Highlights from the 42nd Hawai’i International Film Festival’s Virtual Program

For the third consecutive year of its 42-year run, the Hawai’i International Film Festival has a large selection of films available to view virtually. With titles ranging from Hawaii, the mainland, the overall Asia-Pacific region, and other parts of the world, there are so many for viewers to watch from the comfort of home, each of which expressing voices and stories of all kinds.

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Southern Fried Asian: Suzanne Park

Southern Fried Asian returns to feature stand-up-comic-turned-young-adult-romance-author, Suzanne Park! She and Keith discuss growing up in the suburbs of Nashville, stumbling into stand-up comedy, writing her newest book, The Christmas Clash — about warring food court restaurants, her mother’s Korean American fried chicken, and more.

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Southern Fried Asian: Patrick Michael Strange

On Southern Fried Asian, fellow NOC fam Patrick Michael Strange is in conversation with Keith about growing up as a military brat across the South! From South Carolina and Mississippi to joining the Navy in Viriginia, Patrick recounts coming to terms with his identity as a Filipino American and as a comic book nerd. They also discuss his own nerd empire and a memorable Comic-Con experience. Finally, Patrick reveals that tocino (and not lumpia or siopao) is his go-to Filipino dish.

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Southern Fried Asian: ‘House of Ho’

On as special Southern Fried Asian, NOC Managing Editor Laura Sirikul sits down with the cast of HBO Max’s House of Ho just in time for the reality docuseries’ eventful second season following the Houston-based Vietnamese family as they pursue a life of love, laughter, and luxury.

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Southern Fried Asian: Chef Nini Nguyen

Southern Fried Asian returns with a conversation between Keith and Top Chef alum, Chef Nini Nguyen! She tells Keith about growing up in New Orleans, being cast on Top Chef, teaching people how to cook on the internet, and what it really means for cuisine to be “authentic.” She also reveals why mullet roe will always remind her of her grandmother.

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Southern Fried Asian: Greg Pak Returns

Southern Fried Asian is back and so is one of our previous guests. Keith welcomes back Greg Pak — whose moving new autobiographical project I Belong to You / Motherland is being turned into a choral performance in Austin — to discuss belonging and loss and share memories of his mother and childhood in Texas.

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‘Ms. Marvel’ Creators on Bringing Kamala Khan’s World to the MCU

Ms. Marvel is nearly here! How does one go about translating this beloved character and her story to life? We got to speak with head writer Bisha K. Ali and co-creator Sana Amanat on how they went about doing just that for Kamala’s entry into the MCU.

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The ‘Ms. Marvel’ Supporting Cast on Bringing Kamala Khan’s Friends and Family to Life

As Ms. Marvel approaches our Disney+ screens very soon, we got to sit down with the actors playing Kamala Khan’s family (Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff, and Mohan Kapur) and friends (Rish Shah, Yasmeen Fletcher, and Matt Lintz) on how they helped bring Kamala’s world to life in the newest MCU series!

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Iman Vellani on Playing Kamala Khan, aka ‘Ms. Marvel’

Ms. Marvel is nearly here! The beloved Pakistani American Muslim character millions already love is making her debut to the MCU with her own series this Wednesday, June 8! And we got to speak with her newcomer star Iman Vellani, Kamala Khan herself!

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‘AAPI Toy Heroes’ with Kuya P

Shelf Conscious is back! This time, Keith is joined by fellow NOC and creator of The NRW, Kuya P a.k.a Patrick Michael Strange, as he launches his own action figure podcast called AAPI Toy Heroes.

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Southern Fried Asian: Chef Tim Ma

On a new episode of Southern Fried Asian, Keith talks to his Chef Tim Ma — founder and CEO of Lucky Danger, the renowned American Chinese takeout restaurant in D.C. — about his southern roots in Arkansas and Virginia and why it’s important to honor the legacy of American Chinese cuisine.

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‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Director Deborah Chow on the ‘Star Wars’ Legacy and Toshiro Mifune

In one week, on the 45th anniversary of the original Star Wars, Disney+ will be premiering the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi. Filling in the gap between Episodes III and IV, Obi-Wan Kenobi brings back Prequel era stars Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen to reprise the roles of Kenobi and Darth Vader, respectively.

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A100 List Honoree Poorna Jagannathan on the Impact of ‘Never Have I Ever’

Poorna Jagannathan is an honoree of Gold House’s 2022 A100 List, which recognizes the 100 APIs that have most significantly impacted American culture and society in the last year. The actress currently portrays Nalini Vishwakumar on Netflix’s Never Have I Ever. The third season of the series premieres on August 12.

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More AAPI Supernatural Recommendations for Fans of Disney’s ‘So Weird’

Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month everyone! Last year, to acknowledge both this annual commemoration of contributions from the AAPI community and the ever-present following of the ’90s Disney Channel original series, So Weird, I compiled together a list of supernatural recommendations, created by and about people of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

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Gold House Has Shared the 2022 A100 List and will Launch the First-Ever Gold Gala

Gold House — the leading Asian and Pacific Islander changemaker community that unites, invests in, and promotes API creative and companies — has announced its annual A100 List. The list recognizes the 100 APIs that have impacted American culture and society during the last year. Gold House has also revealed that for the first time ever, these honorees will be honored and celebrated in person!

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HBO Max Highlights AAPI Content and Announces Short Film Competition For May

Asian Pacific American (APA)/Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is approaching and that means we’re about to get more AAPI spotlights and movements coming out way.

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Ke Huy Quan On Returning to Hollywood and Reclaiming His Name

It has been over twenty years since actor Ke Huy Quan was last seen on the big screen. Although he made a brief return in a supporting role in Netflix’s 2021 family adventure, Finding Ohana, Quan’s full comeback came in the form of a leading role in A24’s sci-fi drama, Everything Everywhere All At Once.

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Brenda Song and Lana Condor Discuss AAPI Representation in Entertainment

The Nerds of Color absolutely loves Brenda Song and Lana Condor! And yesterday, the two leading Asian American actresses had a chance to sit down with one another to discuss their portrayals of multi-faceted Asian women on-screen and the importance of having representation in mainstream media.

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‘Kung Fu’ Star Kee Chan on Finding Humanity in the Villain

It’s hard to not associate the actor with the character they portray on television/film, especially if the character is as sinister and haunting as the enigmatic villain Russell Tan on The CW’s Kung Fu.

Of course, this isn’t the case for actor Kee Chan, who plays Russell Tan. 

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All Grown Up with ‘Turning Red’ Stars Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh

Disney•Pixar’s Turning Red draws much of its inspiration from director Domee Shi’s experiences as a Chinese Canadian teenager growing up in Toronto, Canada. The coming-of-age film centers on Meilin Lee (Rosalie Chiang), a confident, albeit dorky, 13-year-old navigating the chaos of adolescence. As she figures out how to strike a balance between being herself around her best friends and revering her overprotective mother, Ming Lee (Sandra Oh), Meilin is shocked to learn that she becomes a giant red panda whenever she gets too stressed or excited.

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