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Introducing Bao Phi! 


The Fifth Productions is a movement. It is a cry and action to recognize unsung hystories and a collective, artistic step towards the liberation of the mind.

The Fifth Productions, also called The Fifth or TFP, is a Youtube channel that seeks to document the stories of People of Color artists who use their talents as a tool to bring consciousness to sociopolitical issues. TFP will feature these individuals through three segments: Behind the Fifth, On the Fringe, and IAM.

Behind the Fifth is the central segment of TFP, and is where we highlight People of Color artists. On the Fringe is like Behind the Fifth, but are rather individuals who are not necessarily artists, but are notable for the work they do in the community. IAM is where we highlight those who may not necessarily be in the limelight, but are creating change with their particular talents.

The videos will not generate profit – they are for you to watch, enjoy, and learn from. If we eventually decide to monetize the page, all proceeds will go towards an organization who uses the arts to empower youth and the surrounding community.


Youtube: TheFifthProductions
Twitter: @thefifthpro
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You Bring Out the Vietnamese in Me - Bao Phi

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I don’t like boxing, I do like basketball… and the recent reactions to Pacman’s knockout and certain ongoing reactions to Jeremy Lin have stirred an anxiety and anger in me that’s hard for me to articulate. Thankfully rapper and community activist Kiwi did:

"I think of the sudden declines of Jeremy Lin (38 points last game notwithstanding) and Manny Pacquiao, about how this society still sees Asian masculinity and strength as a caricature, and how the whispers of "I told you so" rear their heads from behind computer screens and sportscenter analyst desks. What I really sense from non-Asians is relief, that this version of manhood (loving, spiritual, respectful, emotional, affectionate) that they’re scared to confront and concede as possibly better than the one that Americans have been force-fed all our lives, has been finally put back where no one can see it. What they don’t understand is that we are no stranger to invisibility, and while they spend all their lives trying to fit in that box, we will spend ours thriving outside of it."

And Juliana added:

"Hey Kiwi, thanks so much for your thoughts! I was talking to Bao about the whole Jeremy Lin phenomenon, and now the current wave of bashing/detractors, and thinking about how whiteness/white supremacy is pervasive yet unspoken. Even in the trend to paint Jeremy Lin’s support as anti-Black. The effects of living in a white supremacist society that posits itself as post-racial maybe? My thought is that maybe as Asians it’s not actually invisibility that we fight against. That white people and whiteness is the real invisible—they are the ghosts in the room. There doesn’t seem to be anyone enraged about individual white basketball players as either undeserving or overpaid. Because whiteness is the norm, invisible yet ubiquitous. What Jeremy Lin makes evident is that Asian masculinity is illegible more than invisible— that our society can’t comprehend of an Asian male masculinity that confronts the problematic representations of Asian (American) men. And that these f’ed up images have been historically and socially constructed in the service of white supremacy, always there and always hiding."

I’m really feeling those two points of discussion. Thanks Juliana and Kiwi for articulating, so well, what I couldn’t find the words and vision for.

Great comment from poet Bao Phi


Three years after the publication of the groundbreaking Asian American comics anthology Secret Identities, the same team is back with a new volume—bigger, bolder, and more breathtaking in scope.

While the first collection focused on the conventions of superhero comics, this new book expands its horizon to include edgier genres, from hard-boiled pulp to horror, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction. Using this darker range of hues, it seeks to subvert—to shatter—the hidebound stereotypes that have obscured the Asian image since the earliest days of immigration: the stoic brute, the prodigious brain, the exotic temptress, the inscrutable alien, the devious manipulator. The eclectic and impressive lineup of contributors includes leading Asian American comics creators Bernard Chang (Supergirl), Sean Chen (Iron Man), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Larry Hama (G.I. Joe), Sonny Liew (Malinky Robot), Takeshi Miyazawa (Runaways), Christine Norrie (Hopeless Savages), Greg Pak (The Hulk), G.B. Tran (Vietnamerica), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), and many others, as well as such film and literary standouts as Tanuj Chopra (Punching at the Sun), Michael Kang (The Motel), Jamie Ford (Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet), Gary Jackson (Missing You, Metropolis), and Bao Phi (Song I Sing). Their original graphic short stories cover topics from ethnic kiddie shows, China’s AIDS policy, and airline security procedures to the untold backstory of Flash Gordon’s nemesis Ming the Merciless and the gritty reality of a day in the life of a young Koreatown gangster.

Shattered incorporates thrills, chills, and delights while exposing the hidden issues and vital truths of the nation’s fastest-growing and most dynamic community.

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From Bao Phi’s ‘For Us’ in Sông I Sing. #APIA :-) <3 (Taken with Instagram)

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