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.
One Fil-Am icon is speaking about mental health and its intricate intersectionalities from culture to sexuality in this candid Q and A where it gets real. This is asienne‘s e-mail conversation with Rachel Leyco:
Urban pop artist K u d o is the newest female Asian artist on the block. She spoke with asienne about her new song, Middle Fingers, her history with music, DJing and the #MeToo message behind her new song from her own personal experience(s).
 TRIGGER WARNING: this interview contains information about sexual assault which may be a trigger to survivors.
[previously published submission] This blog entry originally appeared on Katharine Chan’s blog here on October 11, 2018. | More on Katharine Chan: Chan is a first generation Chinese-Canadian. Her parents were born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada in the 1970s. She is a full-time working mother and she also runs a blog called Sum On Sleeve. This is her collaboration with asienne for our Mental Health Awareness Issue.
Stress management and life transition instagrammer Margaret Wang is a middle school counselor by day who works with at-risk youth who cope with anxiety and depression. A former competitive figure skater, Wang incorporates mindfulness, self-compassion, guided imagery, and goal-setting in her wellness and mental de-stressing exercises posts on her instagram page found here. This is asienne’s interview with Wang as she shares her own personal story on tackling mental health.
Modeling since the age of seventeen, this jill of all trades actress is now also embarking on the road to wellness at 44 years of age. Natalia Marie recently spoke with asienne about continuing her education as a Board-Certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Practitioner. Her personal blog is found here. Continue reading “10 minutes with a jill of all trades: natalia marie”
She’s not only reppin’ Filipinos and Filipino-Americans, she’s also reppin’ the LGBT community as this #bicon on-the-rise, Giovannie Espiritu talk vulnerability and finding your voice in this feature interview.