I Think The Main Character In The ‘Bird Box’ Is Chinese

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The bird box is a post-apocalyptic thriller with Sandra Bullock playing the main character, Malorie. The movie was scary and it kept me on the edge of my seat for a bit. However, I can’t help but see how much Malorie, resembles a Chinese mom.

Oh, and a word of warning, if you have not watched this movie yet, minor spoilers ahead.

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She Calls Her Kids ‘Boy’ & ‘Girl’

Malorie (Sandra Bullock) started calling the two children, one of them being her son, ‘boy’ and ‘girl’. She did so instead of giving them actual names. This reminded me somewhat of my parents.

You see, despite my parents giving my siblings and I perfectly good names, they still resorted to calling my siblings and I ‘boy’ and ‘girl’. I used to think that it was just my family, but I later found out that this was the case for most of my peers.

In the movie, Sandra Bullock started calling the children ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ due to certain emotional reasons. For most Chinese parents during my time, I think they just decided boy and girl was just more convenient than calling someone by their full name like ‘Alexander Ong Kam Ming’.

She Orders & Yells

Ahhh yes, back when I was younger, being ordered instead of being asked to do things was common. A friend of mine theorizes that we were biological paid labor where we were to assist in the logistics of the family.

This was the case as well for Malorie in the movie. She never really asked the kids to do something, she just orders. Also, don’t even get me started on the yelling. All she does was to yell at the children for any single minor wrongdoing that they might have done.

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Granted, it was a very stressful time in the movie but she resembled more of a drill sergeant than an actual mom. The same goes for some of my friends’ experiences. Remember some Asian moms being stereotyped as those holding a cane while forcing their children to play a musical instrument? I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is not exaggerated.


Now, it may sound like I have an awfully traumatized childhood but I think it was just how things were done during those times. I suppose back then things were less emotionally disconnected, that being said, love was still shown and I had everything I needed and wanted from my parents.

That being said, I call my girls by their names and not ‘girl 1’ or ‘girl 2’. Like I have said, times have changed. As for the movie, its a great watch. I hope you enjoy the nice horror scenes in the movie. Just don’t be like me. I thought of my mom when I watched Bird box. Perhaps I should give her a call?