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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?