This Year's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed posts of 2014.

We come to close of another eventful year. So here are the Angriest Posts. Not necessarily the angriest, just the 100 most viewed and shared posts from this blog in 2014, for better or for worse, based on website metrics.

Hell of a year. One last look back:


Angry Asian Man's Favorite Posts of 2014

Twenty posts I really enjoyed sharing this year

Another year. It's been a crazy one. I've been running this blog for a very long time, and I can safely say that this has been one of the wildest, weirdest, most heartbreaking, hilarious and anger-inducing years in recent memory. I've covered a pretty large share of tumult and tragedy. That said, I looked back into the archives and plucked out a handful of posts that I really enjoyed sharing, for one reason or another, in the past year.

In no particular order, here's a look back at some of my favorite posts of 2014:


Read These Blogs

It's OK if you don't watch The Interview on Christmas, or ever: "Having now finally watched Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and screenwriter Dan Sterling's film, I can confirm with confidence that the least important element of the story of The Interview is The Interview itself."

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The Real Problem With "The Interview" Is Its Racism, Not Its Satire: "Many of the jokes in The Interview are at the expense of well-worn Asian stereotypes, and the movie's humor relies heavily on one-dimensional depictions of Asians that abound in American media that add little to the satire itself."

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Welcome to the troll age: The bizarre international saga of The Interview reveals the new era in which we live, "where the ability to manipulate media and technology has increasingly become a critical strategic resource, where combat is conducted not just on battlefields but on servers and screens and social networks, and where it's increasingly impossible to tell the difference between pranks, crimes and acts of war."

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Sony Hack Reveals Hollywood's Acceptance Of White Privilege: "What these emails really reveal is how little Hollywood is willing to challenge the basic structures, practices and thinking that make it such a white-dominated industry. This seems to happen even when there's evidence that breaking down those walls will actually make better films and more money."


Angry Reader of the Week: Randall Park

"My favorite comedy happens when really dumb things are made by really smart people."

Heeeyyyy everybody! It's that time again. For the last time this year, 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 Randall Park.


County refuses to help child injured by SWAT team grenade

The Phonesavanh family faces over $1 million in medical bills for little "Bou Bou."

Remember the baby in Georgia who was severely injured when a SWAT team threw a "flash bang" grenade in his crib during a botched drug raid? The child suffered serious burns to his face and chest, and his family has been left with over $1 million in medical bills that the county has refused to pay.

Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

18-month-old Bounkham "Bou Bou" Phonesavanh and his family were sleeping at their relatives' house, visiting from Wisconsin, when a police team burst into the home and tossed a grenade that landed and exploded in the crib. They were acting on an informant's tip that he had purchased drugs at the house earlier in the day.

They were wrong.

Angry Gift Guide: Sriracha2Go

Bring the Sriracha. No, literally bring it.

Looking for a gift a last-minute gift for that loved one who likes it spicy?

Do you love Sriracha? I mean, REALLY FREAKING LOVE SRIRACHA? With Sriracha2Go, you'll never worry about a sriracha-less meal again. It's a miniature bottle of Sriracha that attaches to your keychain. It's simple and brilliant, and I know what you're thinking: why the hell didn't I think of that?

Justin Lin to direct 'Star Trek 3'

'Fast & Furious' director signs on to helm the latest adventure into the final frontier.

Whaaat. Boldly go and add this to the fat stack of projects on Justin Lin's plate: Space. The final frontier. The Fast & Furious director is set to sit in the captain's chair for the third installment of the Star Trek franchise.

Star Trek 3's New Director Will Be 'Fast & Furious 6' Helmer Justin Lin

Justin, you're my dude. And you know I love me some Star Trek. Let me get the obvious jokes out of the way: I hope we'll get to see the Enterprise in some totally awesome starship races. With an Asian guy driving, no less!

According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures, Skydance Productions and JJ Abrams' Bad Robot have signed on Justin Lin to direct Star Trek 3. He steps in for Roberto Orci, who exited the project earlier this month.

SNL's Asian American Doll: The Doll That's Asian American

"We made her from a place of fear."

Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live aired one bit that might be a little too clever for its good. The perennial TV sketch comedy show's final episode of 2014 included a fake commercial for "Asian American Doll," The Doll That's Asian American -- and that's it. The joke: the marketing purposely excludes all other possible details about the doll, in quivering, paralyzed fear of being accused of racial or cultural insensitivity.

