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"As in Turning Red, Bao explores the pain mothers feel when they see their child growing up and needing them less. The films also show that for Chinese immigrant mothers, the pain is twofold—as the child becomes independent, they also become less Chinese. In Bao, the dumpling son begins dating a white girl. In Turning Red, Mei nurtures a secret mania for a boy band her mother fears will make her sweet, innocent child grow up too fast."
-- John Lui


Source:
Lui, John. "Storytelling gold in Turning Red." Interview with Domee Shi. The Straits Times (Singapore), March 10, 2022.