It’s not one of my typical weekly posts, but I honestly find it hard to write about anything else right now aside from what’s happening and is continuing to happen in the Black community. If you’ve been reading this blog long enough, you already know what I’m feeling and how badly I want things to change. I’m doing my part, and I hope you will too. Here are a few places to start: Continue reading “Black Lives Matter: Resources and Support”
Director Alice Wu and Actor Leah Lewis on the Whole Story of Making “The Half of It” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I give a glimpse at the making of Alice Wu’s first film since “Saving Face” and how the lead actor landed and approached the project. Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: May 2020”
It’s been over two years since I last addressed this topic, and yet it feels like there has been enough change in the times for me to talk about it once more.
The last time I wrote about my constantly growing collection of journals, it was through the lens of writing about the day-to-day during a crazy political climate. While that much is still very much true now, obviously the circumstances have altered quite a bit. Over 18 years after I started actively keeping a journal, I now find myself writing through a global pandemic. Continue reading “About the Journals Pt. III”
This is something I cannot stay silent about.
By now, you’re probably aware of this, but for those who aren’t, earlier this week, we learned that a 25-year-old man named Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down while out for a jog in Brunswick, Georgia by a father and son duo. Continue reading “When Words Matter: For Ahmaud Arbery”
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).
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.
It has now been a week since I experienced my first film festival screening as a screenwriter. It was part of the fourth volume of unKonference; an event organized by San Francisco artist Kristian Kabuay. It’s a participant driven event that avoids a lot of what comes with a conference like entrance fees and academic institutions. It’s all a way to make space for discussions, particularly within the Filipino American community. Continue reading “A Look Back at My First Film Festival Screening”
A few months ago, I read the latest novel from the thoughtful sci-fi author Mike Chen, A Beginning at the End. I won’t go into too much detail about it, but if I were to describe it in a very brief synopsis, it follows three adults from different paths of life and how they all find themselves coming together, in the aftermath of – wait for it it – a global pandemic. Continue reading “Thoughts About Fiction in the Time of COVID-19”
In this world right now, there are two viruses being spread, and only one of them is making national headlines. The other virus that I speak of is racism. While I’ve spoken of racism in the past in this corner of the Internet, this is really the ugliest it has gotten towards the Asian American community in quite some time. Continue reading “Racism is a Virus: REQUIRED Analyzing”
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.
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.
Every time I think I’m going to do more interviews in this corner of the Internet, it doesn’t pan out into fruition. I’ve come to accept that that’s okay, for this is really a space for me to speak. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to forfeit interviews completely, and I definitely have quite a conversation to share today. In the midst of COVID-19 altering life as we know it and finding ways to pass the time until these shelter-in-place orders are lifted, I figured that now is the best time to reach out and speak with an author whose books I grew up reading: Jerry Spinelli. Continue reading “In Conversation with Jerry Spinelli about the Journey of “Stargirl””