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10.31.2015

Your Halloween Costumes, Part Two

Part two of our annual gallery of reader-submitted Halloween costumes.



Happy Halloween! We're showing off your costumes. I put the call out for our annual reader-submitted Halloween costume gallery, and you responded with lots of great photos of your fun/cool/scary/cute/not-racist costumes. We kicked things off the other day with round one. Time for round two.

Above, we have a rather fierce Fairy Princess and Batman.

What are you rocking this Halloween? Send your costume photos to angryasianman@angryasianman.com. I'll pick some of the best ones and include them in the third and final gallery.

Now, here's the latest batch:

This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.



1. This is Why Jessica Huang Rules Everything Around Me
Watch her unleash Asian Mom Fury on some punk-ass kids in this clip from 'Fresh Off The Boat.'

2. Five suspects charged with murder in fraternity hazing death
Former members of Pi Delta Psi arraigned in 2013 death of Baruch College student.

3. What the f*ck just happened on The Walking Dead?
SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

4. School district claims kid wasn't bullied, hurt himself
First grader Jeremy Tsou suffered a fractured skull, requiring brain surgery.

5. Skateboarder tackled, pepper-sprayed in Columbus Circle
NYPD officer caught on camera violently arresting skateboarder.

6. Jeremy Lin scores 17 points in Hornets season opener
Watch the video of Jeremy's game highlights.

7. Defense blames Indian grandfather in police brutality case
"When you come to the U.S. we expect you to follow our laws and speak our language."

8. Sikh customer called "Osama" by Nathan's cashier
Parampal Singh Ghai is latest recipient of a racial receipt.

9. NBC developing family comedy 'I Love Lakshmi'
Inspired by writer Doug Prochilo's real-life experience marrying into an Indian family.

10. 67-year-old man assaulted and robbed by group of teens
David Vo was repeatedly punched in the face by three teen suspects in South St. Louis.

Stay Angry, my friends.


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10.30.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: AJ Rafael

"I'm a musician and occasional instant ramen cook."



Hello, my friends! It is time to meet 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 AJ Rafael.

Your Halloween Costumes, Part One

Our annual gallery of reader-submitted Halloween costumes.


Happy Halloween, folks! In what has become a fun holiday tradition, I asked readers to submit photos of their awesome/spooky/cute/cool/non-racist costumes to include our annual Halloween costume gallery. Lots of people got their festivities started early, so here's the first round of photos.

Above, we have the fearsome Ramakrishnan boys as Darth Vader and Spider-Man.

What are you rocking this Halloween? If you've got costumes to share, send your photos to angryasianman@angryasianman.com. I'll pick some of the best ones and add them to the gallery.

Here's round one:

67-year-old man assaulted and robbed by group of teens

David Vo was repeatedly punched in the face by three teen suspects in South St. Louis.



This week in St. Louis, police are investigating the brutal assault and robbery of a 67-year-old man who was repeatedly punched in the face and beaten unconscious by three teenagers on the street.

Man robbed, attacked by teenagers in South STL

David Vo was out for an afternoon walk on Wednesday in South St. Louis when he was approached by three suspects who asked him for money. When he refused and tried to walk away, he was hit in the back of the head and punched in the face. He was found unconscious, suffering from skull fractures and a laceration to the face.

Vo was hospitalized and is still recovering from injuries. His daughter in law, Kris Vo, posted photos from his hospital bed, and cautioned people to be more aware of their surroundings:

10.29.2015

Happy Halloween-aversary from 'Dr. Ken'

Episode 105: "Halloween-aversary" airs Friday, October 30 at 8:30pm on ABC



This week ABC's Dr. Ken, it's Halloween! That means lots of costumes, missing skeleton parts and a doped up hospital boss. Plus, Ken and Allison reminisce about the Halloween proposal gone wrong.

Inspired by executive producer/star Ken Jeong's real life and career as a medical doctor, Dr. Ken follows Dr. Ken Park, a physician with bad bedside manner trying to juggle medicine and being a family man to his wife and kids -- and not quite succeeding on either front.