I've seen a lot of divergent reactions to the sketch. Some are hailing it as clever commentary on well-meaning-but-clueless white people who have no idea what they're doing when it comes to dealing with race. Others are calling it a jab at hypersensitive consumers and activists. It's either a quiet middle finger or an embarrassed "sorrrreeeeeee" shrug to Asian Americans. I don't know, I'm thinking it's actually both.

Take a look:

Two police officers murdered in Brooklyn

Gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley fatally shot officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos before killing himself.

New York City is reeling from the murder of two police officers who were shot and killed over the weekend in Brooklyn. The suspect, who reportedly shared over social media that he wanted to kill police, traveled from Baltimore to New York, fatally shot the officers at point-blank range in their patrol car, then killed himself.

2 N.Y.P.D. Officers Killed in Brooklyn Ambush; Suspect Commits Suicide

Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were sitting in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Saturday afternoon when the gunman, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, walked up to the passenger-side window, and without warning or provocation, fired several shots at the officers, who did not draw their weapons. Brinsley then fled to a nearby subway station, where he killed himself as officers closed in.

Brinsley, who had a long rap sheet and a history of mental problems, used the same gun to shoot his former girlfriend, Shaneka Thompson, in Baltimore earlier that day, before boarding a bus to New York City. He had apparently seized on a plan, shared to the world via Instagram, to kill two police officers.


Read These Blogs

Reaction to the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid': "This will be a case study I can guarantee will be both used and misused in everything from legislation to cybersecurity sales pitches." Peter W. Singer, one of the nation's foremost experts on cybersecurity and cyber war, with thoughts on the Sony hack saga.

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North Korea: Not Funny: "Rightful calls to defend freedom of expression and go ahead with [The Interview] are also mixing with a far more dubious strain of thinking: that the film itself is a form of defiance against a dictatorial regime. It is not."

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Don't Let North Korea Win: "The Interview was not conceived to fight against totalitarianism and trumpet human freedom, and it did not have to. But in light of recent developments, the film has now become something more—a symbol of the centrality of free expression as the foundation of liberty, and a touchstone for how the Free World ought to deal with terrorist threats. Speech should be protected no matter how distasteful."

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These experts still don't buy the FBI claim that North Korea hacked Sony: While experts aren't ruling out North Korea for the attack on Sony, "Let's take a step back here and ponder the FBI statement today on colonel mustard in the study with the laptop before we go PEW PEW PEW ok?"

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'The Interview's' Kim Jong Un actor, Randall Park, knew it was 'insane': Randall Park, who plays North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in The Interview, talks about his decision to take on the role.


Angry Reader of the Week: Tani Ikeda

"I am interested in the healing and restorative nature of story..."

What's up, good readers? Once again, 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 Tani Ikeda.

The Flying Elvii get down with "Uptown Funk"

Raymond Lee and his 'Honeymoon in Vegas' castmates havin' a little classroom instrument jam.

This is too fun not to share. Got this passed along by our good friend Raymond Lee, who currently plays an Elvis in the cast of Broadway's Honeymoon in Vegas. He and his fellow Flying Elvii had to get down with the "Uptown Funk," busted out some classroom instruments, and did their own super-sideburn-styled rendition of Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars' ice cold/too hot hit. And it is awesome.

Check it out:


Watch these cool Asians teach you some math.

CAAM videos use cultural and artistic diversity to teach middle school math lessons.

This is pretty cool. The Center for Asian American Media has produced a series of short videos that use cultural and artistic diversity -- and a little bit of ukulele -- to teach middle school math lessons.

Learn Middle School Math with CAAM and PBS LearningMedia

The 2-5 minute videos were produced, written and directed by Kar Yin Tham, CAAM's director of education initiatives, who says she wanted to make diversity "the central starting point" in the lessons.

"The challenge was to figure out what math concepts were inherent in each artistic or cultural tradition, and how to best present them. To accomplish this, we collaborated with math educators, artists, musicians, and community based organizations."

Some of the collection's highlights include:


Racial bullying may have pushed teen to suicide

13-year-old Emilie Grace Olsen fatally shot herself in her bedroom.

