8.28.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: Angela Sun

"I'm a left-handed, black sheep middle child who refused to be defined by any one thing."


Photo Credit: Albert Frigone

Hi, folks! Here were are again. Time to meet another 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 Angela Sun.

See Bruce kick ass in this dope Enter the Dragon Remix

My favorite movie asskickings set to a killer beat.



This weekend happens to mark the anniversary of Enter the Dragon, my favorite movie of all time.

Released just weeks after Bruce Lee's untimely death, it was the movie that launched him to global superstardom and immortalized him as an international pop culture icon. On August 29, 1973, Enter the Dragon had its Hollywood premiere at the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theater.

In honor of the movie's anniversary, I thought it was a good excuse to re-share this super-cool Enter The Dragon Remix by Eclectic Method, featuring the iconic score by Lalo Schifrin. It's pretty damn fun:

Carly Fiorina, too, says "industry" of Chinese women giving birth in America is a "festering problem"

Another Republican presidential candidate gets in on this week's China-bashing.



Not content to sit back and let Jeb Bush or Donald Trump have all the Asian-bashing fun, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina got in on the racist, xenophobic scapegoating with a rather unoriginal rant against the allegedly rampant problem of Chinese women engaging in so-called "birth tourism."

Carly Fiorina rails against 'industry' of Chinese women having US babies

Our nation faces so many problems. Where do we even begin? When in doubt -- and way behind in the polls -- blame the Chinese. On Thursday, Fiorina reiterated rival Jeb Bush's claims about "an industry that has been set up in L.A. where Chinese women come over on a tourist visa and have a baby."

8.27.2015

Who will win season eight of America's Best Dance Crew?

Will it be Quest Crew, SuperCr3w or Kinjaz? Vote now.



All right, folks. Your vote matters. I'm talking about, of course, America's Best Dance Crew. Three totally kickass crews, Quest Crew, SuperCr3w and Kinjaz, have made it to the finals of MTV's dance competition, and your vote will determine who is crowned the ABDC All Star Champions. All three crews delivered stunning, mic-dropping final performances on last night's penultimate show of Season 8.

I mean, just watch:

Asian Birth Tourism, Numbers In Perspective

By Karthick Ramakrishnan. Cross-posted from AAPI Data.


Photo Credit: New York Times

In a recent press conference, Jeb Bush clumsily (and erroneously) said that the phenomenon of so-called "anchor babies" was "frankly, more related to Asian people."

As others have noted, the phenomenon of birth tourism is distinct from most conventional understandings of the offensive term "anchor baby," which tends to imply that people use birthright citizenship from their children to avoid deportation or eventually gain U.S. citizenship for themselves.

There has been a fair amount of sensationalist reporting on birth tourism by Chinese immigrants, with little understanding of the number of estimated "birth tourists," and how they compare to the overall number of Chinese immigrants or visitors to the United States. Below, we provide some numbers in perspective.

8.26.2015

Here's 8 Ways Asian Americans Can Stand Up to Racist Presidential Candidates

Cross-posted from CAPA21



Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Donald Trump this week unleashed a string of racist insults against Asian Americans and Latinos.

Trump pulled a "ching chong" at a rally and earlier called for the deportation of all undocumented immigrants. He then threw out a renowned Latino journalist from a press conference just for asking questions. Bush said "anchor babies" was an immigration problem caused by the "Asian people" and then said today he would "quadruple down" on his position.

We just got a terrific preview of how a President Bush III and President Trump would treat Americans who are not White. In a more perfect Union, these idiots would have been forced to end their candidacies by Americans of all colors who believe that our President should at least be a decent person.

What to do? For one thing, forget about apologies. Genuine contrition by candidates and elected officials can only be proven by actions. In the context of a high stakes political battle, a well-crafted apology is often used simply to counter a news cycle, and not reflect the person's true feelings.

Here's eight suggestions on what Asian Americans can do to hold Bush and Trump accountable.

Margaret Cho to play Ken Jeong's sister on 'Dr. Ken'

Comedian will guest star on the new ABC comedy as Ken's famous and successful sister.



Well, that's kind of perfect. Comedian Margaret Cho will guest star as Ken Jeong's sister on an upcoming episode of the new ABC comedy Dr. Ken. I can't think of anyone more appropriate for the role.

