It’s officially Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! One way to celebrate is to embrace the art created by the AAPI community, and what better art forms than film and TV?
Here are five movies and shows to watch while celebrating AAPI month.
The Farewell (Film)
Starring Awkwafina, The Farewell strikes a perfect balance between humor and moments that tug on your heartstrings. The lead character travels from America to China when she learns that her grandmother, Nai Nai, is diagnosed with a terminal disease. Here, she grapples with colliding cultures and family values while struggling to remain true to herself.
Okay, this cringe-comedy is absolutely hilarious. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle (who are both adults, btw) play two seventh graders as they try to navigate the strange, and oftentimes bewildering, world of middle school.
Finding Ohana (Film)
If you have Netflix but haven’t watched Finding Ohana yet, you’re missing out. Finding Ohana follows two children from Brooklyn who travel to Oahu and rediscover their Hawaiian heritage. While the plot is Goonies-esque, what really makes this film special is its true love of Hawaiian culture.
Fresh Off The Boat (Series)
Fresh Off The Boat is a sitcom-styled series that is loosely based on chef Eddie Huang’s autobiography of the same name. Charming, friendly, and down-to-earth, Fresh Off The Boat is a must-watch series.
Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, Minari is an absolute work of art. It was nominated for six Academy Awards this year and Youn Yuh-jung won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first Korean actress to win an Academy Award for acting.
There are so many more AAPI stories that we admire on our screens. Here are some other films and shows to watch to celebrate AAPI Month: The Joy Luck Club, Always Be My Maybe, Crazy Rich Asians, A Thousand Pieces of Gold, Bling Empire, and Moana.
Also, remember to look out for Marvel’s first film with an Asian lead, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, when it premieres this September.
Do you have a favorite film or show to celebrate AAPI month?