Wow... I am completely blown away by a series I just binged on YouTube. OH MY GOD! Wong Fu Productions created a beautiful series called Yappie. It is so good and I relate to so many things in the series.... Check it out! Watch all 5 episodes! Witness this beautifully written story! Thank you Philip Wang and the Wong Fu team for being such incredible TrailBlazers for communities I identify with!
With the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Searching in mainstream media... I am finding myself celebrate my identity, as an Asian American, by going down rabbit holes of YouTube interviews and clips of artists that I admire and respect. From George Takei to Ryan Higa... I'm seeing and learning from all these artists and refining the stamp I want to put on this planet.
And when I stumbled upon this series... It made me choked up with so many emotions. Just like those films I mentioned, I saw myself in this series. I heard thoughts I've had spoken out loud, insecurities expressed, and fears explored. I saw my friends, my siblings, my parents. Again, I saw myself. My love for basketball and hip-hop, I saw the thoughts I go through as an Asian American artist, and the thoughts I have had on my participation in American culture. Episode 5 in it's entirety are things I have thought of and experienced to a T! I am at awe and so inspired. When art does that... It feeds this fire in me that makes me want to conquer the world! The honesty of it all is what fuels a fire in me that makes me want to CREATE!
Pl.ease check it out and let's have a conversation about it! UGH! I am so inspired!!!! I want to be in something like this. I want to create something exactly like this!
P.S. Janine Oda... If you're reading this. Will you marry me?