In Madame Butterfly, an older woman at the Puduraya bus station in Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia tries to get a ticket to her hometown in Muar. She runs short because her partner has used her finances and cheated on her. She’s left waiting for him to pick her up as he promises, but he fails to deliver. She calls him multiple times. He claims to be busy and leaves to call her again later or to voicemail. After pleading with the bus driver, she makes it home, and in the end, rests in bed content with herself, calm and collected.

Your Name Engraved Herein: When Love Hurts

Recently more LGBTQ legislation and progress have been made in Asian countries, and there is still a long way to go, but LGBTQ representation in mass media is different than in America. The BL industry and the minority of GL media thrive in Asia, with mainstream movies and low-budget tv shows being made. Your Name Engraved Herein is one of those examples, a blockbuster LGBTQ film that earned over $100 million in the box office.

Your Name Engraved Herein has also been distributed internationally through a Netflix audience. The film bears inspiration from…

Minari explores the class struggles and poverty of Asian immigrants, citizenship, assimilation, and settling into America. The film explores these themes through the Korean-American, Yi family. However, Lee Isaac Chung fails to deliver on these concepts as he centers on American citizenship and the American Dream. By focusing his scope on these concepts, Chung reduces the cultural nuances and opportunity of losing Asian citizenship and culture.

Asian American diaspora and immigration formation came out of violent coercion of imperialism and displacement from their homeland. Recent examples being Korea and Vietnam. Then imperialism worsened the material conditions through embargoes and sanctions

Minh Ngo

Minh Ngo (he/they) is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, and student at New York University. They study film and television and are interesting in directing.

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