9.13.2020

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America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral
"Here, then, are nine errors of intuition that still hamstring the U.S. pandemic response, and a glimpse at the future if they continue unchecked. The time to break free is now. Our pandemic summer is nearly over. Now come fall, the season of preparation, and winter, the season of survival. The U.S. must reset its mindset to accomplish both."

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How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda
"Immigrant struggles in America forged a bond that became even tighter after my mother's A.L.S. diagnosis. Then, as COVID-19 threatened, Chinese nationalists began calling us traitors to our country."

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For Filipino migrant workers, coronavirus dashes their ticket to a better life
170,000 overseas workers have been forced to return to the Philippines since February.

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How Mina Kimes turned her passion for football into a profession
Mina Kimes, a sports journalist for ESPN, has turned her love of football into a budding commentary empire.

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Ann Curry Still Doesn't Know Why She Was Ousted From Today
Eight years after her departure from NBC's morning show, veteran journalist Ann Curry opens up about the painful experience.

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Warrior Takes the "Model Minority" Cliche and "Flips It on Its Ass"
Peak TV should mean Peak Inclusion, but the vivid Cinemax series Warrior has had to fight for its life

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Introducing Isabel Sandoval: The 'Lingua Franca' filmmaker on her indie drama
Isabel Sandoval wrote, directed, and stars in Lingua Franca, film about a trans Filipina immigrant in Brooklyn seeking to attain legal status in the United States, now available on Netflix.

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Back to School With Tan France
Queer Eye star Tan France has a lot to teach us about dressing.

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"Insecure" star Sujata Day redefines South Asian stereotypes in spelling bee movie
Actress Sujata Day talks about her directorial feature debut, Definition Please, making the festival rounds.


9.11.2020

They Call Us Bruce 107: They Call Us Mulan

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.

In this this episode -- our most super-sized episode yet -- we welcome writers Rebecca Sun and Frankie Huang to talk about Disney's live action adaptation of Mulan. We discuss The Good, The Bad, and The WTF of the film, as well as how we'd adapt the tale differently.

9.08.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 03: Grace Lynn Kung

The Podcast In Which We Interview All The Asians On Star Trek.



All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 3, we talk to actress Grace Lynn Kung. She guest starred on Star Trek: Discovery as "Psycho" -- that's the actual credit -- in the first season episode "Context Is For Kings." She talks about geeking out on the Discovery set, taking heavy hits for her big fight scene, and how poor Worf never got any respect.

9.06.2020

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'Mulan' 1998: A Moment of Joy and Anxiety for Asian-American Viewers
Disney's new live-action Mulan is coming at a time when the entertainment world is still feeling tremors from the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Parasite. It was a very different landscape when the animated Mulan debuted in 1998: American audiences were far less used to the presence of Asians onscreen and many Asian American moviegoers felt less comfortable with depictions of themselves.

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The controversial cut that solidified Mulan as an Asian-American film
Disney's live-action remake removes a scene many have debated since 1998.

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How I Finally Saw Myself Reflected in the Original 'Mulan' (Guest Column)
When Traci G. Lee watched Disney's Mulan for the first time as a nine-year-old, it was the first time she remembers being inspired by a film -- for very personal reasons.

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Mulan's Tzi Ma: After 120-Plus Roles, a Beloved Actor's Career Surges
Tzi Ma, who plays Mulan's father in Disney's new adaptation, holds a special place in the Asian American acting community. He talks about his unlikely path and the peers who deserved more recognition.

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No Vacation Is Complete Without a Cooler Full of Gimbap
"When I was growing up, these seaweed rice rolls symbolized how my family was different. Looking back, I think that's what I appreciate most about them."

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A Local Alternative to the Big Delivery Apps, in Los Angeles
Modeled after food delivery services in Seoul, a tiny Koreatown business keeps neighborhood restaurants running through the pandemic.

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In Louisiana, Love for a Chinese Restaurant and Its Magnetic Owner
For years, Lucky Palace has drawn fans for its intriguing wine list. Now, they come to help their dear friend Kuan Lim in his time of need.

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What Keanu Reeves taught me about white-passing privilege
"In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen racism against Asian people surge worldwide, as well as a collective reassessment of racial identity following the recent surge of Black Lives Matter protests, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mixed race woman. And I’ve been thinking even more about Keanu Reeves, the most decent man in Hollywood."

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How the 'Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' captured audiences' hearts
One of the most famous Asian American dance duos in history, Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing performed across the US and in England during the 1930s and '40s


9.04.2020

They Call Us Bruce 106: They Call Us USPS

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.

