Alessandra Laxamana Estepa


Travelers come in droves to visit the Hawaiian islands, so much so that the state’s economy has relied heavily on the tourist industry to sustain itself. Six months after the devastating wildfires in Maui, tourists have begun to think twice about booking their vacations. Is it ethically or morally acceptable to visit Hawaii? Looking at solutions from the perspectives of Hawaii’s local community is perhaps the best place to start searching for an answer.

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?