FascinAsian - Exhausted

Director: Tiffany Jiang
Runtime: 2 Minutes 26 Seconds
Language: English

Year of Release: 2021
Country of Origin: United States

Description: Rattled by the devastating Atlanta spa shootings, a Chinese-American filmmaker turns the camera on herself to document the invisible toll of such racially motivated hate crimes suffered by generations of the AAPI community.

Editor: Tiffany Jiang
Audio Sample: CBS News
Special Thanks: Sam Morris, AG Crist

FascinAsian - Tiffany Jiang

Director
Tiffany Jiang

Tiffany Jiang is a Chinese-American documentary filmmaker and designer based in New York. She currently attends The New School’s intensive graduate program in Documentary Media Studies while working at Vimeo. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Communication Design and Human-Computer Interaction.

While living in Seattle, she took classes at the Northwest Film Forum and helped with the production of various local films. Tiffany’s creative work has been featured by Pioneer Works, The International Center of Photography, and POV Docs. She is working on a short documentary to be completed in Spring 2022.

Director Statement: This film is special to me in that I didn’t know what would happen with the footage after recording it on the night of the Atlanta spa shootings. The event felt like an attack on Asian women across the country who have been objectified and overly sexualized for decades. I needed to capture the immense amount of exhaustion and grief that hit me after an already difficult year, isolating alone through COVID-19. With the rise in hate crimes, my anxiety reached a point where I no longer felt safe visiting grocery stores or walking in the neighborhood. At the time, I was living on opposite coasts from my family. I worried for their safety along with loved ones and even strangers I came across.
It’s been exhausting to live in this state of fear, seeing headline after headline about yet another attack. It’s been even more exhausting to see our pain and grief get overlooked in the aftermath. Part of this is caused by our own upbringing where we’ve been taught to keep quiet as it’s better to “not make a fuss”. I felt compelled to make this film as an acknowledgment of the pain so many of us keep inside. I hope this provokes conversations about mental health, transparency, and support for and within the AAPI community.