Tragic news out of southwest Ohio, where a 13-year-old girl was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Her parents believe relentless racial bullying may have pushed her to take her own life.

Fairfield Twp. parents trying to sort out daughter's untimely death

Seventh grader Emilie Grace Olsen fatally shot herself in her bedroom Thursday. Her parents say that Emilie, who was adopted from China, was the target of racial bullying by her classmates at Fairfield Middle School. Starting in the fifth grade, Emilie was bullied with a range of verbal insults, cyber abuse and physical attacks.

However, school officials claim there is no evidence Emilie was being bullied. Her father disagrees:


Fund This: I Am Vietnamese: The Anthology

Book collection explores stories from the Vietnamese American experience

The I Am Vietnamese project, edited by Huy Pham, is a 300-page anthology collecting writing by over sixty authors from the Vietnamese diaspora, including Madeline Truong, Andrew Pham, Andrew Lam, and MasterChef winner Christine Ha. The stories cover a wide range of experiences, from quirky parents to cultural confusion, abuse, bi-cultural marriage, and sexuality.

I Am Vietnamese is available as a free e-book download. They're also currently raising funds through Kickstarter in support of the print version of the book. Here's a video with more information about the project:

Call for Proposals: National South Asian Summit 2015

SAALT accepting proposals for summit sessions, April 10-13, 2015 in Washington, DC

SAALT (South Asian Americans Leading Together) is now accepting community proposals for the National South Asian Summit 2015, which will convene South Asian organizations, advocates, and allies from across the United States on April 10-13 in Washington DC.

The National South Asian Summit is an opportunity for organizational leaders and community members to engage with policymakers and government agencies; participate in a learning environment; discuss emerging issues in the South Asian community and the country as a whole; and strategize to achieve best practices, discuss collective solutions, and agree to common principles using a progressive, social justice framework.

SAALT invites you to submit a proposal for a session at the Summit. Here's the full call for proposals:

Music Video: Ann One is a "Love Junkie"

Soulful new track from Los Angeles singer/songwriter

Damn. I'm really digging this gorgeous new song "Love Junkie" by Los Angeles singer/songwriter Ann One featuring Quinn. It knocked me over from the first time I heard it, and I've pretty much had it on repeat all day.

Check out the music video:

Suspects arrested in home invasions targeting Asian families

Crew connected to robberies in New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, Michigan and New York

Last week Houston, four people were arrested and charged in connection with a recent series of New Jersey home invasion robberies that targeted Indian American families in Middlesex County.

4 charged in Middlesex County home invasions

Chaka Castro, 39, Juan Olaya, 34, Octavius Scott, 22, and Johnisha Williams, 19 -- all from Houston -- were charged in connection with five home invasions in which families were restrained, robbed at gunpoint and assaulted. They were arrested last week for robberies in Texas, and are believed to be involved in home invasions -- also targeting Asians -- in Georgia, Michigan and New York.

"We Choose Resistance." Join the Model Minority Mutiny.

Proceeds from shirt sales will be donated to bail funds for protestors.

"Black Lives Matter" is a rallying cry for racial justice. Speak out, show your solidarity with Black organizers and give the middle finger to the model minority myth with this Model Minority Mutiny T-Shirt from Race Files. And now, for a limited time, they'll donate all proceeds from shirt sales to bail funds for protestors.

Coming Soon: Sikh Captain America in 'Red, White, and Beard'

Short documentary is a quirky, lighthearted glance at America's very own Sikh superhero

By now, you know of the legend of Sikh Captain America. So check out this trailer.

The short documentary Red, White, and Beard is a quirky, lighthearted glance into Sikh Captain America and the man behind this growing phenomenon. The more he brings the character to the people, the more he hopes they recognize their own prejudices toward Sikhs and other religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. But is the public only respecting the superhero figure, or do they truly realize what the artist is saying?

Take a look:

Fund This: Green Turtle Action Figure with Artist Edition Card

Part of the Amazing Heroes Wave 1.5 Retro Super Hero Action Figures

Fellow action figure nerds! If you are a fan of Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew's magnificent graphic novel The Shadow Hero, and you even shelled out some cash for an Amazing Heroes Green Turtle action figure, aaaaand you're an obsessive collector like me, you might be interested in the Amazing Heroes Wave 1.5 Retro Super Hero Action Figures, now winding down its fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.

