Farewell to May 2016, hello June 2016. Times flies. I guess I’m back from my latest hiatus from triscribe. Life is funny, in a not very ha-ha kind of way, as I’ve been saying on Facebook, and I’ve been rather introspective – more than usual, if that’s possible – about what is the meaning of life, and why can’t life come with an instruction manual (as I noted on tumblr, to explain a lag in posts).
I’ve also come to the conclusion that I should try to stay away from news headlines, as this has been one of the strangest presidential campaigns.
Anyway, APA Heritage Month is about to close, but APA issues – American issues – don’t go away. See below for APIAVote’s latest PSA for this year’s presidential election (and fits for every election). As Angry Asian Man notes, listen to the Sulus! (and all the other folks who are getting out the vote). (h/t Angry Asian Man’s Facebook page post; Angry Asian Man log post).
And between the #StarringJohnCho campaign and the #StarringConstanceWu campaign, I’m just hoping that we keep the dialog going past May about increasing APAs on screen. I appreciate Amanda Hess’ article in the NY Times on APA actors and actresses’ expressing their concerns of continued invisibility/pursuit for visibility on screen.
Oh, don’t forget behind the screen! I really hope that the Star Trek movie will be at least ok, if not good, if only so that director Justin Lin can keep his own reputation intact. I loved that this Wired article about Lin reminded me that he directed that infamous paintball episode on “Community” (which, if you haven’t seen it, you should; it’s hilarious). With Star Trek about to be a tv show again (well, a streaming one, anyway), Lin ought to get this almost 50 year old franchise going again. And, hey, he and John Cho reunited for the new Star Trek movie; so this has to be good for something!
(disclaimer: I still haven’t seen Lin’s movie “Better Luck Tomorrow,” which has John Cho; go figure).
(and as Angry Asian Man noted, at least with the new Star Trek movie, there’s a movie poster where you don’t have to Photoshop John Cho on it).
Last, but not least, I note that I walked through the Brooklyn War Memorial over at Cadman Plaza Park on Sunday, the day before Memorial Day. I was really moved by the inscription:
THIS MEMORIAL DEDICATED / TO THE HEROIC MEN AND WOMEN OF THE BOROUGH OF BROOKLYN / WHO FOUGHT FOR LIBERTY IN THE SECOND WORLD WAR 1941-1945 / AND ESPECIALLY TO THOSE WHO SUFFERED AND DIED / MAY THEIR SACRIFICE INSPIRE FUTURE GENERATIONS / AND LEAD TO UNIVERSAL PEACE.
Food for thought, during our interesting times. I wish the pursuit for peace was really happening… keep hope alive.