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In Yin & Young episode 41, we chat with Jeff Man about filmmaking, mental health, and being more accepting.
Dating and loneliness.
Dan consumes podcasts in 2x
Jeff grew up in DC, which has a diverse population.
Parents grew up in Hong Kong.
Spoke Cantonese, Mandarin, and English as a kid. Ended up in ESL in kindergarten and resented it.
Watching Chinese films helped with his language skills.
Uncle was a big movie buff.
Has been in LA for 9 years. When Jeff first moved here, it was a hard transition. “LA is a very lonely city.”
Jeff’s boss encouraged him to make short films by giving him a $100 monthly budget. You can see all his films here: Jeff Man on Vimeo
He loves documentaries as well as the narrative form.
Discussion gets deep into Invisibilia’s podcast - A Very Offensive Rom-Com
White male Asian female coupling
Asian male desirability
Everyone has their own preferences.
Wishes people had more self-awareness.
Chinese Internet Slang (fr. James) - 拉黑 (lāhēi) which is short for 拉到黑名單 (lādàohēimíngdān) - put on a blacklist
Mandarin (fr. Jeff) - 男子漢大丈夫流血不流淚 (nánzǐhàn dàzhàngfū liúxuè bù liúlèi) - real men shed blood, not tears [Jeff disagrees]
Japanese (fr. Dan) - 勿体無い (もったいない) - mottainai - wasteful/what a waste