2.09.2016

Australian shopkeeper assaulted in racist attack

Store owner Paul Shin was beaten by a teen who yelled "F*ck off home you Asians!"



News of racist violence out of Australia.... Last month in Terrigal, three days before Australia Day, a Korean shop owner and and his wife were assaulted by a teenager who repeatedly yelled "fuck off home you Asians!"

Terrigal outrage at police reaction after shopkeeper forgives boy who bashed him

Paul and Isabella Shin were viciously attacked outside their convenience store, The Little Shop, on January 23 by a 17-year-old boy who, with three friends, reportedly yelled "Fucking Asians, fucking go home!"

The attack, which sent Mr. Shin to the hospital with a black eye and extensive bruises on his arm and upper chest, came after moAnths of persistent vandalism at the store. In the wake of the attack, the Shins have decided to sell their shop and leave the area.

"My wife is shocked. I want to forget a bad memory," Mr. Shin told The Sydney Morning Herald.

2.08.2016

Three bands, plus magic!

Saturday, February 13 at El Rio in San Francisco



San Francisco indie rock fans! Guitar rock/noise band Largesse -- whose membership includes former members of Scrabbel, the Gold Medalists and Total Shutdown -- are back with their "harmony-laden guitar pop" after a half-year break from the stage. Check out their show this Saturday, February 13 with Kill Death Ratio, Matt & Paul Magic and Some Gifts at El Rio in San Francisco.

Here are some more details about the show:

Hey Student Journalists! Apply for JCamp 2016

AAJA is accepting applications for its annual multicultural journalism training program for high school students.



The Asian American Journalists Association is accepting applications for JCamp, an all-expenses-paid annual multicultural journalism training program for talented high school students of diverse backgrounds.

The program will celebrate its 16th year in 2016 at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC, August 1-6. The six-day camp brings students together for intensive training in writing, photography, broadcast, online media and reporting led by professional journalists.

JCamp is free and open to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school. Students of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to apply. Here's some more information about the program:

Happy Lunar New Year from the White House

Wishing you happiness, prosperity, fortune and good health in the Year of the Monkey.



Happy Lunar New Year! May you and your loved ones eat delicious food and share in happy times.

In case you missed it, President Obama and the First Lady wished everyone happiness, prosperity, fortune and good health as we celebrate the Lunar New Year and welcome the Year of the Monkey.

Here's the President's message:

Waris Ahluwalia barred from flight because of his turban

Sikh actor and designer denied entry into Aeromexico flight back to New York.



On Monday, celebrity Sikh American fashion designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia was barred from boarding his AeroMexico flight home from Mexico City to New York City because he refused to remove his turban.

Turban-Wearing Sikh American Actor Is Barred From Aeroméxico

Ahluwalia, who wears a turban in observance of his Sikh faith, says he was flagged for a secondary security check. He was held back until all other passengers had boarded the 7:15 AM Aeroméxico flight out of Mexico City. Security personnel searched his bag, swabbed him and patted him down.

When they asked Ahluwalia to take off his turban, he refused.

Love is in the air on 'Fresh Off The Boat'

Episode 216: "Love and Loopholes" airs Tuesday, February 9, 8:00pm on ABC.



ABC's hit Asian American family sitcom Fresh Off The Boat airs Tuesday nights at 8:00pm. The comedy, inspired by the memoir of chef Eddie Huang, tells the story of the Huang family, a Taiwanese American family getting their immigrant hustle on in suburban Orlando, in pursuit of the American dream. If you missed this season's episodes, they're available for viewing on the ABC website.

Fresh Off The Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan and Chelsey Crisp as Honey. With special guest assist from Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang. This week, the Huangs all have big plans for Valentine's Day.

Here's a preview of episode 216, "Love and Loopholes":

Hudson Yang's Hypothetical Image Award Acceptance Speech

Here's what the young 'Fresh Off The Boat' star would have said if he'd won the NAACP award.



Last week, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People presented the 2016 NAACP Image Awards, honoring outstanding people of color in film, television, music, and literature. Our friend Hudson Yang, star of ABC's Fresh Off The Boat, was nominated alongside several talented young performers for Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movies or Mini-series).

