3.30.2015

Would you drink a beer called "Happy Ending"?

Retailer refuses to carry beer over racist, sexist bottle label.



Would you drink a beer called "Happy Ending"? This one comes courtesy of Atlanta-based SweetWater Brewing Co., who apparently have no problem marketing their beverages with sexist, racist stereotypes. One Chicago retailer has a problem with it, and has made headlines for refusing to carry the beer.

Does craft beer have a sexism problem? Binny's rejects Happy Ending

SweetWater's Happy Ending imperial stout label art features a box of tissues, the silhouette of a geisha and that "O-face" guy from Office Space. The beer is subtly described as "sporting a huge dry hopped stiffy resulting in an explosive finish!" Well, I'm sure someone thought they were being clever.

Starbucks employee accuses customer of stealing secrets

"If you want steal our stuff for your store in China, go ahead, we're fine with that."



Oh hell no. Did this really happen? During a recent visit to a new premium Starbucks location in Seattle, one Asian American customer says he got the "acrid taste" of racism with his coffee when he was "lectured" by a corporate employee who jokingly suggested he was trying to copy company secrets to use in China.

On a recent visit to Seattle, Yelp user Daniel L. visited the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room, which is described as intended to be a "Willy Wonka experience" for coffee connoisseurs and amateurs alike. Daniel says the coffee was awesome, and he was ready to give it a 5-star review, but then...

Daniel says he and a friend started chatting with a "corporate guy" from Starbucks who pegged them as people in the coffee business, then advised them, "if you want steal our stuff for your store in China, go ahead, we're fine with that." Later, he followed that up with an unsolicited mini-lecture about good, old-fashioned American training, which cannot be copied. "That's something we'll never give to you." Whaaaaaat.

Here's an excerpt from Daniel's Yelp review:

3.29.2015

Read These Blogs



Embracing My Chinese-American Identity: In the New York Times, photographer An Rong Xu shares about the coming-of-age story behind his photo series "The Chinese-Americans," and how he found empowerment and acceptance in his own Chinese American identity.

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Chinatown hotel next up in S.F. gentrification wars: "This is the most direct indicator we have seen of gentrification in Chinatown. This is the bottom of the housing market. This is last-resort housing, where immigrants and poor people live." The recent eviction of two dozen families at 2 Emery Lane, could be a signal that Chinatown single-room-occupancy hotel may be the next frontier of San Francisco's gentrification wars.

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The Dim Sum Revolution: How a brigade of kitchen workers took on Yank Sing, San Francisco's most lucrative and popular dim sum restaurant, and got back what had been stolen from them, and then some.

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Hey, white Hollywood: Looking for work in the age of "Empire"? Here's some friendly advice : "The 'ethnics' are invading TV!! What's a struggling white actor to do?!" -- Some friendly advice from Arthur Chu.

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As Multicultural TV Shows Succeed, Some Wonder if Diversity has Gone Too Far: Jeff Yang's latest "Tao Jones" column responds to Deadline TV editor Nellie Andreeva's controversial, much-criticized piece about recent "ethnic castings" on television being "too much of a good thing."

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The story in charts: Diversity on television makes sense -- because it makes money. Lots of colorful, informative charts that didn't make it into Jeff's Wall Street Journal piece on diverse TV and the bottom line.

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Why It's So Hard For Us To Agree About Dong From 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt': Does 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt's' Dong push back against Asian stereotypes, or does he just prop them up? According to Kat Chow in this 'Code Switch' column, it's all about context.

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Does Hollywood hate Asia? No Escape, starring Owen Wilson, is just the latest Hollywood movie in which the world's largest continent is reduced to a collection of dehumanizing stereotypes.

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Why Does Cinderella Have to Be White? With all the different Cinderella stories around the globe, why does Disney's new live-action version have to be white? (Let's never forget the 1997 Disney version starring Brandy.)

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Fresh Off The Boat Isn't Perfect, But It Saved My Relationship With My Mom: Arabelle Sicardi wrote her mother out of her life story, until Fresh Off the Boat called her out.

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"Misogynasian" and Why Gender Discrimination in Tech Must Be an Asian American Issue: On intersectional discrimination for Asian American women in the tech industry.

