5.20.2018

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David Henry Hwang Hopes Hillary Clinton Will See 'Soft Power'
David Henry Hwang's Soft Power, a "play within a musical," is a bit of fantasy that shifts the balance of global power from the U.S. to China after Hillary Clinton loses the 2016 presidential election. Hwang hopes Clinton sees the show, which just had its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Cleared of Spying for China, She Still Doesn't Have Her Job Back
Three years ago, the Justice Department dropped espionage-related charges against Sherry Chen, a Chinese American hydrologist at the National Weather Service, clearing her of accusations of espionage. But Ms. Chen can't get back to work.

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John Kelly's Ancestors Wouldn't Have Fit In Either
"What some of us also forget is that at nearly every stage of our country's history, the people who were already established as American citizens found convenient targets to designate as unable to assimilate: the indigenous peoples; conquered Mexicans; slaves; or the newest immigrants, who were usually classified as nonwhite."

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The blackface incidents at Cal Poly show why we need more education about racism
For the second time in a matter of weeks, a white student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo wore blackface -- further proof that education about racism is necessary.

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If an Asian American author doesn’t have a Wikipedia page, do they exist?
Wikipedia is a resource consulted by millions of people every day. But if a topic or person isn’t on the website, how much is the world missing from that gap in information? Kundiman and the Asian American Writers Workshop are trying to chip away at the website's blind spots, one page at a time.

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Gurbir Grewal forges path as the first Sikh state attorney general in U.S. history
Gurbir Grewal's career in public service was built in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

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Ali Wong Stuck With the Major Your Mom Told You to Drop and Here She Is Today
Did you know that comedian Ali Wong, whose latest special Hard Knock Wife just dropped on Netflix, got her B.A. in Asian American Studies at UCLA? Her success isn't despite her major, but because of it.

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Affirmative Action Benefits Everyone — Including Asian Americans
Despite the attention a small and vocal group of Asian Americans against affirmative action would lead some to believe, a recent national poll found that 64 percent of Asian American voters favor programs that are designed to help African Americans, women and other minorities access higher education.

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Sikh Captain America fights intolerance and bigotry
Vishavjit Singh draws cartoons and dons a Captain America costume to help fight intolerance and bigotry. He visited Seattle earlier this month to launch an exhibition of his illustrations, on display through February 2019, at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle.

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After Years Of Playing The Friend, Sandra Oh Is Finally Getting To Be The Star
After years of playing supportive besties, Sandra Oh iss finally the lead on BBC's spy show Killing Eve -- alongside a character intent on making it all up to her by being her scariest fan.

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Conrad Ricamora, Oliver on 'How to Get Away With Murder,' on the provocative, political 'Soft Power'
Conrad Ricamora, an actor and singer best known for his portrayal of Oliver Hampton on ABC's legal drama series How to Get Away with Murder, stars in the Ahmanson's production of Soft Power.

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Cannes: Steven Yeun Talks Immigrant Experience in U.S., Working on a "Fully Korean" Film
Steven Yeun talks about starring in his first all-Korean language role in Lee Chang-dong's drama Burning, which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to wide acclaim.

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Mech Cadet Yu Set to End, and Pak & Miyazawa Talk 'Bittersweet' Finale
Writer Greg Pak, artist Takeshi Miyazawa and editor Cameron Chittock announce the upcoming bittersweet end of their giant-robots-and-aliens comic book series Mech Cadet Yu.


5.18.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Jun Stinson

"Listen to your elders and record their stories. Life's too short not to."



Hello, good readers of this website. It is time again 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 Jun Stinson.

5.14.2018

Jane Kim called racial slur at mayoral candidate event

Video shows protestor calling the San Francisco supervisor a "skinny-ass rice-eating motherfucker."



In San Francisco, a mayoral candidate meet-and-greet ended abruptly when protestors interrupted the event and shouted racial slurs at Supervisor Jane Kim, calling her a "skinny-ass rice-eating motherfucker."

VIDEO: Racial slur yelled at SF Mayoral candidate Jane Kim

The incident, caught on Facebook Live video, occurred during a joint campaign event hosted by Kim and Mark Leno in the Fillmore district on Saturday. Kim had just finished speaking about affordable housing in the city when protestors -- apparently supporters of candidate London Breed -- crashed the proceedings.

The video shows an audience member interrupting the Q&A, demanding why Supervisor Breed wasn't invited to the event. Things quickly go off the rails as others join in the shouting, until that first gentleman (who appears to be chomping on some grapes?!) yells "You got this skinny-ass rice-eating motherfucker coming in here" -- referring, of course, to the Asian American candidate -- "what's she going to do in Fillmore?"

Yeah, I think this event is over. The shouting begins around the five-minute mark:

5.13.2018

Read These Blogs


Don't Call Ali Wong a "Mom Comic"
Who is calling Ali Wong a "Mom comic"? Don't do that. Watch her new Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife instead.

