YINING WONG WRITES – The election cycle in Indonesia, sexism, differences in cultural upbringing — graphic designer Sanchia Hamidjaja has covered them all. Recently, I got to speak to her about her experiences as a creative professional in her home country, Indonesia, and her interest in shedding light on the…Full Article INDONESIA: SANCHIA HAMIDJAJA ON ART AND POLITICS
YI NING WONG WRITES — This month marks Asian American Pacific Heritage Month. Though, celebrations of the diversity and rich history from the continent occur year round. If you are in Los Angeles, here are upcoming events to look out for the rest of 2019. March 29 – June 10…Full Article Los Angeles: Things to Do To Celebrate Asian Cultures
YI NING WONG WRITES — The month of May marks Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Last week, I had the opportunity to chat with team members from a recent animation about street foods, culture, and family in Hong Kong: Front of the House. Director Sum Yi “Ashley” Ma and Sound Director…Full Article Film: An Ode to Hong Kong Street Food and Family
YI NING WONG WRITES– The city of Hong Kong is demonstrating a new and unique show of racial solidarity. October 9 – November 20, 流浪之聲 (The Wandering Voice), an online media platform, and the Sociology department of Hong Kong University are hosting a ‘Blackness Series’ to shed light on what…Full Article HONG KONG: THE WANDERING VOICE SHINES LIGHT ON MINORITY GROUPS
YI NING WONG WRITES — Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP-LA) presented the 2nd Annual Taiwanese American Film Festival (TAFF) on August 3rd and 4th. TAFF screened 2 feature films, Take Me To The Moon by Hsieh Chun-yi and For Izzy by Alex Chu, twelve shorts, and hosted a diverse group of industry panelists. The event…Full Article FILM: TAFF Increases Visibility for Underdog Creatives
YI NING WONG WRITES — I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Lu Han, director of the short film, The Shuttle (2017), which has been the official selection for renowned festivals such as the Palm Springs International ShortFest, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, New Orleans Film…Full Article Film: Director Lu Han Highlights the Mundane in Life
YI NING WONG WRITES — LGBT issues in Hong Kong have rarely generated high levels of widespread public support. So how is it that Hong Kong’s top court just ruled in favor of a lesbian British expat applying for her wife’s dependent visa? That’s just what happened on July 4th,…Full Article HONG KONG: A MINOR VICTORY FOR LGBT RIGHTS, OR A MAJOR SIGN OF MORE JUSTICE TO COME?
YI NING WONG WRITES — Local communities across Los Angeles are celebrating Lunar New Year. The year of the dog begins on February 16th, 2018. Last weekend, our Asia Media staff visited festivities at the city of Monterey Park. The festival offered over 50 vendors to join this event, along…Full Article LOS ANGELES: LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVITIES BEGIN
YI NING WONG writes — South Korea is largely known as one of the Asian countries that have managed to successfully advance their economy into the developed world, in addition to evolving a stable democracy. However, with this advancement, much of modern society has forgotten the struggles that South Koreans…Full Article LOS ANGELES: ASIA WORLD FILM FESTIVAL REACHES ARTISTIC GREATNESS WITH “A TAXI DRIVER” FROM SOUTH KOREA
YI NING WONG writes – Hong Kong’s infamous city Lan Kwai Fong is well known for manifesting the city’s bustling spirit into a unique nightlife culture. Popular bars and clubs are only a few feet away from each other, attracting endless crowds and earning the city a reputation as Hong…Full Article HONG KONG: EXPLORING THE EMERGING DRAG SCENE IN HONG KONG
YI NING WONG writes — The 1992 Los Angeles riots marked one of the most violent demonstrations of civil unrest in the United States. While the event largely signified the rising tensions between African Americans and LAPD, it also exposed racial contentions between African and Korean Americans. Director Justin Chon’s…Full Article LOS ANGELES: JUSTIN CHON’S ‘GOOK’ BRINGS NEW PERSPECTIVE TO HISTORICAL LA RIOTS
China is notorious for its Great Firewall, the looming regulatory force that continues to censor Chinese netizens. The Great Firewall’s next victim is virtual private networks or VPNs. China recently released a statement that all VPN access will be blocked by February 2018. VPN serves as Chinese netizens’ saving grace…Full Article CHINA: THE GREAT FIREWALL STRIKES VPN USERS
YI NING WONG WRITES – Netflix Original, Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower, tells the story of young Hong Kong activist, Joshua Wong, as he leads the infamous Umbrella Revolution against China in 2014. Directed by Joe Piscatella, the docufiction keeps its viewers interested, featuring the inception of a student organized pro-democracy…Full Article CHINA: NETFLIX FALLS SHORT WITH ITS UMBRELLA REVOLUTION ORIGINAL FILM
YI NING WONG WRITES – Digital content producer, 88rising, gained global recognition when the British multinational advertising agency, Wire and Plastic Products, decided to make a major investment in the company. WPP’s strategic investment in 88rising contributes to WPP’s goal to grow digital content companies within Asian millennial markets. 88rising…Full Article LONDON: WPP GOES ALL HIPPITY-HOPPITY OVER ASIA’S MILLENNIALS
YI NING WONG WRITES — Google and Adobe recently launched a unified font, Noto Serif CJK, which provides support for simplified and traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean. The new font supports four different regional writing styles by automatically adjusting each character according to the keyboard language. This laborious creation requires…Full Article EAST ASIA: GOOGLE, ADOBE HOPE FOR THE WRITE STUFF WITH MASSIVE FONT PROJECT ‘NOTO SERIF CJK’
YI NING WONG WRITES – Slowly shifting from insulting stereotypes to socially conscious roles, typecasting has changed in recent years. With The Great Wall (2017) marching into its second month in U.S. theaters, whitewashing in mainstream film productions is not the only element of the film that can be examined. A…Full Article CHINESE FEMALE TYPECASTS: EMPOWERING OR NOT?