Dr. Ken also stars the awesome Suzy Nakamura as Ken's wife Allison, Krista Marie Yu as daughter Molly, and Albert Tsai as his son Dave. They're all great. The cast is rounded out by Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Kate Simses as Julie and Dave Foley as Pat.

In this week's episode, "Halloween-aversary," lots of Halloween hijinks. Here's a preview:

Jeremy Lin scores 17 points in Hornets season opener

Watch the video of Jeremy's game highlights.



In case you missed it... On Wednesday night, the Charlotte Hornets played their season opener against the Miami Heat, losing 104-94. But Jeremy Lin, rocking his latest crazy, baffling haircut, had a pretty decent night. Your favorite Asian American point guard showed up, scoring 17 points off the bench.

Here's a video with all of Jeremy's highlights:

Have faith, Walking Dead fans.

Glenn is just chillin'



Okay, after last week's devastating episode of The Walking Dead, there has been a great deal of speculation of what actually happened to a certain fan-favorite character. Walking Dead watchers, you know what I'm talking about. This hilarious illustration, which floated my way via Facebook, is easily my favorite theory. That is all.

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights on AMC.


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Defense blames Indian grandfather in police brutality case

"When you come to the U.S. we expect you to follow our laws and speak our language."



This is some bullshit. Former Alabama police officer Eric Parker, accused of using excessive force after he was caught on camera throwing an Indian grandfather to the ground. is on trial again. The first trial ended in a hung jury last month. And this time, the defense appears determined to blame the victim.

Defense blames Indian grandfather at start of new trial, 'follow our laws and speak our language'

The altercation left 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel partially paralyzed and hospitalized with a fused vertebrae. His apparent crime: going for a walk. (And being brown.) Parker can be seen in police dash cam video taking down Mr. Patel with a leg sweep, slamming him into the ground.

Officers responded to a call regarding a "suspicious person" in the neighborhood. That person turned out to be Mr. Patel, who was visiting from India and staying with his son's family. Patel, who does not speak English, was on an afternoon walk when he was stopped by police. Somehow, the situation rapidly escalated from "No English," to Mr. Patel getting his face slammed into the ground.

10.28.2015

New campaign calls to end deportation of Southeast Asians

Watch the launch video from from 1Love Movement and SEAFN.



On Saturday, 1Love Movement and the Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN) launched a new national campaign calling for unity, awareness and action to end the United States' deportation policies that have targeted and further displaced the Southeast Asian refugee community for nearly two decades.

Last month, 1Love Movement toured cities around the United States to chronicle the struggles and voices of the Southeast Asian community impacted by deportation. As part of the campaign, they'll be sharing the stories from their tour with a series of videos released every month. The hope is to build power and a deeper understanding of the past, present and future of their community's struggle.

Watch the campaign launch video and learn something:

This is Why Jessica Huang Rules Everything Around Me

Watch her unleash Asian Mom Fury on some punk-ass kids in this clip from 'Fresh Off The Boat.'



This week's Halloween-themed episode of Fresh Off The Boat, "Miracle on Dead Street," was pretty damn great, from the rapid-fire jokes to the knee-deep pop culture references, and the Huang family looking fly in their costumes. But for my money, the best moment came early on from Jessica, playing by Constance Wu, being a boss when she magnificently confronts these punk-ass kids with all her Asian Mom Fury:

"I am NOT a costume."

Halloween spoken word by Jason Chu



"Thug" parties with blackface costumes. "Oriental geisha" outfits and "Indian" headdresses. Halloween is no excuse for ignorance. Race is not a party. Culture is not a costume. Poet/emcee Jason Chu just dropped this spoken word piece in time for Halloween, because we all know that really awful, culturally insensitive costumes are out there and you will most certainly see them in full force this week.

Sikh customer called "Osama" by Nathan's cashier

Parampal Singh Ghai is latest recipient of a racial receipt.



