Celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with these movies

It is the month of May. That means that spring has finally arrived. It also means that it is time to celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This month used to be known as Asian-American Heritage Month but was changed to include other Asian-Americans who more closely associate themselves as Pacific Islanders.

There are recent new stories out there that talk about how Asian-Americans are dealing with racial hatred and bigotry in the each of these peoples’ communities.

For whatever reason, we need to unite and we need to come together as Americans… even as non-traditional Americans who’s ancestry is connected to the East.

There are many great movies out there that showcase Asians and that showcase Asian-Americans. Here are a list of five great movies that you can enjoy on this month.

You may have heard of some of these movies, while others may be new to you. Check them out for yourself. You might be surprised at what you see.


  1. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

The movie named “Crazy Rich Asians” is a great film to watch on this month. “Crazy Rich Asians” is about a young woman named Rachel Chu.

Rachel Chu is a graduate student from New York University. She has a wonderful boyfriend named Nick Young. Nick invites Rachel to travel with him back home to attend his cousins’ wedding. Rachel is thrilled. But there’s a secret that he has hidden from her…

Nick Young is a billionaire. He is from a rich and a posh world where money is only an arm’s reach away.

This is a great movie for its cinematic scope. You get to see the world of the East from a new perspective. There is abundance, wealth, and beauty in Nick’s world. And Rachel must learn to be a part of it all.

I really enjoyed this movie. This is a great romance movie at its heart. I think it is something that many women will enjoy.


2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018)

The movie named “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is a great movie for a younger audience.

This movie is about a Korean-American girl who is named Lara Jean Covey. Lara Jean is a person who feels emotions intensely. Every time she falls for a guy in a true and a soul-crushing way, she decides to write a letter to the boy-in-question. Lara Jean never plans to send out the letters.

Writing down her thoughts and her feelings helps her to better understand herself and what she is feeling inside.

However, the letters are mailed out. And, suddenly, Lara Jean is the center of attention. There are two letters that are sent out to boys that Lara Jean knows in some way.

The first letter is sent out to Josh. Josh is the ex-boyfriend of her older sister named Margo Covey. The second letter is sent out to Peter Kavinsky. Peter Kavinsky is a cool and a charming boy from her high-school.

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is about a nice girl figuring it out. It is about romance. It is about taking chances. And it is about first love.

So, who does Lara Jean pick?

Check-out the movie to see.


3. Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

The movie named “Memoirs of a Geisha” takes you to the past in another world. It takes you to the past in the country of Japan.

In the beginning of the movie, a young girl leaves home and is taken to the city of Kyoto. The young girl is named Chiyo Sakamoto. Chiyo gets the chance to be a geisha. However, the road to fame and to fortune as a geisha is not an easy one for her to travel.

Once Chiyo is accepted into the world of the geisha, she is assigned a new name. Her new name is Sayuri Nita. Sayuri becomes a popular and a famous geisha. And her new life is a far cry from who she once was as a young girl.

“Memoirs of a Geisha” is a moving movie. It is a haunting movie. It is a great movie to watch if you are in the mood for something that will show you another time and another world.

I really loved this movie. Watch it if you want to watch something new, something different, and something special.


4. Mulan (2020)

Mulan is a live-action movie based off of the Disney cartoon movie of the same name. Mulan is about a Chinese girl who decides to go to war to replace her father as a soldier. Mulan is a strong, a smart, and a brave girl. She faces unbelievable odds to save herself, her father, and her country.

The actress named Liu Yifei is Mulan. The movie is outstanding because of Liu Yifei’s great acting chops. She plays the character of Mulan beautifully.

There are also beautifully filmed scenes in this movie. There are scenes where Mulan fights her enemies with grace and with strength.

There are also great cinematic scenes where the townspeople of Mulan’s small village wear bright and colorful costumes. The costumes add character to the Chinese people in the film.

Watch Mulan if you want to see her “bring honor to us all.”


5. The Joy Luck Club (1993)

The Joy Luck Club is a sleeper-hit that maybe unknown to most people. The Joy Luck Club is a movie about eight women: four Chinese-Americans and four of those women’s mothers. The four Chinese-Americans are: Waverly, Rose, Lena, and June.

The four girls are raised by the women’s four Chinese mothers. The mothers are serious, smart, and fiesty women. They are four mothers who have skeletons hidden in each one of the women’s closets and buried deep in each one of the women’s hearts.

The Joy Luck Club travels back-and-forth between the lives of the four daughters to the lives of the daughters’ mothers. It showcases the fear, the pain, and the struggles that the mothers went through when they were young women who lived in China.

It also showcases the deep emotions, the sadness, and the discomfort that the four daughters go through as Chinese-Americans in the new country that they live in named America.

The Joy Luck Club is a truly somber movie that talks about serious topics. It moves at a slow pace. However, there is something about it that is sad, emotional… and unforgettable.

You should give this movie a shot this month. If not now, then, when?


I hope that you check-out some of these movies in the month of May. Spring is a time for new beginnings and for new experiences. This may be the right time for you to check-out a movie that you may have never heard of before.

Luca Lane

8 thoughts on “Celebrate Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with these movies”

  1. This is a strong list of movies that focus on Asian-Americans. My daughter loved the movie named Mulan. It is a great live-action film. Keep-it-up.

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  2. One of my favorite movies to watch is Crazy Rich Asians. It’s such a fun movie to watch. I love these themed lists. Keep em’ coming.

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  3. Memoirs of a Geisha was such a sleeper-hit. The movie took you to a beautiful and old world with mystery. I also think that people should give that movie a shot. It’s great.

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  4. It is important to remember these special months and what they stand for. This is a good list of movies. I will have to check out these movies. Nice post.

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