8.27.2014

The Return of Action Movie Kid

DreamWorks animator dad uses special effects to turn his kid into an action hero.



He's back! It's the return of Action Movie Kid! Daniel Hashimoto likes to record videos of his 3-year-old son James doing everyday, average kid stuff. But when dad is an animator for DreamWorks, those everyday, average videos get super-powered, and little James becomes Action Movie Kid!

Using the power of Adobe After Effects, Daniel makes awesome videos of James in a variety of epic situations, from lightsaber shenanigans to cliffhanging shenanigans. After posting them to YouTube under the channel Action Movie Kid, young James' adventures became a big hit. Now he's back for a season two of sorts.

AMK Volume 2 is a compilation of all the latest adventures. Take a look:

This Ferguson business owner is tired of Darren Wilson supporters and their bullshit

"I am speaking English, do you understand that? You stupid jackass!"



Things have taken weird turns in Ferguson, Missouri, where weeks of community unrest over the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown have given way to tensions between protestors and supporters of Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Brown. Today, we tip our hat to one local business owner, who interrupted a TV interview to tell Wilson supporters to get the hell out.

8.26.2014

CAAMFest San Jose, September 4-7

Presented by the Center For Asian American Media



Bay Area! South Bay film fans, specifically. This one's for you. The Center for Asian American Media proudly presents the return of CAAMFest San Jose, a four-day festival of film premieres, conversations with media makers and parties. It's happening September 4-7 at Camera 3 Cinema in downtown San Jose.

CAAMFest San Jose kicks off with a special screening of Rea Tajiri's Yuri Kochiyama: Passion For Justice, commemorating the life and legacy of Yuri Kochiyama. Screenings and events, including the Opening Night screening of Geeta and Ravi Patel's Meet the Patels, continue throughout the rest of the weekend.

Here this year's CAAMFest San Jose PSA:

Hey Minnesota! Are you Southeast Asian? Take this survey.

Research study on early childhood education in Southeast Asian communities.



This is for all my people in Minnesota... The state's Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans is looking for folks to participate in a research study on Early Childhood Education among Southeast Asian families in Minnesota, including the Cambodian/Khmer, Hmong, Karen, Lao, and Vietnamese communities. Take the online survey, and you'll help CAPM inform valuable research and funding for the Southeast Asian community.

Here are some more details on who's eligible to take the survey:

Watch John Cho in the full first episode of 'Selfie'

New ABC comedy premieres September 30



The upcoming ABC comedy Selfie, starring John Cho and Karen Gillan, is a contemporary re-imagining of My Fair Lady. The show is definitely noteworthy, among other reasons, because it features an Asian American leading man, front and center, in the Henry Higgins role. When's the last time you saw that? Pretty much never.

Selfie follows Eliza Dooley, who has 263,000 followers hanging on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry to 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world.

The show doesn't premiere until next month, but you can the watch first episode in its entirety right now:

True Detective's Cary Fukunaga wins Emmy for Best Director

And the internet discovers its newest man-braided crush.



Well, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were presented on Monday night, and somewhere in between Sofia Vergara being summarily objectified and Breaking Bad winning, it was the usual mostly white affair.

But big congratulations to Cary Joji Fukunaga, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series for his work on HBO's True Detective. If you've seen the show, you have to admit it's one hell of an accomplishment, considering that Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the acclaimed cable crime drama's first season. It's basically an eight-hour-long movie.

Mr. Fukunaga also instantly earned himself a legion of fans during the Emmy broadcast, with Twitter users collectively swooning and fanning themselves over his suddenly-realized panty-exploding hotness. With the help of those party-in-the-back man-braids, the red-hot filmmaker cleaned up quite nicely.

Here's the moment everyone realized Cary Joji Fukunaga is hot:

8.25.2014

40th Anniversary of Lau vs. Nichols Decision

National Conference on the Rights of Linguistic Minorities, September 12



If you're in San Francisco, scholars and educators will be gathering for a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lau vs. Nichols, a ruling that recognized the rights of linguistic minorities in public education. The conference will revisit the case and examine its impact on linguistic minorities and disabled Americans in education and other areas of public service. It's happening Friday, September 12 at the Chinatown Campus of City College of San Francisco.