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The White Admissions Advantage at Harvard: Unfair, But Different from Discrimination Against Asian Americans: A recent finding shows that about one third of white students at Harvard are admitted through special preferences -- part of the reason behind a lawsuit filed against the Ivy League for intentional discrimination of Asian Americans.

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Are There Fat Asians? Yes. I'm One of Them. Self-professed "fat Asian girl" Jennifer Chen speaks frankly about body-shaming in the Asian American community.

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The Life and Legacy of Minoru Yasui: Remembering Minoru Yasui, who became a civil rights leader after he deliberately violated the military curfew placed on Japanese Americans during WWII.

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Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself: Huan Hsu's The Porcelain Thief: Searching the Middle Kingdom for Buried China is part travelogue, part cultural history and part memoir, in which the writer recounts his search for 70-year-old buried treasure.

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Kristina Wong: pushing the envelope on race, rights and America: A profile on our friend Kristina Wong, a performance artist whose counter-intuitive style has always turned heads. Now she's using it to change American attitudes to Africa.

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Cancer Changed Ken Jeong's Comedy: Shortly after Ken Jeong married his wife, Tran, she was diagnosed with braest cancer. With her encouragement, Jeong channeled his anger about her illness into comedic rage.

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A Vietnamese Rapper Takes the Mic: Straight outta Saigon, Vietnam's "Queen of Hip-Hop" Suboi recently brought her rapid-fire rhymes to Brooklyn, rocking the mic for her New York City debut.

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The Korean 'Entourage': My Wild Night Out with the 'Ktown Cowboys': Jen Yamato navigates the secret world of L.A.'s Koreatown with the cast and crew of Ktown Cowboys, replete with Korean Uber, matchmaking services, karaoke crooning, and soju shots galore.

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If John Cho Were Your Boyfriend: Let's imagine what it would be like to date John Cho.

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Isolation Play: It isn't Kobe's taunts or humiliating viral videos that have made this the toughest year of Jeremy Lin's life. It's the feeling that, as hard as he tries, he just doesn't fit in. Great feature by ESPN's Pablo S. Torre.

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Meet the couple that invited Jeremy Lin to their wedding: The Lakers may be having their worst year ever, but they still have possibly the most dedicated fans in the world. An email exchange with the couple who decided to invite Jeremy Lin to upcoming nuptials.

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Sriracha Fans Rejoice: New Line of Sriracha-Infused Snacks Set to Launch: Seattle-based Pop! Gourmet Foods has recently partnered with Huy Fong Foods, purveyors of the original Sriracha we know and love, to produce a new official line of products made from the popular hot sauce.

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Swirl, Sip, Repeat: The Rise of the Asian-American Sommelier: Many Asian Americans are betting that an education in wine -- and the prestigious appellation of "certified sommelier" -- will pay dividends in their professional lives, especially as demand for fine wine soars across Asia.

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We Jumped Into A Style Time Machine With Eddie Huang: Esquire asks Eddie Huang for a list of his early style influences, circa early 1990s, now channeled by Hudson Yang on TV's Fresh Off The Boat.

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California Foodways: The Chinese-Mexican Cuisine You'll Find Only Along the Border: If you ask people in the city of Mexicali, Mexico, about their most notable regional cuisine, they won't say street tacos or mole. They'll say Chinese food.

3.27.2015

'Fresh Off The Boat' Live LA Community Viewing: LGBTQ Episode

Tuesday, March 31 at the Japanese American National Museum



If you're in Los Angeles, please join us for another community viewing of Fresh Off The Boat! Because it's fun to watch it together. The next episode, "Blind Spot," is a LGBTQ-themed episode, so a bunch of community groups are getting together to co-present a live viewing and post-show panel discussion featuring Fresh Off The Boat showrunner/executive producer Nahnatchka Khan, episode guest star Rex Lee, author/comedian D'Lo and artist/organizer Erin O'Brien, and moderated by filmmaker Curtis Chin. It's happening Tuesday, March 31 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

Here are some more details:

Angry Reader of the Week: Kathy Uyen

"I love new ideas, stories and inspiration. If you've got one or two, let's talk, connect and make it happen."


(Photo Credit: Vic Nguyen)

Hey folks! It's that time again. Gather 'round 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 Kathy Uyen.

Bikers plead guilty in 2013 motorcycle mob attack

All but three of the eleven men charged have pleaded guilty in the attack on motorist Alexien Lien.



