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.
When High School Musical 2 first came out, I vividly remember the moment I found out that Vanessa Hudgens was half-Filipino and ran up to my mother, almost beaming. It was the first moment I saw someone who looked exactly like me in popular American culture.
Do you remember that bonding moment between mother and daughter in Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) where Rachel Chu (Constance Wu)’s mother gives sound advice to her daughter? As it turns out, the actress who plays the maternal character Kerry Chu, actress Kheng Hua, is a force of wit and wisdom not only on-screen but in real life as well.
Here is asienne‘s interview with the #irl Mama Chu.
What was your favorite part of Crazy Rich Asians? Was it the romance? The comedy? The Bible Study scene? If you’re familiar with Singaporean theatre, you might have known of her way before her Crazy Rich days. With her background predominantly being on-stage, Selena Tan is back on the big screen once again! & this time in a big way as she stars as Auntie Alix in Crazy Rich Asians.
Here’s asienne’s interview with (one of) your favorite auntie(s).