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two new comedies redefine the modern day asian american woman

You know how you’ve seen laugh-out-loud comedies with independent women, braving the world on their own, having their own careers and love lives – à la Broad City and Fleabag – pushing the envelope in every way possible…and yet, the Asian American woman point-of-view is still missing? Ever get frustrated about the lack of representation in those genres? Well, now, here are two NYC-based comedies that challenges almost every stereotype we’ve known to be as an “Asian American woman”.

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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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