‘Quake’, the Strongest and Most Underrated Superhero in the Marvel Universe

Representation in the superhero universe has been a long time coming, especially within the Asian community. Amongst the endless sea of superheroes hitting screens over the last decade, Quake unknowingly paved the way as the first Asian superhero in the Marvel mainstream universe.  In 2013, the mainstream superhero world opened the doors to Asian representation, as Quake (played by Asian-American, Chloe Bennett) appeared in the … Continue reading ‘Quake’, the Strongest and Most Underrated Superhero in the Marvel Universe

Asian Representation in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

TW: depression, war, alcohol, drugs, abuse Minor spoilers for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Bojack Horseman, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Avatar: The Legend of Korra Lists of She-Ra characters portrayed by Asian actors:Glimmer, Princess of Bright Moon: Karen Fukuhara Castaspella: Sandra Oh King Micah: Daniel Dae Kim She-Ra (Mara): Zehra Fazal Queen Angela: Reshma Shetty She-Ra characters that are inspired by some aspects … Continue reading Asian Representation in She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

MILCK, the “Soul-cial Change Artist” and the Lessons We’ve Learned from Her

Most everyone can remember where they were when they found out the results from the 2016 Election. I had just woken up in my dorm room to a text from my girlfriend saying, “Call me when you’re awake.” I swiped right on my phone’s home screen to get a quick peek at that Apple News App that I never used and felt my chest cave … Continue reading MILCK, the “Soul-cial Change Artist” and the Lessons We’ve Learned from Her

Top 10 Asian Actors You’ve Always Seen in Movies But Never Got to Learn About

Though representation of Asians in film and television may seem scarce, there have been a handful of trailblazing actors that have paved the way for representation in media and you may even recognize some, but have never known who they actually are. Here are the top 10 Asian actors you’ve seen in movies, but never got to learn about.  1. Lou Diamond Philips  Lou Diamond … Continue reading Top 10 Asian Actors You’ve Always Seen in Movies But Never Got to Learn About

Portrayals of Love and Friendship in “Meteor Garden”

With an Indonesian version, a Japanese version, a South Korean version, various dubbed versions, sequels and remakes, “Meteor Garden” has evidently captured hearts all over Asia. First released in Taiwan in 2001, the series centers around Dong Shancai, a poor girl who stands her ground at Ming De University, where the rich, elitist boys—known collectively as F4—rule the halls. Her strength and non-compliance are exactly … Continue reading Portrayals of Love and Friendship in “Meteor Garden”

A History of Asian Superheroes on Film

It’s been a long time since superheroes were solely on the pages of comics. In the 21st century, they’ve come to dominate film and television, with a torrent of new superhero movies and shows every year. With that increased volume of media has come a demand for greater representation and diversity among these heroes, including for Asian characters. While these characters have been part of … Continue reading A History of Asian Superheroes on Film

Fixing the Problem with Apu

There’s a moment right at the beginning of Never Have I Ever, the new Netflix series, where Devi (the 15-year old protagonist) sits down in front of her home’s shrine (think of it like a household church altar, but for Hindus) and addresses the gods “Hey, gods… what’s a-poppin’?”. That’s right before praying to be invited to “a party with alcohol and hard drugs,” for her “arm hair to thin out,” and for a boyfriend who’s a stone-cold hottie.” Afterwards, I promptly posted online how I was glad I wasn’t the only one praying this casually, only to receive a reply saying “I guess I’ve been praying wrong this entire time *laughing emoji*.” …. Continue reading Fixing the Problem with Apu

#We Will Not Stay Quiet : How Asian Americans are using social media to fight back against COVID-related racism

This article contains interviews with #RacismIsAVirus, #HateIsAVirus, #WashTheHate, #IAmNotAVirus Hate is everywhere. Since the rise of Coronavirus, more and more Asian Americans have been forced to fight not only the virus but racist attacks as well. The headlines alone show the severity of the situation. “Spit on, yelled at, attacked: Chinese-Americans fear for their safety.” “Asian Americans describe ‘gut punch’ of racist attacks during pandemic.”  … Continue reading #We Will Not Stay Quiet : How Asian Americans are using social media to fight back against COVID-related racism

Carrying on Her Mother’s Story: an interview with Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of The Last Cherry Blossom

Kathleen Burkinshaw talks with us about writing her novel, The Last Cherry Blossom, her mother’s experiences as a child during the Hiroshima bombing, and reconnecting with her culture through writing. Continue reading Carrying on Her Mother’s Story: an interview with Kathleen Burkinshaw, author of The Last Cherry Blossom

Way down Hadestown: an interview with Stage Manager Cherie B. Tay

How did you first get into stage management? I started in high school. Someone asked me to pull curtains for a play, and I did. Then that led to just stage managing the rest of the shows in high school, like the fall play and the musical. When did you decide that you wanted to stage manage professionally? I mean, I knew that this was … Continue reading Way down Hadestown: an interview with Stage Manager Cherie B. Tay