10.31.2014

Angry Reader of the Week: Emily Wu Truong

"We can't enjoy the highs without the lows, right?"



Hey, everybody! Happy Halloween. Put the candy aside for a second, 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 Emily Wu Truong.

Man and Dog as Groot and Rocket Raccoon

From the guy who brought you "Asian Jon Snow"



I've received some incredible submissions for the annual Halloween costume roundup. Keep 'em coming! I just wanted to highlight this awesome submission from a reader named Robert -- you might remember from last year as "Asian Jon Snow" -- who takes Halloween pretty darn seriously. Here he is as Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy, plus his trusty dog Dubu as the one and only Rocket Raccoon. Freaking awesome.

More photos:

Atlanta restaurant employee fired for using racial slur

Hostess at Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q was overheard chanting "ching chong" before seating Asian American diners.


Would you care for some racial slurs with your meal? In Atlanta, a hostess at a popular barbecue restaurant has been fired for singing "ching chong ching chong" just before seating a group of Asian American diners.

Atlanta's Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q Fires Employee for Using Racial Slurs

During a recent visit to Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q, one of the most popular restaurants in Atlanta, writer Steph Cha says she overheard the hostess walking behind her table while chanting "ching chong ching chong" with a sing-song voice, in the manner that one might chant "ding dong dong dong." Cha took to Yelp to air her complaint about the incident.

10.30.2014

Angry Asian America Ep. 10: "Disney Announces 1st Pacific Islander Princess?!"

With co-host Jenny Yang and special guests Naomi Ko and Anna Akana



Hey, internet video watchers. We are still doing this YouTube thing. Here's the latest episode of Angry Asian America, our talk show on ISAtv. In episode ten, co-host Jenny Yang and I are joined by special guests Naomi Ko and Anna Akana. Special guest appearance by my facial hair. We talk about San Francisco's worst tour guide, Marvel's new spider-hero and Disney's upcoming Polynesian princess.

Things also get waaaaaay awkward near the end. Check it out:

Fund This: 'Spa Night' - A Korean American Film about coming out

A closeted teenager follows his desires and finds more than he bargains for at the Korean spa.



Here's a cool feature film project that's asking for some crowdfunding support... Writer/director Andrew Ahn's Spa Night is a indie coming-of-age drama about a closeted Korean American teenager who follows his desires and finds more than he bargains for at the Korean spa. The film's Kickstarter campaign is winding down and they're making a final push for help from the community to make it happen.

Here's a video of Andrew explaining a little background on the film:

Show off your cool Halloween costume photos!

Send in your photos to be included in our annual costume gallery.



So... what costume will you be rocking this Halloween? In what has become something of a tradition, over the last few years I've been putting the call out to you, the good readers of this blog, to submit photos of your totally awesome, non-asshole, culturally-appropriate Halloween costumes. It's always a big hit, so we're doing it again. Email your photos to angryasianman@angryasianman.com and we'll put up a gallery of the best ones.

For example, in the photo above, under all that cardboard, we have young man named Ronin kicking some serious Halloween butt with his sweet Constructicon costume, which won the top prize in his first grade costume contest. Awww yeah. More than meets the eye. Here are a few more costumes to get us started...

Man found guilty in shooting deaths of two USC students



This week in Los Angeles, a man was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 shooting deaths of two Chinese graduate students during a robbery near the University of Southern California.

Man Convicted in Shooting Deaths of 2 USC Students

22-year-old Javier Bolden was found guilty in the April 2012 shooting of Ming Qu and Ying Wu, engineering students from China, who were "ambushed" and killed while sitting in a parked car near campus.

Bolden was charged with two counts of murder and special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the commission of a robbery in the deaths. An accomplice, Bryan Barnes, pleaded guilty in February to first-degree murder charges, and was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

During the six-day trial, some of the most damning evidence was recorded phone conversation between Bolden and Barnes, who discussed the time they "ran up on them little Asian people."

10.29.2014

Yes! You can make music out of sushi, plants and McNuggets.

Spazzkid uses the Makey Makey to play "Lovers" on some really random objects.



Whoa. Did you know that you can make music out of sushi? Out of houseplants? Out of cats? Out of a plastic ass? Check out this dope video of our friend Mark Redito, aka Spazzkid, using a device called the Makey Makey to create a rendition of his track "Lovers" from some really random objects:

Grandfather accused of abuse in Seattle murder-suicide

11-year-old victim blogged about alleged abuse just hours before fatal shooting.



This is a horrifying story out of Seattle... In Ranier Beach, a 78-year-old man accused of sexual abuse fatally shot his adult daughter and 11-year-old granddaughter before turning the gun on himself.

