait to see this. For me Pixar shorts always convey a lot of nuanced emotion in such a short time. I’m excited that a female, Chinese-Canadian is directing the short, especially because the short depicts a Chinese mother. I hope the short will be able to express many aspects of Asian immigrant identities. I think it would be most interesting if the film touches on the conflicts of Asian familial traditions (such as filial piety) and Western ideals; this short’s subject: “an aging mom … grapples with empty nest syndrome” has a setup where this conflict could be explored.

      • As I said in class, I’ve never seen a Pixar film. The few snippets I’ve caught always make me feel like I’m staring at florescent lights. Maybe I’ll give it another shot with this one. Anything related to steamed dumplings immediately interests me.

        I’m fairly sure the generational and bi-cultural topics you mention will be explored. In recent years there have a number of very successful mother/daughter novels by Asian-American women. But don’t believe I have seen any films. I’m not sure why mainstream America isn’t ready for such a film. Perhaps an animated short will ease the transition for our very stubborn and predictable society.

  2. Grace Lebrecht says:

    okay but this just gives me even more incentive to go see Incredibles 2, not that I needed any. Still amazed you haven’t seen any Pixar movies honestly

    • Those strike me as the kind of films people usually go to see with family members. I don’t really have a family, and so I usually end up doing other things, like readings or practicing music. I’m lucky if I see more than a single film in an entire year. That must sound odd to a lot or persons. It’s something I never thought I’d say, as I used to be a declared film major. I just found my interests drifted toward less popular pursuit, like philosophy, medieval literature, and heavy metal. Lucky for me it’s the golden age of nerds.

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