10.20.2014

Scarlett Johansson offered lead in 'Ghost in the Shell'

Anime classic's Japanese cyborg super-cop gets the Hollywood whitewash.



It appears that this live-action remake of Ghost in the Shell keeps chugging along, with none other than Scarlett Johansson now reportedly first in line to star as cyborg cop Major Motoko Kusanagi.

Scarlett Johansson Offered Ghost in the Shell!

It was previously reported that Margot Robbie was in talks to star in DreamWorks' adaptation of the manga/anime classic, but she's now apparently out of the running. According to Deadline, the role has been offered to Scarlett Johansson, who was last seen killing a lot of Asian dudes -- with her mind! -- in Lucy.

SAG-AFTRA leader Sumi Haru dies at 75

Former Screen Actors Guild president fought for better roles for Asian Americans.



Some sad news out of Hollywood... Sumi Sevilla Haru, longtime leader of the Screen Actors Guild who paved the way for Asian Americans actors to get better TV and film roles, died last week in Los Angeles. She was 75.

Sumi Sevilla Haru, Former Interim Screen Actors Guild President, Dead at 75

Haru served as the interim Screen Actors Guild president in 1995, and was the first and only woman of color to hold the position. She joined SAG in 1968 and AFTRA in 1972 and served as a national board member for both organizations, often working to address the lack of opportunities and roles for Asians Americans.

In her own acting career, she refused to audition for stereotypical roles, like the maid or the dragon lady, and spoke out against the discrimination Asian actors and the racist practice of yellowface in Hollywood.

10.19.2014

Read These Blogs



#FergusonOctober: Communities of Color for Justice Together: 18 Million Rising, in collaboration with Presente.org, recently launched a digital collection of stories about the struggle for justice in Ferguson. Tell them why Ferguson and cross-racial solidarity matters to you.

Dispatch from Ferguson: Convenience Store Owners Talk Race: Deepa Iyer traveled to Ferguson to join a group of South Asians, Muslims, and Asian Americans for the National Weekend of Resistance. There and in St. Louis, she spoke to a few convenience store owners to talk about race.

The Racial Justice Movement Needs a Model Minority Mutiny: "It is time for Asian Americans to unleash model minority mutiny, link arms with the struggle for black liberation, and together, finally turn the world right side up." Soya Jung says it's time to kill the programming.

How both Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart got it really wrong on Asian Americans: Reappropriate's Jenn Fang on how both Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart got it wrong when they had a debate about white privilege.

How a SWAT Team Upended My Baby's Life - and Got Away with It: When a Georgia SWAT team threw a flash bang grenade into a child's crib during a drug raid gone wrong, Alecia Phonesavanh's two-year-old son was seriously injured, but her nightmare didn't end there.



American couple held in Qatar in child's death may soon resolve case: An update on the case of the Huangs, an American couple living in Qatar who were charged with wrongdoing in the death of their adopted daughter. The couple hopes to return to the U.S. next week after a two-year legal nightmare.

Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage: How are YouTube videos criticizing sexist video games important enough to threaten a school shooting? Read the #GamerGate tag and realize that underneath the anger is fear.

Most States Are Failing on Asian American Representation: Last week, the New American Leaders Project (NALP) released a report that surveyed state legislators to determined the number of Asian American and Latino elected officials currently in state government. Here are their findings.

Why Candidates Shouldn't Ignore Asian-American Voters: Asians and Pacific Islanders are a fast-growing population, and as a voting bloc, their numbers have nearly doubled to 3.9 million voters since 2000, but political candidates continue to ignore them, according to a new study.

New Numbers Reveal Asian Wage Gap in Tech: While Asian Americans are well-represented in tech, new research finds that Asian workers average less in salary each year compared to their white coworkers.



Twins separated at birth reveal their incredible reunion story: Samantha Feterman and Anais Bordier were separated at birth in South Korea but reunited 25 years later. They share their story in a new book.

A Korean Adoptee Starts the Search for Her Birth Family: Freelance writer and editor Heather Schultz is currently on a three-week trip to South Korea, where she is researching her birth family's stories in the hopes of finding them and reconnecting with her country of birth.

