Racist Love in 2018: My Experiences with Asian American Activism

(10 min read time)   It all began with an Asian American Fiction class. A young Korean American college student, I eagerly awaited my first-ever Asian American Studies course. Class-required readings included very representative and completely unproblematic Asian American classics such as Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club and Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You.…

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

(14 min read) 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…

California Film Tax Credit Bill

(1 min read) Call to Action: The Asian Pacific Islander Caucus in California has worked to pass a bill (Senate Bill No. 871 Chapter 54) that aims to decrease whitewashing historically rampant in Hollywood. Roles and characters specifically meant for Asian Americans are often re-cast and given to white actors. Recent examples of this are…

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#AsianLove Campaign

(2 min read) Calling all Asians! Let's celebrate ourselves and each other. In Western media, Asians have poor representation, if any at all. We are often used as background characters, stuck playing the sidekick, or shown as submissive partners for white people. But instead of waiting to see ourselves in Hollywood, why not represent ourselves?…