'Dr. Ken' Casting Scoop: Margaret Cho to Play Ken Jeong's Sister

Dr. Ken is inspired by Jeong's own experiences as a real-life doctor. He stars as Ken Park, a brilliant but frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting -- succeeding at none of them.

In 1994, Cho made history starring in her own short-lived ABC comedy All-American Girl, the first network sitcom centered around an Asian American family. It only lasted a season, and it would take another two decades before we saw another Asian American family hit prime time. But let us recognize a trailblazer.

So it's rather fitting that Margaret will playing Ken's awesome, more accomplished sibling.

Action Movie Kid fights a shark in the living room

Fox has reportedly bought the rights for a feature film version of Action Movie Kid.



Action Movie Kid is back! If you're not familiar with his adventures, Action Movie Kid, aka James, is the 4-year-old son of DreamWorks animator Daniel Hashimoto, who has made a popular series of special effects-enhanced YouTube videos featuring James playing in various incredible and death-defying situations.

In his latest adventure, James must battle (and save his baby sister from) a creature from the deep:

12-year-old boy trips and punches $1.5 million museum painting

Paolo Porpora's "Roses" now prominently features a fist-sized hole.



Do you feel anxiety when you're in the vicinity of rare and priceless museum artifacts? You will, after seeing this video. It's like a field trip chaperone's worst nightmare come true. Over the weekend in Taiwan, a young museum-goer accidentally tripped, fell and punched a hole into a $1.5 million oil painting.

12-Year-Old Kid Trips, Punches Fist-Sized Hole in a Million-Dollar Painting

On Sunday, while attending "The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius" exhibition at at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei, a 12-year-old boy stumbled on a rope barrier, lost his balance, extended his arms and made contact with an extremely valuable 17th century painting. And by contact, I mean he punched a hole in it. Paolo Porpora's "Roses" now prominently features a fist-sized hole.

The incident was caught on surveillance video:

8.25.2015

CAAMFest San Jose, September 17-20

See you at CAAM's annual South Bay showcase of sneak peeks and film premieres.



San Jose film fans! The Center for Asian American Media announces the return of CAAMFest San Jose, its annual South Bay showcase of exclusive sneak peeks and film premieres, conversations with celebrated media makers and lively parties. It's happening September 17-20 at Camera 3 Cinemas.

CAAMFest San Jose officially opens on Friday, September 18 with a special presentation welcoming the start of Season Two of the ABC hit comedy Fresh Off The Boat, with the show's Executive Producer Melvin Mar in attendance. Festival programming will continue with screenings and other events through the weekend.

Here's a rundown of some of the CAAMFest San Jose program highlights:

Donald Trump mocks Asians in campaign speech

"We want deal!" Republican front-runner impersonates Chinese and Japanese negotiators.



And we're off! The Republican presidential candidates appear to be in a neck-and-neck horserace to see who can offend the hell out of Asians. The latest shot comes from -- surprise, surprise -- Donald Trump.

Well, that didn't take long. Just a day after Florida governor Jeb Bush threw Asians under the bus with his comments about "anchor babies," Republican front-runner Donald Trump did a shitty little impression of Asians, using broken English during a campaign speech in Iowa on Tuesday night.

"Negotiating with Japan, negotiating with China, when these people walk into the room, they don't say, 'Oh hello, how's the weather, so beautiful outside, isn't it lovely? How are the Yankees doing? Oh they are doing wonderful, great,'" Trump told supporters in Dubuque. "They say, 'We want deal.'"

You really have to see the video for the full effect:

Stop everything and listen to St. Lenox sing "You're Not Here"

St. Lenox is a project singer/songwriter Andrew Choi, the guy with the gigantic voice.



I don't have a lot of words to describe the music of St. Lenox, except to implore you to listen to that voice. That gigantic, incredible voice. St. Lenox is project of Ohio-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter Andrew Choi, whose music is variously categorized as "folktronica," R&B, indie-pop and jazz.

I first got turned on to St. Lenox's music earlier this year when his track "Just Friends," from his debut album Ten Songs About Memory And Hope, was featured on NPR's Songs We Love. He recently popped up back on my feed with this awesome live video premiere for "You're Not Here." You gotta hear this.

Like I said, that voice:

Fund This: Seppuku, a Japanese American cinematic folk tale

Short film "looks through the lens of a psyche molded through generations by the legacy of internment."



