9.30.2012

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Wearing Asian American Culture On Our (Short-) Sleeves: 20 years ago, Ryan Suda started a Hawaiian-inspired surfwear company called Blacklava. Then he took an Asian American Studies class, and was inspired to make t-shirts with a message. Happy 20th anniversary, Ryan.

I'm An Asian Woman And I Think Blog Posts Defining That Identity By Who Someone Like Me Would Or Wouldn't Date Are Bullshit: "The idea that you have to be racist to throw off sexual oppression or sexist to throw off racial oppression -- but that you can't fight both at the same time -- is a very old and very stupid one propagated by -- you guessed it! -- racists and sexists."

Why the RadioLab interview went wrong: The public radio podcast show RadioLab is getting significant pushback for its awful, insensitive mishandling of an interview with Hmong veteran Eng Yang.

A Mockumentary Nets Real Players: Grace Lee's new film Janeane From Des Moines, which stars Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum -- unbeknownst to them -- sounds like an incredible, provocative feat of filmmaking.

Japanese gardener one of the last of a disappearing breed: Tadashi Hamada has been a gardener for 50 years and has seen things change. The younger generations have moved into other fields, but that too is the natural order, he feels.



'Angry Little Girls' Goes Hollywood: Lela Lee's awesome comic strip is now going animated, thanks to MNET.

Yul Kwon Reveals: Asian America's renaissance man on facing fears, career and leadership Good lookin', smart, and downright cool guy Yul Kwon on how he overcame psychological disorders and bullying that marred most of his childhood.

'Choke Artist' On Lowering Expectations: David Yoo's new memoir, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever, is the story of his life as a failed perfect child.

The cave of a bakery where stellar croissants come from: The Los Angeles Times profiles Na Young Ma, chef and owner of Proof Bakery in Atwater Village, who is developing a reputation as one of the area's best bakers.



Hawaii Five-0 Postmortem: Daniel Dae Kim on Chin Ho's Tough Choice and His Search for Peace: TV Guide talks to Daniel Dae Kim about the shocking turn of events for his character in this season's Hawaii Five-0 premiere.

My Dad: The Non-Voter: For decades, Alice Wong's dad was an avid non-voter. What did it take to get him to register? When his daughter's disability benefits were affected by changes in her state's Medicaid program.

Remembering Janet Liang: Pahole Sookkasikon remembers the late Janet Liang, whose battle for a blood marrow match launched widespread awareness for her cause.

Yellowface, Blue Hairs, and the Challenge to Broaden Broadway: In the wake of The Nightingale controversy and just about every other racist musical, Howard Ho suggests we write more of our own stories.

How the Rules of Racism are Different for Asian Americans: Matthew Salesses reflects upon the moment he realized he was not white, and explores the ways in which racism against Asians Americans is nearly invisible in our culture.



US-China relations as seen through Businessweek covers from the past six months: Businessweek's latest cover story is the third time in six months that the magazine has devoted a not-so-subtle cover to U.S.-China relations.

Zadig + Voltaire's New Hotel Is Not Open To 'Chinese Tourists': Zadig + Voltaire's new high-end Paris hotel is going to super-exclusive, open to select guests and most certainly "won't be open to Chinese tourists."

From The Shock Of 'Too Asian' To Thoughtful Dialogue: Too Asian?: Racism, Privilege, and Post-Secondary Education is a collection of essays that grew out of the dialogue and frustration related to the 2010 Maclean's magazine's feature, "Too Asian?" in which the article questioned putting a cap on Asian enrollment in Canadian universities.

Why Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Is a Hit With Listeners Who've Never Heard of K-pop: Another stab at explaining why Psy's tune became such a hit.

8 Things More Offensive Than Victoria's Secret's Sexy Little Geisha: This writer didn't have a huge issue with Victoria's Secret's Sexy Little Geisha lingerie... but here are eight things that did get her panties in a bunch.