3.27.2017

Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of Ghost In The Shell

Friday, March 31 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum Cafe



It's going down! If you're in Los Angeles, and you want to see some super-fun Asian American comedy, come on out this Friday to Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of Ghost in the Shell, the much-anticipated final show in the wildly successful "Scarlett Johansson Presents..." series at Upright Citizens Brigade. The evening, hosted by Will Choi and Keiko Agena, promises standup, sketch, improv and a very special one-time-only presentation of "Ghost in the Shell: The Musical"! You do not want to miss this.

It's happening March 31 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum Cafe. Here are some more details:

Hey student journalists! Apply to VOICES 2017

All-expenses paid multimedia journalism training program for college and graduate students.


Hey student journalists! Here's a great opportunity. VOICES is an annual all-expenses paid multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association. The program is a recruiting tool to increase diversity in newsrooms. The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their published work.

Up to twenty applicants will be selected to cover the AAJA Convention this July in Philadelphia, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. Students will be paired with professional journalists as their mentors and be expected to produce and complete news assignments in advance of the convention in July.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31.

3.26.2017

Read These Blogs


Bruce Lee Would Hate 'Iron Fist': "Aside from the ethnicity of its hero, the series had just one thing to achieve in order to prove itself worthy: Show off some badass kung fu. A cleverly-choreographed action show would have given it some leeway among critics, but unfortunately, the action is where Iron Fist fails the hardest."

* * *

135 Years Ago, Another Travel Ban Was In the News: "As the first anti-immigrant law directed at a specific nationality, the Chinese Exclusion Act is invoked by President Trump's critics as a forebear of his own policies and proclamations."

* * *

At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own: For the first time in the festival's history, SXSW showcased a lineup made up of Asian American artists.

* * *

How A 20-Year-Old Exorcism Sent Me In Search Of Korea's Cult Problem: In 1996, Jennifer Hope Choi's uncle took part in a prayer ritual that left a woman dead. In the midst of new scandals, Choi began to wonder if his crime might be connected to the larger phenomenon of Korean religious cults.

* * *

There's a problem with sample ballots in L.A.'s congressional race, and it could have affected thousands of voters: An unknown number of voters who received Korean-language voting materials in the 34th Congressional District race may have received incorrectly printed sample ballots.

* * *

‘Difficult People': John Cho Set To Recur In Season 3 Of Hulu Series: John Cho is slated to play Billy Eichner's love interest in the comedy series Difficult People.

* * *

Meet Lewis Tan, the Asian-American Actor Who Could Have Been Iron Fist: An interview with Lewis Tan, who was considered for the lead in Iron Fist but was offered the role of villain Zhou Cheng instead.

* * *

Awkwafina Is America's Future Favorite Talk Show Host: Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina, is a rapper, producer, comedian, actor, and now the host of Tawk, an online talk show.

* * *

Is Angela Lee the next big thing in women's MMA? Watch out, UFC. 20-year-old, 115-pound mixed martial arts fighter Angela Lee is making her way to you.

* * *

The rise of LillyTube: With two billion views on YouTube, a new book and brands knocking down her door, Scarborough-born Lilly Singh offers a lesson for Canadians looking to ride the wave of cultural disruption.



3.24.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Nancy Wang Yuen

"I am a pop culture geek disguised as a sociology professor."



Hey, everybody! It's about that time 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 Nancy Wang Yuen.

3.21.2017

Q & A with Power Rangers' Ludi Lin

Chinese Canadian Ludi Lin powers up as Zack the Black Ranger. Interview by Jes Vu.



Power Rangers fans -- the wait is almost over! The new Power Rangers movie finally arrives in theaters this weekend. This film prides itself on its diversity of characters from race to sexuality; there's even a character on the autistic spectrum.

Among them, Chinese-born Canadian actor Ludi Lin is the "sex symbol" of the Power Rangers cast, no doubt about it. Taking on the mantle of bad boy Zack, the Black Power Ranger, Ludi is not just one, but one of two Asian actors in the main cast (the other being British Indian actor Naomi Scott who plays Kimberly the Pink Power Ranger). Fortunately, we had a chance to talk to Ludi about his unique upbringing and what it was like working on this iconic franchise.

