Image Comics Doesn’t Want Joshua Luna To Talk About Racism

(5 min read) When we tell our own stories, we’re told they’re not “relatable”. Relatable to whom? Joshua Luna is one half of the Luna Brothers — a duo responsible for writing and illustrating best-selling comics Ultra, Girls, and The Sword — and the creator of Whispers. But he’s also known for making more openly…

Let’s Talk About Hawkeye

(8 min read) (Hawkeye visits Japan) *Note: this article contains major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame --- In a world where Green Book is lauded for its “white savior” approach to race¹, and its director Peter Farrelly decides to team up with Brian Currie and Pete Jones (an unholy trinity of white men) to write a…

To My Fellow Gen Z Asians

(9 min read time) Generation (n.): All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively The production or creation of something Generation Z: Those born around 1995 and onwards As a Los Angeles native, I really felt the recent passing of local hip hop artist and community activist Nipsey Hussle.…

[JttW #45] Decolonial Love: Swipe Left On Internalized Racism

By Sen Tien We unpack "A Very Offensive Rom-Com", an episode of NPR's Invisibilia podcast with special guest, Maka (@_fakeMT). -- "A Very Offensive Rom-Com" (NPR): https://www.npr.org/2019/04/04/709948132/a-very-offensive-rom-com Breaking the ‘girl code’ and internalized racism (Vi Nguyen): https://www.aprilmag.com/2018/10/10/breaking-the-girl-code-and-internalized-racism/ White Sexual Imperialism: A Theory of Asian Feminist Jurisprudence (Sunny Woan): https://scholarlycommons.law.wlu.edu/crsj/vol14/iss2/5/ https://youtu.be/TNxT0MTwBoI

[JttW #44] Orientalism

By Sen Tien We expand upon Orientalism as not just a series of racist stereotypes but a structural arm of white supremacy. This includes feminization of Asia through colonialism and mass media. Sources & Shoutouts: I’m A Filipina USC Graduate — Stop Associating Students of Color with the College Bribery Scam (Medium): https://link.medium.com/MwQiEssOpV Joe Wong Wants Asian…

[JttW #39] Aquaman & Hammer Attack Murders

By Sen Tien We discuss the pseudo-whitewashing of Ludi Lin's character, Murk, in Aquaman and the news about the Hammer Attack Murders in Chinese buffet in Brooklyn which killed Fufai Pun and Kheong Ng-Thang and has left Tsz Mat Pung in critical condition. We touch on the relationship between direct, cultural / symbolic, and systemic violence.…

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…