8.31.2014

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Kinda Racist? Try Diet Racism! Do you say sorta racist stuff? Do you think it's only fair that there be a White History Month? Then we've got the soda for you! Enjoy the refreshing taste of Diet Racism. The same sweet ignorance of regular Racism, but with none of the guilt or self awareness.

The Manipulation Factor: An Asian American Take on O'Reilly, Race, and Asian Americans: Recently, Fox News gem Bill O'Reilly announced that white privilege does not exist, citing some racist crap about Asians being model minorities as evidence. Scot Nakagawa dispels O'Reilly's conclusions.

Bill O'Reilly's "Asian privilege" disgrace: The Fox News host needs some basic history lessons: Cherry-picked statistics and more race baiting from the Fox News host, in a condescending "Asian privilege" segment -- Marie Myung-Ok Lee also responds to O'Reilly's racist rant.

The Culture Canard of the Model Minority Myth: how racial gaps in academics aren't due to cultural pathology: "As Asian Americans, I believe we have a personal responsibility to not only refuse to support The Model Minority Myth, but to actively dismantle it at all costs."

Why All Communities of Color Must Demand an End to Police Brutality: In the wake of the unlawful killing of Mike Brown, other communities of color have released statements of solidarity against discriminatory law enforcement practices, as well as an urgency to collectively identify and implement solutions.



How The 'Kung Fu Fighting' Melody Came To Represent Asia: You know that tune. It kicks off "Kung Fu Fighting" and, as NPR's Code Switch says, "it's almost always used to signal that something vaguely is happening or is about to happen." What's the history behind those nine little notes, anyway?

Moving to New York Made Me Asian: "Then I moved to New York City and suddenly, I was Asian." Lisa Bernier talks about moving to New York, silent racism, and saying out loud what everyone else is thinking.

Why I Just Can't Become Chinese: "In this supposed age of a rising China and a declining U.S., we Americans should worry a bit less. No matter how huge China's GDP gets, the U.S. retains a deep, enduring competitive advantage: America makes Chinese Americans. China doesn't make American Chinese."

How Are Different Asian-American Groups Faring Economically? The United States Department of Labor recently published a report with a detailed breakdown of the different economic outcomes that various Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced.

In tech, even Asians are left out at the top: Despite the large number of Asians in American tech companies, there are few at the top of the corporate ladder. Buck Gee wants to change that.



Hello Kitty is not a cat, plus more reveals before her L.A. tour: As anthropologist Christine Yano prepared for an upcoming Hello Kitty exhibit in L.A., she discovered some news that many found shocking: Hello Kitty is not a cat. Also, she's British. Also, she has her own cat.

I was taking pictures of my daughters. A stranger thought I was exploiting them. Every year, when Jeff Gates and his family head to the Jersey shore, he takes a photo of his daughters on the Cape May ferry. This year, the tradition was ruined by an upsetting interaction with a stranger.

I Ghostwrite Chinese Students' Ivy League Admissions Essays: Eunice Park is a black market college admissions essay writer who claims she has written over 350 fraudulent essays for wealthy exchange students.

Kennewick Man 'could have been Asian': New findings about the "Kennewick Man" -- the ancient skeleton found on the bank of the Columbia River in 1996 -- reveal that his skull "most closely resembles Pacific Rim populations such as the Ainu of Japan and Polynesians, reflecting deep roots in coastal Asian groups."

What's Inside: The Science of Sriracha's Fiery Deliciousness: Ever wonder why Sriracha is so delicious? Wired looks into the ingredient science behind your favorite hot sauce.



That Guy in That Commercial: You've seen him before. In every other TV commercial. The Rafu Shimpo profiles Aaron Takahashi, the unofficial "Asian American King of Commercials."

Grace Park Interview: Vancouver actress Grace Park, who's starred in Battlestar Galactica and Hawaii Five-0, chats with The National about celebrity, shyness and her start at the CBC.

An interview with the speculative fiction writer & translator Ken Liu: An interview with speculative fiction writer Ken Liu, author of the award-winning short story "Paper Menagerie" and translator of Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem.

China's 'Great Wall' Takes A Hit At U.S. Heavyweight Boxing: 26-year-old boxer JianJun "Taishan" Dong, also known as the Great Wall in his native China, is taking on the U.S. boxing world.

Jennifer Moon Wins Hammer Museum Award, Plans to Start Revolution: Artist Jennifer Moon, whose work is a multimedia mixture of fantasy and autobiography with a revolutionary bent, recently received the Hammer Museum's 2014 "Made in L.A." Public Recognition Award.

8.29.2014

Awesome Asian Bad Guys at CAAMFest San Jose!

