Cloak & Dagger: My Favorite Cookies

Cloak & Dagger’s thrilling first season sailed away into the sunset last week, wrapping up what has been, for me, one of the very best television productions I’ve experienced in my 47 years. Its depiction of humanity has been outstanding, a credit to everyone from the writing team to the actors on screen. But it has reached my echelon of “best shows ever” through its relevance and timeliness, all without becoming preachy.

If you haven’t seen the entirety of season one, watch all ten episodes on Freeform or Hulu before reading further. Heed the warning of my personal Klaxons: SPOILERS AHEAD! SPOILERS AHEAD!

Looking back on this journey that began, amazingly, only on June 7, there are so many things about Cloak & Dagger that I treasure; I just jotted down a list of 50! My previous post about the series looks at a few in detail.

But since this is the Feminist Asian Dad blog, I’ll use this series recap of sorts to focus on the characters Ivan Hess, played by Tim Kang, and his daughter Mina, whose present-day version is portrayed by Ally Maki and whose teenage version is played by Hannah Hardin. All three actors are ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL.

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F.A.D. Goes to Washington

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Back from a weekend of speaking, connecting, and schlepping in D.C.!

Collage top left: Speaking on a panel about blogging as a means of advocacy for OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates‘ national conference

Top right: With friends old and new! Panel organizer and moderator Aryani Ong, who has served on the staff and boards of numerous AAPI advocacy orgs; research scientist and author of Reappropriate (the longest-running Asian-American feminist blog), Jenn Fang; and campaigns and communications expert Tonia Bui, author of the Politics Within Politics blog Continue reading “F.A.D. Goes to Washington”

Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger Is the Perfect Show for Resisters

Keeping Hope Alive

Resisting is EXHAUSTING. Calling out our president’s constant lies and hate-mongering, and trying desperately to protect those abused and traumatized by his policies, have been so wearying to our souls.

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We’re also getting our steps in!

That’s why we need hopeful stories as much as ever right now. Stories – in film, TV, books, theater, dance, or some other form – have a profound ability to comfort, encourage, and inspire. They can lift our hearts and sustain our motivation during hard times, like this Trumpian dark age, which has sucked so much life out of so many of us.

I sometimes find hope in true stories. But I’m also renewed by fictional tales, especially those set in superhero, sci-fi, and fantasy worlds. Those genres don’t suit all tastes, I know. Yet even if you’re not a nerd, if you are a fellow Trump resister, I believe there’s no better story to sustain your activist spirit than Marvel’s new TV superhero series on Freeform, Cloak & Dagger.

It certainly has refreshed me. So seriously, binge it now before the next episode comes out this week! But if you remain unconvinced, read on!

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God Bless America, Even Now

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The Trump Hotel in Tornillo, Texas. Just for kids, how fun! (Photo: Reuters)

Anyone else feeling a bit less gung-ho about our country these days? News of 4100 kids ripped from their parents’ arms, in our name and using our tax dollars, can have that effect.

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This Administration Lies in Jesus’ Name

From the D.C. Families Belong Together march. (Photo: Holly Chuang)

Allow me to put my four-year master’s degree in theology and my twelve-plus years of full-time pastoral service to some use.

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Where Have You Gone, Justice Kennedy?

I trust that I’m not the only one who feels as if forces much larger than us and way beyond our control are pulling our country further into darkness, and, I would say, further into sin. I don’t believe that the U.S. has ever been a “Christian country” – a nation born and expanded by genocide and ethnic cleansing, dependent on slave labor for its prosperity, could never be “Christian” – but it sure feels as if whatever goodness our society still possesses is slipping away.

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Once Upon a Time, the Wall Was for Me

As a means of crying for my beloved country, I posted these images on social media earlier this week. The response has been heartfelt. I share the pictures here in the hope that they’re useful to you as well.

I was in the 7th grade when I first learned of the Chinese Exclusion Act, signed by President Arthur in 1882 and augmented by subsequent laws. I didn’t even learn about it from my history textbook or my teacher; it was something my group project team unearthed digging through library books.

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