That’s What She Said webseries is the first major project of Pearl Girls Productions. The series chronicles the lives of five fictional characters–Leslie, Rae, Shin, Baby, and Nic–within the queer sphere of the greaterLos Angeles area.
TWSS was created out of a desire to see positive Asian representations in the media, as well as to give voice to the often-untold stories of queer Asian women. As it is, Los Angeles holds one of the largest Asian populations in the United States (second only to New York), and is historically significant as a center for media and entertainment. Yet, save for a few examples (we love you Margaret Cho and Alice Wu), we are hard-pressed to find complex, multi-dimensional portrayals of queer Asian experiences.
It is our perspective. It is but one perspective of many out there.
While we feel that TWSS cannot possibly encompass all of the richly-varied nuances and perspectives of the queer Asian experience, we believe that this webseries can be a part of a wider movement– that telling stories that are almost invisible in mainstream media contributes to the struggle for change.
About Pearl Girls Productions:
Pearl Girls Productions was created through the inception of the webseries That’s What She Said. As six queer and queer-allied Asian women (and so much more), our hope is that our efforts will positively impact social consciousness through the power of media–in particular (though certainly not restricted to) the spread of positive representations of queer Asians.
We believe that the lack of such representation is problematic and, at the very least, troubling. If we, as members of a diverse cultural heritage, cannot see our stories and ourselves represented within the larger sphere of media, we are in danger of believing (and leading others to believe) that our perspectives do not matter– or worse, that we do not matter. As we take on more projects, and continue with the ones we have, we strive to work with these ideas in mind.
And hey– we like doing this kind of thing.
PGP is us, and everyone who has ever believed in us– through giving us their time, effort, and resources: from letting us use their music to holding our boom mic during shoots. PGP is a grain of sand in a dust storm (sometimes we like to get poetic) for social change. And PGP is you.