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.

What Did I Miss?: November 2019

Published Works

Doug Jung’s Screenwriting Debut Will Be Available on Disney+ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into an early work from this “Star Trek” screenwriter, ahead of its availability on Disney’s new streaming service.

‘Jojo Rabbit’ Sends a Timely Message via Satire, Fascism, and War – For The Nerds of Color, I provide my non-spoilery thoughts about the latest feature film from director Taika Waititi.

Review of From Rufio to Zuko by Dante Basco – For Goodreads, I give my input on this informative memoir from someone who’s seen and done a lot in the entertainment industry for over three decades.

The Director and Producer of Pixar’s “Float” Discuss Filipino American Representation and Bringing a Personal Story to Life – For the Center for Asian American Media, I go behind-the-scenes of this groundbreaking short film from Pixar Animation Studio by talking to two of the people that made it what it is today.

Review of Cyber Shogun Revolution by Peter Tieryas – For Goodreads, ahead of its 2020 release, I give a rundown on what I make of this latest entry into the United States of Japan series.

Appearances

About Tita | TFAL Podcast – Over two years after its initial release, an audio essay I did for the This Filipino American Life podcast is now available on their YouTube channel.

What Did I Miss?: October 2019

Published Works

Dante Basco Dives into His Career So Far in ‘From Rufio to Zuko’ – For The Nerds of Color, I speak with this recognizable face and voice from both mainstream pop culture and Asian American independent cinema about the making of his upcoming memoir.

Paola Mardo Gets Ready to Dive Deeper into the Filipino Diaspora in the Second Season of “Long Distance” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I chat with this prolific podcast producer once more about what’s to come of the second season of her documentary podcast series.

Review of Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger – For Goodreads, I gush over the brilliance and depth of this highly inventive, nuanced sophomore fantasy novel.

Author Rebecca Roanhorse Makes Her ‘Star Wars’ Universe Debut with ‘Resistance Reborn’ – For The Nerds of Color, I spoke with this Nebula Award-winning author about writing her upcoming novel set in the galaxy far, far away.

What Did I Miss?: April 2019

Appearances

The Disappointment Episode | Captain Marvel, Battle Angel Alita, Happy Death Day – I receive a mention (and, unexpected to me anyway, an apology) from co-host Melissa Slaughter for not taking on “The Karate Kid” for the focus of this month’s episode of the We’re Not All Ninjas podcast. The mention is heard near the end of the episode.

In Tribute to the Notre Dame Cathedral – The Instagram account for the People to People Travel Program quoted my travel journal excerpt from when I visited the Notre Dame Cathedral, in tribute it being partially burnt down earlier this month. To see my tribute where the excerpt is first seen, check it out here.

Published Works

Amy Tan Reflects on the Book and Film Anniversaries for “The Joy Luck Club” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I had the absolute honor and pleasure to speak with the New York Times Bestselling author on the two anniversaries of the releases of her debut novel and its film adaptation.

Review of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan– For Goodreads, I give my thoughts on reading this poignantly powerful novel for the first time in a decade.

Review of Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse – For Goodreads, I dive back into the post-apocalyptic Sixth World as I go over my thoughts about the epic follow-up to Trail of Lightning.

An Audio Feature on A Literary Icon: Recommended Listening

I am away this weekend in attendance of a conference – a conference that I will recap on when I’m back next week. For the time being though, now seems like just as good of an opportunity to do this month’s Recommended Analyzing piece. We bounce back into the world of podcasting as I shine a spotlight on the most recent episode of the Asian Americana Podcast. Continue reading “An Audio Feature on A Literary Icon: Recommended Listening”

What Did I Miss?: October 2018

Hey everyone!

I hope you’ve all been doing well since I announced my hiatus. While you’re receiving this message now, I’m actually writing it out a few weeks in advance, and I can imagine that I’m really benefiting from this time away from the blog.

In any case, as mentioned in my hiatus announcement, starting this month and going forward, I’m having these “What Did I Miss?” posts appear on a monthly basis rather than a weekly basis. While I think I was wise in starting these series of posts last year, I’m not sure if a weekly basis is really the best schedule for it, for there are times where the list is very short – like, one item short. So I think releasing them all in one post covering an entire month will be a lot more sufficient going forward, and I hope you think so too.

In which case, here is what you missed for the month of October: Continue reading “What Did I Miss?: October 2018”

What Did I Miss? (September 2nd-8th)

Appearances

Multiracial Family Man: Multiracial community gratitude and appreciation, Ep. 184 – Host Alex Barnett gives me a shout out for my contributions to his website, Multiracial Media, in this special episode of the Multiracial Family Man podcast. The shout out can be heard starting around 10:00.

Published Works

Judith Hill Shares Her Mom’s Immigration Story – For YOMYOMF, I share a video the singer-songwriter released about her mom’s journey to America from Japan, and who motivated her to pursue her music aspirations.

Kina Grannis’s Voice Soars in SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE Performance – For YOMYOMF, I share the beautiful dance to this highly praised song featured in the film, “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Review of Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lightning – For Goodreads, by ways of not giving away too much, I express my thoughts about this highly anticipated debut novel from this Hugo Award-winning author.

 

What Did I Miss? (Dec. 10th-16th)

Published Works

Kristian Kabuay’s Kickstarter Campaign for Surat Magazine is Live– For YOMYOMF, I spotlight Kristian Kabuay’s Kickstarter campaign for a different kind of magazine.

#TBT: Kelly Marie Tran as “Full Asian” Representative– On the eve of the release of “The Last Jedi,” for YOMYOMF, I throwback to an early sketch of “Star Wars” newcomer Kelly Marie Tran.

Appearances

Books & Boba Episode #33 FilBookFest– In this special episode of the Books & Boba podcast, I provide a series of interviews recorded at the Fourth Filipino American International Book Festival.

YOMYOMF Blockbuster Showdown: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI– The Offenders and I discuss our thoughts on the latest “Star Wars” film. SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t see it yet.

Bruce Lee the Misfit: Recommended Listening

In the midst of  “Stories High” coming to an end, along with a number of time-consuming moments throughout the past week, figuring out a topic for this week’s post proved to be a challenge. In turn, it wound up being a blessing in disguise, for it gives me an excuse to provide another Recommended Analyzing piece.

In a past blog post, I had recommended listening to an episode from the Bruce Lee Podcast; a podcast co-hosted by Shannon Lee (Bruce’s daughter) and Sharon Lee (no relation) on his life and philosophy. Well today, I would like to recommend listening to another episode from the podcast; the episode being the one released this week: Episode #64 A Population of Misfits. Continue reading “Bruce Lee the Misfit: Recommended Listening”