Saturday, September 6 at Camera 3 Cinemas



All right, San Jose. It's your turn. The Awesome Asian Bad Guys are coming to get you! National Film Society's action comedy webseries makes its next stop in the South Bay as part of CAAMFest San Jose 2014. It screens Saturday, September 6 at Camera 3 Cinemas in San Jose.

In Awesome Asian Bad Guys, Stephen Dypiangco and Patrick Epino direct and star as down-and-out filmmakers who must recruit an unlikely team of Asian American heroes -- a motley crew that includes Al Leong, Yuji Okumoto, Tamlyn Tomita, George Cheung and Randall Park -- to take down a ruthless crime lord. The series is an homage to your favorite nameless Asian movie character actors of the 1980s and 90s.

Come join in the fun. Here are some details about the screening:

Angry Reader of the Week: Oliver Ike

"I can no longer eat cheap sushi and have a weird affinity for vending machines."



What is up, my friends? It's that time again. Gather 'round, because 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 Oliver Ike.

Angry Asian America Ep. 8: "What Does Ferguson Mean for Asian Americans?"

With co-host Jenny Yang and special guests Mike Song and Emily C. Chang



All right, folks. It's been a minute, but I'm pleased to share the latest episode of my web talk show Angry Asian American on ISAtv. In episode eight, co-host Jenny Yang and I are joined by our friends dancer/choreographer Mike Song and actor/writer Emily C. Chang. We try to break down the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and why it matters to the Asian American community. Also, Jeremy Lin.

Take a look:

Clara C's Epic Ice Bucket Challenge

Also starring Liam Neeson. Sort of.



I've been challenged. I've declined. I've donated. To each his own. I've pretty much tried to ignore the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that all the kids are doing these days, though I certainly will not discourage anyone from participating. But I just came across this silly little version from singer/songwriter Clara C, and I had to share.

Clara takes the challenge to the next level, getting none other than Liam Neesons in her video. Sort of. I will honestly never be able to watch this scene from Batman Begins the same way again:

74-year-old restaurant owner brutally beaten and robbed

Yong Kim, owner of Mary's Fabulous Chicken and Fish in Ann Arbor, was attacked from behind.



News out of Michigan... This week in Ann Arbor, a 74-year-old restaurant owner was hospitalized and after being brutally beaten and robbed by an unknown assailant outside of his business on Tuesday night.

Wife of Ann Arbor restaurant owner describes attack: 'They just started beating'

Yong Kim, owner of Mary's Fabulous Chicken and Fish, was leaving the restaurant and walking his to his car when someone attacked him from behind, knocking him to the ground and beating him in the head, neck and face. The suspect then took Kim's wallet and ran away.

Kim suffered several large gashes on his head, extensive swelling and bruising on his face and neck. His glasses and dentures were also broken during the attack.

8.28.2014

Coming Soon: Teen dramedy webseries 'Annie Undocumented'

Nikki SooHoo stars as an all-American teen who discovers she's an undocumented immigrant.



Inspired by a true story, Annie Undocumented is a forthcoming dramedy webseries about an all-American teenager whose world is turned upside down when she discovers that she's undocumented immigrant. Starring Nikki SooHoo, directed by Daniel Hsia and produced by Brian Yang, the series is an official selection of the upcoming 2014 New York Television Festival's Independent Pilot Competition.

Watch the trailer:

Arson-murder rap overturned, man set free after 24 years

Judge rules that the 1990 case against Han Tak Lee was based on now-discredited arson science.



Whoa. After spending the last 24 years in prison, convicted for setting the fire that killed his daughter, a man walks free. Last week in Pennsylvania, a federal judge overturned his 1990 murder-arson conviction, ruling that the case against him was based on now-discredited arson science.

Arson-Murder Rap Tossed, Han Tak Lee Set Free After 24 Years In Prison

79-year-old Han Tak Lee was released on bail Friday from the federal courthouse in Harrisburg. Lee was found guilty of purposely setting the 1989 cabin fire that killed his 20-year-old daughter Ji Yun Lee at a religious retreat in the Pocono Mountains. Prosecutor argued that the motive for murder was Ji Yun's severe depression, which had become too difficult for her family to handle.

Lee has consistently maintained his innocence over the last 25 years. Meanwhile, over the past two decades, there has been a revolution in fire science. Mr. Lee's case is one of dozens around the United States to come under scrutiny because of now-debunked beliefs about how arson can be detected.

8.27.2014

Fund This: 'Love, Work, and Other Demons'

Supernatural action comedy starring Akemi Look and George Cheung



Here's a fun-looking film project that is looking for some help... Love, Work and Other Demons is a supernatural action comedy short film, directed by Gorby Mu Fan Shih, about unrequited love, working two full-time jobs -- waiting tables and demon hunting-- and that feeling when life just gets in the way of love.

