We Are All One 當我們站起來 (中文字幕) – Short Film about Asian Men in North America

We break up our usual martial arts related posts with something important to the Dynasty Lifestyle and the identity that the Dynasty brand represents. Please DO NOT watch if you are easily offended.

A Chinese student living in North America wonders how things could be different if his people were the dominant race on earth. He discovers that things are not what he expected when he gets warped into an alternate reality where his people have become the dominant race.

Writer / Director / Producer: Danny Hoi-Wah Ho

Filmmaker’s Statement:

    “We Are All One is a sci-fi fantasy short that explores the touchy subject of how Asians are treated and portrayed in western mass media and how it affects the perception of Asians in western society.

    For as long as the medium of film has existed, from “yellowfaceCharlie Chan films to Breakfast At Tiffany’s to Sixteen Candles and most recently The Hangover films, Asians in North America (especially men) have been heavily stereotyped, desexualized and ridiculed.

    Growing up in North America, I have witnessed a lot of Hollywood films depicting Asians in a stereotyped / negative light. They are made fun of, depicted as nerdy and weak, never “get the girl” in a film, or take a backseat to a Caucasian character for no good reason other than racism (Bruce Lee in Green Hornet). I made this film to show people that there is a genuine inequality in the mass media and we should never look at things without asking questions.

    However, instead of attacking the sensitive subject of racial discrimination in the mass media head-on, I decided to create a film based on a script I wrote for my thesis film in film school that asks viewers to rethink what films are actually trying to imply when they are made.

    I hope to be able to open the minds of viewers about how Hollywood films brainwash the masses with storylines and characters that cater to their ideologies and not necessarily present what is true (if you tell a lie a thousand times, it becomes the truth).

    Ultimately, the theme of this film is how power, not race, dictates human behaviour, as whoever controls the mass media will ultimately be able to subconsciously influence our perception of one another.”

Frequently Asked Questions / Comments:

    Q: Low budget? How did you get those 300 Koreans in the film?
    A: Coincidence!

    Q: I’m a Black / Hispanic / Asian etc. woman and I’m offended that there were no women of colour in this film! You love white women only! You’re a racist!
    A: Look closely, there’s actually a Middle Eastern / brown woman in one of the posters. Also, there were roles offered to women of colour in the film and they were included in the script, however it just so happened that on the days of filming they couldn’t make it and their roles were filled with women who happened to be Caucasian / of fair skin. I didn’t purposely omit women of colour in this film. I love women of all colours!

    Q: I’m from Mainland China and I’m upset that you depicted us as under one banner with Taiwan!
    A: It’s just a sci-fi fantasy film. Chill out. I’m Chinese-Canadian born in Hong Kong. I love everyone.

    Q: I’m from Taiwan and I’m upset that you depicted us as under one banner with China!
    A: It’s just a sci-fi fantasy film. Chill out. I’m Chinese-Canadian born in Hong Kong. I love everyone.

    Q: I’m Japanese / Korean / South East Asian / etc. and I’m upset that you left us out!
    A: It’s a short film. I cannot possibly fit every single person in the world in a short film!

    Q: I’m Caucasian and I’m offended! You’re a racist!
    A: After a century of racist Hollywood films, I think I’m entitled to make a film how I see fit for my Asian audience. You should have seen the original script!

    Q: I’m a human being and I thought this was brilliant!
    A: Thank you. Please help spread the word and post this link to your social media networks!

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8 thoughts on “We Are All One 當我們站起來 (中文字幕) – Short Film about Asian Men in North America”

  1. I can respect the point of the film (there has been an excessive amount of racism against asians in the past). I’m not really sure that a film like dragonball as an arguement for any kind of outrage. The predominant fan base of that chauvinistic anime in North America is white males so in order to have any chance to turn a profit from it they had to appeal to fan boys and give them a little white guy to relate to. In my opinion, the movie was so awful, they were probably lucky to get ANYONE to star in it, let alone an asian man. Another thing; if the problem is not seeing enough asian males in movies, I’m curious why asian women aren’t good enough. Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh and Gong Li are amazing actresses and are highly commended in western society. On the subject of Jet li not kissing Aaliyah, Jet stated on his personal website”As regarding the kiss or no kiss situation in RMD, actually it is not as complicated as people have been suggesting. It was not really a race issue, or a Hollywood issue. Rather, regarding the kiss that was supposed to happen between Han and Trish at that end scene, the truth was, we shot it both ways. One with the kiss, and one without the kiss but the hug instead.” Also, I believe the man who played Yamka in dragonball was asian and he was the love interest of a very hot though not too talented white actress. Lastly, having spent time in the north with the inuit and learning of their past and the suffering they endured for the sake of “uniting” under the church and “liberating” the inuit children, I find it offensive the suggestion any land need be dominated by any race.

    1. 1. The Dragon Ball film is only a minute example used as the “inciting incident” of the plot. It is but one of many examples of Hollywood replacing an Asian character with a white one (Last Airbender being another one). The point is not *which* film caused the protagonist to have these thoughts, it is rather a constant string of Hollywood films white-washing / discriminating Asian characters and the like that is the problem here.

      2. If I were to make a Mafia film and cast the main mobster character as a brown man or an Asian man in a family of Italians, wouldn’t that be hilarious? Think about that for a second and realize why Asian films with Asian characters replaced with white actors is so ridiculous.