This again. Want to experience some dehumanizing, passive-aggressive racial and/or religious discrimination while just trying to live your damn life? Look no further than your fast food receipt. Over the weekend, a Sikh man examined his Nathan's receipt to discover the cashier had referred to him as "Osama."

Stand Up Against Dehumanizing Behavior

On Sunday, Parampal Singh Ghai and his father were driving up I-95 to New York when they pulled over at a rest stop in Aberdeen, Maryland. They ordered food at Nathan's Famous, when Parampal, who wears a turban in observance of his Sikh faith, realized that the cashier had written his name as "Osama" on the receipt.

10.27.2015

The "Jook Sing" Generation: Chinese New Yorkers during the 1940s-60s

Sunday, November 1 at the Museum of Chinese in America


If you're in New York, the Museum of Chinese in America invites you to a talk and book signing with Jean Lau Chin of NYC Chinatown Oral History Project, whose book Who are the Cantonese Chinese?: NYC Chinatown During the 1940s-60s explores the lives of Chinese New Yorkers in the 1940s-60s, and how this "jook sing" generation navigated the space in between and in their lives in New York.

Here are some more details about the event:

Skateboarder tackled, pepper-sprayed in Columbus Circle

NYPD officer caught on camera violently arresting skateboarder.



Well, this seemed rather excessive. In New York, a man was violently arrested by an NYPD officer for skateboarding in Columbus Circle. A video of the arrest shows the officer using a chokehold and pepper-spraying the skateboarder to subdue him.

Video: Cop Uses Chokehold, Pepper Spray To Take Down Skateboarder In Columbus Circle

The video, recorded in Columbus Circle on Sunday afternoon, shows the officer forcing 22-year-old Yibin Mu off his skateboard with his forearm, throwing him to the ground face-first, straddling his neck and pinning him down from behind. He then draws his pepper spray and sprays Mu in the face.

Mu uploaded video of the arrest to YouTube:

Watch the kickass action short 'The Challenger'

A rad little slice of kung fu flick badassery, directed Tran Quoc Bao.



Actions fans, check this out. The short film The Challenger, written and directed Tran Quoc Bao, is a rad little slice of kung fu flick badassery. With solid visuals and some kickass choregraphy, the eight-minute short is about a kung fu fighter who, eager to make a name for himself, challenges his hero in an underground match. It stars Martial Club's Andy Le and Ken Quitigua of ZeroGravity Stunts.

Check it out:

NBC developing family comedy 'I Love Lakshmi'

Inspired by writer Doug Prochilo's real-life experience marrying into an Indian family.



Some more interesting TV news... NBC is developing I Love Lakshmi, a comedy about a (presumably white) guy who marries into an Indian family, and the hilarity and hijinks that ensue from their cross-cultural union.

NBC Developing 'I Love Lakshmi' Family Comedy From Aggregate

According to Deadline, the multi-camera comedy, co-written by Muffy Bolding and Doug Prochilo, is inspired by Prochilo's real-life experience marrying into an Indian family (he is married to Bela Bejaria, President of Universal Television), which somebody must have thought was toooootally hilarious fodder for a TV show.

Backstreet Boys ain't got nuthin' on Vincent Rodriguez III

Josh Chan is Rachel's hilarious boy band fantasy on 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend'



Have you been watching been Crazy Ex-Girlfriend? The CW musical comedy stars Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, who impulsively gives up her successful life and law career in New York City to relocate to West Covina, California in a quest for love, adventure and true happiness. Um, why West Covina? Her former flame Josh Chan, played by by the studly Vincent Rodriguez II, just happens to live there too.

On last night's episode, we got to see Josh Chan singing and dancing in an amaaaaaaazing boy band number, as fantasized by Rachel. And of course, Josh played all four different members of Rachel's dream group, from the sensitive crooner to the bad boy. It's pretty incredible, from the moment he says "Hey, girl."

Take a look:

School district claims kid wasn't bullied, hurt himself

First grader Jeremy Tsou suffered a fractured skull, requiring brain surgery.



