Everyone’s pretty much heard about this, based on the 2006 graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, and having Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Quan in it, and overall looks like it should be pretty cool.
I can’t help but think though at the same time, purely from a representation standpoint in media from this age group (at least what I would project them to be focusing on), there’s still this connection on Asian Americanness to Asia and to martial arts, again strictly from a mainstream media representation vs having another theme dedicated to it–
Wouldn’t it be cool to see a new show based on Chloe Kim and a snowboarding theme? How about a band/music theme? What about crazy painter from another world? I know I know–it’s just not marketable they say.
You might be thinking to yourself well it’s a part of culture and history–and absolutely–but there are also droves of Asian Americans where martial arts isn’t even on the radar.
Just thinking out loud here as I type…