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Plate by Plate Brings Attention to LGBTQ Issues

November 21 • by Alice Tang

Project by Project’s 18th annual tasting benefit, Plate by Plate, was held in October. Tickets were $250, and proceeds of this event benefited National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). I was invited by Plate by Plate to attend the event, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. There was a variety of…


Asian American Entertainers Talk About Industry Change at the CAPE Gala

October 30 • by Kathy Pham

“Twenty five years ago, I used to joke that there were more space aliens than Asians [on the screen],” says Wenda Fong, one of three co-founders of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). But on Saturday October 22nd, Fong celebrated CAPE’s 25th anniversary gala with a full house of actors, producers and digital…

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HBO’s First-Ever APA Film Competition Aims To Highlight Diverse Voices

September 5 • by Rachel Yang

In recent years, many have been calling for more diversity in the entertainment world, and with the launch of this competition, HBO is helping to make that goal a reality. The company just announced its first-ever Asian Pacific American Visionaries Short Film Competition to encourage APA directors and creators to share stories about their perspectives…


Web Series ‘Caring’ Highlights Working Women Who Reflect Reality

August 17 • by Rachel Yang

It’s rare for shows these days to feature working moms and women of color, and the web series Caring manages to do both. The show, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival this June, tells the story of two mothers, their nannies and how they all navigate taking care of themselves while watching out…


The Great Wall Controversy: What Does It Mean When Matt Damon Plays A Chinese Guy?

August 16 • by Rachel Yang

A few weeks ago, I saw an advertisement for an upcoming movie called “The Great Wall.” Seeing the name immediately brought me excitement. A movie about Chinese history for a Western audience? Cool! About 20 seconds into the trailer, this excitement turned to, What the actual hell is happening?? Last time I checked, Matt Damon…


Fuller House’s Ashley Liao is One To Watch

August 14 • by Rachel Yang

Fourteen-year-old actress Ashley Liao has had a pretty busy 2016, most notably as the recurring character Lola in Netflix’s Fuller House and as Audrey in an episode of Fresh Off the Boat. Not bad for a newcomer, whose first credited role was only in 2014. Liao sat down with Mochi Magazine to talk about being…

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In Conversation: Spa Night’s Andrew Ahn and Joe Seo Talk Casting, Korean Rituals, and Parental Expectations

July 30 • by Mochi Magazine

By Melissa Kim, special to Mochi Magazine We sat down recently with Andrew Ahn, the writer and director of Spa Night, and Joe Seo, the film’s lead actor, at Village East Cinema in New York City during the 2016 Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF). The feature was the festival’s opening night film. Spa Night…

Haerry Kim (Soyoung) and Joe Seo (David) in Andrew Ahn's SPA NIGHT

Review: ‘Spa Night’ Opens the Asian American International Film Festival On A Strong, Insightful Note

July 28 • by Mochi Magazine

By Melissa Kim, special to Mochi Magazine David, Spa Night’s protagonist, is a withdrawn, filial kid, almost painfully so. “Dad, I can’t breathe,” David says in the film’s first line of dialog. Delivered in Korean, these words hang upon us in the steamy haze of a sauna. “Just bear it a little longer,” his father replies….


K-Pop Band Got7 Brings Their Singular Brand of Fun and Talent to New York City

July 12 • by Mochi Magazine

Korean boy band GOT7 recently performed at the PlayStation Theater in New York City for the first time during their Fly in USA Tour. The concert hall was brimming with excitement, and fluorescent green light sticks sparkled in the crowd. When the background music dropped, the room erupted into screams as GOT7 made their entrance….

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Chatting With Comedian Jenny Yang At the APAHM Pacific Bridge Festival

May 31 • by Esther Cho

On May 21, 2016, Asian Americans made history on the steps of City Hall in downtown Los Angeles with the first annual outdoor music festival, called Pacific Bridge. The evening celebrated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a free public festival of music headlined by Jhene Aiko. Other Asian Pacific American entertainers included in the lineup were Kevin…