Friday, February 6, 2015

A Junot Diaz Quote & Fresh Off the Boat

"You guys know about vampires?" Diaz asked. "You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There's this idea that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. And what I've always thought isn't that monsters don't have reflections in a mirror. It's that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn't see myself reflected at all. I was like, "Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don't exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might seem themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it." (source)

Nearly cried watching the pilot of Fresh off the Boat this morning. There were clunky lines that I forgave for obvious reasons (I want to see more 3-Dimensions APA's onscreen) and I'm wary of how heavily race issues / identities will define this show. Constance Wu is a stunning tornado of fierce love for her family and her heritage. I see pieces of my own mother in her, although they are very different people.

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