2012 cpc walkathon & family day fair, july 22

Chinatown, NYC! Walk through Columbus Park for a cause. The Chinese American Planning Council is holding its biennial Walkathon and Family Day Fair on Sunday, July 22. The theme is "One Community. One Goal. Walk For Our Future," and will be focusing on healthy lifestyles and fundraising for various social service programs, Here's more info:

job opportunity: part-time program director, project motivate

If you or someone you know is interested in working with a youth mentorship program in Orange County...

Project MotiVATe, based in Garden Grove, CA, is a nonprofit organization that mentors Vietnamese American teens for personal success by developing their academic, social and cultural skills.

They're currently looking for a part-time program director, and have put the call out. Here are some more details about the position:

music video: "heartstrings" by mitchell grey

Catching up on a bunch of the music that recently come my way... Here's the music video for "Heartstrings" by New York-based alternative R&B/indie pop band Mitchell Grey, from their debut full-length album On the Stellar Way. I'm really digging this song. Check it out:

badass little wrestler wins state title

This little badass is Luke Villaluz, a second-grader with the Norwalk Mad Bulls wrestling program who recently won the Connecticut Cup Freestyle Championship: Young Norwalk Wrestler Adds Another State Title.

angry reader of the week: mina t. son

You know what time it is. 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 filmmaker Mina T. Son.

so about green lantern's gay asian boyfriend...

Well, I definitely saw this one coming. Remember the news that DC Comics was re-introducing Alan Scott, aka Earth 2's Green Lantern, as gay? In the New 52 continuity, the character is not only gay, he's in a relationship with an Asian man named Sam. However, their happiness doesn't last long. Spoilers ahead:

amazing portrait created with a single piece of string

This is incredible. This stunning portrait, by New York-based artist Yumi Yamashita, was made from a wooden white panel, thousands of nails, and a single piece of thread. Whaaaaaat. It's part of a larger project called Constellation. Here's a closer look:

veteran basketball coach yutaka shimizu dies at 84

Just learned about the recent passing of Yutaka Shimizu, the longtime Los Angeles high school basketball coach who was described as a "quiet institution," with a coaching career that spanned over fifty years. He was 84: Yutaka Shimizu dies at 84; longtime L.A. high school basketball coach.


why god, why? pk's birthday bash comedy show, july 1

Check it out. If you're in Southern California, and looking for something fun to do on Sunday night, my buddy PK is celebrating his birthday with a big comedy show. He'll be taping his performance as part of a documentary he's been working on, and he'll be joined by friends Ian Edwards, Walter Hong, George Wang and the Fung Brothers. It's happening on July 1 at the Pasadena Icehouse. Here are some more details about the show:

register for the white house initiative on asian americans and pacific islanders midwest regional action summit

Midwest! This one's for you, from the White House.

The White Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders invite you to the Midwest Regional Action Summit, a day of open dialogue where you can engage directly with Obama Administration Officials and learn how they are working to meet the needs of the AAPI community.

It's happening Friday, July 13 at Ohio State University's Meiling Hall. Here are some more details about the event:

new music: "loves gonna getcha" by dumbfoundead x dynamic duo x kero one

Some new music for you... Here's what happens when the Bay Area's Kero One, Korea's Dynamic Duo and L.A.'s own Dumbfoundead get together in Los Angeles and join forces in the studio: "Loves Gonna Getcha." There drop some Korean language up in there, but don't worry, it's subtitled:

former county emloyees accused of stealing from the dead

Asians behaving badly... stealing-from-the-dead edition! Last week in San Mateo, California, two county workers were arrested for stealing thousands of dollars in cash and other valuables from the estates of dead residents: Former county workers allegedly stole from dead.

Former deputy public administratros Mandy Natchi Yagi and Peter Wong are charged with conspiracy to commit theft from a federally funded program and theft concerning a federally funded program.

They were responsible for administering the assets of residents who die without a will or person willing to act as the estate administrator. They apparently decided the best way to "administer" these assets was to steal them:

fund this: geographies of kinship by deann borshay liem

Just heard about Geographies of Kinship, the new project from award-winning documentary filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem. She's already made two films about Korean adoption, based on her own experiences, but this time she's exploring the stories of Korean adoptees from around the world.

