'Master of None' won an Emmy: What that means for me as an Asian-American

'Master of None' won an Emmy: What that means for me as an Asian-American

This win for Master of None is momentous, but it can't stop here.
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Netflix series Master of None won Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The win came in particular for the famous 'Parent' episode of the first season (the second season just started filming last month).

Just a recap, the episode recounts the main character Dev and his friend Brian learning to appreciate the lives of their immigrant parents. Co-written by Alan Yang and Aziz Anzari, the episode is touching in its authenticity, but still keeps the humor alive. The best line in the episode is the point when Dev contemplates on his and Brian's parents' immigrant stories: "isn’t that the gist of every immigrant story? It was hard." But as Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya points out in her article, "Master of None is both personal and sweeping in its portrayal of immigrant stories", Dev and Brian find out that through their parents recounting that not every immigrant story is exactly the same and that "it was hard" was too simple of an expression to cover the complexities that come with the experience.


Personally, while reading Upadhyaya's article, her ideas that the episode "doesn't generalize", however is still able to relay themes that resonate with others who have immigrant parents, made me realize why I really enjoyed and fell in love with this episode of Master of None, too. It was clear while watching the episode that the experiences of the parents in the show were uniquely their's. However, at the same time, I couldn't help, but feel their stories, like it somehow spoke personally to who I was. Except, the experiences of Dev and Brian's parents are like my experiences at all. I'm just a second-generation immigrant, just like Dev and Brian. I've been able to experience the freedom that being born an American can give. But, this episode did win in that it really made me consider and appreciate the possible hardships that my own parents experienced as immigrants.


This win for Master of None is momentous. We're currently at a time where there are 17 million Asian-Americans residing in the U.S. However, the Asian-American community consistently is almost rejected by media, and if they are mentioned, they are asked to conform to not-so-flattering, practically racist stereotypes, like those stereotypes are the only version of Asian-Americans. Thankfully, some have made strides in Hollywood and other media to make America see that Asian-Americans aren't Long Duk Dong. For example, there's Fresh Off the Boat, which is momentous because it follows an Chinese-American family and has a large Asian-American cast. There's also Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which the creators reached out to have, for maybe the first time ever, a Filipino-American male character, Josh, was the romantic interest in an American TV series and which worked hard to keep everything authentically Filipino-American for the scenes with Josh's family. There's obviously the momentous work of Mindy Kaling from The Mindy Project and the work of Aziz Anzari. However, those are the few times American media have portrayed Asian-Americans without them being written off as "needed to add diversity to cast". Sure, I love watching American movies and T.V. shows as much as the next person. But, maybe one of the reasons I much more enjoy watching Asian movies and dramas from countries like South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines, even though my life is probably more relatable to America, is because finally get to see Asians fully represented on the screen, being more than just the token Asian, but be anything they want to be.


This win for Master of None is momentous, but it can't stop here. Representation for Asian-Americans must increase. I feel so strongly about Asian-American representation, imagine how this must affect young kids, whom only have so few options to resonate with.


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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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