I think it’s very hard to find rejections wherever you go. And Antonio is just trying to figure out where he belongs.
Where are you originally from?
I’m from scotland. I am Scottish-Filipino.
I was born in the United States, but my parents are from South Korea. But when I go to Korea they don’t consider me Korean. They say: “You are American.” I’m sure you’ll get a lot too. So they think you’re a foreigner and then in America they ask me where I’m from. I’m definitely involved [to Antonio], not the exact way, but in the sense that no one wants to claim me, so I’m not sure what. As for adoption, I think it’s magnified.
The film begins with Antonio in a job interview and he asks, “Where are you? Actually From? “It’s a question I get often.
I asked you that!
Yes! I always wonder how people of color react to this. Do you have a reluctant obligation? Do you want to push it back?
When I was little, I knew what they were looking for. But of course, I’m outspoken and it’s like “America.” “No, no, where did you come from?” “La” “No, where did your parents come from?” “They live in Irvine.” As an adult, I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to argue. I was born in Garden Grove, as were my parents from South Korea. It’s an odd question, because I don’t think it’s often asked by whites, unless they ask, “Are you from Florida?” I think it’s an interesting exercise to say, “No, no, but where did your parents come from?”
When we answer that question, we don’t even talk about ourselves, it always tells where our parents came from.
Yes, this is a very interesting question. And also, are they not allowed to ask? So it is at the beginning of the film. how do you feel about it? Besides, let me tell you this: You don’t know what the person behind the camera looks like. You assume he is white, but he may be black and Latin.
Did you have an investigation process? You said you had a Korean-American adopted friend.
I talked to some immigration lawyers. Around 5 people were hired during the rotation. I just wanted to make sure it was real. For example, one of my adoptive friends told me this. If you have your own child in the form of adoption, that’s a big deal. This was really important because ultimately someone in the world is the blood that cares for you. So when Antonio gives birth to a baby boy, it’s huge because after all he has his own flesh and blood. He has never been able to do this. Those are small details. Originally, there was a line in the script that said, “She looks like me.” Now I cut it out – it’s just non-verbal – but that sort of thing, I have no way of knowing.
The first two films were shown in California. What was the decision behind moving to New Orleans?
Guk I had to live in LA because it’s about the LA riots. Purple I had to live in LA because it was about people left behind in Koreatown, where gentrification is. it was important for me to keep [Blue Bayou] In New Orleans, I’ve always wanted a Vietnamese story, so I wanted to delve into neighboring Asian culture in a movie. A large number of Vietnamese live in Louisiana. Because many of them immigrated from there and were refugees after the Vietnam War. She reflects Antonio’s subconscious, so I’ve always wanted that character. She also introspects where she came from and where she experiences neighboring Asian cultures. I really thought that was an important aspect for me. You talk about your identity in some way, not the exact identity.