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.

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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”

Special Monday Post: “About Tita” (An Audio Story)

Hey everyone!

I’m really excited to share with you all this special audio story I got to write, record, and produce for one of the podcasts that I follow, This Filipino American Life. As part of a new series of guest-produced audio stories they’re doing, I’m thrilled to share with you all “About Tita;” a reflection on my Great Aunt Justita’s life and how it intertwines with my own. Continue reading “Special Monday Post: “About Tita” (An Audio Story)”

Bruce Lee and Poetry: Recommended Listening

It’s been a while since I’ve had a blog post fall on a holiday, and never before has it fallen on the day of two holidays might I add. For those who celebrate Christmas: Merry Christmas Eve! For those who celebrate Hanukkah: Happy Hanukkah! For those don’t celebrate either: I hope you are having a good day anyway. For those who are hurting this holiday season: I feel for you.

As seen from this past week, this stink of a year that is 2016 refuses to let up, even during the holiday season. The electoral college has basically set up our country for failure these next four years by finalizing Trump as our next president (stupid heads!), the man himself is already posing as a national and international threat by speaking about how the U.S. should expand its nuclear ability, and “Star Wars” fans everywhere received a scare when Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack yesterday. Continue reading “Bruce Lee and Poetry: Recommended Listening”

Special Sunday Post: My First Time on a Podcast!

Hey everyone! So it’s normally not usual for me to announce when I’ve been interviewed for anything, but I’m making an exception in this case. Not only is the first interview in promotion of An Absolute Mind now online, but it also marks my first time on a podcast.

I’ve had the honor of being a guest on Alex Barnett’s Multiracial Family Man podcast. We talked a lot about my mixed race background, what it was like for me growing up, what it means to be mixed race in today’s time, and also how I incorporate the mixed race narrative into my two novels.

Many thanks to Alex for having me on the podcast! If you want to listen to it, check it out here.

Thanks for reading this special Sunday post, and I’ll be back on Saturday with my regularly scheduled post.

-Lauren