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  • Ling-Ling, what time do I pick you up? LING: I'­ll walk, no bigs.

  • MOM: Wei, no-la! The sun is coming down! LING: Mom, I'­m 16 years old. I think I can handle five blocks of dicey residential sidewalk.

  • (CANTONESE: At night, there are a lot of bad people!)LING: It'­s fine I'­ll see you at home.

  • (CANTONESE: And pull up your tank top!)

  • So,what do you wanna do today?

  • Hey, come on. Not yet.

  • I have to, Wes. WES: You really gonna make me go stag to Jeff's party tonight?

  • What does that look like to you?

  • Your Mom's car? LING: Exactly. WES: Fuck, man. She'­s always home.

  • Yah, because she lives here. Well, you could ask.

  • Now there'­s an idea. Hey, Mom! Is it okay if I go hang out with Wes, my 19 year-old boyfriend you don'­t know about?

  • Were just gonna get sloppy-drunk and make-out a lot.

  • Why don't you just tell her youre sleeping over at some chick's house or something?

  • I'm not allowed to sleepover anywhere. Really?

  • And besides, I've got a huge paper to bullshit since I didn'­t do any of it at the library earlier.

  • WES: Dude, fuck your paper. Go inside and tell your mom youre going to bed. I'­ll wait by your window and help you sneak out.

  • You can write your paper in the morning.

  • (SINGING)In the morning, it's the best time for writing papers on boring shit.

  • Come on, pretty girl. It's not gonna be a party without you.

  • I don't know. WES: I'­m gonna play a few songs.

  • For a few hours then. WES: That'a girl.

  • Now which one's your bedroom window?

  • Why didn't you call me? LING: Like I said, I was walking. MOM: What if something happen to you? Look! So dark!

  • LING: Believe it or not, there were street lamps.

  • Is Dad home? No, Daddy has to work late tonight.

  • LING: Mm, well listen, I am all library-ed out, so I'm gonna hit the sack early.

  • MOM: Wait a minute, meow. Come here. I have something to show you.

  • Did something happen? MOM: What do you mean?

  • Mom, are you dying? MOM: No, Mommy is alive. LING: Well then what do you

  • have all your jade out for. MOM: Yes, yes, when Mommy is gone, you can have all my jewelry.

  • But for now, I think you'd like to have something of your own? LING: Really? Why? I mean, thanks,but-

  • MOM: I know your birthday is not until about three months time, but daddy is going to the city this weekend to buy some restaurant things.

  • So, I thought we would go? Do some shopping.

  • Oh my God, yes. Let's go! Yah? Okay, good. Here.

  • I'­ve always liked your bracelet a lot? MOM: Really? LING: Yah.

  • Do you know who bought this for me? LING: Who? MOM: Myself. You know, meow, when Mommy was young,

  • I was very poor. So, I had to work in this paper-bag factory for like 10 cents US dollar a day.

  • I had to use my thumb and rice to seal the paper bag together. It was hard work,

  • but I save and I save and I save to come to the US. I always tell myself, someday I will have nice things.

  • This jade is the very first nice thing I bought for myself when I got here.

  • You must've been so proud of yourself.

  • Well, hmm, let'­s see. Is there something that you like? Oh, that's pretty.

  • LING: These are all so expensive. MOM: Youre my only daughter.

  • You have to promise me though, you have to wear it and not just leave it one side.

  • Otherwise, it will turn white. LING: Okay. Wait, what? MOM: Yah, jade is a living thing. If you wear it everyday,

  • it will start to like you. If you just leave it in a drawer and not take it out,

  • it's gonna turn white and die. LING: Depressing. MOM: Jade can keep you out of trouble. You know

  • let's say if you fall down, the jade breaks instead of you get hurt. LING: What?

  • MOM: Yah, all Chinese women know this about jade. Huh.

  • (PHONE BUZZ)Someone calling you? LING: Uh, no it's­ nothing. So we'll go this weekend then?

  • MOM: Mm. LING: I think maybe a bracelet like your's would be nice. Something simple?

  • Well, you think about it. Just take your time. Thanks, Mommy.

