Shut Up White Boy

by: Vu T. Thu Ha

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Vu T. Thu Ha, Shut Up White Boy, 2002, 13’ (trailer).

When a white young man brings his newest Filipino girlfriend to an Asian restaurant, weird happenings ensue. The film by Vu T. Thu Ha and her team of Asian American queer women artists, among them punk rock musicians, shows a racialized dream-comes-true nightmare of revenge, desire, lust and fun. Made in 16 mm B&W celluloid which flattens skin colors to shades of grays, the film also fuses Vietnamese/Asian love songs and punk rock into the same sphere of fantasy and retribution.

Vu T. Thu Ha is an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily in film, photography and sculpture. Vu’s 2006 feature film Kieu, in English, with Vietnamese dialogue, was inspired by Vietnamese epic poem Truyen Kieu (The Tale of Kieu) by Nguyen Du. Kieu premiered in March 2006 at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. Vu is also the director of Each Night (2001) and Shut Up White Boy (2002), which screened nationally and internationally. Born in Vietnam, she has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1997. She studied film and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute, and fine furniture building in Oakland.