Awkwafina joins the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Filming has begun on Warner Bros.' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling book.

More Crazy Rich Asians casting news.... Rapper/actress Awkwafina joins the likes of Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan and Michelle Yeoh in Warner Bros' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina

Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese economics professor who travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only to discover that Nick is heir to a massive fortune, he's perhaps he most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.

Awkwafina will play Peik Lin, Rachel's college friend.

This is the most adorable cooking show on the internet

Mazzy shows you the most legit and delicious recipes on "Cooking with Mazzy."

The only person on the internet (other than an Asian auntie or grandma) I trust to teach me how to cook Asian food is a little adorable toddler named Mazzy who is the star of her own (parent-produced) YouTube cooking show, "Cooking with Mazzy."

I mean, just look at the chef.

Surgeon General removed from post by Trump administration

Dr. Vivek Murthy was asked to resign, then dismissed.

The Trump Administration has dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy from his post as the nation's top doctor. He was temporarily replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.

Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now

Murthy, who was appointed by former President Obama, announced on Friday that he had been dismissed.

"While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served," Murthy wrote in the Facebook post announcing his departure.

"For the grandson of a poor farmer from India to be asked by the president to look out for the health of an entire nation was a humbling and uniquely American story," Murthy continued. "I will always be grateful to our country for welcoming my immigrant family nearly 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve."


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'Model Minority' Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks: The model minority myth has always been used to pit races against each other. And once again, it's being used as a racial wedge between Asians and Blacks.

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Trump Lost More Of The Asian-American Vote Than The National Exit Polls Showed: By all accounts, President Trump did not win the Asian-American vote in 2016. According to AALDEF's latest exit polling report, Clinton won almost four-in-five Asian-American voters (79 percent) with just 18 percent for Trump.

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Angry Reader of the Week: Irene Koh

"The joke amongst my friends is that my "brand" is Emotional Lesbians, which I am totally okay with."

Hello, good people of the internet! 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 Irene Koh.


They Call Us Bruce - Episode 5: They Ask Us Qs

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our recently launched podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

This week, we introduced what we hope will be regular segment: They Ask Us Qs, in which we respond to listener-submitted questions. In this inaugural edition, we enlist the help of comedian/famous mom Amy Anderson, who talks about being a Korean American adoptee, and former Survivor contestant Shii Ann Huang, who helps us decipher the good, bad and WTF of Asians on reality television. Listen here:

George Takei's 'Allegiance' is headed to Los Angeles

East West Players and JACCC will present the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical in 2018.

Allegiance is coming to Los Angeles next year. East West Players and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center will present the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance, with performances at JACCC's Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. from February 21 to April 1, 2018. Previews will run from February 21-25, with the Opening Night performance and reception on February 28.

With music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito, Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, Allegiance is inspired by the true childhood experiences of actor, activist and social media icon George Takei. The original Broadway production played on Broadway from 2015-16 at the Longacre Theatre in New York City.

Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.


See you at the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Presented by Visual Communications, April 27 - May 4

Los Angeles film fans, it's on. Make some plans and get down with community for the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, running April 27 to May 4. Presented by Visual Communications, with eight days of screenings, panels and events, LAAPFF is the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema.

This year's festival kicks off with the Opening Night intro/retrospective 15th anniversary screening of Justin Lin's landmark film Better Luck Tomorrow. Justin Chon's Sundance award-winning feature Gook serves as LAAPFF's Centerpiece highlight as part of the festival's 25th anniversary commemoration of the Los Angles Uprising. The festival rounds with the Closing Night Gala presentation of Kogonada's debut feature Columbus, starring leading man John Cho.

Here are some the festival's highlights:

Sikh taxi driver assaulted by passengers in hate crime

Harkirat Singh was assaulted by drunken passengers who called him racial slurs and ripped off his turban.

Harkirat Singh (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

In New York, a Sikh taxi driver was assaulted by a group of drunken passengers who called him racial slurs and ripped his turban off his head. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. (No shit.)

Sikh taxi driver assaulted, turban stolen by drunken passenger in the Bronx

25-year-old Harkirat Singh, who wears a turban and unshorn beard in observance of his Sikh faith, was driving a woman and three men in their early 20s from Madison Square Garden to the Bronx early Sunday morning when the passengers began to physically assault him and rip off his turban.


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Pacific Arts Movement Presents: Right to Resist

Sunday, April 23 at the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase

San Diego film fans! As part of Pacific Arts Movement's 7th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, you are invited to Right to Resist: From 9066 to 2017, a series of documentaries and short films highlighting those who spoke up against Executive Order 9066 and those who spoke up against the post-9/11 treatment of Muslim Americans, as well as those of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent today.

Right to Resist will screen Sunday, April 23 at Ultra Star Mission Valley Cinemas-Hazard Center. Admission is free for ages 17 and under. Here are some more details about the program:

Angry Reader of the Week: Kent Lee

"Asian Americans face endless challenges -- so hopefully we can meet those together rather than alone."

Hey, folks! You know what time 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 Kent Lee.

Kelly Marie Tran has the "biggest new part" in Star Wars

Newcomer will play Rose, a Resistance mechanic in 'The Last Jedi.'

At long last! We get a first official look at Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

On Friday, at this year's Star Wars Celebration gathering in Orlando, fans met Ms. Tran along with the rest of the Last Jedi stars and got some basic details about the newcomer's character in the highly-anticipated next installment of the Star Wars saga -- and she apparently has the "biggest new part" in Episode VIII.

The Last Jedi: Meet Kelly Marie Tran's new Star Wars character, Rose

"My character's name is Rose," Tran revealed during Friday's Last Jedi panel. "She's part of the Resistance, and she works in maintenance. I can't wait for you to meet her."

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