I’m working on a new feature film called Executive Order 13800. It’s a film that asks the question, what if what happened to Japanese Americans seventy-five years ago during World War 2, happened today to Arab and Muslim Americans? I started working on this project with my friend and writing partner Mustafa Rony Zeno about a year ago. But we abandoned the project because it felt too far-fetched at the time. However, the day after […] Continue »
I’m eager to see the new Star Wars spin-off movie, ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, which takes place between the Episode III and Episode IV. It’s no surprise to see trailers for the movie, but it was a pleasant surprise to see actor Ken Jeong in a commercial tie-in with Nissan, where Nissan happens to have an SUV that is named Rogue (which existed before the movie) Looking forward to seeing the actual movie. […] Continue »
Last week I wrote an article about my involvement with the new feature film, The Big Bachi, and why I thought it was important and worthwhile project. I thought it’d be great opportunity to speak to some of the principals behind the production. So I asked Derek Shimoda (the director), Mark Tasaka (the writer), Oliver Ike (the Producer), and Naomi Hirahara (the original writer of the book) four questions. Tell me what drew you to Mas Arai? (Derek) […] Continue »
As a programmer at the Japanese American National Museum, I have been on the front lines of Asian American culture for more than a decade. That’s why when Fresh Off the Boat came out on ABC, we were excited and proud to host some community screenings. It was exciting to see a cast of talented and amazing Asian American actors on network television. But what was more exciting—at least for me—was to see how thrilled […] Continue »
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: The Rice on White Team Talun […] Continue »
With all kinds of grim videos out there from police shootings to cringe inducing videos about “Neenjas” and Xenophobic videos about Chinese buying American farms, this NigaHiga/Jeremy Lin collaboration really made my day. It pulls in some popular Anime characters and even has a quick jab at Pokemon Go! Note that Space Jam 2, the actual sequel to Space Jam, starring LeBron James, is said to be under production, with Justin Lin possibly directing.
Visual Communications is now accepting applications for its prestigious Armed With a Camera Fellowship! In its 15th cycle, the Armed With a Camera (AWC) fellowship has helped over 120 emerging filmmakers to launch careers and give voice to their Asian Pacific American heritage and communities. This program offers six months of training, funding, mentorship, facilities and equipment and an elite world premiere venue – the 2017 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival! The AWC Fellowship will award up to ten fellows a cash stipend […] Continue »
The image of Maui in Disney’s upcoming movie “Moana” has triggered some anger. Some say the body of Maui, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, is obese, an insulting stereotype of Polynesian men. This picture, from Samoan Rugby player Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, is one expression of this anger. Sapolu adds, in another picture, “Maui looking like after he fished up the Islands, he deep fried em and and ate em”. Other people, such as New Zealander […] Continue »
Despite getting flack from fans of the original movie, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson reportedly still intends to remake the cult classic “Big Trouble in Little China.” I really love that movie (no matter how politically incorrect), but I still can’t see the point of remaking it, or how Johnson could play the inept everyman role of Jack Burton played by Kurt Russell. When asked about the remake, Kurt Russell also wondered why the remake and […] Continue »
When I was looking through the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival guide online, I came across a screening for the film that I had heard about, The Man Who Knew Infinity, described here: “For writer-director Matthew Brown, it has been a long, twisting road bringing “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” a drama based on the short life of mathematician Srinavasa Ramanujan and his friendship with a Cambridge professor, to the screen. In 2004, he […] Continue »
May is officially Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In celebration of the month, PBS will be premiering five Asian American documentaries during the month of May, presented by the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). The documentaries are: Changing Season: On the Matsumoto Family Farm Giap’s Last Day at the Ironing Board Factory Chinese Couplets The Last Season Operation Popcorn The films are supported or co-produced by CAAM, with funding from the Corporation […] Continue »
Pali Road (2016) With Michelle Chen, Sun Kang, Jackson Rathbone, and Henry Ian Cusick. Directed by Jonathan Lim. Written by Doc Pedrolie and Victoria Arch. Lily is a young physician doing her residency at a hospital on Oahu. Her boyfriend Neil is a very nice teacher who wants to marry her; her ex-boyfriend Mitch is a slimy doctor she works for, who also seems to want to marry her. When Lily wakes up in the […] Continue »
Carly: Lol filthy Asian, those "white supremacists" speaking "positive" things of mongoloids actually were mongoloids posing as whites. No White respects a so inferior race like... – What Do White Supremacists Think of Asians?