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

Dustin Nguyen: A Man Ahead of His Time

Dustin Nguyen: A Man Ahead of His Time

Dustin Nguyen was the first Asian American actor I saw on prime time without an accent. I watched him every week without fail on “21 Jump Street” and he was so cool. And hot. His character, Harry Truman Ioki, was an undercover detective, rode a motorcycle, had long...

“Andi Mack” Star Lilan Bowden Is Definitely Asian Enough

“Andi Mack” Star Lilan Bowden Is Definitely Asian Enough

Since the start of her acting and comedy career, Lilan Bowden has been her own personal hypewoman. At casting calls, you can’t afford to be self-effacing, particularly as a mixed-race Asian actress in white Hollywood.“I don’t want to come off as cocky, but [to casting...

Dante Basco and His New Blueprint for Hollywood

Dante Basco and His New Blueprint for Hollywood

For many of us, the name Dante Basco evokes many of our favorite childhood characters. For some, it’s Rufio from the movie “Hook.” For others, it’s Jake Long from the show “American Dragon: Jake Long,” or Prince Zuko from “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (my personal...

Kitana Turnbull: The Multi-talented Voice of the Rocketeer

Kitana Turnbull: The Multi-talented Voice of the Rocketeer

“Be confident in your ability,” says Kitana Turnbull. That’s what the multi-talented 14-year-old Italian and Asian American actress, singer and dancer would advise her younger self. It’s worthwhile advice. In an industry that has an endless supply of new...

Filipino: A PSA

Filipino: A PSA

[youtube=://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rx20sRHSJtA&w=854&h=480] Creator’s Statement: There has been amazing progress in Asian representation in the entertainment industry lately, with the success of films like Crazy Rich Asians. While Hollywood tends to lean...

“Gemini Man” Brings Us Face to Face With Ourselves

“Gemini Man” Brings Us Face to Face With Ourselves

When I first saw the trailers for “Gemini Man,” I was mildly interested because, hey, Will Smith times two and Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee! But the whole premise of Junior (the younger, faster version of Will Smith’s character, Henry Brogan) attempting to...

“Spin the Dawn” Author Elizabeth Lim Inspired by Folklore

“Spin the Dawn” Author Elizabeth Lim Inspired by Folklore

Elizabeth Lim is an author and former video game music composer from New York. Her most recent novel “Spin the Dawn” is inspired in part by Chinese legends such as Mulan. Lim’s heroine, Maia, is a seamstress who dreams of becoming a master tailor in the Kingdom of...

Getting to Know D’Lo:  “I never found freedom in being quiet.”

Getting to Know D’Lo:  “I never found freedom in being quiet.”

It feels like an oversimplification to say that multitalented, trans, Tamil Sri Lankan American artist D’Lo (he/him/they/theirs) is “special.” With all that he has done during the span of his career, he seems to surpass the word. He’s currently busy being an actor,...

Filmmaker Rachel Leyco Fights For a Stigma-free Future

Filmmaker Rachel Leyco Fights For a Stigma-free Future

“I used to be so ashamed of being Asian, being queer and being ‘crazy,’ but I love every part of my identity now,” explained Rachel Leyco, an award-winning Filipinx American filmmaker, writer, actress and activist. Her journey to find herself is a relatable one for so...

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.