      3. You answered your own question here. Why are only Asian females seen and not Asian men? Because Asian women–every time they are seen–are seen as the love interest of white men, but almost never the other way around (Asian man with a white woman). When Asian women do appear, they are usually the hyper-sexualized, submissive sex toy stereotypes; perfect for the “white man” to dominate. Domination of another man’s woman, equals the domination of another race. Until the majority of the world is run by women; men will always represent the “mojo” of a people, however sexist that may sound, it is the truth. All you have to do is de-sexualize the man, and sexualize the woman, and you win. Because the woman gets dominated, and the man, is omitted. Yes, there have been recent films where an Asian man has finally gotten the girl, but that is very, very recent times. Things are getting better. But then comes along The Hangover with Ken Jeong playing an Asian Uncle Tom and takes us back another twenty years.

      4. Jet Li, like all other Chinese stars, are saying and doing what they can to remain professional, because they are smart and don’t want to ruffle any feathers. Do you think they’ll get any more movie roles if they came out and flat out disrespected the Producers / Directors of a film? Chow Yun Fat had his kiss scene with a white actress removed from an American film called The Children of Huang Shi. During the press conference Chow Yun Fat admitted that “the kiss scene was too strong for audiences”. Too strong meaning, it gave Chow too much of a sexual presence, something the American producers / filmmakers obviously disliked and wanted it cut out from the film. Uh, excuse me? So a white guy kissing / having sex with Asian women left and right in every single Hollywood film is OK, but an Asian guy getting a “kiss” from a white girl is flat out unacceptable? Way to go, Hollywood.

      Lastly, I recommend you watch “The Slanted Screen”, a documentary that wraps up everything I said very nicely.

      1. Before there is any consideration of your argument, what exactly is “mojo”? and yes, that is incredibly sexist

      2. Watch these clips and understand that it’s a male issue more than anything:

        Mojo = sex appeal, talent, confidence, self esteem. It matters to men more than women because it’s a male issue. Men fight wars and men bed women, you don’t see that the other way around because we live in a patriarchal society (and yes it is sexist but that’s just how it is, unfortunately). If (Asian) men are seen as fat, bald, ugly, weak, weird, dorky nerds on screen… then that brings their entire people down to get stepped on every day. (Asian) women are not affected by this at all because its seen as a good thing to integrate into western society and culture (ie. marry a white man and become successful), etc. so it’s great every time they appear on screen because they get to hook up with sexy, rich, powerful white man (and that’s just how Hollywood likes it).

  2. And you have a hard time getting women? Unfathomable.
    I can’t even find in me to dignify that kind of ignorant misogynistic opinion with an argument. It’s you that’s gonna have to suffer the lashback of posting something so stupid online, not me. By the way it’s funny, you make a video to show your outrage of how asians are portrayed on film, than when someone shows their outrage of you portrayed asians in your film ( I’m from Mainland China and I’m upset that you depicted us as under one banner with Taiwan!) your response was “chill out it’s just a film”. A tad hypocritical.

    1. LOL! Do I have a hard time getting women? What if I do, and what if I don’t? Does it change the facts that this film brings up about Asians being misrepresented in the mass media and ridiculed from every angle? I don’t think so. You see, I don’t expect female viewers to fully understand what men go through in life, much less from an Asian man’s perspective. Just like I don’t expect to understand everything a woman goes through in their lives, and I don’t pretend to understand that, or else I’d be making an ass out of myself. But if you’re having a hard time seeings things from another perspective, I suggest you ask around. Ask every Asian guy out there how they feel about this issue. So far, they’re clapping their hands roaring with energy that I was able to make such a film and give these guys a voice. My film is being featured in online blogs and magazines on the internet and in the Asian community. I’ve been able to touch people’s hearts and minds about this touchy subject. By the way, it *IS* just a film, a fantasy film at that. But the issues presented are real. I’ve responded to a viewer who was sensitive to nitpick about the association of nationalities, when they’re missing the real point of what the film was about. Who cares if you associate with China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong? That’s not what the film is about. So if you’re offended by a sci-fi fantasy film–god help that you don’t get offended by *truly* misogynistic films like Michael Bay’s Transformers that use their women as sex objects and play their plot and characters 100% straight. If you failed to notice Hollywood films are truly the ones that are misogynistic, then you’re the one being brainwashed.

  3. Alright, sorry for that comment it was low. But if you really think that a comment like “men make wars and men bed women” isn’t ignorant I’m not sure how you can call yourself completely open minded. And again, I completely sympathize with the point of this film, it’s been bull for women in films as well and it’s still not that great. As for sexualization on screen there you’ll have to get into the argument of sexual empowerment. An argument I don’t feel like getting into, call me cynical but to me, attempting to appeal to hollywood’s morality is pointless. Hollywood is soulless.

    1. I did not wish to use sexual empowerment as a point to argue with but in order to convince you that this film was about issues that cater / relate to men more so than women, I pointed that out. This obviously isn’t Sex and The City. Yet this isn’t a sexist film either. This is simply presenting a set of real issues that affect men (because the protagonist is male), and presented from a male perspective. If I, as a man, got mad every time I watched a show about something happening from a woman’s perspective, I would be a very insensitive and ignorant man. Men and women will see certain things differently and that’s just the way it goes. I know saying “men fight wars” is a generalized statement, but to a large extent, they do, no? Whoever dominates the world… sets the status quo (catering to men, oppressing women) and dominates others… etc etc etc. Lastly, the protagonist in the film in the end walks away from the (Last Airbender) Hollywood film poster in disgust. He realizes, much like you, that Hollywood will always be Hollywood. There’s not much we can do about it other than EDUCATING others about it! The end.

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