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'Always Be My Maybe' Director and 'Fresh off the Boat' Creator Nahnatchka Khan On Creativity and Getting the Details Right

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20.06.2019

It can be scary to put an idea -- that one that you poured your heart and soul into -- out into the world. But the feeling is hardly unique; it's one creative, innovative people have to deal with all the time.

Nahnatchka Khan is one of those innovators. She's the director of the new Netflix hit Always Be My Maybe, about two ex-childhood sweethearts who reconnect as adults even though they come from very different worlds. The film is an independent project written by its co-stars Randall Park and Ali Wong; and it features a nearly all Asian-American cast. Upon its release in late May, the movie resonated widely, especially for the community it wanted to reflect and celebrate.

"When I saw Always Be My Maybe, I recognized parts of myself in the strong and ambitious Sasha, played by Ali Wong, who sought a supportive partner, not a savior," commented Nancy Wang Yuen, a sociologist, pop culture expert and critic who wrote Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism. "I reveled in watching [Sasha] choose between three uniquely attractive Asian American men of my generation. With so few images of ourselves, Asian Americans are hungry for the validation of everyday Asian American love depicted in Always Be My Maybe."

Khan, who was born in Las Vegas and raised in Hawaii with........

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