PoC News in America

The Fall TV hype machine is hitting a fever pitch, so this week’s news is filled with “leaked” pilots and extended previews.

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The Politics of API Women Sisterhood Building

I am all too familiar with the sense of competition that can arise among Asian women. One of my favorite Filipina studies/feminist theorists, Dr. Allyson Goce Tintiangco-Cubales, describes this competition between Asian women (Filipinas specifically within her writing) as the “Mall of Downness,” a belief that Asian women have an inherent sense of competition against one another due to the fact that we have not established a structure of sisterhood that brings us together. Read More The Politics of API Women Sisterhood Building

Persephone Pioneers: 2 Girls, 1 Asian

Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin and Kelly Colburn make up the dynamic duo ensemble, 2 Girls 1 Asian, a new web series about two girls living in New York city, experiencing your typical 20-something situations, and of course, being half Asian and white.

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New Sitcom “Fresh Off the Boat” and What it Means for Asian American Representation

It’s official! After nearly two decades since the first all-Asian American sitcom aired, All-American Girlstarring comedian Margaret Cho, ABC has picked up Fresh Off the Boat as part of their 2014-2015 primetime lineup. This is exciting news for many different reasons because: 1) I’m a huge fan of the show’s creator, Eddie Huang; 2) again, it’s an all-Asian American sitcom to get onto primetime television since the ’80s; and 3) this could potentially be a big deal for more representation of the Asian American experience on television.

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The Complexity of #CancelColbert and Why I’m Not Joining Any Teams

I don’t think I even need to describe the chaotic spectacle that happened last week when #CancelColbert started trending on Twitter. If you’re active on social media or you read blogs or maybe you watch The Colbert Report on a regular basis, then you might already be familiar with the unfortunate events that have been occurring due to a out-of-context tweet delivered by the @ColbertReport Twitter account, which has been deleted. What started as a misguided satirical joke, ultimately opened up pandora’s box for online organizers and hashtag activists to flood Twitter with their thoughts on Asian American activism, white savior politics, and on using POCs as the butt of jokes.

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Deconstructing #NotYourAsianSidekick

I have been hesitant to write about the recent twitter phenomenon of #NotYourAsianSidekick since it came out back in December. During the peak of its worldwide reach, conversations on Asian American feminism dominated Twitter, urging people to participate and to stay engaged with what others were saying about Asian American feminism and activism. Read More Deconstructing #NotYourAsianSidekick