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What a beautiful face I have found in this place that is circling all round the sun. What a beautiful dream that could flash on the screen in a blink of an eye and be gone from me. Let me hold it close and keep it here with me. And one day we will die and our ashes will fly from the aeroplane over the sea. But for now we are young, let us lay in the sun and LIST every beautiful thing we can see.

Ryan travel (National Parks)
movies (In theaters, TV series, or docs)
books (reading, read, bookclub)
LaTanya books (Books I've Read in 2020)
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Asian-Americans represent only 1 percent of all leading roles in Hollywood. People in the dominant culture will never understand how much representation matters. Asians have largely remained unseen in film and television, and when they have, it's often the stereotypical negative self-hating version. Things are slowly changing... I'm keeping watch.

Significant moments for me:

  • Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi, white actors playing Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan
  • The Green Hornet: Bruce Lee
  • Anna May Wong
  • 16 Candles: stereotypical Long Duck Dong
  • Star Trek
  • JoyLuck Club
  • All American Girl: go Margaret Cho!
  • Karate Kid
  • Better Luck Tomorrow: first mtv-like comedy
  • Harold & Kumar
  • The Hangover: basically a reprise of Long Duck Dong
  • Charlie's Angels
  • Lost: the Korean couple
  • Hawaii 5,o + Heroes
  • Fresh Off The Boat: television sitcom
  • Killing Eve: go Sandra Oh from Grey's Anatomy!
  • Edge of Seventeen: the first American teen comedy with an Asian romantic lead
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Dong Nguyen love interest
  • Master of None
  • Silicon Valley
  • Searching
  • Seoul Searching: 80s throwback comedy
  • The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs civil rights activist in the black community
  • Mulan
  • Kim's Grocery
  • Crazy Rich Asians: first rom-com
  • Gook
  • The Farewell
  • The Big Sick
  • Star Wars: female fighter
  • Spiderman Homecoming: sidekick
  • Shazam
  • Always Be My Maybe: rom-com
  • Atlanta: Hiro Murai directing/writing
  • Pen15
  • To All The Boys I've Loved Before
  • Lovecraft Country: Korean folktale. So exciting they included an Asian story, along with kimchi, historical references the Japan's occupation of Korea for 30 years, folktales,
  • Save Yourselves: a rom-com sci-fi horror flick


  • Bong Joon Ho
  • Ang Lee
  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • Gregg Araki
  • Jon Chu
sep 21 2020 ∞
sep 22 2020 +