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“Midsummer’s Mayhem” is a new enchanting twist on the Shakespearean classic

Midsummer’s Mayhem is a fantastically imaginative middle grade novel about friendship, family, and learning to appreciate your unique strengths. The story follows 11-year-old Mimi Mackson, who is a passionate baker and the youngest of...

The indomitable Mia Tang from Front Desk is back to take on a hostile...

Three Keys, Kelly Yang’s Young Adult sequel to the award winning novel, Front Desk, tells an incredible story of resilience, friendship and standing up for what is right. Her novels are rich and inspiring, written...

Young adult novel “Front Desk” depicts social and racial justice struggles and triumphs

Front Desk reveals the daily struggles of a Chinese immigrant family running a motel told through the perspective of Mia Tang, a strong-minded and passionate ten-year-old. This novel, by Kelly Yang, may be intended...

Director Yang Mingming draws from life experience for her mother-daugher movie, Girls Always Happy

In Yang Mingming’s debut feature film, Girls Always Happy, we experience the everyday life and struggles of a mother and daughter living in a Beijing hutong. The film is tender and honest as it...

‘Gook’ tells the complex story of the L.A. Riots from a Korean American perspective

Justin Chon’s Sundance award-winning film, 'Gook,' is set during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots and looking back twenty-five years later, it is still extremely relevant. 'Gook' is inspired by the experience of Chon’s family during the riots and is presented from a Korean American perspective, one which Chon felt was underrepresented and important to put forth.

SIFF: Finding Kukan a personal film for Robin Lung

She was an activist, a playwright, an actress, a cook, a pilot, a filmmaker, and a woman who did not put up with the status quo. Li Ling-Ai was a second generation Chinese-American who...