Hudson didn't win. Up against Marcus Scribner -- who did win -- Marsai Martin and Miles Brown of ABC's black-ish, and Skai Jackson for Disney Channel's Jessie, he knew his chances were pretty slim.

But on the way-out-of-left-field chance that he might hear his name called and find himself standing at the podium, Hudson actually did prepare some acceptance remarks (with a little help from his pops Jeff).

So, shared with permission, here's what Hudson would have said to the Image Awards audience:

Southwest University's Super Bowl ad promises 'Happy Ending'

Texas college's commercial, which aired during the big game, was set in an Asian massage parlor.



Oh hell no. There were a lot of lousy commercials than ran during Super Bowl Sunday, but this local ad for Southwest University, set in an Asian massage parlor, easily has to be one of the worst.

The one-minute spot features two loser white dudes getting their backs rubbed at a massage parlor. Lanterns, dragons, gongs, wind flutes, all that garbage. The guys complain that carrying around textbooks has done a number on their backs. Meanwhile, the masseuses converse in Mandarin -- white people are always very concerned that we Asians are talking shit about them in our secret language -- suggesting that these idiots should have gone to Southwest, where you don't have to lug around books because everything's on an iPad.

And then the ad ends with the declaration: "Southwest University. HAPPY ENDING INCLUDED." Classy.

Chloe Kim lands back-to-back 1080s, scores perfect 100

15-year-old snowboarder makes history at the U.S. Grand Prix.



Snowboarder Chloe Kim continues her reign of being absolutely awesome. The 15-year-old phenom made history on Saturday, becoming the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s -- and scoring a perfect 100.

Chloe Kim lands back-to-back 1080s, scores perfect 100

A week after taking her second consecutive gold at the Winter X Games, Kim scored a perfect 100 to win the women's halfpipe event at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah. Believe it or not, her perfect run came on a "victory lap" -- she had already clinched the win with a 95.60 in an earlier run.

2.07.2016

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Yellow Fever Archive: Do you ever feel misunderstood or silenced down? Do you feel like you've been otherized, sexualized, objectified or patronized? And do those feelings have anything to do with your Asian-ness? Racism is not only about throwing rocks at people and telling them to go back to their own country. This website invites you to submit your writing, photos, artwork, etc. Because your story matters.

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Cleared after stabbing, former UW student wants his life back: Jarred Ha was arrested and kicked out of the University of Washington last year after a fight that began over a parking dispute between neighbors and ended with a 19-year-old stabbed. Ha, 22, was acquitted last month, with jurors ruling he acted in self-defense.

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Concerns Raised Over Reported Rise in Crime Against Asian Americans in NYC: Members of New York's congressional delegation sent a letter to the New York Police Department expressing concern over what they say is a rise in crime against Asian Americans and urging the department to hire more Asian police officers.

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Coldplay's eat-pray-love India: Their Beyoncé collaboration is even more insidious than cultural appropriation - and it's not the band's first time: For Paula Young Lee, "Hymn for the Weekend" is Orientalism, just like "Princess of China," -- a white guy's fantasy Asia, repackaged & sold

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What Asian Americans Are Bringing to Campus Movements for Racial Justice: "In the context of higher education, where conservative rhetoric often places Asian Americans in opposition to policies like affirmative action (despite consistent polls indicating otherwise), the status of Asian Americans is even more ambiguous."

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What these kids have to say about Chinese New Year will crack you up: Not sure what the Lunar New Year is all about? These kids from the Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington D.C. give you the scoop.

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How a Lincoln High teacher gets all his students to pass the AP Calculus exam: Lincoln High math teacher Anthony Yom worked in virtual obscurity until the news last week that one of his students was among only twelve in the world to ace the Advanced Placement Calculus exam with a perfect score.

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Tracing the history of "Asian" Barbie: "Oriental Barbie," "Asian Barbie for for President 2012," and the ambigously raced but problematic character Raquelle -- The history of "Asian" Barbie.