But of course, in order to get the film made, she needs some cash, so she's started a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. Here's a video with more information:

ann curry's tearful goodbye to the today show

"I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line. But man, I did try."

After a great deal of rumors and speculation about her future on the Today show, Ann Curry tearfully told viewers that she would be stepping down, after serving only a little more than a year as co-host: Ann Curry breaks down in tears while telling viewers she will leave 'Today' show.

hikakin x nonstop beatbox/dance collaboration

This is awesome. In this video, Japanese beatboxer Hikakin joins forces with dancer Marquese Scott, aka Nonstop (maybe you've seen him dancing his ass off in that "Pumped Up Kicks" dubstep video gone viral), to create something totally badass, beautiful, and little bit life-changing. Take a look:

not so fast, 80-20: asian americans and race-conscious admissions policies

This week, in anticipation of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education and National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education released policy papers examining Asian American support for race-conscious admissions policies.

Both papers cite multiple surveys of Asian Americans that consistently demonstrate that a majority of Asian Americans oppose abolishing race-conscious admissions policies: The Majority of Asian Americans Support Race-Conscious Admissions Policies.

More importantly, the papers call bullshit on the political action group 80-20 National Education Foundation, who recently filed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court claiming that Asian Americans oppose affirmative action by a ratio of 52:1, based on the results of a bullshit web survey. Yes, I said bullshit twice. From AALDEF's press release:


kristina wong in going green the wong way, june 28 - july 22

Los Angeles! Have a laugh the eco-conscious way. Our friend Kristina Wong's Going Green the Wong Way opens on June 28 and weaves comedy with Wong's real-life quest to pursue sustainable living. The show runs through July 22 at the Bootleg Theater:

justice for hit-and-run victim sho funai

I recently learned about the death of Sho Funai, a 23-year-old engineer who was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Ocean Beach, San Diego back in March. His family is asking for justice.

The driver, 19-year-old Nikolette Gallo (who was 18 at the time of the accident), struck Sho from behind, left him to die, and only turned herself into police the next day, after seeing news reports about the accident.

Despite admitting to drinking several shots of vodka and smoking marijuana before getting in a car that evening, without sufficient evidence of driving under the influence, Gallo was only charged with a hit-and-run. She pled guilty earlier this month.

Gallo is scheduled to be sentenced on July 26. The judge is apparently "considering probation and some sort of custody or alternatives to custody at the time of sentencing." However, Sho Funai's loved ones are calling for a harsher sentence:

music video: "fish" by clara c

Good stuff! Check out singer/songwriter Clara C's brand new music video for "Fish," the first single from her upcoming sophomore album, due out in September. Another great tune, with some cool special effects and a guest appearance from none other than Harry Shum Jr. Take a look:

grace meng is poised to become new york city's first asian american member of congress

But wait! There's more from the world of New York Democratic Primaries... On Tuesday, State Assemblywoman Grace Meng resoundingly won a four-way race to clinch the Democratic nomination for New York's sixth congressional district: Meng Looks To Make History After Primary Win.

Meng defeated fellow Assemblymember Rory Lancman, City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley and Robert Mittman with 51 percent of the vote. In November, she'll face Republican the Republican nominee, Councilman Daniel J. Halloran III, in the race to replace Rep. Gary Ackerman, who is retiring.

If elected, Grace Meng will become New York City's first Asian American member of Congress. And everybody realizes what a friggin' big deal that would be:

national film society x angry asian man: top 5 bruce lee movies

In the latest video from National Film Society, I was invited by Patrick and Steven to present my list of the Top 5 Bruce Lee Movies (Yes, I realize there are really only five to choose from.) This was a lot of fun. Take a look:

wtf wednesday: vincent chin edition

The week in WTF, according to Cara, Angry Intern.

For this week's roundup of WTF, let's talk about Vincent Chin.

Last Saturday commemorated the 30th anniversary of his tragic death, and what does one of his killers have to say today? Yeah, he regrets the whole murdering someone ever happened, but he's "hanging in there."

