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Photographer James Robinson’s ‘On Golden Days’ recasts history with Asian models in beehives and kitten heels

  • NextShark sat down with Australian Filipino director and photographer James J. Robinson, 26, to talk about his newest photo collection that puts Asian subjects against the backdrop of Old Hollywood glamor.
  • Photographs from his exhibition “On Golden Days,” which opens in Brunswick today, show everyday Asians in beehives, a hairstyle characteristic of the 1960s, kitten heels and boxy-skirt suits reminiscent of the ones worn by former first lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy.
  • Robinson describes his exhibition as an effort to unpack the “nostalgia industry,” referring to how we live in a culture that “loves to romanticize and fetishize the past,” while featuring an exclusively Asian cast.
  • His intention was to create an “authentic” product that did not center itself around the “trauma or negative experiences of minorities” but rather on a rewriting of history in which Asian subjects are also dressed in extravagant and beautiful outfits.
  • He also discusses the particularly special connection he formed with actor Vanessa Hudgens, who is also half Filipino.
  • Robinson’s “On Golden Days” will be open from now through May 22 at the Hillvale Gallery in Brunswick, Australia, before making its way to Tokyo in September.

NextShark sat down with Australian Filipino director and photographer James J. Robinson, 26, to talk about his newest collection that puts Asian subjects against the backdrop of Old Hollywood glamor. 

Photographs from his exhibition “On Golden Days,” which opens today at Hillvale Gallery in Brunswick, Australia, show everyday Asians in beehives – a hairstyle characteristic of the 1960s – kitten heels and boxy-skirt suits reminiscent of the ones worn by former first lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy.

Filipino Georgia Tech students go viral with a modernized folk dance performance set to Lil Nas X song

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  • The Filipino Student Association of the Georgia Institute of Technology went viral on social media for their “Gen Z” rendition of the traditional Philippine folk dance “Tinikling.”
  • The group’s performance, which was uploaded to Facebook on April 18, has garnered more than 6 million views as of this writing.
  • As part of a cultural event, the students danced to the song “Dolla Sign Slime” by rapper Lil Nas X.
  • The “Tinikling” folk dance involves bamboo poles that are rhythmically tapped on the ground and knocked together repeatedly while dancers move in between the poles. It is traditionally performed to rondalla music.

A “Gen Z” performance of a traditional Philippine folk dance by students from Georgia Institute of Technology went viral on social media.

The university’s Filipino Student Association performed a modern interpretation of the “Tinikling” folk dance, the national dance of the Philippines, for a cultural event on April 16.

Filipino film icon Gloria Sevilla, ‘Queen of Visayan Movies,’ dies at 90

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  • Filipino film icon Gloria Sevilla, also known as the “Queen of Visayan movies,” died peacefully in her sleep at the age of 90 in Oakland, California, on April 16.
  • Sevilla earned the title “Queen of Visayan movies” for starring in most of the Visayan-made movies during the ‘50s and ‘60s.
  • She was nominated for over 10 Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) awards and won two of its Best Actress awards for “Badlis Sa Kinabuhi” (1969) and “Gimingaw Ako” (1973).
  • The actor was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gawad Urian Awards in 2019 and an Icon Award from The Entertainment Editors’ Choice Awards in 2021 for her contributions to Philippine cinema.
  • Sevilla’s funeral arrangements will both be held in the U.S. and in the Philippines.

Filipino film icon Gloria Sevilla, also known as the “Queen of Visayan Movies,” died over the weekend. 

The actor, who turned 90 on Jan. 31, died peacefully in her sleep at her brother’s home in Oakland, California, on April 16. 

Chinese actor’s ‘brownface’ portrayal of a Filipino character on Hong Kong TV show draws backlash

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  • Hong Kong horror TV show “Barrack O’Karma” sparked outrage when Chinese actor Franchesca Wong darkened her skin with make-up to portray a Filipino domestic helper character.
  • A clip posted to Instagram by one of Wong’s colleagues shows the actor applying dark make-up on her legs while mocking a Filipino accent.
  • Some local Chinese news outlets have praised the actor for her performance.
  • TVB also applauded Wong for her “successful” portrayal due to her “professional performing techniques and sophisticated handling of role-playing.”
  • The TV show has sparked criticism of Hong Kong’s portrayal of minorities in the media. Some Filipino actors residing in Hong Kong also spoke out about the stereotypical roles of Filipinos as domestic workers in the media industry.

A Hong Kong TV show sparked outrage for casting a Chinese actor who darkened her skin with make-up to portray a Filipino character.

Chinese Canadian actor Franchesca Wong donned “brownface” to play a Filipino domestic helper, “Louisa,” in the TVB horror series “Barrack O’Karma.”

Filipino fast food chain Jollibee to open first branch in Australia

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  • Filipino fast-food restaurant chain Jollibee will open its first Australian branch in Campbelltown, Sydney.
  • As of this month, an opening day is yet to be decided, but pre-construction plans are currently in progress.
  • Australia is home to over 300,000 Filipinos, and in Campbelltown, they comprise the third-largest population of residents born abroad.
  • The giant red bee will also soon make its way to new New York City locations, including Grand Central Terminal and 1500 Broadway.

Filipino fast-food restaurant chain “Jollibee” is set to open its first Australian branch in the outskirts of Sydney in Campbelltown. 

The restaurant’s development application was submitted to the Campbelltown City Council in March 2021, and its preliminary development drawings were submitted in October 2021. As of this month, pre-construction plans are currently in progress. 