Here's a cool-looking short film that could use some support... Seppuku is described as a "Japanese American cinematic folk tale" about the ritual death and rebirth of Mari Yoshimori, an Olympic track star.

Directed and co-written by Daryn Wakasa, and starring Akemi Look, Tamlyn Tomita and Yuji Okumoto, "looks through the lens of a psyche molded through generations by the legacy of internment." The project recently launched a crowdfunding campaign through Seed & Spark to raise production funds.

Here are some more details about the story:

Casting Call: Netflix series seeks Asian Transgender Teen

For series regular role on Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling's 'The OA'



Heads up. Got this casting call passed along to me... The creators of a new Netflix series are looking far and wide for an Asian American transgender teen actor (transitioning from female to male) for a major role.

The character, a 14-15 year-old teenager named Buck, will be a series regular on the Netflix drama series The OA, from filmmakers Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, and produced by Plan B and Anonymous Content. The premise is being kept under wraps, but Netflix reportedly won a bidding war for the top secret series.

Here's the casting call:

Watch this couple's epic one-take wedding music video

Robert and Teresa enlisted the help of 250 wedding reception guests.



I have seen a lot of wedding videos. But I've never seen anybody do this.

On their big day, Robert and Teresa surprised their guests at the end of their wedding reception with a secret mission, enlisting the help of all 250 guests to shoot an epic one-take, multi-song music video, complete with props and choreography. The guests were briefed for ten minutes, placed into position, and they were off.

Check it out:

8.24.2015

10th Anniversary Screening of 'The Motel'

With cast/crew in attendance, September 9 at the Japanese American National Museum



Los Angeles film fans! This is a good one. The community film series Big Trouble in Little Tokyo is proud to present a special ten-year anniversary screening of the 2005 indie coming-of-age dramedy The Motel.

In The Motel, Jeffrey Chyau stars as thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin, who lives and works at his family's seedy hour-rate motel. Alienated from his family, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a troubled yet charismatic Korean man who checks in to the motel and teaches the fatherless boy the rites of manhood.

Join writer/director Michael Kang, stars Sung Kang and Samantha Futerman, and producers Miguel Arteta and Gina Kown, as we reunite and revisit the hit Sundance feature, a decade later. It's happening Wednesday, September 9 at the Japanese American National Museum.

Here are some more details about the screening:

Job Opportunity: Voting Rights Organizer, AALDEF

Help defend the voting rights of Asian Americans.


Want to help defend the voting rights of Asian Americans? The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund's Asian American Democracy Program seeks to promote fairness in the electoral process and invigorate the civic participation of Asian Americans, especially new citizens and persons not yet fluent in English.

AALDEF is currently looking to hire a Voting Rights Organizer who will be responsible for mobilizing Asian American community groups for a non-partisan exit poll of Asian American voters and overseeing volunteers for Election Day poll monitoring for the 2016 Presidential Election.

Here are some more details about the job:

New Music: "Princess Diamond" by Kero Uno feat. Kelsey Bulkin

New single from his forthcoming producer album 'Reflection Eternal.'



At last! Some new music from one of my favorite artists. Los Angeles-based emcee/producer Kero One just dropped his new single "Princess Diamond" featuring guest vocals by Kelsey Bulkin of Made in Heights. The track is from his forthcoming full-length debut producer album Reflection Eternal -- under the name "Kero Uno" -- due out later this year.

Here's a preview of the song:

Jeb Bush on Anchor Babies: "Frankly it's more Asian people."

And this is how a presidential candidate throws Asians under the bus. Wow, that was easy.



It has begun. You may have heard the derogatory term "anchor babies" -- yes, shit is derogatory -- being used in discussions about immigration, particularly from the likes of Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump, et al. who are calling for stricter crack downs on undocumented immigrants who purportedly taking advantage of America's policy of birthright citizenship under the 14th amendment.

Jeb Bush: 'Chill Out' on Criticism of 'Anchor Baby' Term

Criticized for using the term "anchor babies" during a conservative radio interview last week, Florida governor Jeb Bush has doubled down, telling reporters that he does not believe the term is offensive. "Nothing about what I've said should be viewed as derogatory towards immigrants at all," he said Monday in McAllen, Texas. "I think we need to take a step back and chill out a little bit." This is all apparently political correctness run amok.

He clarified further, saying that he used the term "anchor babies" specifically to refer to fraud in a "specific targeted kind of case" involving mothers who travel to the U.S. only to win citizenship for their unborn children.

