It has now been about a month since YOMYOMF shut down. While I haven’t devoted a lot of time to looking for a new outlet to contribute to due to other obligations, the little bit of hunting I have done has come up short. There are quite a few Asian American-focused outlets. It’s just that there aren’t a lot of them that offer opportunities for contributors to come and share their thoughts and takes on everything happening within the community.
It’s been a month, and I’m already feeling left out and disconnected from the conversations that are happening at large. I still stand by what I said before on how I believe that I have a lot to contribute with the perspective that I have – particularly on representation in the media and entertainment. Just as a refresher on what I have in mind for some of the topics I would want to write about, here are those goals again:
- I want to be able to write on my own terms, especially since I too am busy with my own creative endeavors.
- I want to continue conducting interviews with creatives of the community. Until this last year, the last time I conducted an interview period was back in 2016.
- I want to be able to focus on the strives being made by APIs in the arts and entertainment industries.
- I want to shed light beyond just those of East Asian ancestry, and also focus on the strives by Southeast Asians, South Asians, Hapas, and Pacific Islanders (a demographic that, from what I’ve observed, doesn’t often get as much attention or support from other outlets who claim so otherwise).
- I want to deepen the conversations that are currently ongoing.
I’ve given more thought to possibly starting up my own outlet, but not without the cons also immediately surfacing. While I do have topical goals in mind, I also continue to struggle in how I can possibly stand out. How can I differentiate from the likes of Angry Asian Man?
Let me give you an example of something I would write if YOMYOMF – or a platform of a similar kind – was available to me. You may have seen this picture by now that Jon Chu took at the Screen Actors Guild Awards:
This photo is obviously very significant, as the casts of two very important films that took diversity on the big screen to a new level, came together in unity (with appearances from Mike Myers and Darren Criss). But one other person that, I felt, could have benefited from being in this photo is Jason Momoa. While I know that “Aquaman” was nominated for anything for this particular awards ceremony, I believe that by including him in this picture would have been a wise way of acknowledging the ground he broke for his portrayal of Aquaman.
Momoa is the both first Pacific Islander and the first Hapa to play a superhero lead in a movie, and that is something that I noticed hasn’t been acknowledged enough. Plus, the fact that the film itself plays so well into the struggle of being a blend of two worlds – a struggle that Hapas and other mixed race people can relate to – was incredible to see unfold onscreen. Maybe people are sidetracked by the fact that a majority of the rest of the cast are White, but regardless, one should take note when ground is broken. That is why I feel he should have a place in that photo with the casts of “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians.”
You get what I mean? I’ll keep looking, as I explore my options as well. I just don’t want to be left out of the larger conversations happening, for there is obviously more where that came from. Trust me.
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