Why I Changed My Korean Name-And Why I Changed It Back: "Butchered in foreign tongues, 'Seonjae' did not have the beauty and power that accompanied it back in Seoul."

Michigan in Color: The Unbearable Weight of Sunlight: In this op-ed piece for 'Michigan in Color,' Anitha Menon reflects on skin color and beauty standards within the household and beyond.

Finding My Voice Through Cartoons: Vishavjit Singh, the man behind Sikhtoons and Sikh Captain America, talks about how his spark for cartooning came from a cartoon in the aftermath of 9/11.

A tale of sex, greed and Filipinos on Coney Island: An excerpt from journalist Claire Prentice's new book, The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century, a true story of what happened when a group of Igorottes, a tribespeople from the Philippines, was brought to the U.S. by an opportunistic showman.



Will Letter for Lunch: One Woman's Plan to Hand-Write Menus in Exchange for Food: Enterprising graphic designer Lauren Hom was hungry, so she launched Will Letter for Lunch, a project in which she exchanges hand-lettering restaraunts' specials for a meal.

Meet BuzzFeed's Secret Weapon: Meet Dao Nguyen. She helped BuzzFeed quintuple traffic in two years. The secrets behind how she became one of the most important and beloved BuzzFeeders.

The Hollywood Mamalogues: Let Me Tell You My Stage Mom Story: Comedian/actress Amy Anderson talks about becoming a stage mom for her daughter, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who plays Lily on Modern Family.

In The World Of Chefs, Asian-American Women Are Turning Up The Heat: While food writers have argued that Asian American chefs are "having a moment," they often point to the men in the industry. Here are a few Asian American women chefs that you should know about.

A 'Homeland' We Pakistanis Don't Recognize: In this New York Times op-ed, Bina Shah tries to find verisimilitude in how her home country Pakistan is depicted in the Showtime series Homeland.



Jeremy Lin takes sane approach to his opportunity with the Lakers: Jeremy Lin is no stranger to the spotlight -- yes, we all remember the Knicks, we all remember "Linsanity" -- but now he's trying to shake off two sprained ankles to become the point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sony Pictures' Flash Boys: A Casting Call to Action: As Michael Lewis' book Flash Boys is being adapted to film, John Entrada asks producers not to whitewash the narrative's real-life Asian American characters.

The Fu Manchu Complex, And Today's Anxieties About China: The author of The Yellow Peril: Dr. Fu Manchu and the Rise of Chinaphobia, tracks past and present anxieties about China through media.

Rappers with Cameras: Geo (aka Prometheus Brown of the Blue Scholars) has teamed up with Thig Nat from The Physics to start a new project, Rappers with Cameras, to showcase their artistry to the community through images and visual stories.

Jin Breaks Down 'XIV:LIX': MC Jin's next album will be released a decade removed, nearly to the day, from his major label debut. From New York to Hong Kong and back again, he's found his stride.



'Dear White People's Naomi Ko on Avoiding the Asian Representation Trap and Being a Millennial of Color: An interview with actress Naomi Ko, who plays Sungmi in 'Dear White People.'

The Walking Dead's Steven Yeun Thinks You're Watching the Show All Wrong : Steven Yeun of The Walking Dead talks about Glenn's transformation, the increasing presence of Asian Americans on television, and the secrets behind all that post-apocalyptic grime.

Arden Cho Grows up, and Kicks Butt, on "Teen Wolf": Arden Cho, who plays Kira on Teen Wolf, shares about her experiences growing up in Texas, what nurtured her passion for acting, and her own perception and hope towards the media landscape and its representation of the Asian American narrative.

22 Asian Actors Who Deserve To Be Romantic Leading Men: BuzzFeed serves up a list of Asian American eye candy. "Because John Cho can not be our only, and last, dreamy Asian lead on network TV."

There Was A "Gilmore Girls" Reunion With Lane Kim's Band And It Was Adorable: Gilmore Girls fans -- if you haven't heard, there was a reunion with Lane Kim's band (Hep Alien) and, yes, it was adorable.

