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TURNING RED: Why I’m So Happy for the Kids Growing up with Pixar (part two)

From the Toronto, Canada in 2002, Turning Red is a quirky and slightly cringy coming-of-age story that is such an important movie for the upcoming generations.

This movie is a beautiful and funny story about being who you are and loving who you are, even if the people around you might not accept your growth. I know that so many immigrant children (myself included) felt a lump in their throat during the ending of the movie, but it was a good feeling.

It was a feeling of relief and happiness, knowing that the emotions and thoughts we’ve felt for so long was literally being narrated on the screen before us. In this part two (because I couldn’t stop talking), I want to talk about the important lessons and topics that the movie addressed.

*Also my blog anniversary was on July 26th (this Tuesday) so happy blogiversary to me!!!!!!

“They’re the supreme beings who gave you life, who sweated and sacrificed so much to put a roof over your head, food on your plate, an epic amount of food. The least you can do is return every single thing they ask.”

The notion of respecting your elders is such an important message that directs the entire plot of the movie.

Meilin struggles with learning about herself as a teenager while trying to be what her parents expect of her, and she quickly realizes that a balance on both sides is needed.

Her mom expected her to do everything she was “supposed” to do but didn’t give Meilin room to have her own personality and experiences. She wanted Mei to suppress her panda, a big part of who she is.

So it was no surprise to see that Ming’s panda was extremely huge because she was pushing down so many emotions and dreams and wants to please her mother. In immigrant families, we are expected to obey and respect our parents, even if it might be at the cost of something we love.

Convincing overprotective parents you want to go somewhere.

I don’t know what it is, but there’s something about immigrant parents that they’re just made with a layer of overprotectiveness.

I was always a ball of nervousness when I was preparing to ask them, especially if I had already told my friends yes.

So although I have never created a presentation to ask my parents about something, I understand the pressure of having to ask weeks in advance just to have my parents consider my request. It was such a fun scene to watch, especially since it was relatable.

the light and dark being the mom and daughter CANNOT be a coincidence!!!!

I absolutely LOVE the way this movie addressed intergenerational trauma.

The family was NOWHERE near perfect, but they represented intergenerational trauma so well. All the aunts pushed away from their pandas and buried their true selves away, even if it meant they became someone they weren’t.

It was so crazy to see how all the aunts had pandas hidden away. I can’t say I blame them because when everyone around you is doing the same thing, it’s hard to be brave and make your own path. But it was so beautiful to see how Mei was the first person to not follow in her family’s footsteps and become her own person.

One of the biggest things that makes this movie so beautiful is the number of people who can relate.

I loved reading through all the tweets where people expressed their happiness about the movie. It makes me so happy to know that this movie has so much meaning and power and can bring up feelings that people haven’t felt in a long time.

Everyone who watched the movie found focused on something different. Everyone got something different out of the movie, and now that we know Pixar is capable of this, I am SO excited to see what they’ll come up with next.

Recently, I’ve noticed that Pixar has been making movies that create these important conversations and talk about different cultures, and I love that they’re giving young children the representation they need to know that they’re not alone.

This post is something that I have loved being able to write, and I have been waiting a long time to write it. School made me so busy, and it’s such a good feeling to be able to sit down and write something that I actually want to write, instead of papers and discussion posts.

If there are any movies you think I should see, please let me know in the comments!! This time, when I say that you’ll be seeing more posts from me, I actually mean it!!

Until next time….

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