Pop Culture

Analyzing film, music, fashion, media, and iconic figures that define our modern world.

Leslie Cheung: A Bisexual Icon of the 80’s and 90’s

TW: Suic*de, de*th, hom*phob*a

‘My mind is bisexual. It’s easy for me to love a woman. It’s also easy for me to love a man, too” – Leslie Cheung, 1992.

Dear Asian Youth,

Amongst the actors and singers of the canto-pop scene, the late Leslie Cheung springs into the mind of many as a figure who embodies the genre. My older cousins were especially fond of his music growing up and felt an affinity towards Cheung, they even called him “gor gor” (big brother), which I later found out was a nickname that the people of Hong Kong gifted him. It was clear to me that he was a figure of hope to my cousins for his determination to express his sexuality despite belonging to a largely homogenous culture. It was only natural that this admiration would be later passed onto me.

Girlbossism

While social media can be a great asset to social progress, as demonstrated by a certain organization you are reading this from, it can also take us back quite a few steps. This is attributed to algorithms, group polarization, and confirmation bias. Even if we think we are on the “right” (but left) side of the internet, questionable rhetoric for social change still exists in the name of activism.

“Nomadland (2020)”‘s Chloe Zhao: An Asian Director with a Voice for an Underrepresented Community

Over the past year and a half, the world has reawakened and ushered in a new light of hope and perseverance for equality. As a society, we have witnessed growth, appreciation, and most of all, justice. This has been most evident in racial groups, particularly with increased advocacy for Black and Asian lives across the globe. With the usage of widespread education, recognized power in individual voices, and the intolerance for injustice, numerous people have begun to understand why their racist actions will no longer be tolerated or accepted by those around them.

How External Opinions and Biases Affect the Psyche of Asian Athletes

Asian people are smart but not athletic. Unfortunately, no matter how well I perform in basketball, most of my teammates and my coach believe in the aforementioned stereotype. They view me as an Asian person who can only play mediocre basketball, while my Asian peers stereotype me as a “simple” athlete. I’m sure a lot of Asian athletes can relate. When we do play, we usually aren’t the main players. My teammates and coach question my abilities; when I play well, they think it’s a fluke rather than a reflection of my skills. Similarly, when one teammate makes mistakes, he stays on the court. When I make similar mistakes, I get sent straight to the bench.

Burnout

More specifically, dear Asian high school seniors. As more and more college admissions roll out and the passing of Ivy Day, know that you are not alone. Even if you got accepted into your dream school, watching other “more qualified” people get rejected can give you a sense of Impostor Syndrome. On the contrary, getting rejected can make you feel as if you sacrificed all your time, energy, and mental health for nothing.

The Ratatouille Paradigm

“What? But like, what do you mean by that?”
Sam tosses me a quizzical expression- cocked brow, unrefined grimace, and eyes searching for answers.

Film Review on “Boogie” (2021)

The world has been in disarray over basic human rights and race issues, specifically the treatment of Asian Americans in modern day America. Recently, there has been an upsurge of Asian hate crimes committed on the basis of race, with a majority of white people targeting East Asians due to the mislead beliefs that East Asian people were responsible for the origin and spread of the COVID-19 Virus”, which was made evident in the vicious and unnecessary comments of former president Donald Trump.