Can we take a picture together?
That makes sense. Awesome.
Interesting. For a while, the media sold it like it was an actual secret society. That’s disappointing to think that. I don’t know that they don’t actually exist.
What do you think about Anonymous? In the US, we have that organization of this secret Web police. They call themselves Anonymous. They wear the masks. Do you know what I’m talking about?
What a great idea. That’s cool.
That’s cool. There is a certain amount of anarchy in the Internet, of course, but there are also crimes committed on the Internet. People are bullied. Do you believe in any type of law enforcement on the Internet?
How did you become an anarchist? Just from reading?
Post-scarcity, that would be the time after our current time, because resources are scarce now.
Post-Scarcity Anarchism, I don’t even know what that means.
You probably read a lot for work more than for pleasure.
What was the last good book you read?
Are you a movie fan? Do you watch movies?
It’s a percentage of how much you make in a year.
They’ll do some of the accounting. They’re a union. If I go to work for a Hollywood studio, I’m guaranteed a certain rate and certain benefits. They go after the studio for benefits.
We talk about working with actors, new techniques. Mentorship is very important. I was in a mentorship program this year. Of course, the best part is screeners. We always get DVDs of all the movies that come out. You have to stay abreast of what’s going on in the ...
The benefit is we get to discuss our craft. We go to workshops. Every year we have a technology conference. We talk about the newest cameras, the newest ways of post-production. Because our industry is constantly changing with new technology, everyone has to be up to date. We throw a ...
Yes, the Directors Guild of America.
It’s about learning to love yourself as an Asian guy, on Asian dating. It’s a passion of mine. I’m very concerned with social justice, so that’s part of the reason why I wanted to meet you. You said it perfectly. Whether you’re doing it consciously ...
Did you ever see the spot? I wrote a story. It’s a 30-minute episode.
We’re at the bottom of the dating totem pole, along with black women. It’s common knowledge. Because of that, there’s a lot of self-loathing in our own community, the Asian Male community, about dating among ourselves.
My movie about this is the same way about Asian American masculinity. This past year...There’s a gay channel in the states. I don’t think you’ve ever heard of it. It’s very small. It’s called Here Television. It was about the way, in the States ...
You accept the world, and so through that, you’re able to subtly suggest messages. Like with Philadelphia, people automatically sympathize with Tom Hanks, because that’s the way the movie is structured. They don’t question it.
When an audience sits down to a documentary, they know they’re going to be taught. They know they’re supposed to learn, so they have their filter up. They’re scrutinizing everything that comes across the screen to process it. When you watch narrative fiction, there’s a willing ...
Just a little bit more about myself. When I first started in the film industry, I worked for Ed Saxon, who won an Oscar for producing "Silence of the Lambs," but he also produced "Philadelphia." One thing he taught me from Philadelphia is there’s power in narrative fiction in ...
Yeah, probably. Yeah, it has to be in the world.
Yes, and you’re the same way. [laughs]
She’s a symbol.
I was wondering. Do you do any activism in addition to all the tech stuff?
Because there’s so few of us, so many of us have to be ambassadors, right?
I know you’re doing things in terms of the tech realm. I was wondering. You’re obviously an LGBT icon, whether you like it or not, right?
That makes sense. You’re a tech guy.
Why’d you come back? Did you not like America or did you just...
You went to Silicon Valley?
Tell me about yourself. You lived in the States for a bit, right?
My day job is working on a Netflix show. It’s called "Dear White People." You guys get it here. You should check it out. It’s pretty good.
You need to subscribe to Netflix.
Is Netflix big in Taiwan, too?
Movies are shrinking. China’s the new movie behemoth. Now it’s all Netflix.
Now it’s the TV industry.