7.01.2016

Angry Reader of the Week: Jason Y. Lee

"Home is where the wifi is."



Hello, my internet friends! It's 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 Jason Y. Lee.

Welcome to BrookLin: Jeremy Lin is headed to the Nets

Jeremy Lin agrees to a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets.



Put away your Hornets jerseys, kids. Jeremy Lin is headed back to New York City. Brooklyn, that is. Your favorite Asian American point guard has agreed to a three-year, $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets. The deal reportedly includes a trade kicker, bonuses and a player option for the third year.

Lin tweeted about joining the Nets on Friday morning:

6.30.2016

Police seek help identifying elderly Chinese woman

She only speaks Cantonese and was found wandering a residential neighborhood in Redondo Beach.



UPDATE: The elderly woman found wandering a residential neighborhood in Redondo Beach has been reunited with her family. After taking her to the hospital, staff with the Department of Adult Protective Services were able to locate the woman’s family and arrange for her to be picked up.

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Heads up, Southern California... In Redondo Beach, police are asking for the public's assistance identifying an elderly Chinese woman who was found wandering a residential neighborhood on Thursday morning.

Redondo Beach police seek family of elderly woman found wandering neighborhood

An elderly adult Chinese woman was found around 6:50 AM on Miramar Drive in Redondo Beach. She speaks only Cantonese and is between 80 and 90 years old, 4-foot-10-inches and between 80 and 90 pounds. She is wearing a tan shirt with light stripes, black pants and grey shoes.

Two families die in fiery car crash as fathers watch in horror

Aaron Ng and Wei Xiong were severely injured trying to rescue their wives and children.



This is an awful, horrifying story out of California... This week, tragedy struck two families who were killed in a fiery car crash while two men could only helplessly watch as their wives and children burned to death.

Two families are ripped apart when children, mothers die in car fire on 5 Freeway near Gorman

Two Bay Area families were on route to a vacation in Southern California on Tuesday when a big rig struck their minivan on the 5 Freeway, sending it off the road where it caught fire. Two women and four children died.

The minivan had gotten into a minor accident with another car, and they pulled over to the shoulder to inspect the damage. That's when a semi-truck slammed into the back of the minivan, propelling it completely off the road. It tumbled down a steep embankment with all eight passengers inside.

The two fathers sitting in the front, 34-year-old Aaron Hon Wing Ng and 45-year-old Wei Xiong Li, jumped out of the two front doors as the car burst into flames and attempted to pry open the back doors, but they were stuck. Both men suffered serious burns to their arms while trying to rescue their loved ones.

6.29.2016

Old, discriminatory law used to block wrongful death lawsuit in fatal duck boat crash

Haram Kim was one of five people killed when a Seattle tourist vehicle collided with a bus last September.



21-year-old Haram Kim, an international student from South Korea, was one of five people killed when a popular duck boat tourist vehicle collided with a tour bus last September in Seattle. Her parents are now trying to sue Ride the Ducks, the operators responsible for the fatal crash, but the tour company is citing a racist, discriminatory century-old Washington law in an effort to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit.

Parents of student killed in 'Ride the Ducks' crash say company is trying to block suit

Kim, a student at North Seattle College, suffered fatal injuries from the impact after a Ride the Ducks boat slammed into a charter bus. A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board determined that a neglected and defective left front axle on the duck boat caused the deadly crash.

Kim's parents, Soon Won Kim and Ju Hee Jeong, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Ride the Ducks, but the company says that a 100-year-old Washington statute bars the couple from seeking damages because they were not financially dependent on their daughter and don't live in the United States.

6.28.2016

Constance Wu to star in Freddie Wong's 'Dimension 404'

Hulu sci-fi/fantasy anthology series explores "stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know."



Constance Wu, who you know and love as Jessica Huang on Fresh Off The Boat, has joined the cast of Dimension 404, a Hulu six-episode sci-fi/fantasy anthology scripted series from Freddie Wong's RocketJump.

Constance Wu and Megan Mullally Join Hulu's 'Dimension 404'

Inspired by the internet's "404" error code, Dimension 404 aims to evoke "wandering onto the weird side of the web at 3 AM and stumbling upon stories that cannot be explained in the world that we know."

The Twilight Zone-esque series will explore questions like: What if an obscure cartoon held the secret to time travel? What if energy drinks caused the apocalypse? What if the NSA's top analyst was a gigantic, all-knowing cube of sentient meat named Bob? These are questions that I, too, would like answers to.

6.27.2016

Papa John's refers to Asian customer as "Ching Ching"

Can I get a large pepperoni with a side of racism?



Ah, this again. A Papa John's Pizza employee in Kentucky apparently couldn't be bothered to write the name of an Asian American customer, and instead decided to designate the recent order's recipient as "Ching Ching."

The incident happened over the weekend at the Papa John's location on Taylorsville Rd. in Louisville. It seems that the customer, who is Korean American, got her pizza with an extra unwanted order of racism. On the box label accompanying her order, someone had identified her as "Ching Ching." (Her name is not Ching Ching.)

