Sunday, February 27, 2011

"I am home" - a short film by Jason Chan

Created by Jason Chan, who grew up in Western Australia, this film was entered into a 90-second film competition in Singapore, where it was voted the people's choice runner up. It nicely captures some of the conflicts of being Asian in Australia.



0:16 - 0:28: This, and then some.

(Hat tip: Yuey)

10 comments:

  1. long time lurk... you know the drill.
    Thanks for posting this; its a great film to watch, although its message made me squirm. Did Jason really return home to Singapore because of attitudes of his 'friends' in WA? And this probably isn't giving Singaporeans the best image of Australia... What did you think?

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  2. @ e:

    I didn't read it as Jason returning to Singapore because of his friends' attitudes... my interpretation was that he returned there for whatever reason, and found that he was "at home" in a way he hadn't been in his former home.

    And no, it doesn't give the best impression of Australia. It's a valid one though... as long as it's not the ONLY impression people are getting. Australia can be both racist and welcoming simultaneously... it just depends who you happen to meet and your individual circumstances.

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  3. "I didn't read it as Jason returning to Singapore because of his friends' attitudes... my interpretation was that he returned there for whatever reason, and found that he was "at home" in a way he hadn't been in his former home."

    Dont worry...the Aussies are following him to Singapore as more and more work in Singapore along with the Brits and Irish unemployed back home! The only problem is that these Ang Mohs (whites) think it is a one way street. They have no problem working in Singapore but let a Singaporean ask about working in Australia or UK...you will get a long lecture of why they should not be working in these countries.

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  4. @ George:
    Plenty of Singaporeans in Australia, bro. Come join the fun! You can chew gum here too.

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  5. "Plenty of Singaporeans in Australia, bro. Come join the fun! You can chew gum here too."

    By the way I am on the other side of the world from Perth...nowhere close to Singapore although I have lived there in the past and visit every year! Not raising issue about the reality...but dont you think it is odd that folks who work abroad dont have the decency to afford the same privilege to the citizens of the country they are working in? In the case of US, such an attitude is prevalent among white folks who rarely travel...not folks who are living abroad or who have lived abroad!

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  6. ^ It's hard to say, George. I haven't experienced people like that although it doesn't surprise me. Can I ask what reason they give for why Singaporeans should not work in the UK or Australia?

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  7. Haha... I've met Jason a couple of times and the most important thing to note (which seems to have been forgotten) is that he was a Power Ranger. Awesome.

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  8. @ Sim:
    damn. Wish I had that on my CV.

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  9. "Can I ask what reason they give for why Singaporeans should not work in the UK or Australia?"

    With Ang Moh Aussies in Singapore and Hong Kong it is usually that Australia is getting overcrowded. However, when I tell them that they are coming and overcrowding Singapore and Hong Kong, their faces become small and they no longer want to discuss this issue!

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  10. Hi

    Jason's film is playing as part of a collection of films from Singapore in an openair screening in Martin Place in Sydney as part of this year's Sydney Film Festival. Details here:

    http://civiclifetiongbahru.com/2011/05/13/potong-pasir-jurong-east-tiong-bahru-on-their-way-to-sydney/

    Also showing is a film about the estate which features in Jason's film, Tiong Bahru.

    Do spread the word.

    Dan
    www.civiclifetiongbahru.com

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