5.25.2015

Justin Lin developing Bruce Lee's 'Warrior' for Cinemax

Crime drama series inspired by the writings of the martial arts icon.



This is awesome. What happens when Justin Lin teams up with Bruce Lee? The Fast & Furious director is developing the drama series Warrior, based on the writings of the late martial arts icon, for Cinemax.

Cinemax Developing Bruce Lee-Inspired Crime Drama 'Warrior' From Justin Lin

Warrior is described as "a visceral crime drama that traces the path of a gifted but morally corrupt fighter thrown into crisis after a lifelong quest for vengeance is undermined." Cinemax has put the project into development, with Lin set to direct the potential pilot, written by Jonathan Tropper, co-creator of Banshee.

77-year-old woman dies after Mother's Day assault

San Francisco police seek suspect in fatal Chinatown attack on Lin Leung.



In San Francisco, a 77-year-old woman died Friday after suffering severe injuries from a randomly attack in broad daylight on Mother's Day. Police are still asking for the public's help searching for the suspect.

Woman, 77, dies after Mother's Day attack in S.F.

According to investigators, the attack happened between noon and 2:30 PM on May 10 after the victim, Lin Leung, got off a MUNI bus in Chinatown, possibly on Stockton Street.

Leung was apparently struck by a female assailant at least twice in the head. Investigators say that a Good Samaritan came to her aid, helping her move away from the side of the bus and sit on the curb until she was able to walk home. Three days after the assault, the woman's family found her unconscious at home.

Here's more information from the SFPD release:

5.24.2015

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10 Beautiful Portraits Of Asian-Pacific American Influencers: To celebrate Heritage Month, artist Jessica Singh drew these beautiful portraits of APA heroes for the digital campaign Sons & Brothers.

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Stop using Asians as role models: Jeff Yang responds to Duke University professor Jerry Hough's recent controversial comments referencing an ugly old trope: Asian Americans as a "model minority" that Africans Americans should emulate.

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Asian American Student Suicide Rate at MIT is Quadruple the National Average: MIT's Asian American suicide rate is quadruple the national average, and, according to recent studies, college-aged students are most at-risk for death by suicide within the Asian American community. How can we change these trends?

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NYT Summer Reading List Finally Achieves 100 Percent Whiteness: "Congrats are in order! Janet Maslin's annual summer reading list for the New York Times has, at long last, achieved peak caucasity."

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An open letter from the family of Lingzi Lu: With the conclusion of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, The Boston Globe published an open letter from the family of Lingzi Lu, the Boston University graduate student who was killed in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

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Moving Photographs of Japanese American Internees, Then and Now: Photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. has been tracking down Japanese American internees pictured in iconic wartime images by photographers like Dorothea Lange, and reshooting them, often in the locations where they were originally photographed.

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Revisiting a World War II Internment Camp, as Others Try to Keep Its Story From Fading: The aging Japanese Americans survivors of wartime internment hope to keep the history of their detainment alive.

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Japanese family to be kicked out of Altadena home: Despite a long-standing promise, one of the oldest families in Altadena, California is being forced out of a home they have lived in for close to 100 years.

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Thank You, Cancer: Last Shalin Shah was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, and learned he only had a few months to live. After inspiring people around the world to find the beauty in every day, Shah died Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the age of 22.

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These groups of Asian-Americans rarely attend college, but California is trying to change that: The California State University system has implemented the Asian American and Pacific Islander initiative, which runs college fairs for underrepresented groups in the API community.

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Japanese American basketball leagues help girls progress at prep level: Southern California's popular Japanese American basketball leagues have been the starting point for many successful high school and now even college careers, particularly for young women.

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Urban Ryu-newal: A New Era of Asian American Political Representation Begins in L.A.: Last week, David E. Ryu won the runoff election for Los Anglees' 4th District, becoming the first Korean American ever to be elected to City Council, and only the second Asian American to win a council seat in over twenty years.

