What Did I Miss?: November 2022

Published Works

Review of Waxing On: The Karate Kid and Me by Ralph Macchio – For Goodreads, I briefly give my take on this memoir about the “kid” who played “the Karate Kid.”

NOC Review: When Grogu Met the Soot Sprites – For The Nerds of Color, I do a little write-up on a collaboration between two studios many have been wanting to see together.

Tig Fong on Navigating the World of Stunts and Directing – For Mixed Asian Media, I speak to this “What We Do In the Shadows” director about how they got into directing, as well as navigating the stunt world as a queer, mixed Asian person.

Highlights from the 42nd Hawai’i International Film Festival’s Virtual Program – For The Nerds of Color, by the power I had in whatever I was able to access from the mainland, I give quick glimpse at standout, feature-length films from this film festival’s virtual programming.

Mentions

This Filipino American Life Episode 179 – TFAL Gives Thanks – One of the co-hosts reads aloud an email I had sent, in response to the previous episode of the podcast. It can be heard near the beginning of the episode.

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What Did I Miss?: October 2022

Published Works

Review of Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala – For Goodreads, I dive into my impressions on the latest installment from Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery series.

New Documentary ‘Rising Against Asian Hate’ Captures An Unprecedented Moment – For the Center for Asian American Media, I spoke with the filmmakers of this very important, upcoming documentary.

Background and Filler Stories Unfold in ‘Tales of the Jedi’ – For The Nerds of Color, I discuss my thoughts about this new anthology series set within the “Star Wars” universe.

Appearances

ShoPowSho 104: ‘Dasig’ Creators Kristian Kabuay and Lauren Lola! – My collaborator and I chat with host Patrick Michael Strange a.k.a. Kuya P on the making of our graphic novel-in-progress.

What Did I Miss?: September 2022

Published Works

Review of Holiday Heroine by Sarah Kuhn – For Goodreads, I give a brief take on the final installment of this Asian American superheroine series.

Review of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford – For Goodreads, I provide a short glimpse at my thoughts on the latest novel from this New York Times Bestselling author.

Twenty Years After “Whale Rider,” There’s Still Much to Love – In a cross post for JoySauce and Mixed Asian Media, I acknowledge the 20th anniversary of this highly celebrated New Zealand film and dive into why it means so much to me. (The version on Mixed Asian Media, titled “Finding Representation and Meaning in Whale Rider,” can be read here.)

The Quality of Asian Representation in ‘Cobra Kai’ Season 5 – For The Nerds of Color, I analyze in depth how well the Asian characters were written in the latest season of the Netflix series.

What Did I Miss?: August 2022

Published Works

New Looks and Release Date for ‘Andor’ – For The Nerds of Color, I share the new glimpses and news of the postponed release date for the upcoming “Star Wars” live-action series.

Samantha Futerman’s ‘From Here’ Explores Anti-Asian Hate From Korean Adoptee’s Lens – For The Nerds of Color, I spotlight this thoughtful and important short film from this Korean American actor and filmmaker.

Review of The Dawn of Yangchen by F.C. Yee – For Goodreads, I give a brief rundown on my thoughts about the latest novel set in the world of “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”

Dino-Ray Ramos Looks at Favorite Shows Through Fresh Eyes in New ‘Problematic Fave’ Podcast – For the Center for Asian American Media, I speak with the host of this new podcast about how it came to be, the discussion held in each episode, and long-term goals for it.

Livestreams

“Dasig” IG Live with Kristian Kabuay – Due to technical difficulties from last month, Kristian and I redo our conversation about our graphic novel-in-progress, this time for Instagram.

“Dasig” IG Live with Mixed Asian Media – I talk about the making of “Dasig” and the significance it holds for me with my friend and MAM chief editor, Alex Chester.

What Did I Miss?: July 2022

Crowfunding Campaigns

Dasig – Philippine Martial Arts Graphic Novel – The graphic novel I’m writing is seeking funding. Please consider being a backer for its Kickstarter campaign.

Published Works

From Kyoshi to Yangchen, F.C. Yee on Chronicling Stories of the Avatars – For the third time for The Nerds of Color, I speak with this New York Times Bestselling author about continuing to tell stories set within this beloved universe.

Livestreams

“Dasig” Discussion – Kristian Kabuay and I discuss the process of writing “Dasig,” my process, my inspirations, etc.

Video Interviews

Interview with Ken Cheung – In a press line interview conducted on behalf of the Center for Asian American Media, I speak with writer Ken Cheung about setting the upcoming comedy movie, “Easter Sunday,” in his hometown.

Interview with Joy Koy – In a press line interview conducted on behalf of the Center for Asian American Media, I speak with actor/comedian Jo Koy about starring in the upcoming, Filipino American-centered comedy, “Easter Sunday.”