Here are some more details:

Job Opportunity: Policy Director, SAALT

SAALT seeks an experienced policy professional with a background in immigrant or civil rights.

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national nonpartisan non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. They recently announced a job opening for a Policy Director.

The Policy Director, based in SAALT's office in Takoma Park, Maryland, will develop, direct, and implement SAALT's legislative, administrative, and public policy agenda and activities.

Here are some more details about the position:

Music Video: DANakaDAN wonders "Is There Anybody Out There?"

From the album 'Stuntman,' inspired by his Korean American adoption story



Just wanted to make sure I shared this latest music video from my friend Dan Matthews, aka DANakaDAN: "Is There Anybody Out There" featuring Clara C. The track, from his album Stuntman, is inspired by Dan's personal journey as a Korean American adoptee, searching to find a connection with his birth family.

Check it out:

Man arrested after breaking into home, leaving behind wallet

Jonathan Phan broke in, took off his clothes, and got into a bed with a sleeping woman.



Catching up on news of the criminally creepy and sleepy... In Santa Ana, California, a man was arrested after breaking into a home, taking off his clothes and climbing into bed with a sleeping woman. He ran off, but was eventually arrested because he left behind his driver's license, among other important items. Oops.

Suspected burglar arrested after being found in woman's bed

29-year-old Jonathan Phan allegedly broke into the residence last month by climbing through a window, then removed his clothes, and fell asleep at the foot of a woman's bed. When the woman woke up and saw him, she screamed, prompting Phan to get the hell out of there by jumping out of the window.

In the commotion, Phan forgot to gather his belongings, including his pants, cellphone and wallet -- which contained his identification. That made things kind of easy for police.

'Origin Story' explores Kulap Vilaysack's tangled family tree

Feature documentary follows her quest to meet the father she never knew.



Kulap Vilaysack is an actor/writer/comedian who you might know from her popular podcast "Who Charted?" (She was also on this hilarious Message to the Producers of Hawaii Five-0.) I'm a fan.

Kulap is peeling back the layers of her personal story and directing her first feature documentary, Origin Story, exploring her tangled family tree to find out who she is. She describes is as "a feature-length, international quest with stops in Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Laos to meet the biological father I never knew."

She's currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign to finish the film, and asking for help via Indiegogo. Here's the official trailer:

Roy Choi is opening a healthy fast food chain

Hopes Loco'l will compete with the likes of McDonald's and Burger King



You cannot stop this guy. The Roy Choi empire continues to grow, and now he's taking aim at fast food. The chef/restaurateur who jumpstarted the food truck movement recently announced that he's working on a fast food chain concept aimed at offering low-income communities nourishing, healthy food.

Roy Choi, SF's Daniel Patterson Opening Fast Food Spot

This week at Copenhagen's MAD Symposium, Choi announced that he's partnering with Bay Area chef Daniel Patterson to create a new fast food concept called loco'l, meant to go toe-to-toe with the likes of McDonald's and Burger King, offering communities healthy choices while keeping prices competitive.

Racist attack on Australian train passenger caught on video

Asian woman verbally abused with racist and sexual slurs



I don't know what it is about Australia and racist shit happening on public transportation, but here's another recent incident caught on video, in which an Asian woman is verbally abused with racist and sexual slurs.

Vicious racist attack caught on camera

The incident happened last week on a train in Perth, where an Asian woman was taunted by another woman who got in her face and verbally assaulted her with a tirade of slurs for apparently no reason at all.

Newspaper employee fired for "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo"

Philadelphia Public Record issues apology for printing racial slurs



In case you missed it, last week's edition of the Philadelphia Public Record ran a photo of Asian American community members with a caption that included racist made-up names, including "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo." The paper has since issued an apology, and the editor responsible for the slurs has been fired.

8.24.2014

Read These Blogs



Three Ways AAPIs Can Help Seek Justice for Michael Brown: "In an attempt to interrupt my own sense of paralysis, I've repeatedly asked myself: Why should AAPIs care about Ferguson, and what can we do to help? The answer is this: As Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Ferguson is a call to action and solidarity."

Why Ferguson Matters to Asian Americans: "I write this post to express my solidarity and rage, and to offer a response to the disturbing question that I've heard asked, and that demands an answer: Does Ferguson matter to Asian Americans?" The answer is yes.

