In honor of this month celebrating and acknowledging history-making Filipino Americans, I'm going to release a lot more posts I have written about Filipino Americans who are currently making waves of their own.
I get why my family members would hold such anger. To have your country invaded like that is a scar marked in your memory. At the same time, it’s not right that they held such prejudices as that. You can’t blame a whole race and/or ethnicity for what certain individuals did. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself with such a narrow outlook on the world.
MULAN, LILO AND STITCH, and BIG HERO 6 are the only Disney films to feature API characters, and so it’s very important to celebrate them by any means necessary. That’s why I want to see more merch with Mulan not just as a member of the Disney Princess club, but also as the great warrior she is seen as in the movie. I want to see something of Lilo that celebrates her unashamed individuality and lovable quirks. I hope to eventually see more products of Hiro that highlights him as the brilliant young robotics genius he is.
It’s funny how something as simple as a drawing can lead to so many similarities between two films, beyond its protagonists. Not to mention it greatly illustrates how API representation is for the win!
Call me optimistic, for I hope I’m being realistic when I say that these commentators should start to seriously reconsider how they do their coverage of the Olympics sooner than later, especially when it comes to their discussion of Asian athletes. It may be barely a week into the Rio Olympics, but I’m already looking ahead at the next Olympic games. Why you ask? Because the next three Olympic games (both summer and winter) are all going to be held in Asia!
CASTLE IN THE SKY sets in stone many themes that would eventually appear in several of Miyazaki’s films as time went on: man’s relationship with nature and technology, headstrong female characters, the power of flight, and ambiguous creatures. The creatures in this case are the robots of Laputa.
There were many panels held throughout the past week at San Diego Comic-Con, and Disney’s upcoming animated film, MOANA, was the subject of one of them. Apart from treating the attendees to a three-minute clip from the film, there was something else revealed to them as well; something regarding the plot.
After years of hearing about incredible panels, celebrity appearances, and out-of-this-world cosplay, this was my first year in attendance of San Diego Comic-Con International. I came equipped with my own cosplay, my badge, the official app on my phone, and knowledge of everything I was able to learn in advance about this ultimate gathering of the nerds. But as the convention kicked off, everything else came with little to no expectation, and that balanced along the line between really awesome and downright bad.
SPIRITED AWAY has been loved and cherished by many, as it has been praised for its beautiful animation, well developed characters, and incredible storytelling. But there’s more to the film than all that is magnificent and immediate to the eyes. People who’ve seen it several times also appreciate the smaller moments that make up the whole as well; some more satisfying in their own unique ways than others.
BITTER MELON has been in the works for the past two decades; beginning with a script Mendoza wrote back in 1997. However, having gone through similar experiences as portrayed in the film, he believes that it’s because he was still processing it all at the time that he wasn’t ready to properly tackle the story just yet.