Also? He spends his retirement watching America's Got Talent. Thanks for the update, Ron.

Meanwhile, hate crimes are still happening. Repeatedly. I could have separated all those last words into separate links to hate crimes, but I'm tired of 'em. At least work continues to be carried out in Vincent's memory.

Hey, Ronald Ebens, we've been hanging in there, too.

sneak peek: a typical night in k-town

For those eagerly anticipating next month's premiere of the K-Town reality series -- and don't lie, I know there are many of you out there -- LOUD recently dropped this sneak peek into a typical night in K-Town.

I don't know what's going on here, but according to the description, "Joe and Jasmine got into a pretty epic fight last night...but laughed about it today." It involves a lot of yelling and swearing, and then some more yelling and swearing. Take a look:

nate shinagawa wins democratic primary in 23rd congressional district

On Tuesday, 28-year-old Tompkins County Legislator Nate Shinagawa won the Democratic Party primary in New York's newly redrawn 23rd Congressional District: Shinagawa wins race for 23rd Congressional District nomination.

Shinagawa won a three way race against Leslie Danks Burke and Melissa Dobson. The Associated Press declared him the winner shortly before 11:00pm, with returns from 589 or the district's 596 precincts showing he had 55 percent of the vote.

He will face off against incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed in November:


moca presents we are one: the 1982 chinatown garment strike, 30 years later, june 28

New York! Celebrate your history. On Thursday, June 28, the Museum of Chinese in America is commemorating the Chinatown Garment Workers' strike in 1982, during which tens of thousands of workers in union garment factories organized a protest for fair contracts. Come to "We Are One: The 1982 Garment Worker Strike, 30 Years Later," and see an excerpt of Nancy Tong's documentary, Digital Quilt. There's lots more, too:

no walmart in chinatown! march, june 30

This weekend in Los Angeles, community members are coming together for a demonstration to protest plans to build a Walmart in Chinatown, which they believe will compromise the neighborhood's integrity as an ethnic and cultural community. It's going down Saturday, June 30. The march begins 9:30am at the Chinatown Metro station. Here's a video that illuminates the issue:

music video: "turn up the love" by far east movement feat. cover drive

Seriously, nobody hustles harder than Far East Movement. These guys are making music videos faster than I can keep track... Here's the video they recently dropped for their single "Turn Up The Love" featuring Cover Drive. Love the hook on this song. Take a look:

suspect arrested in sexual attack at university of texas

A couple of days ago, we heard that awesome story about the badass jogger who fought back against some teenage gropers. Unfortunately, on the other side of things, we get a story about this creepy dude in Texas...

This week at the University of Texas, police arrested a man accused of attacking a woman at her campus dorm: Suspect arrested in UT sexual attack.

21-year-old Ji Hun Choi is accused of following a woman for several blocks then trying to grab her when she stepped into her dorm -- all while recording the attack on his cell phone. Fortunately, she was able to fight him off:

ds2dio presents remixed feat. keone madrid & mari martin & christina grimmie

YouTube dance channel DS2DIO's Remixed, produced by Harry Shum Jr., partners dancers and musicians together for an amazing, one-of-a-kind collaboration. Episode two pairs singer/songwriter Christina Grimmie with dancers Keone Madrid & Mari Martin. And it's breathtaking. Take a look:

robert refsnyder named college world series mvp

On Monday, the Arizona Wildcats defeated South Carolina for a sweep of the College World Series, winning its first national championship in twenty-six years: Arizona wins first College World Series title since 1986.

This was in big part thanks to the efforts of junior right fielder Robert Refsnyder, who was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, hitting .476 with two home runs and five RBIs during the series.

Outstanding, indeed. Refsnyder, who happens to be Korean American, was drafted in the fifth round by the New York Yankees earlier this year. More here: Arizona's Refsnyder Named CWS Most Outstanding Player.

