11.28.2014

Angry Reader of the Week: Samantha Futerman

"A girl, twin, sister, daughter, friend, girlfriend, adoptee, actor, director, and producer."



What's up, everybody? You know what is 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 Samantha Futerman.

11.27.2014

Happy Birthday, Bruce.

And happy Thanksgiving.



November 27, 1940. Happy birthday, Bruce.

11.26.2014

Mom who faked son's cancer sentenced to probation, jail time



Remember the Colorado mother who faked her son's cancer to collect thousands of dollars in donations? On Tuesday, she was sentenced to five years probation and 90 days in jail with work release.

Probation, jail time for mom who faked son's cancer

Sandy Nguyen convinced her 6-year-old son that he was suffering from leukemia, faking his cancer for over a year and scamming his school into raising more than $25,000 in community donations for his treatment. In September, she pleaded guilty to one count of charitable fraud and one count of child abuse.

Perhaps worst of all, the kid wasn't just playing along -- his mom had convinced him that he had leukemia, and he truly believed he was dying. Nguyen shaved his head every day, and the boy apparently thought he was getting chemotherapy while he slept at night.

MISSING: 82-year-old Sa K. Lee, last seen Saturday night

Mr. Lee, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, disappeared from his Laguna Woods home.


In Southern California, police and loved ones are asking for the public's help in locating an 82-year-old Korean American man with Alzheimer's disease who was reported missing Saturday night.

Laguna Woods Family Pleads for Help Finding Missing Man With Alzheimer's

Sa K. Lee was last seen at the home he shares with his wife and son in the gated retirement community of Leisure World in Laguna Woods at about 10:00pm on Saturday. While his wife was taking a shower, Mr. Lee deactivated the door alarm and walked out the house, and hasn't been seen since.

According to police, Mr. Lee has medical and memory problems and has wandered away in the past.

11.25.2014

#BlackLivesMatter: No Indictment, No Justice

Cross-posted from 18 Million Rising



Like me, you may have spent the better part of last night and this morning reading about all that's happened – and all that's still happening – after a grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing. Not even involuntary manslaughter.

Despite incredible public outcry and over 100 consecutive days of peaceful protests in Ferguson, Missouri, no charges were brought up against an officer of the law for shooting and killing an unarmed person. Demonstrations expressing frustration, anger, disappointment, and sadness over this decision popped up all over the country last night. Our justice system, yet again, has failed Black America. It has failed America, period.

Fight Back for Ferguson. How You Can Take Action.

Re-posted from Ferguson Action.



This moment is a historic one - Ferguson is everywhere– and we are building a movement for justice for Mike Brown and an end to police violence nationwide. Just like people have done throughout American history, we are making our voices heard, taking to the streets and using our first amendment rights to engage in strong actions of civil disobedience.

The people of Ferguson have boldly faced tanks, tear gas and militarized police forces in their quest for justice. We call on you to stand with us and envision a future where the promises guaranteed under our Constitution are guaranteed to all, without exception.

We have set up the Ferguson Action Information Hotline for people to ask any questions they have regarding actions. The voice recording will reflect the most up to date information: 314-329-7667.

Find out more at Ferguson Action.

CAPAC Statement on Riots in Ferguson

"My heart is with the people of Ferguson, and the family of Michael Brown."

WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, a grand jury in St. Louis County, Missouri decided not to indict the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, leading to riots and violence in Missouri and around the country. Michael Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

CAPAC Chair Judy Chu (CA-27) and CAPAC Chair Emeritus Mike Honda (CA-17) released the following statements:

NAPAWF stands with Michael Brown's family and the community of Ferguson

"We cannot allow and will not permit this system built on fear to be a deterrent to us in this fight for justice."

WASHINGTON - In response to the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting, Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum (NAPAWF), released the following statement:

“We are profoundly saddened and outraged by the St. Louis County grand jury's decision. The failure to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, is a national travesty. As an organization that builds a movement daily to advance social justice, this is an extremely painful moment to bear, as justice was not served.

SAALT Saddened by Grand Jury Decision: Emphasizes Need for DOJ to Reform Racial Profiling Guidance

"We will join with our allies to continue outlining the dangers of discriminatory policing."

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) stands in solidarity with the family and friends of the late Michael Brown, and with communities across the United States who are deeply saddened by last night's grand jury decision.

As a national civil rights organization working with communities targeted by hate violence, racial and religious profiling, and surveillance, we understand the damaging ramifications of mistrust between the police and the communities they are sworn to protect.

NAKASEC Outraged. Black Lives Matter.

"Without justice, there can be no peace."

Los Angeles, CA - The National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and its affiliates the Korean Resource Center (KRC in Los Angeles and Orange County) and the Korean American Resource & Cultural Center (KRCC in Chicago) are outraged that a grand jury decided to not indict Darren Wilson. Our hearts are heavy. Like anyone who takes a life, Wilson should face open and fair accountability for fatally shooting Mike Brown. Without justice, there can be no peace.

The disturbing and violent truth about the United States: racism still very much girds and informs a prejudiced system of perceptions, attitudes, and institutions. African Americans -- regardless of age, gender, and orientation -- are disproportionately targeted by the police and people acting out of unjustifiable fear. In the case of Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, John Crawford, Renisha McBride, Akai Gurley, Tamir Rice, and others, their families must grieve an unbearable loss because of that racial profiling.

