H: What, more broadly, was happening in culture/society/the industry that led to the indie wave of Asian American films in the ’90s?
KK & AS: Crucially, the ’90s were still a period of development for Asian American filmmaking, which really saw critical and commercial success in the ’00s.
There were also far fewer Asian American filmmakers working then, compared to now, and so every film that got finished was a huge accomplishment.
H: A lot of discussion around Asian American media today revolves around representation — good representation, bad representation, a lack of representation, etc.
Today, internet-native industries, like YouTube videos, online shorts series, cooking shows, and livestreaming, have many young Asian American stars.