Y’all know I like to do reviews of Asian American art–especially novels and books. However, I’m just one person who does this for free, and sometimes:
a) I lack bandwidth
b) My personal tastes don’t align with certain works that are or may be good
So here are three works that I might recommend, if I had the bandwidth or personal tastes:
I started reading this book but couldn’t finish. The fiction was just too experimental for me, and I found it hard to follow. That said, I realize it’s a good book. I’m always complaining about superficial Asian American literature, and this one is definitely deep. I couldn’t finish it, but I might recommend that others give it a try.
At least one reader has lauded The Walking Dead for the character of Glenn, played by Steven Yeun. I actually watched the first two episodes of The Walking Dead, and I thought that the character (who shows up for the first time in episode 2) was very well done. I heard it even gets better later. I just wasn’t into the zombies and dead things.
Word on the street is that Supercapitalist, an indie film made by an Asian American dude, is tearing up the iTunes world. It got crappy reviews from all the big media gatekeepers, but as Betty Ming Liu says, it’s great that the big gatekeepers are even watching and reviewing. Derek Ting made this movie for half a million dollars, which I think is big compared to most indie movies (it’s an indie but not a small indie). I don’t know much about movies, but if he could attract a half million dollars, I’m guessing that means he’s got star power. His bio says he’s one of the founders of Asian American Film Lab. If you check out the cast, he’s also got some other pretty big stars.
I haven’t seen it, mostly because it doesn’t look like my cup of tea. Still, it’s great that he made this movie. Props to him, just for doing it!