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?: 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?: 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.

In Conversation with Jerry Spinelli about the Journey of “Stargirl”

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””

What Did I Miss?: February 2020

Published Works

Review of A Beginning of the End by Mike Chen – For Goodreads, I provide my take on the sophomore novel of one of the most thoughtful science fiction authors of the present day.

CAAMFest Alum Cathy Yan on the Fantabulous Experience of Directing “Birds of Prey” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I interview this director-to-watch on the making of the latest entry into the DC Extended Universe.

Christina Hodson on Writing the Diverse, Girl Gang Story of “Birds of Prey” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I converse with the woman behind the writing of the story for this latest entry into the DC Extended Universe.

The Missing Episodes of Disney’s ‘Andi Mack’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into this oversight on Disney+ in the three months since its launch, and how a recent push for change can inspire a potential, similar outcome.

Review of For Your Consideration: Keanu Reeves by Larissa Zageris and Kitty Curran – For Goodreads, I give a glimpse of my impressions on this surprisingly humorous series of essays about the most un-Hollywood of Hollywood stars.

Films

Breath of Writing (VIVID: Lauren Lola) – In my screenwriting debut and in collaboration with Asiatic Productions, the film explores the struggles I endure on a daily basis as a writer and why I choose to keep going anyway.

What Did I Miss?: December 2019

Appearances

Long Distance Calls Vol. 1 | Long Distance Radio – I was one of many listeners whose voice messages appear in this first volume of Long Distance calls about our experiences in the Filipino diaspora (mine starts around 19:00).

Published Works

Review of Barangay to Broadway: Filipino American Theater History by Walter Ang – For Goodreads, I give a brief overview on my thoughts on this heavily detailed account about a part of theater history that hasn’t been as thoroughly explored before.

CAAMFest Alumnus Edwin Chang Explores Immigration and Family in Pixar Directorial Debut “Wind” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I speak with the writer and director of the latest release from Pixar’s SparkShorts program.

Review of I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels – For Goodreads, I provide a brief rundown on my thoughts about this insightful account into the making of all nine Skywalker saga films from the one person who has been in all of them.

Some Things are Thicker than Blood: The Core Theme of ‘Star Wars’ – For The Nerds of Color, I provide a counter for one of many arguments being made about the latest “Star Wars” film.

Force Healing and Its (Re-)Emergence in ‘Star Wars’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into a fan theory I have about the first live-action appearances of Force healing in two recent “Star Wars” productions.