OCCDL Media Starter (APAHM edition, updated)

As Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (APAHM) comes to a close, and on international Children’s Day, OCCDL wanted to provide an updated and more inclusive list of our favorites to consider the next time you’re looking for enlightening, relatable, fun, or escapist content.

Just like a yeast starter, great media shouldn’t be a secret,
so please let us know what you’ve enjoyed:

Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066 [ OCCDL hosted a screening/discussion in March , and NAPABA recently offered an online screening]

Batoru rowaiaru / Battle Royale (Dir. Kinji Fukasaku, possibly the original Hunger Games)

Crash Landing on You (North/South Korea relations)

Dae Jang Geum / Jewel in the Palace (Korea’s first female royal physician)

David Chang food/travel shows

Death Note (Dir. Tetsurō Araki)

Descendants of the Sun (Special Forces guy meets cardiothoracic surgeon, fantastic soundtrack and scenery)

Eat Drink Man Woman (Dir. Ang Lee)

First They Killed My Father (Dir. Angelina Jolie)

Hana-bi / Fireworks (Dir. Takeshi Kitano)

Huan Zhu Ge Ge / My Fair Princess 1 (1998), 2 (1999)

Hyena (Korean BigLaw)

I Not Stupid / 小孩不笨 (Dir. Jack Neo)

I Was Born, But ... (Dir. Yazujiro Ozu)
In the Mood for Love (Dir. Wong Kar Wei)

Infernal Affairs trilogy (Dir. Andrew Lau, Alan Mak)

It’s Okay,That’s Love (mental health)

Key of Life (Dir. Kenji Uchida)

Maangchi (Korean cooking)

Meteor Garden (2001,Taiwanese series, based on Yoko Kamio’s manga series “Boys Over Flowers”)

My Lovely Sam Soon (atypical heroine)

My Life As McDull

Parasite (Dir. Bong Joon-ho)

R100 (Dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto)

Romance is a Bonus Book (female re-entering the workplace)

Shall We Dance? (Dir. Masayuki Suo)

Stray Dog (Dir. Akira Kurosawa)

Tampopo (Dir. Juzo Itami)

The Apu Trilogy (Dir. Satyajit Ray)

The Farewell (Dir. Lulu Wang)

The Lunchbox (Dir. Ritesh Batra)

The Vengeance Trilogy (Dir. Park Chan Wook)

Yi Yi (Dir. Edward Yang)

1Q84 , Haruki Murakami

A House for Mr. Biswas, V. S. Naipaul

Am I There Yet? , Julia Cha

Botchan , Natsume Soseki

Brick Lane , Monica Ali

Crazy Rich Asians trilogy ( Crazy Rich Asians , China Rich Girlfriend , Rich People Problems ), Kevin Kwan

Fresh Off the Boat , Eddie Huang

Garden of Evening Mists , Tan Twan Eng

Geisha: A Life , Mineko Iwasaki

Glimpses of World History , Jawaharlal Nehru

Goat Days , Benyamin

Immigrant Montana , Amitava Kumar


Asia Society ’s podcasts

BTS (Korean)

IU (Korean)

Hikaru Utada (Japanese)
Jay Chou (Taiwanese)

JJ Lin (Singaporean)

Podcast Potluck collective of podcasts

Wang Lee Hom ( Taiwanese American)

Yoon Mi-rae (Korean American)
A is for Aloha: A Hawai’i Alphabet, U’ilani Goldsberry & Tammy Yee

A Different Pond , Bao Phi & Thi Bui

Eva Chen & Derek Desierto

Aloha, Kanani , Lisa Yee

Always Anjali , Sheetal Sheth & Jessica Blank 

A Path of Stars , Anne Sibley O’Brien

Asian-Americans Who Inspire Us , Analiza Wolf, Michael Franco & Tuire Siiriainen

Bee-Bim Bop! , Linda Sue Park & Ho Baek Lee

Festival of Colors , Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Segal

Fred Korematsu Speaks Up , Laura Atkins & Stan Yogi

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth , Emily Haynes & Sanjay Patel

Millicent Min Trilogy ( Millicent Min, Girl Genius; Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time, So Totally Emily Ebers ), Lisa Yee

The Name Jar , Yangsook Choi

The Paper Kingdom , Helena Ku Rhee & Pascal Campion

The Year of the Dog , Grace Lin

What You Do Matters Collection : What Do You Do With an Idea? ; What Do You Do With a Problem? ; What Do You Do With a Chance? , Kobi Yamada & Mae Besom

When Everything Was Everything , Saymoukda Vongsay & Cori Nakamura Lin

Yo-Yo & Yeou-Cheng Ma, Finding Their Way , Ai-Ling Louie & Cathy Peng
Bao (Dir. Domee Shi)

Dad Where Are We Going? (Chinese celebrity dads and kids go on adventures)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (Dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
Lava (Dir. James Ford Murphy)
Lilo & Stitch
Little Dragon Tales , Shanghai Restoration Project

Mira, Royal Detective


My Neighbor Totoro (Dir. Hayao Miyazaki)

Pinkfong! Kids’ Songs & Stories (creator of Baby Shark)

The Monkey King (many great iterations, cartoon, live-action and more!)

The Return of Superman (Korean celebrity dads watch their kids)

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