3.19.2017

Read These Blogs


Kal Penn shares racist audition scripts from his early career: Kal Penn shared a bunch of old scripts from some of his first years as a struggling Indian Amerian actor trying to break into Hollywood -- characters like "Ghandi Lookalike," "Snake Charmers" and "Fire Eaters."

* * *

Travel ban fight personal for attorney general Chin: Hawaii attorney general Douglas Chin put his state in the spotlight when it became the first state to challenge the Trump administration's revised travel ban and convince a federal judge to temporarily block it before it took effect.

* * *

Being Indian in Trump's America: Amitava Kumar outlines the trajectory of racism, nationalistic rhetoric and scapegoating that led to Trump's America and the recent spike in hate crimes.

* * *

Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement - Here's What You've Missed: Now that you've only just begun to recognize systemic racism, are you ready to sacrifice your privilege? Here's a handy list to help you in your process.

* * *

Why Are Asian Americans Missing From Our Textbooks? Ethnic studies classes are slowly gaining traction in elementary and secondary education, but Asian Americans still remain largely erased from the history they played a large role in.

* * *

Behind Little Saigon's riches, the poor pack into small rooms to survive: Orange County's Little Saigon has made rapid gains in recent years. But that doesn't mean some members of the community aren't struggling to stay afloat.

* * *

The Faces and Streets of New York's Chinatown in the 1980s: Bud Glick is sharing his decades-old photographs of New York's Chinatown online in an attempt to reconnect with their subjects.

* * *

The Battle of 'Miss Saigon': Yellowface, Art and Opportunity: The musical -- a love story set during the Vietnam War -- ignited a fierce debate over the casting of a white actor in a Eurasian role. Now, it's back on Broadway.

* * *

A look back at Jeremy Lin's back-to-back 'Sports Illustrated' covers: Remember when Sports Illustrated featured Jeremy Lin on two consecutive covers? A look back at what "Linsanity" meant for Asian Americans.



3.17.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Shaun Lau

"Expressing equal parts love and righteous fire."


Hello, internet friends. It is time, once again, 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 Shaun Lau.

No, we will not "stop talking about Heart Mountain": A Response to the Billings Gazette

Guest Post by Joseph Shoji Lachman


From the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Okumoto Collection. Inscribed on the back of the photo: "Young girl near guard tower-Ayaho Inouye." She is standing near a guard tower in the barren desert that was home to the Heart Mountain concentration camp.

This is a response to "Stop talking about Heart Mountain", which appeared in the Billings Gazette on March 1, 2017.

There is a dangerous trend today of abusing Japanese American incarceration history to justify surveillance, possibly registry, and even potential incarceration of Muslims in the U.S. We must push back against this wave of ignorance and xenophobic nationalism if we are to preserve the ideals that really can make this country great.

In a March 1st letter to the editor, C.T. Ripley displayed his lack of knowledge about Japanese American history with his letter published by the Billings Gazette. It starts with the question, "How long do we have to hear about the Japanese internment camps?"

I will return to this question later.

Let's debunk a few of the major lies or misleading statements.

3.15.2017

Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema

Panel Discussion and Concert with the original "bad boys of Asian American cinema, March 24 at USC



If you're in Los Angeles, Kaya Press and USC Visions and Voices invite you to Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema, a unique panel discussion with the original "bad boys" of Asian American cinema, Gregg Araki, Roddy Bogawa, Marcus Hu, and Jon Moritsugu.

They'll be discussing a wide range of topics related to filmmaking including the influence of punk on their work and how their transgression of racial, sexual, and cultural norms transformed our notions of both cinema and Asian American film. Afterward, they're throwing a punk afterparty/concert featuring performances by twisted glam rock/garage/punk band Low on High and the indie dark wave sounds of SISU.

It's happening Friday, March 24 at 7pm at the University of Southern California. Here are some more details:

angry archive