As an Asian American, I Care About Ferguson and Race Relations: "We cannot understand the state of race of the United States without learning about the complex racial history of the United States, one that includes blacks, Asians, Latinos, and Native Americans."

Ferguson's Other Race Problem: Riots Damaged Asian-Owned Stores: If you can disregard the terrible headline, this is a good article on Ferguson's Asian American-owned businesses who remain supportive of their community, despite suffering looting and damage.

Bitter Fruits: On Ferguson and the Ghosts of the Philippine-American War: "A child snatched from a mother and gleefully fired upon by a group of drunken soldiers, the casual order to slaughter anybody over the age of ten, an eighteen-year-old gunned down by some half dozen bullets at close range -- these are by no means equivalent horrors. But they do make a nation of ghosts."



Young Poet Steals John Legend Show With Ferguson Tribute: For his recent Hollywood Bowl concert, John Legend asked young artists to respond to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On in a contemporary context. Here is one poet's powerful response, in which she relates Gaye's classic to the current state of Ferguson.

The complicity cost of racial inclusion: The induction of Asian Americans into whiteness doesn't alter the meaning of whiteness -- and it isn't good news; it only preserves structural privilege.

Mikado, yellowface debate at Seattle Repertory Theatre forum: Recently, the Seattle Repertory Theatre held a forum on theater and race sparked by the Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society production of The Mikado.

Is Stu Bykofsky a bigot?: The controversial Daily News columnist (he once wrote a paean to sex tourism in Thailand) writes a column asking why he's called a bigot and anti-Latino xenophobe. Helen Gym answers.

Whole Foods Market: Says Ching Chong Incident "Not A Community Issue": In an apparent attempt at damage control, Whole Foods Market has responded to calls for a meeting over the use of the racial slur "ching chong' by a store employee at the chain's New York Bowery location.



Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: 'Every Human Life Is Worth The Same': Mark Bustos, a hair stylist at an upscale salon in NYC, spends every Sunday giving haircuts to the homeless.

Redefining Asian America: Japanese Americans, Gardena, and the Making of a Transnational Suburb: A brief history of how Japanese Americans shaped the Southern California city of Gardena, harnessing their transnational connections (once a source of discrimination) into a tool for economic growth.

Koreatown Non-Profit Faces Challenges In Little Bangladesh: Community organizers in Koreatown are overcoming new challenges in working with the area's fast-growing South Asian population.

In Elite MFA Programs, The Challenge Of Writing While 'Other': Because elite writing programs have a history steeped in whiteness, writers of color in these MFA programs have often faced struggles with both colleagues and faculty. Some programs are making an effort to change this.

Artists at Play: Creating Space for AAPI Performers and Playwrights: Founded in 2011, Artists at Play is a Los Angeles-based theatre collective dedicated to presenting work by Asian American playwrights and featuring Asian American actors.



The Death And Uneasy Rebirth Of Cambodia's Psychedelic Rock: Cambodian psychedelic rock was abrupty silenced by the Khmer Rouge in 1975 but has seen a rebirth in recent years. Young Cambodian American musicians are replaying and remixing this music, and sharing the stage in events such as the Cambodian Music Festival in LA last week.

See How 'Oh My' Became George Takei's Catchphrase: How did "Oh my!" become George Takei's catchphrase? It all started with an appearance on the Howard Stern Show. Uncle George explains.

Transgender Model Geena Rocero Tells Glamour Why She Had to Share Her True Story: Geena Rocero talks about why she risked her dream career as a model to go public with her transgender identity.

Steve Byrne: Irish-Korean American writes about his life for TV: Steve Byrne of TBS' Sullivan and Son shares how he got his show on the air, what it's like being mixed race in Hollywood, and writing his reality.

What is Ken Leung's (The Night Shift) "safe space"? One Question Interviews talks to actor Ken Leung, who plays Dr. Topher Zia on the NBC medical drama The Night Shift.

8.22.2014

Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

Presented by Disoriented Comedy, Thursday, August 28 at Echoes Under Sunset



This for all my friends in Los Angeles... Disoriented Comedy invites you to Family Reunion, an evening of storytelling co-presented by Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Kaya Press and Mishthi Music. A fun lineup of everyday folks talkin' story, no notes. It's happening Thursday, August 28 at Echoes Under Sunset.

