Ada Tseng

Ada Tseng is a writer and editor who has contributed to PRI's Global Nation, XFINITY Asia, NBC Asian America, LA Weekly, Asia Pacific Arts, Audrey Magazine, and more. She hosts the Asian American pop culture podcasts Saturday School and Bullet Train and is the creator of the series Haikus with Hotties. She graduated from UCLA, received her MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College, and was the Society of Features Journalism’s 2015 Penny Bender Fuchs Diversity Fellow.

Newlyweds Araminta (Sonoya Mizuno) and Colin

What happens when you let everyone in the world audition for a Hollywood studio film

Arts, Culture & Media

Three people who participated in the viral #CrazyRichAsiansCasting campaign earned their first ever parts in a big motion picture. Here’s why director Jon M. Chu thought it was necessary to scour the globe for Asian actors for “Crazy Rich Asians.”

Michael (Pierre Png) and Astrid (Gemma Chan)

How to get beyond a tourist fantasy of Singapore

Mother of the groom Eleanor Sung-Young (Michelle Yeoh)

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is a big win for Asian American representation in Hollywood — but what about Singaporean representation?

Man at dinner table, surrounded by people

Yes, they came as refugees, but on ‘Queen Sugar’ this family from Vietnam gets to be so much more

Two posters side by side, one original film poster, the other remade with photos of two men in place of actors

How ’90s Bollywood movies became cool again for two desis in the US

Three women walking on the sidewalk.

A family of lawyers fought to clear their name. Now their story is in an Oscar-nominated documentary.


A small, family-owned bank in New York City’s Chinatown faced nearly 200 counts of mortgage fraud — the only company ever criminally charged in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail” chronicles the legal battle fought by the Sung sisters.

Man in sunglasses in dance pose in front of white, brick wall

He’s the first Asian American dancer in ‘Magic Mike Live’ and his fans are proud of him


The fastest growing demographic in Las Vegas is Asian Americans. More specifically, Filipino Americans, who have made their mark on the city’s sprawling entertainment scene.

Two book cover images.

Remixed book covers imagine a young adult book series that confronts racism


In the 1980s and 90s, many young people of color grow up without much representation in literature or media. But today’s young adult books are bolder and willing to dive into complex, social justice issues.

A man in an armor stands alongside other men in armor.

How ‘bad guy’ roles have evolved for people of color


As calls for a more diverse Hollywood grows, actors of color are getting opportunities to play more iconic “bad guy” roles.

Two female performers are standing in front of each other holding microphones.

A mash-up of Asian harvest holidays gets the hip-hop treatment


For these comedy rappers and hip-hop lovers, the best way to celebrate their cultures’ holidays is through a rap battle.