We’re Not All Ninjas the Podcast
December 13, 2016
Stereotyping, white washing, and yellow face is something Asian American actors have been dealing with since the dawn of cinema. You’d think in this day and age we would be past all that and have progressed to a point where API (Asian Pacific Islanders) actors are seen and heard equally in film. Sadly, this is far, far from the case.
Just look at the upcoming feature film “Ghost in the Shell” starting Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi.
Does that even sound like a white girl name? I do not think so. Ms. Johansson is portraying a Japanese character. There’s also the film adaptation of “Dr. Strange” where Tilda Swindon plays the Ancient One, who is typically seen as older Asian man in the comics…
What the fuck Hollywood? Seriously, WTF! Because of all this white washing bullshit my lovely friend Melissa Slaughter came up with the idea of a podcast where we watch and review movies with Asian American Actors in them.
I asked Melissa why she decided to create We’re Not All Ninjas. This is what she had to say:
Melissa – I was listening to a podcast called “Black Men Can’t Jump In Hollywood,” which is the same premise as our podcast “We’re Not All Ninjas” but with black men. When I did a search about Asian’s in film, there was lots about Asians and racism, Asians in media, anime, and Asian foreign films. But none directly relating to Asian-American’s in major motion pictures. So since I couldn’t find one, I decided to produce my own!
And she did. Melissa brought me and Rachel Liu on board and we are now on iTunes and you can download our latest podcasts. We’re Not All Ninjas on iTunes
We have a lot to say. We also love to geek out about Harry Potter.
I hope you find our podcast funny, entertaining, and enlightening. Because guess what? We’re Not All Ninja’s.
Podcast: We’re Not All Ninja
Who we are:
Melissa Slaughter spends a lot of time on her computer: editing, blogging, producing. She runs her own nerd-girl Facebook page, Fangirl Gathering, and is a correspondent for the youtube channel, Telemazing. When she isn’t at her day jobs (working in a theatre and running an artistic after school program), she’s attending events for Asian American actors and artists. Or doing her own performances about Japanese Internment with Living Voices. After spending four rainy years in Seattle, Melissa made the permanent move to New York City.Melissa Slaughter spends a lot of time on her computer: editing, blogging, producing. She runs her own nerd-girl Facebook page, Fangirl Gathering, and is a correspondent for the youtube channel, Telemazing. When she isn’t at her day jobs (working in a theatre and running an artistic after school program), she’s attending events for Asian American actors and artists. Or doing her own performances about Japanese Internment with Living Voices. After spending four rainy years in Seattle, Melissa made the permanent move to New York City.
Rachel Liu is a producer based out of NYC and LA. She is an alumnus of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Bioengineering and Engineering Entrepreneurship. She has worked as a cancer and biomechanical researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering respectively, and received the Albert Giandomenico Award for outstanding laboratory work. She has produced the feature film Sleepwalkers, music videos for artists including AJR, Minor Soul and Andy Grammer, the Anthology Podcast, and several shorts and pilots.
Alex Chester is a California gal living in NYC. She has been performing since she was a little girl and is also the creator of the blog MeSoHapa.com and the multicultural cabaret “WeSoHapa”, recently seen at The Triad. Theatre credits include: Broadway’s “How the Grinch Stole Xmas” – Madison Square Garden (NYC) and the Broadway sit down production at The Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. A Biker in “Bubble Boy” by Cinco Paul, original cast recording and at 54 Below, starring Alice Ripley. Minnie Fay in “Hello Dolly” directed by Lee Roy Reams at the Signature Theatre (Off-Broadway), Joy/Skyler in “A Taste of Chocolate” with AMAS directed by Dan Knechtges (NYC). Connie in “A Chorus Line” at The Berkshire Theatre Festival (Regional), “The King and I” at Dallas Summer Musicals (Regional). TV credits include: ER, The Closer, 7th Heaven, and several national/international commercials. http://www.AlexChester.com Twitter/Instagram @AlexFChester