Angry Reader of the Week: Rebecca Lee

"I try to have fun while trying to make a difference in some way."

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Good people of the internet! 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 Rebecca Lee.


Banh Shop to change red star logo

Vietnamese American community complained the design was too reminiscent of the Communist red star

Well, that was quick. Yum Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell and KFC, has announced that it will change the logo of its recently launched bánh mì concept in Dallas, following complaints from the Vietnamese American community that the design was too reminiscent of the Communist red star.

Yum Brands will change Dallas Banh Shop's red star logo after complaints

In a letter posted on the Banh Shop Facebook page, Yum Brands Senior Vice President apologized to the Vietnamese community for the design, announcing that the company would change the logo and remove the red star from all materials and signage from the restaurant by the end of the day.

Oops. Joe Biden refers to Asia as "the Orient."

Vice President calls Singapore's prime minister "the wisest man in the Orient."

Come oooon. It's no secret that Joe Biden has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth. So what has the Vice President done this time? This week, just hours after apologizing for using an anti-Semitic slur in a speech the previous day, Biden referred to Singapore's prime minister as "the wisest man in the Orient."

Joe Biden Refers to Asia as 'The Orient'

On Wednesday, while speaking in Iowa at the kickoff for the "Nuns on the Bus" tour, the Vice President recounted meeting Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister. While telling his story, in classic Biden fashion, he referred to Asia as, well, "the Orient." Aaaaand absolutely nobody is surprised.


New York City Memorial for Yuri Kochiyama

Saturday, September 27 at First Corinthian Baptist Church

Just a reminder... If you're in New York and would like to participate in a celebration of the life and work of legendary activist, educator and humanitarian Yuri Kochiyama, her family invites you to attend a public memorial next in Harlem. It's happening Saturday, September 27 at First Corinthian Baptist Church.

Here are some more details:

You might want to reconsider that red communist star logo

Taco Bell's parent company opens bánh mì restaurant with the worst logo possible. So much fail it hurts.

File under awful marketing... Yum! Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell and KFC, recently launched a new bánh mì concept in Dallas called Banh Shop. Which is... neat? Interesting? Inevitable? I do love me some bánh mì, but the people behind Taco Bell better make one hell of a sandwich to get me to abandon my favorite bánh mì joint. But who knows? Maybe it tastes okay. That's not the problem.

Taco Bell's Parent Company Opens a Bánh Mì Shop...with Communist Star in Logo

Somewhere along the way, the minds behind Banh Shop designed the restaurant's logo with the stupidest choice possible: a Communist star. The five-pointed red star is a widely-recognized symbol for communism -- and a sure-fire way to get thousands of Vietnamese Americans really, really angry.

Labor organizer Ai-jen Poo named 2014 MacArthur 'Genius'

Receives unrestricted $625,000 grant to support ongoing work.

Congratulations to labor organizer Ai-jen Poo, who has been named a 2014 MacArthur "Genius." Each year, the MacArthur Foundation gives "unrestricted $625,000 fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction."

Meet The 2014 Winners Of The MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

As executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Poo has been organizing housekeepers, nannies and home health aides to expand workplace protections. Her work with domestic and private-household workers in New York led to new laws that have spread to several other states.

Here's more on Ai-jen Poo and her awesome work:


Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

Presented by Disoriented Comedy, Thursday, September 25 at Echoes Under Sunset

Los Angeles, you don't want to miss this. After a wildly successful inaugural evening of storytelling, Disoriented Comedy's monthly Family Reunion, co-presented by Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Mishthi Music and KAYA Press, returns for another show -- and this time we've got a secret surprise guest storyteller!

No notes, everyday folks, talking story. The theme of September's show is "I GOT PEOPLE." It's happening Thursday, September 25 at Echoes Under Sunset.

Here are some more details about the evening:

Angry Asian America Ep. 9: "MTV Casting Asian Americans for New Reality Series?!"

With co-host Jenny Yang and special guests Kero One and Zee Avi

What's up, YouTube watchers! I am proud to share the latest freshly dropped episode of Angry Asian America on ISAtv. In episode nine, co-host Jenny Yang and I are joined by emcee/producer/DJ Kero One and and singer/songwriter Zee Avi. We talk about MTV's recent attempt to cast a reality show about "fun, fabulous and fancy" young Asian Americans, among other topics.

Check it out:

Starbucks employee labels Asian customer's cup as "China"

It was a Mocha Frappuccino. And her name is Jenny.

Damn. This again. Don't have a lot of information to go on with this one, but Twitter user @JonWalkerBlue passed along this photo of a drink order his friend, who is Asian, received on a recent visit to Starbucks.

By now, you already know where this is going.

As you can see, in the space on the cup designated for the customer's name, the Starbucks employee simply wrote "China." That's a Mocha Frappuccino. Her name is Jenny. It's not even close to China.

90-year-old couple brutally beaten in home invasion

Suspects tricked elderly couple into letting them inside their El Cerrito home

What the hell? News out of the Bay Area about another brutal assault and robbery on elderly Asians... Last week in El Cerrito, a couple in their 90s were violently beaten and bound by two home invasion robbers.

Elderly Couple Beaten, Robbed Inside Their Home in El Cerrito

The two assailants -- one male, one female -- tricked Jaime and Paz Nagal, both 90, into letting them into their home twice in two days, first chatting them up outside about their flowers, then attacking and robbing the couple when they returned the following day. Both victims were severely beaten and tied up while the suspects made off with their belongings.


6th Annual Advancing Justice Conference, September 25-26

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Standing Together For Racial Justice

Community leaders and advocates will be gathering in DC next week for the sixth annual Advancing Justice Conference, the largest national conference focusing on civil and social justice issues impacting Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. It's happening September 25-26 at the Washington Hilton.

Whether you're a student, an activist, or just interested in a more equal America, the conference will including plenaries and workshops providing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and our allies with the opportunity to strategize and mobilize so we can have a lasting impact on all the issues we care about.

I will be speaking on a panel during the Thursday morning session "The Shifting Media Landscape: Strategies That Work" with Olivia Chow, Adriel Luis, Sandhya Bathija and moderator Karin Wang.

FedEx employee refers to package recipient as "Ching Chong"

Sorry, nobody here by that name. Also, you ought to be fired.

Not this again. Got word passed along to me about a recent racist incident involving a FedEx employee... In northern Virginia, a FedEx employee left a doortag regarding a package delivery to the residence of an Asian customer. In the space denoting the recipient's name, the delivery man wrote "Ching Chong Lee."

Oh, hell no.

Diana L., whose parents received the doortag, contacted customer service to inquire about the name on the package, and how exactly this happened. During the course of this attempted delivery, "Chang" somehow became "Ching Chong" -- a familiar racial slur we all know and love. This was not somebody's honest mistake.

Honolulu road rage incident caught on video

After video goes viral, driver turns herself into police.

Beware, road ragers. You are being recorded. That's what happened to one driver last week in Honolulu, whose bad behavior behind the wheel was shot on video, uploaded to social media, and went viral in a matter of hours. The driver, who became known as "road rage lady," has reportedly turned herself into police.

Woman turns herself in to police after road rage incident goes viral

Ryan Arakaki, who recorded the video, admits he cut off Kimberly Ong's minivan at a light. That's when Ong lost her shit, following and tailgating Arakaki's car, blaring her horn for several minutes before he pulled over. She then got out of her car, yelled obscenities at him and tried to slap away his cell phone.

Part of the altercation was caught on video:


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