Aspiring actresses Kelly Colburn (@KellyColburn) and Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin (@KaeMeiShing) are burning up the internet right now with season one of their webseries “2 Girls | 1 Asian”, a semi-autobiographical dramedy following the romantic and professional trials of best friends and roommates, Caela and Kelliye as they navigate the “social muck of being ‘ethnically ambiguous’ in the arts”. Both Colburn and Garvin, along with their semi-eponymous alteregos, are biracial and Asian American.
Indeed, 2 Girls | 1 Asian has set their sights to the stars, and in so doing are pushing the boundaries of how the internet is advancing progressive independent media. They write:
2 Girls | 1 Asian is devoted to diversity, gender equality, and tackling topics that aren’t readily addressed in mainstream entertainment today. Our series passes the Bechdel test, presents characters outside of Asian-American stereotypes, and features young independent artists of all races, backgrounds and disciplines–including the musicians whose songs we showcase weekly on our soundtrack.
Between the series’ dedicated focus to elevating the stories of Asian American women (the show passes the Bechdel test in spades) and exploring biracial identity, the show is nothing if not courageous. Colburn and Garvin are pushing boundaries artistically as well as politically: the two have tackled all the steps from script to screen, and one recent episode was even an all-musical episode.
Recently, I had a chance to interview Colburn and Garvin about their 2 Girls | 1 Asian project. Check it out after the jump.