According to the project's Kickstarter, the film was born out of "late night discussions about what feminism, Asian culture, and a turtle monster should look like on the screen." Akemi Look plays asskicking tomboy hero Joanna, who must navigates heels and lipstick, all while battling actual demons.

Here's a video that gives you an idea of what they're going for:

Daniel Dae Kim to produce adaptation of 'Good Doctor'

'Hawaii Five-0' star's production company will adapt hit Korean medical drama for CBS.



It seems that Daniel Dae Kim is a fan of Korean dramas. Well, at least one in particular. The Hawaii Five-0 star has partnered with CBS to produce an adaptation of the hit South Korean medical drama Good Doctor.

Daniel Dae Kim To Produce Adaptation Of Korean Medical Drama 'Good Doctor' For CBS

According to Deadline, the show is about a brilliant doctor Aspergers who uses his special gift for solving complex cases at a Boston teaching hospital. The project, written by Adele Lim, is part of the development deal DDK's production company 3AD struck with CBS Television Studios last year.

The Return of Action Movie Kid

DreamWorks animator dad uses special effects to turn his kid into an action hero.



He's back! It's the return of Action Movie Kid! Daniel Hashimoto likes to record videos of his 3-year-old son James doing everyday, average kid stuff. But when dad is an animator for DreamWorks, those everyday, average videos get super-powered, and little James becomes Action Movie Kid!

Using the power of Adobe After Effects, Daniel makes awesome videos of James in a variety of epic situations, from lightsaber shenanigans to cliffhanging shenanigans. After posting them to YouTube under the channel Action Movie Kid, young James' adventures became a big hit. Now he's back for a season two of sorts.

AMK Volume 2 is a compilation of all the latest adventures. Take a look:

This Ferguson business owner is tired of Darren Wilson supporters and their bullshit

"I am speaking English, do you understand that? You stupid jackass!"



Things have taken weird turns in Ferguson, Missouri, where weeks of community unrest over the fatal police shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown have given way to tensions between protestors and supporters of Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed Brown. Today, we tip our hat to one local business owner, who interrupted a TV interview to tell Wilson supporters to get the hell out.

8.26.2014

CAAMFest San Jose, September 4-7

Presented by the Center For Asian American Media



Bay Area! South Bay film fans, specifically. This one's for you. The Center for Asian American Media proudly presents the return of CAAMFest San Jose, a four-day festival of film premieres, conversations with media makers and parties. It's happening September 4-7 at Camera 3 Cinema in downtown San Jose.

CAAMFest San Jose kicks off with a special screening of Rea Tajiri's Yuri Kochiyama: Passion For Justice, commemorating the life and legacy of Yuri Kochiyama. Screenings and events, including the Opening Night screening of Geeta and Ravi Patel's Meet the Patels, continue throughout the rest of the weekend.

Here this year's CAAMFest San Jose PSA:

Hey Minnesota! Are you Southeast Asian? Take this survey.

Research study on early childhood education in Southeast Asian communities.



This is for all my people in Minnesota... The state's Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans is looking for folks to participate in a research study on Early Childhood Education among Southeast Asian families in Minnesota, including the Cambodian/Khmer, Hmong, Karen, Lao, and Vietnamese communities. Take the online survey, and you'll help CAPM inform valuable research and funding for the Southeast Asian community.

Here are some more details on who's eligible to take the survey:

Watch John Cho in the full first episode of 'Selfie'

New ABC comedy premieres September 30



The upcoming ABC comedy Selfie, starring John Cho and Karen Gillan, is a contemporary re-imagining of My Fair Lady. The show is definitely noteworthy, among other reasons, because it features an Asian American leading man, front and center, in the Henry Higgins role. When's the last time you saw that? Pretty much never.

Selfie follows Eliza Dooley, who has 263,000 followers hanging on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But one lonely day she has a revelation: being friended is not the same as having actual friends. She asks marketing guru Henry to 'rebrand' her self-obsessed reputation and teach her how to connect with people in the real world.

The show doesn't premiere until next month, but you can the watch first episode in its entirety right now:

True Detective's Cary Fukunaga wins Emmy for Best Director

And the internet discovers its newest man-braided crush.



Well, the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards were presented on Monday night, and somewhere in between Sofia Vergara being summarily objectified and Breaking Bad winning, it was the usual mostly white affair.

But big congratulations to Cary Joji Fukunaga, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series for his work on HBO's True Detective. If you've seen the show, you have to admit it's one hell of an accomplishment, considering that Fukunaga directed all eight episodes of the acclaimed cable crime drama's first season. It's basically an eight-hour-long movie.

