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Asian American History 101

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Sep 26, 2022

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 46! Every now and then, something comes along that opens up doors and captures your imagination. We really feel that Kwento Comics and their first comic book, The Mask of Haliya could serve to impact the world of comic books and media in that way. An all women-run, all Asian led team, Kwento Comics is out to open up minds regarding stories with Filipino and Asian Mythology. We had the pleasure of sitting down and having a conversation with Founder and CEO Cecilia Lim, Producer and COO Waverley Lim, Head Writer Kaitlyn Fajilan, and Editor and Art Liaison Jenapher Zheng. They shared their origin stories, what it’s like diving into pre-colonial mythology from the Philippines, the importance of creating realistic characters, how they develop cinematic artwork, the importance of normalizing food and language to discourage making Filipino/a characters feel exotic, the response to The Mask of Haliya so far, and so much more. With two issues out, this is an amazing story with universal themes that will speak to everyone whether you’re Asian, Asian American, or not. We highly recommend buying the first two issues that have come out, following them on your favorite social media platform whether it’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and/or TikTok, and signing up for their newsletter. We can’t wait to see what they do next! For previous episodes and information, please visit our site at or social media links at If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email us at