Only Yesterday: finding yourself in the shadows of others

I’ve always been the baby of the group. I’m the youngest sibling, youngest family member in the immediate area, youngest in my friend group, and I was always the youngest in my year at school (hello other July babies). Having recently watched the film Only Yesterday again it brought back a lot of memories, and […]

Saving face: balancing tradition and love

Alice Wu’s 2004 feature film debut is a comedic triumph, telling the story of Wilhelmina, a young Chinese-American doctor, battling with societal pressures, caring for her unwed pregnant mother, and finding the courage to love freely.   The film opens with Wil, having been dragged by her mother (Ma) to yet another Chinese gathering, disgruntled […]

Convenience Store Woman: the societal norms we don’t care to challenge

In a world where we have, and continue to break down the walls of convention, Convenience Store Woman looks at the societal norms the majority don’t care to change. Full of rare worldly insight, this book captures the moments we sometimes overlook. Like a magnifying glass on society, Convenience Store Woman offers a deadpan commentary […]

The Last Black Man in San Francisco: a love letter to the city

A tale of friendship, racial gentrification and false illusions, The Last Black Man in San Francisco is a socially apt case study on the cities plagued with crumbling culture as the white middle class buy up property, taking ownership of diverse cities for themselves.   The film is centered on Jimmie and his friend Montgomery, […]