Asian-American actress/filmmaker, Iyin Landre calls out Hollywood’s racial stereotypes against Asians in her Kickstarter Video

Los Angeles, CA – In three comedic yet painfully truthful skits, Iyin Landre reveals the racial stereotyping she has faced as an actress in Hollywood. From auditioning for nail salon ladies, to being asked by casting directors to put on fake “Asian” accents, Landre discloses the limited opportunities for Asian-American actors. 

Like Julie Chen recently noted, the glass or bamboo ceiling for Asian-Americans is still very real today. Therefore, Landre has set out to defy these odds in her passionate and gritty film, Me + You, in which she stars, writes and produces.The story is about an American girl who travels to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and falls in love with a drug dealer from the favelas, the notoriously violent slums. Last year, Landre traveled to Brazil by herself to shoot a trailer, so as to come back and raise the funding for the feature.

One reason Landre created this project was because she grew tired of waiting for mainstream media to represent Asian-Americans as complex characters. She says, “In order to change stereotypes, we can’t just complain about it, we have to create new images and tell new stories to replace them with. We have to define ourselves, instead of letting others define us.”  

Landre and her team are in the last week of their Kickstarter campaign for Me + You, to crowdfund $75,000 by 8:21 AM PDT on Saturday, September 21st

As an Asian-American woman in Hollywood, Landre is forging a career path few have walked, since Asian-Americans are still grossly underrepresented in the entertainment business.  The first and only Asian actress ever nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress was Merle Oberon in 1935. And while Asian-Americans attend opening weekend movies 6% more than the average American, and spend 35% more on entertainment in general, they comprise only 0.4% of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Landre expects Me + You to be completed sometime in early 2015, after Brazil hosts the World Cup in 2014 and before the Olympics in 2016.

To view the Kickstarter campaign of Me + You, go to:


October Issue: The Political Adolescence of Asian America

Just how far has the fastest-growing minority group come politically? This story goes local, taking a closer look at three noteworthy case studies, to help answer that question.

SO THIS IS THE YEAR. Finally, Asian Americans will matter. That’s what a casual observer might glean from the spate of articles heralding the arrival of Asian America onto the national political stage. A sampling of headlines:

“Could 2012 Be the Year of the Asian Voter?”

“Will Asian voters swing the election?”

“With surging numbers, Asian-Americans look for congressional gains”

“Asian-Americans take higher profile in congressional races”

“Overlooked Asian-American voters could tip scales in November election”

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"Asian-American actors have never been treated as full-time actors. We’re always hired as part-timers. That is, producers call us when they need us for only race-specific roles. If a part was seen as too “demanding,” that part often went to a non-Asian."
— Mako Iwamatsu, the voice actor of Uncle Iroh. Read more about his work fighting for Asian American roles here (via jedifreac)




Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, and in his honor, the Black students’ union sent out an email summing up MLK’s life, politics and legacy, along with a reminder of what we students can do. The email was sent to the Black students’ union email listserv and the Latino students’ union listserv.

But not to the Asian students’ union listserv.

Why the resistance to including Asians as people

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“You’re clearly not white and encounter tons of ignorance from that circumstance, but you’re still more socially accepted than black and latino group due to “positive stereotypes” (bullshit IMO) and thus receive better access to resources i.e. health care, education. “

As an Asian American, I will have to slightly disagree with that statement, that Asians are more “socially acceptably.” It is not the people who are socially acceptable, it is our products.

By products I mean our food, history, mythology, culture, our martial arts, and dare I say it, the “exotic” nature of all that and more. Our products eventually became fetishized for most white people to consume and mold into their society.

In media, the Asian people are just as shafted and pigeon holed into the typecast roles that a white consumer society established for them, and if an Asian isn’t emulating any of those “positive stereotypes,” (ie if you don’t know kung fu, if you’re not nerd or geek smart, if you are not an Asian female that can be hypersexualized into an exotic trophy for the white man to win), you are denied opportunities and privileges just like anyone else of color.

Anyways, yeah wtf Asians are too of color and we love MLK as much as anyone does.


Remember Hmong-American actor who played Spider in Gran Torino a.k.a. Doua Moua? HE NEEDS YOUR HELP TO FUND THIS FILM. SPREAD THE WORD.

THE INSPIRATION “I DIE, I DIM and I SHINE” is a film about lies, truth, love and the unforgotten. My inspiration for writing this screenplay is from loving to much and living a truthful life that leads me to lie. Lying is sometimes the best way for people to live an unforgotten life, pleasing those you love so they would feel that they’re living a truthful life. But all it does to you is hurt you the most, leaving you to live half a life. Writing became a mechanism for me to express my moments of emotional truth.

