Supermarket employee suspended over YouTube video

Steve Yamamoto just wanted to thank Safeway for shutting down 72 Dominick's stores.

So you're an employee at a supermarket that's closing down for good. You and your co-workers will soon be out of a job. Might as well make the most of it and have some fun. That's what one Chicago-area supermarket worker did, making a funny, explosion-filled video clip starring himself and his co-workers getting caught in the chaos of a doomed Dominick's store. For his efforts, he got suspended. On his last day on the job.

Suburban Dominick's Employee Suspended On Last Day For Satirical YouTube Clip

Steve Yamamoto, a former employee at the closing Dominick's store in Glen Ellyn, made a funny, sarcastic video to commemorate the shutdown of 72 stores, leaving an estimated 6,000 workers without a job. The video, addressed to parent company Safeway, features dinosaurs, robots, gunfire and hauntingly empty shelves, in the epic, explosive end of a Dominick's store:

Did you get a Jeremy Lin keychain at Saturday's Rockets game?

If so, did you pick up an extra one for me?

If you went to see the Houston Rockets play the New Orleans Pelicans this past Saturday, and you were one of the first 5,000 fans to make your way into the Toyota Center, then you might have gotten your hands on one of these goofy Jeremy Lin keychains. The resemblance is... well, at least it's kind of cute.

If you did get your hands on one, any chance you picked up an extra one for me? If not, I might have to plunk down some cash to add it to my collection. I just saw one going for $40 on eBay. Forty bucks! Booooooo.

Nation's first Hmong American judge appointed in California

Paul C. Lo appointed to a judgeship in the Merced County Superior Court

Last week in California, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Paul C. Lo to a judgeship in the Merced County Superior Court. The historic appointment makes Lo the first Hmong American judge in United States history.

First Hmong American judge in U.S. appointed in Merced County

Lo, 45, has been a practicing attorney for twenty years. He says that when he first arrived to the United States with this family at age 11, as refugees from the Vietnam War, he didn't speak any English. He eventually graduated from the University of California at Davis and UCLA School of Law.

Here's some more information from the Office of the Governor's press release:


Angry Asian Man's Favorite Posts of 2013

Twenty posts I really enjoyed sharing this year

I've been running this blog for a really long time. Looking back at the year, I can safely say that 2013 saw some of the craziest, weirdest, upsetting and anger-inducing happenings this blog has ever covered. That said, I did a quick dip back into the archives over the past twelve months, and with some editorial deliberation, selected twenty posts I really enjoyed sharing, for one reason or another. So, in no particular order, here's a look back at some of my favorite posts of 2013:


Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York

Exhibition running through February 23 at Interference Archive

If you're in New York, don't miss Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York, a multimedia exhibition charting a history of Asian American activism, organizing, and cultural production in the 1970s, running now through February 23 at Interference Archive in Brooklyn. Curated by Ryan Wong, it's the first exhibition to focus on New York as a center of this national phenomenon. Here are some more details:

Music Video: "Psychadelic" by Azure

Check it out. Very much digging this new music video for "Psychadelic" by Bay Area rapper Justin Park, aka Azure. Just another chill-ass track set to visuals of Azure and crew hanging around various undisclosed locations in Oakland. Not much more to it. Just a cool tune to nod along to as we close out the year. Take a look:

Angry Reader of the Week: Albert Kim

Heyyyyy. Take a moment out of your holiday funk and check it out. 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 Albert Kim.

Orange County man pleads guilty to terror charges

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen plotted to train al Qaeda forces for an upcoming attack

An update on the case of this wannabe terrorist trainer guy in Southern California... This week in U.S. District Court, a man pleaded guilty to a federal terrorism charge, admitting that he intended to go to Pakistan to become an al Qaeda operative and provide militants with weapons training for an upcoming attack.

California man pleads guilty to terror charge

24-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. According tot he U.S. Department of Justice, Nguyen admitted in a plea agreement that he went Syria about a year ago to join opposition forces against the Bashar Assad regime. He apparently offered to train al Qaeda forces, but his services were rejected.

Later, back in the United States, Nguyen met with a guy he thought was an al Qaeda recruiter to discuss going to Pakistan -- in a scheme that involved faking his own death -- to train terrorist fighters for a guerrilla attack on coalition forces. That guy turned out to be an FBI agent.

