The First (and hopefully only) Time That Brooklyn Nine-Nine Disappointed Me

As much as I enjoy Brooklyn Nine-Nine for its hilarity and progressiveness, as an Asian female, I can’t help feeling very disappointed about the Captain Kim episode I watched today.

Sure, the B99 squad had its fair share of bad bosses and had a legit reason to be suspicious of Kim at first. But the ending really didn’t stick the landing for me.

A competent, accomplished, genuinely kind Asian female police officer ditches the 99 captain position because she felt unwelcome and wouldn’t mesh with the squad. What kind of message is that? Not a good one. Especially to Asian females like myself.

I was really excited about Asian representation that I feel is long overdue for this show. I ended up disappointed that the opportunity was tossed out the window, and Kim was reduced to a one-time throwaway character.

Even more disappointing was that Holt, my favorite in the show, who had the most reason to support a marginalized individual like Kim, and was even told by Kim how much she admired him, didn’t bat an eye at her feeling that she had to leave the 99.

Well, at least Kim wasn’t given some stereotype like being a terrible driver, for the sake of “see, character flaw, she’s not too perfect.”

Do I still like B99 overall? Yes. Am I still going to watch it? Yes. I’m just going to try to pretend that the Captain Kim episode doesn’t exist.

Lessons To Learn From Roman Holiday

The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping through the world. Everyone is urged to stay home in order to contain the viral spread. Staying at home with classes suspended motivated me to get back into blogging. Enter a list of good movies to watch, think about, and take my mind off the stress, anxiety, and worry. To kick off my extended spring break, I watched Roman Holiday.

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Nothing quite like pulling along friends you just met to take a ride on the wild side.

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Remixt Publication: Behind the Scenes

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Pencil drawing of Lac Long Quan and Au Co I did years ago in high school

“Tucked In the Folds of Our Eyes” is my attempt at combining the diaspora narrative and Vietnam’s creation myth at under 500 words. It’s a story that went through a very interesting editing process. The first flash story I’ve attempted and finished, it’s now published in Volume 2 of Remixt Magazine: an experimental project in which multiple guest editors curate the same submission pool.

From Remixt’s site: “This is an experiment to show how different editors have different tastes and ideas. Some choices will likely overlap, but some won’t, and the reasoning behind the choices may vary. People often ask how editors think. This is an exploration of the the rich array of ways to answer that!”

Three editors were interested in publishing my story. According to Julia Rios, the overall manager of Remixt, that’s a record number of editors accepting a story to feature in their issues. In the past, up to two editors were interested in an accepted piece. Most of the time it’s just one editor. Overlap turned out to be rare, according to Volume 1 results. With each editor overseeing their own issue, that meant my story would appear in three issues. No, it’s not the exact same story copied and pasted across. Each issue contains a different form of the story! More on that below.

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You Know You’re Vietnamese When…

  • Your last name is Nguyen, or you know someone whose last name is Nguyen. (This one’s pretty unavoidable, considering that over half of Vietnam’s population carries this name.)
  • Other common last names you might have include Pham, Le, Vu, Ho, Duong, or Vo.
  • Someone in your family works at the nail/hair salon, or you know someone who works at one.
  • You get your nails done or hair cut at said nail/hair salon.
  • Your family owns a collection of ASIA or Paris By Night DVDs.

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