11.21.2014

C3 presents a sneak peek at 'Fresh Off the Boat'

Visual Communications presents the Conference for Creative Content, Saturday, December 6



If you're in Los Angeles, don't miss this awesome early opportunity to see the TV show everybody's talking about... Visual Communications presents 2014 edition of the Conference for Creative Content (C3).

This year, the focus is on the first Asian American network television show in twenty years, ABC's Fresh Off the Boat. They'll be screening the pilot episode, and hosting a panel discussion with the cast and crew, moderated by Amy Hill. It's happening Saturday, December 6 at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Little Tokyo.

Here are some more details about C3:

Angry Reader of the Week: Elaine Low

"I'm a writer, a cheese enthusiast, and a new-mom-to-be."



Hello, folks! It's that time again. It is 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 Elaine Low.

Asian Vaginas End Racism!

From the makers of "My Best Friends Is Black!" and "I Treat My Housekeeper Like Family."



Ever heard a guy say, "I'm not racist -- I've dated Asian/Latina/Black women before"? That is some bullshit. Here's a new video, Asian Vaginas End Racism! starring our friend Kristina Wong, who attempts to explode that nonsense to smithereens, complete with costumes, sexy lingerie and a giant set of fabric genitals. I can't even explain it. Just watch. (Not safe for work, um, sort of.)

Donate to the family of the fatal subway shove victim

61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok was killed when he was pushed off a subway platform in front of an oncoming train.



Last Sunday, 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok was killed when he was pushed off a subway platform in front of an oncoming train. He was on his way to Chinatown for dim sum with his wife, who watched in horror as the train was unable to stop in time. Police have arrested a suspected in connection with the fatal shove.

But this is not about the assailant. If you'd like to help, community members have put together a fundraising page to collect donations in support the Kwok family in their time of suffering. The goal is to raise as much money as possible to help offset the costs of Mr. Kwok's funeral. The funds will go directly to the Kwok family.

11.20.2014

Edward Blum: We won’t be used for your racist agenda!

Cross-posted from 18 Million Rising.



Edward Blum is really, really invested in Asian Americans getting into college. Sounds like a good thing, right? Think again.

Ki Hong Lee named one of the "Sexiest Men Alive"

'The Maze Runner' actor makes People magazine's annual "Sexiest" list.



Holy moly. Look who made People magazine's list of "Sexiest Men Alive." While Chris Hemsworth gets the distinction of 2014's superlatively Sexiest cover man, actor Ki Hong Lee finds himself on the annual list of "insanely hot guys" -- the magazine's words, not mine. The Maze Runner star (and former Angry Reader of the Week) seems to have gotten America's attention. With his dimples.

Video catches Kentucky fire chief's racist remarks

"Do you understand English darling?"



In Kentucky, a fire chief is (ahem) under fire for making racist remarks, including using the N-word to refer to a black family and asking an Asian American news reporter, "Do you understand English?"

Kentucky Fire Chief Uses N-Word, Insults Asian-American Reporter

A Bullitt County Sheriff deputy's body camera recorded Fire Chief Julius Hatfield making the racist remark back in September at the scene of a traffic accident. A white driver, Loren Dicken was offered assistance, while Chege Mwangi and his family, who are black, were not given any help by the chief or his department.

"We ain't taking no n-----s here," Hatfield says with a laugh.

11.19.2014

Meet 'The Qu'osbys' - America's Favorite Muslim Sitcom Family!

Aasif Mandvi's comedy webseries aims to change the conversation about Muslims in America.



America, get ready for The Qu'osby Show. Actor/writer/filmmaker Aasif Mandvi, who you know and love in his role as Senior Brown Correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, is putting together a webseries to combat anti-Muslim hate and have some fun while they're at it, classic sitcom style. And he needs your help.

Aasif explains:

Who will answer for Allison Liao's death?

Driver was issued two tickets in the accident that killed a 3-year-old. The judge dismissed them in 47 seconds.



How does this happen? Who will answer for Allison Liao's death? You might have heard the outrageous news that the New York driver who killed a young girl in an accident last year got his traffic tickets dismissed. You'll be further outraged to learn that the judge took all of 47 seconds to toss out the case.

