• pia ceres

    Trouble in the Galaxy

    Navigating the nerd world as a woman of color

    April 13, 2017
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    Standing outside the Anaheim Convention Center, I joked with my dad that one’s devotion is really tested by these sorts of things. It was barely 10 a.m., and the Southern California heat drew sweat from our foreheads. The doors to WonderCon (the precursor to the big kahuna, San Diego ComicCon) would not even open until […]

    Asian American Slackers

    March 23, 2017
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    The model minority myth is a pain in the ass. Living with the pervasive misconception that Asians are submissive, assiduous, SAT-acing geniuses is enough strife, especially since the myth reinforces the denigration of Black and Latino Americans. Seeing this one-dimensional caricature of overachiever Asian Americans in pop culture adds insult to injury. With shows like […]

    The Disturbing Clairvoyance of Black Mirror

    Technology’s scary future is already here

    March 2, 2017
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    The images, characters, and neuroses that populate the pastel world of “Nosedive” are eerily familiar: Styled latte shots. Breezy captions. Hitting “post” as anxiety for social approval sinks in like teeth.   But season three’s first episode of Netflix Original series Black Mirror, released in October 2016, insists on interrogating the reality we know. For […]

    On American Born Chinese

    Graphic novel tackles growing up Asian in America

    October 20, 2016
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    It’s been a frustrating past few weeks for Asian Americans in the media. The #whitewashedOUT hashtag, which gained traction last summer after major American movies set in Asia featured all-white leads, came to a boil again when a leaked script for Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan revealed a white love interest. Last week, the O’Reilly […]

    when a stranger calls

    a simpler time raises goosebumps in netflix’s stranger things

    September 29, 2016
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    The 80s have never truly left the American pop culture bloodstream. The period echoes everywhere from denim cuts to synth undercurrents in Top 40 songs. So in July, when Netflix dropped sci-fi horror phenomenon Stranger Things, a TV series set in 1983, it presented a world steeped in a recent past familiar even to those […]