Amazing Heroes is a 4.5" retro inspired Vintage Superhero Action Figure line that is reminiscent of the action figures from the '80s that feature colorful and iconic classic heroes. So what makes Wave 1.5 different from the first Kickstarter round? This wave of figures, including the Green Turtle, include Artist Edition cards featuring original art commissioned exclusively for the Amazing Heroes line.

Here's a video with more information:

Senate confirms Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

Dr. Murthy is the first-ever U.S. Surgeon General of Indian descent

Finally, we have a surgeon general. On Monday, the Senate voted to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as the new Surgeon General of the United States -- more than a year after President Obama nominated him to the post.

The U.S. Has A Surgeon General, For The First Time In 17 Months

The job has been open for a while. Dr. Murthy was nominated back in November 2013, but his confirmation was stalled by partisan opposition, fueled by the gun lobby, particularly over his views criticizing gun violence. But with Congress now in a lame-duck session, Dr. Murthy's confirmation finally got the support it needed from more Democrats, with Monday's vote tally coming in at 51-43.

At 37 years old, Dr. Murthy is the youngest-ever surgeon general in the United States. He is also the first Indian American to serve as America's top doctor.


Asian Americans in New York: Film & Literature

A Summer Seminar for K-12 Educators, July 5-17

Hey, teachers! What are you doing this summer? Here's an awesome opportunity. The Asian American Studies at Hunter College, CUNY invites K-12 school teachers to apply for "Asian Americans in New York: Film & Literature," a two-week interdisciplinary summer seminar with a twenty-first century perspective on Asian American cultural production and communities in New York City. It's happening July 5-17, 2015.

Co-directed by Jennifer Hayashida and Chi-hui Yang, the program is hoping to draw a diverse group of educators from around the country, particularly from states with emerging Asian American populations, who are seeking more tools and resources to teach Asian American culture and politics.

Here are some more details about the seminar:

The Year in Music, According to Pop Danthology 2014

66 of the year's biggest songs mashed up into one convenient jam.

It's baaaaaaack! Vancouver-based DJ/alchemist Daniel Kim has unleashed his latest year-end music video mashup megamix, and it's pretty spectacular. Approximately 180 hours in the making, it's a crazy epic celebration of the year in pop music, comprised of no less than 66 cuts from 2014's biggest hits. There were a lot of crappy songs on the radio this year, but when you grind 'em up and rub 'em together like this, it's actually quite bearable.

Behold, Pop Danthology 2014:

Bringing the Model Minority Mutiny Home

By Scot Nakagawa. Cross-posted from Race Files.

This fall, in the wake of the shooting death of Michael Brown, and in the face of the mounting Black body count at the hands of law enforcement, ChangeLab put out a call for a Model Minority Mutiny. We called on Asian Americans to stand up against the model minority myth as an act of self-liberation from a humiliating, trivializing, and dehumanizing stereotype that has, for too long, been used as a justification for labeling Black communities as “problem” minorities, and excluding and criminalizing Black people.

Many Asian Americans were already part of the mobilization. Many more are answering the call.

Angry Gift Guide: 'A Picture of You' Limited Edition DVD

"A serious movie about life that gets sideswiped in the supermarket parking lot by a funny movie about death."

Here's a cool gift idea for the indie film lover in your life...

Writer/director JP Chan's award-winning feature film debut A Picture of You, starring Jo Mei, Andrew Pang and Jodi Long, is described as "a serious movie about life that gets sideswiped in the supermarket parking lot by a funny movie about death." The movie is now available on DVD exclusively from Amazon.

Estranged siblings Jen and Kyle travel from New York City to rural Pennsylvania to pack up the home of their recently deceased mother. While there, they inadvertently make a shocking discovery that turns their world upside-down. It's a story about family, loss, secrets, letting go, and starting anew. I'm a big fan of this film.

Here's the trailer again:

Margaret Cho to co-host new late night talk show

TLC's 'All About Sex' is all about sex.

Comedian Margaret Cho is getting a late-night talk show! And it's all about sex. That's what it's called.

Margaret Cho to Co-Host TLC Latenight Talkshow 'All About Sex'

According to Variety, Cho will co-host TLC's All About Sex, a weekly late-night panel-style talk show focusing on "all aspects of sex in American culture." She'll be joined by co-hosts comedian Heather McDonald, actress Marissa Jaret Winokur and sex/relationship counselor Tiffanie Davis Henry.

