A Dust of Life with a Crazy Rich Asians Budget?

Thinking on that Hundreds post, it would be great if after Crazy Rich Asians wraps, Jon M Chu or someone out there could shoot a high production value LA (or SJ or OC) film about 90s Asian American life in those places, because it was this different seminal time, especially given in many ways a lot of those stories would really relate and say a lot about 2017, particularly policing, refugees, immigration, and alienated youth.
A lot of this is just personal baggage, but sometimes now back in SGV, I like how it’s super nice now, but all these bobalife kids also don’t know nothing about when it was barred windows, pool halls, linoleum floor restaurants only, and how hated we were and how much we hated each other and others. It’s better now and for the best, but a lot of stories
deserve to be told.
I’d love to see a high budget Dust of Life, Bang Bang, or some of the other arthouse indies that have been made, but with a Crazy Rich Asians production scale with a female lead, but that’s quite possibly the most un-makable movie pitch ever.
But I hate how so much of the representation is the story about the banana Asian dudes with the same overplayed identity struggle that isn’t even that representative in my opinion (I feel a little this way about Hasan Minhaj or Aziz Ansari even though I love what they do, but they’re definitely being true to their stories) or run-of-the-mill immigration fitting in story or the throw in an already famous Chinese star to sell movies to China. Other stories out there that are just worthy, but I don’t think audiences are really ready for that level of play and acceptance yet. 

Weaponizing Narratives and Identity Politics


Compare and contrast the headlines. 

I want to just take a break from the news. It would be easier for me at this point of my life to turn a blind eye, I probably could, but I won’t be a bystander. I do question the value of posting on social media*, but we live in a world where narratives can be weaponized and people dehumanized in a way that was not possible 15 years ago in a pre-9/11 world, before 24 hour cable networks, internet news, and now social media. I don’t doubt there are dark times ahead, but at least I’ll be able to look into the eyes of posterity and say that I at least tried to stand in the side of justice, even if I never live to see the kind of world I would have like to live in.

I have people in my life who I love who are Black and people I love who work in law enforcement (those categories are not mutually exclusive), it makes me sick to live in a world where I have to worry people making it home so much. I don’t talk about this as much as I maybe should, but I’m aware how much it is easier for me to slip through the world unbothered and unworried compared to so many people I know (to spell it out bluntly: I’m an upwardly mobile light-skinned Asian woman) and how worried I get about the people I do know who don’t have that luxury. It’s maddening, but we each make a choice to stand by or stand up (again to spell it out bluntly, that was a thinly veiled plea for those of us who could stand down not to).

I also hate to point out what should be an obvious logical fallacy, but you can be in support of reforming the justice system, which could actually amplify safety for both citizens and law enforcement in the long-term, and Black Lives Matter without being “anti-Police” or “anti-White” and being part of this “race war” narrative that will be the news item in the upcoming weeks. There was a huge opportunity lost, most notably I think by Bill de Blasio after the deaths of Officers Ramos and Liu, to take control of the narrative so supporting police didn’t become a vehicle for racists to attach themselves to, but this is the situation now.


 *I originally posted this on Facebook – just noting to account for some of the tone.  

Other media worth looking at today: