I like short films. But I really like Barrier Device because it featured Asian American women without flattening their identities and multiple complexes. It brings Asian faces and bodies on to the big screen without simplifying representation and expanded the scope of femininities rather than singularizing experiences.
Although in mainstream media, Asian American representations lack depth and complexity, artist groups and individuals are utilizing non traditional media and exercising creativities in drama, comedy, music, spoken word, and more.
notable Asian Americans in the media includes Jujubee, Far East Movement, fashion designer Jason Wu, who have gained widespread publicity through their success in RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and Michelle Obama’s wardrobe, respectively. There have also been recent movements and pushes for celebration and awareness in Asian American arts, including the Chicago Asian American Jazz Movement, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, and Asian Improv Arts Midwest. There are also notable independent artists on the rise. Natalise along with others like Jhameel and Yuna have been able to reach a wider audience and even garner international support with the help of Youtube.
Some lgbtq Asian American spoken word or performance artists include Kit Yan, Kay Barett, Kareem Khubchandanee, Fawzia Mirza, and more. They can all be found on social media platforms, and their work add diversity to depth to the material that is available for viewers who enjoy media arts.