Some Reflections on‘Turning Red’– the Movie
The other day I tuned into my Disney+ and opted to watch ‘Turning Red’, a joint effort by Pixar Animation Studios (producer) and Walt Disney (distributor). Directed by Domee Shi (of Bao (2018) fame), the film was a touching and very much needed feel-good tribute to the experience of being Canadian-Chinese (more specifically -Cantonese).
‘Turning Red’ tells the story of a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian, Meilin ‘Mei’ Lee, who resides in Toronto with her parents. Her mother, Ming, is a strict and overbearing ‘tiger mother’ whose conception of parenthood is as draconian as one would expect from, well, Asian parents. Her husband, on the other hand, is a meek and docile partner – an apt nod to the welcome subversion of gender tropes in our contemporary era, and a reminder that norms of masculinity/femininity, of aggression/passivity, should not be bound to particular genders. ...