Victim of Fort Lee police van debacle speaks out

Kevin Jun says he still suffers from post-traumatic stress

Nearly three years after being locked up, forgotten and left overnight in a New Jersey police van in freezing temperatures, one of the victims is speaking out, saying he still suffers from post-traumatic stress, including fear of cramped spaces and a distrust of police officers. Really, can you blame him?

Fort Lee man haunted by 15 hours he spent locked in police van

20-year-old Kevin Jun was one of five teens (he was 17 at the time) who were rounded up at a party in March 2011 by Fort Lee police officers, taken to the station, then forgotten and left locked outside in a police van for fifteen hours. They were stuck there with no food or water, no bathroom and no way to call out. As temperatures dipped into the 20s, Jun says he was only wearing a t-shirt.


Harry Shum Jr. makes a big beautiful mess

"If you are in a shell, you should know that you're not alone..."

Wow. Check out this awesome dance performance video, "If You Are In a Shell," featuring Harry Shum Jr. and a lot of paint. Choreographed and performed by Harry -- who acts as sort of a moving human canvas -- to a voice over by Ze Frank of Buzzfeed, it's a special message to anyone who might feel like they're all alone:

Seattle doctor pleads guilty to dealing prescription drugs

Dr. Hieu Tu Le faces federal prison for unlawfully distributing oxycodone

Asians behaving badly... drug dealing doctor edition! This week in Seattle, an anesthesiologist pleaded guilty to running a drug prescription mill out a medical marijuana clinic. And making a boatload of cash.

Everett doctor admits to prescribing drugs 'simply to make a profit'

40-year-old Dr. Hieu Tu Le faces federal prison time for issuing dozens of illegal prescriptions for oxycodone, a powerful painkiller that has become a popular street drug, out of his clinic Northwest Green Medical.

Shady. But why go through the trouble of writing prescriptions, when you can make a crapload of cash as a dealer too? Le also devised a fake prescription scheme, using patients' names without their knowledge, to acquire the drugs himself and sell the pills to dealers or addicts.

Le was busted after an intensive Drug Enforcement Administration investigation, when he was just a little too willing to supply oxycodone to an agent posing as a painkiller-addicted patient.

Music Video: Vienna Teng puts on dancing shoes in "Level Up"

Inspiring, surprising video features dancer Tommy Guns Ly

Love this marvelous music video for "Level Up" by singer/songwriter Vienna Teng, from her fifth studio album Aims. Crowdfunded by fans, and directed by Lawrence Chen, whose work I've been a fan of for years, it features Vienna dancing, and much more. It's a surprising, inspiring and uplifting video that goes to unexpected places. Take a look:

Nobody got me this Voltron Hoodie for Christmas

It needs matching Blue/Yellow Lion pants

All right. Thank you for all the gift cards and socks, but I guess I should have dropped some bigger hints. I woke up Christmas morning to find out that nobody left a Deluxe Voltron Costume Hoodie in my stocking. That's okay. It's only $160. I'll start saving up my allowance. Or maybe I'll wait and hold out until they make matching pants (designed with the Yellow and Blue Lions), plus Blazing Sword.

Here are some more photos of this sweet hoodie, inspired by one of my favorite cartoons of yesteryear:

Darnell Dockett tweets racist jokes. And steals wifi.

"Apple has a new device out for Chinese people. The iOpener."

Speaking of racist expressions over social media... Here is yet another, coming from Arizona Cardinals linebacker Darnell Dockett. The NFL player, in a fit of inspiration, came up with what he must have thought was a suuuuper clever joke about "Chinese people" and their funny Asian eyes.

I actually imagine Dockett giggling to himself while typing away.

You can think up these thoughts and just be a private dumbass, but baby, that's not why Twitter was invented. No, Twitter has become a most powerful tool in public dumbassery. Dockett gleefully tweeted it out.

When called out for his racist joke, Dockett doubled down, declaring himself "so not racist," promising not to make any "fake apologies," and pretty much admitting that pissing everyone off is "easy and fun as hell."

Questlove goes to Japan... and brings tired-ass Asian jokes

Questlove and Padma go there with the Ls and Rs

[UPDATE: Questlove has apologized for his comments. See below.]

At this point in the year, my brain is shutting down, I'm stuffing my face and settling into a state of personal reflection and Twilight Zone reruns. So when something like this comes across my desk, I'm feeling more annoyed than anything else. We couldn't close out the year without some more ignorant social media s%*t?

