Fucking mother fucking fuck!
Ron Bass, the co-writer and co-producer of the screen version of Joy Luck Club (*groan*), is super fucking excited about Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother:
I was tempted to say, “Nah, there’s nothing here.” And then I was going to have my agent find out if the rights were available. Not only is there a movie here, I definitely think it’s more than one movie.
Patrick Markey, another producer on the damn Joy Luck Club movie, expands on why this fucking Tiger Mother book works as a film:
There’s some radical stuff here. To think of treating children like this. Those kids are going to be in therapy their entire lives. It may not be a glowing portrayal of motherhood and raising kids. But there’s certainly a hell of a lot of controversy right now. There is a universal sense of the family that we all get. We can all learn something from this. That’s why I think there is a movie here.
Let me take you back to 1993, a dark time for Asian Americans. This was the year that Joy Luck Club was unleashed upon a fairly homogenized film going audience who hadn’t really Asian Americans on the big screen or the little screen in starring roles. And because no one had ever seen so many Asian Americans all in one place before, all of a sudden, people thought this goddamn movie represented the entirety of the Asian American experience for everyone except Asian Americans.
All of a sudden, people who I thought were rational would come up to me and say ignorant shit like “Oh, I totally understand you and your culture. I just saw the Joy Luck Club.” My parents would come home with similar stories of their co-workers asking them if their childhoods were really like that.
Certainly, some Asian Americans probably related to Amy Tan’s story about her family. That’s fucking well nice for them. But for the rest of us, all of a sudden our experiences, all of our personal stories were somehow negated. If we didn’t fit in this new Amy Tanned version of Asian America, we were the exceptions. Do you know how fucked up it is to feel excluded from your ethnic identity when you’re already a minority?
Yeah, I’m a little bitter. Which is why I don’t trust Bass or Markey with this Amy Chua book. I don’t want this to be yet another example for America of what it’s like to be Asian American. I don’t want this movie or this book to represent my experiences. I don’t want it to be promoted as a slice of typical Asian American life.
It’s impossible to manage other people’s perceptions. So it’s not exactly the movie’s fault if people think it represents and entire segment of the populace. But I will do my best, when this thing is released, to let it be known far and wide that it does not represent all of us.
Source: Hollywood Reporter