Representation Matters

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

What it’s aboutThe 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 in the birth and perpetuation of anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes that are still happening to this day. 

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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 it important for diversity to be part of gaming?”

On a personal level, I feel that representation in video games is important because it can show that you’re not alone. As an LGBTQ+ BIPOC individual, it would be great to play a game with a character that shares at least some of the same experiences and obstacles I’ve faced in my life.

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RAJI: AN ANCIENT EPIC

This action-adventure game is set in ancient India: a young girl named Raji has been chosen by the gods to stand against the demonic invasion of the human realm.

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

Karen Gillan, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in explorer gear standing in a jungle
Dwayne Johnson, center, with Karen Gillan and Kevin Hart in “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” accounts for almost a third of the small number of 2007-2019 movies with API lead actors. (Frank Masi / Columbia Pictures)

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 as among the executive ranks in top Hollywood film companies. It also reviewed the top 100 movies of 2019 for an analysis of how API characters were portrayed, including the prevailing tropes and stereotypes of their depiction.

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CHINATOWN DETECTIVE AGENCY – General Interactive Co.

Become the detective in this free prologue for Chinatown Detective Agency. Amira Darma is new to the PI game, and you’ll need to use real-world detective skills to help her solve cases, manage her agency and unravel a global conspiracy in this globetrotting neo-noir mystery.

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 faith and the courage to hold out to the goodness in themselves and to hold out to the goodness in each other, no matter how difficult it is to do that,” she said in her acceptance speech. “You inspire me to keep going.”

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LEGEND OF TIANDING – CGCG

The Legend of Tianding is a sidescrolling action game about Liao Tianding, the legendary Taiwanese Folk Hero. Explore the dazzling streets of Colonial Japanese Taiwan in the early 20th century, as you rob the rich, feed the poor, and expose the darkness lurking in the heart of Taipei.

TO ALL THE WHITE BOYS I’VE DATED BEFORE – by Sylvia Hong for Vogue

One Vogue staffer reflects on her dating experiences as an East Asian woman.

So-called “yellow fever” is real, discreet and imbued in our collective consciousness. Some people may see no harm in a man who dabbled for a couple of years in Final Fantasy, orders Thai food at least once a week on Deliveroo, and has a penchant for Taoism. As an East Asian woman, these are red alert flags for me: abort mission.

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ASIAN AMERICAN GAME DEVELOPERS ARE DREAMING OF THEIR OWN MINARI MOMENT – by Matt T. M. Kim for IGN

A few years ago, a story about Asian representation and Asian developers in video games might not have warranted much thought. But the story of Asians in America has always included other people believing the Asian identity is a simple one.

What’s become clear recently, however, is that it’s a time for self-reflection in the Asian immigrant community. A confluence of events, some good and some violent, has thrust Asian Americans into the spotlight — and a reckoning.

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THE ASIAN WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN FOR HONOR – by Marion Mỹ Anh Baxerres

The representation of Asian people and the representation of women are both vast and complex topics to explore. Working on the game For Honor when I wrote this article, a year and a half ago, I found in the Samurai and Wu Lin factions a representation of Asian women that I liked.

The article dives into how Asian women characters have been represented in video games, specifically on For Honor.

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