NaBloPoMo 2020 – Today’s Lesson
I love my Chinese and Asian heritage.
Do you have Netflix? What did you get it for? Daughter wanted it for “Avatar: The Last Air Bender” after we watched the first season on Amazon Prime. Son wanted it just to have more access to movies. I resisted. I finally got it to watch “The Social Dilemma,” as if I could not be an informed citizen without it. Now we (benefit) from everything on the site. *sigh*
I got into Avatar, not against my will, but not on purpose. And I’m happy about it. The voices are all American, but the animation and ethos are Asian. I’m told the ‘bending’ styles of the four elemental tribes (earth, water, air, fire) are each inspired by a different form of martial art. The movements of the characters reminded me of old kung fu movies from childhood. The philosophical expressions also rang familiar. It was all rather comforting, I bonded with Daughter, and I was sad when it ended.
Then we watched “A Silent Voice”. I learned that in Asian films dubbed into English, the spoken and subtitled words are different. Interesting. Both kids already knew.
Now we’re into “It’s OK to Not Be OK”, which is Korean. We read the subtitles. I love seeing people who look like me, even though I don’t understand their language. There’s only one season. We will watch a classical Chinese drama next, “Eternal Love”. That will surely take me back to “Chu Liu Xiang”, my favorite kung fu soap opera ever, whose lead actor at one time (think Dr. Who) shared my last name, 鄭.
Joy Luck Club, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Crazy Rich Asians… How joyous to rediscover some roots, and share them with the kids, too.