Questlove and Padma Lakshmi Under Fire for 'Racist' Asian Jokes

From personalities I kind of like, no less. Musician Aamir "Questlove" Thompson of The Roots and model/Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi have recently got into some trouble for comments exchanged on Twitter regarding Quest's travels through Japan, where The Roots are currently on tour. Somewhere along the way, he snapped a photo and just had to throw in the joke about the stereotypical, mixed-up mispronunciation of Ls and Rs.

Eye roll. But then his manager Dawn Englehart (who is of Asian descent) and Padma joined in:


Beatrock Music 4th Anniversary, December 27

Live performances by The Bar, Rocky Rivera, Otayo Dubb, Power Struggle, Bwan

Hey, Bay Area. Time to get down. Beatrock Music, one of the west coast's celebrated independent record labels, comes to Oakland to celebrate their 4-year anniversary with a special concert featuring Bwan, Power Struggle, Otayo Dubb, Rocky Rivera, and The Bar (Prometheus Brown x Bambu). It's going down this Friday, December 27 at The New Parish. Here are some more details:

Giveaway: Enter to win a copy of Chinese in Hollywood

New book explores the contributions of Chinese and Chinese Americans to Hollywood film/television

Here's something cool for Asian American and Hollywood history buffs... Chinese in Hollywood, by Jenny Cho and the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, is a new book exploring the contributions of Chinese and Chinese Americans to the film and television industries. From the pioneers of the silent era to present-day personalities, the book is stacked with fascinating vintage photographs from all across Hollywood.

The awesome cover image, by the way, is a badass photo of the legendary Bruce Lee demonstrating a kick to superstar Nancy Kwan on the set of the feature film The Wrecking Crew, circa 1968.

Want to win a free book? Yes. Everybody likes free stuff. I'm giving away a copy of Chinese in Hollywood. Scroll down to the bottom for details. First, here's some more information about the book:

Who will play Ann Curry in the Today show TV movie?

Lifetime is adapting a made-for-TV-movie about behind-the-scenes drama at NBC's Today show

Maybe it was inevitable. Lifetime is planning a made-for-TV movie based on Brian Stelter's book Top of the Morning, a behind-the-scenes look at the cutthroat world of morning network television talk shows -- including the bitter, headline-making feud between Today hosts Matt Lauer and Ann Curry.

Lifetime Adapting Brian Stelter's 'Top of the Morning' as TV Movie

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime is in the early stages of development on adapting Stelter's buzz-worthy, dirt-dishing expose on the the most competitive slot in time television. Much of the book is devoted to the drama around Curry's short-lived stint as co-host on Today before she was bullied and pushed out of her role in part because of her not-so-great chemistry with Lauer.

The TV movie will be produced by Tony DiSanto and Liz Gately, which has also produced MTV's Teen Wolf and Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.

Beware the eatery that advertises with Sexy Asian Santas

Suzy Wong's House of Yum encourages you to "enjoy Chinese on Christmas day!"

Got this passed along to from a sharp-eyed reader in Nashville, who spotted this totally tasteful newspaper ad for Suzy Wong's House of Yum, encouraging folks to "enjoy Chinese on Christmas day!" In case it isn't immediately obvious, or you were perhaps distracted by the Sexy Asian Santas, that's a restaurant.

Assault charges reduced in motorcycle mob attack

Prosecutors say that driver Alexian Lien has been healing well since the incident

Another update on the case of that crazy Manhattan motorcycle melee involving a pack of bikers who chased down and beat an SUV driver in the street back in September... It looks like some of the assault charges against the bikers, including an off-duty undercover police officer, will be reduced.

Charges May Be Reduced for Bikers in Manhattan Highway Beating

If you haven't been following the case, here's the abridged version: A motorcyclist, riding with a pack, brake-checks a Range Rover and gets hit. Bikers surround the SUV. The driver, Alexian Lien -- who's with his wife and 2-year-old daughter -- takes off, plowing through several motorcycle riders and sparking a crazy pursuit on the West Side Highway. Driver gets chased down, pulled out of his car and beaten in front of his family.

According to prosecutors, Lien has been healing well since the incident, which means that the most severe assault charges, which require permanent disfigurement, would be lessened. However, even with the reduction, the bikers would still face assault charges that could put them in prison for a maximum of 15 years.


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Angry Reader of the Week: Alice Wong

What is up, my people? 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 Alice Wong.