Child's blog details abuse from suspected shooter in 'horrific' murder-suicide

39-year-old Christine Dela Isla and her daughter Anahlia Cowherd were shot and killed by Honorario Yango in their home Monday night after he was confronted about allegedly sexually abusing the 11-year-old girl. His 10-year-old grandson managed to run out of the house and call 911.

Anahlia had apparently been reaching out for help and complaining about her grandfather's abuse on her blog for some time. Her final entry was posted just hours before her death.

Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited

New book tells the amazing story of "Twinsters" Anaïs Bordier and Samantha Futerman



Imagine one day opening Facebook and reading a message from a stranger that says, "I think we might be twins... don't freak out..." This is the amazing true story of Anaïs Bordier and Samantha Futerman, identical twin sisters who were born in South Korea, separated at birth, raised on different continents, but re-connected and reunited twenty-five years later through the power of the internet.

It's an incredible, heartfelt story we've been following her for a while, and now the "Twinsters" are telling their tale in a new book, Separated @ Birth: A True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited.

Samantha and Anaïs were back on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday to talk about the new book and their amazing international separated-at-birth story. Check it out:

'Marco Polo' is the Original White-Guy-in-The-Orient Adventure

Netflix's upcoming original series features lots of swords and gongs and sexy Asians on silk sheets.



Netflix's latest venture into original programming is Marco Polo, an epic, big-budget sex-and-violence adventure series based on the exploits of the famed explorer, who traveled down the Silk Road from Italy to China in the 13th century. Uh oh. It's the original white-guy-in-Asia adventure. The first trailer for the series has dropped, and it is indeed an eye-rolling affair:

Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?

A handy flowchart. Though honestly, if you have to ask if it's racist, it probably is.



This graphic is a couple of years old, but it's making the rounds again, and with Halloween upon us again, it's worth revisiting... Are you deciding on a costume to wear for Halloween? Putting the final touches on your spooky ensemble? But wait, maybe you're wondering if your costume is racist. This handy flowchart from College Humor will tell you what's up: Is Your Halloween Costume Racist?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Sponsored Post by Cathy Phan



October is Breast Cancer Prevention Month and, at the HOPE Clinic in Houston, this month is especially meaningful, because our recent $1.5 million grant from the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) allows us to provide cancer screenings and preventative care to thousands of low-income and medically underserved individuals in the Greater Houston area.

10.28.2014

Far East Movement returns to their roots with 'K-Town Riot' EP

Globetrotting electro-rap group's new mini-album is dedicated to their Koreatown community.



It's been a minute, but Far East Movement is back. The Los Angeles electro-rap group has dropped its latest record K-Town Riot EP. And it kicks some ass. Definitely a harder sound than they're typically known for. Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif and DJ Virman have dedicated this six-track mini-album to the city and community that made them who they are. According to FM, "We're proud to see how the community has grown and inspires us to grow as artists and people."

New York Times video series highlights funny artists of color

'Off-Color' features Hari Kondabolu, Kristina Wong, Issa Rae and Lalo Alcaraz.



The New York Times has launched a really cool four-part video series called Off-Color which highlights artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today. The series features Hari Kondabolu, Kristina Wong, Issa Rae and Lalo Alcaraz. (I had the honor of being interviewed for Kristina's video.)

Check them out:

10.27.2014

10th Annual Asian American Women in Leadership Conference

Presented by ASPIRE, November 1 at Simmons College



ASPIRE (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence) is holding its 10th annual Asian American Women in Leadership Conference on November 1 in Boston. This year's theme is "Making It Count," a reflection on the ability to create change in workplace, school, and community. This year's keynote speaker will be Kelly Zen Yie-Tsai, who will be delivering her speech in spoken word form. Here's more information:

This is not a good way to respond to a negative Yelp review.

Bac Nguyen, owner of Ninja City Kitchen and Bar, tracked down and sent threatening messages to a customer.



Asians behaving badly... awful restaurant owner edition! From time to time, whether it's fair or not, even the best restaurants get hit with negative Yelp reviews. As a restaurant owner, what you probably shouldn't do is track down the reviewer, insult him and his friends, and threaten him with violence. But that's exactly what one Cleveland restaurateur did, and now he's being slammed with calls to boycott his restaurant.

Restaurant Owner Hunts Down Negative Yelp Reviewer

Last month in Cleveland, Ruchu Tan and a group of friends went out to dinner at Ninja City Kitchen and Bar, an Asian-fusion eatery located in University Circle. His meal was less than satisfactory, which he expressed in a critical one-star review posted to Yelp. All right then. But this did not sit well with owner Bac Nguyen.

Nguyen, who apparently did not know Tan, tracked him down on Facebook and sent him a multitude of intimidating messages, including threats of violence, personal attacks, allegations of promiscuity, and racist and sexist slurs against his friends and girlfriend. Tan posted the exchange:

Are you Asian American? Drink alcohol? Science needs you.