10.17.2014

Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

Presented by Disoriented Comedy, Thursday, October 23 at Echoes Under Sunset



Good people of Los Angeles, grab some friends and make some plans to be part of the third edition of Disoriented Comedy's Family Reunion, a monthly storytelling show co-presented by Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Kaya Press and Mishthi Music. No notes. Everyday folks. Talkin' story.

This month's lineup includes Keiko Agena, Dante Basco, Lana McKissack, Rhianne Paz, Teresa T. Lee, Tess Paras, Scott Okamoto and Erik Patterson. The theme of October's show is "NO REGRETS" (stories of faith, risk and courage). It's happening Thursday, October 23 at Echoes Under Sunset.

Here are some more details about the evening:

Adam WarRock's 24 Hour Rap-A-Thon, October 18

Proceeds will benefit RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization.



Heads up. Our friend Eugene Ahn, who makes nerdy hip hop as Adam WarRock, will be doing a 24-Hour Rap-A-Thon this Saturday, October 18 to benefit RAINN.org, which fights sexual violence and assault. For one straight day, he'll be writing, recording and posting as many songs as he can -- all for a good cause.

Last time Adam WarRock did this, he made 16 songs in 24 hours. With the help of people's generous pledges and donations, he raised enough money to replace some stolen equipment and donated the rest to charity.

The last fundraiser was so successful, he's doing it again. This time, Adam WarRock is going to be raising money directly for RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence charity. You can support him by pledging a per-song or lump sum donation to the Rap-A-Thon.

Eugene explains how it works:

Angry Reader of the Week: Cayden Mak

"I'm a giant overeducated dork with a philosophy degree, so I'm really here to understand the world, and deeply."


Not Cayden's cat. His neighbor's cat.

What's up, everybody? Once again, it's 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 Cayden Mak.

Travis Ishikawa's home run sends Giants to the World Series

Bottom-of-the-9th blast gives San Francisco a 6-3 win over St. Louis in the NLCS



First things first: I am a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan. So excuse me if this is a little gushy.

The Giants are going to the World Series, thanks to a massive, already-legendary bottom-of-the-9th walk-off home run by Travis Ishikawa last night, giving San Francisco a 6-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!

Kawakami: Put Travis Ishikawa among San Francisco Giants' legendary heroes

Instant hero. Pretty awesome for a guy who, earlier this season, was considering quitting the game.

Ishikawa, 31, started his career with Giants back in 2002, was released, bounced around, started this season with the Pirates, got sent to the minors, but eventually made his way back on to San Francisco's roster. The journeyman first baseman found himself playing left field in the postseason, providing the Giants with some key at-bats and defensive plays. And then, tonight, that homer.

That blessed homer:

10.16.2014

Music Video: "Monsters Calling Home" by Run River North

If the band had an anthem, this would be it.



Here's the brand new music video for Run River North's "Monsters Calling Home." If the band had an anthem, this would probably be it. In fact, this is the song they performed the first time I ever heard them -- back in 2011 at Kollaboration, when they were calling themselves "Monsters Calling Home" -- and they instantly became my new favorite band. Great performance. Great song.

Check it out:

Hari Kondabolu's Great Redskins Compromise

"The Redskins' tradition is only 81 years old. That's like one grandparent. One racist grandparent."



As a general rule, whenever Hari Kondabolu turns to the camera and says, "Hello, I'm comedian Hari Kondabolu..." you should definitely sit up and listen, because he's about to drop some knowledge. In this awesome Upworthy video, Hari discusses the unfortunate name of the Washington Football Team, and offers his solution for a compromise. Literal red skin. Take a look:

Dr. Vivek Murthy is the Surgeon General we need right now

Sign the petition to tell the Senate to stand up to the NRA and confirm Dr. Murthy.



As you might recall, President Obama nominated Dr. Vivek Murthy, a highly qualified and experienced medical professional, to the post of U.S. Surgeon General nearly a year ago. While his credentials make him a no-brainer for the job, Dr. Murthy's confirmation have been stalled by the usual partisan politics.