Awkward Moments Only Asians Understand

"No, where are you REALLY from?"

From part of the team that brought you If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say... Here's another BuzzFeed video featuring Eugene Lee Yang dropping some more funny truth about everyday microaggressions. My fellow Asians, you will probably relate to some or all of these Awkward Moments Only Asians Understand.

Check it out:

Senate to vote on Vivek Murthy for Surgeon General

Call to urge your senators today to confirm Dr. Murthy

Senate Democrats are using their lame-duck majority in a last-ditch attempt to finally push through President Obama's pick for the next surgeon general. Over the weekend, the Senate voted 52-40 to bring the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to a formal confirmation vote on Monday at 5:30pm before they adjourn for the holidays.

US Senate to vote for Vivek Murthy as surgeon general before Democrats cede control

President Obama nominated Dr. Murthy, a highly qualified and experienced medical professional, to the post of U.S. Surgeon General over a year ago. While his credentials make him a no-brainer for the job, Dr. Murthy's confirmation has been stalled by the usual partisan politics -- particularly over his stance on gun violence.

Dr. Murthy will have no chance of getting a vote once Republicans take control of the Senate in January. So it's now or never -- time is running out. Here's how you can take action right now: call your senators.


Read These Blogs

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..."


This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.

1. Facebook features Sikh man in video, racists can't handle it

2. This Harvard Business School professor was overcharged $4 for Chinese takeout. Now he's going to make them paaaaaay!

3. This Harvard Business School professor messed with the wrong restaurant. The internet does not approve.

4. Jeremy Lin wears "I Can't Breathe" shirt

5. 12-year-old boy takes his own life after being bullied

6. 'Fresh Off The Boat' to premiere February 10 on ABC

7. The Huangs are suing the employer that sent them to Qatar

8. Angry Reader of the Week: Jean Ho

9. The 'Ktown Cowboys' are back! Watch the new teaser trailer.

10. Meet Mark Wahlberg's hate crime victim, 26 years later

Stay Angry, my friends.

Meet Mark Wahlberg's hate crime victim, 26 years later

Hoa Trinh says he forgives Mark Wahlberg for the 1988 assault.

Many folks have expressed outrage and plentiful "oh hell nos" over Mark Wahlberg's attempts to officially erase the hate crimes of his youth, including that one time he was arrested and convicted of viciously beating two Asian men while calling them racial slurs. The actor/producer recently applied to the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to have the 1988 assault conviction removed from his record.

EXCLUSIVE: Wahlberg gets his pardon from the only person who matters - the VICTIM: Man he beat and racially abused says he forgives star and reveals he had no idea who his attacker was until now

Twenty-six years later, one of the men Wahlberg assaulted says he forgives Wahlberg for the attack, and supports his efforts to get a pardon. He also says he had no idea that his assailant had grown up to become a world-famous movie star. (I'm guessing he is also unaware of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.)


Angry Reader of the Week: Jean Ho

"Good eyebrows get you a lot more social capital than you'd think."

Hey youuuu guys! It is my pleasure to introduce the latest 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 Jean Ho.

New 'Fresh Off The Boat' Key Art evokes "American Gothic"

New comedy premieres February 4 on ABC

Few works of art evoke "Americana" quite like American Gothic. So it seems fitting and funny that the first major key art for Fresh Off The Boat is an Asian American spin on Grant Wood's classic, oft-parodied painting.

'Fresh Off the Boat' Channels 'American Gothic' in Key Art (Exclusive)

The upcoming ABC comedy, starring Randall Park, Constance Wu and Hudson Yang, is the first Asian American family sitcom on network television in twenty years. Set in the 1990s, and based on the memoir by Eddie Huang, it's a nostalgic look back at one Taiwanese American family's unique pursuit of their own American dream.

Here's the full poster:


'Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings' Screening & Discussion

Jake Shimabukuro in attendance! Sunday, December 21 at the Japanese American National Museum

For those of you in Los Angeles, don't miss evening of ukulele awesomeness.

