It’s no secret that both Blacks and Asians are killing it in the entertainment industry this year.
With box office hits like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians (along with a multitude of TV programs and music) gaining more recognition, its finally time that both minorities got their long overdue limelight.
However, no doubt due to the racial discourse throughout the years brought on by myths and stereotypes, you hardly ever see the two minorities collaborate. Yet still, both blacks and Asians have gained inspiration and sampled from one another’s cultures.
It’s time we all step out of our boxes and open up the discussion on our differences and how we can all work together. Quirktastic’s Lauren Grant and Ryan Kim have teamed up to show you some notable films, videos and bops that prove when black and Asian people get together, magic is created.
1. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in Rush Hour (1998) pic.twitter.com/9B1aT9YEdq
— Frame Found (@framefound) November 7, 2018
2. Nujabes and Cise Starr
Nujabes and Cise Starr introduced me to the blending of two cultures through their music. I discovered Nujabes in college through the anime Samurai Champloo and instantly fell in love with his melodic beats. One thing I’ve always loved about Nujabes is that he always paid homage to where much of his music came from through collaborating with black artists like Cise Starr. Little did the community know that these artists would pave the way for LoFi and Chillhop, genres that both black and Asian millennials vibe with.
3. Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong
Comedians Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong will star In @netflix Animated comedy "Tuca & Berti." LOVE THIS!! These are the faces of women in comedy. #ByeAmy https://t.co/1Znio8FrYg pic.twitter.com/867Ur0RBfG
— Jaleesa Lashay Diaz 🏁 (@JaleesaLashay) May 9, 2018
4. Childish Gambino and Hiro Murai
The impact of Gambino’s “This Is America,” was one that was highly relatable amongst the black community. What many weren’t expecting was that the video was directed by Japanese American filmmaker, Hiro Murai. While it’s no secret that Japanese Americans have stood in solidarity with blacks for years and have faced prejudices of their own at the hands of America, this fact is often forgotten. This collaboration brought to light that blacks are not alone in this fight. -Lauren
5. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing
Me, when I see Netflix cancelled Iron Fist, but hasn't green lit Daughters of the Dragon. pic.twitter.com/8gmEjZWt1q
— Olivia Truffaut-Wong (@iWatchiAm) October 13, 2018
6. Team Red Productions
Team Red Productions is an action design collective of some of the most talented martial artists, directors, animators, and editors in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Having formed in 2015 after their Super Smash Bros. video went viral, Team Red works to produce creative and fulfilling content that speak to those in the community who are tired of the lack of representation. As a result they give an outlet to those who lack a strong voice to express their craft, culture, and themselves. -Lauren
7. The Neptunes
8. The Boondocks
9. Finn and Rose Tico
You: Finn and Rose Tico? Together?! Nah.
John Boyega and Kelly Marie Tran: pic.twitter.com/Ti5ZZEDVNo
— Teresa Tran 💪🏼💥⚡️ (@teresatran__) December 11, 2017
10. 88Rising, Higher Brothers and Blocboy JB
We’ve already covered some pivotal reasons why blacks and Asians should create more together. However, for 88Rsing, Higher Brothers and Blocboy JB, there is no other reason besides the fact that this is a WHOLE BOP. We need more of this. Just…just listen. -Lauren
Of course this article wouldn’t be complete (literally and figuratively) without the collaboration of Quirktastic’s own Ryan Kim and Lauren Grant. The creation of this piece is meant to start the conversation on how we can celebrate our differences while acknowledging similarities.
In a period where those at the top are hellbent on keeping minorities down, the only way any of us will rise is if we do it together.
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