Mr. Fukunaga also instantly earned himself a legion of fans during the Emmy broadcast, with Twitter users collectively swooning and fanning themselves over his suddenly-realized panty-exploding hotness. With the help of those party-in-the-back man-braids, the red-hot filmmaker cleaned up quite nicely.

Here's the moment everyone realized Cary Joji Fukunaga is hot:

8.25.2014

40th Anniversary of Lau vs. Nichols Decision

National Conference on the Rights of Linguistic Minorities, September 12



If you're in San Francisco, scholars and educators will be gathering for a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lau vs. Nichols, a ruling that recognized the rights of linguistic minorities in public education. The conference will revisit the case and examine its impact on linguistic minorities and disabled Americans in education and other areas of public service. It's happening Friday, September 12 at the Chinatown Campus of City College of San Francisco.

Here are some more details:

Job Opportunity: Policy Director, SAALT

SAALT seeks an experienced policy professional with a background in immigrant or civil rights.

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) is a national nonpartisan non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate the voices and perspectives of South Asian individuals and organizations to build a more just and inclusive society in the United States. They recently announced a job opening for a Policy Director.

The Policy Director, based in SAALT's office in Takoma Park, Maryland, will develop, direct, and implement SAALT's legislative, administrative, and public policy agenda and activities.

Here are some more details about the position:

Music Video: DANakaDAN wonders "Is There Anybody Out There?"

From the album 'Stuntman,' inspired by his Korean American adoption story



Just wanted to make sure I shared this latest music video from my friend Dan Matthews, aka DANakaDAN: "Is There Anybody Out There" featuring Clara C. The track, from his album Stuntman, is inspired by Dan's personal journey as a Korean American adoptee, searching to find a connection with his birth family.

Check it out:

Man arrested after breaking into home, leaving behind wallet

Jonathan Phan broke in, took off his clothes, and got into a bed with a sleeping woman.



Catching up on news of the criminally creepy and sleepy... In Santa Ana, California, a man was arrested after breaking into a home, taking off his clothes and climbing into bed with a sleeping woman. He ran off, but was eventually arrested because he left behind his driver's license, among other important items. Oops.

Suspected burglar arrested after being found in woman's bed

29-year-old Jonathan Phan allegedly broke into the residence last month by climbing through a window, then removed his clothes, and fell asleep at the foot of a woman's bed. When the woman woke up and saw him, she screamed, prompting Phan to get the hell out of there by jumping out of the window.

In the commotion, Phan forgot to gather his belongings, including his pants, cellphone and wallet -- which contained his identification. That made things kind of easy for police.

'Origin Story' explores Kulap Vilaysack's tangled family tree

Feature documentary follows her quest to meet the father she never knew.



Kulap Vilaysack is an actor/writer/comedian who you might know from her popular podcast "Who Charted?" (She was also on this hilarious Message to the Producers of Hawaii Five-0.) I'm a fan.

Kulap is peeling back the layers of her personal story and directing her first feature documentary, Origin Story, exploring her tangled family tree to find out who she is. She describes is as "a feature-length, international quest with stops in Los Angeles, Minnesota, and Laos to meet the biological father I never knew."

She's currently in the middle of a crowdfunding campaign to finish the film, and asking for help via Indiegogo. Here's the official trailer:

Roy Choi is opening a healthy fast food chain

Hopes Loco'l will compete with the likes of McDonald's and Burger King



You cannot stop this guy. The Roy Choi empire continues to grow, and now he's taking aim at fast food. The chef/restaurateur who jumpstarted the food truck movement recently announced that he's working on a fast food chain concept aimed at offering low-income communities nourishing, healthy food.

Roy Choi, SF's Daniel Patterson Opening Fast Food Spot

This week at Copenhagen's MAD Symposium, Choi announced that he's partnering with Bay Area chef Daniel Patterson to create a new fast food concept called loco'l, meant to go toe-to-toe with the likes of McDonald's and Burger King, offering communities healthy choices while keeping prices competitive.

Racist attack on Australian train passenger caught on video

Asian woman verbally abused with racist and sexual slurs



I don't know what it is about Australia and racist shit happening on public transportation, but here's another recent incident caught on video, in which an Asian woman is verbally abused with racist and sexual slurs.

Vicious racist attack caught on camera

The incident happened last week on a train in Perth, where an Asian woman was taunted by another woman who got in her face and verbally assaulted her with a tirade of slurs for apparently no reason at all.

Newspaper employee fired for "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo"

Philadelphia Public Record issues apology for printing racial slurs



In case you missed it, last week's edition of the Philadelphia Public Record ran a photo of Asian American community members with a caption that included racist made-up names, including "Chinky Winky" and "Dinky Doo." The paper has since issued an apology, and the editor responsible for the slurs has been fired.

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