Sarah Yukiko

Sarah Yukiko

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Eva Chen, Apolo Ohno and Kevin Kwan say where they’re ‘really from’ in AAF poster campaign

Eva Chen Apolo Ohno Kevin Kwan AAF poster campaign

The Asian American Federation (AAF) launched a series of travel posters showcasing the roots of prominent Asian Americans and declaring they are “really from” their respective cities across the U.S.

In bright, vibrant colors, the posters showcase locations across the U.S., including Houston, Seattle and New York. Dynamic illustrations spotlight enclaves like Chinatown and Little Manila, and feature culinary dishes like rice and fish, green tea and curry. Central to each poster are the words “I’m really from…”.

Meet the House of Slay: the most fashionable Asian American superheroes

House of Slay

Five prominent Asian American fashion designers and influencers have banded together to launch “House of Slay,” a digital superhero comic series centering diverse Asian voices. 

On a night out in Manhattan’s Chinatown, the friendship of the “House of Slay” heroes is tested. The fivesome deepens their bond after a Phoenix deity gives them powers, transforming them into fashionable, glittering superheroes who fight the forces of hatred and oppression. 

Bestselling author Abigail Hing Wen on adapting ‘Loveboat, Taipei’ to the big screen

NYT Bestselling "Loveboat, Taipei" Author Abigail Hing Wen

Abigail Hing Wen spoke to NextShark about the “Loveboat, Taipei” film adaptation, her forthcoming sequel and the importance of a multiplicity of representation. 

Abigail Hing Wen is exceedingly busy. An author, screenwriter, producer and tech leader who graduated from Harvard University and Columbia Law School, she is used to taking on a lot at once. “I haven’t really tested the boundaries of how many [projects] I can take on,” she laughed. 

Meet the viral TikTok star veganizing classic Korean dishes

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In a time when identity can be divisive, Joanne Lee Molinaro has curated a space to bring people together: Korean, vegan or otherwise.

The first time I encountered Molinaro, also known as the Korean Vegan, it was through her TikTok. The app’s algorithm, always uncannily certain of the type of content I would want to watch, delivered me a video of hers. It eludes me now which one I saw first, exactly — but I remember immediately going to her profile and scrolling through dozens more.

Burberry built a gleaming mountain of mirrors in the middle of South Korea’s Jeju Island

Burberry

British luxury brand Burberry has installed an eye-catching mirrored mountain structure on South Korea’s volcanic Jeju Island, the first of a planned series of global pop-ups from the fashion house. 

Shining bright: The structure, which was designed to evoke how the digital and physical worlds collide, will house an art installation and a café until Dec. 12. 

Karen Tei Yamashita receives lifetime achievement award from National Book Foundation

Karen Tei Yamashita

Japanese American writer Karen Tei Yamashita was honored last Wednesday as the 34th recipient of the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Yamashita, born in 1951 to survivors of Japanese American internment, is the author of eight books. Her body of work spans multiple genres and continents and has been credited with helping expand the focus of Asian American literature and its studies to include the Americas at large. 

‘Outsize, empty, mute Asians’: ‘Virtually Asian’ video essay critiques portrayals of Asians in popular sci-fi

Astria Suparak Virtually Asian

A video essay by artist Astria Suparak offers a visual critique of sci-fi and speculative fiction films that use Asian cultures as a backdrop and Asian people as props. 

According to the creators, the project was developed to examine “how white science-fiction filmmakers fill the backgrounds of their futuristic worlds with hollow Asian figures — in the form of video and holographic advertisements — while the main cast (if not the entirety of their fictional universe’s population) is devoid of actual Asian people.

In unsparing pursuit of Asian American identity: A review of Jay Caspian Kang’s ‘The Loneliest Americans’

Jay Casper Kang's "The Loneliest Americans"

In the “Loneliest Americans,” Jay Caspian Kang unpacks the history and impossibility of the “Asian American” identifier, arguing in favor of a deeper solidarity.

Jay Caspian Kang’s “The Loneliest Americans” sets out to deconstruct our understanding of the term “Asian American,” a project that feels at times throughout the book both deeply uncomfortable and potentially impossible. You can tell Kang is feeling it too: there’s an unease around the position Asian Americans occupy in American society, an apprehension around the absurdity of connecting so many diverse people under one identifier,  a concern about his own complicity in the structures he criticizes. 

Puppeteer Kathy Kim on how ‘Sesame Street’ created Ji-Young, the show’s first Asian American muppet

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Take an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Ji-Young, the first Asian American muppet, and hear from puppeteer Kathy Kim about how the character came to life. 

A glimpse into the creation of muppets on “Sesame Street,” the video shows the meticulous stitching of Ji-Young’s clothes, the care given to brushing her hair, and the gentle tweaks that shape her features. In a heartwarming moment, Kim meets the finished muppet and hugs her before lifting her up for the first time and exclaiming, “Hi, I’m Ji-Young!” before adding in her own voice, “Oh, I’m going to start crying now.”