What Did I Miss?: December 2020

Published Works

Hiromi Kamata On Growing Up with Selena’s Music and Directing Netflix’s Biopic Series – For The Nerds of Color, I spoke with one of the directors of the first season of this new series about how it came together.

Kimiko Guthrie on Her Career in Dancing and Writing Block Seventeen – For Hapa Mag, I speak with this Bay Area author about growing in Berkeley in the 1970s, her work in the dance world, and about the process of writing her debut novel.

Raya and the Navigation of Asian America as a Mixed-Race Filipino American – For Hapa Mag, I dive deep into my excitement for this upcoming Disney animated feature film, after years of going about Asian America as both a mixed-race and Filipino American woman.

Three Characters Lauren Mary Kim Performed Stunts for in ‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2 – For The Nerds of Color, I go over the characters this former interviewee performed stunts for in the most recent season of this live-action series from a galaxy far, far away.

Appearances

#Kollab2020 Alumni Staff Highlight – Ahead of Kollaboration’s 20th anniversary celebration, I was featured as one of many former staff members, where I talk about my experience being a part of the organization and how it has changed my life. (Facebook version available here.)

NOCs of the Roundtable: Goodbye 2020 – As we close out this horrendous year, the people behind this pop culture outlet come together to discuss their favorite nerdy moments from the year.

Readings

SCI-FI Festival Best Scene Reading: An Absolute Mind by Lauren Lola – WILDsound’s Fantasy/Sci-Fi Film & Writing Festival produces an audio-only reading of one of my favorite scenes from the screenplay adaptation of my second novel of the same name.

What Did I Miss?: November 2020

Appearances

Lumpia with a Vengeance Review – I make a guest appearance on Nerds Rules the World, as Kuya P and I give our non-spoilery thoughts about Patricio Ginelsa’s new film, “Lumpia with a Vengeance.”

Published Works

‘Story Game’ Navigates Celebration of Storytelling Through Odd Plot Choices – For The Nerds of Color, I give my thoughts on this fascinating film, from this year’s lineup for the Hawai’i International Film Festival.

Shannon Lee on Her New Book “Be Water, My Friend” and the Legacy of Her Father Bruce Lee – For the Center for Asian American Media, I spoke with the CEO of the Bruce Lee Family Company about continuing the legacy of the beloved martial artist and philosopher.

‘Water Like Fire’ Explores Life and Loss in Contradictory, Unexpected Ways – For The Nerds of Color, I review this emotionally moving film from this year’s lineup for the Hawai’i International Film Festival.

‘Waikiki’ Doesn’t Pull Any Punches about the Realities of Tourist Hot Spot – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into this sobering look at Honolulu’s tourist hot spot as the closing night film for the Hawai’i International Film Festival.

News

The Short Screenplay Challenge 2020, 1st Round Results – My script, “Small Town Spy,” made Top 15 in my assigned group for the first round of this challenge.

What Did I Miss?: October 2020

Published Works

‘Song Exploder’ Host Hrishikesh Hirway Breaks Down the Making of the New Netflix Series – For The Nerds of Color, I speak with the voice and brains behind an acclaimed podcast, and piece by piece, breaks down how adapting it for a documentary series came to be.

Ruby Ibarra Aspires to Inspire Through Her Roots-Ingrained Raps – For the Center for Asian American Media, I spotlight this highly celebrated rapper and filmmaker about sharing her perspective and stories as a first-generation Filipina American.

Review of Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse – For Goodreads, I give a short but sweet review of this new novel from this mega-talented fantasy writer.

Appearances

The So Weird Podcast: Halloween Edition – I am one of many fans who contribute to this Halloween-themed episode of The So Weird Podcast, by naming characters and moments we find spooky from the daring Disney Channel Original series. (Full version of the episode can be viewed here.)

Other News

2021 ScreenCraft TV Pilot Script Competition – My screenplay, “Time and Time Again,” is announced as one of the quarterfinalists for this screenplay competition from ScreenCraft.

The Red List – Top Rated Sci-fi Television (Half-hour) Screenplays This Month – My screenplay, “Time and Time Again,” is one of the top 20 of this list on Coverfly.

 

What Did I Miss?: September 2020

Published Works

‘Mulan’ is a Thoughtful but Clunky Iteration of the Chinese Folktale – For The Nerds of Color, after being granted access to a screener of this highly anticipated live-action remake from Disney, I get down to business and give my take on it.

Patrick Clanton on Exploring Disney’s Hidden Gems on Behind the Ears YouTube Channel – For The Nerds of Color, I interview the creator and host of this new Disney-focused YouTube Channel about how it came together during the COVID-19 crisis.

Review of Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger – For Goodreads, I give my two cents on this debut work from a brilliant author on the rise.