Arrest of Indian diplomat sparks international outrage

Devyani Khobragade, accused of visa fraud, says she suffered "indignities"

In New York City, the arrest of an Indian diplomat on visa charges has sparked international outrage. Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, says she suffered "indignities" when she handcuffed, subjected to a strip search, cavity search and DNA swabbing, and placed in a holdup "with common criminals and drug addicts" by U.S. authorities despite her "incessant assertions of immunity."

Devyani Khobragade Says She Faced Cavity Search In NYC; Outrage In India After Diplomat Arrested

Khobragade, who was arrested last Thursday outside of her daughter's school in Manhattan, is accused of submitting false documents to obtain a work visa for her housekeeper, Sangeeta Richard. According to prosecutors, Khobragade claimed on visa application documents she paid her Indian maid $4,500 per month, but that she actually paid her around five hundred dollars a month -- that's around $3.31 per hour.


Cops settle lawsuit with teens left overnight in police van

Three teens will each receive $120,000 under a settlement reached with Fort Lee Police Department

Remember those guys in New Jersey who got locked up in a police van, forgotten and left overnight in the freezing cold? Three of those teens filed a lawsuit against the Fort Lee Police Department and over a dozen officers, and will receive $120,000 each under a settlement reached with the department.

3 boys locked in Fort Lee police van overnight will split $360,000

Adam Kim, Liam Eisenberg and Kevin Jun were among over dozen teens who were rounded up and placed in a police van when cops broke up a house party in March 2011. According to their complaint, five remained in the van while officers took the others into the station... and never came back. The five teens, who were mostly Asian, were left behind were locked in overnight. They also allege that the cops called them racial epithets.

Somebody f*%ked up. So it wasn't a big surprise when these guys sued, alleging that the officers intentionally inflicted emotional distress, were negligent and showed racial bias.

This "China Space Agency" comic strip is racist bulls%*t

Cartoonist Tony Hall dials up the racist jokes to 11 in his latest strip.

Got this passed along to me via Twitter... Well, I guess someone thought this was funny. Tony Hall, longtime cartoonist for the UK's Eastern Daily Press, decided to dial up the racism to 11 in his latest strip, set in the "China Space Agency." Buck-tooth caricatures, lazy mock English mispronunciation ("Uh-oh, tellible setback..."), and a planetary rover that inexplicably uses chopsticks to pick up "lock" samples.

The comic strip was spotted in the paper by Twitter user @paulcoxon, who snapped a photo and called it out as unacceptable. Or as I'd put it, blatant racist bullshit.

Hacker gets prison time for trying to change MCAT score

Bosung Shim realllllly wanted to get into medical school. He'll be going to prison instead.

Asians behaving badly... MCAT hacker edition! In Virginia, a wannabe medical student was sentenced to three months in prison for hacking into the Association of American Medical Colleges computer system in an attempt to modify his lackluster scores on the Medical College Admission Test.

Aspiring medical student sentenced to three months in prison in MCAT hacking case

It's clear that 24-year-old Bosung Shim realllllly wanted to get into medical school. He'll be going to prison instead. Shim was sentenced to three months behind bars after pleading guilty to trying to hack into computer systems of the AAMC and the University of Michigan to give himself higher scores and grades. When that didn't work, dude hired other hackers to help him.

The computer crimes were apparently just the latest in several schemes Shim hatched to improve his med school prospects, including creating fake college transcripts, recommendation letters and diplomas:


Chinese Exclusion-era laws still on the books in Florida

It seems that the Sunshine State actively wants to stay in the last century. Surprise.

This week marks the 70th anniversary of the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, one of our nation's "greatest hits" in its history of anti-Asian racism. The act barred Chinese laborers from entering the United States and prohibited Chinese immigrants from becoming U.S. citizens.

Good thing we're now living in the 21st century, where super-racist citizenship laws are totally a thing of the past. Right? Righ... oh yeah, but then there's Florida.

70 Years After U.S. Repeals Chinese Exclusion Act, Fla.'s Still Stands.

Upon passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882, more than thirty states followed the federal government's lead, passing laws and amendments that excluded Asian Americans from the full rights of citizenship. Those unconstitutional provisions have since been repealed in every state -- except Florida, where the "Alien Land Law" is still on the books. The statute, approved by voters in 1923, bars Asian citizens from owning property.

Sriracha-flavored Kettle Brand Potato Chips

These exist now.

