Son films tearful visual poem to honor immigrant mother on Mother’s Day

When creative director Steven Yee, 32, planned his marriage in 2020, he knew exactly which song he would choose for the mother-dancing son. After all, he had been thinking about it since he was 15.

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This song, In my life by the Beatles, would also serve as inspiration for a from the mother Day gift that lasted two years – and a year after its real, postponed marriage.

Dear Mom, a visual poem conceived and directed by Yee, is that gift. And one more tearful.

” I am the only one child in an immigrant family, so it was a big sacrifice for my mom to move to a foreign country she knew nothing about to give me a chance at a better life,” Yee told In The Know by Yahoo. by email.

Yee was 2 and her mother 26 when they left. Guangzhou, Chinawith Yee’s dad for Boston, Mass.

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“A difficult decision to leave my family behind”

Yee, in turn, moved – to Los Angeles – where he lived for more than 10 years and started his own production company, Wood Island Media, which specializes in celebrity branded content. His wife, Tida Pin, is the company’s production manager.

“It was a very difficult decision for me to leave my family in Boston to pursue a career in film after graduating from college, knowing what they sacrificed to get me here,” he said.

While Yee said his mother was happy he was okay, she still doesn’t know exactly what he does for a living. This disconnect also extends to communication.

“His English is not the best, and my Chinese is even worse, so there is a language barrier between us,” he added. “I wanted to use this project as an opportunity to show her how much she means to me and all that I haven’t been able to put into words over the years.”

Cue the tears

Dear Mom begins at a wedding reception, as the mother-son dance is about to begin. Filmed with actors and a voice-over by friend and spoken word artist Andres Paul Ramacho at the place where he actually got married, we hear what Yee has wanted to say to his mother since before that moment – ​​​​with simplified Chinese subtitles for when he shows the video to his mother on Mothers’ Day.

“To the woman who taught me ‘Once upon a time’, that place somewhere over the rainbow, that roses were red and violets were blue, who made magic end December, early September”, the voiceover begins.

We see a mother not only dancing with her son at his wedding but also, in flashback, teaching him the piano, getting him ready for school and then gaining his support after the loss of her husband, Yee’s dad.

“So, mom,” the voiceover said, “I miss you. Thank you for the ‘once upon a time’, for being at the end of this rainbow, for stopping me and letting me go smell the roses, for helping me find my voice so I can have my bliss forever.

The scene then returns to the mother-son dance.

As for how he thinks his mother will react when she sees his visual poem, Yee said he wasn’t sure.

“Honestly, I don’t know,” he said. “Two of my best friends will pick her up in the morning and take her to one of their houses nearby and screen her for her.”

While they’re in Boston, Yee will be on Zoom in Los Angeles, watching her virtually to see her reaction.

“I had subtitles done so she could understand,” he added, “but I hope the whole piece resonates with her.”

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