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40% of U.S. food goes to waste: One man's solution: An interview with Robert Lee, who co-founded Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, a nonprofit that collects leftover food from New York City restaurants and distributes it to people in need.

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Southern Discomfort: Alexis Diao shares her journey from dreading school lunch to reconciling -- and savoring -- her Filipino and American Southern roots.

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Photographer Kyoko Hamada Spent Two Years Pretending To Be An Elderly Woman, And Here's What She Learned: Photographer Kyoko Hamada went undercover to find out what life is like as an elderly woman.

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The Definitive Guide To Being A Muslim In America: Aasif Mandvi, star of the sitcom parody webseries Halal in the Family, gives a few pointers on how to make it as a Muslim in America.

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Mochi's 25 Game-Changers Under 25: Mochi Magazine's "Power Issue" includes a list of 25 influential Asian Americans in entrepreneurship and technology, sports, arts and entertainment -- all under the age of 25.

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Can China Take a Joke?: After establishing a promising comedy career in the United States, comedian Joe Wong returned to China to be a part of the country's infant standup scene.

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The Filharmonic take a cappella all the way to a guest spot in 'Pitch Perfect 2': If you watched Pitch Perfect 2 this week, you may have caught a glimpse of the Filharmonic, a Filipino American a capella group.

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Q&A: Pig & the Lady gets in 'Big Trouble': An interview with the Le family, owners of Hawaii's Pig & the Lady. Fun fact: the restaurant's bathroom is a shrine to John Carpenter's cult classic Big Trouble in Little China.

5.22.2015

Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

Presented by Disoriented Comedy. Thursday, May 28 at Echoes Under Sunset



Hey, Los Angeles! Make plans for another nice night of storytelling. You are invited to the latest edition of Disoriented Comedy's Family Reunion. The monthly storytelling show, co-presented by Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Mishthi Music and KAYA Press, features regular everyday folks talking story. No notes.

The theme of this month's show, co-presented by the Food Chain Workers Alliance and The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles, is "Eat Me!" -- stories of food, eating, and sticking it all in people's faces. This evening's storytellers include Faith Choyce, Kazumi Kusano, Erin O'Brien, Fizaa Dosani, Paul PK Kim, Teresa Huang, Golda Inquito, Atsuko Okatsuka, and host Jenny Yang.

It's happening Thursday, May 28 at Echoes Under Sunset. Here are some more details:

Cops: Toddler Disfigured By Grenade in "No-Knock" Raid a "Criminal", To Blame For His Injuries | #JusticeForBouBou

By Jenn Fang. Cross-posted from Reappropriate.


Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh. (Photo credit: Phonesavanh family)

(H/T @boygainvillea)

Last year, nineteen month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh was sleeping peacefully in his playpen in Habersham County, Georgia. The Phonesavanh family had recently moved to Georgia from Janesville, Wisconsin after their home had been destroyed in a fire, and the family -- including the four young Phonesavanh children -- were temporarily living in a converted guestroom of the house owned by Bounkham Phonesavanh's sister.

At 2 am on May 28, 2014, Bou Bou and his three older siblings were asleep when a team of militarized Habersham SWAT officers -- conducting a "no-knock" raid of the family home -- broke down the door and blindly threw a stun grenade into the room. The grenade landed in Bou Bou's playpen and exploded just inches from the toddler's face. Bou Bou immediately started screaming from the injuries of the devastating explosion: the grenade detached Bou Bou's nose, permanently disfiguring him, and create a gash in his chest that collapsed his left lung and prevented the infant from breathing on his own.

SWAT officers prevented Bou Bou's mother, Alecia Phonesavanh, from approaching her child. Instead, they downplayed the injuries; in a later interview, Alecia Phonesavanh recollects:

Angry Reader of the Week: Susan Chinsen

"I wish I could get everyone to take an Asian American studies course."



Hey, folks. It's that time again. I am pleased to present another 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 Susan Chinsen.

Is the government racially profiling Asian Americans?

Members of Congress call on Attorney General to investigate Sherry Chen espionage case.



