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Super Asian America at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

Super Asian America at San Diego Comic-Con 2017

On July 23rd, 2017, Racebending.com hosted our 7th annual panel at San Diego Comic-Con. This year’s panel was a huge hit, featuring some of today’s most talented creators and performers in popular culture! Check out our full panel video, transcript, and highlights below! Highlight images by @thepaperjourney. SUPER ASIAN AMERICA With live-action versions of Death Note and Ghost in the Shell, H...
Iron Fist, Marvel, and the Virtue of Canon

Iron Fist, Marvel, and the Virtue of Canon

Today, Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres on Netflix. By all accounts, the series is Marvel TV’s first critical failure, earning bad reviews for trite and plodding storylines and a lead actor described variously as wooden and lacking charisma. Since long before the show garnered critical vituperation, it’s been the subject of heated debate over the source material’s Orientalism and c...
Racebending returns to SDCC with Super Asian America 2016

Racebending returns to SDCC with Super Asian America 2016

For our sixth consecutive year, Racebending will be hosting a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. Flyer by Jef Castro SUPER ASIAN AMERICA! Join Gene Yang (New Super-Man), Keith Chow (Nerds of Color), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), Patrick Epino (Awesome Asian Bad Guys) and Christine Dinh (comics branding professional) in discussing the ever-evolving state of Asian Americans in media. Moderated by Raceb...
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories

A few years ago, Ken Liu published The Paper Menagerie, a short story that explored issues of Asian American identity and the immigrant experience. Its mix of magical realism and the Asian American experience resonated very strongly with me – and with a wider audience. The story won the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. So I was overjoyed to learn that Liu was publishing a new collecti...
Into the Badlands: Righting a 40-year-old wrong

Into the Badlands: Righting a 40-year-old wrong

AMC’s Into the Badlands premieres this Sunday, November 15th. It’s been described repeatedly as genre-bending, a dieselpunk martial arts drama that hopes to elevate kung fu action in the way that Walking Dead revolutionized the zombie thriller. Racebending was invited to two press events with star Daniel Wu. He spoke extensively about his initial role as producer, developing the show b...
Key and Peele on Tackling Race with Humor

Key and Peele on Tackling Race with Humor

At the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Racebending was fortunate enough to be able to participate in a roundtable discussion with the minds behind the hit Comedy Central series Key and Peele (returning for their 4th season on September 24th!). Headlining comedians Keegan Michael-Key and Jordan Peele, along with series director Peter Atencio, shared a little bit with us about how they tackle the topic of...
Jim Sturgess is a Tool

Jim Sturgess is a Tool

Image: Verified twitter post from actor Jim Sturgess, who is white and appears in yellowface in the upcoming film Cloud Atlas. Sturgess writes: “Yellowface? Blackface? Pinkface? Pinkberry? Blackberry? Crackberry? Blueberry? Strawberry? Bananas? Frozen Yogurt? All the toppings?.Lovely! After Phil Yu posted this, I spent a couple hours stewing in a pit of rage. I’m still angry. And I...
The Cloud Atlas Conversation: Yellowface, Prejudice, and Artistic License

The Cloud Atlas Conversation: Yellowface, Prejudice, and Artistic License

The shock of watching the Cloud Atlas trailer, and witnessing white actors portray Asian characters, is that there is no shock. Because it is absolutely nothing new. It was part of the tradition of American entertainment long before Luise Rainer won the Oscar for The Good Earth in 1937. It was a torch passed on through the decades, from Charlie Chan to Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Unlike b...
Frustrations of an Asian American Whedonite

Frustrations of an Asian American Whedonite

Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with...
Geek Slant 2011: Pop Culture from an Asian American Perspective

Geek Slant 2011: Pop Culture from an Asian American Perspective

If you’ll be in the San Francisco area on the weekend of April 1-3, please join Racebending.com for our very first pop culture panel! Geek Slant is a no-holds-barred discussion on AAPIs in American media, from comic books to Hollywood film. 2010 was a groundbreaking year for APIs in entertainment, from platinum record sales with Far East Movement to the rise of new media with Wong Fu Product...
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