Round-up of recent work for PRI’s The World and Global Nation

With ‘The Great Wall,’ is China buying its way into Hollywood?

For all the controversy around the casting of Matt Damon in a “white savior” role in a story set in ancient China, director Zhang Yimou plainly acknowledges that Damon’s involvement was a Chinese strategy to attract non-Chinese audiences.

 

Portrait of man in beard and t-shirt

Justin Chon seeks to fill a hole in the history of the Los Angeles riots

The feature film “Gook” takes place on the first day of the riots, which Korean Americans refer to as Saigu — Korean for April 29. It premieres this week at Sundance.

 

How Far East Movement took success into their own hands

The band has been around for a long time — but they’ve never been just about making it big. They’re about making it possible for others to make it big too. Here’s how they did it.

 

Hashtags might not get your favorite actor the part, but studios do hear your pleas  

#MakeMulanRight. #RyanPotterForTimDrake. #AAIronFist — these campaigns don’t always work perfectly, but they do get people’s attention on diversity.

 

One of the world’s most famous people has been detained at US airports three times since 9/11 — and still jokes about it

September 13, 2016 What good is it to joke about airport security? Shah Rukh Khan and other celebrities tackle a serious issue in punchlines.

 

Want to know what it would feel like to have a woman president? Ask Taiwan.

It’s not just that my daughter’s generation will be able to see a woman president, or dream of becoming a woman president. They will take it for granted, writes Ada Tseng.

 

Mainstream comic? Hari Kondabolu is changing the definition.  

And what’s so great about being mainstream anyway?

 

Australian school official banned this film about kids of gay parents, but you can stream it now

Not all publicity is good publicity for two filmmakers in Australia who chronicled the lives of kids with gay parents. But now, you can stream their film online.ri.org/people/ada-tseng

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