Yang Yang lives with her Taiwanese mother and the ever-present specter of her long-gone French father. Because of her heritage, almost everyone she encounters assumes she speaks French, thinks French or is French — meaning, something "other" than Taiwanese. Yang Yang's mother only makes it worse when she marries the father of Yang Yang's best friend, a union that drives a rift between the friends rather than bringing them closer together as stepsisters. It's difficult enough to figure out who you are when you're a teenager, but the problems are compounded when everyone assumes you're something based on the way you look. Yu Chieh-Cheng's 2009 film Yang Yang
is as much about personal identity in a rapidly globalizing culture as it is the story of young girl figuring where she fits in her corner of the world. Yang Yang
screens at 3 p.m. Sunday as part of the 2011 Taiwan Film Festival. Five films screen across three days (Friday, February 18, through Sunday, February 20) in room 100 of Brown Hall on the Washington University Campus (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards; eastasian.artsci.wustl.edu
). All films are subtitled in English, and admission is free.
Sun., Feb. 20, 2011