When I was growing up, it was rare to see anyone who looked like me in film or on TV. And when I did, they were total stereotypes. Asian people were the quiet minority, so feeling both invisible and misrepresented was all too familiar. Finally, that’s changing. Not only is the fact that Asian casted films and shows are made groundbreaking, its stars are the strong voices we need right now. Voices like Gemma Chan, who is refreshingly outspoken. I love that she’s going beyond for the Asian community. And, of course, Awkwafina is Nora from Queens. I can’t wait forSeason 2 —Awkwafina is one of my favorite actresses, and I’m ready to see more of her.
The boy and I are so excited to continue celebrate AAPI Heritage month beyond the month of May, because we think it should be celebrated all year long. We’ve partnered with HBO Max to share our favorite shows on the platform. He was the one who told me about HBO Max during the early days of the pandemic, and convinced me to sign up so he could watch his Anime shows like Jujutsen Kaisen and Hunter x Hunter.
We spent every night during the pandemic watching television together (taking turns between his shows and mine!) so it proved to be a most worthwhile subscription. I mean, I think I made him watch Crazy Rich Asians at least 7 times!
Luckily, my sixteen-year-old son doesn’t share the same angst I had growing up. He’s very confident in who he is: a Chinese American of mixed heritage who identifies proudly. If you don’t have HBO Max subscription yet you can sign up here to start watching relevant and culturally diverse shows that span genres and generations on demand (even from your iPhone!).
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