The Japanese American National Museum, First Pond Entertainment, Visual Communications and Angry Asian Man present a special screening of Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, Tad Nakamura's award-winning documentary on international ukulele sensation Jake Shimabukuro. The screening will be followed by a discussion and a special holiday performance by Jake himself!

It's happening Sunday, December 21 at the Japanese American National Museum. Here are some more details:

This Harvard Business School professor messed with the wrong restaurant. The internet does not approve.

Ben Edelman apologizes. Also, this apparently isn't the first time he's pulled this shit.

On Tuesday, Boston.com published a ridiculous exchange of emails instigated by Harvard Business School professor Ben Edelman, in which he took a local Chinese restaurant to task because of an apparent overcharge of $4 for a recent takeout order. Each email seems to turn up the asshole factor, piling on the legalese and general jerkosity. The internet reacted, and did not approve. It really did not approve.

On Wednesday, Professor Edelman posted an apology on his website:

The 'Ktown Cowboys' are back! Watch the new teaser trailer.

Feature film set for release in 2015

The Ktown Cowboys are back! The folks behind the wildly popular comedy webseries have been hard at work on a feature film, set again in the unique subculture of Los Angeles' Koreatown.

Directed by Daniel "DPD" Park and written by Danny Cho and Brian Chung, the bromantic comedy centers on a group of "ball-busting, hard-partying friends who are all struggling with their evolution into adulthood in their own unique but interconnected ways." They just dropped the first teaser trailer for the film.

Check it out:

'Fresh Off The Boat' to premiere February 10 on ABC

Preview episodes to air on Wednesday, February 4 before its official Tuesday time slot.

For those who have been eagerly anticipating the premiere of Fresh Off The Boat, we now have an air date! ABC will officially premiere the new comedy series on Tuesday, February 10 at 8:00pm, but you'll get a double-dose preview on Wednesday, February 4 at 8:30 and 9:31pm. Mark your calendars.

ABC Slots 'Fresh Off the Boat' for Tuesdays After Wednesday Previews

Fresh Off The Boat, inspired by chef/provocateur Eddie Huang's bestselling memoir of the same name, will get previewed twice during ABC's Wednesday night comedy block on Wednesday, February 4, before and after Modern Family. It will then premiere in its official time slot on Tuesday, February 10 at 8:00pm.

What's up with the double Fresh preview night?

Jeremy Lin wears "I Can't Breathe" shirt

Joins teammates in gesture of protest against police brutality.

The Los Angeles Lakers have joined the growing number of athletes protesting the deaths of unarmed black people at the hands of law enforcement. Nearly all the players on the team, including Jeremy Lin, wore black shirts with the phrase "I Can't Breathe" -- referring to Eric Garner's dying words at the hands of the NYPD -- during warmups before Tuesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Nearly all Lakers wear 'I Can't Breathe' shirts for warmups vs. Kings

With all but one Laker rocking the shirt, it marks the most complete protest by any one team thus far. Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman also notes that Jeremy is the first player who is not black to wear the shirt -- a powerful statement and a significant gesture of support of the movement as "a broader human issue."

Props, Jeremy.


This Harvard Business School professor was overcharged $4 for Chinese takeout. Now he's going to make them paaaaaay!

Ben Edelman ordered from an outdated online menu. Now he wants justice.

You've got to be kidding me. A Harvard Business School professor, presumably with nothing better to do, recently got into a ridiculous email exchange with a local family-run restaurant over a $53.35 order of Chinese takeout. His issue? He had apparently been overcharged four bucks. Oh helll no! Fight the power, bro.

Harvard Business School Professor Goes to War Over $4 Worth of Chinese Food

Ben Edelman, an associate professor who teaches bizness n' shit at Harvard Business School, was appalled that he had been charged an extra dollar for each of the dishes he ordered last week from Sichuan Garden's Woburn location. (He had apparently ordered from an outdated online menu.) So he emailed the restaurant for clarification, setting off a chain of increasingly patronizing legalese messages.

Boston.com posted the trail of emails between Professor Edelman and Ran Duan, who manages The Baldwin Bar located inside Sichuan Garden. Behold, as Mr. Edelman demands to be refunded triple damages for the egregious overcharge against him. That's twelve whole bucks, baby.

The Huangs are suing the employer that sent them to Qatar

Lawsuit accuses engineering firm of negligence, wrongful termination and infliction of emotional distress.

