Asian Showcase

Whitewashing: An American tradition. Hollywood shapes how we are seen and *not* seen. But we don’t have to give them our money and views. Ghost in the Shell and Death Note are more missed opportunities to showcase Asian-American talent. Let’s not watch them.

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Around the World in 10 Lit Festivals

·         Jaipur Literature Festival—Jaipur, India, in January

o   It’s known simply as the “world’s largest free literary festival”—now when do we leave?

Source: jaipurliteraturefestival.org

·         Tokyo International Literary Festival—Tokyo, Japan, in March

o   This smaller festival is dedicated to showcasing contemporary Asian writers along with some big-name authors.

Source: tokyolitfest.com

·         Miami Book Festival—Miami, USA, in November

o   Don’t miss out on the chance to see all your favorite authors, not to mention getting an amazing tan in November!

Source: miamibookfair.com

 

·         International Literature Festival—Berlin, Germany, in September

o   This is one of the most globally diverse literary festivals, and it features events and discussions on international poetry, politics, youth literature and so much more!

Source: literaturfestival.com

·         International Festival of Authors—Toronto, Canada, in October

o   With a focus on contemporary fiction, this is one of the largest literary forums in Canada.

Source: facebook.com/pg/InternationalFestivalofAuthors

·         The FLIP Festival (Festa Literária Internacional de Paraty)—Paraty, Brazil, in July

o   Founded by publishing powerhouse Liz Calder, this festival puts an emphasis on cultural exchange.

Source: flip.org.br

·         Edinburgh International Book Festival—Edinburgh, Scotland, in August

o   This massive festival, which just happens to be one of the oldest, has over 750 events and boasts an attendance of over 800 authors each year.

Source: edbookfest.co.uk

·         Ubud Writers & Readers Festival—Ubud, Indonesia, in October

o   As a response to the first Bali bombing, this Southeast Asian literary festival focuses on expanding cross-cultural dialogue and connection while also showcasing some amazing Indonesian authors.

Source: ubudwritersfestival.com

·         Melbourne Writers Festival—Melbourne, Australia, in August

o   With the slogan MWF Is for Everyone Who Reads, what’s not to love about this festival?

Source: mwf.com.au

·         Letterature—Rome, Italy, in May

o   At this festival unpublished authors get their time to shine as writers from all walks of life are encouraged to share their work, which is based on the year’s chosen theme.

Source-festivaldelleletterature.it

jonsasnow  asked:

hi there! i love your blog first of al!! i was just wondering if you know of any other blogs like yours that only showcase asian people. i'd love more on my newsfeed <3 thank you!

Hi! Thank you, this means a lot! :) And yeah, there are a lot of blogs featuring Asian Diaspora issues and representation in media / entertainment:

A film geek's watching special:About Asian Films and why the hell do we not watch enough of it?

So hello everyone,I would like to address this issue because I do feel that it is a problem,even for me as a cinephile living in Asia (to be more precise Singapore).

The night before my birthday I read an ask on my favorite tumblr salesonfilm (x) What is your favorite Asian films? However what intrigued me is the response 

Asian cinema is such a weak spot for me. it’s embarrassing, really, especially considering the vast size & scope of the films made all across the middle east, far east, south east asia…i have so much to learn, still.

Sadly this truth also applied to me as an Asian,who is in film school

Yes Armad I should be watching more Asian films,because I am from that region. Hey it is my home-turf. Some of the best guys are from here..Everyone is familiar with these guys

  • Akira Kurosawa (Yes the guy who collaborated with Toshire Mifune who is a badass)
  • Yazujiro Ozu (Those in film school would know you have to watch Tokyo Story for screenings and yes I loved that film-he is that chill guy who make quiet films)
  • Sajitay Ray (I only watched one recently-Panther Panchalit which is wonderful)
  • The Chinese 5th and 6th Generation filmmakers like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige
  • Kenji Mizoguchi (Ugestu is wonderful and have the most beautiful shots)

For the current ones

  • For the Korean filmmakers recently- Boo Jung-Ho with Snow piercer (with John Hurt) and Park Chan Wook’s Stalker 
  • Apichatpong Weersethakul (I met him during an event,I will tell you more about him)
  • Wong Kar Wai (I admit I loved his works so much everyone in my film school try to emulate him)
  • Hayao Miyasaki and Studio Ghibi (I loved his works okay?)