What Did I Miss?: June 2022

Short Films

Interview with an Aswang (Short Film) – Originally written and produced in 2021, a college student interviews her aswang friend about what her life is like for a class assignment.

Published Works

Filmmaker Soma Helmi on Bringing AAPI Leads and Indonesian Mythologies to “The Angkasa Legacy” – For Mixed Asian Media, I spoke with this writer and director about the making of this sci-fi romance and the importance of Indonesian representation.

Notable Little Moments and Details from ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into the “fractals” that caught my attention in this “Star Wars” limited series.

An Additional Notable Little Detail from ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ – For The Nerds of Color, I explore an additional “fractal” I had accidentally left off of my list exploring them from the latest “Star Wars” live-action series.

What Did I Miss?: May 2022

Published Works

More AAPI Supernatural Recommendations for Fans of Disney’s ‘So Weird’ – For The Nerds of Color, I bring a second iteration of supernatural (and some sci-fi) content, creating by and about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, for those who grew up on the ’90s Disney Channel original series.

The Pinays on the Rise Artists Delve into Their Origin Stories and Music – For the Center for Asian American Media, I get to know the three up-and-coming artists who make up the roster for this CAAMFest 40 music showcase.

The Cast and Crew of ‘The Bad Batch’ Reflect on Season 1 and Tease Season 2 – For The Nerds of Color, I bring coverage of what was talked about and revealed at the panel for the latest “Star Wars” animated series at Star Wars Celebration.

A Look Back at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, From a Certain Point of View – For The Nerds of Color, I reflect on my first experience attending this highly anticipated yet long delayed fan convention.

Appearances

Mifits Ep. 10 | Being Filipino and Proud, Contemplating the Complexities of Asian Identities, and Writing Science Fiction with Lauren Lola – Host Annie Prafcke and I chat about my experience growing up as a multiracial Filipino American in the San Francisco Bay Area, coming to terms with my Filipino identity, my life as a writer, and “The Matrix.”

Videography Work

The Stars Come Out for ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ on the Star Wars Celebration Red Carpet – These are press line interviews conducted following the Lucasfilm Showcase at Star Wars Celebration for The Nerds of Color. Interviews conducted by Laura Sirikul, filmed by me, and edited by Keith Chow.

On the Red Carpet with the Stars of Mando+: ‘Ahsoka,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ and ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ – Here is another crop of press line interviews done for The Nerds of Color at Star Wars Celebration, this time for the Mandalorian+ panel. Interviews conducted by Laura Sirikul, filmed by me, and edited by Keith Chow.

What Did I Miss?: April 2022

Published Works

Review of The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel – For Goodreads, I briefly discuss my general thoughts on this historical romance novel.

‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ Explores the Multiverse with Chaotic, Emotional Range – For The Nerds of Color, I go in-depth on my initial impression of the Daniels’ sci-fi black comedy with heart.

Alexandria Herring’s Adventures in Producing – For Mixed Asian Media, I speak with the associate producer for the Try Guys about her experience working in the entertainment industry.

What Did I Miss?: March 2022

Published Works

Depths of Unexpected Emotions Unravel in Kogonada’s ‘After Yang’– For The Nerds of Color, I break down my observations and thoughts about this director’s second feature film.

“Turning Red” Animators on Anime Influences and Working with Domee Shi – For the Center for Asian American Media, I spoke with two Pixar animators on what it was like to work on the studio’s 25th feature film.

Review of Hollywood Heroine by Sarah Kuhn – For Goodreads, I go over my general thoughts about the fifth entry into the Heroine Complex series.

Plays

Rainy Day Artistic Collective 2022 | Not in Kansas by Lauren Lola – Following the performances of the Halfway Historical Festival, the director of this very personal play gave it a home on her YouTube channel for audiences to continue to discover and, hopefully, learn from. Inspired by true events, two PhD students from the Philippines are on a road trip to New Orleans, when they experience the opposite of Southern hospitality at a rest stop in Mississippi.

Comics

My Journey with Journals – In collaboration with This Asian American Life, I look back on 20 years of journaling and how much it has shaped my life. (The companion personal essay can be read on the TAAL website.)

What Did I Miss?: February 2022

Published Works

Review of Light Years From Home by Mike Chen – For Goodreads, I briefly fan out over – what is now – my favorite novel, by the author known for writing sci-fi with feels.

Review of Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala – For Goodreads, I provide my thoughts on the second book of this Filipino American cozy mystery series.

Why Boba Fett’s Character Development Matters – For The Nerds of Color, I defend the direction that was taken with this iconic “Star Wars” character in the latest, live-action series.

The Authors of “Rise” on Documenting Three Decades of Asian American Pop History – For the Center for Asian American Media, I speak with the three authors of this upcoming, comprehensive book exploring Asian America from the 90’s to the 2010’s.

Review of A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger – For Goodreads, I give a brief rundown on my impression of the sophomore novel of this visionary Lipan Apache writer.