Members of Congress, joined by APA community leaders, are calling the U.S. Attorney General to investigate and determine whether race and national origin were factors in unfounded espionage-related charges brought against Sherry Chen, a Chinese American hydrologist with the National Weather Service.

Members of Congress Ask for Review of Dropped Espionage Case

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch is being asked investigate not only if race was a factor in Mrs. Chen's arrest, but also to determine whether race, national origin, religion or gender are being used by federal agencies in targeting federal employees for arrest, surveillance or other actions.

In October 2014, Chen was publicly arrested at her workplace and charged with four felony charges, largely built on the suspicion that she had been working on behalf of the Chinese government to threaten U.S. infrastructure. But less than one week before trial, the government dismissed all charges against Mrs. Chen.

A letter to Attorney General Lynch, signed by twenty-two members of Congress, expresses concern that Chen's case is indicative of a broader campaign of racial profiling against Asian Americans. It certainly isn't the first time this has happened. Sherry Chen is just the latest example.

5.20.2015

Justice and Equity: What's The Asian American Angle?

Digital roundtable hosted by 18 Million Rising, Thursday, May 21


Heads up. Our friends at 18 Million Rising are hosting a Google Hangout, Justice and Equity: What's the Asian American Angle? in partnership with ChangeLab, to talk about where Asian Americans fit in contemporary movements for racial justice. It's happening Thursday, May 21 at 6pm ET/3pm PT.

The online panel will feature Ruben An, organizer with CAAAV's Asian Youth in Action; Subhash Kateel, former immigrant rights organizer and host of Let's Talk About It!; Karin Wang, Vice President for Programs and Communications at Advancing Justice - Los Angeles; and moderated by writer and activist Deepa Iyer.

Here are some more details:

San Francisco police seek suspect in Mother's Day beating

77-year-old woman in critical condition after attack in Chinatown.



In San Francisco, police are asking for the public's help searching for an assault suspect who attacked a 77-year-old woman in Chinatown on Mother's Day, leaving her in critical condition.

S.F. police seek attacker of 77-year-old woman in Chinatown

According to investigators, the incident happened between noon and 2:30 PM on May 10 after the victim, an elderly Asian woman, got off a MUNI bus in Chinatown, possibly on Stockton Street.

The victim was reportedly struck by a female assailant at least twice in the head. Investigators say that a Good Samaritan came to her aid, helping her move away from the side of the bus and sit on the curb until she was able to walk home. Three days after the assault, the woman's family found her unconscious at home.

Helen Gym wins in Philadelphia at-large City Council race

Education activist unseats incumbents in Democratic primary for at-large council seats.



Some big upsets out of Philadelphia's primary elections this week, as two City Council incumbents lost Democratic nominations for "at-large" seats to three relative newcomers -- including school activist Helen Gym.

Some New Faces Win Democratic Nominations For Phila. City Council

Incumbents Ed Neilson and Wilson Goode Jr. were ousted by Helen Gym, real estate investor Alan Domb, and attorney Derek Green in the Democratic battle for City Council at-large seats.

Helen, a vocal public education proponent (and longtime friend and supporter to this blog), was among the top five Democratic vote-getters in the race for a citywide council seat, narrowly beating her nearest competitor, Isaiah Thomas, who came in sixth by about 1,100 votes.

David Ryu wins Los Angeles City Council race

City Hall outsider is the first Korean American ever to win a council seat.



The results are in. In Los Angeles, David Ryu has clinched a seat on the City Council, edging out opponent Carolyn Ramsay in District 4. The victory makes Ryu the first Korean American ever elected to the Los Angeles City Council, and the first Asian American to hold a council seat in over twenty years.

L.A. City Hall outsider Ryu wins City Council race

With 100% of precincts reporting, unofficial results had Ryu securing more than 11,200 votes, giving him a more than 1,600-vote margin over Ramsay in the runoff to replace termed-out councilmember Tom LaBonge.

