What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “Filipino?” Is it the tropics? Islands? California? New Jersey? New York? Manny Pacquiao? Jollibee? What about immigrants? Domestic helpers? Director Michael Manese talked about Filipino representation on the big screen and the nitty-gritty challenges that Filipino women (Filipinas) face as domestic workers with his new film The Pleasure of Being Served.
Flashback! – And just like that, awards szn is over. Currently holding an 8.6 out of 10-star rating on IMDb (with more than 200,000 votes), a 99% Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 4.6 out of 5 on letterboxd, PARASITE was undoubtedly the underdog-turned-awards season darling. Here’s a look back at some of the highlights this awards season featuring our fave creatives who deserved every bit of their award nominations and wins:
There were Asian food, Asian films, Asian culture and a whole lotta Asian peeps at the 20th San Diego Asian Film Festival. It was overall an interesting experience to have seen films directed by and starring Asian women that are not about or focused on, romance as the endgame but instead, it’s about self: self-discovery, self-love, and self-acceptance. Ever grateful to SDAFF 2019 for sending a strong message to Asian women and Asian American women everywhere for featuring stories of women with their own sense of self independent of another.
What’s a real-life superhero, a parasite and two sets of couples got in common? The 2020 film fest circuit is currently underway but here are some highlights you may have missed with a throwback from October 2019’s San Diego International Film Festival.
By now, you’ve probably heard of PARASITE because of the multiple standing ovations heard ’round the world. If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re probably thinking, ‘Wow, maybe, I should watch this movie. It won a couple of Oscars after all.’ And if you have already seen it, (and you’re Asian) you’re likely thinking, ‘I should definitely watch it again.’ The number one mistake you’ll make coming in to see this the first time is that, you think you’re ready to watch this movie. But the truth is…you. are. not. ready. Don’t say you weren’t warned. Minor spoilers throughout.
NOTE: We usually have a resident film reviewer, the ever-lovely Cher, but this time around, I decided on writing this up to tell you a story – my story. Anna here, founder of asienne and here’s my personal take on The Farewell. More on expanded author’s notes below. WARNING: A FEW MINOR SPOILERS (not a sponsored post) Continue reading “Grandma’s On The Roof and She Won’t Come Down”
asienne is very proud to present and showcase these two Fil-Am authors azn’ reppin’ not just Filipinos, not just Filipino Americans, not just female writers, but California-based Filipina-American writers. Without further ado, here are Lauren Lola and Deborah Francisco Douglas with their specific take on their own Fil-Am identity and its intersections:
In continuing our mini-series of creative profiles from the first part of the June 2019 issue, here’s another Fil-Am author making waves with the power of her words. In this e-mail interview, asienne spoke with San Diego-based author, Deborah Francisco Douglas about her Filipino-American identity and her new book, Somewhere in the Middle. This is the second of two creative profiles for the Asian writer’s series specifically for APAHM.
It was only last summer when theaters nationwide were hit with a phenomena #AsianTwitter had famously dubbed as #AsianAugust. With that, came the new era of Asian American cinema with the release of films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.
This summer, another film to add to the list is writer and director Lulu Wang‘s second feature and Sundance darling that is The Farewell; based on a true story and, as its tagline says, based on an actual lie, the film tackles the difficult decision of concealing the grandmother’s impending passing from herself. What happens during this time? How does this family – based on Wang’s own – cope? You’ll have to see the movie this summer to find out.
asienne recently sat down with Lulu Wang to chat about: identity, beginnings, inspirations, her creative vision, The Farewell and what she’s got coming up next.
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.
New York-based model, actress and writer, Danielle Lyn gets real about authenticity, duality and owning her morena identity in Hollywood. In this interview, she talks to asienne about the power of representation and the struggles that come with the ever-present colorism in our day and age.
One 15-year-old fashionista and photographer from Dallas, Texas wants you to follow your dreams. Her name is Sabelle Mebane. She recently spoke to asienne about turning both her current passions into careers and how she’s gone about pursuing this. She believes that if she can do it, you can too.
It’s almost Pride month asienne! What better way to celebrate than with The Gaysian Project? Earlier this year, asienne spoke with the gaysian project’s founder about: its origins, it’s mission and vision to defy the multi-layered stereotypes of being gay and asian, and the complexity and intersectionality of “Asian” identities and its definitions.
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NYC’s Katra Film Series is hosting a one day event this Saturday, May 18th in Brooklyn. The sidebar event is divided into two screening blocks featuring 10 films that center around AAPI stories (more details below). Continue reading “aapi women stories at katra film series in nyc”
so @asienne‘s been in a long hiatus…because family first and all that. it’s also important to practice what we preached in taking time to recharge to come back better.
thank you for your patience and for sticking around for more!
asienne is celebrating it’s one-year anniversary in july and changes are afoot.
This is one British Asian’s POV after seeing Crazy Rich Asians the beginning of October. She’s late to the game but in her defense, the London premiere wasn’t until early September. This is a throwback to Crazy Rich from a British Asian perspective.
welcome to the crazy rich archive with scoops from your aunties Alix and Felicity 😲 aaaaaaand your ever-insightful mama Chu, herself!
these three talented beauties are asienne‘s ultimate WCW and inspirasians this month!
feel free to click the images below [or the links of their names in the photo captions] to read the full Q+A interviews ❤
On June 30th, first-time Pride-goer, 19-year-old Jamilah Salvador of Marikina, Philippines captured a viral moment fit not only for Metro Manila Pride but for #20gayteen.