A new award-winning film about a struggling Korean immigrant family is garnering praise for its unique take on the American dream.
Minari, directed and written by Lee Isaac Chung, follows the Yi family as the patriarch attempts to start a farm in 1980s Arkansas. It explores universal themes about love, hard work, disappointment and resilience, and is the first Asian American produced, directed and cast film to be nominated for the Academy Awards.
For many Asian Americans, euphoria over the film’s success comes at a difficult time. Anti-Asian hate crimes have spiked some 150 percent in the United States, a backlash that reportedly stems from negative stereotyping of Asians amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this episode of The Stream, we ask, is Minari the movie to unite America?
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