Why are there so few Asian Jews in the movies?
What does it mean for a TV show to be “authentic?” “
What’s up with “Mulan?”
All of these topics are covered in this episode of LUNAR, a film series about Jewish-Asian identity that contains a lot in each of its segments. The project dates back to 2020, when recent college graduates Gen Slosberg and Jenni Rudolph organized an informal Zoom call for other Chinese-American Jews to discuss their experiences. With the support of the Jewish of Color Initiative and Be’chol Lachon, they recruited peers from many different Jewish and Asian American origins to record structured conversations that could be shared publicly. LUNAR premiered its first season in February and its second this month.
The episode below, titled “Representation,” focuses on media representations (or lack thereof) for Jews of color and Asian Jews. You’ll see attendees discuss the TV shows that made them feel at home or removed from their communities, their favorite Asian Jewish role models, and the improvements they hope to see – or make – in the media. As one woman, Becca said, “We have to be the generation to make it happen. Otherwise, the same BS will continue to come in and out.