UPDATE: Robert Refsnyder apparently encountered some racism while playing in South Carolina: Rob Refsnyder Tweets: 'SC Doesn't Accept Asians Playing Baseball.' But rather than lump the entire state of South Carolina into a racist pile, he found it in his heart to forgive: Arizona's Robert Refsnyder decides S.C. isn't totally racist afterall.

bruce lee vs. predator

Had to share this awesome image posted on the Stan Winston School of Character Arts Facebook page, found by way of the official Bruce Lee page...

According to the image details, this diorama by Dre Merc using a Hot Toys DX Bruce Lee figure and a Hot Toys Classic Predator figure. So who do you think wins? Throw some nunchucks in the mix and I'd like to see what happens.

deli owner murdered in washington d.c.

Catching up on some news from earlier this month. Sadly, it's not good news... Earlier this month in Washington D.C., a deli owner was shot and killed inside her own store in a possible robbery: June Lim, Owner Of Grace Deli, Found Dead Inside Store; Police Investigating Case As Homicide.

64-year-old Hae Soon Lim, known to her friends as June, was found dead inside the Grace Deli on June 14. Police say she had been shot in the neck. Judging from the outpouring of sorrow, grief and support from neighbors, she was well-loved in the community:


hyphen magazine's 10 year/25th issue party, june 30

San Francisco, it's happening! Hyphen is celebrating the release of Issue #25 (featuring George Takei!) and its tenth year running on Saturday, June 30. Food! Drinks! Performances! Beats! Party it up at the SOMArts Cultural Center with emcee Nicki Sun. Here's more info:

contest: can you pass the chinese college entrance exam?

The Margins, the Asian American Writers' Workshop's freshly launched online magazine, recently announced its very first contest: Hao Nao, Gaokao?

Inspired by China's notoriously difficult national university entrance exam -- the SATs ain't got nothing on the gaokao -- you're invited to exercise creativity and submit your own snappy answers to actual questions from the Chinese exam. And these questions are pretty hardcore:

fan favorite masterchef contestant is legally blind

Have you been watching Fox's MasterChef? You know, the one with the blond guy who shouts all the time? I've only caught a little here and there, but I know this season's breakout star is definitely Christine Ha, who's become a fan favorite for kicking some ass in the kitchen... despite being legally blind. Yup. Here's video clip of her audition from episode one:

angry poetry corner: "perfect english" by narinda heng

We're getting poetic up here. It's about time we kicked off a brand new feature: Angry Poetry Corner, a regular weekly spotlight on the work of API poets, curated by Cara, our Angry Asian Intern. Because you could use a little more poetry in your life.

In the corner this week, Narinda Heng:

most racist ad ever: "see asia like asians do"

This one's being passed around a lot today... This is part of an actual advertising campaign by Ukrainian travel agency Multipass, which is attempting to promote travel to Asia. No joke, this is their outdoor poster campaign, which encourages people to view the poster by pulling their eyes back. Yes, the good ol' chink-eye strikes again! Take a look:

man accused of trying to blow up gas pipeline

Damn. Some craziness out of Texas... Authorities are investigating a man who was badly injured last week in an explosion while allegedly trying to plant a homemade bomb at a gas regulator station in Plano: Injured man still critical after Plano neighborhood blast.

The suspect has been identified as 33-year-old Anson Chi, a self-described "author, politician, model, activist and retired engineer" who's had some previous trouble with the law. His writings indicate that he has serious mistrust of the government, but the weirdest part for me is the problems he apparently had with his own ethnicity:

music video premiere: "this song" by adam warrock

Hey, hip hop heads. Some new music for you... We're pleased to present the official premiere of "This Song" the first ever music video from nerdcore rapper (and friend to this blog) Eugene Ahn, aka Adam WarRock, off of his new mixtape Longshot. Check it out:

file under badass: jogger takes down teenage gropers

Meet Priscilla Dang. She was on a run in Vancouver, Washington last Friday when two dumbsh*t teens on bikes thought it would be fun to do a ride-by grope on her. Their mistake: Priscilla Dang, Martial Arts Expert, Lays Down The Law After Teenager Gropes Her On A Jog.

