Brillante Mendoza's TV series "Amo" is the first Filipino-made television show to be picked up by Netflix. Though often compared to other shows about drug wars such as "Narcos" and "The Wire," there is a lot that would be unfamiliar to or lost on most American viewers.
The Crazy Rich Asians trailer drew a huge reaction online, especially on Twitter. Instead of criticizing the movie, I decided to post a thread listing a bunch of other Asian-centered books written by Asian authors as alternatives. The thread was picked up by Buzzfeed and they brought me on their live morning show to talk about it.
April 27th is National Girl Crush Day. The first time National Girl Crush Day appeared on my radar was in 2015 when I saw a bunch of people tweeting about it and nominating women and girls who were inspirations to them. I want to nominate and talk about two women I've been following closely this past year: Ruby Ibarra and Ellen Pao.
I've been wearing a lot of red lately. Sometimes it's been a pop of red lipstick or red nails. Sometimes it's my entire outfit, from my lipstick all the way to my bag. No other color represents love, strength and passion the way red does. It is the color of extremes. Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces – and most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past.
I am very skeptical of the freeing benefits of the internet economy now. In theory, it sounds great. It can be and has been done. But it's so rare when it does. The few success stories create such a false sense of hope.