Reverse Racebending

I heard about Quentin Lee’s Today Has Been Weird from AngryAsianMan. It’s a short film, and it’s good: see the entire short movie above. It is based on a real life incident where a young 19 year Asian American boy named Simon Sek Man Ng blogged about his sister’s ex-boyfriend knocking on his door. The boyfriend ended up killing both Simon and his sister. The police used to information from his blog to find his killer.

Overall, the movie is very well done. The Vancouver Asian Film Festival commissioned it, and Quentin Lee did it on just $500 Canadian dollars (which by now is what? $1,000 U.S.? šŸ™‚ ). Pretty amazing what he did. He captured very well the loneliness of the boy living alone with his sister, and I thought it was a great portrayal of the alienation that many young Asian kids in Vancouver must feel. Mr. Lee is definitely talented.

That said, I googled the actual story, and it turns out that unlike the movie version where the killer ex is White, in real life, the killer was another Asian dude. I then checked the comment section of the YouTube video where the publisher (maybe Quentin Lee?) writes:

In real life, the killer was Chinese while the two victims were Hong Kong immigrants.

In my fictitious adaptation, I adapted the main character into a more Asian Canadian boy with his parents in Hong Kong. I also felt the sister’s boyfriend/killer should be Caucasian Canadian as 1) I wanted to open the role up to non-Asians and 2) to add a certain interracial tension to the mix. The Caucasian killer also symbolizes the subtle but present anti-Asian sentiment in North America.

As I said above, it’s a good movie. But I would have preferred he kept the Asian ethnicity of the killer. I can understand the desire to open the role to a non-Asian. I think most crimes against Asian American/Canadian women are committed by non-Asian men, such as this, this, this, this, this, this, and this. But in this case, it was an Asian guy who did it. We should own it, not because we should feel personally responsible for this tragedy, but because it’s part of the story of our immigration, the dirty part of where we come from. Good people and bad people exist in all cultures. This particular story, I felt, would have been better without the political overtones.

13 thoughts on “Reverse Racebending

  1. This is America. An Asian brother and sister are more likely to be killed by a white guy . Haven’t you people read the news lately about white guys killing their Asian girlfriends?

  2. Reverse racebending? Sure.

    But it’s a pretty compelling short film, nonetheless. Funny enough, it gives me flashbacks of myself (a Chinese American guy) practicing my HS Japanese at home…

  3. This racist! You guys are always complaining what is racist. This is racist because a white man kills his girlfriend and her brother.

  4. If the acting was more convincing and tension drawn out wouldve worked better. But for 5 minutes, not.

    Re: political angle. Agree with Harry, enough reports of white guys kill asian girls, just for some reason it goes unnoticed…anyway props to Quentin Lee about time SOMEONE made some kind of effort, gotta start somewhere.

  5. These are only random incident. Most White Guys and Asian Females are enjoying good relationship like that guy on Amazing Race who is engage to Cindy. You’ll find most Asian Females and White Guys have few divorce.

  6. Those are not random incidents. Those are the results of an Asian fetish.

    I advise you to watch your mouth in public, Siegfried. If you don’t watch who you’re around when you mouth off, someone may shut it with a fist for you.

  7. I strongly doubt if it’s a trend that White men are killing their Asian girlfriends. One more thing, no men is my equal. I’m taking kicking boxing. I already have a green belt in karate.
    Many men lost their self esteem from my fist. Many men lost their ladies to my lips.

  8. no men is my equal. Iā€™m taking kicking boxing.

    LOL. Siggy, I’m glad that your appreciation for Asian culture is so deep that you’ve now started speaking fluent Engrish.

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