BTS photo from Kevin's 2nd year film "Secret Lives of Asians at Night." Photo credit: Victor Chen.
“ON YOUR RADAR” IS A WEEKLY GRAD FILM NEWS SEGMENT THAT FEATURES A STUDENT PICKED AT RANDOM.
KEVIN WANG IS CURRENTLY A 3RD YEAR STUDENT AT GRAD FILM. WE ASKED HIM A FEW QUESTIONS AND HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY:
Where do you consider home and what is it like there?
I was born in Singapore to Taiwanese/Korean parents (with roots in mainland China), then grew up in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Southern California before ending up in Boston, London, and now New York. I suppose I have some grounds to call any of these places "home", but the truth is that regardless of how familiar any of these places feel to me, or how strong of a spiritual bond I feel to any of them, I'm too diluted to be homogeneous enough to belong to any of those places. People will always challenge whether I can call myself one of them because I don't look like them enough, or I don't speak the language perfectly, or I don't know the culture or the way of life as intimately as one who "truly grew up here" should know. It used to really upset me - what greater indignity is there than wanting to belong to something but not being able to? - but I've made my peace with it.
Rather, "home" for me, now, I think, is in the anonymous - the dark clubs, the hidden alleys, the hole-in-the-walls - and the in-between: airports, buses, trains, subways, taxis, stations, hotels, and motels, temporary spaces for temporary people in-transition. I guess you could say I gave up trying to put myself on a map and I'm comfortable now simply existing somewhere point A and point B, or nowhere at all.
What is currently inspiring you as a filmmaker?
What has been your most rewarding experience at NYU Tisch Grad Film so far?
Struggling for greatness together - filmmaking is a lonely endeavor, but it's not so lonely when everyone goes through the same thing as one.
(Also: every conversation I've ever had the pleasure of having with Mick Casale.)