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"Navigating the broken system was worse than the rape itself": Amanda Nguyen is taking the fight for sexual violence survivors' civil rights all the way to the White House.

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New Procedure Helps Wounded Vet Father a Child: When an Army medic suffered a lower body injury during an explosion while serving in Afghanistan, he thought he had lost his ability to have biological children. But a medical advance is giving Thai Lee a chance at fatherhood.

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Sidekicked and Then Some: A Call for Journalistic Accountability: A Seattle Times article wrongfully labeled Hollis Wong-Wear a "sidekick." Their apology letter contained everything you should not say in an apology letter. "Essentially, they said sorry that they unknowingly used a word that was touchy with my people, but refused to even try to see how it undermined me, and instead chose to reaffirm their position as cultural authority while gaslighting me into the role of the angry Asian woman."

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Drinking From a Salt Pond: Run River North speak candidly about how they came to make their sophomore album Drinking From a Salt Pond, during a process in which the band nearly broke up twice in 2015.

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Chinese-American Chefs Start a Culinary Conversation With the Past: A handful of Chinese American chefs are beginning a new culinary conversation, inventing a uniquely modern, creative and delicious iteration of Chinese American cuisine.

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"I Would Never Forgive Myself if I Let the Book Go Out": Author Alexander Chee shares why, three years ago, he withdrew his novel The Queen of the Night just before publication.

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Got A Second For 'Haikus With Hotties'? Now You Can Enjoy Them All Year: Ever wish you could share some haikus with hotties? Well now you can, all year round with the Haikus With Hotties wall calendar.

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Steven Yeun on why Glenn has yet to kill another human on The Walking Dead: The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun offers his take on his character's current mindframe, Glenn and Maggie's unborn baby, and what to expect in the second half of season six -- including the possibility of an enticing new community known as the Hilltop.

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Nahnatchka Khan on 'Fresh Off the Boat,' Chinese New Year and Michael Chang: Nahnatchka Khan, writer and producer of ABC's Fresh Off the Boat, fields questions about the show's cast, its hip-hop theme song, and her previous work on the cult-favorite sitcom Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23.

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Harry Potter actress Katie Leung says there aren't enough opportunities for East-Asian actors: Katie Leung cites her BBC Two series One Child as a rare project with an East-Asian in the lead.

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Real-Life Fast And Furious: Driving Sung Kang's ridiculously sexy Datsun 240Z: What's it like driving Sung Kang's Datsun 240Z? Fast, furious, and ridiculously sexy, apparently.

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So What Did Sung Kang and His Mother Steal From the Set of 'Tokyo Drift'? During last week's special 10th anniversary screening of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, star Sung Kang shared what happened when his mom realized you can take all the food you want from a movie set's craft services.


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2.05.2016

AALDEF's 2016 Lunar New Year Gala & Justice in Action Awards

Thursday, February 16 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers



The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund invites you their annual Lunar New Year Gala and Justice in Action Awards Ceremony. I am incredibly humbled and honored to be one of the recipients of the 2016 Justice in Action Award alongside Heidi C. Chen, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Zoetis; and Eric H. Holder Jr., former Attorney General of the United States and partner at Covington & Burling LLP. It's happening Tuesday, February 16 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City.

Here are some more details about the event:

Casting Call: East West Players presents 'La Cage Aux Folles'

Seeking Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian legit musical theater performers for upcoming production.



East West Players, the longest running theater of color in the United States, is seeking Asian, Pacific Islander, South Asian musical theater performers for their upcoming Los Angeles production of La Cage Aux Folles.

This Tony Award winning musical, which inspired the film The Birdcage, is about a gay couple; Georges, a suave owner of a glitzy drag club, and Albin, his high-strung star performer, whose charmed lives turn upside down when George's son, Jean-Michel, turns up with his fiancée, Anne. Cultures collide as Georges and Albin are introduced to Anne and her parents, members of the conservative Traditional Family Values Coalition.

Les Cage Aux Folles is scheduled to begin previews on May 12, with rehearsals beginning in April.