It's been a bad few weeks for Sriracha fans. We've been following the ongoing saga of manufacturer Huy Fong Foods and the struggle to get their signature spicy sauce to the people. Between the production plant shutdown and bottle shipments halted until next month -- by order of the health department -- strange forces seem to be conspiring against our beloved rooster. We need something to get us through these dark times.

Enter Sriracha-flavored Kettle Brand Potato Chips.

Tessanne Chin wins The Voice!

Watch a rundown of the Jamaican songstress' star-making performances

Huge congratulations to Tessanne Chin, this season's winner of The Voice. But thumbs down to the individual who straight-up spoiled the outcome for me before the finale aired here on the West Coast.

Through an incredible run on NBC's popular singing competition, week after week, Tessanne's massive voice took her all the way to the top. I didn't actually follow the season very closely, but I did catch her tremendous 4-chair-spinning performance during the blind auditions. From the start, this Jamaican songstress made it pretty clear to everyone that she had the goods to win it all. And dammit, she did.

Here are some highlights from Tessanne's star-making run on The Voice, starting with that audition:

Watch Cole Horibe do his best Bruce Lee impression. Also: Abs.

So You Think You Can Dance star plays the martial arts icon in David Henry Hwang's Kung Fu

Oh snap. You saw him on the TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance? Now see Cole Horibe channeling Bruce Lee in the world premiere of David Henry Hwang's new play Kung Fu, opening at the Signature Theatre in February. The show blends dance, martial arts, Chinese opera and drama to tell the story of the international icon, from troubled Hong Kong youth to martial arts legend.

Some first-look photos dropped a couple of weeks ago. Now here's a brief video from the photo shoot, where we get to see just a little bit of Cole getting into character, nunchucks and all:

Relief 2 Recovery: Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos

Sign the petition calling the U.S. to designate the Philippines with Temporary Protected Status

Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded, wreaking devastation and tragedy that continue to take its toll on the Philippines, with 1.9 million homeless and more than 600,000 displaced.

While the United States is directing much-needed food and relief to the region, another form of humanitarian aid would be to designate the Philippines with Temporary Protected Status, which would stop deportations and avoid the burden the absorbing thousands of its nationals currently abroad during this national emergency, while empowering Filipino immigrants here in the U.S. to more effectively send aid back to their home country.

Relief 2 Recovery; Temporary Protected Status for Filipinos

This MoveOn.org petition by Relief 2 Recovery urges the U.S. government to designate the Philippines for temporary protected status (TPS) under Section 244B of the Immigration and Nationality Act, with consideration to Typhoon Haiyan and ongoing disaster relief efforts.


That funny Chinese homework assignment... now with context!

Turns out, it was supposed to be written in Chinese.

This blog has recently received a spate of traffic from a Distractify list, 38 Test Answers That Are 100% Wrong But Totally Genius At The Same Time, which links back to this amusing November 2010 post, featuring a viral photo of a grade school homework assignment that a student seemingly took quite literally.

According to the assignment: "You are to assume the role of a Chinese immigrant in 1870 and write a letter home describing your experiences. Your letter should include the following: your contributions and experiences in the West." What folks found funny is that the student went the extra mile and wrote out the letter in Chinese -- just like an 1870s immigrant would.

But it turns out, that's exactly what the student was supposed to do.

I just heard from Anna Janssen, the former elementary teacher who came up with this assignment, circa spring 2008, for an English/Chinese dual language class. Owing to the language disparity in the class -- some were new immigrants from China with no English proficiency, while others were raised in America with minimal written Chinese, and everything in between -- the students were free to write the essay in English or Chinese.

And yes, Ms. Janssen speaks Mandarin. Here's part of the message she sent me:

Harvard student charged in bomb threat hoax

Sophomore Eldo Kim really really really did not want to take his government final

Asian behaving badly... Harvard fake bomb threat edition! COME ON. It had to be an Asian guy. At Harvard University, a student has been arrested for phoning in a fake bomb threat in order to get out of final exams.

Harvard Sophomore Charged in Bomb Threat

20-year-old Eldo Kim, a Harvard sophomore, was charged in connection with an unfounded bomb threat against several campus buildings in an idiotic attempt to avoid a final exam scheduled to be held on Monday.

The final he was apparently trying to bomb scare his way out of? Government 1368: The Politics of American Education, scheduled for 9:00am in Emerson -- one of four buildings named as "targets" in an anonymous email to the Harvard University Police Department, university officials, and the president of the Harvard Crimson.

