What Did I Miss? (March 11th-17th)

Published Works

In the Haziness of Identities: My Experience with the Hapa Project – For Multiracial Media, I discussed my participation in Kip Fulbeck’s upcoming hapa.me exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum, along with what that has meant to me on a personal level.

A Retrospect of KANGA RODDY: Introduction – For YOMYOMF, I kick off my retrospect series of pieces exploring this short lived PBS show, in honor of its upcoming 20th anniversary.

A Family, A Rebellion, and a Deepening Universe: About “Star Wars Rebels”

A few years ago,I started making the effort to 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 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 took another look at the “Star Wars” franchise and how my love for it has deepened over the course of the past few years. Today, in honor the series finale earlier this week, I shall discuss my thoughts from, what has come to be, one of my all-time favorite stories from this same universe. Today, I discuss “Star Wars Rebels.”
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What Did I Miss? (Feb. 25th-March 3rd)

Published Works

Asian American Broadway Actors Join the Cast of NBC’s JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR LIVE!– For YOMYOMF, I briefly highlight the two Asian American Broadway actors who’ve recently announced as cast members of NBC’s upcoming East Sunday live broadcast of “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

Bindlestiff Studio Presents THE GEEK SHOW 2: BINDLECON– For YOMYOMF, I present the official press release for the theatre production I’m currently serving as a writer and marketing coordinator for.

The First Time(s) I Saw Me

Another hashtag has emerged over the past week where its relevancy rings true with the topics I address on this blog, and so therefore, I want to dwell into it. The hashtag is #TheFirstTimeISawMe. Diversity and representation of different lives – by way of race, sexuality, specific characteristics, etc. – matter, and Netflix started up this thread to celebrate inclusive media and diverse programming. If you look through the hashtag on Twitter, you’ll see people recall instances of the first times they saw someone like them onscreen, as well as people who are still waiting for that moment to happen.

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Playwright’s Commentary: “She’s Strong With the Force” and “Fractals”

If you’ve been keeping up, then you probably know by now that the show that I’ve served as a writer and producer for, “The Geek Show,” is currently playing at San Francisco’s Bindlestiff Studio. This duality of both a love letter and critique about the geek culture has been a labor of love for everyone who has been involved, and so to finally be putting it on for audiences is quite a thrilling feeling indeed.

It’s been a minute since I’ve been involved with a play at all, and it’s been 12 years since I last wrote something for the stage. “The Geek Show” gave me the opportunity to test out my stage writing for the first time in that long, and it made for quite the experience. It also helped that I would be drawing on interests of my own as a geek, and fuse it in a way to make something special. Continue reading “Playwright’s Commentary: “She’s Strong With the Force” and “Fractals””

Keeping Up With Content While Creating Content

This blog post topic inspiration spurred from a podcast episode I listened to about two months ago, where the guest for that week was Wong Fu co-founder, Phil Wang. He talked a lot about how it can be a struggle with keeping up with content as it comes out, when you yourself are a content creator. Just to paint a picture as to what I mean by that, the week he was on that podcast, his webseries “Single By 30” just came out, and yet the most recent content he had consumed at the time was “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

After listening to that episode, it got me thinking a lot as to how it applies to my own life as a content creator myself. I began thinking about what I do to be as informed with what’s hot right now, while maintaining my own voice for the stories I put out there. It turned out to be a quick analysis on my end, for how I consume content is, perhaps, quite freeing, when compared to my other fellow millennials. Continue reading “Keeping Up With Content While Creating Content”

3 Fictional Characters I Can Describe Myself In

There is a hashtag that has emerged over the past week that I realized, this is relevant enough for me to write a little something about. The hashtag I’m referring to is #DescribeYourselfin3FictionalCharacters. What you would do is you would post three pictures of three different fictional characters that you can relate to as far as personality goes.

Normally when it comes to trending hashtags, I may acknowledge them for a minute and be on my way. But this one is quite interesting as in explores the power of relating to fictional characters. Creators, for the most part, work really hard to make a fictional character their own being with a personality accompanied by unique quirks; and more often than not, when successful, there are fans who can relate to the characters. If anything, this hashtag signifies what characters have been effective in being developed enough to where fans can relate to them.

I posted a picture on Thursday on Instagram of three characters I relate to. Today, I want to go over each one and explain who they are and why I chose them.

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5 Unfrequented Strong Female Characters in TV and Film in the 21st Century

There’s a lot of talk these days about better representation and diversity in various storytelling mediums, and that has even included better representation of female characters. They’re not just eye candy or the love interest, and there should not be as much emphasis as there is on what they wear, what they look like, what they’re interests are and what not.

Obviously, this conversation transcends beyond the storytelling world, for it’s characters like these that set up the idea in people’s heads on what a female is like and how to treat them. The weaker a female character is developed, the likelihood that idea is going to transcend onto someone’s mind. That’s why it’s cool to see efforts made now than ever before on more female-driven stories; from female characters as the lead in action films, to a female director guiding the way, and in the case of the literary world, female authors writing awesome female characters.

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Return of the Heroes in “Heroes Reborn”

Throughout the year, I’ve been making the effort to explore the methods of storytelling beyond the text found in books. Naturally, television and movies are other- and more often than not, more popular- avenues of doing so, which is why I take the time to explore each story of either medium, and always at a significant time in its history (i.e. series premiere, series finale, film release, anniversary of a release, etc.). Previously, I shared my thoughts about Disney movies and about four of them that I saw over the course of four weeks as part of the Disney Screen program. Today, I return to the television front as I zoom on a mini-series that premiered back on Thursday evening: “Heroes Reborn.” Continue reading “Return of the Heroes in “Heroes Reborn””