  • (PHONE BUZZ) Uh, so I'­ve got a paper to write.

  • I'll be in my room. MOM: Didn't you finish it at the library. LING: Uh, I meant I was gonna

  • do some research for a paper. It's not due or anything. Oh, alright then. Goodnight.

  • Goodnight!

  • Hey wait, did you eat anything?

  • Hey, what took you so long? LING: Were you just smoking those cancer sticks.

  • No. LING: Right, listen, I'm sorry but I'm not coming out tonight.

  • What? I've standing out here for like 15 minutes. LING: Shhh! Do you want my Mom to hear you?

  • WES: Dude, fuck your mom. LING: There will be nothing of the sort. Look, I'm sorry okay?

  • I just don'­t feel like going. Can we rain check? WES: Only if you let me in for a little bit.

  • LING: What? No! What are you -

  • (THUMP)

  • What the- ? Are you mental? WES: Relax my little wonton!

  • Ew, you taste like an ashtray. Gross! You're just so cute when youre pissy.

  • LING: Wes, go home! Or go to the party, I don'­t care. Today was fun, but now I've got a three page

  • paper to write - not double-spaced - and youre really starting to stress me out.

  • I can fix that. LING: No, Wes! WES: Jesus, fine. Goodnight or whatever. LING: Wes, don't make it out to be

  • worse than it is. I just need some me-time okay? I'll see you tomorrow? WES: Okay.

  • WES: Oh shit. Mrs. Ling'­s Mom. Hey. Cool house. MOM: Get out.

  • MOM: Hey! Front door!

  • (CANTONESE: Right.)

  • Hello.(CANTONESE: I'­m talking to you.)

  • (CANTONESE: What do you think you're doing?)

  • LING: What are you talking about?

  • What am I talking about? (CANTONESE: I want to throw up.)

  • I was just helping him with something for school.

  • You think I'm stupid huh? I have all your secrets in my pocket okay, Weng Ai-Ling.

  • I didn't know I couldn'­t have friends over in my room.

  • Your room? You pay for this house? Huh? That u3bed, did you? LING: No, but - MOM: No! And he is a boy

  • you know, Ai-Ling? (CANTONESE: You don'­t know the meaning of shame do you?) LING: Mom, you think it'­s a big

  • deal, but it's not. Everyone I know is allowed to have boys over in their room. It'­s not

  • China okay. MOM: This is not China, but you are Chinese. No Chinese man want a girl like you - so cheap!

  • Have sex and get pregnant, is that what you want? LING: No, that's ridiculous!

  • You ridiculous! Baba is coming back okay? You better think about what you're going to say to him later!

  • LING: Yah, whatever.

  • (CANTONESE: You have more to say?) Huh? (CANTONESE: You want to get slapped?)

  • You think you're too old now? (CANTONESE: You have wings now? Think you can fly?)

  • LING: This is so fucking stupid. MOM: Yah, right. Everything "F" here and "F" there.

  • Who teach you how to talk to your Mother like that? So damn American. Look at you, look

  • at the way that you dress. Embarrass your mother and embarrass your father.

  • (CANTONESE) Now you want to hit me? Is that it? Go ahead, hit me then. Come on. Hit me!)

  • What the hell are you doing?

  • Stop! Mom, stop!

  • Go! Go and look for your American friend.

  • See if anyone of them want to take you. I don'­t want you anymore.

  • Fine! I'­ll go. I'll go and you'll be sorry.

  • you'll be sorry. MOM: (CANTONESE: Youre worse than a dog!) LING: Then get a dog! MOM: Shutup!

  • (CRYING)

  • WES ON PHONE: You hit her? LING: I didn'­t hit her, I just - I don't know. I was so mad, I don'­t

  • know why I was so mad. (WES: Well, she called you a slut basically.) LING: And that'­s grounds for what I did to her?

  • (WES: But, you didn't do anything to her.) LING: You really, really don'­t get it.

  • (CRYING)

Ling-Ling, what time do I pick you up? LING: I'­ll walk, no bigs.

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My Mother's Jade (2013) - Short Film

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    VoiceTube posted on 2013/12/30
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