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5 Asian American Films That You Need To Watch Right Now

I love a good movie. The feeling of sitting down and being fully immersed in an incredible story for an hour and a half always makes me feel relaxed and fulfilled. If you’re looking for Asian American films to watch, look no further! Be prepared to walk away with all the feels after viewing these impactful pieces:

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2013)

If you are as passionate about real-life powerful women as I am, you must see this film! Grace Lee Boggs is a Chinese philosopher who has pushed the boundaries of critical thinking her whole life. By situating herself in the middle of the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she has been a crucial catalyst for making our world a more accepting place. This captivating documentary dives into Boggs' past and will inspire you to become the best version that you can be. 

In Between Days (2006)

Have you ever experienced moving to a new place while trying to figure out who you are? In Between Days is the perfect film for you! This film follows a young woman, Aimie, who is navigating through school, her relationship with her family and her newfound feelings for her friend Tran while she settles into a new country.

The Farewell (2019)

Drama mixed with comedy? This could quite possibly be the best combination ever. The Farewell follows a family that finds out their grandmother is going to pass away. Instead of telling her, they decide to hide this from her and begin planning an elaborate wedding before it is too late. If you have a large and sometimes dysfunctional family like mine, this dark comedy is perfect for you!

Minding the Gap (2018)

Minding the Gap is a coming of age story that follows a band of three friends who bond through skateboarding in order to forget about their home lives and discriminatory town. This film does an incredible job of illustrating how life can push and pull at friendships through time.

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Can you relate to having a complicated relationship with your mom? If so, this film is for you! Following four different mother-and-daughter relationships, this movie will make you laugh, cry, love, and every other emotion. Whether or not you like dramas, this is a must-see. 

Those are five Asian American films you must see now. All you have to do is grab your popcorn and get to watching!


Ava Burford is a junior at UCLA. She is passionate about uplifting others through her writing, philanthropic work and blog. She is apart of the sorority Pi Beta Phi and enjoys running and being with her family in her free time.
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