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  • Hi everyone, this is Taylor Chan and Mike Bow and they created the short film "In Between". Hope you enjoy!

  • Ah, high school...

  • a time of change, a time of firsts.

  • It's when I first discovered my interests, when I first developed a sense of humor

  • And when I first found my close group of friends.

  • Okay "Yo mama's so ugly, that when she was born her parents named her shit happened."

  • "All right how do Chinese parents name their kids? They throw a pan down the stairs."

  • ...

  • And that's the first time I felt Asian.

  • I mean, I knew I was Asian, but it's weird realizing,

  • I was seen as Asian, which confused me because I always felt like I was the same as them.

  • They were born here, I was born here,

  • Even my parents were born here, but

  • Being the only Asian in school brought along

  • special treatment

  • So how much do we owe?

  • Leo's got this

  • Here you go.

  • (Not all Asians are good at math)

  • uhh Falco? No...Samus?

  • Wait. What the f*ck is this?

  • Oh lucario.

  • Who?

  • He's a Pokemon.

  • Oh you would watch anime

  • I'm Samus.

  • I tried. Yeah, we really were not prepared.

  • Yeah. I think I could have read that PowerPoint a little more.

  • Hey, you're supposed to be the one that's good at these things.

  • Hey, uhhh

  • Listen, do you have a...

  • Date to the homecoming dance?

  • Ughh no

  • Wait why?

  • (GO FOR IT)

  • Oh!

  • Leo, really? Come on! We wouldn't be a good match

  • *REJECTED*

  • for the dance, right?

  • Wait... Why?

  • You know... We're just different

  • *horn honks*

  • Um see you later...

  • See ya

  • So did you hear? Apparently Asian means different.

  • I was different

  • Until now!

  • I was off to college and not just any ordinary college. A college in Southern California!

  • Do you know what that means? Let me break it down for you.

  • UC San Gabriel

  • 57.9% Asian!

  • Let's just say 60... 60% Asian. That's more than half the school of people like me!

  • I was always "too" Asian back home because I was the only one

  • not here!

  • We all Asian, baby!

  • College. This is where I discover where I fit in. This is where I discover where I belong

  • Hey you

  • Yeah, we're having a rush party tonight at Alpha Zeta Nu

  • It's the Asian fraternity.

  • I'll be there

  • 신발! (shoes!)

  • Yeah?

  • Shoes

  • *Come on now. How do you not know that?!?*

  • Hey

  • You look really familiar

  • Do I?

  • yeah

  • Hey, Julie, doesn't this guy look like Jeff Chang?

  • I think you mean Jeff Cheung

  • Or is it Ching?

  • Ching?

  • Sounds almost like a pan getting thrown down the stairs

  • WOw... *offended*

  • Oh my god...

  • Woah... Is this anime?

  • Yeah, Tokyo Ghoul

  • Never heard of it

  • Strange. Quite the anime expert back home.

  • Oh, yeah? What'd you watch?

  • Dragon Ball. Pokémon.

  • Ha!

  • Did you watch subbed or dubbed?

  • What's subbed?

  • What's subbed?

  • Man get out of here, Goku.

  • Get out of here! Let's go

  • What the fuck is going on?

  • Subtitles

  • Sorry?

  • Subtitles - those words at the lower third of the screen that give context to the scene.

  • you know, something you desperately needed tonight whitey

  • Whitey. I am NOT white trust me...

  • It's not second nature for you to take your shoes off indoors

  • You use that played out and frankly offensive pan joke

  • And the only anime you watch are Dragon Ball and Pokémon

  • Dubbed

  • Sounds pretty white to me Pillsbury

  • No you just don't understand

  • Oh really?

  • May I?

  • And I was different back home because I was too Asian

  • But those things that made me Asian back home are supposed to make me fit in here

  • You're kind of doing what your white friends did to you

  • What are you talking about?

  • Well, your white friends pushed you away on the basis that you're Asian

  • But you're trying to connect with these people on the basis that they're Asian

  • You're just reducing people to their race

  • It's no different from your friends back home

  • No no no

  • no I...

  • Wait right here

  • Check it!

  • I just got that girl's number over there. We connected. I didn't bring up race

  • We'll see

  • Gotta go. Later, Charmin (the toilet paper brand)!

  • So what do you think

  • Huh?

  • oh!

  • These are amazing

  • The photography department's lucky to have you

  • oh

  • No, not a photography major. My passion's photography, but I'm actually a bio major

  • oh

  • Well if it's your passion maybe you should switch majors

  • No my parents would never let me do that

  • why not?

  • It's your dream, right?

  • You should be honest with your parents.

  • Are you kidding me? They would never support me in that kind of field

  • huh, they're your parents. I'm sure they'll understand.

  • No they won't

  • why wouldn't they?

  • Why won't you?

  • Maybe we're just different

  • You were right. What do I do?

  • Listen...

  • Maybe you just have to learn to accept that you're different from everyone

  • You feel like you don't belong here

  • or there

  • You just fall somewhere in between

  • It's not necessarily a bad thing

  • Not a bad thing?

  • I have no one

  • Wait where are you going?

  • Back to at least some familiarity

  • Rush party tonight check it out.

