Director Benson Lee, a Korean-American, was inspired by the ’80s teen angst movies of the late John Hughes. But you won’t find any of the stereotypical Asian characters that tended to turn up in Hughes’ movies—that is, when Asians appeared at all.
Richard Aoki was respected as a “pioneering political activist and revolutionary in the Asian-American community” for his involvement in the civil rights struggle in the 1960s and beyond. Seth Rosenfeld’s new book “Subversives” presents evidence that Aoki was an FBI informant. Scholar Diane Fujino, author of a biography on Aoki, disagrees.