Yes a long list of Asian filmmakers I can name and we (I mean the cinema) just took notice of them recently. Now about Apichatpong..I managed to grab a chat with him after watching a restored version of his debut film Mysterious Object at Noon and I asked about his latest films Uncle Boommee and how the people receive it. He said to me nicely that the French loved these type of films because they are interesting and hark back to their surrealist days in the 20’s. It is a good sign that the Westerners are not drilled into their colonial past and white supremacy.

Now here is my question why I (we) are not watching more Asian films? I would look into my country as a case-study. It is like only recently we can celebrate Singapore’s film industry because of that film

Yah! We won a Palme D'Or by Cannes (I get to watch it and it was okay for me). We don’t have anything great since Mee Pok Man by Eric Khoo and plus we have a period where the local cinema became obsolete. Despite that hype

most of the time,people would rather flock into Jack Neo films if it was local and people have a love/hate relationship with him (I know some of my classmates tend to bitch about him)

He makes crappy comedies of ah-bengs (A local term for chinese gangsters) that is not global in mind. However he makes money out of it.  

There are the art house directors like Boo Junfung and Anthony Chen,but there is little reception.

But hey if I am a local and goes to the cinema,if I have to choose a Hollywood Blockbuster with a well-known director or a Local film. I would patronize that Hollywood film because 90% films shown in Singapore are Hollywood. Hollywood dominated Asia’s cinema watching. I only remember more Hollywood filmmakers and European than my local cinema.

I did not realize how powerful South East Asian films are until I watched Lewat Djam Malam during Film Restoration Asia. I am extremely horrified that an old Indonesian film can be so powerful and I do not even know my region’s filmmakers. Even the young people who are going to be filmmakers are blissfully unaware that we have incredible filmmakers from here! On the otherhand Japan and Korea attempted to showcase more of its local filmmakers and I recall a news report that the Koreans are more interested in their local films. I wonder why the hell am I not interested in the films from my region

It leads me to that point..if you want people to be more aware of Asian films (westerners or not). We need to showcase more Asian films. like how Italians show off their Fellinis and Rossellinis to film festivals and cinemas. I bet people are curious what is Asia like beyond the plastic perception of Orientals. I am curious how people in my region talk about issues and create stories that are global! 

If you cannot afford to watch a film in cinemas,check Criterion Collection and DVDS that distribute Asian Cinema. Yes check the Ozus and Rays. Also be prepared to go beyond the comfort zone that is why I need people to put great films in DVDS,I mean lesser know regions. Don’t keep them in vaults where they will rot. Films are supposed to be watched not kept as a museum piece.

And we need to help in the film preservation area,I am an advocate of it and I recalled a talk about the state of film archives in Asia. It was scary that people simply do not see film as a heritage and we dump the films like trash. It was sad that 60-70% of the films made in Singapore’s golden age (50’s-70’s) are gone. I would love to see the Old Malay films but I cannot because we don’t give a flip. Basically my heritage is gone forever. Sadly we do not have the finances to keep this. That is why I am glad that Scorsese created The World cinema fund. We could see more Asian films to be saved. More people watching Asian films.

Lastly education for Asian films,how are you going to spur people’s attention without educating them? We need to have more courses on Asian cinema,more books talking about it. Let them be heard. It would enrich the mind.

Cinemas need to be proud of that heritage. We need to give more funding to filmmakers,if they can win something great don’t stop in that moment. Celebrate it 24/7. Please give more funding to them,it would make such a big difference.

Film-preservation advocates,thank you for caring of Asian films. It would definitely enriched people’s lives!

