We'll be there alongside Rise Up Animation, Black N Animated, Latinx in Animation, and Animation Club talking about Advocating for Diversity in Animation!
To learn about the latest in the animation industry, join our own Lexie Chu (Founder and President, Asians in Animation) and our friends Way Singleton (Co-Founder, Black N’ Animated), Monica Lago-Kaytis (Co-Founder, Rise Up Animation), Magdiela Hermida Duhamel (Founder and Director, LXiA), and Onyi Udeh (Founder, Animation Club).
We are so grateful for the opportunity to have joined our gracious hosts Elizabeth Garcia of Wacom and LatinX in Animation. Watch the panel live on Saturday, September 11 at 11 AM - or catch the panel anytime until the end of the expo on September 12!
Meanwhile, be sure to look out for some of our amazing and immensely talented community members. Meet Kha Anh Le, Laura Yan, Sonya Han, Jessie Chang, Tammy Wang, and Karla Circe below - and find them at the Artist Alley!
A big thank you to our own Laura Yan for creating and pioneering the most intense version of Asians in Animation's mascot for our Lightbox Expo graphic beyond our wildest dreams.
For tickets to Lightbox, head to https://lightboxexpo.com/. We'll see you there!
We are overjoyed to announce our partnership with Women in Animation. Women in Animation advocates for a world where all women, nonbinary and transgender people share equally in the creation, production and rewards of animation, and provide resources and connections to make it happen. WIA is committed to making the animation industry an inclusive and supportive environment that welcomes, champions, and celebrates the unique contributions that come from individuals who bring a diversity of backgrounds, perspective, and experiences to the field.
Through our partnership, Asians in Animation members will be able to apply to WIA's Mentorship Program with a waived membership fee. We are grateful for WIA's dedication to elevating more voices through the animation industry!
To find out more, head to WIA's Mentor Circle Program Website.
By Alexander "Alex" Yeh, Asians in Animation Team
Positive masculinity or healthy masculinity is the antithesis of toxic masculinity. It is the rejection of the cultural pressure put on men to behave a certain way, such as the expectation of men to be tough and to downplay or hide their emotions.
When you think of positive Asian masculinity, what characters come to mind? Here’s what came to mind for our team member, Alex Yeh.
Di Martino, Michael, and Bryan Konietzko. Avatar: The Last Airbender. Netflix, Nickelodeon Animation, 2005, www.netflix.com/search?q=avatar&jbv=70142405.
Ehaz, Aaron. The Dragon Prince. Netflix, 2005, https://www.netflix.com/search?q=the%20dragon%20&jbv=80212245.
Nagasaki, Kenji, Yuki Hayashi, and Kōhei Horikoshi. My Hero Academia: Season Two, Part One. , 2018.
Levant, Ronald F, and Gini Kopecky. Masculinity Reconstructed: Changing the Rules of Manhood at Work, in Relationships and in Family Life. New York N.Y: Dutton, 1995. Print.
Needing More Represent-Asian: Celebrating Pixar's Short Film "Sanjay's Super Team" – A Guest Post By Maansi Sunkara, Founder of Asian Queens in Animation
Meet our friend, former DreamWorks production intern, and founder of Asian Queens in Animation, Maansi Sunkara. Her passion for helping more Asians break into the animation industry knows no bounds, but it all started with one short film by Sanjay Patel.
Thanks for writing a guest column with us, Maansi! We love you and all you do!