Here are some more details about the show:

Philadelphia paper prints photo caption with racist names

"Me Too, Chinky Winky and Dinky Doo."



Oh hell no. If you happen to peruse the pages of this week's Philadelphia Public Record, then you'll see some racist copyeditor's idea of a joke. Please note that "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo" are not real names.

Philadelphia Newspaper Calls Asians "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo"

In the August 21 print edition of the free weekly tabloid, Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla is pictured at a Chinatown fundraising event with several Asian American supporters. The photo's caption includes, among several other made up names, "Me Too," "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo." I see what you did there. Asshole.

The best part about this bullshit is that the publisher is defending the caption as a "proofreading error":

Angry Reader of the Week: Julia Cho

"I am an actor, not the writer.



Hey folks! Allow me to introduce you to 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 Julia Cho.

Harry Reid makes bad Asian jokes to a room full of Asians

"One problem that I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight."



Awww, come on. When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce this week, he thought he'd get the crowd going with a couple of jokes... and dropped this fine comedic gem: "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are."

Harry Reid's Joke to Asians: You're Not Smarter Than Everyone Else

Before he got off stage, he capped things off by quipping, "One problem that I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight." His comments, of course, were recorded and proliferated by a Republican opposition group:

NYPD accused of cover-up in fatal patrol car collision

Video footage suggests police are lying about the crash that killed pedestrian Ryo Oyamada



In case you weren't sufficiently angry at bad police... Last year in New York City, a Japanese student was struck and killed by a police patrol car while crossing the street. The victim's family and community members have pressed authorities for the truth about the accident, to no avail. But newly released security camera footage appears to show that the NYPD is lying about the crash and may have tried to cover up the incident.

Video Points To NYPD Cover-Up After Cop Fatally Ran Over Pedestrian

On February 21, 2013, 24-year-old Japanese student Ryo Omayada was killed by an NYPD cruiser as he was crossing the street in Queens. The police report claims that the patrol car, driven by Officer Darren Ilardi, was responding to a 911 call and had its emergency lights and sirens activated at the time of impact. However, witnesses say the cruiser's lights were not turned on until after the collision.

Newly released video from NYC Housing security cameras in the area appears to contradict the NYPD's account and strongly suggests a coverup in the response to Oyamada's death. Gothamist breaks down the footage, edited from two different cameras:

8.21.2014

Jeremy Lin gets a wax statue at Madame Tussauds

Watch Jeremy see his statue for the first time.



I've never really understood the appeal of celebrity wax statue museums. They sort of creep me out. But I guess that's how you know you've really made it -- when someone wants to make an awkward life-sized facsimile of you out of wax. This includes Jeremy Lin, who just got the wax treatment.

San Francisco's Madame Tussauds to unveil Jeremy Lin figure

On Thursday, your favorite Asian American point guard became the latest local celebrity to get a statue -- complete with purple and gold Los Angeles Lakers uniform -- at Madame Tussauds at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Jeremy grew up just down the freeway, in Palo Alto.

Here's video of Jeremy, with his family, seeing the statue (and touching it) for the first time:

Man arrested in hate crime hit and run

Driver called Sikh victim a "terrorist" before running him over with his truck



Update on this case... In New York, police have arrested a man in connection with the hate crime attack on a Sikh man who was seriously injured after being run over and dragged by a pickup truck.

Driver Accused of Calling Sikh Man a Terrorist, Mowing Him Down With Truck

55-year-old Joseph Caleca is accused of mowing down 29-year-old Sandeep Singh with his truck last month in Queens. The two men apparently got into a verbal altercation in which Caleca called Singh a "terrorist" before hitting him with his truck, dragging him several feet and driving away.

8.19.2014

AAJA speaks out on Ferguson

Asian American Journalists Association urges local authorities to respect the rights of journalists



The Asian American Journalists Association, of which I am a dues-paying member, has issued a statement on the events happening in Ferguson, Missouri in response to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

AAJA urges authorities in Ferguson, Mo., to respect the rights of journalists

In particular, AAJA condemns the actions taken by local authorities against journalists covering the unfolding events in Ferguson, citing threats, arrests, and violence against reporters and photographers who have been trying to cover the story on the ground as it unfolds. According to the statement, authorities have "disrupted the work of getting out the facts in a challenging environment."

Here's the full statement:

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