Angry Reader of the Week: Chris Lam

"I think I'm just your run-of-the-mill dream chaser. And every Asian parent's nightmare."



Hey! 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 Chris Lam.

2.04.2016

This White Guy can't handle the Racist Sexist Improv Class

"A sword collection? Really? Your yellow fever is getting out of control, man."



People of color doing the Hollywood hustle know the struggle. If you've attended an improv class, or an acting workshop, or sketch comedy thing or whatever, it's likely you've encountered a fair share of racist and/or sexist bullshit, as well as some ridiculously dismissive weak-ass excuses for why it's not racist and/or sexist bullshit -- usually from a room of mostly white dudes. In this amazing YouTube sketch, Anna Akana flips the tables.

This is ferociously brilliant. Take a look:

Jeremy Lin drops 24 points on the Cavaliers

Lin helps the Hornets claim victory over Eastern Conference leaders, 106-97.



On the eve of our 4-year Linsanniversary, Jeremy Lin reminded everybody what that business was all about, scoring 24 points and helping the Charlotte Hornets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-97.

Charlotte Hornets top East-leading Cleveland Cavs; Jeremy Lin nets 24

On Wednesday night, with starting point guard Kemba Walker out with a sore knee, Jeremy scored 24 points on 7-for-13 shooting, with eight assists and five rebounds against the Eastern Conference-leading Cavaliers.

He scored 11 points in the third quarter, helping Charlotte overcome a nine-point halftime deficit, grab the lead and ultimately snap a four-game losing streak against Cleveland.

Here's the supercut video of Jeremy's highlights from Wednesday's game:

2.03.2016

Sacramento Kings cancel "Year of the Monkey" shirt giveaway after player complaint

Someone was clearly not paying attention to the unintended implications of this promotion.



This week, the Sacramento Kings scrapped a commemorative Lunar New Year t-shirt giveaway celebrating the Year of the Monkey after a player noted the shirts could be deemed offensive during Black History Month.

Sacramento Kings Pull 'Year of the Monkey' Shirts From Seats

Player DeMarcus Cousins took issue with the shirt design, which depicted a monkey in Kings colors. The shirts were supposed to be given out to fans on Monday night during Sacramento's game against the Milwaukee Bucks, but were pulled at the last minute after Cousins raised the issue with team management.

2.02.2016

White House to nominate Lucy Koh to federal appeals court

Koh is expected to be nominated to fill a spot on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.



San Jose-based U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, one of the most influential federal judges in Silicon Valley, is expected to soon be nominated by the White House to nation's largest federal appeals court.

White House expected to nominate high-profile Silicon Valley-based Judge Lucy Koh to federal appeals court

According to layers and judges familiar with the Obama administration's vetting process, Koh is expected to be nominated to fill a spot on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals later this month.

Koh, who has served nearly six years on the Bay Area's federal bench, is best known for presiding over the smartphone patent feud over between Apple and Samsung, as well as antitrust litigation over hiring practices at some of Silicon Valley's largest tech companies.

Constance Wu to star in 'You and Me Both'

Indie drama from writer/director Jennifer Cho Suhr begins production this summer.



Looks like Constance Wu's made some summer plans. Wu, who stars as Jessica Huang on ABC's Fresh Off The Boat, will play a struggling addict in the independent drama You and Me Both.

Contance Wu Starring in 'You and Me Both' (EXCLUSIVE)

You and Me Both, the debut feature from writer/director Jennifer Cho Suhr, follows two estranged adoptee sisters who embark on a road trip from Iowa to Alaska in search of their birth mother.

Randall Park drops some rhymes on 'The Late Late Show'

The star of ABC's 'Fresh Off The Boat' was the former front man of a rap band.



Randall Park was a guest on The Late Late Show last night, where host James Corden got the Fresh Off The Boat star to talk about his former life as a rapper. Yes, Randall Park was once known as "Randruff," front man for the Los Angeles indie hip hop band Ill Again. "We were kind of like The Roots," Randall says.

Corden even gets Randall to drop a few bars. Check it:

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