Jessica Henwick: The Hapa Franchise Queen on Growing Up Between Two Cultures – For my debut issue as the new writer of Hapa Mag, Lauren Winn and I collaborated on this interview with this extraordinary actress and writer on her journey in the entertainment industry over the past decade.

The Presentation of Multiculturalism in the World of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” – For my debut issue as the new writer of Hapa Mag, I do an in-depth dive into how multiculturalism is presented in this beloved franchise, at a time of its resurgence into popularity.

What Did I Miss?: July 2020

Published Works

Elaine Miles Reflect Back on Auditioning, Filming, and Native Representation for ‘Northern Exposure’ – For The Nerds of Color, I chat with one of the original cast members of this Emmy Award-winning series for a look back of her time on the show, to commemorate its 30th anniversary.

Drama Del Rosario’s Coming Out Story in ‘In This Family’ Looks Back on Growth, His Own and His Parents – For PBS, I provide a glimpse at the making of this personal documentary, which is in the lineup for this year’s PBS Short Film Festival. (A slightly altered cross-post can be found on CAAMedia.org).

25 Years of Encouraging Dream Pursuits in ‘Whisper of the Heart’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dissect this underrated Studio Ghibli film on its impact and its message it has had over the last 25 years.

Review of Haunted Heroine by Sarah Kuhn – For Goodreads, I give my impressions on the latest novel from the beloved “Heroine Complex” series.

From ‘Rise’ to ‘Shadows,’ F.C. Yee on Deepening the Story of Avatar Kyoshi – For The Nerds of Color, I interview this New York Times Bestselling author once more, ahead of the release of this latest installment of the ever-expanding Avatar universe.

Review of The Shadow of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee – For Goodreads, I dive into my thoughts on this latest story from the “Avatar” universe.

Lauren Mary Kim on Developing and Performing Stunts for Two ‘Star Wars’ Productions – For The Nerds of Color, I speak with this seasoned stunt actor about working on not one but two TV shows set in a galaxy far, far away.

Review of The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida by Clarissa Goenawan – For Goodreads, I dive into my impressions on this in-depth sophomore novel.

What Did I Miss?: June 2020

Published Works

The Ongoing Legacy of Anna May Wong: Hollywood’s First Asian American Star – For the Center for Asian American Media, I dive into the recent interest in the legacy of this early Hollywood ground breaker, as well as works done about her in the past.

Appearances

Share Your Hapa Story: Lauren Lola – 6 Degrees of Hapa re-shares a feature done about me and my experience as a mixed race Asian American. (The original Instagram post from 2017 can be seen here.)

What Did I Miss?: April 2020

Appearances

A Tigertail Commentary Panel – I am one of four women featured in this panel, discussing Alan Yang’s film directorial debut, “Tigertail.”

Calls from the Frontlines | Long Distance Radio – I make another audio appearance on this podcast, as I call in to share how I’m doing during the shelter-in-place order during the COVID-19 pandemic ( you can hear me starting at 45:24).

Published Works

The Producers of “Asian Americans” Look Back on the Making of the Documentary Series – For PBS, I interview several of the producers about the making of this five-part documentary series.

“Asian Americans” Producers Hope for Enlightening Experience During COVID-19 Crisis – For PBS, I interview several of the producers of this five-part documentary series about releasing it during this pivotal time in history.

Review of “The Boba Book: Bubble Tea and Beyond” by Andrew Chau, Bin Chen, and Richard Parks III – For Goodreads, I provide my thoughts about this book that, in the best possible ways, is part cook book, part cultural analysis, part success story, and part  memoir.

The Lessons Learned and To Be Learned from Darren Criss in ‘Hollywood’ – For The Nerds of Color, I do a dive into Darren Criss’s role in this latest Ryan Murphy creation, how he has come to understand his privilege as a white-passing, mixed race Filipino American, and why I hope the Asian American community at large will learn a thing or two from his character’s arc.

What Did I Miss?: March 2020

Appearances

International Women’s Day: Personal Stories from Asian Womxn – I am one of many women featured in this special feature curated by Cold Tea Collective, in honor of International Women’s Day 2020.

Published Works

Raymond Bagatsing on Becoming Manuel Quezon in ‘Quezon’s Game’ – For The Nerds of Color, I interview the lead actor of this biopic about how he landed the role of the late second president of the Philippines and how he brought him to life for the big screen.

Review of Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn – For Goodreads, I provide my thoughts about this moving debut novel.

The Kiss(es) That Should Have Happened in ‘Romeo Must Die’ – For The Nerds of Color, I give a different take on this continuous argument about the film, as it reaches its 20th anniversary.

Review of Chris-in-the-morning: Love, Life and the Whole Karmic Enchilada by Louis Chunovic – For Goodreads, I give a little overview of my impressions about this book of insight and philosophy of a thoughtful character from a quirky 90’s TV series.