Melissa Phruksachart published "The Bourgeois Cinema of Boba Liberalism" in the Spring 2020 issue of Film Quarterly (73.3), as part of its special dossier "Asian American Film at Fifty." Through the paratexts of Crazy Rich Asians (2018) and Searching (2018), the article proposes the concept of "messianic visibility" -- an over-investment in cinematic identification as possessing transformative, even curative, political and personal potential for liberal cisheteronormativity. The non-paywalled introduction to the dossier can be found here.

Film Quarterly will celebrate fifty years of Asian American film, media, and institutions with Asian American Film and Media: Past, Present, Future,  a special dossier and panel discussion, on March 14, 2020, at the Billy Wilder Theater in L.A. Film Quarterly's B. Ruby Rich and dossier co-editor Brian Huwill moderate a conversation on this landmark anniversary and ongoing legacy with contributors Lan Duong, Viola Lasmana, Josslyn Luckett, Melissa Phruksachart, and Oliver Wang.