A Surgeon General nominee 'tied up in politics'

Dr. Murthy, a guy who probably knows many more things about health and medicine and stuff than you, has some thoughts about gun violence in this country: it is bad, and it is indeed a health care issue. This opinion put him in the sights (no pun intended) of Republicans and the NRA, who decided to block his nomination.

So now, in the midst of some serious public anxiety over the Ebola virus, America finds itself without a Surgeon General, whose job is to effectively and authoritatively communicate what the public needs to know in situations like this. Raise your hand if you would appreciate the leadership of someone like Dr. Murthy right now.

This online petition implores the Senate to stand up to the NRA and confirm Dr. Murthy as surgeon general now. As I write this, the petition has more than 70,000 signatures.

10.15.2014

Sneak Preview Screening of 'Revenge of the Green Dragons'

Presented by Asian CineVision, October 21 at Museum of the Moving Image



If you're in New York, Asian CineVision invites you to a special preview screening of Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo's crime drama Revenge of the Green Dragons, executive produced by Martin Scorsese. The story follows two immigrant brothers who join a Chinatown gang and quickly rise up the ranks. It's happening Tuesday, October 21 at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Here are some more details about the screening:

Vanita Gupta to lead Justice Department's civil rights division

ACLU attorney is the first South Asian American appointed to lead the division.



On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder appointed top civil rights lawyer Vanita Gupta to the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division.

New DOJ Civil Rights Chief Vanita Gupta Known For 'Trailblazing' Work

Gupta, currently Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union and Director of its Center for Justice, will take over next week as acting head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.

Also, according to a White House official, President Obama is expected to nominate Gupta to be the permanent assistant attorney general for civil rights, a division that oversees voting rights and civil rights investigations, and has been without fixed leadership for more than a year.

Gupta will be the first South Asian American lawyer appointed to lead the division. Here's more on her background, according to the ACLU's press release:

Because we needed an "Ultra Rich Asian Girls" reality show

'HBICtv' follows "the daughters of affluent Chinese Canadians living in Vancouver."



Goodness. What the heck did I just watch? They said it was coming. Earlier this year, a Vancouver-based production company announced open auditions looking for "Ultra Rich Asian Girls" to cast a new reality television show. Because, baby, you can make a reality show about anything.

The show, officially titled "HBICtv" (Ugh. Why?), follows the daughters of affluent Chinese Canadians living in Vancouver. They are described as "young independent women starting their life and careers with the newest Hermes Birken bags and YSL shoes while vying for the status of #HBIC 'Hot Bitch in Charge.'"

And now we have the first teaser trailer:

Suspects arrested in beating and robbery of elderly couple

John Lee and Donna Demitro are accused of viciously attacking a 90-year-old couple



Following up on this heinous crime out of the Bay Area... In Oakland, two suspects are in custody in connection with the brutal beating and home invasion robbery of an elderly El Cerrito couple last month.

Couple held in attack on elderly El Cerrito couple

30-year-old John Lee and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Donna Demitro were arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Service Task Force. They are accused of talking their way into the home of Jaime and Paz Nagal -- both 90 -- viciously attacking them, tying them up, and robbing their belongings.

The victims first encountered Lee and Demitro the day before the assault, talking their way into the Nagal's home with a conversation about their flowers. After the suspects left, the couple realized a wallet, cash and jewelry were missing from a bedroom. When the suspects returned the following day, things turned violent:

10.14.2014

Free sneak screening of 'Revenge of the Green Dragons'

Presented by Visual Communications, October 19 at the Downtown Independent Theatre



Hey, film fans. If you're in Los Angeles, Visual Communications invites you to a free sneak-peek screening of the crime drama Revenge of the Green Dragons, directed by Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Starring Justin Chon, Kevin Wu, Harry Shum Jr., Eugenia Yuan and Leonard Wu, it's a gritty gangster tale inspired by true events that explodes on the streets 1980s Chinatown.

The film screens on Sunday, October 19 at the Downtown Independent. Here are some more details:

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