Like any identity based upon commonalities such as gender, sexuality, or race, the umbrella term Asian Canadian can be both illuminating and problematic. On the one hand, similarities and shared experiences can provide insight and create dialogue. On the other, differences between subsumed identities can fragment unity. Chang, on the line from Toronto, explains that the initial impetus for the book—to commemorate 11 years of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival—became part of a larger objective. Although the work shows the growth of the Asian Canadian scene, it also illustrates how tenuous generalized identities are. The juxtaposition of observations in the book reveals much about the state of the film industry.
After being largely shut out of feature films and TV series, Asian-Canadian filmmakers have sneaked in through the back door of documentaries. Segregation and exploitation are shameful chapters in Canadian history, and Asians have borne the brunt of them. Arts councils and other government funders stress auteur-driven films which, along with official multiculturalism, have encouraged the creation of personal docs and opened the door to telling Asian-Canadian history on screen. Yin yin escaped her impoverished village by being sold to a Chinese family in Victoria as a servant, but was then married to an older man to bear children.
Alice kicked-off the festival with their opening feature: the Canadian premiere of Pali Road , a psychological thriller filmed and set in Hawaii. In his thank you speech he reminded the audience of the struggle Asian actors continue to face in Hollywood, highlighting the importance of integrity and hard work. I lost a lot of work because of that. Congratulations to Tsi Ma on his award, excellence, and tenacity in representing Asians of all walks of life on screen!
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