defining the fil-am identity with lauren lola

To close out Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – in a last but certainly not the least feature for this month – asienne spoke with Bay Area-based “super” writer Lauren Lola; super as in she not only writes books, she also writes blogs, articles, plays and screenplays! This is the first of two creative profiles for the Asian writer’s series specifically for APAHM.

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ms. 305, brittany lue-choy talks mental health

Joining the intersectional #BeKind21 conversation is Miami Heat‘s very own, Brittany Lue-Choy.

asienne was fortunate enough to speak with one of the main panelists that is the Miami Heat dancer. Lue-Choy talked about her own experiences as someone with a mixed ethnic background, her message to mixed race kids and what her message is when it comes to mental health awareness in (and out of) the intersections of her racial identities.

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crazy rich adventures with Janice Koh

Crazy Rich Asians‘ very own Auntie Felicity chatted with asienne about: her acting beginnings, her theatre background, having fun with the Crazy Rich cast, playing host and tour guide for the visiting cast members, eating authentic Asian food in Singapore on the daily, nighttime karaoke-ing and following one’s passion from an Asian perspective.

Here’s asienne’s interview with (another one of) your favorite auntie(s).

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words of wisdom from Kheng Hua

Do you remember that bonding moment between mother and daughter in Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) where Rachel Chu (Constance Wu)’s mother gives sound advice to her daughter? As it turns out, the actress who plays the maternal character Kerry Chu, actress Kheng Hua, is a force of wit and wisdom not only on-screen, but in real life as well.

Here is asienne‘s interview with the #irl Mama Chu.

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the big movie comeback with Selena Tan

What was your favorite part of Crazy Rich Asians? Was it the romance? The comedy? The Bible Study scene? If you’re familiar with Singaporean theatre, you might have known of her way before her Crazy Rich days. With her background predominantly being on-stage, Selena Tan is back on the big screen once again! & this time in a big way as she stars as Auntie Alix in Crazy Rich Asians.

Here’s asienne’s interview with (one of) your favorite auntie(s).

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hello & welcome to asienne

a [really long] note from asienne’s founder

hello there, how are you? good morning. nice to meet you. have you seen Killing Eve?

so, what’s happened so far? so many things! where do I start? spring? summer? Pride month? social justice on-stage? asian theater? asians winning @ HBO? what else? that’s right. Sandra Oh nabs a Lead Actress Emmy Nomination in the year of our Lord 2k18.

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blazing trails for asian theater

Director and actress Gingerlily Lowe, along with her playwright husband, Kent Brisby‘s Asian Story Theater‘s production of THERE and HOME AGAIN: more stories from the Sun Cafe was recently seen at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.

The day before THERE and HOME AGAIN‘s last show, asienne sat down with fifth generation Chinese-American Lowe at the Downtown San Diego venue. Lowe talked about: the immigration history in relation to Asian(American) stories, Asian theatre and life as an Asian actress.

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vanessa hudgens is a #twinning royal this holiday szn

When High School Musical 2 first came out, I vividly remember the moment I found out that Vanessa Hudgens was half-Filipino and ran up to my mother, almost beaming. It was the first moment I saw someone who looked exactly like me in popular American culture.

–(this review is written by Cher who wants you to connect with her on letterboxd)

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asian studio head features native american legend in new short film

This new, animated short film boasts two very big things: a stellar cast (featuring the likes of John Legend, Constance Wu, Liza Koshy but also Oprah!) and it’s also the first VR film to feature an indigenous world view. This film is none other than Crow: The Legend which was released just last month. asienne recently spoke with Maureen Fan, head of indie production company–and the studio behind CrowBaobab Studios about: the legend behind the short film, the animation process, and snagging their stellar cast! Continue reading “asian studio head features native american legend in new short film”

bravely tackling the #metoo conversation within a Filipino family

A new film in the horizon is bravely asking the question: how would a Filipino family tackle the difficult conversation around #MeToo especially if it happened to someone within the family? In her new film, actress Tess Paras (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grimm) tells the tale of a Filipina woman who has to explain to her Filipino immigrant parents the aftermath of her experience. In this interview, she talks about the #MeToo movement from a Filipina perspective and how a Filipino family handles the conversation. Paras stars in and directs the short The Patients which just recently reached their crowdfunding goal.

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