To All the (Asian) Boys I’ve Loved Before: #AsianLove, and Why Representation Matters

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When I was in my teens, one of my favorite films to watch was The Forbidden Kingdom, a Chinese-American film produced in 2008. Starring Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Collin Chou, Liu Yifei, and Li Bingbing, it was a film seemingly gift-wrapped for me. It featured two of my favorite actors—Jackie Chan and Jet Li, both of whom I idolized as a child for their proficiency in martial arts—and an almost entire cast of Asians, which was something I had never seen before. The key word, however, is “almost”. Though the faces of two renowned Chinese actors were plastered on the theatrical release posters, DVDs, and Blu-rays of the film, the protagonist was a white man. As one might have guessed, the director and writer were also white men.
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JTTW Episode 11: Ugly Delicious

By Sen Tien

Today we discuss the cultural importance and the racialized nature of food for Asian diaspora. We also cover the show Ugly Delicious, a Netflix original food show. It demonstrates past, present and future presence of Asian American cuisines and the relationships we build around food.

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JTTW Episode 10: Decolonizing Asian Beauty

By Sen Tien

There are many misconceptions surrounding Asian Beauty. We talk about shade-ism, why being pale isn’t necessarily a white beauty standard, the “evil” China debate regarding the animal testing debate and the rise of K-beauty.

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JTTW Episode 9: Role Models for Asian Women

By Sen Tien

March is International Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day is March 8. We talk about who we consider our role models, the lack of Asian Women in mainstream feminist spaces, teaching ourselves our own histories, and seeking out people to support.

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