"Frankly, it's more Asian people."

Got that, folks? In case you were concerned that Jeb Bush was referring to Latinos when talking about "anchor babies" taking advantage of birthright citizenship, don't worry -- he was just talking about Asians.

Dragons in Oakland Chinatown!

Dragon School is a neighborhood youth project to paint 99 golden dragons in Oakland's Chinatown.



Have you heard about the dragons in Oakland? I recently about an awesome community project happening in Oakland Chinatown called Dragon School. Founded by artist Luqman Lin, the project empowers local youth to reclaim their own neighborhood by teaching kids to beautify the walls with 99 golden dragons.

Luqman, who has been doing street art in Oakland and elsewhere for years, came up with the idea to paint 99 dragons in Chinatown to reclaim the community and walls. So he teaches young people how to paint dragons, offering templates and instructional YouTube videos. Like this one:

Fund This: Picture Taipei

A short film about living an authentic life, shot on location in Taiwan.



Here's a crowdfund film project that's worth a look... Picture Taipei is a short film that the tells the story of Aimee, a disillusioned young woman who travels from Los Angeles to Taipei, where the people she encounters change her life. Directed by Jason Poon and starring Aileen Xu, the film was shot on location in Taiwan (not Thailand), and is now raising post-production funds via Kickstarter to finish the film.

Here's a video with some more information about the project, including a teaser:

See Ki Hong Lee run his ass off again in 'The Scorch Trials'

Ki Hong Lee returns as Minho in 'Maze Runner' sequel, in theaters September 18.



Anybody else really really looking forward to seeing our dude Ki Hong Lee in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials next month? In the follow-up to The Maze Runner, based on the popular young adult science fiction books, Ki Hong reprises his role as Minho, one of the titular maze runners. I knew nothing about these books, but I went to go see the first movie just hoping I wouldn't see Ki Hong killed off. He ended up being a pretty cool character.

According to the official synopsis, in The Scorch Trials, the Gladers face "their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD's vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all."

You don't need to know what any of that means. Just know that Ki Hong Lee is pretty badass as Minho.

Here's the trailer:

Missing: 60-year-old David Ku, last seen Friday

Mr. Ku, last seen at his home in Norwalk, CA, suffers from Alzheimer's.



In Southern California, police and loved ones are asking for the public's help in locating a 60-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer's who has been missing since Friday evening.

David Ku left his house in Norwalk on the evening of Friday, August 21 and has not been seen since.

He is Korean, 60 years old, 5'7" and about 170 pounds. He was last ween wearing a polo shirt and khakis. According to his family, Mr. Ku has Alzheimer's and may not respond to his name.

If you see him, or have any information about his whereabouts, please contact Norwalk police at 562-863-8711.

UPDATE: Mr. Ku has been found.

8.23.2015

Read These Blogs



A history lesson for Donald Trump and his supporters: Donald Trump's immigration plan wants to "end birthright citizenship." Erika Lee reminds Trump and his followers of Wong Kim Ark, who in the 1890s took his case to the Supreme Court and safeguarded birthright citizenship for millions.

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Here's what Donald Trump gets wrong about immigration: Karthick Ramakrishnan on what Donald Trump gets wrong about immigration. (Is the answer, 'everything'? We think so.)

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Racist Fears Have Long Driven Attempts To Restrict Birthright Citizenship: From Dred Scott to the Chinese Exclusion Act, America has a dark history of trying to deny citizenship to certain groups.

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On Solidarity, "Centering Anti-Blackness," and Asian Americans: Scot Nakagawa answers how to center anti-Blackness as Asian American allies in racial justice activism.

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For Asian American students, stereotypes help boost achievement: Sociologists Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou's new book, The Asian American Achievement Paradox, explore the ways in which the model minority myth can be advantageous for some Asian Americans in academics.

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Our 'Out And Proud' Asian Parents: On August 6th, the Asian Pride Project, an Asian and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Arts and Advocacy group met with fourteen parents in Chicago...

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For My Father, Resurrecting the Ancient Rituals: When her father passed away, Vanessa Hua's father left no final wishes or instructions on his burial service.

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Why I'm Quitting Amazon - Workers of the World Unite!: After reading the New York Times exposé on exploitative and abusive working conditions for Amazon employees, Ravi Chandra is boycotting Amazon out of solidarity with the company's employees, and making his e-books free on his website.