Remember the case of the New York motorist who was chased down the highway by a pack of bikers, pulled out of his car, and beaten on the street in front of his wife and toddler? This week, four of the assailants pleaded guilty for their role in the September 2013 road rage attack.

More plea deals in West Side Highway biker road rage case

For those unfamiliar with the case, here's the abridged version: A motorcyclist, riding with a pack, brake-checks a Range Rover and gets hit. Bikers surround the SUV. The driver, Alexian Lien -- who's with his wife and 2-year-old daughter -- takes off, plowing through several motorcycle riders and sparking a crazy pursuit on the West Side Highway. Driver gets chased down, pulled out of his car and beaten in front of his family.

3.26.2015

'Rad American Women A-Z'

Picture book profiles "Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History... and Our Future!"



THIS IS AWESOME. If you're looking for a fun, colorful book to teach kids -- and heck, grownups too -- about real-life incredible, visionary, revolutionary women, spanning the entire alphabet, then you need this book.

Rad American Women, A-Z by written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, profiles 26 of America's famous and unsung heroines -- past, present and future. It's feminist history in a picture book.

A is for Angela Davis. B is for Billie Jean King. C is for Carol Burnett. Y is for Yuri Kochiyama. Z is for Zora Neale Hurston. X is for the women whose names we don't know, "the women we haven't learned about yet, and the women whose stories we will never read." Incredible.

Here are a couple of the illustrations:

Driving instructors get pranked by a pro racer

Watch pro driver Leona Chin scare the crap out of unsuspecting driving school instructors.



This is just mean. What happens when a professional racer, disguised as a timid driving student, gets behind the wheel for a lesson with an unsuspecting driving instructor? Lots and lots of squealing tires. And screaming.

A driving school enlisted the help of 28-year-old Leona Chin, a professional motorsport racer from Malaysia, to play a prank some new instructors on their first day on the job. Chin winningly plays the part of a nerdy newbie driver, starting off the lesson with some blunders... then proceeds to show off her insane drifting skillz.

Needless to say, the poor instructors freaked the f*ck out. Watch:

Restaurant owner arrested for enslaving cook

Pradeep Kumar is accused of enslaving and abusing an Indian restaurant worker for three years.



Damn. Been hearing way too many stories like this lately... In Southern California, a restaurant owner has been arrested for allegedly enslaving an Indian employee and holding him in servitude for several years.

Valencia restaurant owner accused of slavery, beating employee

47-year-old Pradeep Kumar was arrested this week on suspicion of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon, human trafficking and holding a person in involuntary servitude. Police say the victim, an unnamed 55-year-old Indian national, endured three years of slavery and physical abuse.

The victim was lured to the United States in 2012 to work as a chef at Tandoori Grill in Valencia. But Kumar confiscated his passport, barred him from contact with the outside world, and forced the cook to work seven days a week, about 12 to 14 hours each day without pay. When he made mistakes, Kumar would beat him.

3.25.2015

Angry Asian America: Name That Sitcom Challenge!

In which we quiz Randall Park on classic sitcom families.



Heyyy, video watchers. We're not quite done with this one yet... On the latest edition of our talk show Angry Asian America on ISAtv, co-host Jenny Yang and I milked one last segment out of our conversation with Randall Park. Having passed the 90s Rap Challenge, with flying colors, in this special Name That Sitcom Challenge! edition, the Fresh Off The Boat star gets quizzed on classic sitcom families.

Check it out:

Lana Condor cast as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse

Will she have a significant role in the mutant movie sequel?



An Asian American addition to the cast of the upcoming X-Men movie sequel... Director Bryan Singer has announced that newcomer Lana Condor has been cast as teenage mutant superhero Jubilee in the 2016 feature X-Men: Apocalypse. Singer made the announcement on Wednesday via social media:

Lakers start first-ever Asian American backcourt

Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson share a neat moment of NBA history.



In case you missed it, this week, the Los Angeles Lakers made a neat little bit of Asian American sports history. Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin became the first-ever Asian American starting backcourt in the NBA.

