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Grandma’s On The Roof and She Won’t Come Down

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”

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writers’ spotlight: summer 2019

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:

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in conversation with writer and director lulu wang

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.

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the many shades of the asian experience

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.

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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”