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We're Not All Ninjas: The Podcast

We're Not All Ninjas is a movie review podcast focusing on Asian American Representation in Hollywood Films. Hosted by Melissa Slaughter, Rachel Liu, and Alex Chester Music by Ryan Majoris
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Oct 31, 2019

We saw Hustlers starring Constance Wu! We talk about her nan, the stereotypes of Asian sex workers, and the real life story of Rosie Keo. 

 

The Hustlers At Scores

Dakota Johnson as Destiny 

The Evolution of the Asian Sex Worker on Screen 

Roslyn Keo in Vulture

Oct 8, 2019

It's Melissa's birthday! So this week, we're doing a rundown of all the shows and films coming out that we think you should know about. Our feature episode, Hustlers, will be out soon! 

 

Sep 10, 2019

This month, we have actor Lee Shorten on the pod! He's one of the stars of "The Terror: Infamy," AMC's supernatural series. This season takes place during the 1940s in America's Japanese Internment camps. Lee was also in Philip Dick's "Man In High Castle". We talk representation, history, and the heaviness of filming an Internment story. Spoilers ahead! 

Aug 20, 2019

We have a special South Asian bonus episode featuring director Gurinder Chadha talking about her new film "Blinded By The Light," in theatres now. 

Aug 13, 2019

Melissa, Alex, and special guest Sandie Cheng (Now In Color podcast) talk about the indie summer hit, Lulu Wang's The Farewell. We discuss Asian grandmothers, Awkwafina's Mandarin, and all the news in Asian-American cinema. 

Representing All Asians - https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xggba/hollywood-doesnt-fully-represent-asian-americans-yet?utm_source=tcpfb&fbclid=IwAR09LmSqXJTaSBlu9FJosko64UVxa_nfZ-X1aBXdbW70Xz4UJ_mKLnUhfxQ 

Whitewashing The Farewell- https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/the-farewell-lulu-wang-interview-a24-1202158932/ 

 

Jul 16, 2019

In our latest interview, Melissa spoke with writer/director Andrea A. Walter and actor/producer Osric Chau of the indie film Empty By Design. We talk about travel, identity, and Ikea. 

Empty By Design and In A New York Minute (last week's episode) will be in NYC for the Asian American International Film Festival, July 25th thru August 3rd. 

AAIFF Empty By Design: https://www.goelevent.com/AAIFF/e/EmptybyDesign

AAIFF In A New York Minute: https://www.goelevent.com/AAIFF/e/InANewYorkMinute

Jul 9, 2019

This month, we did a series of interviews for the indie film, In A New York Minute, which our very own Rachel Liu worked on. This episode features Melissa interviewing actors Celia Au, Yi Liu, and Amy Chang, and Rachel interviewing actor Ludi Lin. 

Look for the movie at a festival near you! If you're in NYC, you can catch this film at the Asian American International Film Festival. Buy your tickets here: https://www.goelevent.com/AAIFF/e/InANewYorkMinute

Jun 11, 2019

We discuss Detective Pikachu and John Wick 3 before diving into Always Be My Maybe, featuring Randall Park, Ali Wong, and our favorite Hapa, Keanu Reeves! 

https://www.vulture.com/2019/05/randall-park-always-be-my-maybe.html 

https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/keanu-reeves-became-ali-wongs-lover-in-always-be-my-maybe.html

Jun 6, 2019

Always Be My Maybe is out now on Netflix! Melissa interviews writer/actor Randall Park, director Nahnatchka Khan, and musician Dan the Automator. Alex interviews writer Michael Golamco. Check out our episode and make sure to watch the movie! 

May 14, 2019

We're in the Endgame now! Rachel and Melissa talk Endgame while Alex is on vacation. We have so many thoughts. Namely, should we even be talking about this movie? 

Apr 9, 2019

This month, we're covering a few movies, all of which left us wanting something a little more. Happy Death Day 2 (04:28) fell back into nerdy Asian Stereotypes, Battle Angel: Alita (13:30) whitewashed some of it's main characters, and Captain Marvel (25:10) covered Gemma Chan in green paint. 

"Cyberpunk Cities Fetishize Asian Culture But Have No Asians": https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/mb7yqx/cyberpunk-cities-fetishize-asian-culture-but-have-no-asians-blade-runner 

Mar 12, 2019

This month, we're discussing the Oscar-nominated documentary Minding the Gap. Directed by Bing Liu, Minding the Gap uses 12 years worth of footage that feature Bing and some of his skate boarding community in Rockford, IL. TW: this film and episode discuss domestic abuse. 

If you or someone you know need support, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7/365 in 3 languages: 1−800−799−7233 

Feb 19, 2019

We have a bonus for you! You might recognize actress Olivia Cheng from Marco Polo on Netflix, but she's making waves for her role in Syfy's Deadly Class and for the upcoming Cinemax show Warrior (based of the writings of Bruce Lee.) Olivia was kind enough to call us for an interview. 

Deadly Class is airing now on Syfy, and Warrior drops on April 5th. You can follow Olivia at @thatoliviacheng on Instagram and Twitter. 

Feb 12, 2019

We're taking a turn this week to discuss TV. It's awards season, and with all the success of Killing Eve, and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, we wanted to celebrate our favorite TV shows with AAPI actors. In this episode we talk about Killing Eve, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and The Good Place.

 

Angry Asian Man Fall 2018 TV Shows: http://blog.angryasianman.com/2018/09/all-asians-on-tv-fall-2018-series.html

Jan 16, 2019

We've waited so long for a Hapa Hero! Jason Momoa stormed into our hearts as Aquaman, a shirtless, wet, halfbreed superhero. Do we spend a lot of time talking about how hot he is? Yes! Do we also discuss how Aquaman is Hapa AF? YES! 

Also, happy Season 4! 

Asians in Movies 2018: https://tinyurl.com/y7au3cfk 

Nerds of Color Review: https://tinyurl.com/y8luchct 

Hapa Mag: https://tinyurl.com/y8ocnuam

100 Most Handsome Men: https://tinyurl.com/y7mjk2xr 

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