Thoughts About Young Adult Fiction REVISITED

Young adult (YA) fiction: This is a subject I’ve been wanting to revisit for quite some time. After spending part of this past week reading a favorite, Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl, I felt that now is just as good of a time to finally write about this topic again, after previously writing about it over five years ago. After all, thoughts and opinions about certain subject matter can change overtime, the more you learn and grow. In the case of YA fiction, my thoughts and feelings towards it have definitely morphed. Continue reading “Thoughts About Young Adult Fiction REVISITED”

Background Actor’s Commentary: “Freshman Year”

I am a big fan of storytelling, and within the last five years, I’ve gotten to experience it in many forms – mostly in writing. However, last year I took a big step in seeing how far my bandwidth can go when I got involved in the making of two feature films. For one of them, I was a background actor, otherwise commonly known as an extra, for an independent film called “Freshman Year.”

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What Did I Miss?: August 2019

Published Works

The Timing and Timeliness of ‘Hamilton’ – For The Nerds of Color, I dive into my experience of finally getting to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical. (This is an altered cross-post of my post that was originally published here.)

Review of The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang – For Goodreads, I manage to write and present a quick overview of my thoughts on the second novel of this page-turning fantasy trilogy.

From “Greetings from Bury Park” to “Blinded by the Light”: The Making of a British Pakistani’s Cinematic Personal Story – For the Center for Asian American Media, I go in-depth on the making of this feel-good, motivating film, by way of conversation with the writer-director and writer.

The Significance of Iko Uwais in ‘Wu Assassins’ – For The Nerds of Color, I point out something special about the lead character of this fantasy-crime-martial arts Netflix series.

Review of Greetings from Bury Park by Sarfraz Manzoor – For Goodreads, I go over my thoughts about the memoir that served as the inspiration for the film, “Blinded by the Light.”

Other News

Chicago theater: ‘The Band’s Visit,’ ‘The Great Leap’ and more previews, openings Aug. 30-Sept. 5 – My Q&A with playwright Lauren Yee was quoted in this listing for her play, “The Great Leap,” in the Chicago Sun-Times. (To read the full interview with her, you can read it here.)

The Timing and Timeliness of “Hamilton”

Rarely do I ever get to write about theatre on here; probably because when I do, it’s when I have something being shown, and the few times when I go to a professional production is often for work-related reasons. I don’t get to go to the theater just to experience it anymore. However, last week, I did, and it was a production that I never thought I’d get to see, until nine months before when the tickets were bought. Last week, I finally got to see Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, “Hamilton.”

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What Did I Miss?: July 2019

Published Works

Review of Unsung Heroine by Sarah Kuhn – For Goodreads, I provide my impressions on this novella companion to this author’s beloved super heroine trilogy.

Director Lulu Wang Explores Telling a Story Based on an Actual Lie in “The Farewell” – For the Center for Asian American Media, I sat down with this thoughtful director on the making of this very moving film.

From Fan to Writer: F.C. Yee on Developing the Story of Avatar Kyoshi – For The Nerds of Color, I got deep and geeky with this author/Avatar fan about the honor (*wink*) of writing the first YA novel in the Avatar universe.

The Circle of Life of “He Lives in You” from ‘The Lion King’ – For The Nerds of Color, I give an overview of the different iterations over the years of this underrated yet powerful song from “The Lion King” repertoire.

Review of The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee – For Goodreads, I explain why fans of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” will relish in this novel about one of the most incredible avatars prior to Aang.

‘Cobra Kai’ Has Got to Step Up Its Representation Game in Season 3 – For The Nerds of Color, I address a flaw this YouTube series has had over the course of its first two seasons, in the midst of a recent reveal about what’s to come in the new season.

Appearances

Lauren (San Francisco Bay Area, California) – I recently shared my experience for Mixed (Me)dia about being a mixed race person, by explaining a little bit about who I am, my thoughts about being mixed race, and advice for those who’re navigating their own mixed race journeys.

Writers’ Spotlight: Summer 2019 – Asienne Magazine gives previews to two separate interviews that were done with two California-based Filipino American writers (I being one of them).

Other News

CAAM Production of Wayne Wang’s “Coming Home Again” to World Premiere at TIFF – A film I briefly worked on last year, “Coming Home Again,” will be having its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

“Kiki’s Delivery Service”: 30 Years of Soaring Spirit

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 dove into Disney’s iteration of “Tarzan.” Today, in honor of its 30th anniversary, I look to another film from Hayao Miyazaki; one that bares a lot of fond memories for me. Today, I’m talking about the Studio Ghibli film, “Kiki’s Delivery Service.”

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Storytelling and the Moon

Earlier this week, I went to the Exploratorium; a San Francisco-based museum where visitors get different perspectives on the world by way of the sciences and the arts. Every week, they open up the Exploratorium for an adults-only event called After Dark, and each one always provides presentations, performances, and such around a different topic. For this week, it was all the science of the different stories that exist regarding the moon. Continue reading “Storytelling and the Moon”

Looking Back on “A Moment’s Worth” Five Years Later (PART 1)

This has been coming for a while, and I can’t believe it has arrived. July 15th will mark five years since the release of my debut novel, A Moment’s Worth. It has been half a decade since the release of this very experimental novel about the interconnections among the human race, the fine line between what is real and what could be a dream, and the value of moments in time. Continue reading “Looking Back on “A Moment’s Worth” Five Years Later (PART 1)”