EARTH TO MOUTH (Yung Chang, Canada). 41 minutes. Free. Monday (November 11), 6 pm, at Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space, The Commons (401 Richmond West); LIVE SCRIPT READING OF EGGPLANT moderated by Vivian Lin, with Andrea Bang and others, November 14 at 8 pm, CSI Annex (720 Bathurst). $20. reelasian.com.
As a young Chinese-Canadian kid growing up in Oshawa, director Yung Chang remembers feeling like an outsider. Often the victim of racist bullying, he felt neither Canadian nor Chinese, just a sense of shame and confusion. The rare time he saw a piece of art about identity, it usually made him cringe.
So it’s gratifying for him now to see lots of art – everything from the movie blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians to the hit homegrown series Kim’s Convenience – that reflects the complex Asian-North American experience.
“I feel like I’m from another generation. I never ever thought there would be these kinds of opportunities forefronted for everyone,” he says. “I’m just so impressed by filmmakers like Chloé Zhao [The Rider] and Johnny Ma [Old Stone]. Johnny, by the way, has a great story about how he used to impersonate me at film festivals.”
Ma won’t be able to do that at this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival.