Music Video: G Yamazawa honors his parents in "Dining Room"

Dedicated to mom, dad and all who share the immigrant family hustle.

Happy Thanksgiving! In keeping with the theme of food and family, we present the premiere of award-winning poet/emcee G Yamazawa's powerful, beautiful new music video for "Dining Room," from his forthcoming debut EP. The track is dedicated to his parents and to all who share the immigrant family hustle. Directed by Saleem Reshamwala, it was filmed at G's parents' restaurant Yamazushi in Durham, North Carolina.

Check it out:


Angry Asian America: Master of None Review!

With co-host Jenny Yang and special guests Tess Paras and Amy Hill

Hey, YouTube watchers! I am pleased to present the latest edition of Angry Asian America, our web talk show on ISAtv. In this episode, co-host Jenny Yang and I welcome actors Tess Paras and Amy Hill, who recently guest starred on the CW musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. We talk about their part in what might be TV's first Filipino American family. We also offer our takes on Aziz Ansari's new Netflix comedy Master of None.

Check it out:

Cops called on Sikh student "doing something with wires"

Those wires turned out to be his headphones.

Okay, folks. I now present the stupidest reason to call the cops on a brown man. This one comes to us from New Zealand, where a Sikh med student was questioned by police... because of wires in his headphones.

NZ student mistaken for terrorist

In Auckland, 21-year-old Jasprett Singh was sitting cafe near the University of Medical School when he approached by police officers and asked to step outside. They were apparently called to the cafe because someone saw him "doing something with wires" in his laptop bag.

Those suspicious wires turned out to be Singh's headphones.


Minoru Yasui to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Human and civil rights leader will receive the award posthumously at a White House ceremony on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, President Obama will present seventeen individuals, included civil and human rights leader Minoru Yasui, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Min Yasui Wins Presidential Medal of Freedom

Yasui is best known for his legal case challenging the racial discrimination of military orders that resulted in the incarceration of Japanese-Americans in U.S. concentration camps during World War II. After the war and throughout his life, he fought for the human and civil rights of all people. He died in 1986.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is presented to individuals who have made "especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors." This year's recipients also include public servants, artists and activists.

Here's more about Minoru Yasui, from the White House's announcement:

Japanese Words For Beginners

A rather unhelpful instructional video by Katsu Films.

Want to learn some Japanese? Who needs Rosetta Stone? Just head over to YouTube. This short instructional video from Katsu Films offers some helpful Japanese words for beginners, outlining proper pronunciation for each word and demonstrating usage in a sentence. It's very educational.

Take a look:

Mark Takano: Courage is Choosing Compassion Over Fear

"What takes wisdom is recognizing that history is now repeating itself."

Many of us are still fairly angry about Roanoke mayor David Bowers' remarks calling for the refusal of assistance for Syrian refugees, citing the incarceration of Japanese American during World War II as model policy and historical precedent. Bowers is a moron who gets his facts dangerously wrong.

Of course, the hammer fell swift and hard, with Bowers getting blasted from all sides. Voices from across the Asian American community, from George Takei to Mike Honda, have spoken out about Mayor Bowers' remarks.

In remarks on the House floor last week, Rep. Mark Takano (D-California) also addressed Bowers' comments and urged fellow lawmakers not to give into fear regarding the resettlement of Syrian refugees, sharing about his own family's experience of forced relocation after the bombing of Pearl Harbor:

That character on that TV show is still alive.


It's been a rather long month for fans of The Walking Dead. But last night, we finally learned that the thing that seemingly happened to that one character did not quite happen as we were led to believe.

Perfunctory spoiler warnings apply. Though honestly, that seems rather silly. If it's being discussed on this website, you must have a pretty good idea of who and what I'm talking about...

Dave Roberts hired as new Dodgers manager

Former outfielder will be the first minority manager in the franchise's history.

Dave Roberts will be hired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the first minority manager in the franchise's history, and only the second Asian American manager in the history of Major League Baseball. The decision is expected to be officially announced on Monday.

Dodgers are set to hire Dave Roberts as manager

News broke over the weekend that Roberts would be named as the Dodgers' new manager, replacing Don Mattingly, who parted ways with the team last month. According to a source close to the decision, Roberts will receive a three-year contract with the team holding an option to keep him a fourth season.


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The Return of Korematsu: Seventy years after the mass internment of Japanese Americans was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Korematsu v. United States, the ugly ideas at the core of its decision are resurfacing.

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Before people start invoking Japanese American internment, they should remember what it was like: Last week, Roanoke, Virginia Mayor David Bowers used Japanese American internment in World War II to justify barring Syrian refugees from entry in the U.S. What an asshole. Jeff Guo cautions the use of invoking internment without understanding the realities of life for Japanese Americans during WWII.

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The congressman who was held in a Japanese internment camp has some thoughts on that Roanoke mayor: Congressman Mike Honda responds to Roanoke Mayor David Bowers' statement about Japanese American internment. Honda and his family were interned at Tulelake and Amache.

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The U.S. Can Handle Much More Than 10,000 Syrian Refugees: Obama's announcement that the U.S. would accept 10,000 Syrian refugees in the next year met harsh criticism for some. But looking back to the wave of Southeast Asian refugees post-1975 shows that the U.S. can do much better than 10,000.

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Obama aide tells of her own childhood flight from government detention camp: Elizabeth Phu, an aide to President Obama who works on southeast Asia policy, including refugee outreach, fled Vietnam herself as a young child with her family over 36 years ago.

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Language Lessons: On Adoption, Identity and Loss: "The effects of adoption don't end at placement, or even when an adopted child grows into an adult. Nor are they limited to the adopted person — they can be felt unto the next generation, and the next." Nicole S. Chung on adoption, identity, and loss.

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My Face is a Face of Asian America: "As a hapa Japanese American growing up in the flat plains of suburban Chicago, I knew that I stood out from a very young age." Candace Kita on growing up mixed race and (not) fitting in.

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Pursuing Happiness As A Trans Woman Of Color: "Growing up, trans women of color are taught to expect nothing but violence, rejection, and early death. I found gender euphoria against the odds through trans sisterhood — and by redefining my idea of happiness." An essay by Kai Cheng Thom.

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A New Thanksgiving Tradition, Born of a Family's Separation: Frances Kai-Hwa Wang shares about how she and her children created their own holiday tradition -- Thanksgiving Eve.

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Who Marvel chooses to play Iron Fist is a big deal: "Considering how white the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, it'd be a bad idea for the company to cast its next hero, one with so many Asian influences, as yet another white character. Especially when Marvel is only getting started showing more diversity in its movies and TV shows."

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The Redemption of Jeremy Lin: With the Hornets, Jeremy Lin is content just to play basketball the way he wants to -- the way he did during his career's brief peak and hasn't had the chance to do for three long years.

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This Woman Is Trying To Reclaim The Saree In America, And It's Working: Since September 2015, Professor Tanya Rawal has been Instagramming her wearing sarees. #SareeNotSaree is an attempt to shift ideas of beauty in the U.S.

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This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.

1. Jerk customer's anti-immigrant "tip" draws internet fury
"Tip for U.S. citizens only."

2. McDonald's employee fired for coffee cup racism
Employee wrote "chino" and drew a racist face caricature on an Asian customer's coffee cup.

3. Virginia mayor rejects Syrian refugees, because it worked so well when we locked up Japanese Americans
"It seems to me to be better safe than sorry."

4. French dad explains Paris terror attacks to young son
"They might have guns, but we have flowers."

5. Sikh man's selfie doctored to look like Paris terrorist
Veerender Jubbal has never even been to Paris.

6. First look at the new 'Rush Hour' TV series
CBS action/drama/comedy re-imagines hit Jackie Chan/Chris Tucker movie franchise.

7. Philip Ng cast as Bruce Lee in 'Birth of the Dragon'
Movie inspired by the story of Bruce Lee's most famous fight.

8. Giveaway: Win a 2016 Haikus With Hotties Calendar
A perfect holiday gift for those who need more Asian American male hotties in their lives.

9. University cancels production over casting controversy
Playwright Lloyd Suh objected to the casting of white actors in Asian roles in 'Jesus in India.'

10. Roanoke Mayor apologizes for remarks on Japanese American internment
David Bowers clearly did not understand how the internet works.

Stay Angry, my friends.


Roanoke Mayor apologizes for remarks on Japanese American internment

David Bowers clearly did not understand how the internet works.

On Friday, the mayor of Roanoke, Virginia apologized for his statement about Syrian refugees in which he invoked the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II as model policy.

Roanoke Mayor Apologizes for Japanese Internment Remarks

After basically getting his ass kicked with widespread backlash over what can at best be described as a piss-poor of one of U.S. government's greatest injustices, Mayor David Bowers apologized for his remarks.

"I apologize to all those offended by my remarks," Bowers said at a special meeting of the Roanoke City Council. "No one else is to be blamed but me."

Angry Reader of the Week: Traci Lee

"I think I’m an optimist, but I’m too angry about rampant ignorance and intolerance to admit it."

Hey, everybody! You know what's up. 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 Traci Lee.


Ken Jeong Goes Extra Korean on a Thanksgiving 'Dr. Ken'

Episode 107: "Thanksgiving Culture Clash" airs Friday, November 20 at 8:30pm on ABC

This week on ABC's Dr. Ken, it's Thanksgiving! Molly rebels and gets a Japanese tattoo, which spirals Ken and Allison into having a cultural face-off when Allison claims she is more Japanese than Ken is Korean.

Inspired by executive producer/star Ken Jeong's real life and career as a medical doctor, Dr. Ken follows Dr. Ken Park, a physician with bad bedside manner trying to juggle medicine and being a family man to his wife and kids -- and not quite succeeding on either front.

Dr. Ken also stars the awesome Suzy Nakamura as Ken's wife Allison, Krista Marie Yu as daughter Molly, and Albert Tsai as his son Dave. They're all great. The cast is rounded out by Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Kate Simses as Julie and Dave Foley as Pat.

Here's a preview of this week's episode, "Thanksgiving Culture Clash":

Giveaway: Win a 2016 Haikus With Hotties Calendar

A perfect holiday gift for those who need more Asian American male hotties in their lives.

Fans of hot Asian men! This one's for you. A few months ago, I posted about a Very Important Kickstarter campaign: the 2016 Haikus With Hotties Calendar project based on Audrey Magazine's non-award-winning poetry series "Haikus With Hotties," in which they asked hot Asian American men to exchange poetry with them.

Here's the Kickstarter video with Ada Tseng, Professor of Hotness, who explained the important need for this calendar:

Is the government racially profiling Chinese American scientists?

Sherry Chen and Xiaoxing Xi were both falsely accused of espionage.

This week, congressional leaders held a press conference calling on the Department of Justice to investigate the recent cases against Chinese American scientists who were wrongfully suspected of economic espionage.

Backed by California Democrats, Chinese American scientists arrested on espionage charges demand answers

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33), Rep. Grace Meng (NY-06), and Rep. Michael Honda (CA-17) were joined by Sherry Chen, a U.S. citizen and employee of the National Weather Service in Ohio, as well as Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, a U.S. citizen and Interim Chair of the Physics Department at Temple University.

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