According to material displayed in the trailer, and during its runtime, the 2022 Pixar animated feature film "Turning Red" is set in the Canadian city of Toronto, and takes place in the in universe year of 2002.
Has the creative team behind the movie ever addressed (In the form of interviews, behind the scenes footage, social media content, etc) why they chose to set the film 20 years in the past: Potentially several years before most of their target audience was born. Or why they chose to center it around a Chinese-Canadian family rather than setting it in one of America's many Chinese-American communities: such as those found in San-Fransisco or New York?
For example, were there commercial reasons behind this such as sponsorship and marketing tie-ins. Or personal reasons, such as the background of the creative team creating a personal connection to this location and time period.
Or was the decision made due to contemporaneous events, such as the current anti-Asian sentiment being expressed in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic (Such as the rash of "pushing" attacks on older Asian Americans)?