Ramsay, chief of staff for LaBonge, had endorsements from Mayor Eric Garcetti and a majority of council members. Ryu, however, raised an energized base, casting himself as a City Hall outsider not beholden to entrenched interests.

5.18.2015

Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava dies at 42

Award-winning director of 'Patang (The Kite)' passed away of a heart attack.



Over the weekend, I received the sad news that filmmaker Prashant Bhargava, the award-winning writer/director of the 2011 film Patang (The Kite), died of a heart attack Friday in Manhattan. He was 42.

Filmmaker, Artist Prashant Bhargava Dies at 42

Bhargava, a native of Chicago, was a promising filmmaker who primarily worked in music videos and commercials, including TV campaigns for HBO programs like The Wire, OZ, Rome.

His feature film directorial debut, Patang, followed six stories in Ahmedabad, India, all taking place during the country's largest annual kite festival. The film, which took seven years to make, premiered at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival, and was in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival.

5.17.2015

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Clock running out on Korean single mother awaiting deportation: Accused of kidnapping her child, Nan-Hui Jo is jailed and awaiting deportation, with no chance of fighting for custody. Her case has drawn nationwide attention and support from more than 130 women's rights and immigrant rights groups in the United States. But she is running out of time.

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Uncovered evidence shows bullying was factor in Emilie Olsen's suicide: School officials insist that bullying was not a factor in the suicide death of a 13-year-old Ohio girl last December, but a local news investigation has uncovered emails, school reports and other evidence to the contrary.

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Kamala Harris calls Loretta Sanchez's Native American 'war cry' shocking: U.S. Senate candidate and Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris was at a loss for words Saturday when told that her principal opponent, U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez of Santa Ana, had been videotaped making a joke about the difference between Indian Americans and Native Americans in which she tapped her hand to her mouth in imitation of a "war cry."

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How The New York Times' Nail Salon Exposé Became 'the Rare Viral Investigative Story': A behind-the-scenes look at Sarah Maslin Nir's expose on the nail salon industry, including why it was released early and the energizing impact it had on the staff.

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Coming Out as Transgender Has Been A Rollercoaster of Euphoria and Guilt, But I'm Still Happier Than I've Ever Been: Comedian Robin Tran writes about coming out as transgender: "As much as I love my friends, my family, and my girlfriend, I never knew what true happiness was until I was willing to throw it all away."

5.15.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: Wendy Xu

"I'm a comics artist and writer who moonlights as an editorial assistant by day."



What's up, everybody? It's time to meet another 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 Wendy Xu.

Watch the new trailer for Wong Fu's 'Everything Before Us'

Feature film debuts exclusive on Vimeo on June 3.



Check it, Wong Fu fans. Entertainment Weekly just dropped the new trailer for Everything Before Us, the first official feature film from Wong Fu Productions, which will be exclusively released online next month.

The film, directed b Philip Wang and Wesley Chan, and starring Aaron Yoo, Brittany Ishibashi, Brandon Soo Hoo and Victoria Park, tells the story of two couples experiencing the challenges of romantic relationships, while dealing with the Department of Emotional Integrity, a government organization that assigns publicly viewable relationship scores that affect various aspects of daily life.

Here's the trailer:

Paul Tanaka indicted in jail abuse scandal

Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff pleads not guilty to corruption charges.



Asians behaving badly... jail abuse scandal edition! This week, former Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Undersheriff Paul Tanaka was indicted on federal charges of obstructing an FBI investigation into brutality and corruption in the Los Angeles County jails.

Former LA County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka Surrenders to FBI

Tanaka and former Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Captain Tom Carey pled not guilty to the charges in magistrate court on Thursday. They are two of 22 current or former LASD officials charged in an ongoing federal probe into corruption and civil rights violations by guards at two downtown facilities.

Prosecutors say Tanaka and Carey were aware of rampant abuse at the jail. They are accused of directing a group of deputies who were convicted last year of carrying out the plot to impede the FBI investigation.

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