After 47-Second Hearing, Driver Who Ran Over 3-Year-Old Is Found 'Not Guilty'

On October 6, 2013, 3-year-old Allison Liao was crossing Main Street in Flushing with her grandmother when she was struck and killed by a SUV making a left turn. The Queens District Attorney declined to prosecute the driver, Ahmed Abu-Zayedeh, because he wasn't impaired or intoxicated. But he was issued two traffic tickets: failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to use due care.

The tickets, however, were dismissed in traffic court last July. As WNYC reports, the entire hearing took less than a minute. Here's the official recording of the proceedings:

11.18.2014

Man arrested in connection with fatal subway shove

Kevin Darden is also a suspect in a previous subway station assault.



In New York, police have apprehended a suspect sought in connection with the deadly subway shove that killed 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok, who was pushed to his death in front of an oncoming Bronx train.

New York Police Question Man in Two Subway Attacks, One Fatal

After an intensive manhunt, 34-year-old Kevin Darden was in police custody Tuesday night in connection with the deadly attack on Kwok, with charges pending. He is believed to be the suspect who appears in surveillance video leaving the 167th Street station after the killing.

Darden is also a suspect in a separate attack on November 6, in which a 51-year-old Asian man was pushed to the platform of the W. Fourth St. subway station in Manhattan. The man, who was treated for minor injuries, told police that he had been attacked by the same man who appeared in the surveillance video from Sunday.

Garden Grove elects its first Vietnamese American mayor

Bao Nguyen defeated incumbent Bruce Broadwater by just 15 votes.



The results are in! This week, the Orange County Registrar of Voters certified its vote counting from the November 4 election and made it official: Bao Nguyen is the new mayor of Garden Grove, California.

New, Refreshing Day In Garden Grove: Bao Nguyen Captures Mayor's Office

Nguyen's historic victory makes him Garden Grove's first Vietnamese American mayor, the first Vietnamese American elected mayor of a U.S. city with a popular larger than 100,000.

The 34-year-old organizer, activist and school board trustee defeated incumbent Bruce Broadwater by a more fifteen votes in a highly contested race. So it's no surprise that Broadwater is demanding a recount.

"If I were in his shoes, I'd ask for a recount, too," said Nguyen.

Woman wears colander for driver's license photo

Former adult movie star Asia Carrera exercises her religious freedom at the DMV. With a pasta strainer.



Did you hear the one about the former porn star who wore a pasta strainer on her head for her driver's license photo? It's true. And would you believe it was an expression of her religious beliefs? Yup.

Woman wears colander for driver's license photo

That is Asia Lemmon, also known as former adult movie star Asia Carrera (legal name: Jessica Steinhauser). Claiming membership in the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, she was allowed to exercise her religious right by wearing a metal colander on her head for her Utah driver's license photo.

The Flying Spaghetti Monster movement, also known as "Pastafarianism," started in 2005 as a protest against teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in Kansas schools. Lemmon says that with the right documents, she had no problem rocking her headgear at the DMV.

Man sentenced to life in prison for USC killings

Javier Bolden was found guilty of first-degree murder in the shootings of Ming Qu and Ying Wu.



A follow up on this tragic case... On Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the 22-year-old man convicted of killing two USC students from China was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

USC double murder: 22-year-old gets life in prison

Last month, a jury found Javier Bolden guilty on two counts of first-degree murder for his role in the April 11, 2012 shooting of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, graduate engineering students who were shot during botched robbery while sitting in a double-parked car near the University of Southern California campus.

Bolden reportedly showed no remorse during the sentencing hearing:

11.17.2014

Arthur Chu returns for Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions

"Know all the answers and say them before anyone else does."



Folks, the champ is back. And this time, he's facing his toughest competition yet. Our favorite Jeopardy! gangster Arthur Chu, who rose to infamy with his unorthodox tactics and don't-give-a-f*ck attitude towards his detractors, has returned to the perennial trivia TV show to compete in the "Tournament of Champions."

