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2.19.2010

angry reader of the week: leanne koh



All right, friends. It's time for 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 reader is San Francisco's very own Leanne Koh.

Who are you?
I am Leanne Koh. City girl. Left-handed.

What are you?
I'm 2nd generation Chinese American. A daughter, sister, friend, Christian, public transit rider, volunteer, concert-goer, movie freak, music lover who will not give up her CD player for an IPod or MP3 player.

Where are you?
I'm all around the city. Right now I'm at my part-time job at a hospital, but usually I'm either at school, doing something for the film festival, or trying to track down the SF food carts.

Where are you from?
I am born and raised in San Francisco. If you really want to know, my parents are from Malaysia.

What do you do?
I'm a full time student trying to get into nursing school in the Bay Area. (I know, impossible) I'm also an intern and a volunteer for the 28th Annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival presented by the CAAM. Trying to spread the word about the festival and showcase films that Hollywood is missing out on and will probably remake as their own in later years. I'm also one of those people that gets excited every time an Asian face pops up on the big screen.

When I'm not doing those things I'm usually looking for a good place to eat, right now I'm really in to ramen. Any suggestions?

My name is @leannekoh and I'm addicted to Twitter, can't remember what I did without it.

What are you all about?
Ever since taking Asian American Studies courses at San Francisco State University it has opened my eyes to a different, yet real way of looking at mainstream media. I've come to appreciate what the Asian American community has to offer, which is why I love helping out artists from all mediums spread the word about their music, films, and art. I also enjoy attending and/or volunteering at events within the community. I also helped a former professor with The Oak Park Story which will be playing at SFIAAFF.

Right now I'm watching American Idol and rooting for Andrew Garcia and John Park!

What makes you angry?
In no particular order, just as they come to mind.

1. The word "Oriental" when referring to people of Asian descent.
2. When people assume that I speak or read Chinese, then look at me with shame when they find out I don't.
3. The rise in public transit (MUNI) costs, but a decrease in the amount of buses.
4. Using "Ni hao ma?" as a pick up line. Disgusting, it doesn't work.
5. Under-representation of Asian Americans in mainstream media
6. People who ask for directions, but will start to leave before you're done giving them.
7. People who don't care about recycling or composting.
8. Prop 8.
9. People who say "mines" when they really mean "mine."