More on the Southern California first grader who was bullied so severely, he suffered a skull fracture and had to undergo brain surgery. Thanks to social media shares, Jeremy Tsou's story has gained some traction -- over five months after the incident -- and now mainstream media outlets have started to pick up the story.

Parents Say Bullied Boy Needed Brain Surgery

Eli Tsou and Jenny Yang learned their son Jeremy, then a first grader at Baldwin Stocker Elementary School in Arcadia, suffered a head injury on May 19 when the Arcadia Unified School District sent them a "Notification of Possible Head Injury" letter. Jeremy says he fell and hit his head on a desk when another student tripped him.

While the letter said the injury "did not appear serious," it turns out that Jeremy suffered a fractured skull and brain bleeding, requiring surgery.

10.26.2015

REDCAT Presents Kristina Wong in 'The Wong Street Journal'

"Part psychedelic TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part nonsense," November 12-15



Good people of Southern California! Comedian and performer Kristina Wong invites you to the Los Angeles premiere of her latest solo show The Wong Street Journal, described as "part psychedelic TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part nonsense." Four shows only! On a set made from the finest discount felt! It's happening November 12-15 at REDCAT.

Here's a trailer for the show:

Apply to The Margins Fellowship & Open City Project Grants

The Asian American Writers' Workshop invites emerging writers to apply by November 9.



Are you an Asian American creative writer in search of a home to help cultivate your work? Do you want to write the stories of Asian immigrant communities in New York City you wish you saw in the mainstream media? Here's a great opportunity. The Asian American Writers' Workshop is now accepting applications for The Margins Fellowship and Open City Project Grant.

The year-long Margins Fellowship combines publication opportunities, a writers' retreat, mentorship, work space, and a $5,000 grant. With a six-month Open City Project Grant you'll join our journalism workshops series, have a chance to publish with AAWW, and get a $2,500 grant, plus more.

Here's some more information about both opportunities:

New Music: 'Lovers and Loners' by Kim Edwards

New acoustic pop EP from Pennsylvania-based singer/songwriter



Just got around to listening to Lovers and Loners, the new EP from Pennsylvania-based singer/songwriter Kim Edwards, and I love it. The follow-up to her acclaimed 2012 debut full-length album Wanderlust, it's a gorgeous little six-song slice of acoustic pop goodness. You can count me as her newest fan.

Here's the music video for the track "The Sweetest Sound":

Five suspects charged with murder in fraternity hazing death

Former members of Pi Delta Psi arraigned in 2013 death of Baruch College student.



Last week in northeast Pennsylvania, five former fraternity members were arraigned on murder charges for their participation in the brutal hazing ritual that killed a New York City college student in 2013.

5 Suspects Charged With Murder in NYC Student's Hazing Death

On Thursday, 26-year-old Kenny Kwan, 24-year-old Charles Lai, 22-year-old Raymond Lam, 23-year-old Sheldon Wong and 23-year-old Daniel Li -- identified by police as the most culpable of 37 suspects in the case -- were arraigned in the death of Baruch College freshman Chun "Michael" Deng.

According to police, fraternity members at Pi Delta Psi, an Asian American fraternity, forced Deng to participate in a hazing ritual in which he was tackled repeatedly, then tried to cover it up after he suffered a brain injury.

Share your awesome Halloween costumes!

Submit your costume photos to be included in our annual costume gallery.



All right, good readers. Halloween looms, and in what has become a fun annual tradition, I want to see your costumes! For several years running, I've put the call out for photos of your awesome (and please, not racist) Halloween costumes and showcased them here on the blog. It's always a big hit, so we're doing it again.

For example, here we have a young man named Ronin rocking a kickass homemade costume as the original Shockwave from Transformers. Homeboy won best costume in his second grade costume contest.

'Meet the Patels' remake in the works

Ravi Patel and Geeta Patel will co-direct the narrative comedy for Fox Searchlight.



This sounds pretty cool... Ravi Patel and Geeta Patel, the sibling filmmaker team behind Meet the Patels, have signed a deal with Fox Searchlight to remake their hit documentary as a narrative comedy.