From the affidavit of an FBI assigned to the case:


CAAM presents Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies

Submit your old home movies to the Center for Asian American Media

Earlier this fall, the Center for Asian American Media launched Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies, a project to collect and digitize home movie reels and share the stories they tell to a broad public. The initiative gives an inside look into the overlooked and traditionally private lives of everyday Asian Americans spanning six decades, from the 1920s to 1980s. Got some home movies/memories to share?

New Music: A Better Part of Me by Connie Lim

Album release show January 11 at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles

Really enjoying A Better Part of Me, the freshly dropped new album from indie Los Angeles singer/songwriter Connie Lim. With rich vocals and soaring pop hooks, Connie describes the nine-track album, fan-funded through Kickstarter, as a tribute to friends who have passed but "continue to bring out the better parts of me."

Here's a preview of the album:

Follow your local police on Twitter, Facebook... and Weibo?

Alhambra PD is the first U.S. law enforcement agency to sign up for the popular Chinese micro-blogging site

Chances are, your local law enforcement agency has a Facebook page or a Twitter account letting you know about the latest crime alerts or safety announcements. Big deal. Is your police department on Weibo?

Last week, in a unique effort to reach the city's Chinese immigrants, the Alhambra Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in the United States to open an official account on Weibo, the Chinese Twitter.

Alhambra PD is first US police department to launch Chinese Twitter (Weibo) account

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, about 53 percent of Alhambra's population is Asian, and of the city's 57,300 residents, about 30,000 are Chinese.

While Facebook and Twitter are blocked in mainland China, Weibo is one of the most widely used social media tools in the country. No doubt, its reach extends to Chinese communities here in the U.S. This will be first time the Alhambra Police Department releases official information in a language other than English.

Kristina Wong's Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest DVD

A comedy about depression

Whether it's professing obsessive love for Jeremy Lin on Totally Biased, or declaring "Suck it, white ladies!" in the most awesome TV interview ever, writer/performance artist/provocateur is full-time awesome.

So if you're a Kristina Wong superfan like me, then you should check out the feature film version of Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, her critically-acclaimed one-woman show about suicide and depression among Asian American women, now available on DVD and VOD from Cinema Libre. Watch Kristina take the stage and use her show to cure all the mentally ill and suicidal Asian American women in just 85 minutes.

Okay, so that's kind of a lofty goal. According to a report from the American Psychological Association, suicide is the second leading cause of death among Asian American women aged 15-34. With this sobering statistic in mind, Kristina tackles taboos and says 'suck it' to stigmas, crafting a razor-sharp, insightful and hilarious show that examines the phenomena and stereotypes associated with Asian American women.

Here's the trailer to Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest:

Angry Gift Guide: Bruce Lee Playing Cards

For the baddest game of Go Fish ever

All right, my die hard Bruce fans. Just when you think they've made every conceivable kind of cool Bruce Lee gear, we've got these awesome, officially licensed Bruce Lee Playing Cards by Dan & Dave.

Handsomely designed in partnership with Bruce Lee Enterprises, the back of the cards feature a design signifying the Year of the Dragon, while the faces of the cards are a familiar shade of yellow and black, inspired by the iconic jumpsuit word by Lee in Game of Death. Each card features a different philosophical quote from Bruce Lee's teachings, except for the Aces, which have been left blank to symbolize a free mind. Bold.

Watch this video to see a dude do some skillful trickery with the cards:

When #NotYourAsianSidekick took over Twitter

Hashtag sets off a massive conversation about race, feminism and stereotypes

If you're active on Twitter, then no doubt you've seen the #NotYourAsianSidekick hashtag that sprouted up, quickly became a global conversation that lasted most of Sunday, and as I write this on Monday morning, is still a top trending topic. The hashtag conversation, started by writer/activist Suey Park, was an attempt to create a space for intelligent, provocative dialogue about Asian American feminism and stereotypes.

It was wildly successful. Huge props to the folks who set it off and kept the momentum going. The conversation ranged from confronting patriarchy in the Asian American community, to addressing racism in white feminist spaces, as well as ugly, persistent stereotypes about Asian sexuality. It was opportunity for folks to join in and speak out on issues rarely discussed and often ignored in even the most seemingly progressive spaces.

If you haven't checked out #NotYourAsianSidekick, catch up on the conversation on Twitter.

Man sentenced in hate crime attack on Sikh cab driver

50-year-old Jamie Larson sentenced to 40 months in federal prison

Last week in Seattle, a man was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison for viciously beating a Sikh cab driver last year while making racist statements about Muslims during a brutal hate attack.