“Knock on wood” my father has been sick for years from Kidney Failure and the inspiration for writing and wanting to direct this film is for my father to see something that I’ve accomplished. Cause all my life my parents has been to busy trying to give the American Dream to Two different generations of kids; my uncles, now my siblings and I, that they never had the chance to see any of my work. So writing this screenplay is my way of dealing with that One Day that my father wont be there at my wedding, see his grandkids grow up, and see me grow old. Which in “I DIE, I DIM and I SHINE” we have two family that comes together by chance, working through their loses and fighting for those unforgotten memories that they once shared with their love ones. A newly happy engaged Kim comes home, after her mother has passed away from cancer two years ago, to find that her father, Bob, has been engaged to a new woman, Maria. And surprisingly Maria is actually Kim’s finance Brandon’s mother. Kim’s family died, lost a piece of themselves after her mother passed away and through life they mat new people that slowly help them dim a bit brighter. As love is usually the case that makes everyone feels greater in life, Kim and Bob shines brighter when they fell in love. But that leaves Chase, Kim’s little brother, who still dwells on his own pace about the unforgotten memories of his mother. ”I DIE, I DIM and I SHINE”


Production Details
Director/ Screenwriter: Doua Moua
Producer: Doua Moua and Samy Elisabeth Yang
Production Company: Zoe Spencer Films
Director of Picture: Sam Heesen
Cast: Whitney Kimball Long - (Kim)
Billy Yoder - (Brandon),
Meagan Robar - (JoAnn)
Genre: Drama/ Comedy

Why HELP SUPPORT? The cast and crew are putting their time and effort to help me make this an amazing film.

The budget will be used for:

- Housing
- Transportation
- Food
- Location
- Camera
- Lights and Gears
- Sound Equipment
- Licenses
- Submitting to Film Festivals
- PR packets

Everyone is putting their heart and soul in this project.So please support this project so we can GREEN LIGHT it.


By Jade Cho

I can’t help but feel a little hurt when I meet API women who say they only go for white guys. There’s nothing wrong with our Euro American brethren  – but underlying the phrase “white guys are soo hot” I always hear “Asian guys are soo unattractive.” Dating preferences are individual, most times influenced by personal history. But there’s no doubt there’s very little love for API men in the mainstream media, something I think ultimately feeds into the way we women perceive them in real life. If you’ve never met an Asian guy you’re attracted to and the media just tells you they’re effeminate geeks or creepy, scheming villains, you’re never gonna think an Asian guy could be hot, period.

Gedde Watanabe as Long Duk Dong in Sixteen Candles (1984): prototypical effeminate Asian guy stereotype

So, especially in a year where Ken-Jeong-in-The-Hangover caricatures are becomingpopular, it is never a bad time to give some love to real, powerful, complex API men who are anything but emasculated stereotypes – and who are often far under the mainstream’s radar. Three of these men have been on constant replay in my library this week, so it is a pleasure for me to use this week’s Perspective to profile some of my favorite MCs:

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1) Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Amiel Maquilan. Musically known as Summer Breeze. I’m 23 years old and from South San Francisco, CA.

2) What got you into singing, playing the guitar, and vlogging on YouTube?

I started playing guitar and singing back in my junior year of high school. I started because I wanted to write a song for my high school crush. Ever since then, I continued my musical hobby and turned it into a music career. I started my YouTube channel and everything started to take off from there.
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By: Kenny Kim Hoang

Not too long ago, the presence of Asian Americans in media was closely nonexistent. Besides stereotypical, one-dimensional characters, there was a lack of everyday you-and-me representation. In the hands of the mainstream, the dynamics and complexities of an Asian American was absent. However, what was missing was found elsewhere.

Nearly 7 years since it’s creation, with the help of YouTube, everyone has the access to publicly do their own thing. Comedy bits, music covers, flash mobs, freestyle recordings, choreographed routines, video responses, do it yourself videos, and the like. Some people use the tube for leisure’s sake, some others try to promote their gig, the possibilities are endless.

To know that a person has this wealth of control and say in what they do, it’s sort of liberating. Free from the confines of the mainstream; YouTube has been a great source for people to do what they do best, rep people.

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Diversity in YA Fiction is a website and book tour founded by two young adult authors, Malinda Lo and Cindy Pon, to celebrate diverse stories in YA.

DIYA is a positive, friendly gathering of readers and writers who want to see diversity in their fiction. We come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and we hope that you do, too. We encourage an attitude of openness and curiosity, and we welcome questions and discussion. Most of all, we can’t wait to have fun sharing some great books with you!

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, will be published in April 2011. Visit her website at

Malinda Lo is the author of Ash (Little, Brown, 2009), which was a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, and named one of the Kirkus Best Young Adult Novels of 2009. A companion novel to Ash, titled Huntress, will be published in April 2011. Visit her website at