1.16.2017

To Find Your Place in the World

An animated video poem by Kelly Tsai



In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is often celebrated as a national day of service, spoken word artist Kelly Tsai shares this animated video poem "To Find Your Place in the World." Animated by award-winning illustrator Ryan Hartley Smith, the piece is dedicated to the 900,000 people who have served in Americorps and the millions more who improve our communities daily through acts of service, large and small.

Check it out:

1.15.2017

Read These Blogs


This is not Doris Truong. This is not Leslie Hsu Oh.

Right-Wing Trolls Harass Asian-American Journalists for Video of Totally Different Woman: After erroneously going after Washington Post editor Doris Truong, the Twitter trolls came after writer Leslie Hsu Oh, claiming she was the woman taking photos of secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson's notes after his Senate confirmation hearing. But she's not the woman in the video either.

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Violence Against South Asians Has Returned To Post-9/11 Levels: Report: "The unprecedented violence we saw following the September 11 attacks has returned, electrified by a hostile 2016 presidential election."

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What I SHOULD have tweeted about Sasha: Jeff Yang takes some accountability for a joking tweet he made about the absence of first daughter Sasha during President Obama's farewell address.

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Will Racism End When Old Bigots Die? Will racism just die off with old bigots? Does the fate of race relations lie with the children? That idea has been milling about the public psyche for generations. But is it possible?

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The Slants at the Supreme Court pt.1: Incoming Call: Simon Tam is sharing a series of personal blogs at YOMYOMF on what it's like to go to the Supreme Court with this band, The Slants.

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Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl? "I realized that people on the margins aren’t afforded the privilege of being complicated, whole, human beings in America; we have to create that existence ourselves, and it is that experience that I feel fundamentally binds us. Over time, I began to find solidarity with my singularity and difference."

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The Disturbing History Behind Steve Harvey's "Asian Men" Jokes The TV host is the latest entertainer to get in hot water over racist punchlines whose origins can be traced all the way to the mid-1800s.

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NY's Asian Lawmakers Blast Steve Harvey For Joking That White, Black Women Don't Like Asian Men: New York's Asian American elected officials are taking a stand against Steve Harvey's remarks, demanding that the clip be retracted and the host make a public apology.

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The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Day: During World War II, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into camps, a government action that still haunts victims and their descendants. Photographs by Paul Kitagaki Jr. and Dorothea Lange.

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Mathematics for Human Flourishing: Why study mathematics? Professor Francis Su, outgoing President of the Mathematics Association of America, makes a case for the playfulness, beauty, justice, truth, and love of the subject.

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Precious Time: An illustrated short story by Thi Bui about nationalism, history, and the present day.

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Please Consider Me for Your Racial Ambassador Position: Someone, please hire Jean Ho to be your company's racial ambassador. "My approach will include a series of non-judgmental drop-in workshops, addressing water cooler banter such as, 'What about reverse racism?,' 'I don't see color,' 'I'm not racist but,' 'My son's Asian wife,' 'My Black friend said,' 'I can say that because I'm gay,' and a range of other topics which might otherwise expose certain employees to awkward feelings when they discover they may have unintentionally said or done something racist or xenophobic."

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As Chinatown Changes, the Neighborhood's Chinese Restaurants Move Away from Cantonese Food: The changing demographics of L.A.'s Chinatown is also reflected in the food.

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Ted Chiang's Soulful Science Fiction: With just fourteen short stories and a novella, the author behind the recent film Arrival has gained a rapturous following within the genre and beyond.

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10 Books By Indian Authors To Look Out For In 2017: Here's a list of some great books by Indian authors to watch out for in 2017.

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'Flying Lessons' Is The Short Story Collection Every Child Needs To Read In 2017: Ellen Oh's latest project, a middle grade story anthology titled Flying Lessons & Other Stories, is an effort to eliminate hate and promote empathy, and change the outcomes of elections.

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Meryl Streep's Golden Globes Speech Ignored the Legacy of MMA and Asian Hollywood: A throwaway remark ignores the work left behind by some of Hollywood's most significant performers of color.



1.13.2017

Asian AF: An Asian American Variety Show

Saturday, January 21 at the UCB Theatre



Los Angeles! Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Asian AF, the first-ever Asian American comedy variety show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, hosted by Will Choi, Mike Lane and Connie Shin. Their latest show will feature a musical performance by Dia Frampton, standup by Atsuko Okatsuka, sketches by the UCB Maude Superteam and improv by Voltron: The UCB Superteam.

It's happening Saturday, January 12 at the UCB Theatre. Here are some more details:

Angry Reader of the Week: Vivian Chan

"We need more empathy and compassion. Everyone can use more of it."



Hello, good people of the internet. Thank you for being her. 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 Vivian Chan.

1.12.2017

Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s

Exhibit runs January 19 - June 11 at the Chinese American Museum



If you're in Los Angeles, check out this cool new exhibit opening this month at the Chinese American Museum. Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s collects and presents the history and work of young Los Angeles activists that shaped Asian America through a long decade of fighting displacement, serving their communities, agitating for revolution, and analyzing the intersections of gender, race, and class.

The exhibit opens on January 19, with an opening reception at Pico House. Here are some more details:

#NotAllTheSame: Trump Supporters Troll Washington Post Editor Because They Think All Asian Women Are The Same

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.


A woman allegedly takes a photograph of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson during a break at his confirmation hearing.

Conservative Tree House expressed shock and outrage today from a video published to the internet of an (East Asian or East Asian American) woman who appears to take a surreptitious cellphone picture of Rex Tillerson's notes during a break from his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State. The story was then soon picked up by the Gateway Pundit.

The two Far Right blogs that frequently serve as alternative sources for conservative news cited "Twitter folks" to identify the woman in the video as Doris Truong, former president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and a current editor at the Washington Post. Indeed, spurred on by these headlines, Twitter's Trump Trolls were quick to launch a torrent of hate Doris Truong's way, tagging her with hundreds of tweets calling her "sneaky", a "paid Clinton idiot", a "bitch", a "whore" and a "spy". The racist and sexist hate has also called for Truong to be arrested and charged with espionage.

There's a couple of problems with this. The first, of course, is that that woman is not Doris Truong.

Not all Asian women look alike. Let me say it one more time for the cheap seats: Not all Asian women look alike.

Powerful PSA on internment asks: Is History Repeating Itself?

Executive produced by Katy Perry. Yes, that Katy Perry.



Amidst xenophobic rhetoric and disconcerting discussions of a Muslim registry, it's not hard to draw parallels between modern day Islamophobia and the fears that led to the incarceration of innocent Japanese Americans during World War II. This PSA, directed by Aya Tanimura and Tim Nackashi, and executive produced by Katy Perry(!), makes the case that registries are the first steps to history repeating itself.

This two and half minute clip features a brief interview with Haru Kuromiya, an 89-year-old American woman of Japanese heritage who grew up in Riverside, California. She recalls how her family was put on a registry and eventually taken off to an internment camp, where they were incarcerated for four years.

Then Haru stops talking and does something unexpected...

1.10.2017

Aziz Ansari to host Saturday Night Live

'Master of None' star will make his SNL hosting debut on January 21.



Comedian Aziz Ansari is set to make his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live later this month.

It was announced Tuesday that the creator and star of Master of None will take up hosting duties on the January 21 episode of NBC's hallowed sketch comedy institution, joined by musical guest Big Sean.

Well, it's about time.

There have been only three hosts of Asian descent -- Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu, both back in 2000, and Bruno Mars in 2012 -- in Saturday Night Live's 42-year history. Ansari will be the fourth, and the first ever host of South Asian descent.

MTV writer sparks outrage with tweet over Jeff Sessions' granddaughter

But look at the adorable Asian baby sitting in the senator's lap.



Jeff Sessions has a significant and explicit public history of hostility towards civil rights and racial justice. His professional career has been defined by racism, and he is absolutely unfit for the role of U.S. Attorney General. Oh, he'll tell you that's not what's in his heart, and that he's being unfairly caricatured.

Also, look at this adorable Asian baby sitting on his lap!

On Tuesday, Trump's pick to be the nation's top lawyer appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to give testimony regarding his nomination. He was accompanied by many members of his family, including his daughter Ruth Sessions Walk, her husband John Walk -- who is Asian American -- and their four daughters. One of the girls was prominently visible sitting on the senator's lap.

Critics alleged that putting the cute kid front and center was a calculated move. Ira Madison III, a writer/host with MTV News, posted a series of tweets suggesting that Sessions was using his nonwhite granddaughter as a "prop" to deflect the many claims that he is racist. He joked that the senator stole the kid from a Toys "R" Us, followed by a pretty astute tweet about America's use of Asian Americans as "model minorities."

