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In February, the first non-English film won the Oscar for Best Picture, and while—as an understatement—many other unprecedented events have taken over the news cycle since, the success of Parasite was a huge win for the Academy in broadening the scope of films competing for the top prize.
However, despite Parasite’s historic victory, none of the cast was nominated. This alongside the snub of the critically acclaimed and successful film The Farewell, which captured the cultural landscapes many Asian Americans navigate, left critics and commentators wondering what it meant for the continuing fight for fair representation of Asian Americans in film.
As many of us have recently found much more time to stream, read, and listen, we have opportunities to discover new voices telling stories that are both familiar and fresh, whether through film, writing, food, blogging, or even activism.
What better way to continue to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month than by highlighting seven sites offering engaging and thoughtful coverage of Asian American entertainment, lifestyle, and culture to help us encounter the storytellers and artists we need to know.
Character Media states unequivocally “[t]he Asian American community is diverse and creative,” and the aim of the site is to showcase it.
The site covers entertainment and lifestyle with sections for TV, film, art, and fashion. Previously known as Kore Asian Media, Character Media features storytelling by and about all sorts of characters in the Asian diaspora.
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Mochi is the “the longest-running online publication for Asian American women.”
With its deep history and focus on entertainment, fashion, beauty, and lifestyle, it offers an engaging, thoughtful, and much needed Asian American perspective.
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The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is the nonprofit behind the PBS documentary Asian Americans. Its aim is to present “stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible.”
Beyond its work in broadcast media, the web site includes a blog highlighting the work of Asian American filmmakers and storytellers.
Refinery29 is focused on telling young women’s stories, paying particular attention to lifestyle, beauty, entertainment, and politics.
The Asian American section includes the feature series #NotYourTokenAsian, which highlights leading figures and polished storytelling. Refinery29 describes the series as an effort to “take on the pop products, stereotypes, and culture wars that surround Asian-American identity.”
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Banana magazine has been mentioned as one of the successors to pioneering Asian American publications like A Magazine and Giant Robot. The site declares, “Banana strives to navigate through the blurred Eastern and Western boundaries to create a voice for contemporary Asian culture,” while also explaining the provocative name: “It’s not meant to be derogatory, but celebratory.”
The print magazine covers all the complexity of Asian American culture and identity that the term evokes with nuance and intelligence.
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Angry Asian Man is equal parts highlighting interesting creative and pioneering figures in the Asian American community and exposing racism and bias.
The Angry Reader of the Week features short interviews with prominent and up-and-coming people in entertainment, media, and the arts. The site provides an essential view of the complexities Asian Americans negotiate in the U.S.
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Hyphen balances pop culture, arts, and even poetry with news, community activism, and politics to provide a well-rounded view of all aspects of Asian American life.
It achieves its mission to “relate the enormous richness, contradiction, and vitality that defines the Asian American experience” through this fascinating mix.
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