Iron Fist: On False Choices, Whitedudesplaining & Expecting Gratitude for Doing Diversity (badly)

The first tweet links to an excellent summary of the whole Finn Jones/Iron Fist twitter mess — I made it after the rest of the tweets in this Storify but it provides necessary context. Unsurprisingly it started with a white dude not knowing how to just stop & listen before flouncing (temporarily) and leaving the WOC who tried–reasonably–to explain where he was failing to be piled on by defensive fans. Continue Reading →

C2E2 2018 Schedule

My C2E2 2018 schedule: Friday 4/6 It's Ok to Not Like Things, 4/7 Yellowface, Whitewashing, and Window Dressing, and Exploring Gender through Comics, Sunday 4/8 It's Ok to Not Like Things Family Edition

This weekend will mark my seventh C2E2 (the only year I missed was 2011), and I only (ha!) have four panels this year, so hopefully I’ll have more time to wander Artists’ Alley and catch up with friends. Continue Reading →

Ready Player One: The Future of Us Screening and Discussion

Ready Player One movie poster showing main character climbing the side of a building against a dark sky

Before I hit C2E2 this weekend, I’ll be taking part on a panel exploring the cultural and technological themes in the film adaptation of Ready Player One, this Thursday, April 5, 7pm. The panel has been organized by the Museum of Science and Industry and will take place at the ArcLight Cinema in Lincoln Park, following a screening of the film. Continue Reading →

April 2018 Schedule

April’s shaping up to be a busy month! I’ve got several events coming up in the Chicago area, including a post-screening panel on the technological and cultural themes in the Ready Player One film, panels at C2E2, and the next 20×2 readings and performance series… Continue Reading →

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Media-Related Articles

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month! Given the recent intense spate of conversations about Orientalism, whitewashing, and white saviorism in pop culture, I thought it would be useful to collect the Continue Reading →

Talking Star Trek at Adler After Dark (Updated)

In honor of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, this month’s event “Adler After Dark: Boldly Go” on Thursday, September 15th, celebrates all things Star Trek, and I’m pleased to share that I will be on a panel at the event, talking about the cultural legacy of the show. Continue Reading →

2016 Hugo Awards Acceptance Speech from MidAmeriCon II

I’m inexplicably awake after less than 5 hours of sleep so I will put together some more coherent thoughts on this incredible honor and my experience at my very first WorldCon later. But I’ve received so many touching responses to my portion of Uncanny Magazine’s acceptance speech that I wanted to put the text up to share. Continue Reading →