Manny Pacquiao’s son Jimuel stands at 1-0 after his first US amateur boxing win

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  • The eldest son of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, Jimuel, won his first-ever sanctioned amateur fight against Mexican American boxer Andres Rosales on Saturday.
  • The 21-year-old boxer prepared for the match under his famous father’s assistant of 10 years, Marvin Somodio, and represented his home gym.
  • While Manny Pacquiao was unable to attend, he posted a heartfelt message on his Instagram account stating he was “so proud.”
  • Manny Pacquiao recently retired from the sport at the end of last year, at the same time he announced he would be running for president of the Philippines.

Jimuel Pacquiao kicked off his boxing career with his first amateur fight win.

On Saturday, March 12, Emmanuel “Jimuel” Pacquiao, 21-year-old son of Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao, 43, and his wife Jinkee Pacquiao, was victorious by decision in his first-ever sanctioned amateur fight over Mexican American opponent Andres Rosales. Pacquiao Jr. now stands at 1-0 in his amateur career.

Philippine Consulate tells Fil-Am community to be vigilant after shoving attacks on 2 elderly women in NYC

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  • The Philippine Consulate General in New York reminded the city’s Filipino community to “always be vigilant and to take the necessary precautions, especially when taking the subway or when outside their residences” after two Filipino women were attacked on the subway on Thursday.
  • A 65-year-old Filipino woman was reportedly pushed to the ground by an unidentified assailant at the Long Island Rail Road train platform in the neighborhood of Jamaica in Queens.
  • Hours after the first incident, the consulate received another report of a woman in her 50s who was shoved by a man while she was descending the stairs at the Jamaica-179th Street station, also in Queens.
  • “The recent spate of attacks against Filipinos and other Asian Americans, whether triggered by racial bias or mental illness, is a serious concern that must be immediately addressed,” Consul General Elmer Cato said.
  • The consulate is planning to host a self-defense and situational awareness webinar on March 28 with the help of the Black 6 Project, a humanitarian group mostly consisting of Filipino American military veterans.

The Philippine Consulate General in New York has reminded the city’s Filipino community to be extra vigilant after receiving reports about two separate attacks on two elderly Filipino women last week.

In an advisory over the weekend, the consulate reported that two Filipino women, one in her 50s and one in her 60s, were attacked while taking the subway on the same day.

Vogue feature on waste loom products sparks anger over alleged appropriation, ‘white mediocrity’ favoritism

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  • Vogue Runway’s feature of T-shirt waste loom products by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francescat Capone created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it was an appropriation of the basahan weaving technique.
  • The claims sparked further online discussion on the racial imbalance in media representation.
  • “The conversation here isn’t just about appropriation, it’s about the fact that the system celebrates white mediocrity yet puts impossible standards for BIPOC to be able to be respected in the same regard,” posted Filipino American designer Jan Vincent Gonzalez.
  • In response to the heavy online criticism, McMahon released an apology on Instagram acknowledging the influence of the Philippines’ basahan weaving technique and explaining her creative inspiration.

Vogue Runway’s feature on T-shirt waste loom products created using “upcycled T-shirt weaving” by American designer Elise McMahon and textile artist Francesca Capone has received online backlash from Filipinos claiming it appropriates the basahan weaving technique.   

The product was originally featured in an article by Vogue Fashion News Editor Sarah Spellings on Feb. 3 before being posted four days later to the Vogue Runway Instagram account.

Digital artist reimagines Madrigal sisters from Disney film ‘Encanto’ as Filipinas

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  • Junrel Bardon, a digital graphic artist from the Philippines, illustrated Filipino live-action versions of the Madrigal sisters from Disney’s film “Encanto.”
  • His reimagined character illustrations take inspiration from Filipino actresses Nadine Lustre and Maine Mendoza and Olympic gold champion Hidilyn Diaz.

A digital graphic artist reimagined Filipino versions of the Madrigal sisters from the Disney film “Encanto.”

Junrel Bardon, a 24-year-old artist from Negros Occidental, Philippines, created realistic illustrations based on Filipino actresses Nadine Lustre and Maine Mendoza and Olympic weightlifting champion Hidilyn Diaz.

Filipino artist amazes by sketching all 7 BTS member at the same time

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A Filipino artist has gone viral for simultaneously sketching all seven members of the mega K-pop group BTS.

Jaw-dropping talent: In a video posted on NPR’s Instagram page, Junel Salido, a 20-year-old artist from Rosario, a municipality in the Philippines’ province of Agusan del Sur,  can be seen sketching BTS members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook. The video has been viewed more than 1.1 million times as of this writing.

Filipino family who went viral for their kindness seek support for their daughter’s rare condition

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A viral TikTok video of a Filipino family offering their kindness warmed hearts. Now, the GoFundMe page for their daughter Sophia, who struggles with cerebral palsy and a rare brain condition, has started gaining more donations.

The viral TikTok: Isaish Garza, who has more than 7 million followers on TikTok, tested the Garado family’s kindness by asking them to buy his lunch after claiming he lost his wallet. When the parents agreed and handed him $20, he surprised them by rewarding them $500 to celebrate their kindness.

Vanessa Hudgens wants to make a movie about the struggles her immigrant Filipino mom faced

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Hollywood star Vanessa Hudgens recently revealed that she dreams of one day developing a movie about her mother’s experience as a Filipino immigrant in the U.S.

A story worth sharing: Hudgens, who graces this month’s cover of Glamour UK, shared in an interview with the magazine that she would like to create a film about the challenges that her mom, Gina Guangco-Hudgens, faced after moving to the U.S. at the age of 25.

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