Lakers start first Asian-American backcourt

On Tuesday night, the Lakers started Jeremy Lin and Jordan Clarkson, who is biracial -- his father is African American and his mother is Filipino -- at the guard spots for their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jeremy commemorated the historic moment by posting a photo of himself and his teammate on Instagram:

3.24.2015

Angry Asian America: Randall Park 90s Rap Challenge!

In which we quiz the 'Fresh Off The Boat' star on classic hip hop lyrics



What's up, internet video watchers! I am pleased to share this latest installment of our web talk show Angry Asian America on ISAtv. This one is a special bonus follow-up to our conversation with Randall Park, in which co-host Jenny Yang and I quiz the Fresh Off The Boat star on hip hop lyrics.

Was Randall up to the challenge? Check it out:

Call Rep. Judy Chu: stand with the many, not the few

Cross-posted from 18 Million Rising


One of our greatest victories is under attack.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) used their legal regulatory power to pass rules to ensure the internet is fair, open, equal, and accessible for all. After a long fight where over four million people--maybe even you!--submitted comments to the FCC, Chairman Wheeler decided to stand on the right side of history and regulate the internet so service providers can’t decide what you can post, read, and watch online. For Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, an open internet means a fair chance to be heard and the opportunity to thrive.

Now, Republican-controlled Congress is trying to do the dirty work for the big telecoms after they lost at the FCC. On March 25, a key hearing will be happening in the House Judiciary Committee. It’s important that our allies in Congress on Team Internet stand firm in support of the FCC’s Title II rules. Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) is on the Judiciary Committee and is the Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, which makes her a leading voice for our communities in Congress. We’re calling on her to stand firm as a champion for the internet and for our communities.

Sign 18 Million Rising's petition here.

How To Look More White! A Makeup Tutorial

Joy Regullano's latest "White Fetish" sketch spoofs beauty tutorial videos.



Daaaaaaamn. In the hilarious latest installment of her "White Fetish" webseries, actor/writer Joy Regullano spoofs YouTube beauty tutorial videos, offering a few of her own helpful tips for folks whose unsightly Asian features just can't seem to meet those impossibly unattainable White Standards of Beauty.

"Are you a self-hating Asian? Do you wish you looked more white? Then this makeup tutorial is for you!"

This one reaalllly digs in. Check it out:

Korean restaurant ordered to pay $2.67 million in back wages

Kum Gang San failed to pay minimum wage and overtime and stole tips from workers.



In New York, a federal magistrate judge has awarded $2.67 million in damages to eleven workers claiming wage theft against Kum Gang San, a Korean restaurant with branches in Manhattan and Flushing.

Judge Tells Korean-Restaurant Owner in Queens to Pay $2.7 Million in Back Wages

Last Thursday, the court ruled that Kum Gang San, owner Ji Sung Yoo and two restaurant managers owed $2,672,657 in damages to the workers, who are Korean and Latino. The defendants failed to pay minimum wages and overtime pay and stole tips from the workers, in violation of federal and state labor laws.

The plaintiffs say the restaurant required them to work 10-12 hours a day without overtime pay, or even minimum pay, and routinely stole tips that were owed to wait staff. But the last straw was making the employees pick vegetables at the owner's farm outside the city. Oh hell no.

3.23.2015

4th Annual AAPI Policy Research Summit

Wednesday, April 22 at Loyola University Chicago



Policy people where you at? Next month, stakeholders and smart people from the non-profit sector, government, and higher education will be convening in Chicago for the 4th annual AAPI Policy Research Summit, Navigating Alliances with AAPIs: Ethical Dilemmas and Values of Community-Based Research. It's happening Wednesday, April 22 at Loyola University Chicago, just around time for the Association of Asian American Studies Conference, happening that same week in Evanston.

Here are some more details about the event:

Research Survey: Asian American Body Image Scale

Seeking Asian American participants, ages 18 and older, to complete an online survey.

Dr. Frances Shen, an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), is conducting a research study on the impact of body image on the psychological well-being of Asian American men and women.

They're looking for individuals who (1) identify as an Asian American man or woman and (2) are at least 18 years of age to complete an anonymous web-based survey about Asian Americans' body image-related experiences and attitudes.

The entire study should take approximately 50-60 minutes. As a thank you, participants who complete the survey can enter into a lottery drawing to win one of four $25 gift certificates or one of four $50 gift certificates.

Here are some more details about the study:

Enter the White Privilege

By Keith Chow. Cross-posted from The Nerds of Color.