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He searched for his Japanese birth mother. He found her — and the restaurant she had named after him.
A wild story about how adoptee Bruce Hollywood traveled to Japan to find his birth mother.

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Asian Americans turn angst for Trump into political activism
Asian Americans are running for federal office -- many of them as Democratic candidates who openly oppose the president's immigration policies.

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The Beginning Of The End Of Koreatown Los Angeles
One person's take on the rapid development of L.A.'s Koreatown and what it means for the smaller Korean businesses that make the neighborhood great.

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Confessions Of An Inglisera
In the Philippines, it's not uncommon to meet Filipinos who speak exclusively in English. Typically young, affluent, and mocked, the "inglisera" is a symptom of the nation's complicated and often painful history with American colonialism.

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'This Is America' Director Draws Inspiration From His Immigrant Experience
Hiro Murai, the director behind Childish Gambino's buzzworthy "This is America" music video talks about his creative partnership with Donald Glover, and how he relates to the messaging behind the vision.

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The Man Who Sold the World on Asian Hip-Hop
On a mission to show the world that Asians could legitimately rap, Sean Miyashiro founded 88 Rising, a viral hit machine starring rappers from Indonesia, South Korea and China.

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Hari Kondabolu Is Done Fighting 'The Simpsons’' on Apu, But He Wants His Audience to Be Part of a Bigger Change
Less than a year after his Simpsons documentary sparked a national conversation, comedian Hari Kondabolu's new Netflix standup special Warn Your Relatives is tackling much bigger ideas.


5.11.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Sheetal Sheth

"Tell stories. Make stories. Dream stories. Live stories."


Photo: Cava Photo

Hello, internet friends! It is time, once again, 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 Sheetal Sheth.

5.08.2018

CAAMFest Presents White Rabbit

Starring and co-written by Vivian Bang. Friday, May 11 at AMC Kabuki 8.



San Francisco film fans, this one's for you... Fresh from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the wonderfully weird and delightful indie comedy White Rabbit is screening at CAAMFest. Co-written and starring Vivian Bang, and directed by Daryl Wein, the film follows Sophia, a Korean American performance artist trying find her voice amidst heartbreak and professional road bumps in modern Los Angeles.

It's screening Friday, May 11 at the AMC Kabuki 8 in Japantown. Here are some more details:

5.07.2018

CAAMFest Presents Disoriented Comedy

Saturday, May 12 at New People Cinema



San Franciscooooooo. Are you ready for some laughs? The funny folks of Disoriented Comedy -- "the first-ever (mostly) female Asian American standup comedy tour" -- has joined forces with CAAMFest. Join our pals Jenny Yang, D'Lo, and Atsuko Okatsuka for an evening of kickass comedy. It's happening Saturday, May 12 at New People Cinema in Japantown.

Here are some more details about the show:

First look at Randall Park in Ant-Man and the Wasp

'Fresh Off The Boat' star plays Agent Jimmy Woo in the superhero sequel.



Here you go, fellow fanboys. The internet has given us our first behind-the-scenes look at Randall Park as Jimmy Woo in this summer's forthcoming Marvel movie Ant-Man and the Wasp.

The photo, posted to Reddit over the weekend, shows Park alongside star Paul Rudd, who plays Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man. At first glance, it looks a little like Paul Rudd just woke up and wandered on to the set of Fresh Off The Boat. You can kind of imagine Jessica, Eddie, Emery, Evan and Grandma just out of the frame.

Ken Jeong jumps off stage to help woman suffering seizure

Jeong, a licensed physician, was in the middle of a standup set.



He took an oath, after all. Actor and comedian Ken Jeong was performing standup Saturday night when he stopped his set and jumped off stage to assist a woman in the audience who has having a seizure.

Ken Jeong jumps from stage to give medical aid to audience member

At first, he thought it was a heckler. Jeong was performing at the Stand Up Live Comedy Club in Phoenix when a disturbance from a woman in the third row interrupted his set. When the lights came on, it became clear that it was actually a medical emergency -- the woman was having an apparent seizure.

As it happened, there was a doctor in the house. On stage, actually.

Man sentenced to life in prison for killing Indian engineer

Adam Purinton pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.



In Kansas, the racist sack of shit who opened fire last year in a suburban Kansas City bar, killing an Indian engineer, was sentenced Friday to life in prison. 52-year-old Adam Purinton pleaded guilty to the charge of premeditated first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.

Life in prison for murder of Indian engineer at bar; feds' hate crime case pending

Witnesses said Purinton, who is white, yelled racial slurs at Kuchibhotla and his friend, Alok Madasani, who were enjoying an after-work drink at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe. He was asked to leave but eventually returned and yelled "Get out of my country!" before firing at the men, killing Kuchibhotla and wounding Madasani. A third man, Ian Grillot, was wounded when he tried to intervene.

Purinton was apprehended several hours later at an Applebee's restaurant in Missouri, where a bartender called 911 after he reportedly admitted that he'd shot and killed "two Iranian people in Olathe."

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