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The latest news on Asian Americans making a splash in movies, music, TV shows, and more.

Kublai Kwon: The Social Engineer Behind Joy Ruckus Club

Kublai Kwon: The Social Engineer Behind Joy Ruckus Club

(With contributions by Emily Lu Gao) Every industry needs a trailblazer — and the Asian American music industry has Kublai Kwon. Over the past two decades, Kwon co-founded the Asian Hip-Hop Summit, and founded the Los Angeles Koreatown-based music label Red Kloud...

Mulan, a Different Kind of Warrior

Mulan, a Different Kind of Warrior

As Disney continues its recent trend of rolling out live-action adaptations, “Mulan” (2020) has finally taken its turn to retell the story of a beloved 1998 original animation. While previous live-action adaptations such as “Lion King,” “Aladdin” and “Beauty and the...

Xana Tang Takes Risks and Rewards

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 postponed by months — none of which bode well for a film three years in the making. For actors new to the global...

Actor/Dancer Mickeey Nguyen Reminds Us to Make the Best of Our Lives

Actor/Dancer Mickeey Nguyen Reminds Us to Make the Best of Our Lives

Actor Mickeey Nguyen not only plays everyone’s best friend on his current sci-fi/hip-hop series, “Utopia Falls” (Hulu and CBC, 2020), he could definitely play everyone’s best friend in real life. The multi-hyphenate choreographer and dancer is a prankster on set,...

Dallas Liu Talks Season 2 of PEN15

Dallas Liu Talks Season 2 of PEN15

Despite all the sobering news of 2020, fans of “PEN15” have one reason to rejoice: the show is back, with Season 2 available now on Hulu. If you’re unfamiliar with this critically acclaimed and hilarious take on middle school created by Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle,...

Nelson Lee Transforms Chi-Fu into The Chancellor

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 “Claws” as Professor Benedict, a villain who becomes involved with a group of manicurists-turned-criminals. On the other...

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

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 woman disguises herself as a man to take the place of her father in the Imperial Army to fight against...

Momona Tamada: Bringing Claudia Kishi and the Baby-Sitters Club to Life

Momona Tamada: Bringing Claudia Kishi and the Baby-Sitters Club to Life

Whether you’ve read the books or not, you’re probably familiar with the impact Claudia Kishi had on Asian Americans who grew up reading “The Baby-Sitters Club.” She’s been the subject of a short doc, a comic, a podcast episode, as well as a series of tongue-in-cheek...

Virginia Duan

Virginia Duan

Entertainment Editor

Virginia Duan is the Entertainment Editor for Mochi magazine and the Living Justice Editor for Diverging Magazine. You can find her work on various sites like Romper, Mom.com, Diverging Mag, and Mochi magazine. She hosts the Noona ARMY Podcast and founded BrAzn AZN, the only retreat for APIDA creatives. She chronicles her mishaps at https://mandarinmama.com.

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