Tired of being ‘fetishized and invisible,’ Asian artists are changing the narrative

In much of Western art, Asian women have often appeared as one-dimensional characters — sometimes seen as meek and docile, and at other times hypersexualized and exoticized. But such portrayals fail to show individuals coming from a myriad of cultural backgrounds, their identities rooted in distinctly different countries and histories. “Wonder Women,” a new exhibitionContinue reading “Tired of being ‘fetishized and invisible,’ Asian artists are changing the narrative”

Video Games Are Lagging Behind In South Asian Representation

Entertainment mediums in the West are introducing likable South Asian protagonists into fiction–slightly steering away from its history of brownface casting and becoming more inclusive of South Asian storytellers. Although Squid Game’s Ali Abdul and Midnight Mass’ Sheriff Hassan weren’t the main characters of their respective stories, they were unapologetically brown, purposeful, and supported byContinue reading “Video Games Are Lagging Behind In South Asian Representation”

The difference between diversity hiring and a ‘diversity hire’

Hiring for diversity is a priority for most organizations. Social justice issues, national attention, and accountability from Fortune Magazine (and subsequently, the coveted Fortune 500 list) has brought diversity and inclusion to the spotlight. But how exactly does one attract and hire diverse candidates? The answer would seem to be straightforward, but there’s a hiddenContinue reading “The difference between diversity hiring and a ‘diversity hire’”

VIETNAMESE FILMMAKERS CREATE VISUALLY STUNNING SHORT ABOUT AAPI HATE BEING AS OLD AS AMERICAN HISTORY – by Michelle De Pacina for NextShark

What it’s about: The short film, entitled “Centuries and Still,” unveils the “search for justice [that] goes back to the Gold Rush era fetishization of Asian women, to today’s hate crimes targeting Asian elders.” “Asian American hate is as old as American history,” the film narrates. It portrays some of the historical events that took part inContinue reading “VIETNAMESE FILMMAKERS CREATE VISUALLY STUNNING SHORT ABOUT AAPI HATE BEING AS OLD AS AMERICAN HISTORY – by Michelle De Pacina for NextShark”

GAMING INDUSTRY MEMBERS DISCUSS WHY WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN VIDEO GAMES – by Dean Daley for MobileSyrup

In the first part of this ongoing series, I reached out to a number of people in the video game community to ask the question: “is there enough representation in video games?” This time around, the question at hand is “why do you feel we need more diversity in video games and why is itContinue reading “GAMING INDUSTRY MEMBERS DISCUSS WHY WE NEED MORE DIVERSITY IN VIDEO GAMES – by Dean Daley for MobileSyrup”

DWAYNE JOHNSON ACCOUNTS FOR A THIRD OF ALL API MOVIE LEADS AS STUDY FINDS SAD STATS – by Tracy Brown for L.A. Times

Asian and Pacific Islander representation in Hollywood movies is still abysmal, according to a new report released Tuesday. Arriving during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and amid a rise in anti-Asian racism and violence, the new study examined 1,300 top-grossing movies from 2007 to 2019 for API representation in onscreen and behind-the-camera roles, as well asContinue reading “DWAYNE JOHNSON ACCOUNTS FOR A THIRD OF ALL API MOVIE LEADS AS STUDY FINDS SAD STATS – by Tracy Brown for L.A. Times”

CLOÉ ZHAO HAS MADE OSCAR HISTORY – by Sandra Gonzalez for CNN Entertainment

On Sunday, Chloé Zhao became the first woman of color and the first woman of Asian descent to earn best director at the Academy Awards. The “Nomadland” director is also only the second woman to win the award. The first was Kathryn Bigelow, who won for “Hurt Locker.” “This is for anyone who has the faithContinue reading “CLOÉ ZHAO HAS MADE OSCAR HISTORY – by Sandra Gonzalez for CNN Entertainment”