'Meet The Patels' In Fox Searchlight Remake Deal; Ravi And Geeta Patel To Write, Co-Direct

The film is the perfect real-life setup for a romantic comedy, so this is pretty much a no-brainer. Meet the Patels follows Ravi, nursing a devastating breakup, giving in to his parents' relentless pressure to let them find a suitable girl for him to marry. The film chronicles his hilarious attempt to find love the old-fashioned Indian way.

Ravi and Geeta will return to co-direct their own script.

First Look Photos from the Broadway musical 'Allegiance'

Watch Episode 6 of the behind-the-scenes documentary webseries 'Trek to Broadway.'



I am jealous of anyone who's been able to watch the new Broadway musical Allegiance, currently in previews at The Longacre Theatre. Inspired by George Takei's true-life experience in an internment camp, Allegiance follows one family's extraordinary journey through wrongful imprisonment during World War II.

Allegiance stars George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San, Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura and Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; with book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo.

Check out these brand-new official first-look photos from Allegiance:

What the f*ck just happened on The Walking Dead?

SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER



I've dreaded writing this post for the last three years. I've desperately hoped this day wouldn't arrive. On last night's episode of The Walking Dead, fans of the hit AMC zombie drama suffered a heartbreaking, devastating blow as one of the show's most beloved characters was seemingly killed off.

You probably already know who I'm talking about. SPOILERS BELOW, YOU FOOLS.

10.25.2015

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Larry Itliong Day Celebrated in Honor of Filipino-American Laborer Leader: For the first time in California history, Filipino American labor leader Larry Itliong will be recognized on an annual day honoring the late hero throughout the state.

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How I Learned What It Means To Be A Filipino-American: "I can't remember the exact moment I first realized I was Filipino-American. It was just part of who I was."

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Why the GOP Is Going to Lose the Asian American Vote Again... And Why It Matters: Who isn't tired of the GOP's anti-immigrant rhetoric? Why losing the Asian American vote is detrimental to the Republican Party.

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The term 'Asian' may be overly broad but California is stuck with it: Why disaggregating data to reflect the diversity of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is especially important for California's students.

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Don't let hate crimes persist in America: Hate is alive and well in America. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 784 hate groups nationwide and they are active in every state. Civil rights lawyer Arjun Sethi says Congress should pass legislation that would make it less difficult to prosecute hate crimes.

10.24.2015

This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.



1. First grader suffers fractured skull in bullying incident
But his school claims he slipped on a pencil.

2. Japanese American Women Try On Geisha Halloween Costumes
"The Geisha With The Dragon Tattoo"

3. Racist signs target Asian American mayoral candidate
"DON'T VOTE FOR HO CHI CHIN"

4. It's a Very Huang Halloween on 'Fresh Off The Boat'
Episode 205: "Miracle on Dead Street" airs Tuesday, October 27, 8:30 PM on ABC.

5. 'Dr. Ken' picked up for full season
Ken Jeong comedy officially gets the back nine order from ABC.

6. Ludi Lin is the new Black Ranger
New 'Power Rangers' reboot movie will hit theaters in 2017.

7. Police release sketches of Spencer Stone stabbing suspects
France train hero was stabbed multiple times during an altercation in Sacramento.

8. Will Yun Lee guest stars on 'Dr. Ken'
Episode 104: "Kevin O'Connell" airs Friday, October 23 at 8:30pm on ABC

9. Angry Reader of the Week: Zahra Noorbakhsh
"I try to make people uncomfortable, but most of the time it's just funny."

10. Watch the new trailer for Aziz Ansari's 'Master of None'
10-episode original Netflix series is inspired by Ansari's own life.

Stay Angry, my friends.


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10.23.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: Zahra Noorbakhsh

"I try to make people uncomfortable, but most of the time it's just funny."



Hey, folks. How's it going? It is time, once again, to meet 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 Zahra Noorbahksh.

Ludi Lin is the new Black Ranger

New 'Power Rangers' reboot movie will hit theaters in 2017.



