11.20.2017

File Under Badass: Four women fight off restaurant robber

"I just told the other girls to just hurt him and I'll hold the register."



This robber messed with the wrong restaurant -- a restaurant staffed with some badass ladies.

Earlier this month, a man attempting to rob the cash register at Tony's Breakfast in Northeast Washington was met with the full fury of four employees who smacked, slapped and thwacked the crap out of him.

Four women fought off a robber at a restaurant. 'You guys are crazy,' police told them.

On the morning of November 7, manager Justine Choe opened the cash register to make change for a customer, when a man suddenly lunged across the counter and made a grab for a cash drawer.

But Justine, whose parents own the restaurant, was not letting go without a fight. And this dude definitely got a fight. A crazy five-person tug-of-war ensued as three more of the restaurant's employees jumped into the fray.

11.19.2017

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11.17.2017

Badass mother shields kids, survives shooting rampage

Tiffany Phommathep was shot five times, then drove herself to get help.



By now, you've heard about the California man who went on a violent shooting rampage Tuesday, killing five and wounding twelve others in Tehama County, before he was killed in a shootout with police.

Kevin Janson Neal killed his wife and hid her body in a hole he cut in the floor of his trailer house. He then murdered four other people during a 25-minute tear through the rural community that ended with a shooting at Rancho Tehama Elementary School. An additional six adults and six children were wounded.

But did you hear about the woman who was shot five times, using her body to shield her kids -- and lived?

Angry Reader of the Week: Jezzika Chung

"Today, I'd say I'm someone who isn't running away from who I am."



Hello, good readers of this blog. Here's what's up. Once again, it's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Jezzika Chung.

11.16.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 28: They Call Us Unicorns

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

Live from the San Diego Asian Film Festival! This episode, recorded in front of a live studio audience, we welcome fellow Potluck podcasters Marvin Yueh and Ada Tseng to pitch our hypothetical "unicorn" Asian American movie projects to studio execs Fritz Friedman and Paula Madison.

11.15.2017

Racist train attack caught on camera

Man calls Asian passenger racial slurs before repeatedly hitting him on a BART train.



Can't a guy just ride the train in peace without being accosted, called racial slurs and getting punched?

In the Bay Area, a man was caught on camera attacking an Asian passenger on a BART train, calling him racial slurs before punching him multiple times. The video, recorded Monday night, has since gone viral.

The assault happened on the Richmond line going south to Fremont around 10:00 PM. A man in a blue shirt boarded the train at the Coliseum station and got into a verbal altercation with another passenger, San Francisco Chronicle as Charles Wu, who was sitting down. According to a witness, the man was saying the n-word repeatedly on the train, and Wu stepped in and told him to stop. Blue shirt apparently didn't like that.

Video of the incident, recorded and posted to social media by fellow passenger Wiseley Wu (no relation), shows the man calling Charles Wu a "Chinese n**ger," among other profanities, and threatening to punch him. Things escalate when he reaches over and hits Wu in the shoulder and head.

11.14.2017

Amnesia, Dammit: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #24

A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

We are at the penultimate episode of Boys Over Flowers, and in this episode, they really pull out the big guns! Epic cries, sauna scenes, and the mother of all K-Drama tropes... AMNESIA!!!!!! Listen as we simultaneously roll our eyes and get drawn into the drama on this episode of the Korean Drama Podcast!

11.13.2017

Asian AF: An Asian American Variety Show

One-Year Anniversary Show - Friday, November 24 at UCB Sunset



Hey, Los Angeles! Looking for some good laughs? After stuffing your faces with turkey (and a side of kimchi), cure your post-Thanksgiving blues with Asian AF, the wildly popular monthly Asian American variety show at Upright Citizens Brigade. This month, celebrate Asian AF's one-year anniversary with a lineup that includes standup by Peter Kim, a special screening of Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears and improv by Voltron.

It's happening, Friday, November 24 at UCB Sunset. Here are some more details:

[UPDATED] White woman says she feels Filipino, insists she's "transracial"

But that's not how this shit works.



This is a joke, right? Or maybe some kind of performance art? A Florida transgender woman claims that although she was born a white guy, deep down inside she feels Filipino, and now identifies as "transracial."

A Tampa woman calling herself "Ja Du," born a white male named Adam, tells WTSP that she now considers herself Filipino. She insists that she is transracial -- someone born one race, but identifies with another.

"Whenever I'm around the music, around the food, I feel like I'm in my own skin," Ja Du says. "I'd watch the History Channel sometimes for hours you know whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture."

No, Ja Du. No.

George Takei Accused of Sexual Assault

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.



In stunning news for the Asian American community, beloved community activist and Star Trek star George Takei has been accused of sexually assaulting former male model and commercial actor Scott R. Brunton in a 1981 incident.

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