‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ provides a very different viewing experience than the original series, but it is yet another example of growing foreign interest in Korean culture, and the various ways in which people can appreciate and learn about it.
Ethnoburbs, a multi-ethnic suburban area, have long been talked about positively as a cultural hub and safe haven for ethnic minorities. Despite the positives it brings to different communities, it poses problems of complacency and ignorance when taken for granted.
The ‘women aren’t funny’ stereotype rears its ugly head every time a female-led comedy project garners some success. 2024’s film and TV awards season has seen several female stand-up comics take home awards for their acting roles, including Ali Wong for her lead role in Beef. How did Wong’s start in stand-up comedy get her to this point? How have Asian-American female comedians contributed to the current landscape of Asian-American representation in the entertainment industry?
The Netflix comedy-drama ‘Beef’ won Best Television Limited Series or Anthology Series at this year’s Golden Globes. Leads Ali Wong and Steven Yeun also won best actress and best actor in a limited series or anthology, respectively. The series’ success marks a historic win for Asian Americans in the Globes’ category. A dynamic, emotionally thrilling, and complex exploration of how two characters’ lives become entwined after a road-rage incident, ‘Beef’ expands the idea of what Asian American representation can look like in the film industry.
At the end of 2023 Duolingo has named 4 of its top 10 languages of the year deriving from Asian countries. So with the growing exposure to Asian languages, more people are slowly becoming culturally aware and excited to garner new knowledge and support the growing Asian representation.