Earlier this year, Arthur found himself in the spotlight after winning eleven straight games and taking home $298,200, making him the fourth highest-earning Jeopardy! champ in non-tournament gameplay. Traditionalists called his aggressive strategies unsportsmanlike. Arthur didn't care. They started calling him the "Jeopardy Villain." Arthur didn't care. People on Twitter made fun of his appearance. Arthur didn't care.

Arthur came to win.

Research Survey: Asian Americans needed for body image study

Seeking Asian American participants, ages 18 and older, to complete an online survey.

Passing along this research study that could use your help...

I recently heard from Dr. Frances Shen, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Springfield, who is looking for Asian American participants, ages 18 or older, to complete an anonymous web-based survey to develop a measure on body image for Asian American men and women.

Here's some more details on the survey:

Music Video: G Yamazawa says "Thank You"

From the award-winning poet's latest hip hop project '23'



Some new music for you... Poet/emcee G Yamazawa recently released his latest hip hop mixtape project 23. A National Poetry Slam Champion and two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist, he is not only an accomplished spoken word artist, G also writes rhymes and is putting in the hustle as a rapper.

Here's the new music video for his track "Thank You":

Sikh student files discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Army

"Choosing between one's faith and serving one's country is a decision that no one should have to make."



A Sikh student at Hofstra University has filed a lawsuit against the United States Army, claiming that he was refused a religious accommodation that would allow him to enlist in his school's ROTC program in accordance with his faith -- without shaving his beard, cutting his hair and removing his turban.

Sikh student sues U.S. Army, says ROTC enlistment blocked because of his faith

As a practicing Sikh, Iknoor Singh keeps his hair long and wears a turban. However, he was told by ROTC recruiters that he would not be able enlist unless he complied with all Army grooming and uniform rules, which would require him to immediately cut his hair, shave off his bear and remove his turban.

Singh, learning that the Army had previously granted religious accommodations to several Sikhs and soldiers of other faiths, applied for an exemption but was denied. The lawsuit, filed jointly by the ACLU and United Sikhs, says the Army's policy is a violation of Singh's religious freedom.

Sound and Fury Podcast Episode 16: Ursula Liang



Hello, podcast listeners! We're back. It's been a looooong hiatus, but we're finally back with a long-delayed new episode of Sound and Fury: The Angry Asian Podcast. Episode 16 features journalist/filmmaker Ursula Liang, director of the sports documentary 9-Man, which is currently screening on the festival circuit.

Thanks to all the folks who have told me they're fans of the podcast. It's a struggle to get these out on a regular basis, but we're trying our best! To catch up on previous episodes, check out the archive. To stay up-to-date with future episodes as soon as they drop, be sure to subscribe. You can also find Sound and Fury on services like iTunes and Stitcher, where you can rate and review the show.

But without further ado, check out my conversation with Ursula Liang...

Jon M. Chu making 1990s dance comedy 'Can't Touch This'

No, it's not a M.C. Hammer biopic.



Director Jon M. Chu is reportedly going old school with a new feature film project called Can't Touch This. No, it's not a M.C. Hammer biopic. It's a high school dance comedy movie set in the 1990s. Well, that's my jam.

Jon M. Chu, Focus Features Step Up To '90s-Set 'Can't Touch This'

According to Deadline, Chu and his producing partner Hieu Ho have sold the retro dance-comedy, with a script by The Goldbergs producers Annie Mebane and Steve Basilone, to Focus Features.

Jeremy Lin can't find the words to talk about the Lakers

We feel you, bro.



This is amusing, awkward... and just kind of sad. If you've been following the thus far lackluster season of the Los Angeles Lakers, you know there hasn't been a whole lot to cheer about. Apparently, Jeremy Lin feels it too. I think this Vine video, clipped from a locker room interview conducted after the Lakers' 136-115 blowout loss to the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, pretty much sums it up:

Man killed after being shoved in front of subway train

Four people -- all of them Asian immigrants -- have been pushed in front of trains in less than two years.



In New York, police are searching for a suspect in connection with a deadly subway attack. On Sunday, a 61-year-old man was killed after being pushed off a Bronx subway platform in front of an oncoming train.

