Yin & Young are catching up with writer/director James Z. Feng, who is now based out of Taiwan. Special guest host Aaron "the fish" Estrada!
Lived in South Dakota for a year before moving all around the Bay Area and winding up at UCSD with Young.
Tragedy was the catalyst for Feng to go from ranked tennis player to filmmaker.
The Chinese film industry requires every actor to keep grinding in order to stay relevant.
Fear is a motivator for the top Chinese film talent.
Different motivations between Western and Eastern production crews, idealism vs making the most amount of money.
Telling the stories of people who are not usually represented as well as hearing audience reactions inspires Feng to continue creating.
Feng's bits of advice to everyone:
1. Never apologize for being who you are.
2. Make some time for yourself.
Young - Taiwanese: - lí-hó-bò - 你好否? - How are you?
Yin - Japanese slang: nan ba shiyo tto? - What are you up to?
Feng - Wuxi dialect: ho che ma - 好吃嗎？ - Tastes good?
Aaron - tagalog: anong balita - What's new?
Optional Drinking Games:
Take a shot or sip of your favorite beverage (alcoholic/non-alcoholic):
1. For every Feng humble brag.
2. For every time Young stutters for fear of embarrassment of what he's about to say.
The films of James Z. Feng: