9.25.2018

Claudia Kim is playing Nagini in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Yes, the giant snake.



Whaaaaaaaat. The secret is out. South Korean actress Claudia Kim will play Nagini -- yes, the giant snake from Harry Potter -- in the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

In this video featuring the cast of the latest Wizarding World Adventure, Kim reveals that she will be playing Nagini, a circus performer with the unique ability to transform in a snake -- the killer serpent who, as Harry Potter fans know, eventually becomes Voldemort's trusty sidekick and Horcrux.

Up to now, Warner Bros. has been pretty tight-lipped about who Kim would be playing in the movie. It's evident in the clip that she's been sitting on the secret for a while, and it's been stressing her out. Given the thumbs up to reveal her character's name, she lets the, um, snake out of the bag.

"This is a very emotional moment for me. I'm Nagini."

9.23.2018

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Oregon adoptee's DNA test leads to discovery of long-lost sister
Justin Kragt and Renee Alanko were each adopted as children from South Korea by families in the United States. After a 23andMe DNA test, they discovered they were full-biological siblings.

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'Dear America,' Writes A Pulitzer-Winning Journalist — And Undocumented Immigrant
Activist, journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas talks to NPR about his new book Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, a memoir of his time in the U.S. and the people who assisted him along the way.

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Republicans In Texas Apologize For Hindu-Themed Campaign Ad
The Republican Party in Fort Bend County, Texas apologized after its ad targeting Hindu voters in The India Herald, an area paper, sparked controversy, with many calling it offensive.

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The Love of Korean Cooking I Share With My White Mother
In her illness, Korean food was all Noah Cho's Polish American mom wanted to eat -- it was all she could bear.

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Why I wear my Hanbok
Sandra Oh's mom wore one on the Emmys red carpet. For novelist Crystal Hana Kim, adapting traditional Korean clothing is a way of reclaiming her sartorial roots.

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Jon M. Chu Shot This Short Film Entirely on an iPhone XS Max
To test out the camera on Apple's brand new iPhone, WIRED gave an iPhone XS Max to Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, who shot a short film. The results are truly special.

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Watch: Indie Singer St. Lenox Tries to Pick Up a Guy During Gay Karaoke in His New Music Video
Indie pop artist St. Lenox, aka Andrew Choi, admits that he's great at karaoke but not so much at meeting people. So goes the inspiration for the music video "Hashtag Brooklyn Karaoke Party," a song off his upcoming album, Ten Fables Of Young Ambition And Love.


9.21.2018

Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel's 'The Eternals'

Based on Jack Kirby's cosmic superhero team.



Filmmaker Chloe Zhao, best known for the acclaimed indie features The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me, has been tapped direct Marvel's next potential franchise, The Eternals.

Marvel Studios' 'The Eternals' Finds Its Director With Chloe Zhao

Based on characters created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the superhero team adventure centers on the super-powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more villainous off-shoot know as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.

More here: Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao


Angry Reader of the Week: Anthony Ma

"My main thing is acting. And when I get bored or antsy I make films."



Hey, everybody! It is time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Anthony Ma.

Bowen Yang joins writing staff of 'Saturday Night Live'

Self-described former "mediocre chemistry major" and lip sync master.



NBC's Saturday Night Live has added Bowen Yang to the writing staff of the perennial late night sketch show, along with writers Alan Linic, Alison Gates and Eli Mandel, as well as new featured player Ego Nwodim.

Ego Nwodim Joins ‘Saturday Night Live'

Yang, a New York-based comedian, writer and producer who trained at Upright Citizens Brigade, is a self-described former "mediocre chemistry major" who was named one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch." His TV credits include Broad City and The Outs, and he is co-host of the pop culture podcast Las Culturistas.

But let's be real: we all know Bowen Yang's most valuable contribution to mankind thus far has been the ongoing series of Twitter videos flexing his unbelievalbe lip sync mastery. Bow down.

9.19.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 49: They Call Us Jose Antonio Vargas

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

On this episode, we welcome journalist, activist and author Jose Antonio Vargas, "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America." We talk about his new memoir Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, intersectional identity, and the Good, Bad and WTF of being "American."

9.18.2018

'Avatar: The Last Airbender' live-action series in the works

Original show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will helm the adaptation at Netflix.



This is happening. This is happening. Netflix is working on a live-action series based on the beloved Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, with the show's original creators involved.

Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series Coming to Netflix

Netflix's See What Next Twitter account announced that a "reimagined" live-action Avatar was in the works. The tweet included some pretty sweet concept art from the reboot, featuring Appa the sky bison.

The company also confirmed that Avatar's original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will serve as executive producers and showrunners. And fans cried big soppy wet tears of jubilation.

Darren Criss wins Emmy for 'American Crime Story'

'Assassination of Gianni Versace' star wins Best Actor in a Limited Series.



Darren Criss made history at 70th Emmy Awards, winning Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

By our calculations, Criss is the first Asian American actor to win in this category, only the second actor of Asian descent to win in any acting cateogry, and the first Filipino American actor to win an Emmy. Ever.

Criss received wide acclaim for his haunting star turn as real-life killer Andrew Cunanan (who was Filipino American, like Criss). Season two of the FX true crime anthology series chronicled Cunanan's notorious 1997 murder spree, in which he killed four men before shooting famed fashion designer Gianni Versace in Miami.

"Oh, my God, you guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far," Criss exclaimed as he took the stage to accept the award.

9.17.2018

KORE is back as a brand new print magazine

Former KoreAm Journal reboots as the only print publication covering Asian Americans in entertainment/culture.



KORE is back. The magazine formerly known as KoreAm Journal, recently rebranded as KORE Asian Media, has been rebooted as a full-fledged print magazine. They'll be publishing ten times a year as the only print publication covering Asian Americans in entertainment and culture.

Kicking off the reboot, the inaugural September 2018 issue features the likes of John Cho, Ronny Chieng, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Sujata Day and the artist Gajin Fujita. Contributing writers include Euny Hong, Oliver Wang and Susan Cheng. Contributing photographers were Joyce Kim and Melly Lee.

9.16.2018

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Rep. Chu: Kavanaugh's Refusal To Condemn Chinese Exclusion Act Decision 'Alarming'
Senator Kamala Harris asked Brett Kavanaugh whether the 1889 case that upheld the racist Chinese Exclusion Act was correctly decided. For some reason, the Supreme Court nominee couldn't answer the question.

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Patsy Takemoto Mink’s Trailblazing Testimony Against a Supreme Court Nominee
The first woman of color in Congress opposed G. Harrold Carswell's nomination in 1970 and helped clear a path for Harry Blackmun, who wrote the Roe v. Wade opinion. It seems particularly relevant now.

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'People Saw Only A Turban And A Beard': Reflecting On A Post-Sept. 11 Death
Balbir Singh Sodhi was a Sikh American man who owned a gas station. In one of the first hate crime murders following 9/11, Balbir was shot and killed. His brothers reflect on Balbir's life and the impact of his murder.

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New generation of Asian-American women are fighting to normalize mental health treatment
Good Morning America highlights Kristina Wong, Tess Paras and Emily Wu Truong -- three Asian American women who are on a quest to normalize discussions about mental health and getting treatment.

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How I fought fear and found faith on a motorcycle trip across America
As Arvin Temkar rode his motorcycle on a cross-country solo trip, he was afraid. But as he encountered the kindness of strangers throughout his travels, he thought about how a culture of fear can lead to hate.

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14 Powerful Portraits Showing the Diversity of Asian-American Feminism
Being Asian American isn't just about Crazy Rich Asians and Harvard lawsuits. Here are 14 New York City Asian American feminists who are reclaiming the narrative surrounding Asian American activism.

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Carrying the Fire in the Windy City
A personal history of race and the outdoors, from Chicago's Red Summer to Japanese American incarceration.

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Subverting the Chinese Immigrant Story
Author Vanesesa Hua on the many different kinds of Chinese immigrant stories.

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Aneesh Chaganty on Searching, Pitching John Cho, and Casting an Asian-American Family
Aneesh Chaganty, the director of Searching, talks about the joy of his feature film debut, (spoiler-y) clues about the movie's final twist, and experiencing pushback when he wanted to cast an Asian American family.

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Alan Yang Is Keeping It Weird with His New Amazon Series Forever
The Master of NoneM vet talks his new dramedy, where Saturday Night Live alumni Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play a married couple -- and "there's some crazy shit that happens."

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Broadway-bound 'Be More Chill' is a viral - and diverse - hit
Be More Chill, a musical about a teenage boy who takes a pill to make him cool, had a short run in New Jersey, but quickly became viral on platforms like Tumblr. So viral that it's now going to Broadway.

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How Nancy Kwan Went From Ballet to the Big Screen
Legendary actress Nancy Kwan explains how she just happened to be in "the right place at the right time" to help make Hollywood history in the 1961 movie musical Flower Drum Song.

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Beyond ‘Crazy Rich Asians': Angie Wang Makes a Movie
Angie Wang's film, MDMA, reflects the debut filmmaker's own past as a drug synthesizer and dealer in the 80s.

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Q&A: Lyrics Born on the story behind Sorry to Bother You, his 10th LP
Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born talks about his long pioneering journey as an Asian American hip hop, his recent forays into acting, and the release of his tenth album Quite a Life.


9.14.2018

Representation Matters: A Discussion with Simu Liu

Thursday, September 20 at UCLA Geffen Hall



Kim's Convenience fans! Heads up. If you're in Los Angeles, come join us for a conversation with actor, writer and producer Simu Liu, who plays Jung on the hit Canadian sitcom (now available internationally on Netflix). He'll be talking about his breakthrough role, the insights he's learned on his unique journey to Hollywood, and the future of Asian Americans in film and television. I'll be serving as moderator for the evening.

It's happening Thursday, September 20 at UCLA Geffen Hall. Here are some more details:

Angry Reader of the Week: Jes Tom

"I make people laugh and sometimes think, when I am very lucky."



Greetings, internet friends. It's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Jes Tom.

Where can AAPI voters have maximum impact in 2018?

AAPI Data identifies key house races where AAPIs can make a difference.



Your vote counts. Every vote counts. But in some of the most competitive races, our community's vote could actually help tip the balance. With midterm elections quickly approaching, AAPI Data took a look at the numbers and identified the areas where Asian American and Pacific Islander voters can have maximum impact in 2018.

9.13.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 48: They Call Us Staycation

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

On this episode, we welcome filmmaker Tanuj Chopra and actress Grace Su to talk about their feature Staycation ahead of the film's world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. They discuss, among other things, the Good, Bad and WTF of being "hella indie."

Fund This: 'I Will Make You Mine'

Lynn Chen makes her directorial debut with the sequel to 'Surrogate Valentine' and 'Daylight Savings.'



Here's a film project that could use your crowdfunded generosity.

I was pretty excited to hear about I Will Make You Mine. Not only is it the final installment of a trilogy -- the sequel to the fan favorite indie features Surrogate Valentine and Daylight Savings -- it marks the directorial debut of my good friend Lynn Chen, who also wrote, produces and stars in the film.

2011's Surrogate Valentine and 2012's Daylight Savings, written and directed by Dave Boyle, followed the life, love and friendships of indie musician Goh Nakamura, who played a version of himself. Six years later, I Will Make You Mine shares the perspective of three women who are romantically linked to Goh, as they maneuver in to their 40s and face major life changes.

"I never set out to become a writer, director, or producer," Lynn says. "But somehow this film, about growing older and re-examining our past relationships, called out to me. And I could not have told this particular story at any other time in my life."

9.11.2018

All the Asians on TV: Fall 2018 Series Premieres

Here are the new scripted shows featuring actors of Asian descent. We counted.



These are new shows. It's that time of year again. The fall television season has started up, and as we attempt to do every year, we're keeping an eye out for Asian folks on the tube. Because we like to keep track of such things. But with cable and streaming services cranking out tons of new content, as well as network shows now premiering year-round, the old model of a fall "season" as a programming benchmark is not quite what it used to be. Nevertheless, after scouring the slate of series premiering across a variety of platforms, we're pleased to present a general rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series regulars (not technically guest starring or recurring) on new scripted prime time network, cable and streaming shows premiering this fall.

9.09.2018

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In U.S. Open Victory, Naomi Osaka Pushes Japan to Redefine Japanese
In becoming the first Japanese-born tennis player to win a Grand Slam championship, Naomi Osaka is helping to challenge Japan's longstanding sense of racial purity and cultural identity.

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John McCain Was Never My Hero
Que-Lam Huynh resettled with her single mother to the U.S., spending some of her formative years in Arizona. For Huynh and many others, the late John McCain was never her hero.

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Day of Judgment
After a Supreme Court ruling goes his way, The Slants' Simon Tam realized winning can be complicated.

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Artist-in-Residence Yumi Sakugawa: We Are Not Bound By Our Narratives
Comic book artist and author Yumi Sakugawa on how she discovered her calling, how meditation and mindfulness informs her art, and why we shouldn't be tied to the narratives we tell ourselves.

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'Crazy Rich Asians' didn't tell all of our stories, but Asian Americans found a way to relate
"...on some level, I think I was relieved because I thought, however bizarrely, that my own social value and that of the entire Asian American community hinged upon the box-office receipts of this film. And that's how complicated it is to be Asian American in 2018."

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In 1993, ‘Joy Luck Club’ Changed Hollywood. Until It Didn't.
"I thought it would be a new beginning for Asian-Americans." It wasn't. In 1993, The Joy Luck Club was a critical and financial success. But instead of ushering in a crop of Asian American projects, the film remained a token for more than two decades.

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At 25, 'The Joy Luck Club' is still a captivating Hollywood movie about Asian American identity and, finally, it's no longer the only one
For 25 years, the epic story of four Chinese immigrant women living in San Francisco was one of the few Hollywood movies about Asian American identity. With the recent success of Crazy Rich Asians, people have hope that The Joy Luck Club will finally have some company.

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How to find the weird and hilarious Easter eggs in the social media thriller "Searching"
The makers of Searching plotted meticulously to make sure the footage was effective and not distracting. This made for a ton of background content and inside jokes for viewers to catch after multiple viewings.

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Riz Ahmed Acts His Way Out of Every Cultural Pigeonhole
From HBO to ‘Star Wars' to Shakespeare, he has discovered how to excel beyond tidy genres.

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Mitski Is The 21st Century's Poet Laureate Of Young Adulthood
Mitski's technical skills and poetic lyrics make her a powerful artist to watch out for.


9.07.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Austin Jose

"I'm all about lighthouses, and living a life akin to one..."



Hey, folks! What's good? It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Austin Jose.

9.05.2018

First Look at Gemma Chan in 'Captain Marvel'

'Crazy Rich Asians' star plays Minn-Erva in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first solo female-led movie.



Entertainment Weekly's latest cover story drops a huge first look at the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Captain Marvel, showing off star Brie Larson in full-on superhero glory.

Brie Larson takes flight as Captain Marvel on this week's EW cover

Set in the 1990s, the origin story follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

EW's feature includes a gallery of ten exclusive images from Captain Marvel -- including our first glimpse of Gemma Chan as the very blue, rather badass-looking alien Minn-Erva.

9.04.2018

This NICU nurse cared for him as a preemie. Now he's a doctor.

28 years later, they're working at the same hospital.



As the kid of a retired nurse, this story warms my heart. A nurse in California was surprised to find herself reunited with a former patient -- then, just 29 weeks old -- now, a pediatric resident at the same hospital.

Nurse Vilma Wong has worked in the NICU at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford for 32 years. She had been caring for patients alongside Brandon Seminatore, a second-year pediatric resident, when she remembered once being the primary nurse to premature baby with the same last name.

They both quickly deduced that Brandon was, indeed, Vilma's patient almost three decades ago.

It turns out that Seminatore's mother, remembering Wong's care, had told him to look for a "Vilma" in the NICU. But he thought it was pretty unlikely that he'd find her, assuming she'd already retired. Apparently not.

"I was in shock initially but overjoyed to know that I took care of him almost 30 years ago and now he's as a pediatric resident to the same population he was part of when he was born," Wong tells Babble.

The hospital's Facebook page posted a photo of Vilma and baby Brandon, circa 1990, alongside a photo of their reunion last month. The post, of course, has since gone viral.

'Crazy Rich Asians' is the most successful Hollywood romantic comedy in nearly a decade

Jon M. Chu's groundbreaking film has earned $117 million and counting at the North American box office.



Don't know if you've heard, but Crazy Rich Asians has made a barge-load of money, earning the top spot at the box office for three straight weekends. The groundbreaking romantic comedy, based, which features an all-Asian cast and is directed by Jon M. Chu, is a bona fide summer blockbuster.

Finishing the long Labor Day weekend with an estimated total of $117 million, Crazy Rich Asians is now the most successful Hollywood studio romantic comedy in nearly a decade, since Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds' The Proposal earned $164 million in North America in 2009, not adjusted for inflation.

More here: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Becomes Most Successful Studio Rom-Com in 9 Years at the U.S. Box Office

9.02.2018

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After "Asian August," What's Next For Asian-Americans in Hollywood?
Now that Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and To All The Boys I've Loved Before have kicked ass -- at the box office, and in our hearts -- here are some upcoming Asian-led projects in development.

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18 Things to Watch If You Loved "Crazy Rich Asians" and Where to Stream Them
If you loved Crazy Rich Asians, check out these films and shows with strong Asian American representation.

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The 'Whitening' of Asian Americans
Recent lawsuits suggesting reverse discrimination have aligned the interest of white Americans and Asian Americans, raising complex questions about identity and privilege.

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I'm A Lower-Income Asian American, And Affirmative Action Helped Me Get Into College
Quyen Dinh was able to attend UC Berkeley thanks to affirmative action policies, and personally knows the negative impact of taking away such protections.

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Professor On Why She Supports Harvard Admissions Practices
While a high-profile lawsuit accuses Harvard of discriminating against Asian American students in its admissions process, more than 500 academics, including many Asian Americans, have filed a legal brief defending Harvard.

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The Banned Chinese Novel My Father Loved in His Youth
Inside the rollicking, political world of The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh -- a banned book that author Vanessa Hua's father loved as a child.

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Leaving a Legacy: Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Filipino-American Champion and Historian
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a passionate activist who dedicated her life to chronicling the rich Filipino American history in California and the U.S., died unexpectedly last month from an asthma attack.

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It's A Cultural Moment For Asian Representation - As Long As You're Light Skinned
Rachel Ramirez tackles colorism within the Asian and Asian American community.

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John Cho Is One Step Ahead
Leading man John Cho, who stars in the new thriller Searching, has always been one step ahead. And now, Hollywood is starting to catch up.

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How Searching Became More Than an "Internet Movie"
How filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty convinced John Cho to come on board for Searching, a story about a father tracking down his missing teenage daughter, told exclusively through the digital screens we use every day.

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Michelle Yeoh Has Kicked Ass for Three Decades
Michelle Yeoh has had a prolific, exceptional career by being one of the most physically gifted actresses alive.

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How a pre-med USC student came to sing — and redefine — a Coldplay song in 'Crazy Rich Asians' If you've seen Crazy Rich Asians, you remember the scene. USC student Katherine Ho sang her version of the Coldplay song “Yellow" in Mandarin, which set the tone for the climactic moment.


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