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This blog post includes minor spoilers.

Kitty Latin

Ars Gratia Artis! roars MGM Studios’ famous big kitty. The Latin phrase translates to “Art for Art’s Sake” – a work of art has value just because it exists as the expression of its creator. I can appreciate that, but I’d prefer Ars Gratia Transformationis, “Art for Change’s Sake” – works of art are even more beautiful when they provoke viewers and listeners to self-reflection and growth, changing themselves and making change around them. Many a TV and movie studio presents itself as a champion of one or both of these virtues.

Yet I can’t help but think that if studios, networks, and streaming services were being really honest, they would confess that they’re most driven by Ars Gratia Pecuniae, “Art for Money’s Sake.” Ultimately, though they may talk about creating art that touches lives and impacts society, when push comes to shove, that gives way to the bottom line – profit.

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Feminist Asian Dad and Daughter Watch the New Film “She Said”

CW: This post covers topics related to rape and sexual assault.

After my 16-year-old daughter and I watched the new movie She Said, we had thoughts! Here’s a transcripted rendition of our conversation, edited for length and clarity. I’m F. A. D. (Feminist Asian Dad) and my daughter is denoted by the moniker J. J. for the Chinese term for older sister, 姐姐 (Pinyin: jiĕ jie). Minor spoilers ahead.

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Two of My Favorite Feminist K-Dramas Come to Amazon Prime Video!

The two series that completely sucked me into the world of K-dramas! I never thought I’d be a fan of Asian dramas, ever, but with English subtitles, these broke through and grabbed my heart, especially with their feminist vibes and excellent storytelling. I’ve actually blogged about them in the past, too (links below):

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