The new Power Rangers movie adds another Ranger to its ranks. Chinese actor Ludi Lin has been cast as Zack, the Black Ranger, in Lionsgate's upcoming movie reboot of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.

Lionsgate's 'Power Rangers' Movie Casts Chinese Actor Ludi Lin as Black Ranger

Lin joins Naomi Scott, the Pink Ranger, and Dacre Montgomery, the Red Ranger, in the upcoming feature film reboot of the iconic 1990s kids action series. His previous credits include a small role in Monster Hunt, China's highest-grossing film ever, and a role in the upcoming second season of Netflix's Marco Polo.

The studio made the announcement via Instagram:

Japanese American Women Try On Geisha Halloween Costumes

"The Geisha With The Dragon Tattoo"



So you've seen my excruciatingly terrible gallery of Asian-themed Halloween costumes, which includes of disturbing number of "geisha" ensembles. Geishas, by the way, are a real thing, with a rich culture and history in Japan. Ever wonder what actual people of Japanese descent think of these crappy geisha costumes you can buy out of a plastic bag? Here's your answer. In this BuzzFeed video, Japanese-American Women Try On Geisha Halloween Costumes. As you might expect, they do not approve.

Take a look:

10.22.2015

First grader suffers fractured skull in bullying incident

But his school claims he slipped on a pencil.



Got this story passed along to me via social media... This is a parent's frustrating, heartbreaking story of bullying and a school administration's refusal to take action or accountability for an incident that sent one young student to the hospital with a fractured skull. Ridiculously, the school claims the kid tripped on a pencil.

On the ironic occasion of anti-bullying week at her child's school, Jenny Yang (no relation to comedian Jenny Yang) shared a Facebook post about her son Jeremy's traumatic experience with bullying. Five months ago, Jeremy -- then, a first-grader -- was pushed and tripped by a boy in his classroom at Baldwin Stocker Elementary School in Arcadia, California. He suffered a fractured skull and brain bleeding, requiring surgery.

According to Jenny, the school not only refused to acknowledge that her son was bullied, but made up a story that Jeremy tripped on a pencil. Jeremy's parents are now sharing about his experience to raise awareness about bullying, and send a message to bullied kids "that there are still people who stand behind you and who will fight for you."

Here's Jenny's Facebook post:

Will Yun Lee guest stars on 'Dr. Ken'

Episode 104: "Kevin O'Connell" airs Friday, October 23 at 8:30pm on ABC



This week, Will Yun Lee guest stars on the ABC comedy Dr. Ken as basically the cooler, more awesome version of Dr. Ken. Inspired by executive producer/star Ken Jeong's real life and career as a medical doctor, the series follows Dr. Ken Park, a physician with bad bedside manner trying to juggle medicine and being a family man to his wife and kids -- and not quite succeeding on either front.

Dr. Ken also stars the awesome Suzy Nakamura as Ken's wife Allison, Krista Marie Yu as daughter Molly, and Albert Tsai as his son Dave. They're all great. The cast is rounded out by Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Kate Simses as Julie and Dave Foley as Pat.

In this week's episode, "Kevin O'Connell," Allison's hot ex-boyfriend comes to town. Here's a preview:

Watch the new trailer for Aziz Ansari's 'Master of None'

10-episode original Netflix series is inspired by Ansari's own life.



Netflix just dropped the first trailer for comedian Aziz Ansari's new original scripted series Master of None, and it looks pretty darn great. The 10-episode series, starring, written and directed by Ansari, is loosely based on his own life, following the personal and professional life of Dev, "a 30-year-old actor in New York who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life."

10.20.2015

'Dr. Ken' picked up for full season

Ken Jeong comedy officially gets the back nine order from ABC.



Some good news for Dr. Ken. Just three episodes into its debut season, the Ken Jeong comedy has been officially picked up for a full season by ABC. The network has given the show a back-nine order.

Ken Jeong's 'Dr. Ken' Gets Full-Season Order By ABC

Inspired by Jeong's real life as a doctor, he stars as Dr. Ken Park, a physician with bad bedside manner trying to juggle medicine and being a family man to his wife and kids -- and not quite succeeding on either front.