UCLA Addictions Lab seeks Asian American participants for a research study on alcohol use.


Remember that alcohol research study I posted a few months back? They were looking for Asians Americans who drink alcohol to participate in a study -- all in the name of scientific research! I'm told it was a big hit and they got a huge response. So good for you, Asians, for getting your alcohol on. Oh, they're recruiting again.

The Addictions Research Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at UCLA is looking for Asian Americans who drink alcohol to take part in a study investigating a medication for alcohol use. You'll be compensated up to $446 for your participation, which will involve, among other things, providing a DNA sample, completing questionnaires... and consumption of alcohol. Sort of.

Read on for details:

10.26.2014

Read These Blogs



SF tour guide: Racist rant was 'satirical comedic portion': The San Francisco tour guide behind the racist tour bus rant that got caught on video now claims that her off-color tirade was "a joke that went terribly wrong."

Dialogue, Identity and 'How Do You Pronounce That?' "My name is not a stumbling block, but an opportunity for dialogue and a chance to affirm my identity. It is a small but vital step as I continue to grapple with the question of what it means to be a South Asian American today."

Rinku Sen and Jeff Chang Discuss His Latest, 'Who We Be': Jeff Chang's Who We Be: The Colorization of America is a history of racialized culture clashes of the last 50 years. Jeff sits down with Colorlines' Rinku Sen to talk about the book, why he's obsessed with culture, and how he writes.

"It Wasn't Written for Me": A Conversation About Asian Americans and the Media: Writers Sarah Jeong and Nicole Callahan share an e-mail conversation on the challenges of writing about Asian Americans.

Mark Zuckerberg: the Next Great Chinese Rapper? : "Mark Zuckerberg's ability to communicate with a foreign people in their own language should not be seen as a remarkable feat deserving of praise, but should instead become as a basic expectation for American citizens in order to build the strongest possible American future: that all Americans should strive for the aptitude and the openness to engage other nations on their own terms, the way that other nations have so unquestioningly and for so many years engaged America on her terms."



For a Nisei sisterhood, it's yesterday once more: In 1949, seven young Japanese American girls found refuge from exclusion and racism, forming a social club called the Atomettes. 65 years later, they're still friends.

This backcountry cook you've never heard of is a legend at Yosemite National Park: When Yenyen Chan took a job as a park ranger at Yosemite, she knew little about the park's immigrant past. So, she went digging and learned about the critical role Chinese workers played in shaping the national park.

Japanese-Americans recall baseball glory during internment camp years: The Nisei Baseball Research Project, which uses baseball to help bring awareness and educate the public about the Japanese American internment camps, recently commemorated a 70-year-old baseball series they played during one of the saddest chapters of America's history.

Le Minh Thai, Vietnam war photographer, dies in US: Le Minh Thai, a photojournalist who covered the Vietnam War for The Associated Press and Time Life, died on October 10. He was 93.



Before We Embrace Gwen Stefani's Comeback, She Owes Us An Apology: Gwen Stefani's making a comeback, but some of us haven't forgotten how she paraded racist stereotypes for her first solo album.

The Bamboo Ceiling in the Tech Sector Is a Story About Race: Recent reports indicate a lack of racial and gender diversity at major tech companies, rekindling a discussion about the 'bamboo ceiling.'

A Domestic Violence Lawyer With a Big Idea: Meet Tia Katrina Taruc Canlas, a novice domestic violence lawyer with a plan: to bring civil suits against domestic abusers, not just criminal ones.

Get-out-the-vote, LA style: Phone bank operators work in 17 Asian languages: A look into Asian Americans Advancing Justice's phone banking campaign, made possibly by volunteers who speak at least one of the myriad languages spoken in Los Angeles.



24 Hours With A Comic Con Character: Dressing up in crazy costumes, traveling the world, posing for photos -- and getting paid to do it. Welcome to the life of a professional cosplay character, what 31-year-old Linda Le, popularly known as "Vampy," does for a living.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Trailer Investigation - Who's THAT Girl? Sharp-eyed fans caught a glimpse of Korean actress Kim Soo-hyun in the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Who is she playing?

Two Teenage Girls Have Invented the Most Powerful Video Game of the Year: 17-year-old Sophie Houser and 16-year-old Andy Gonzales created a video game called Tampon Run, in which a character throws tampons at people... but also teaches girls to be comfortable with their bodies.

Hope and Connection in Unexpected Places: Michael Cho Talks 'Shoplifter': Michael Cho's first graphic novel Shoplifter explores consumer culture, isolated life in the big city, and young adult growing pains.

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