The Shape of Water is a film that doesn’t shy away from ugliness, exploring it just as deftly as it does beauty.
Nikita and Alex are forged together by their experiences before, during and after Division. While it would have been easy and predictable for the writers to pit them against each other in shallow ways after the first season, they chose to go another route.
New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei invites readers, new and old alike, to get to know Takei and the life he’s led so far, alongside short comics from a diverse set of writers and artists. It’s an invitation worth taking up, and a collection that carries Takei’s legacy forward into the future.
In The Handmaid’s Tale, Toronto is revised and redone as Gilead, and it is harder to hear the call of home. Hard not because it is strange, but because it isn’t, not so much, not really.
Tokyo Idols doesn’t shy away from that realization, but it doesn’t quite ask its subjects to engage with that truth, not to the full extent of discussing how it plays into their lives. The film presents their desires and their engagement with idols, but stops before positioning itself directly for or against idol culture.
Watching the Sailor Moon R film was an exercise in testing the limits of that nostalgia, seeing where it was carrying me through, and asking myself if the new English voice cast still captured what I had loved about this movie when I first saw it almost exactly ten years ago.
When I first heard about the musical Dear Evan Hansen, I wasn’t quite sure what to think. Bullying, depression, and suicide aren’t new topics to musical fans (Spring Awakening comes to mind, for one) but I hadn’t had any idea just how deeply Dear Evan Hansen would dive in and face them, unabashedly, unashamed. It’s essentially a YA novel in musical form, and Evan’s awkward nature and need for someone, anyone to understand him has struck a chord with listeners of all ages, myself included. Aud...
An insidious contradiction of vanity and faith is on full display in the seminal Filipino novel, Noli Me Tangere by Jose Rizal.
I learned of the aswang and manananggal as many Filipino children do, through the memories of my mother.
S. Jae-Jones’ prose captures you just as deftly as the Goblin King, and the story she creates is equal parts enchanting and terrifying.
Can criticism of YA fiction be effective on social media, and what kind of effect does criticism have on the genre?
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.
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.