The freshman multi-camera comedy has made a surprisingly strong showing in its Friday night time slot.

10.19.2015

Grace Lee's 'Off The Menu: Asian America' - L.A. Premiere

Sunday, October 25 at the Japanese American National Museum


Grace Lee's 'Off The Menu: Asian America'

If you're in Los Angeles, Visual Communications and the Japanese American National Museum invite to the L.A. premiere of Off The Menu: Asian America. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Grace Lee, the documentary is an exploration of food in changing communities, families traditions and faiths.

The documentary follows Grace as she travels around the country, from Houston to New York's Lower East Side, and from Oak Creek, Wisconsin to Oahu, seeking stories that reflect an evolving Asian Pacific America and the role food plays in people's lives. This is not your average food travelogue.

It's happening Sunday, October 25 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo. The evening will also feature a post-screening conversation, moderated by writer and sociologist Oliver Wang, with folks from the city's culinary scene, including Chef Minh Pham of Porridge+Puffs, food writer Christine Chiao, scholar Karen Tongson, and Youa Yang of Yang Farms.

Here are some more details about the screening:

It's a Very Huang Halloween on 'Fresh Off The Boat'

Episode 205: "Miracle on Dead Street" airs Tuesday, October 27, 8:30 PM on ABC.



ABC's hit Asian American family sitcom Fresh Off The Boat airs Tuesday nights at 8:30pm, right after The Muppets. The comedy, inspired by the memoir of chef Eddie Huang, tells the story of the Huang family, a Taiwanese American family getting their immigrant hustle on in suburban Orlando, in pursuit of the American dream. If you missed this season's episodes, they're available for viewing on the ABC website.

Fresh Off The Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan and Chelsey Crisp as Honey. With special guest assist from Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang. On the next episode, the Huangs get into the Halloween spirit.

Here are some more details about episode 205, "Miracle On Dead Street":

Racist signs target Asian American mayoral candidate

"DON'T VOTE FOR HO CHI CHIN"



Damn. So this is how they throw down in Maine. Dirty. In Lewiston, both Democrats and Republicans condemned racist signs attacking an Asian American mayoral candidate that were posted on at least two downtown buildings. The signs feature a racist Asian caricature and Communist imagery.

Racist signs target mayoral candidate Ben Chin in Lewiston

The signs attack local mayoral candidate Ben Chin, referring to him "Ho Chi Chin." They are designed with the Communist hammer and sickle and read, "DON'T VOTE FOR HO CHI CHIN. VOTE FOR MORE JOBS NOT MORE WELFARE," with a caricature of Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.

Police release sketches of Spencer Stone stabbing suspects

France train hero was stabbed multiple times during an altercation in Sacramento.



In Sacramento, investigators are asking for the public's help identifying the suspects responsible for stabbing France train hero Spencer Stone during a fight outside a bar earlier this month. Police have released composite sketches of the suspects, who are described as Asian men.

Cops Release Composite Sketches in Spencer Stone Stabbing Case

23-year-old U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, who was hailed as a hero along with two friends after they helped stop a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train this summer, was stabbed multiple times during an altercation with a group of suspects on October 8. Stone was hospitalized with three stab wounds to the torso.

Here are the police sketches of the suspects, based on eye-witness accounts of the assault:

10.18.2015

Read These Blogs



The Effects of Seeing Asian-Americans as a 'Model Minority': Does the stereotype do damage and perpetuate unique racial burdens? (If you do not know that the answer is "yes," please continue reading.)

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Asian-Americans and Stereotypes: A cascade of letters to the editor from New York Times readers responding to Nicolas Kristof's column on the so-called "Asian Advantage."

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Hazing and Drinking Deaths at Asian-American Fraternities Raise Concerns: Why are there so many deaths from hazing practices of Asian American fraternities? Social pressure, recuperation of masculinity -- many are trying to tackle the issue before another one happens.

