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— by Mika Doyle: While everyone else is on nostalgia overload because Hulu’s PEN15 is middle school incarnate, I’m having a different kind of experience watching this very adult comedy. As someone born to a Japanese mom and white American dad, I very rarely see my family reflected on American television. But PEN15 depicts Japanese cultural beliefs in a multi-cultural American home in a completely normal, non-sensational way. And I am totally living for how this show celebrates my culture without all those racist Asian stereotypes about magic and mysticism…

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May 8, 2019