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Should you #BoycottMulan? Disappointments, Misrepresentation, and Controversies

A live-action remake has the opportunity to be groundbreaking in and of itself. It could update the original by removing harmful stereotypes, introduce a cast...

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Xana Tang Takes Risks and Rewards

Due to the pandemic that created a wave of anti-China sentiments and shut down movie theaters, the release of Disney’s live-action “Mulan” (2020) was...

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Nelson Lee Transforms Chi-Fu into The Chancellor

Nelson Lee keeps a low profile. Before “Mulan,” Lee appeared in the TV series “Blade” as Shen, the eponymous Marvel hero’s weaponsmith, and in...

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Actor Chen Tang on Masculinity, “Mulan,” and the Military

The most recognizable Chinese legend in the U.S. has to be Mulan, a tale that has been retold many times. In the story of Mulan, originally a lyrical poem, a...

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Meet the Filipino Women Activists of GABRIELA

For the women of GABRIELA, resistance and community are one.  On March 7, 2020, the Los Angeles chapter of GABRIELA joined the International Women’s Day...

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Leonardo Nam Reflects on His Journey from Teenage Roles to “Westworld”

Before vampires and tragic romances, there were wholesome movies starring teens doing regular teen things: taking the SAT and having epic summers, for example....

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Two Books Offer an Honest Look into Sexual Assault

Content warning: Sexual harassment and rape. The following review includes spoilers.  Kelly Yang drew from her own experience of being raped while...

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“Parasite” Captures the Absurdities of Capitalism

According to USA Today, the last decade has seen some of the worst changes in economic inequality yet. It seems fitting that we wrapped up 2019 and began this...

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“Yumi Chung” Gets Serious About Comedy

Disclosure: The writer of this post received a free book in exchange for writing a review. What’s an Asian mom’s worst nightmare? Your kid wants to become...

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California State Treasurer Chats About Leadership and Finance

Leadership has been on my mind a lot lately — on the national level as we head into an election year, as well as in my personal life as I think about who is...

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