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How Asian-Americans Have Redefined What It Means To Be American: National Public Radio's Steve Inskeep talks to historian Erika Lee about her new book, The Making of Asian America: A History.

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Greater transgender visibility hasn't helped nonbinary people -- like me: "Putting trans celebrities on pedestals doesn't translate into safety for those of us who are visibly gender nonconforming." Darkmatter's Alok Vaid-Menonvia on the limitations of greater transgender visibility.

10.17.2015

This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.



1. Halloween is coming. Don't wear these racist costumes.
From "China Man" to "Shanghai Hottie," here's a roundup of questionable Asian-themed costumes.

2. Mike Huckabee thinks he's funny, tweets racist dog joke
"I trust Bernie Sanders with my tax dollars like I trust a North Korean chef with my labrador!"

3. Of course Donald Trump has a "Where are you from?" moment.
"I was born in Texas, raised in Colorado."

4. 6 Things All Immigrant Kids Experience
"Nagooyen. Mister Nigin. Mister Nugugian."

5. Vandalized garage transformed into community chalkboard
After Justin Kan's garage door got tagged with racist graffiti, he painted it over with chalkboard paint.

6. 'Fresh Off The Boat' picked up for full second season
ABC officially orders the back nine for season two of the Asian American family comedy.

7. New report examines Asian American & NHPIs in the West
Asian American Advancing Justice releases final report in 'Community of Contrasts' demographic series.

8. Sung Kang gets behind the wheel again in 'Z Dream'
Five-part docu-series chronicles 'Fast & Furious' star's restoration of a classic Nissan 240Z.

9. Angry Asian America: Let's Talk About Bullying.
With co-host Jenny Yang and special guest Maulik Pancholy

10. Chef Sang Yoon is working on restaurant drama for Fox
One-hour drama pitch 'On the Line' inspired by the restaurateur behind the best damn burger in America.

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10.16.2015

Tuesday Night Cafe's Season Finale

Presented by Tuesday Night Project, Tuesday, October 20



If you're in Los Angeles, Tuesday Night Project invites you to help them close out the 17th season of Tuesday Night Cafe, the oldest currently running Asian American open mic series in the country. The season finale is happening on Tuesday, October 20 in Little Tokyo, and will feature sets by Priska, Steady, Scott Okamoto & Jayson Joseph, Jason Oymun Fong and a special performance by The Blazing Rays of the Sun.

Here are some more details about the evening:

Community demands action in Cincinnati bullying incidents

Parents call on school board to address bullying on Asian American student.



On Thursday night in Cincinnati, over 150 angry community members gathered at a Fairfield Board of Education meeting to demand answers regarding ongoing bullying at a local middle school. Parents are protesting school officials inaction after a student took her own life last year, as well as another recent allegation of bullying against an Asian American student at the same school.

150 people show up at Fairfield board meeting to protest bullying

The school district has been under fire for its handling of bullying ever since Emilie Olsen, a student at Fairfield Middle School, took her own life last December. Her family contended that bullying had a hand in her death. Since then, parents say that another Asian American student has been bullied at the school -- by the same student who allegedly bullied Olsen.

One parent said this eighth grade daughter, who is Asian American, was recently the target of bullying by a while male student. The bullying resulted in a physical altercation in which the Asian American student was tripped and suffered a mild concussion and short term memory loss.

Angry Reader of the Week: Deepa Iyer

"Figuring out how to be part of movement building work in honest, authentic and meaningful ways."


Hello, my friends. You know what's up. Take a moment to meet 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 Deepa Iyer.

6 Things All Immigrant Kids Experience

"Nagooyen. Mister Nigin. Mister Nugugian."



Hilarious. Fellow kids from immigrant families, tell me you're feeling this too. AJ+ just dropped this video featuring a bunch of funny folks explaining 6 Things All Immigrant Kids Experience -- some of the many quirks of growing up in an immigrant family, including dealing with hard-to-pronounce names, Lunchables, sleepovers, dating, camping and long distance phone calls. Many of you will be able to relate.

Check it out: