Round-up of PRI stories from 2018 (so far)!

Man at dinner table, surrounded by people

Yes, they came as refugees, but on ‘Queen Sugar’ this family from Vietnam gets to be so much more
July 25, 2018
“The fact that the director allowed me to breathe and thought me worthy to take up space, it’s such a simple, subtle thing, but it was startling to me,” says Elyse Dinh who plays Mrs. Phan.

 

Two posters side by side, one original film poster, the other remade with photos of two men in place of actors

How ’90s Bollywood movies became cool again for two desis in the US
May 28, 2018
The Bollywood Boys used to watch movies on bootleg VCDs with their parents. Now, they’re watching them on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video — and rediscovering what they once loved about them.

 

Three women walking on the sidewalk.

A family of lawyers fought to clear their name. Now their story is in an Oscar-nominated documentary.
March 02, 2018
A small, family-owned bank in New York City’s Chinatown faced nearly 200 counts of mortgage fraud — the only company ever criminally charged in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” chronicles the legal battle fought by the Sung sisters.

 

Man in sunglasses in dance pose in front of white, brick wall

He’s the first Asian American dancer in ‘Magic Mike Live’ and his fans are proud of him
February 12, 2018
The fastest growing demographic in Las Vegas is Asian Americans. More specifically, Filipino Americans, who have made their mark on the city’s sprawling entertainment scene.

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2018 Stories for NBC News Asian America and Center of Asian American Media

Yoshi Sudarso portrays an Indonesian American who returns to Indonesia years after his father's killing.

To play an Asian-American cowboy, actor Yoshi Sudarso needed to go to Indonesia (NBC News)

“Westerns are such a big part of American culture. But as Asian Americans, we never see ourselves in them.”

 

Ricky He is love interest in new Disney musical remake of “Freaky Friday” (CAAM)

Ricky He didn’t originally audition for the romantic lead role.

 

Kids learn how to stand up for themselves in “Always Anjali” by Sheetal Sheth (CAAM)

The actress is best known for her work in film and web series, but she’s also dedicated much of her life to youth and working with students. Her debut children’s book, a first in a series, is about an Indian American girl named Anjali.

 

Meet the Asian and Asian American Nominees for the 2018 Oscars! (CAAM)

We speak to Kazuhiro Tsuji, Ru Kuwahata, Ramsey Naito, and Ren Klyce about their work that earned them Oscar nominations this year.