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The Reclaim Podcast

Oct 29, 2020

What would real and just cultural representation of Asian Americans in entertainment look like? And why should Asian American Christians care about cultural representation, anyways? Raymond Chang and Michelle Reyes sit down with Nancy Yuen and talk about movies like Crazy Rich Asians, Parasite, and Never Have I Ever, the idea of an Asian Bechdel test, and the riches and strengths of Asian Americans within the space of entertainment. It’s a fun and educational talk about the movies we watch and how we can be a force to shape a more just Hollywood. 

Nancy Wang Yuen is a sociologist and pop culture expert. She is the author of “Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism” and co-author of “Tokens on the Small Screen: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Prime Time and Streaming Television.” She has appeared on PBS, NPR, BBC World TV, Dr. Phil, New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. She is a guest writer at Newsweek, Elle, HuffPost, and Self.

Follow her on Twitter @nancywyuen.

Resources from the conversation:

Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors & Racism by Nancy Wang Yuen

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Hosts: Raymond Chang, Michelle Reyes

Sound Editors: Iris Kim, Sean Kim

Coordinator: Grace Liu