Americanese by Eric Byler
The award-winning film based on Shawn Wong’s novel explores the complicated relationship between Raymond Ding, a Chinese American man, and Aurora Crane, a half-Japanese women, after their break-up as they struggle to let go of their pasts while attempting to start new lives. It reminds us that it is never easy to separate race and love.
Eric Byler is an American film director, screenwriter and political activist. Byler, whose mother is Chinese American and father is white American, identifies as hapa biracial. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in film. Byler’s senior thesis film, Kenji’s Faith, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. His third feature, Americanese, won the SXSW Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature and a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Cast. Byler is a member of the Directors Guild of American and the Writers Guild of America.
Shawn Wong is an author, English professor, and former Director of the University Honors Program, Chair of the Department of English, and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Washington. He is a Chinese American and a pioneer of Asian American studies. His second novel, American Knees, was adapted into an independent feature film written and directed by Eric Byler and produced by Lisa Onodera.