12.14.2014

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Damn, This Afghan Guy Looks Like Bruce Lee: Meet 20-year-old Abbas Alizada, a native of Kabul, who has gained a following for his uncanny resemblance to Bruce Lee. And seriously, the guy looks like Bruce reborn.

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"What's up with the rag head?": When I starred in a Facebook ad: When Vishavjit Singh starred in a Facebook ad, one angry commenter said he'd rather cut his own wrists than see his face. Singh responds.

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Mark Wahlberg doesn't deserve pardon: Jeff Yang on why Mark Wahlberg does not deserve a pardon for his past hate crimes, particularly in light of the national conversation on police killings of unarmed black men -- men who will never have the chance to "make good" like Wahlberg.

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8 Things Mark Wahlberg Can Do To Atone for His Crimes: Okay, let' assume, for sake of argument, that Mark Wahlberg has changed in the past 25 years. If that' true, what could he do to earn our trust, blessing, and goodwill? Here's solid a list of suggestions from 18 Million Rising.

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What Does Model Minority Mutiny Demand?: "Just as Black Lives Matter is a call to center all Black lives, Model Minority Mutiny is a call not only to those of us with class, skin-color, or gender privilege to examine our complicity in the system. It is an opening to acknowledge the marginalization of those Asian Americans who are most vulnerable to state violence..."

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Serial: The Syed family on their pain and the 'five million detectives trying to work out if Adnan is a psychopath' :The podcast exploring the case of Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, has become a global phenomenon. In an exclusive interview, Adnan's family talks about listening to Serial, toxic Reddit threads and how his imprisonment has destroyed their lives.

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What Do We Really Know About Hae Min Lee, 'Serial's' "Beautiful" Dead Korean Girl? : "I'm interested in feminist critiques of normative beauty standards, especially in relationship to race and identity. It's complicated, because as often as I'm attempting to define what 'beauty' means to me as a woman of color, I'm also vastly aware of the privileges and benefits I receive for manufacturing and participating in a cisgender, able-bodied ideal of normative femininity."

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Serial Episode 11: Much Ado About Nothing: Rabia Chaudry an attorney and close friend to the family of Adnan Sayed, has been blogging with her candid thoughts on each episode of Serial.

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Ran Duan: I'm Ready to Forgive and Move On: Ran Duan, the restaurant manager involved in a highly publicized dispute with Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman, says he's ready to put this whole mess behind him.

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Gary Fong: My Account of the Ridiculous $300,000 Lawsuit Threat Against Nelson Tang: Meet Nelson Tang, a photographer and new immigrant from Hong Kong, who recently got slapped with a $300,000 lawsuit in a case that's become a worldwide symbol for anger against attorney bullying.

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It's Raining Racist Comments About Asian Drivers: When it rains, it pours racist comments about bad Asian drivers! With a big rainstorm moving through California last week, people were taking to Twitter to blame bad driving on the wet roads on Asian folks. Very funny, you racist social media users.

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Our Silence Will Not Protect Us: Why We Must Talk About Ferguson In The Classroom: "Taking on the task of educating students about race and structural racism in a predominantly white institution places our own safety and personal livelihoods in danger, but this is precisely why we need to normalize conversations about race in the classroom."

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In the Face of Systemic Racism, South Asians Must Not Keep Silent: "South Asians of conscience have a special obligation to speak out when we see uniformed officers snuff out black lives without consequence."

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UNPOPULAR OPINION: 6 Reasons Why Your Utopic Vision for a Mixed-Race Future is My Nightmare: Kristina Wong gives six reasons why a "mixed race future" is not going to end racism.

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Lessons Learned In Kenyan Driving School (No 1: 'You Look Chinese'): Dr. Tony Trinh was doing research in Kenya as an infectious diseases fellow from the University of Washington when he applied for a driver's license. First though, he had to take a driver's education course.

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Netflix's Marco Polo Is Everything That's Wrong With Game of Thrones: "Marco Polo borrows from the HBO institution its most sensationalistic and/or problematic qualities -- its unforgiving violence, aggressive male gaze, exoticizing of non-Western cultures -- while neglecting the nuts and bolts that make Thrones great: its urgent plotting, vivid characterizations, and meticulous world-building."

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Marco Polo's Joan Chen on why America and China's film industries misunderstand each other: An interview with veteran actress Joan Chen, who stars in Netflix's Marco Polo series.

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The Bar Is Closed : Actress Jodi Long reflects on her life, career and being a part of the diverse cast of the cable sitcom Sullivan & Son, which was abruptly canceled by TBS last month after three seasons.

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Cheng I Sao, the Vicious Pirate Who Banned Rape in Her 50,000-Man Fleet: The story of Cheng I Sao, pirate leader from the early 19th century, who, among other things, banned rape in her 50,000-man fleet.

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Sixty Years In Portraits Show The Changes Of Both A Man And His Country: A Life in Portraits is a photographic chronicle of the life of Ye Jinglu, who was born in Fuzhou in 1881. Over the course of his 89 years of life, he saw incredible growth and change-- and the photos show it.

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A Hairstylist Provides Free Cuts to the Homeless: Mark Bustos, a professional stylist with a celebrity clientele, works at a salon in Chelsea during the week. On Sundays, he gives homeless men haircuts.

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In a Battle of the Batons, a Barely Visible Alchemy: 28-year-old conductor Elim Chan led the 80-plus musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra to take first prize at the Donatella Flick Conducting Competition.

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Riding Shotgun With Superstars: Running Late with Jane Kim: A day in the life of Jane Kim, civil rights attorney and a representative on San Francisco's Board of Supervisors.

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Meet the 24-Year-Old Filipina-American Who Raised $650K on Kickstarter: Angelia Trinidad raised more than $650,000 on Kickstarter for the Passion Planner, a simple paper planner designed with your passions and personal goals in mind.

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how to dress like a cool chinatown grandma according to sandy liang : After just two seasons, downtown fashion's rising star Sandy Liang has expertly minted a signature look. One half Chinatown grandma -- "crazy pajama patterns; florals and lots of colors" -- and one half Margot Tenenbaum, feminine with an edge.

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Why Kamala Khan Is The Most Important Superhero In The World: "You see, what G. Willow Wilson, Ms. Marvel's lead writer, has cultivated with our new favorite Muslim heroine isn't just another superhero, nor is she just another teenage role model; she’s an analysis of why we love superheroes, and why we buy comics in the first place."

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The Hitmakers Behind 'Like A G6' Made Videos About Koreatown's History: Far East Movement latest EP Ktown Riot was inspired by their formative years in Los Angeles' Koreatown.

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A Mistake in The Shadow Hero: Gene Luen Yang, who most recently won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in young adult literature for his graphic novels Boxers and Saints, discusses a mistake he made in his latest novel, The Shadow Hero.

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'Fresh Off the Boat': Thank You White People for Pointing Out Its Racism: White television viewers, now having seen commercials for Fresh Off The Boat, have taken upon themselves to denounce the show's apparent "racism." Thanks, but no thanks, for your concern. We got this.

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Jeremy Lin's Los Angeles: Jeremy Lin shares some of his favorite places in Los Angeles to indulge and unwind.