1.09.2017

Marvel's Most Epic Asian American Superhero Team-Up Ever

Greg Pak assembles Amadeus Cho, Ms. Marvel, Shang Chi, Silk and more in Totally Awesome Hulk #15.



Ms. Marvel! Shang Chi! Silk! Amadeus Cho! Has there ever been such an awesome assemblage of Asian American superheroes under the banner of Marvel Comics? Possibly probably not... until now.

Writer Greg Pak recently teased the upcoming cover of Totally Awesome Hulk #15, suggesting that this is the most significant grouping of Asian American superheroes that has ever starred in a mainstream comic book.

In Totally Awesome Hulk #15, kid genius Amadeus Cho -- aka The Hulk -- is slowly learning how to become a team player, but has to learn fast when Ms. Marvel, Shang Chi, Silk and a host of other heroes come to town.

Steve Harvey Cannot Believe Anyone Would Like Asian Men

How to blatantly shit on the men of an entire race on national television.



Here's how to blatantly shit on Asian men on nationally syndicated television. Thank you, Steve Harvey. The tiresome comedian/host kicked off Friday's edition of the Steve Harvey Show with a segment highlighting and mocking a bunch of goofy, useless self-help books. Weird titles like Knitting With Dog Hair, How to Have Sex in the Woods... and, ahem, How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.

Yes, this is an actual book, written by somebody named Adam Quan and available on Amazon. Longtime readers will remember that we all laughed at it and rolled our eyes way back in 2004.

The book is moronic, and deserving of all the ridicule it has received over the years. But Harvey doesn't devote too much time making fun of the book. Instead, he sets his sights broadly on Asian men and gleefully mocks the seemingly outrageous notion that anyone, white or otherwise, would want to go out with an Asian men.

"That's one page too!" Harvey says. "'Excuse me, do you like Asian men?' No. 'Thank you.' How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men. Same thing. 'You like Asian men?' I don't even like Chinese food. It don't stay with you no time... I don't eat what I can't pronounce."

It's an uncomfortably long bit in which he's literally hunched over laughing at his own idiotic jokes.

Man wanted in two hate crime attacks on Indian women

Sherlock Arana is suspected of punching women in two separate attacks in Queens subway stations.



In New York, authorities are looking a man suspected of punching two Indian women in separate attacks inside Queens subway stations. The NYPD is investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.

Cops Hunt Man Punching Women in Queens Subway Stations

28-year-old Sherlock Arana is accused of uttering anti-Indian slurs before attacking both women.

In the first attack on December 8, Arana allegedly walked up to an 18-year-old woman in the 88th Street station in Ozone Park, began making anti-Indian remarks, then punched her in the face before running away.

The second attack occurred last Thursday, when Arana reportedly offered to swipe a 30-year-old woman into the Jamaica-179th Street station if she agreed to pay. When the woman refused, Arana made an anti-Indian remark and punched her in the head. The blow caused the woman to fall to the ground and hit her head, while Arana fled the scene.

1.08.2017

Read These Blogs


There Are No Asian Lead Roles in Movies Being Released in 2017: So what else is new? Unless you're counting Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, Matt Damon in The Great Wall, et cetera.

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Letters to the Revolution: Vishavjit Singh: "Systemic changes and revolutions are not some instant magical seizures but small courageous acts by countless people that build up into a conflagration."

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The Sci-Fi Author Bridging America and China: Award-winning, prolific science fiction author Ken Liu's epic Dandelion Dynasty trilogy is being likened to Game of Thrones in scope and theme.

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Huge Asian-American Wealth Gap Pretty Much Invalidates 'Model Minority' Concept: The wealth gap among Asian-Americans is larger than that among whites.

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Chinatown's First Asian-American Representative Prepares to Take Office: Yuh-Line Niou is the first Asian American in New York's history to represent Chinatown in the state legislature.

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How 'Bambi' Got Its Look From 1,000-Year-Old Chinese Art: The Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, who died last week at 106, was an incredibly accomplished painter, illustrator, calligrapher and Hollywood studio artist. But as Margalit Fox wrote in her obituary for Mr. Wong, "because of the marginalization to which Asian-Americans were long subject, he passed much of his career unknown to the general public."

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Food, Race, and Power: Who gets to be an authority on 'ethnic' cuisines? "White folks have the power to torment, often without consequence; but the special thing about White people is that they also have the power to make a trip to your home country for a month or maybe twelve, get inspired, and dictate when your previously unpalatable dishes suddenly become socially acceptable, trendy, and profitable in the Western world."



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