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Blood of the Revolution: On Filipina Writers and Aswang

I learned of the aswang and manananggal as many Filipino children do, through the memories of my mother.

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Sing Once Again with S. Jae-Jones of Wintersong's Strange Duet

S. Jae-Jones’ prose captures you just as deftly as the Goblin King, and the story she creates is equal parts enchanting and terrifying.

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Threading the Conversations Between Social Media and YA Lit Crit

Can criticism of YA fiction be effective on social media, and what kind of effect does criticism have on the genre?

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A Royal Test of Endurance: A Review of The Last Princess

Born to the last Korean king before Japan’s colonization of Korea, Deok-hye was the last princess of the Joseon era, and the subject of a new historical melodrama featured at this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival.

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Brooklyn Magazine

A Little More Action, Please: Sarah Kuhn, Paul Krueger, and C.B. Lee on the Asian-American Superheroine Novel

Each of them have unique struggles and successes, and engaging stories that frames these moments in their lives. I spoke with all three authors about the moments that brought them here, and the ways in which these characters embody and expand Asian-American experiences.

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Kim’s Convenience Is a Home for Asian-Canadian Stories

In this strange, frightening new world, we need shows like Kim’s Convenience to remind us of all the ways immigrants are carving out their space and their lives.

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Duality of Desires in Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden

The devil’s in the details they say, and no one knows that better than Park Chan-wook. His newest film, The Handmaiden, takes audiences into 1930s Korea with a pickpocket-turned-lady’s maid and an unexpected, unstoppable romance. Park unwraps each layer of intrigue in three parts, his careful directorial eye setting the stage for a story about the spokes of desire: for power, for sex, for attention, for security.

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Book Riot

Doing Magic As We Please: A #RiotRead Interview with Zen Cho

I recently had a quick chat with Zen about the first story she ever wrote, writing support networks, and some advice she’d give to her teen self.

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Navigating Towards Home: Fresh Off the Boat’s Season 3 Premiere

ome is a strange, perturbing concept to diaspora kids, especially during that first visit to one’s so-called “native” country. Fresh Off the Boat managed to capture the contradictions and complexities of what home means in this season premiere.

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Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis Talk Carmilla Season 3

I chatted with Laura and Carmilla themselves, Elise Bauman and Natasha Negovanlis, on what scenes have been their favourites over the last two years, what the filming experiences is like, and how they’ve grown as actors. (And as Elise promised us during the interview, there will be lots of Harry Potter references for the eagle-eyed fan to spot in season three!)

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Fangirl and Feminist Forever: An Interview with Sam Maggs

Sam recently chatted with WWAC about the year since Fangirl’s Guide first came out, how her feminism has grown in tandem with her fangirl life, and the women that inspire her every day.

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Superhero Sparks Fly in Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Heroine Complex is one of the most genuinely satisfying novels I’ve read in years, and it makes that happen in its commitment to the story at hand. It doesn’t downgrade or dismiss the fact that it’s about two young women trying to figure out their lives; it celebrates them and their choices.

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“I’m in it for the journey:” An Interview with Honor Thy Father’s John Lloyd Cruz

In Honor Thy Father, John Lloyd Cruz gives a strong performance as Edgar, a man who finds his life inexplicably wrecked by greed and corruption in these same institutions, and who must rescue his own family from it. I spoke with Cruz about the film, the approach he takes with regards to his craft, and his favourite superhero movie.

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100 Must-Read Retellings of Myths, Folklore, and Classics

Retellings of classic stories and folklore are easy to find no matter what genre you love to read, and the possibilities are endless. Whether you’re obsessed with Greek myths or intrigued by Japanese folklore, this list is sure to have a title or two that can offer a great introduction to these beloved stories across the world.

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“She’s So Different From Who I Am, and That’s What I Love About Her”: An Interview with Hamog’s Teri Malvar

Part of that clarity of Hamog comes from 16-year-old actress Therese “Teri” Malvar. I spoke with her on the night of the film’s premiere at NYAFF, and I can honestly say every minute was a delight.