2.22.2017

8-year-old boy killed in drive-by shooting

Jonah Hwang was sitting down for dinner when he was fatally shot.



In Southern California, homicide detectives are asking for the public's help searching for the assailant who opened fire on a home in Pomona, shooting and killing an 8-year-old boy before driving away.

Bullets tear into Pomona home, killing 8-year-old boy

Jonah Min Hwang and his family were visiting the home on Monday evening when he was fatally struck by gunfire during an apparent drive-by shooting, according to the Pomona Police Department.

They were sitting down to dinner, around 6:36pm, when someone pulled up in a car and fired approximately five shots into the residence. One of the bullets hit Jonah in the head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

2.21.2017

Dogs in a Chinese restaurant? It's not what you think.

But the San Antonio Express-News led many to believe a Chinese eatery was serving up something gross.


Over the weekend, the San Antonio Express-News posted a bland weekly roundup on local restaurant inspections. One of them included an area Chinese restaurant, Lee's Garden Chinese Restaurant, where an inspector saw a dog on the premises. Like, somebody's pet. Perhaps not particularly sanitary, depending on where the dog was hanging out, but whatever. It got the necessary citation.

However, when the restaurant inspection report was posted to the San Antonio Express-News' Facebook page on Saturday, they used the headline "Inspectors Find Dogs in Chinese Restaurant" accompanied by a photo of food. The insinuation, of course, is that the Chinese restaurant was caught serving dog meat.

When you click through to the article, the actual headline on mysanantonio.com simply reads "San Antonio restaurant inspections: February 17, 2017." The report notes that "roaches and dogs were seen in the establishment." And that's it. (Okay, the roaches are gross.) That was apparently all they needed to put together a racist, misleading Facebook post. Guaranteed to get some clicks.

Of course, nobody actually reads anything. The misleading headline inspired a deluge of Facebook comments along the lines of "Ooh hell no I just had Chinese last night... Mfs trynna kill us" and "Fuck Chinese lol."

2.20.2017

Security guard charged with murder of 60-year-old man shot while playing Pokemon Go

Jonathan Cromwell is charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Jiangsheng Chen.



In Virginia, a security guard has been charged with murder in the death of a 60-year-old grandfather who was fatally shot last month while he was in his van apparently playing Pokemon Go.

Security guard charged with 2nd-degree murder in death of Chesapeake man killed in minivan

On Thursday, the Chesapeake Commonwealth's Attorney's Office announced that it is pursuing criminal charges against 21-year-old Jonathan Cromwell, the security guard who fatally shot Jiansheng Chen on January 26. Cromwell is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm.

According to prosecutors, Chen was driving his van around 11:00pm that night when he turned into the driveway of the River Walk clubhouse parking area. When Cromwell saw the van, he confronted Chen and stopped his vehicle directly in front of Chen's van. Chen then backed up and turned around to the entrance of the driveway facing the street. That's when Cromwell got out of his car, said "stop," then fired his weapon.

2.19.2017

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First-Ever Tracker Of Hate Crimes Against Asian-Americans Launched: After years of declining numbers, hate crimes against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are rising exponentially. Asian Americans Advancing Justice recently launched standagainsthatred.org, a website to document hate incidents and crimes against AAPIs by tracking stories about hate incidents received from people around the country.

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When Lies Overruled Rights: "When President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries, he hurled us back to one of the darkest and most shameful chapters of American history. Executive orders that go after specific groups under the guise of protecting the American people are not only unconstitutional, but morally wrong. My father, and so many other Americans of Japanese descent, were targets of just such an order during World War II."

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Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration: At 98, Riichi Fuwa doesn't remember his Social Security number, but he remembers this: "19949. That was my number the government gave me," he said. "19949. You were more number than name."

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A chilling moment to mark the 75th anniversary of the executive order that led to Japanese American internment: "The uneasy parallels between two presidents and two executive orders singling out a class of people were repeatedly invoked Saturday at a packed Little Tokyo forum about the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066."

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George Takei: How 'America First' puts many of us last: 'Never again': George Takei recalls his youth in a barbed wire Japanese-American internment camp, and draws parallels to Trump's recent travel ban.

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When Immigrants Are No Longer Considered Americans: Hua Hsu on his grandfather's immigration to the U.S., Fred Korematsu, and the most recent executive orders.

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5th grade charter school teacher Mika Yamamoto, fired from Michigan's Renaissance Public School Academy, where she was the only teacher of color, claims she was told by her principal, "The community is not ready for your voice.": In a seriously screwed up sequence of events, 5th grade teacher Mika Yamamoto was asked to speak about diversity, and then fired for encouraging students to speak about their oppression.

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Our Laws Period-Shame Women -- So I'm Going to Change Them: "Most Americans -- across all income levels -- believe that feminine hygiene products are basic necessities. So why is it still so hard to afford and access them?" Why Congresswoman Grace Meng is fighting for the Menstrual Equity Bill, which would make tampons more accessible.

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Jeremy Lin is still a symbol for whatever we want him to be: Five years after infusing Madison Square Garden with excitement, it's easy to feel like Jeremy Lin has become more symbol than NBA player, or even person -- everything you want him to be and nothing at all.

