7 Years of Lola By the Bay and 2020 Year in Review

A part of me has always found it perplexing that I chose to start up my website at the end of a year. I sometimes wonder, “Why not have waited one more week until you were in the new year before finally starting it?” Well, seven years later, I look back on that decision and I think it worked out, actually. I get to both acknowledge the formation of this constantly growing website and look back on the past year in one go… and… well…. needless to say, this is quite a year to look back on. Continue reading “7 Years of Lola By the Bay and 2020 Year in Review”

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.

Long Live the King: Recommended Reading… and Remembering

I knew that I wanted to write something regarding the untimely loss about Chadwick Boseman, but the struggle came in the form of figuring out what to contribute that hasn’t already been said. After a while though, for me, it ultimately came down to the exploration of actors who died well before their time, and are forever commemorated for their storytelling in the more significant roles they played. Continue reading “Long Live the King: Recommended Reading… and Remembering”

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.

“Hamilton” Transcends Time and the Stage

Every now and then, I expand my dialogue about storytelling by going beyond the boundaries of books and out into the mediums of TV and film. I do so by doing these analysis pieces once in a while about a TV show or film that has reached a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I did an analysis on Stargirl; a Disney+ original film based on Jerry Spinelli’s YA novel of the same name. Today, I explore another film that was exclusively released on Disney+, although originally, it wasn’t supposed to be, as I give a glimpse at the recording of the original Broadway cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton.”

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.