Laura M. Cheifetz, whose colleague attends church with the customer, shared a photo of the label on social media, urging folks let Papa John's know how they feel about racism with their pizza.

6.26.2016

Read These Blogs


Under Our Skin: What do we mean when we talk about race? The Seattle Times has put together and insightful, thought-provoking interview series examining the words and phrases that people use and interpret very differently when we talk about race and racism.

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Essay: Finding the Courage to Cross the Street Again After Orlando: "I do not understand why we are back where we started, still having the same conversation." One mother's reflection on the fear she felt after the Orlando nightclub shooting.

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Op-Ed: How Orlando and Donald Trump Made Me Come Out Again Fawiza Mirza is a "proud cis-gendered, Pakistani, Muslim, queer woman," and these intersections made it important for her to create the character Ayesha Ali Trump to critique Donald Trump's racist, homophobic rhetoric.

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How do you say 'I'm gay' in Vietnamese? Last summer, staff at Oakland's Asian Health Services had an idea to create a glossary of LGBTQ terms translated in Burmese, Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. While the guide was originally meant for doctors and translators, it's proving useful in other ways as well.

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A Look Back: The Push to Rally Asian American Support for Marriage Equality: June 26 marked the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. This excerpt from the anthology "Love Unites Us" reflects on the how same-sex marriage gained support in California among Asian Americans.

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A time of hope and danger: On the 101st birthday of Grace Lee Boggs: "Grace's first birthday without her presence on Earth is a time to thank her once again for blessing us with everything she had to give. It is a time to honor her by carrying forward her struggle. But it is also a challenge to those of us who worked with her to do the best we can to share our understanding of Grace's revolutionary philosophy and spirit for all those who will never get a chance to meet her."

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On The Podcast: Rep Sweats, Or, 'I Don't Know If I Like This, But I Need It To Win': On NPR's Code Switch podcast, Kat Chow and Gene Demby talk about "rep sweats" -- the feeling of anxiety that can come with watching TV shows or movies starring people who look like you, especially when People Who Look Like You tend not to get a lot of screen time.

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Sidekick No More: Writing Asian Superheroes and the Challenges of Representation: Sarah Kuhn on growing up as one of the only Asian Americans in her hometown, and coming around to love X-Men's Jubilee.

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If Lea Salonga Were Your Best Friend: Ever wonder what life would be like if acclaimed singer and Broadway star Lea Salonga were your best friend? Nicole Chung and Karissa Chen paint a vivid picture.

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I Was on That Fateful Flight With Prince: A Protégée Tells Her Story: Judith Hill recounts the emergency airplane landing that foreshadowed Prince's death, and the significance of having the legend as her mentor.

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Constance Wu Doesn't Want to Be Your "It" Girl: The Fresh Off the Boat star talks about being invisible in Hollywood, "mansplaining" executives, and never forgetting who you are.

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Ali Wong Knows How the Internet Sees Her: An interview with comedian Ali Wong, who talks frankly about the challenges of being a woman in stand-up, and why she went to the stage shortly after a miscarriage.

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Hari Kondabolu: Stop Talking to Indian-Americans About Indian Food: Comedian Hari Kondabolu says people come to him wanting to talk about Indian food. As an icebreaker. As small talk. All the time.

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The Warrior Monk Who Brought Kung Fu to America: Shifu Shi Yan Ming was the first to bring Shaolin kung fu to the United States. Trained as a Shaolin Temple Warrior Monk in China, he was on a tour of the U.S. in 1992 when he defected. By 1994, he had moved to New York City where he opened USA Shaolin Temple.

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A Former Disney World Employee Shares the Surprising Truth About 'The Happiest Place On Earth': A former Disney World employee who portrayed Disney princesses such as Mulan, Pocahontas recently took to Reddit to share about her experiences, pulling the curtain back on "the Happiest Place on Earth."


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6.25.2016

This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.



1. "I literally knew I was gay before I knew I was Asian."
Comedian Joel Kim Booster performs standup on 'Conan.'

2. Misguided Protesters Target NYC's Chinatown Over Dog Meat Festival in China
Cross-posted from Reappropriate.

3. Three arrested in racist assault on sushi restaurant owners
"Go back to your own country!"

4. Just an "Asian Girl" getting a drink
Ah, the racial receipt. It drops into our lives when we least expect it.

5. Meet the Asian characters in 'Star Wars: Rogue One'
New character details from the Star Wars saga's latest film.

6. Congressional candidate wants to 'Make America White Again'
Rick Tyler is running for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

7. Where will Jeremy Lin play next season?
Point guard declines $2.2 million player option with the Charlotte Hornets.

8. New York lawmakers ask Obama for official U.S. apology for Chinese Exclusion Act
"To Chinese Americans, their descendants, and all whose lives were affected by the Chinese Exclusion Act."

9. That Time Kumail Nanjiani Crapped His Pants
The 'Silicon Valley' star comes clean on 'Conan.'

10. These Action Figures Recreate The Walking Dead Comic Book's Most Terrible Moment
Negan & Glenn 2-Pack Action Figure Set will be available at 2016 San Diego Comic Con.

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