I had the privilege and pleasure ofÂ participating in the Toronto-based filmmaker and friend Richard Fung‘s latest film,Â Re:Orientations,Â currently on the film festival circuit. It premiered in Toronto in May, and just screened at theÂ Vancouver Queer Film Festival a few days ago on August 15.Â The film revisitsÂ many of the original participants in Fung’s 1984 film,Â Orientations, and raises provocative questions about Asian Canadian gay and lesbian identities and the politics of community building and belonging. I can’t believeÂ OrientationsÂ came out 32 years ago, coincidentally the same year I immigrated to the United States. I remember watchingÂ OrientationsÂ as an undergraduate, and it’s been a classic for a while in queer Asian American studies. Re:Orientations isÂ a thoughtful and intelligent film, beautifully shot and brilliantly edited.
I’m a relative newcomer to the “Asian Canadian” formationÂ but not to the “queer Asian” politicalÂ spaces, andÂ Richard has kindly included my commentaries about identity, politics, etc. Basically,Â I play a nerdy professor in the film. 🙂
I getÂ the finalÂ words in the film, actually. It’s slightly misquoted in this Vancouver-basedÂ Daily Xtra article:
I’ll need to double check, but I think I also said that identitarian politics are still veryÂ important, but that that’s not all there is. That we must imagine more. That there must be more.