  • Yeah

  • heard Karen's coming

  • I'll sign up

  • First frat

  • Nah... I actually checked out Alpha Zeta Nu last night

  • ah

  • Should have known

  • God, there are too many Asian kids at this school

  • Too many.

  • Why don't they just go back home already

  • That's fucked up

  • What'd you say bro?

  • I said that's fucked up!

  • You guys, you guys don't get it, do you?

  • this is as much as their home as it is yours

  • And you know it's statements like these that make it hard for people like me to find a home in the first place

  • so if you don't get that, then maybe you, you should go back home to... to Norway

  • or Slovakia

  • Or wherever the hell you come from you ignoramus

  • *sighs*

  • Whoa, Hey man, you okay?

  • Yeah, I'm fine

  • Yeah, that really sucks with those guys said to you back there,

  • But it takes a lot of balls to respond the way you did

  • Props, man

  • Thanks

  • Yeah, so what are you?

  • Chinese

  • No no, I mean, are you a freshman, sophomore...?

  • Oh!

  • Freshman

  • Ah. Not the best first impression of us here at UCSG. Just don't hold it against us

  • Kyle!

  • Hey man, what's up?

  • How's it going? Good!

  • Oh shit. It's you.

  • What you guys know each other?

  • yeah, he was at the party last night

  • Why'd you dip so early? You missed the jello shots, bro

  • Didn't think anyone noticed

  • We're actually about to head to this alumni homecoming event if you want to tag along

  • They got free tacos

  • Yeah, I'll meet you guys there, I just have to take care of some stuff first

  • Okay, adios man

  • Yeah! See ya there

  • Nicely done

  • I learned from the best

  • Tough being an in-betweener, huh?

  • Wait, you're one too?

  • Yep, Michigan

  • I went through all the same things you did when I first moved here

  • Well, didn't tell someone to go back to Norway

  • But same frustrations...

  • Took me a lot longer to feel like I fit in

  • Speaking of which, you should get to that event

  • Whoa wait, what else can you tell me? You're the first person in this place who I...

  • I just don't want to make a fool out of myself

  • Again!

  • Okay fine

  • I'll help you

  • Although it seems like you don't really need my help.

  • I mean you got that invite to the homecoming event all by yourself

  • See you later. Hey, enjoy the in-between

  • Huh

  • The in-between. I guess I was still right about college. I did find where I belong

  • I was just a little misguided to think I needed to force myself into one community when in reality

  • I can belong to many

  • and really, the best things fall in between

  • sandwich meat, Oreo filling, Empire Strikes Back

  • It's not what I expected, but I think I can get used to this

  • Well I first want to say congratulations, I'm really proud of you guys for making this. This was obviously a very big

  • Production and project that you guys took on completely

  • like on the side of everything that you guys already doing, so good job, like honestly

  • Thanks, thank you

  • For the most part it was a pretty small scale production.

  • it felt big but like it was like a large-scale story.

  • Right, right.

  • Well. I mean what like what was the genesis of this project?

  • Why did you guys want to make it or what was the original intention?

  • So it actually started about a year ago when there was this film contest.

  • things circulated amongst our community.

  • It was a call-out for Asian filmmakers to make entries about Asian identity.

  • We shared it with each other and we thought maybe we can make something for this contest

  • We're thinking of a story to tell them. The best idea we came up with was an experience that we shared as

  • multi-generational Asians

  • Oh okay. So was this story actually pretty personal to you guys like you actually like went through

  • This identity crisis that you know that were you actually like kind of your character at some point in your life?

  • That opening joke of Leo laughing at the joke and the friends that happen to do yeah, yeah

  • That's because it's just so interesting because yeah from being multi-generational Asians, we're not necessarily

  • You know raised any differently, right?

  • It's funny growing up, and then you're like oh, no we see you as as different though

  • And then we're talking with friends and there were just a lot of

  • similar

  • funny instances of feeling like too Asian amongst non-Asians

  • And then not feeling not Asian enough amongst Asians.

  • But that's that's the struggle already like right there where it's like what what even is

  • "too Asian" or "Asian enough" right and like yeah

  • It's unfortunate that just because of how you look, people are just gonna think you need to be this way right

  • Yeah

  • I mean

  • I'm glad that you guys told this story and brought your perspective cuz I remember the first time I watched it

  • I was like oh my gosh. Do I make you feel this way cuz cuz I've teased you guys before. I'm first-generation

  • You know you guys multi-generational you guys your fans have been in America for a long time

  • And I've teased you guys about being "Asian enough" or whatever. I'm like oh no!

  • it's just an entire passive-aggressive film at Phil

  • that's all but no it's it's great that you guys brought your you know your own story and I'm glad

  • That you know people can watch and see something that I think is a story that is not that common in our community

  • It seemed like a very big undertaking and it seemed like there was like more than you wanted to tell

  • we definitely like

  • Realize that through making it to like we're trying to tackle this big

  • topic which is assimilation and there's a lot to cover, a lot of

  • Topics within that that we could venture into, but we just knew that we can only scratch the surface of it so

  • hopefully it was a nice light-hearted step into that topic it is a very deep and

  • And nuanced and heavy topic