Read e-book online Ang Lee (Asian Americans of Achievement) PDF

By Clifford W Mills

ISBN-10: 1604135662

ISBN-13: 9781604135664

Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has a impressive lifestyles tale. of his video clips, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain, are one of the such a lot influential motion pictures ever made. Lee's paintings captures cultural, racial, sexual, and iteration clashes from 18th-century England to trendy suburban the United States, and from China to Wyoming.

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Lee has never said he felt explicit racism, and indeed most Americans by the late 1970s had stopped using slurs to refer to Asians, but he was aware of being different in a strange land. Leaving one culture to live in a completely new one is never easy. It is almost always a shock. FINDING A SOUL MATE People, though, have a way of absorbing the shock of the new. Newcomers often make a strong connection to someone they meet very early on. Taking advantage of an informal but large network of Taiwanese-born students in the UrbanaChampaign area, Lee found himself in a car with other Taiwanese-American students within days of his arrival.

Notions that many take for granted were not easy for the new Taiwanese students. Some had trouble simply telling one Caucasian face from another. Chang writes that her mother said, “White people all looked alike to me in the beginning. ” Some felt an immediate racism. The United States was in an economic recession in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and some blamed Asians. One popular bumper sticker in the Detroit, Michigan, area read, “Unemployment—Made in Japan”—referring to automanufacturing jobs being lost to Japan.

People who have a lot of money to throw around, they feel unconfident because you don’t look confident. ” He seems to have suffered a crisis of confidence, seeing himself as he thought others saw him. He seemed too Chinese to be American and too American to be Chinese. He was often feeling, as he would later say, trapped between cultures, not belonging to either. He was an outsider once again. This period in his life took an emotional toll on the whole family. Lin told John Lahr, “All those sleepless nights.

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