Over the weekend Ain't It Cool News revealed that the internet's favorite hack director Brett Ratner is interested in remaking Enter the Dragon. At a screening of Rush Hour in Los Angeles, Ratner told the audience -- almost in passing -- that he is in the early stages of developing the movie and is looking for a martial artist to star. Now, before you start foaming at the mouth and cursing your keyboard, rest assured that this isn't an official announcement that the movie is happening. For all we know, Ratner is just putting it out there with the hopes that Warner Brothers would give him the opportunity to do it — as blasphemous as it may be.

Of course, the internet is beside itself that a hack like Ratner would dare remake a classic like Enter the Dragon and is appropriately showing its disgust at the idea. Here's the thing that no one's seeming to be complaining about, though. Both of the names for the prospective lead that got tossed around in the original post are white. Buckle up, because some "reverse racism" is about to go down after the jump.

Women drugged, raped after being lured for cleaning job

Suspects are possibly targeting young Mongolian women



This is some horrifying news out of Virginia, where two international students say they were lured to a home on the pretense of working at a housecleaning job, and then sexually assaulted and beaten.

Women said they were raped after being lured to Burke home from Ballston

Earlier this month, two Mongolian women, ages 21 and 30, went to the mall looking for jobs and met another Mongolian woman who claimed to run a housecleaning business. She introduced them to a man who lured them to a home in Burke, where they were apparently drugged, raped and assaulted.

Register for the White House Summit on AAPIs

Tuesday, May 12 at The George Washington University in Washington DC



Got plans for AAPI Heritage Month? The White Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders invites you to Connect, Share and Mobilize at the first-ever White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, happening May 12 at The George Washington University in Washington DC.

The Summit will be an all-day convening of senior federal officials and community leaders. The day will include panel discussions, conversations, interactive sessions on a variety of issues, plus performances by distinguished AAPI artists. The event is free and open to public. Registration just went live.

Here are some more details about the Summit:

'Fresh Off The Boat' Episode Guide (109-111)

Asian American family sitcom airs Tuesdays at 8:00pm on ABC



After re-airing the pilot episode last week, Fresh Off The Boat returns with an all new episode Tuesday night at 8:00pm on ABC. The show, if you haven't heard, is inspired by the memoirs of renegade restaurateur/chef Eddie Huang, and stars prime time network television's only Asian American family.

Fresh Off The Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan. Eddie Huang provides the voice over narration.

Despite some seriously heavy time slot competition, the show has been earning some solid ratings. If you haven't had a chance to tune in, full previously aired episodes are available for free streaming on the ABC website, as well as Hulu. You can also purchase episodes of Fresh Off The Boat from iTunes.

Here's a preview of the upcoming episodes:

Jeremy Lin drops season-high 29 points on the 76ers

And meet the fans who invited Jeremy -- via hand-made sign -- to their wedding.



Another big night for Jeremy Lin! During Sunday night's game against Philadelphia, your favorite Asian American point guard scored a season-high 29 points, helping the Lakers beat the 76ers, 101-87.

Jeremy Lin's season-high 29 points help Lakers beat 76ers

Okay, so never mind that it was a matchup between two of the NBA's worst teams. Jeremy threw down an impact performance worth talking about, scoring 29 points with five rebounds and five assists in 28 minutes.

With fourteen games left in a crushingly disappointing season, and free agency looming, I'd say this was a good time for Jeremy to make a statement. Like this niiiice no-look dish to Wesley Johnson for the dunk:

Meet the Worst Tutor in the World

Ex-tutor Timothy Lai faces multiple felony charges for orchestrating a high school grade-changing scheme.



Asians behaving badly... grade-changing, cheating tutor edition! In Orange County, a former tutor is facing felony charges for hacking a teacher's computer to help a group of high school students change their grades.

Tutor accused of hacking school computers faces 16 more felony charges

29-year-old Timothy Lance Lai is accused of breaking into Corona del Mar High, while working as a private tutor, to place a keystroke-logging device on the back of a teacher's computer. With that information, Lai allegedly accessed the school's network to change several students' grades on multiple occasions in 2013.

The school district and police launched an investigation into the cheating after a teacher discovered that student grades had been changed. After interviews with students, it wasn't long before Lai's name came up.

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