Federal Way man gets 40 months in attack on Sikh cabdriver

50-year-old Jamie Larson, described as a "blackout-binge alcholic," brutally attacked taxi driver Kashmira Hothi, who is an immigrant from India and happens to be Sikh, not Muslim -- not that it f*%king mattered to this asshole -- in a drunken, racist assault. He kicked, punched and stomped on Hothi while pulling out part of his beard and making disparaging, hateful remarks about Islam and Muslims.

According to prosecutors, Hothi was hospitalized for eight days with a concussion and other injuries. He couldn't work for two months and required months of physical therapy because of his injuries.

It all started one day in October 2012, when Larson was found passed out drunk in the bushes:


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Chinatown street re-named for Pvt. Danny Chen

A section of Elizabeth Street will be co-named "Private Danny Chen Way"

This week in New York City, the City Council approved to co-name a Chinatown street "Private Danny Chen Way," memorializing the Chinese American Army private who was found dead in October 2011 after enduring intolerable racial hazing and harassment from his fellow soldiers while serving in Afghanistan.

City Council Approves Co-Naming of 'Danny Chen Way' on Elizabeth Street

A section Elizabeth Street between Canal and Bayard in Chinatown, where Pvt. Chen was born and raised, will be henceforth known as "Danny Chen Way." City Council member Margaret Chin called the designation's approval "a vote for tolerance, acceptance, and above all, respect."


Be Water, My Friend T-Shirt by HOMAGE

"Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless -- like water."

Way excited about this new Be Water, My Friend t-shirt design that just dropped from HOMAGE. Featuring the master himself, and one of his most famous quotes, it's an inspired shirt for any Bruce fan.

The design is okay, but I'm mainly hyped because it's Homage. I'm a fan. The company usually specializes in vintage-style sports-themed shirts (with a lot of love for Ohio), but they sometimes also delve into pop culture icons like Bruce. No joke, I own like seven Homage shirts. They're quality, comfortable, and look awesome.

George Takei shows off his badass push-up skills on Conan

Uncle George does a hundred push-ups a day

More evidence that George Takei is a badass -- now more than ever. What's his secret? Push-ups, apparently. Uncle George's daily badass regimen includes doing 100 pushups every morning. The still-spry 76-year-old Star Trek icon was a guest on Conan the other night and showed off his mad push-up skills. Behold:

Sriracha shipments halted by the health department

Srirachapocalypse Now: The Hot Sauce Conspiracy Continues

Okay, seriously. You really might want to start stockpiling bottles of Sriracha. You know that a judge stopped production at the hot sauce factory after its weak sauce neighbors in Irwindale complained about the strong odor. Now manufacturer Huy Fong Foods can't ship out any more sauce until mid-January because the California Department of Public Health has begun enforcing stricter guidelines for the company.

Sriracha shipping halted until mid-January by state regulators

The company's three sauces, Sriracha, Chili Garlic and Sambal Oelek, now must be held for at least 30 days before they can shipped to food distributors and wholesalers. That means the next shipment of those glorious green-tipped bottles will not go out until the middle of next month. That's a long time for Sriracha fans.

It's the latest setback for Huy Fong. Even with the court ruling about the odor, at least they'd finished processing the chilis needed to bottle their batch of sauce. It doesn't look like they were anticipating the hold period.

Student dies in fraternity hazing ritual

Baruch College freshman Chun Hsien Deng suffered major brain trauma during a pledge "game"

What the hell is "glass ceiling"? A really dangerous hazing game, apparently. And for one fraternity, it's now fatal. Police are investigating the death of a Baruch College student who suffered severe brain trauma while playing the game in an apparent pledge ritual gone wrong during a weekend fraternity retreat.

Baruch College Student Dies in Fraternity Pledge Ritual in Poconos.

19-year-old Chun Hsien "Michael" Deng was one of four pledges participating in the game with members of Pi Delta Psi, an Asian American fraternity. The game, played outside, involves blindfolding a person and placing a heavy item on his back. He has to navigate to someone who is calling for him, and as he makes his way, other try to tackle him. It's unclear how Deng was injured, but I'm going to assume he was tackled hard.

To make matters worse, the fraternity members didn't call 911 after Deng was knocked unconscious, and reportedly waited hours before someone drove him the hospital, located about 30 miles away. He was placed on life support and died on Monday.

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