Episode 8 – Hollywood and Storytelling with Justin Ching

Show Notes

On This Episode:

  • This week in The SituAsian Room, Emilie and Zach welcome Justin Ching to talk about Asian and minority representation in Hollywood, Justin’s production company J-school, intersectionalism, storytelling, and more. Justin Ching is a filmmaker, Forbes 30 Under 30 in Media, and has worked for Disney/ABC, Fox, and Youtube. 

Introduction Topics:

Key Topics of the Episode:

  • The Mission of j-school and empowering underrepresented groups to tell their own stories
  • The importance of diversity behind the camera
  • How the 2016 election influenced the stories that get told in Hollywood
  • Chadwick Boseman’s death
  • The importance of not conflating the struggles of different communities
  • Justin’s JAY-Z Quote reference

I do this for my culture, to let them know

What a brotha look like when a brotha in a roaster

Show them how to move in a room full of vultures

Industry is shady, it needs to be taken over

JAY-Z, Izzo (H.O.V.A.), The BluePrint
  • Standing on the shoulders of those who came before us and rejecting the model minority stereotype
  • Intersectionality
  • Finding your own voice
  • Being open to mentorship outside of your community and Justin’s mentors Tim McNeal and Rich Ross.

You don’t choose your mentor, your mentor chooses you.

Ryan Murphy
  • Calling Asian Americans white and the challenges of being ethnically ambiguous
  • Conflating Americanness with whiteness
  • How Asian Americans can sometimes perpetuate that Asianness and Americanness are mutually exclusive when we reject something we don’t view as “Asian Enough” and call it white
  • The newness of Asian America
  • Not giving up on your dreams and taking risks to tell stories by rejecting what’s practical

Resources Mentioned, Suggested Readings, Social Media Handles:

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Edited by Kyle Hudson

Music by Eway Sounds

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