The Fairy Princess likes to…you know…keep up with what’s happening in the world – yesterday it was the British East Asians and their remarkable video rebuttal to The Royal Shakespeare Company entitled “The Orphan of Zhao Redux“ and today….she had an email from Sandra Oh.
Yes, that Sandra Oh…
And let’s face it, if she sends you an email, you are going to open it.
The Fairy Princess should add here, that yes, she does know Ms. Oh, and they have corresponded before, but they do not, say, down shots of tequila and dance on bars together or get mad and eat cookie dough raw or anything like that….although, let’s face it, TFP totes would do that if asked.
(She’s done worse)
Thus, full disclaimer in place – she does, yes, know Ms. Oh, and finds her to be one of the coolest and most talented actors on the planet.
So there, do what you will with that.
Anyway, this is somewhat of a breaking story….
Sandra Oh has decided to produce an animated film – here is the description:
When she was a kid, she would have loved to have seen a story such as this – it would have spoken to her in a way that, perhaps, was different from other stories. She rarely envisioned herself as a protagonist because, well….there were none in the books she read, or was read to, or in the television she saw, or in the movies – she was too young for Bruce Lee and she would have looked terrible in a yellow track suit.
As a person of mixed race who is raising another one, this made The Fairy Princess very interested in this project – interested enough to provide the link so if you would like to contribute to this project, which is being produced in conjunction with the Canadian Film Centre, you can.
The other, super awesome thing about this – for fans of American Cinema, is that the belle of Flower Drum Song, the feature film, Ms. Nancy Kwan, will voice one of the characters – Gloria, the overprotective Grandmother of Rosie.
Wrap your Fan Tan Fannies around that little tidbit!
(Full disclosure – no – have never done shots or cookie dough with Ms. Kwan)
(Yes, have met her, yes, have a photo)
The thought of that is terrifying – The Fairy Princess would embarrass herself.
Because, when she was a bit older than in that photo, she viewed Flower Drum Song on television, and her Mother told her, “That lady is Eurasian, like you.”
Well…it was the first time that The Fairy Princess ever considered that a person ‘like her’ could do something as amazing as a musical.
Which makes the whole thing, just a bit more special, don’t you think?
ANYWAY – HERE IS THE LINK!
They need to raise $230, 050 Canadian, and thus far, they have almost $5,000.
You can contribute from $5 and up – and let’s be frank, if you are a person of mixed race, who grew up being asked ‘what are you?” or any of the myriad of questions we are asked, you may want to contribute simply to see more stories in which you and your experiences are reflected.
In closing – Congrats to Ms. Oh and her partner in this venture, Ann Marie Fleming, who has been making award winning films for over 25 years that deal with family, history, memory and issues of identity. This is a story that comes out of a combination of her own personal experiences as a mixed race Canadian.
The Fairy Princess very much looks forward to seeing this film and sending a few bucks your way!
Break a leg with it!