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chatting with the cast of The Half of It

We’re on lockdown, they’re on lockdown, everyone’s on lockdown. asienne recently chatted with the cast of Netflix’s The Half of It😭 Watch more below to see Leah Lewis (Ellie Chu), Alexxis Lemire (Aster), and Daniel Diemer (Paul) talk lockdown binge-watching, what it’s like working with director Alice Wu, and the film’s message that they hope it conveys to audiences. BONUS: a spotlight on Leah Lewis.

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a Tigertail commentary panel

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is in less than a month and what better way to celebrate that than pay homage to our elders with watching a film like Netflix’s Tigertail? (And if you’re brave enough, maybe even watch it with them?) While there isn’t just one universal Asian experience, Tigertail seems to touch on a lot of topics that resonate across Asian cultures. Have you ever wondered how the daughters of the Asian diaspora view Tigertail? In this commentary panel, four women of Asian descent with vastly different backgrounds talk culture, stereotypes,  Asian parents, Asian dads, effects of immigration, and feelings on Netflix’s Tigertail.

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christina hsu and the politics of her comedy

Christina Hsu is not your average actress and comedian: she uses political science terminology to describe the kind of impact she wants to make with her acting and comedy. In this interview, she talks all things creative, women inspirations, and describes what it’s like to be a comedian – specifically an Asian woman comedian – in the era of “PC” culture.

This is the politics of comedy with Christina Hsu.

 

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filipinos are not really as exotic as you think

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.

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throwback – 9 highlights at the 20th san diego asian film fest

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.

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