AA & NHPI Organizations: Justice Denied in Ferguson

"What has happened in Ferguson is not an isolated incident."

Gregory Cendana, Chair of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), released the following statement on the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri:

“Members of the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) are saddened and outraged by the failure of the grand jury in Missouri to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. We stand with the family of Michael Brown and the peaceful protesters in Ferguson.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Condemns Grand Jury's Failure to Bring Charges Against Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting Death

"We need answers and justice for Michael Brown's death."

In response to today's announcement that the grand jury in Ferguson, MO, has decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson, Asian Americans Advancing Justice issues the following statement:

As civil rights organizations, we fight daily for racial justice for all communities of color. And as Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders whose community members have also experienced police brutality and discrimination Asian Americans Advancing Justice condemns the grand jury's failure to bring charges against officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

11.24.2014

Vulgar Vietnamese phrase gets past the DMV

Not-so-nice custom license plate spotted in San Jose



Every month, the Department of Motor Vehicles gets thousands of applications for custom license plates. There are invariably always applications from drivers who must explain the meaning of a phrase to the DMV, who do their best to weed out references to sex, drugs and/or gang-related terms. This is somebody's job.

It appears that one driver managed to slip one past the DMV's rigid approval process. In San Jose, a car has been spotted reportedly sporting "one of the foulest, most vulgar phrases in the Vietnamese language."

Vulgar San Jose License Plate Overlooked By DMV’s Rigid Research Process

A car with the offending license plate, spelling out the Vietnamese translation of "F*ck Your Mother," has been seen driving around San Jose, which is home to 130,000 Vietnamese people. The plate has caught enough attention to generate several complaints with the DMV.

Dim sum restaurant workers win $4 million labor settlement

San Francisco's Yank Sing accused of blatant wage and labor violations.



One of San Francisco's most popular and acclaimed restaurants has reached a massive $4 million labor settlement with its workers, who accused owners of wage theft and other serious labor violations.

Yank Sing workers get $4 million settlement from ownership

Last week, 280 current and former employees of Yank Sing, which operates two popular dim sum restaurant locations, received a $4 million dollar backpay and benefits settlement over a host of blatant labor violations, including issues surrounding overtime pay, tips and wage theft and shift breaks.

The action was organized with the help of the Chinese Progressive Association and the Asian Law Caucus, who filed complaints with government agencies and confronted Yang Sing's management with their demands:

11.23.2014

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This Proposal From Space Will Warm Your Nerdy Little Heart: One Seattle man took his love for his girlfriend to new heights -- literally -- by executing a marriage proposal from 90,000 feet in the air.

Is Beauty In The Eye(Lid) Of The Beholder?: NPR's Code Switch looks into why some Asians get the infamous "double-eyelid surgery," digging into the century-old history of the procedure.

The Many Stories Behind Double-Eyelid Surgery: The second half of NPR's Code Switch coverage of history and motivations behind the "double-eyelid surgery," in which Kat Chow steps past the debate over whether people should do it to get at the "why."

Rabia Chaudry Sets The Record Straight For Serial Fans Last year, Rabia Chaudry contacted reporter Sarah Koenig with the story of her incarcerated friend, Adnan Syed. The resulting story ended up as the first subject of the podcast Serial. Chaudry responds to the recent critiques of the show's "white reporter privilege."

Serial is showing white people how to talk about people of color: Jeff Yang offers his own take on Serial, focusing on the podcast's ethnic naivete and cultural clumsiness -- but those qualities are the default for much of public radio, and hardly unique to reporter Sarah Koenig and Serial.



An Open Letter to The New York Times' Critic Manohla Dargis about Big Hero 6: Bao Phi responds to the New York Times' review of Big Hero 6, in which Manohla Dargis ponders why the main character wasn't a girl.

Rage Against GamerGate's Hate Machine: What I Got For Speaking Up: "I spent three months trying to fight #GamerGate with words and realizing words don't make a single dent against this kind of fanatical zeal."

From Stuff White People Like to #NotYourShield: How irony is killing activism: We're so used to skewering dopey progressives who try too hard that we forget what it takes to create real change.

As Chinese Adoptees Return Home, a New Genre Tells Their Tales: As adoptees resulting from China's one-child policy grow up and begin their quest for answers, a rich genre of adoptee narratives has emerged.

"Tell all the truth but tell it slant": A Profile of Mia Yamamoto: The story of Mia Yamamoto, Vietnam Vet, UCLA law school graduate, and transgender badass.



16 Stunning Photos That Shatter Society's Stereotypes About Asian Men: Pictures of Asian dudes.

When Madame Wu's was the place for supper and celebs: Meet Sylvia Wu, the woman behind Madame Wu's Garden in Santa Monica, where, back in the day, Hollywood A-listers came for a bite to eat. This year, she celebrated her 100th birthday.

How Hema Ramaswamy Found Healing Through Traditional Indian Dance: How Hema Ramaswamy, who has Down's syndrome, came into traditional Indian dance.

Actress Sandra Oh: 'I still do not see myself represented' in kids' entertainment: An interview with Grey's Anatomy actress Sandra Oh, who is lending her voice to a crowd-funded indie project called Window Horses.

Christina Kim Handles Downs and Ups by Dealing Openly With Depression: LGPA golfer Christina Kim has been open about her struggles with depression and suicide, making her recent comeback victory at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational -- her first North American victory in nine years -- all the more inspirational.

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