MOSF 18.10: Treating America’s #1 Addiction: Abusive Power (Part 1)

Memoirs of a Superfan vol. 18.10: Treating America’s #1 Addiction: Abusive Power (Part 1) by Ravi Chandra October 7, 2023 (Indigenous People’s Day weekend)   Excerpted from a talk given on October 2, 2023, Gandhi’s birthday and the International Day of Non-Violence. That talk is linked as a YouTube video below. I start off archly…

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MOSF 18.8: A Modest Proposal: Vivek Ramaswamy Takes My Civics Exam

Ramaswamy did not come off as deep in either policy or understanding of any of the issues or histories, from domestic affairs to national security. He’s a flashy, elbows-out, sloganeering punk who can’t be taken seriously for a second. He deserves eye rolls, not eyeballs. Maybe he’s chumming the water to prepare for the second coming of the Great White himself.

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MOSF 18.7: “Shortcomings”: The Call Is Coming from Inside the Asian American House (EAAPAAO Part 4)

The beauty of Randall Park’s Shortcomings, based on Adrian Tomine’s award-winning graphic novel (which I somehow haven’t read yet), is that it comes at a time when decades of frustration about Asian American representation in media, and Việt Thanh Nguyễn’s more recent call for “narrative plenitude” have yielded actual palpable fruit. Shortcomings allows us to advance representation while also asking, “what do we really want?” This film gives us a splendid mirroring of Asian American insider talk and usually unseen and oppressively denied interiorities, and deserves a watching, and in my case, a rewatching.

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MOSF 18.4: “Joy Ride” and Asian Pride!

“Joy Ride” dives into all our communal cringes and pulls out comic gold and Asian pride. It’s the kind of film that makes me say “we gonna be alright.” The girls’ (and nonbinary’s) trip from “Joy Luck Club” to “Joy Ride” teach us how to feel, speak and shout joy in that still developing language of Asian American that’s being birthed in our souls.

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