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Being Hapa

Maori Director Bringing Indigenous Polynesian People to the Forefront of Thor: Ragnarok

posted by Sophia Whittemore

Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth speaking at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Thor: Ragnarok”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Marvel’s newest adventure, Thor: Ragnarok, opens this weekend with a shout out to the indigenous Polynesian People of New Zealand.

According to Forward, … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Sep 25, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on Half-Japanese/Half-Mexican Rapper Towkio Could Be the Next Chicago Sensation

Half-Japanese/Half-Mexican Rapper Towkio Could Be the Next Chicago Sensation

posted by Sophia Whittemore

TowkioRapper Towkio was born Preston Oshita, son of a Japanese father and a Mexican mother on the South Side. His grandparents were in the Japanese internment camps, and here he is today. A rapper to make Chicago proud.

Towkio describes his genetic mashup to  Talking Shop. “my dad was Japanese on the South Side, my … Read more

Asian Americans

Sep 5, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on Katie Malia – A Hapa Creative in Hollywood Takes Down Her Identity Crisis

Katie Malia – A Hapa Creative in Hollywood Takes Down Her Identity Crisis

posted by Sophia Whittemore
Katie Malia

Katie Malia

By Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Staff Writer

I managed to get an interview with hapa actress, dancer, and creator Katie Malia, who’s also the star of Almost Asian, a comedy series about growing up with a multiracial identity. Aside from being a wonderfully positive and creative human being, Katie’s also working to empower … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Aug 31, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on Puppitty Comics Positively Portray the Hapa Experience

Puppitty Comics Positively Portray the Hapa Experience

posted by Sophia Whittemore


 
By Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Staff Writer

 
Huffpost‘s Brittany Wong did an article spotlighting the work of Kiana Khansmith, a bright young artist who grew up half-Japanese and half-Jamaican in Hawai’i. Growing up mixed race can be confusing, so artist Kiana found a way to explain this through an adorably funny set of … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Aug 29, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on It’s All about Cats and Star Trek for Hapa Artist Jenny Parks

It’s All about Cats and Star Trek for Hapa Artist Jenny Parks

posted by Sophia Whittemore
Jenny Parks

Jenny Parks

By Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Staff Writer

If you keep walking along Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2017, you’ll see a stand covered entirely with cats. Cats wielding swords. Cats wielding lasers. And yes, there’s a cat Avengers team too.

So, naturally, I had to stop by and chat with Star Treks cat parody … Read more

Asian Americans

Aug 24, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on Experiences of Mixed Race Latinx/Asian

Experiences of Mixed Race Latinx/Asian

posted by Sophia Whittemore

Asian Latino 
By Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Staff Writer

 
Growing up biracial, like growing up in any other POC family, presents both its positives and its negatives. Growing up half-latinx and half-Asian presents both its share of positives (speaking multiple languages, enjoying multiple types of food) and its challenges (not connecting with one side because you … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Discussion of Being Half-Black in Japan

posted by Sophia Whittemore

Ariana MiyamotoBy Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Intern

A year or so ago, while I was on my way to Jakarta visiting my relatives, I had to stop in Tokyo for the connecting flight.  The first news article when I went on line basically went like this (translated from Japanese, in multiple newspapers ). “First Biracial Beauty Queen … Read more

Bad Ass Asians

Aug 4, 2017 Ξ Comments Off on Almost Asian – A Series on Hapa Identity Crisis

Almost Asian – A Series on Hapa Identity Crisis

posted by Sophia Whittemore

 

By Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Intern

When I stumbled upon Katie Malia’s web series, “Almost Asian“, I watched her comedic skits about what I fondly call “mini identity crisis moments.” Namely, these multiracial hapa experiences include:

  1. Being given a fork at an Asian restaurant
  2. Being mistaken for being the wife of your blood
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Being Hapa

Things Hapas NEED to Hear – A Hapa Happiness Post

posted by Sophia Whittemore

 
By Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Intern

 

I wrote an article, “Things Hapas Hear”, and it received attention for being relatable. And then it occurred to me that a lot of people from multiracial households deal with this all the time. Look at any online forum to see that “identity” and “ethnic ambiguity” … Read more

Blogs

#WeNeedDiverseBooks – Asian Representation Needed Between the Pages of a Book

posted by Sophia Whittemore


 
By Sophia Whittemore
AsAmNews Intern

 
Let me discuss a little movement that can help any Asian authors on the lookout for one day publishing their work.
 
Let me break this down really quickly. Top YA book series are facing the same problems that Hollywood movies are. Mainly, the issue is that people … Read more

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