Reporting and culture writing.


‘Bitter Melon’ Thrills By Showing Filipino-Americans Not Sweeing Things Under the Rug // LAist (produced a radio version of this story for KPCC The Frame)

Why We Need to Remember Stockton, California’s Filipino American Legacy // Buzzfeed

For these superfans, the Instant Pot is not just about easier cooking // PRI Global Nation

Instagram art project spreads awareness about femicides in Mexico // PRI Across Women’s Lives

Why customers at this LA Tiki bar toast its original owner every Wednesday night // PRI Global Nation

LA’s Ethnic TV Stations are Struggling but this Filipino-American TV Show is Staying Alive // LA Weekly

Historic Filipinotown’s New Lights Illuminate LA’s vibrant Filipino Community // LA Weekly

LASA Restaurant Review for “Best of LA” // LA Weekly

The Magical Marketing of “Moonlight” // FSR

We Went to the Very First IMAX VR Centre and Had Real Fun // FSR

On the Emerging Trend of Adapting Podcasts into TV Shows and Movies // FSR

Hollywood is Betting Big on a Digital Future // FSR

How the Academy’s New Class Impacts Representation in Hollywood // FSR

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and the Challenge of Immersive Cinema // FSR

Ava DuVernay is Basically Owning 2016 // FSR

Could the Next Jason Bourne be Chinese? // FSR

“Ocean’s Eight” and the Case for Original Female Films // FSR

The Makers of “Ghost in the Shell” DGAF About Whitewashing // FSR

How Did the Oscars Get Not So White? // FSR

From Sony to Snapchat: When Old Hollywood Meets New Media // FSR

Exploring America’s Fascination with Princesses Through Movies // FSR

The Pros and Cons of Glasses-Free 3D Movies // FSR

Criticism.


“Moana” Takes Classic Disney to New Frontiers // FSR

Ava Duvernay’s “13th” and the Importance of Telling True Stories // FSR

“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk”: Ang Lee’s High Frame Rate Experiment // Ampersand

“The Women’s Balcony”: Faith, Feminism, and Fruit Salad // National Film Society

“Game of Thrones: The Musical” is All That and a Bag of Hodor // FSR

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”: Too Many Hashtags, Not Enough LOLs // FSR

“My Life as a Zucchini” is a Feast for the Eyes (and Hearts) // National Film Society

“Hidden Figures” No More
// National Film Society

“Fifty Shades Darker” Doesn’t Make It Better
// National Film Society

Why I Walked Out of “The Great Wall”
// National Film Society

“I Am Not Your Negro” and Why Representation Matters
// FSR

“Jackie” and the Art of the Image // FSR

Movies That Remind Us Why Good Journalism Matters // FSR

Film Review: “Queen of Katwe” // Annenberg Media

One Direction Alum Zayn Malik’s New TV Show and the Untapped Potential of Boy Bands // FSR

There’s Plenty Wrong with Enchantress in “Suicide Squad”
// FSR

“The Infiltrator” Goes Deep Undercover but Comes Up Short
// FSR

“Boyz n the Hood” and the Importance of Supporting Diverse New Filmmakers // FSR

“Silicon Valley” Has Found Its Algorithm // FSR

“The Night Of” is the TV Crime Drama We Need Right Now // FSR

My Film School Rejects archive