Fellow watchers,instead of watching Hollywood all the time,switch up like twice a week,watch an Asian film. There are so many recommendations of it. Have discussions on the net of those watchings. I am more than happy to talk about it. I am hoping that people would say “do you watch that Filipino film,it was brilliant”

Filmmakers from my region,as a future film critic,Please do not be scared to make your stories. I know it is tough but we need these voices! Take care of your films,don’t thrash them. You never know if it could touch people’s hearts globally. Please do watch your region’s filmmakers,be aware of those names not just Ozu and Kurosawa, I cannot emphaise on film watching. I seriously do.

After much passionate thinking,I would like to end with that short by country that struck me more than Ilo Ilo. Gourmet Baby by Sandi Tan that restored my humanity of Singaporean films as a local (Alongside Boo Junfung) . It was a simple concept-a guy who loved food used his niece as his way to express his love of high-class food because no one want to do it. I understand because it is in our culture that we loved good food. But it is how it was weaved to tell something about Singaporean society which is wonderful. It is not as outlandish as Jack Neo or too arty-farty. It goes into the core of everyone. I remember I wrote this on my post for my school blog on that seminar

To me, the lesson …. is that we must be fearless in getting our voices heard, whether it is making a statement in your film or writing about a film. After all, aren’t we individuals who wish to have our perspectives heard?

In the end if you wanted Asian Cinema to thrive well,give it a chance to let that voice be heard! That is what I hope for Asian cinema to the world ,go beyond the exoticism of Asian films that it was shiny and let them be heard. Give equal attention as the Hollywood and the European films. I do believe that cinema brings worlds and I hope I would be proud of my cinematic heritage!

browngirlpositivity wants YOU

Hi Friends!

browngirlpositivity is a body positivity & fashion blog dedicated to uplifting Desi & South Asian (-descended) Brown girls and womyn of every experience!

Samaa, of wearivebeen and founder of browngirlpositivity, is stepping down as the head moderator and is seeking new mods and also someone to run the blog!

This is a really great space for South Asian womyn to just showcase and revel and embrace themselves, so do apply/sign up!

(also, the selfies submissions are always open!) 

please spread this widely

i’m tagging people who (maybe?) have large South Asian followings: saltfishandbake, bengali-babe, ur-ammu, kashmirkichand, reclaimthebindi

You know….I’m still seeing a bunch of negativity on Tumblr against #asianinvasion. From what I’ve seen, the main arguments against it are:

  • It feeds yellowfever/asian fetishes etc
  • It’s anti-black (by copying #blackout and and claiming it to be an idea created by asians)
  • It only perpetuates that asian= only korean/chinese/japanese
  • It falls on the same day as Ace day.

And let me tell you, none of this needs to be a problem. You know why?

  • The more diverse Asians we show, the more people can see that we are people, not objects of fantasy. Representation gives us a voice.
  • Correct me if I’m wrong, but literally nobody has claimed #asianinvasion is an original idea (now #yellowout, that’s a different story, but no one’s participating in that anyway) Plus, isn’t #transdayofvisibility a similar concept? (for example, not using this for any reason in particular) But I didn’t see arguments against that?

  • If anything, #asianinvasion will help break the idea that “Asian”= East Asian. This gives ALL types of Asians, whatever your ethnicity, the chance to represent yourself and educate ignorance. And by the way, the idea that “Asians” only refer to east Asians is mostly an American thing. I’m from the UK and people use the term “Asians” in reference to people from the Middle East. /shrugs

  • I’m sure we can be mature enough to recognise the struggles of both minorities and share the same day. This isn’t the Oppression Olympics, so instead of fighting over what makes us different, let’s focus on what we have in common and celebrate it.

TL;DR: If you don’t like the idea of #asianinvasion for whatever reason, don’t participate, don’t like or reblog tagged posts. That’s your choice. But please don’t deliberately take down a rare opportunity for Asians to showcase our beautiful diversity and raise awareness for our need for proper representation and equality. Peace.