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‘Always Be My Maybe’ And The Subversion Of Genre Tropes And Asian Stereotypes




Ali Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe
Ali Wong and Randall Park in Always Be My Maybe
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Similar to “When Harry Met Sally,” “Always Be My Maybe” tells the story of two childhood friends who reunite after years apart and start to become romantically involved. However, beyond that, that’s where the two films begin to diverge.

When “Always Be My Maybe” was released last week on Netflix, it may have appeared to be just another conventional rom-com to the average viewer, but to Asian-Americans the film celebrates their culture and heritage and for some it signifies a step in the right direction for Asian representation in Hollywood.

“Always Be My Maybe,” in stark contrast to last year’s smash hit “Crazy Rich Asians”, a rom-com about the opulent and ultra-wealthy living in Singapore, is a movie that takes inspiration from the lives of working class Asian immigrants and their families.

With guest host Libby Denkmann.

Guest:

Marina Fang, DC-based reporter at HuffPost who covers the intersection of politics and culture, including media, entertainment and gender; her recent piece for the site is titled “Always Be My Maybe: Makes Asians Feel Seen In Subtle But Powerful Ways”; she tweets @marinafang on Twitter.