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Will The Great Wall Make Me Mad?: Wondering if Matt Damon starring as a white savior in The Great Wall make you mad? E. Alex Jung's got your back. Hint: Maybe, but also call your senators.

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Attention, Hollywood: It's time to give these 11 Asian stars their due: "With many noting the lack of Asian standouts among this year's nominees (Dev Patel was the sole Asian honored in an acting category), USA TODAY takes a look at a host of talents who deserve to be embraced by Hollywood's star-making machine."



An Open Letter from Vietnamese Americans to our Japanese American Brothers and Sisters

By PIVOT, The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization


PIVOT member, Thu Quach, looks daily at a photograph by Ansel Adams, taken in 1943 at the internment camp in Manzanar. The two children highlighted here are her father-in-law and his sister. (Illustration by Thi Bui)

Today, February 19th is your Day of Remembrance, a day that marks the injustice authorized by Executive Order 9066 when 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to forfeit their homes and belongings, and to live behind barbed wires in internment camps. This day, each year, reminds us of what happens when we, as a nation, let go of our conscience and act out of fear.

For Vietnamese Americans, we have our remembrance day too. April 30, 1975 is the day when Saigon fell and the Viet Nam War ended. Similar to yours, it marks a moment of massive displacement for many of us who left Viet Nam as refugees to eventually resettle in the U.S. and other countries.

In our collective memory, such painful events have often been narrated through tragic and powerful images. For us, it is the images of frightened people climbing walls to escape and of mass exodus from the country. For you, it is the images of huddled masses forced at gunpoint to evacuate their homes and children behind barbed wire. Decades later, to an often disconnected society, these images, shown once a year, may elicit a shameful shake of the head, disbelief, and a sentiment of “how could we have let this happen?” And yet, today, as we face dangerous times under this regime, these casual, commemorative sentiments are simply not enough.

Instead, let us be the kind of Americans who are bonded together not just by our history of displacement, but also, by our shared moral obligation to speak out in the face of injustice, wherever it is found—bans based on religion, the threat of a Muslim registry, and unnecessary wars abroad. For war, as we remember well, both creates and exacerbates the conditions of being a refugee. Let us, together with others who will never forget days such as these, be the voice of conscience. After all, silent sympathy and compassion during those times have led to these painful days of remembrance. Let us stand in solidarity with one another, so that there will not be another day of remembrance like ours. Let us not just shed tears when we see images of the Syrian child lying dead on the beach. For these images are only powerful when they can elicit acts of resistance against the perpetrators.

On your Day of Remembrance, we pledge to stand with you to be the voice of conscience for this nation, and to remind everyone of our shared humanity.

PIVOT – The Progressive Vietnamese American Organization



2.18.2017

FDR Called Them Concentration Camps: Why Terminology Matters

Guest Post by Joseph Shoji Lachman


Boys Behind Barbed Wire (Norito Takamoto, Albert Masaichi, and Hisashi Sansui), 1944, Manzanar concentration camp (Photo Credit: Toyo Miyatake)

As we approach February 19th, the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, now referred to as the Day of Remembrance, you'll see a lot of media talking about the Incarceration of Japanese Americans. However, you'll notice that sometimes the terminology isn't consistent. Why do some people say "internment" or "relocation", while others say "incarceration" and "forced removal"?

Here are some of the most common points of confusion, and explanations of why many in the Japanese American community use and avoid specific terminology when talking about our history.

2.17.2017

What The Heck Is Going On With Jeremy Lin's Hair? Part 37

NBA star sports a gravity-defying 'do for a "secret project."



Outside of his performance on the court, the number one topic of discussion regarding Jeremy Lin in recent years has to be what the hell is going on with his hair. We ask it again.

The Brooklyn Nets star recently posted a photo of himself and his latest 'do on Instagram, attributing it to a "secret project" and likening the gravity-defying hairstyle to the animated character Jimmy Neutron.

Angry Reader of the Week: Ann Chung

"I sing, write, produce and teach. I cook a mean Beejee Chigae and Ackee & Saltfish."



Greetings, 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 Ann Chung.

2.16.2017

Hell yes. Constance Wu to star in 'Crazy Rich Asians'

'Fresh Off The Boat' star will play the lead in Jon M. Chu's adaptation of the best-selling novel.



Hell yes. This is some casting news we've been waiting for. At long last, Crazy Rich Asians has found its lead. Constance Wu will star as Rachel Chu in Warner Bros.' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel.

Constance Wu to Star in 'Crazy Rich Asians' (Exclusive)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Fresh Off The Boat star is in negotiations to play the movie's Chinese American lead. Directed by Jon M. Chu, from a screenplay by Peter Chiarelli and Adele Lim, the film will start shooting in Singapore this spring with an all-Asian cast.

These 10 AAPIs are officially not taking Trump's shit anymore

Ten members of the President's Advisory Commission on AAPIs submit their resignation to Donald Trump.



Respect to those who take a stand. Official. On Wednesday, ten members of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders submitted their resignation to Donald Trump, taking a stand against his policies that have adversely affected Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

10 Resign from President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

In their letter addressed to Trump, the ten members stated that although their terms officially end in September, they could no longer serve a President "whose policies aim to create outcomes that are diametrically opposite to our principles, goals, and charge." The letter outlines several of the Trump administration's actions that have had "deleterious consequences for AAPIs and for all Americans."

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