Routine Trip Turns Fatal as a Man Is Pushed in Front of a Subway Train

Wai Kuen Kwok was waiting with his wife at the 167th Street station in the Bronx, on their way to breakfast in Chinatown, when a stranger shoved him from behind onto the subway tracks as a D train pulled in. It was a seemingly random attack -- there were no words exchanged, no struggle, and it doesn't look like an attempted robbery. Kwok was struck and killed by the train as his wife, who was not injured, watched in horror.

The assailant was seen leaving the station just after the attack. According to police, he boarded a BX35 bus and then got off minutes later, entered a bodega and eventually left. Here's surveillance video of the suspect:

11.16.2014

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'Serial' and White Reporter Privilege: Jay Caspian Kang comments on white reporter privilege in reporting such stories as the case of Adnan Syed and Hae Min Lee, the focus of the new podcast Serial.

The Problem With "Serial" And The Model Minority Myth: Julia Carrie Wong says the latest episode of Serial relies heavily on the myth of the model minority, and Jay -- the black friend on whose testimony the entire case rests -- fills the role of the "bad" minority.

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Old Asian American Poets Never Die: Poet/writer Amy Uyematsu writes about her poetic influences, paying tribute to the early years of Asian American studies and the "yellow power" movement.

You Can't Be Michael Jackson All the Time: In this excerpt from No Land's Man, the new memoir by actor/comedian Aasif Mandvi, a young Indian man finds his calling by performing as Michael Jackson at his high school variety show.

"Did You Ever Mind It?": Thoughts on Race and Adoption: Nicole Soojung Callahan reflects on growing up as an adoptee from Korea, and about placing the focus the conversation about race and adoption on the child rather than the parents.

Separated at birth, reunited on Facebook: CNN covers the amazing story of Anais Bordier and Samantha Futerman, twin adoptees separated at birth and reunited thanks to the internet.

Korean Adoptee Cooks Find Connection in the Kitchen : The Center for Asian American Media examines what food and identity mean to a growing group of high-profile Korean adoptee chefs.


How Racism Created America's Chinatowns: You might think of Chinatowns as places to eat dim sum and buy knickknacks, but many of our nation's Chinatowns were borne out of racism.

Louis Chan Takes An Intimate Look Inside The Homes Of Chinese American Families: Photographer Louis Chan's latest project is "My Home," a series of images in the homes of working class, Chinese American families, mostly living in Lower Manhattan.

'9-man' Film Explores the Little-Known History of a Chinese-American Sport: The documentary 9-Man is about a variation on volleyball played by Chinese Americans, and the historical conditions that produced this unique sport. Colorlines' Julianna Hing talks to Ursula Liang about making the film.

For Duty, Country, Posterity: Chinese American Veterans Share Their Stories: What began for Victoria Moy as a search for her own family history grew into Fighting for the Dream: Voices of Chinese American Veterans from World War II to Afghanistan, an anthology of 40 oral histories of Chinese American vets.

Northridge Woman Recounts Challenges of Being First Asian-American Woman to Serve in U.S. Navy: Susan Anh Cuddy was the first Asian American woman in the U.S. Navy's Waves program, joining in 1942 and serving during the Cold War.


Yep. That Happened: Batgirl's Unfortunate Sidekick: When Batgirl debuted in the in a newspaper comic strip in 1967, alongside her was Asian judo-master sidekick 'Ho Say Guy,' who worked at her library and spoke broken English. Yep, that happened.

A year ago, I challenged Obama on immigration. He's finally listening.: Last year, Ju Hong publicly challenged the president to exercise his executive authority to stop deportations. After months of debate, Obama finally said he does have the power to take action.

What 2014 does -- and does not -- tell us about Asian Americans' voting: What these past midterm elections do and do not tell about Asian Americans and voting.

Did Asian Americans switch parties overnight? No.: Exit polls this time around show that Asian Americans are split in their parties of choice, a dramatic departure from the overwhelming Asian American support for Democrats just two years ago.

South Asian American Candidates, Nicknames & The Politics of Assimilation: In 2013, Shyam Sriram began work on the South Asian American Political Activity Database. What Sriram began to notice was a trend of South Asians using a "non-ethnic nickname."


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