Grace and Matt Huang, the American couple that was wrongly accused and imprisoned in Qatar for the death of their daughter, were finally freed and returned home to California last week. This week, they filed a lawsuit against the engineering firm that sent them overseas, alleging that the company failed to provide security or cultural training to help them survive in a country where mixed-race families are not accepted.

Couple jailed in Qatar after adopted daughter's death sue employer

The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, accuses engineering firm MWH Global of negligence, wrongful termination and infliction of emotional distress. The Huangs say they unknowingly arrived in a country where adoption is prohibited and East Asians are regarded as one of the lowest "racial classes of individual." When their legal troubles arose, the Huangs say the company abandoned them and forced Matt to quit his job.


Holiday Giving: Donate to the Museum of Chinese in America

Telling the untold stories in the making of America.

Looking for a worthy cause to donate some holiday cash? Throughout the month of December, I'll try to spotlight projects, causes and organizations that could use support through your generous giving.

Help tell the untold stories in the making of America. Donate to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), which is committed to reclaiming, preserving and presenting the history of Chinese people in the United States. Your generous gift will go towards the Museum's current institutional expansion, which will create greater opportunities for MOCA to offer increased programming, to serve a broader audience, and to develop as the national Chinese American museum.

Here are some of the Museum's highlight's from the past year:

C.S. Lee joins season two of 'True Detective'

'Dexter' star will recur in HBO's hit crime drama as a "smooth and polished" politician.

Some interesting TV casting news... Actor C.S. Lee, who you know and love as forensics investigator Vince Masuka from Dexter, has joined the cast of True Detective as a "smooth and polished" politician.

'True Detective' Enlists 'Dexter' Alum for Season 2 (Exclusive)

Lee will have a recurring role on the second season of HBO's hit crime drama anthology series, which centers on three police officers and a career criminal investigating murder and conspiracy. The starring cast includes Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch and Kelly Reilly.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee will play Richard Geldof, a state attorney general with grand political ambitions. He is described as "well-spoken and intelligent, with an unmoored moral compass."

Facebook features Sikh man in video, racists can't handle it

Commenters call Vishavjit Singh "raghead," "terrorist" and "ISIS," among other hateful remarks.

Cartoonist Vishavjit Singh, known to many as his superhero alter ego Sikh Captain America, was recently featured in a video ad for Facebook Tips, which you may have seen popping up on your timeline. It's just a 28-second video of Vishavjit talking about how "likes" can help shape the content on your news feed.

No big deal, right? But Facebook users, you never let me down. Many seem predictably fixated on Vishavjit's turban and beard, offering comments calling him "terrorist," "raghead," "ISIS," and other hatefully ignorant references.

12-year-old boy takes his own life after being bullied

Friends say Ronin Shimizu was a target of bullying for being a cheerleader.

Some terribly tragic news out of California... In Folsom, family and community members are mourning the death of a 12-year-old boy who took his own life last week because of ongoing bullying and harassment.

Friends, family say Folsom boy was bullied

Seventh grader Ronin Shimizu was found dead in his home Wednesday after he took his own life. According to his parents and friends, he was bullied for years throughout elementary and middle school. The bullying got so bad, he was taken out of school last year and had to be home-schooled.

Friends say Ronin was a target of bullying for being a cheerleader, but his parents say he was bullied for "just being Ronin," by "individuals that could not understand or accept his uniqueness."

Here's the full statement released by Ronin's family:


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Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

Presented by Disoriented Comedy, Thursday, December 18 at Echoes Under Sunset

Los Angeles! It's time to get your people together for another Family Reunion! Disoriented Comedy presents the latest edition of its monthly storytelling show, co-presented by Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Mishthi Music and KAYA Press. No notes. Everyday folks. Talkin' story. It's so much fun.

This month's theme is "Nothing is real," and features storytellers Michelle Woo, Vicky Luu, Ken Lin, Atsuko Okatsuka, Eunice Park, Kimrie Davis, Frank Estrada and Tara Ramanthan. And I'll be serving as the evening's host. It's happening Thursday, December 18 at Echoes Under Sunset.

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Angry Reader of the Week: Thomas Reyes

"Life is hard, laughing about it helps. Also, donuts. Donuts help a lot."

Hey, folks! It is time, once again, to gather 'round 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 Thomas Reyes.

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