Society & Culture

Yin & Young EP35 - Writer/Director Alex Chu - Part 1

Welcome back to Yin & Young the podcast! In this episode we spoke with Alex Chu, the writer and director of “For Izzy” (links below), an amazing film on the film circuit that delves into mental disorder, drug abuse, and the parent-child relationship in Asian American families. We delve into Alex's upbringing, thoughts on Asian representation, and his journey into filmmaking. Tiger Sheu returns as our special guest host!

Part 1: Growing Up (full episode in Youtube link above)

- Alex is originally from Canada and also spent part of his childhood in Libya due to his dad's job.

- Son of Taiwanese parents.

- Sent back to Canada for school.

- Regrets not learning the local language when living abroad.

- Lived in Asia (Hong Kong area) for 3 years

- Speaks English and Mandarin

- Grew up watching 80s films, lots of Arnold movies, Spielberg movies

- Growing up in Canada was fine, no overt racism, but did feel certain pressures like not wanting to speak Mandarin in public.

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"For Izzy" links:

website - http://forizzy.com

FB - https://www.facebook.com/forizzythemovie

IG - https://www.instagram.com/forizzythemovie/

TW - https://twitter.com/forizzythemovie

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Yin & Young Episode 28: Actor, Writer Teo Yoo (유태오)

Full Interview

60 sec teaser.

Yin & Young Episode 28: Actor, Writer Teo Yoo (유태오)

Yin & Young meet with actor, writer Teo Yoo in Seoul and delve deep into his journey as an actor from Germany, to America, to the U.K. and eventually settling in Korea. Teo's path gives insight into the parent-child relationship, the artistic process, and finding one's place in the world.

* James met Teo at Sundance in 2015. 
* Teo starred in the film “Seoul Searching” directed by Benson LEE (not Kim).
* Born and raised in Germany, Teo left at age 20.
* Wasn't great at school, but excelled in the arts and athletics. Played a lot of street basketball.
* Made a deal with his parents to finish high school if he could travel for a year.
* Took classes at the Lee Strasberg school in New York and decided that acting was for him. Also studied Meisner technique.
* Maxed out his dad's credit card to pay for school over the course of two years.
* Used all his resources to buy tons of DVDs and to watch plays. Watched two films every day before he went to sleep.
* Sacrificed everything for acting: there were times he didn’t have enough money for food and or a place to sleep.
* After getting on the wait list, called the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) everyday and until he got into the program.
* Teo went back to Germany soon after London and started writing poetry.
* Father's side is from North Korea. Mother's side is from North Korea and from a southern island of South Korea.
* His father started off as a miner and his mother was a nurse in Germany.
* After the mines closed down, the Yoo family started their own deli.
* In Korea, Germany, or the U.S., doesn't feel accepted as one of their own.
* Is a citizen of the world.
* Writing is his therapy. 
* Teo’s a published children's author in Korea. Using Shakespearean rhythms,  he wrote a story about a little monster that eats socks.
* Teo plays Viktor Tsoi in an upcoming film by Kirill Serebrennikov called “Leto”. Said it was his hardest role to date.
* Did research of Korean historical figures he would like to play such as Antonio Corea the “Korean Man”.
* Wants to cultivate his acting and reserve directing for his 40s.
* Has found spiritual help in the writings of Eckhart Tolle.

Language Corner: Where is the toilet?
Mandarin - 廁所在哪裡? - cèsuǒ zài nǎlǐ 
Taiwanese - pian-so ti toh-ui?
Korean - 화장실이 어디예요 - hwajangsil-i eodiyeyo
German - Wo ist die Toilette?
Japanese - トイレはどこですか - toire wa dokodesu ka

Special thank you to Sunny at Stagedoor for letting us record there. 고맙습니다 😊 (http://stagedoor.one)

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Teo Yoo links:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/teoyoo/ @teoyoo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/officialteoyoo/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/teoyoo @teoyoo
Soundcloud: Florence Kamerad - https://soundcloud.com/fyodorkamerad The tracks “Coelln 1988” and “Hopa Minor” were used for the intro and outro respectively. Song in the 60 sec teaser is “autumn 31”.

Starring Teo:
Seoul Searching (on Netflix): https://www.netflix.com/title/80106230
MV Noel(노을)  - our last day (그날의 너에게): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs9Ch5KUocQ
Russian Director Serebrennikov finishes “Leto” under house arrest: http://www.calvertjournal.com/news/show/9620/russian-director-serebrennikov-finishes-viktor-tsoi-rock-film-house-arrest

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* YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkvtVW6pVPeKFn7H_6ai8lA?
* Stitcher - https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/yin-young-podcast

Yin & Young LIVE EP01: Just a Bad Date?

Our first live podcast: "Just a Bad Date?".

We discuss with returning guests Laura and Aaron the nuances of coercion versus a "bad date". We delve into the spectrum of sexual assault and the issues with male/female communication.

Thank you all for the comments and questions!

Here's some of the articles/videos referenced in the podcast:

I went on a date with Aziz Ansari. It turned into the worst night of my life
https://babe.net/…/01/13/aziz-ansari-28…

The Humiliation of Aziz Ansari
https://www.theatlantic.com/…/t…/550541/

Aziz Ansari and the Paradox of ‘No’
https://www.theatlantic.com/…/…/550556/…

Five women accuse actor James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior
http://www.latimes.com/…/la-fi-ct-james…

Jenny Yang, Comic/Writer - Live stream on Aziz Ansari, #MeToo and more. 
https://www.facebook.com/jennyyang1/posts/10155988133329188

Yin & Young EP26: Martial Arts, Anime, and Adult Content - Guest Aaron "Koi" Estrada

An in depth discussion with returning guest Aaron Estrada about talent/effort in the martial arts, our favorite animes, and a short talk about porn. (WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT & LANGUAGE)

Improvised piano intro by James.

Nature vs. Nurture. Some people are just naturally more talented in martial arts, sports, or a specific activity than others. The people who are talented and passionate will get to the 99th percentile.

You have to do things with intent.

Fighting on instinct.

Some jiu-jitsu schools don't allow students to roll until they reach their blue belt.

Discussion: Not allowing students to roll or spar from the beginning VS Allowing them to roll and spar right away.

We talk about anime we're currently watching and reminisce about Dragonball Z.

Is Totoro the angel of death? (also see "Ghibli producer kills the death angel theory").

Discussion of anime: Watching subbed versus dubbed and the depiction of Asians and Caucasians. Reference photo from the anime "Major": 

Photo from https://www.watchcartoononline.com/thumb/major-episode-29-english-subbed.jpg

The pursuit of perfection. We mention Jiro Dreams of Sushi as an example.

Conversation turns to fapping frequency and how porn affects us.

Briefly talk about the Vegas shooting.

Language corner:

1) Mandarin: 真的嗎? - zhen1 de ma? - Really?

2) Japanese (Kansai dialect): ホンマかいな - Honmakai na? - Really?/honestly?

3) Tagalog: Magulang

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