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To celebrate the Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month, Netflix came out with their Our Roots, Our Stories collection. The collection features over 380 titles that showcase the API community. 

 Celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month With Netflix’s Our Roots, Our Stories

NEVER HAVE I EVER (L to R) MAITREYI RAMAKRISHNAN as DEVI VISHWAKUMAR and POORNA JAGANNATHAN as NALINI VISHWAKUMAR of NEVER HAVE I EVER Cr. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2021

Our Roots, Our Stories

The entire month of May is a celebration of the AAPI community and what better way to celebrate than watching your favourite Asian talents on Netflix. The collection, Our Roots, Our Stories is meant to amplify the voices and stories of the API community. It will have over 380 titles from the comedy specials of Ali Wong, dramas like Fistful of Vengeance, and documentaries like Naomi Osaka and Cousins.

The collection’s artwork is a culmination of the essence of each culture in the community. Hong Kong-born and LA-based illustrator Matthew Kam created the artwork for Netflix. 

Other than the collection itself, Netflix’s Golden, their social media channel dedicated to celebrating the Asian diaspora, will host a new social series. Starting on May 5th, the series called First Look Week will provide fans with a sneak peek of upcoming series, movies, and specials that include Asian talent. Some upcoming titles to watch out for are Boo Bitch, Bling Empire Season 2, The Blockbuster, Indian Matchmaking Season 2, Wedding Season, Never Have I Ever Season 3, Partner Track, and Iron Chef. 

What To Watch in Our Roots, Our Stories Collection

We understand the struggle of choosing a series or movie to watch, and with over 380 titles, it can be overwhelming. So to help you pick a title, here’s a brief list of titles you should watch right now. 

 Celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month With Netflix’s Our Roots, Our Stories

THE CHAIR (L to R) SANDRA OH as JI-YOON in THE CHAIR Cr. ELIZA MORSE/NETFLIX © 2021

The Chair

Starring Sandra Oh, The Chair follows her character’s new role as the Chair of the English department at Pembroke University. The series shows her successes and struggles as the first woman and person of colour to sit at the head of the department. 

Kim’s Convenience

Although this is a Canadian show, Kim’s Convenience is still relevant in portraying the Asian diaspora. It stars Canadian actors Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jean Yoon, Andrea Bang, and Simu Liu.

Never Have I Ever

Follow Devi, an Indian American teenager, as she deals with the everyday pressures of high school, romance, and a traditional and overbearing mother. This funny and adorable romantic comedy series is created by Mindy Kaling.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

It’s time for the annual Spring cleaning, so might as well watch the tidying expert Marie Kondo and start asking yourself what sparks joy in you.

 Celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month With Netflix’s Our Roots, Our Stories

The Half Of It – Leah Lewis – Photo Credit: Netflix / KC Bailey

Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives

If you like Desperate Housewives, then this show is for you! Instead of messy Beverly Hills housewives, follow the Bollywood wives face the challenges of being in the public eye. 

The Half Of It

A cute WLW high school romcom. What more could you ask for??

 

You can browse the rest of the collection by visiting netflix.com/celebrateAAPI. 

Published by HOLR Magazine.