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unsquishing: unsquishing is a podcast about transformation hosted by Jen Kwok. She talks to artists, wellness practitioners and other creatives about the personal and professional transformations they've gone through in order to do their best work.

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Essay: Ethan Young on the Duty of Documenting One of China’s Darkest Episodes in Nanjing: The Burning City: Ethan Young talks about the creation of his graphic novel Nanjing: The Burning City, which chronicles one of the most devastating episodes of the 20th century.

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Painting Chinatown Gold : With the help of muralist Luqman Lin, a group of youth in Oakland Chinatown has covered their neighborhood with glistening, golden dragons.

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Leo Lee: Serving Our Community For 66 Years, From The Kitchen Of New Toysun To The Aisles Of Discount Plus: The story of Leo Lee, a well-known neighborhood fixture of Ditmas Park, whose Discount Plus store used to house his family's restaurant, New Toysun, in Brooklyn.

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A Gravely Ill Rose Pak on Life, Death, and Her Greatest Regret (the Mayor): Battling kidney failure doesn't stop badass Rose Pak from continuing to fight for the rights of San Francisco's Chinatown residents.

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Sanam: Cultural Appropriation is 'Actually Incredibly F***ing Insulting': An interview with artist and writer Sanam, whose style and social media presence inspired Rihanna to cast her in a music video. Colorlines' Sameer Rao interviews Sanam after a recent announcement that she would be the new beauty contributor for Refinery29.

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Behind The Cult Of Julie Chen: Two decades in network news, 17 seasons as the host of Big Brother, five years on The Talk, and one of Hollywood's most high-profile marriages has turned Chen into the obsession of millions.

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'Mortal Kombat' Turns 20: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Rib-Cracking, Record-Breaking Martial Arts Megahit: An oral history of Mortal Kombat, twenty years after the movie adaptation of the popular video game became an unlikely box office hit.

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An Asian-American Musician's Five-Year Battle to Get His 'Offensive' Band Name Trademarked: A Vice interview with Simon Tam of the Slants, whose ongoing battle to get the band's name legal recognition has taken five years and thousands of dollars.

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South Asian American Comedic Actors Continue to Rise in TV Land: Neelanjana Banerjee has noticed a high visibility of South Asian Americans on television. Does this mean that network execs now understand the importance of diversity and difference?

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Chicago restaurant named to Bon Appetit's list of 10 best in country: It's been a terrific first year for Beverly Kim (of Top Chef 9 fame) and her husband Johnny Clark, who own Parachute restaurant in Chicago.

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Ben Kingsley on absorbing the Sikh culture for 'Learning to Drive': In Learning to Drive, Ben Kingsley plays a Sikh driving instructor. He talks about spending time in Queens and his perhaps unusual working method with co-star Patricia Clarkson.


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8.21.2015

Kollaboration Empower Leadership Conference

Dare to Dream: Saturday, August 29 at the Japanese American National Museum



Known for producing its world-famous Asian American talent show, Kollaboration is a non-profit organization that supports Asian/Pacific Islander Americans who are pursuing their passions in the creative fields.

You are invited to Kollaboration's first-ever leadership conference, EMPOWER, featuring speakers, panels and workshops with leaders and professionals at the top of their game. Attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths, industries, and best practices to apply to making their dreams a reality.

It's happening Saturday, August 29 at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.

Here are some more details about the conference:

Angry Reader of the Week: Sarah Kuhn

"Writer, geek girl, and Hapa heroine. I also cosplayed as Sailor Mars once."



Hello, everyone. It's that time again. I am pleased to introduce another 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 Sarah Kuhn.

Geography Fail: Thailand is not Taiwan

San Jose Mercury News headline claims "Taiwan hunts for shrine bomber."



Journalism geography fail.

On Monday in Thailand, a deadly pipe bomb exploded at the Erawan Shrine, a popular tourist attraction, killing twenty people and injuring more than 100 others. As far as I am aware, absolutely nothing of this nature happened in Taiwan -- an entirely separate and different country -- this past week.

Someone at the San Jose Mercury News apparently doesn't know the different between Taiwan and Thailand. The above headline regarding the bomb blast ran in Wednesday's paper. I think Taiwan would be pretty surprised to learn that it's supposed to be hunting for the shrine bomber.

I'm guessing somebody at the Mercury News got yelled at.

(Thanks, Shirley.)


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