It’s no secret that both Blacks and Asians are killing it in the entertainment industry this year.

With box office hits like Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians (along with a multitude of TV programs and music) gaining more recognition, its finally time that both minorities got their long overdue limelight.

However, no doubt due to the racial discourse throughout the years brought on by myths and stereotypes, you hardly ever see the two minorities collaborate. Yet still, both blacks and Asians have gained inspiration and sampled from one another’s cultures.

It’s time we all step out of our boxes and open up the discussion on our differences and how we can all work together. Quirktastic’s  Lauren Grant and Ryan Kim have teamed up to show you some notable films, videos and bops that prove when black and Asian people get together, magic is created.

1. Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan

While most of us would like to forget about RH3, the first two movies didn’t just establish a classic buddy cop duo, it did so by venturing into territories that black and Asian-American communities could relate to and bond through. The first film took Lee through Carter’s LA turf while the second film brought Carter back to Lee’s Hong Kong. Although the films are rife with stereotypes, Rush Hour reminds us we’re better off fighting together because war is good for absolutely nothing. -Ryan

2. Nujabes and Cise Starr

Nujabes and Cise Starr introduced me to the blending of two cultures through their music. I discovered Nujabes in college through the anime Samurai Champloo and instantly fell in love with his melodic beats. One thing I’ve always loved about Nujabes is that he always paid homage to where much of his music came from through collaborating with black artists like Cise Starr. Little did the community know that these artists would pave the way for LoFi and Chillhop, genres that both black and Asian millennials vibe with.
-Lauren

3. Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong

It can only be a matter of time before Tiffany Haddish and Ali Wong star in a movie together, but first we can see hear their voices together in the upcoming animated series, Tuca and Bertie on Netflix. The series is about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the same apartment building, Tuca, a cocky, care-free toucan, and Bertie, an anxious, daydreaming songbird. While the show’s release date is TBA, it’s safe to say that if we bring together the two recent biggest breakout comedic stars (who happen to be black and Asian-American) with the producer of Bojack Horseman, only good things can happen. -Ryan

4. Childish Gambino and Hiro Murai

The impact of Gambino’s “This Is America,” was one that was highly relatable amongst the black community. What many weren’t expecting was that the video was directed by Japanese American filmmaker, Hiro Murai. While it’s no secret that Japanese Americans have stood in solidarity with blacks for years and have faced prejudices of their own at the hands of America, this fact is often forgotten. This collaboration brought to light that  blacks are not alone in this fight. -Lauren

5. Misty Knight and Colleen Wing

Not to beat a dead horse, but since Luke Cage and Iron Fist got cancelled, there has been a small outcry for Misty Knight and Colleen Wing to get their own show based on the comic storyline, Daughters of the Dragon. If their portrayal in The Defenders and the second seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist are any indication of what that show would look like, I’d say yes. They just don’t complement each other in fighting ability, but their different perspectives would make for fun inner conflict and culturally mend a historically fraught relationship between black and Asian-American communities. -Ryan

6. Team Red Productions

Team Red Productions is an action design collective of some of the most talented martial artists, directors, animators, and editors in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. Having formed in 2015 after their Super Smash Bros. video went viral, Team Red works to produce creative and fulfilling content that speak to those in the community who are tired of the lack of representation. As a result they give an outlet to those who lack a strong voice to express their craft, culture, and themselves. -Lauren

7. The Neptunes

As an Asian-American kid growing up in Virginia, I dreamt of producing  beats… until I realized I had no talent or skill in it. But the only reason why I even had that hope was because there was another Asian-American from Virginia doing it big. That was Chad Hugo, one half of one of the most influential and prolific producers of the 2000s, The Neptunes. If I were to list all the reasons why Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo made such a great duo, I’d end up listing discographies that include The Clipse, Justin Timberlake, and Jay-Z. The fact that they were responsible for all your favorite hits of the 2000s is enough reason why black and Asian-American people should work together more often.
-Ryan

8. The Boondocks

This has to be one of the most fascinating collaborations between  the two communities. While The Boondocks is created and written by Aaron McGruder, it’s animated and directed by an array of Korean artists like Seung Eun Kim. As a blerd, The Boondocks resonates with my love for great animation and black culture. An episodic anime that focuses on the ins and outs of black culture, it also showcases many Asian themes like Huey’s practice of Kung Fu.
-Lauren

9. Finn and Rose Tico 

Although The Last Jedi was the most polarizing Star Wars film to date, it gave us a great dynamic in the characters of Finn and Rose Tico. These seemingly minor characters, who are arguably part of a pointless and rather silly plotline, became the heart of the movie. A defected stormtrooper and a resistance mechanic find common ground in their ordinariness. That may have came off as weakness, but it actually belied their strength, which was their shared desire for change and their willingness to bring it about. It reminded me of how “yellow peril supports black power” and how the Black Panther Party were models for early Asian-American activists. Echoing Rose Tico’s words to Finn, we can collaborate together by “saving what we love.” -Ryan

10. 88Rising, Higher Brothers and Blocboy JB

We’ve already covered some pivotal reasons why blacks and Asians should create more together. However, for 88Rsing, Higher Brothers and Blocboy JB, there is no other reason besides the fact that this is a WHOLE BOP. We need more of this. Just…just listen. -Lauren

Honorable Mention

Of course this article wouldn’t be complete (literally and figuratively) without the collaboration of Quirktastic’s own Ryan Kim and Lauren Grant. The creation of this piece is meant to start the conversation on how we can celebrate our differences while acknowledging similarities.

In a period where those at the top are hellbent on keeping minorities down, the only way any of us will rise is if we do it together.

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