10.11.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Janelle Wong

"I am a university teacher and researcher. I am a political scientist."



Hey, everybody! 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 Janelle Wong.

10.10.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 78: They Call Us Manny Jacinto

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 podcast They Call Us Bruce. (Almost) 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.

On this episode, we welcome actor Manny Jacinto, best known for playing Jason Mendoza on NBC's The Good Place. We talk about his stereotype-busting breakthrough role, the unmatched work ethic of Tom Cruise, and what it's like to play the dumbest character on television.

10.06.2019

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The 20 best Asian American films of the last 20 years
"Clearly, it’s time for a canon, a set of films that fans can debate, but which make undeniable that Asian American cinema exists and elicit some consensus about their quality and cultural impact." What are the 20 best Asian American films of the last 20 years? A list for discussion and debate.

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‘Harvey Weinstein Told Me He Liked Chinese Girls'
In a powerful testimony, Rowena Chiu reveals her own #MeToo story as Harvey Weinstein's assistant over 20 years ago. “I've had many years to ruminate on how I fell into Harvey's trap, and the best way to understand it is through the four power dynamics of gender, race, seniority and wealth."

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As a teenager, she loved 'Miss Saigon.' As an adult, she demands more for Vietnamese Americans
"All I advocate for is the very thing Miss Saigon has denied us ⁠-- a real voice and ownership of the stories Vietnamese Americans carry in our blood."

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Where's Rose Tico In The New STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Merch?
Fans have noticed a conspicous absence in the latest wave of new Star Wars merchandise: Rose Tico.

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Asian Americans are rightly angry about racism. Making colleges less diverse isn't the answer.
While landmark decisions have been made about Harvard admissions to uphold affirmative action, here's a reminder that making colleges less diverse is not the answer to structural racism.

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Why Are There So Many Filipino Nurses in California?
In California, Filipinos make up the second largest group of the state's active workforce of nurses. After filling a nursing shortage in the 1960s, immigrant caregivers have changed the practice and the politics of health care.

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Ocean Vuong: The 10 Books I Needed to Write My Novel
On Herman Melville, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, James Baldwin, lê thị diễm thúy, and more

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Reading Recommendations for Filipinx* Americans

Randy Ribay, author of Patron Saints of Nothing, recommends recent examples of Filipinx and Filipinx American representation in children’s literature -- "books that I wish were on my childhood shelf but am grateful exist for kids coming up today."

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When Nail Salon Workers Organize, Customers Also Benefit
Almost 80% of workers in nail salons are immigrants working in challenging conditions, including wage violations and exposure to harsh chemicals. When they organize for better work environments, everyone benefits.

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How Do You Make the Reverse of The King and I
Playwright David Henry Hwang and composer Jeanine Tesori created Soft Power, in which the power dynamics of stories like The King and I are reversed.

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At the Academy: ABOMINABLE
The creators behind the hit animated film Abominable talk about balancing cultural authenticity with universality.

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How do you turn fan art into a career? At NYCC, a Doctor Who artist explains
Alice Zhang's super-popular fan art is described as "sometimes whimsical, sometimes emotionally charged, occasionally hilarious, and always beautiful."

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After 'Hustlers,' Constance Wu Is on That Next Level
The Hollywood breakout advises: "It's always better to be brave than smart."


10.04.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: James Kim

"I love making podcasts. It's one of the few things I'm passionate about."



What is up, 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 James Kim.

10.03.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 77: They Call Us Helen Zia

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 podcast They Call Us Bruce. (Almost) 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.

On this episode, recorded live at Cal Poly Pomona, we welcome author/activist Helen Zia. We discuss the tumultuous forces of history, migration and intergenerational trauma that propel her latest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution.

10.02.2019

Randall Park, Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho launch new production company

Imminent Collision will develop "comedy-forward stories from Asian American perspectives."



From Deadline: Fresh Off the Boat star Randall Park has teamed with longtime creative partners and friends Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho to launch Imminent Collision, a production company dedicated to developing comedy-forward stories from Asian American perspectives.

In a competitive situation, the company has signed a first-look television deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind Fresh Off the Boat. Park, Golamco and Ho drew inspiration for the name of their company, Imminent Collision, from a play of the same title they worked on as members of Lapu The Coyote That Cares, the Asian American theater company co-founded by Park at UCLA over 20 years ago.

You gotta love this funny quote from Randall, Michael and Hieu in the press release: "Our immigrant parents came to America with a dream. That dream was for their children to land a first look television producing deal, scripted and unscripted, at a major Hollywood studio. We would like to thank Carolyn, Howard, Dana, Craig and the entire 20th team for helping us make our parents proud."

More here: Randall Park Launches Production Company With Michael Golamco & Hieu Ho, Inks First-Look Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Stop ordering spicy noodles with no spice

A personal message from the CEO of Xi'an Famous Foods.



Look, if you go to Xi'an Famous Foods and order your noodles "not spicy" -- honestly, what's the point? -- then complain that the food is "too bland," that shit is on you. I'm sorry, but you have made a bad life choice.

The New York City noodle chain has an important advisory for its customers: "Not Spicy = Not As Good." Xi'an's CEO Jason Wang recently posted a "personal message" to customers at the company's 14 locations, warning people that if they order certain menu items as "not spicy," they may be disappointed. You can have it the way you want it. Just know that the way you want it... does not taste good.

Judge rules in favor of Harvard in admissions lawsuit

Federal judge rules Harvard can consider race in its admissions process in pursuit of a diverse class.



From NPR: A judge has ruled in favor of Harvard University in a high-profile court case centered on whether the school's admissions process forces Asian Americans to clear a higher bar to get in.

Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued her decision Tuesday, saying "the Court finds no persuasive documentary evidence of any racial animus or conscious prejudice against Asian Americans."

In the decision, Burroughs said that while Harvard's admissions program is "not perfect," "ensuring diversity at Harvard relies, in part, on race conscious admissions."

More here: Federal Judge Upholds Harvard's Race-Conscious Admissions Process

10.01.2019

Jude Weng to direct Netflix's 'Finding Ohana'

Screenwriter Christina Strain's Hawaii-set feature is "a Goonies style adventure starring all Datas."


Jude Weng, Christina Strain and the cast of 'Finding Ohana'

Netflix has nabbed the rights to director Jude Weng's feature film debut, the Hawaii-set family adventure Finding Ohana, with newcomers Kea Peahu and Alex Aiono leading a large ensemble of Hawaiian and Asian actors.

Finding Ohana follows two Brooklyn siblings whose summer in a rural Oahu town takes an exciting turn when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an adventure, leading them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. According to screenwriter Christina Strain, it's "a Goonies style adventure starring all Datas."

Read this great Twitter thread, in which Strain explains why and how this project came together:

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