ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY
This documentary explores the visibility of Asian Americans in pop culture since the inception of new media such as YouTube. The documentary will focus on the current struggles and successes of important Asian Americans in the areas of music, film, and dance from both new media creators and long time industry professionals.
WHY IT IS BEING DONE
Five years ago, we couldn’t name more than 10 recognizable Asian entertainers in mainstream America and the few that we could name only played stereotypical roles like the nerd or the martial artist. Even more problematic was the lack of acknowledgement of this problem by the general public. However, in the past few years, we have noticed groups of young Asian American artists emerging in entertainment with roots in new media, specifically YouTube. They are taking action into their own hands and redefining how Asian Americans are perceived and valued in society. We wanted to document this important era as a reference point for the future.
Executive Producers: Julie Zhan and Farah Moriah
Director: Kane Diep
Director of Photography/Lead Editor: Rommel Andaya
Assistant Editor: Mark Anthony Gadia
From Left to Right: Rommel Andaya, Julie Zhan, Mark Gadia, Kane Diep, Farah Moriah