This would be a good time in the story to note that Priscilla is kind of a badass. Ms. Dang, who happens to be pretty skilled in kung fu -- she's been taking martial arts lessons at her family's studio since she was 5 -- showed these punkass fools that they messed with the wrong woman:


read these blogs

'The Man Who Killed Vincent Chin' by Michael Moore: In this Detroit Free Press interview from August 1987, Michael Moore talked to Ronald Ebens, who said he couldn't understand why the Asian American community was angry, and that Vincent Chin "was looking for trouble and got it."

Ronald Ebens, the man who killed Vincent Chin, apologizes 30 years later: AALDEF's Emil Guillermo's exclusive phone interview with Ronald Ebens, in which the killer of Vincent Chin expresses regret.

Why Vincent Chin Matters: "Vincent Chin has lived longer in memory than in reality." Chin's murder brought our community together in profound ways, with work that is still ongoing.

Remembering Vincent Chin: "Despite our nation's great progress in advancing civil rights, brutal assaults made more vicious by racial epithets still occur in big cities and small towns. Crosses are still burned on the lawns of people minding their own business. Mosques, synagogues and churches still are desecrated and sometimes destroyed. Incidents that belong only in our history books still appear in the pages of our newspapers."


a tribute to lily chin

Mural of Lily Chin, mother of Vincent Chin. This can be found at Pitzer College, on the walkway by Holden Hall, opposite the mural of Vincent Chin. A tribute to a woman who lost everything and still fought for justice: 1983 Flashback: The ordeal of Vincent Chin's mother, Lily Chin.

house resolution recognizes vincent chin

This week, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, introduced a House Resolution (H.Res 698) recognizing the significance of the 30th anniversary of Vincent Chin's death. Here's Rep. Chu's statement on the commemoration and the House resolution:

photo friday: mountain brothers

Oh snap! It's the Mountain Brothers. Photo by Chris Chan Lee. Note Steve Wei rocking the Vincent Chin shirt. We want a reunion! (Thanks, David.)

hate crime against vietnamese american family in oregon

Heard this news about a hate crime in Oregon... In Grants Pass, a Vietnamese American man says his family is being harassed and bullied by community members, and the police haven't done a damn thing. The last straw came when someone tried to bomb his family's home. Yeah, people apparently still do that: Hate Crime Against Vietnamese Family in Grants Pass.

angry reader of the week: rekstizzy

What's up? It's about time again 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 David Lee, aka Rekstizzy.

jessica sanchez will guest star on glee

Looks like you might be seeing Jessica Sanchez back on Fox soon enough. The American Idol runner-up with the kickass voice is reportedly in talks to guest star on Glee: 'Glee' scoop: 'American Idol' runner-up Jessica Sanchez in talks for multi-episode arc.

According to EW, Sanchez will show up sometime during the first half of the show's fourth season for a multi-episode arc. No word on who she'll be playing, but come on, when you've got a girl who can sing like that, you let the girl sing:

congratulations, coach spo

Can't call myself much of a Heat fan, and I lost interest in the NBA season a few months ago, but I gotta show some love and congratulations to Coach Erik Spoelstra -- yes, our brethren of Filipino descent -- who led Miami to his first NBA championship win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Here's video of Spoelstra getting the requisite celebratory post-title Gatorade bath: Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gets Gatorade bath from Udonis Haslem after winning NBA title.

chinese food delivery man murdered in north carolina

More tragic news of a delivery man killed, this time in North Carolina... Six young men have been charged with the brutal murder and robbery of a Chinese food delivery man in Wilmington last week: Update - Sixth person charged in delivery driver's murder.

According to police, the gunmen, ages 15-20, lured 60-year-old Zhen Bo Liu to the neighborhood with an order, shot him in the face, and stole his money and food. After eating at a nearby house, they returned to view Liu's body and rummage through this car:


35th asian american international film festival, july 25 - august 5

Heads up, film fans. The 35th Asian American International Film Festival, presented by Asian CineVision, is the nation's longest-running festival of its kind, dedicated to showcasing the best in independent Asian and Asian American film and video.

AAIFF recently announced its special presentation screenings for this year's festival, which kicks off next month in New York. The Opening Night, Centerpiece and Closing Night presentations are:

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