In this this episode, we welcome Kevin Gan Yuen, an employee of the United States Postal Service. He talks about getting into the "family business," reveals the weirdest things he's seen people send via mail, and gives us The Good, The Bad and The WTF of working for USPS.

8.31.2020

Syracuse University Professor Refers to "Chinese Communist Party Virus" in Course Syllabus

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SU places professor on leave after syllabus calls COVID-19 'Wuhan flu'
At Syracuse University, a professor has been placed on leave or using derogatory racist language in a course syllabus. The announcement comes after social media posts circulated a course syllabus appearing to belong to chemistry professor Jon Zubieta that refers to the coronavirus as "Wuhan Flu" and "Chinese Communist Party Virus." I don't know why anyone would need to use those words a chemistry course syllabus, other than to be a racist asshole. The university agrees. "The derogatory language used by a professor on his course syllabus is damaging to the learning environment for our students and offensive to Chinese, international and Asian-Americans everywhere who have experienced hate speech, rhetoric and actions since the pandemic began," the school said in a statement. The professor has been removed while the administration investigates the incident according to university procedures. I don't really know what there is to investigate. But go on.

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"What are you doing in this country?"
In the Bay Area, a man was caught camera shouting racist remarks at an Asian American couple outside a supermarket. Junie and Minh got into an altercation with the man in the parking lot of a Safeway store in Milpitas last week. The man can be seen yelling from his SUV, "He's a fucking Asian. What are you doing in this country?... We have enough people." Of course, the video was shared on social media, where it received the attention of the local news, the mayor, the internet. Wouldn't it be great to go out for some groceries without fear of getting accosted by racist assholes?

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Dispute Over Alcohol, Face Masks Turns Violent at Chinese Restaurant

In Massachusetts, the owner of a Chinese restaurant was pushed and the protective plexiglass at the front counter was knocked down when a dispute over alcohol and wearing face masks turned violent. Surveillance video from inside The Ming Dynasty in Marshfield showed a 49-year-old woman pushing the plexiglass after she became enraged when the management asked her and the group she was with to put on face masks. "The woman pushed one of the owners, pushed another customer, and then began pushing things over inside the restaurant," according to police. Real classy. Can people just wear a damn mask?

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Teen Activist Receives $2500 Bill For Police Overtime
A New Jersey teen thought she was only exercising her First Amendment right when she organized a rally in support of Black Lives Matter. Not long after, she received a bill for thousands of dollars in the mail from the mayor. Emily Gil was inspired to hold a rally in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, this summer after watching thousands of Americans show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The protest went off without a hitch on July 25 and lasted about 90 minutes. A few days later, Gil received a letter from the mayor, billing her for $2,500 worth of police overtime used during the protest.

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BTS video 'Dynamite' breaks YouTube record for most views in 24 hours
Korean pop stars BTS have made history after the group's new single "Dynamite" became the best-ever 24-hour debut of a music video on YouTube with more than 100 million views. The world's biggest K-pop group released the highly anticipated visuals for the record last Friday. By the end of the first day, "Dynamite" had racked up 101.1 million views to become the most-viewed music video premiere on YouTube.


All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 02: Reggie Lee

The Podcast In Which We Interview All The Asians On Star Trek.



All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 2, we talk to actor Reggie Lee. He appeared in the 2009 Star Trek movie reboot as "Test Administrator." But he's probably best known for playing Sergeant Drew Wu for six seasons on the supernatural drama Grimm. We talk about his career, the politics behind his stage name, and his minor role in Star Trek that ended up being -- unbeknownst to him -- a fairly important allusion to franchise canon.

8.30.2020

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Kelly Marie Tran on being the first Southeast Asian actress to lead a Disney animated film
The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran will be the first actress of Southeast Asian descent to lead a Disney animated feature film, starring in the upcoming Raya and the Last Dragon.

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To survive the pandemic SF Chinatown has to adapt — again
The coronavirus has brought a shrinking economy and renewed xenophobia to San Francisco's Chinatown. But there's hope for the neighborhood's future in how it has weathered these problems in the past.

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Naomi Osaka Is Ready to Go Supernova
An interview with rising tennis superstar Naomi Osaka.

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Column: Naomi Osaka stood tall, and alone, in protest following Jacob Blake shooting
Naomi Osaka stood alone, with no teammates to lean on, when she withdrew from the Western & Southern Open in New York on Wednesday, in support of the protest movement moving through professional sports.

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My Family's Shrouded History Is Also a National One for Korea
Decades after the war ended, scars left by the Japanese occupation persist for millions of Koreans and Korean-Americans, including the author Alexander Chee.

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Miyazaki's Magical Food: An Ode to Anime's Best Cooking Scenes
Food plays an important role in Studio Ghibli animated films.


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