4.30.2015

Meet the three Filipinos not rooting for Manny Pacquiao

These lone outsiders are supporting Floyd Mayweather. Traitors.



Are you ready for the Filipino Superbowl? I am referring, of course, to the long-awaited, much-anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. Billed as the "Fight of the Century," Manny has the global support of fellow Filipinos worldwide... except for these three guys. In this video, AOL's 2 Point Lead tracked down the three Filipinos who are coming out of the shadows to profess their support for Mayweather.

Take a look:

Virginia Tech student arrested for posting threat message

"Another 4.16 moment is going to happen tomorrow. Just a warning."



This week in Virginia, a college student was arrested after posting a threatening message on social media warning of an upcoming event similar to the 2007 mass shooting on the Virginia Tech campus.

Student arrested after threatening Virginia Tech Yik Yak post

21-year-old Kiung Moon, a senior majoring in business information technology at Virginia Tech, posted a message on Yik Yak on Tuesday night warning of "another 4.16 moment." The Virginia Tech and the Blacksburg police departments were alerted to the posting and immediately launched an investigation.

According to Blacksburg police, Moon turned himself in at the Virginia Tech Police Department and was taken into custody the next afternoon.

4.29.2015

First Unofficial Look at Jubilee in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Set photos reveal an early glimpse of the teen mutant superhero's signature look.



Filming on the latest X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse officially began in Montreal earlier this week, so a few photos from the set have inevitably trickled out to social media, giving X-fans an unofficial first glimpse at some of their favorite young mutant superheroes -- including Lana Condor as Jubilee.

As you can see, she is rocking Jubilee's signature yellow jacket. Those familiar with Jubilee's origin story will remember she was introduced in the pages of The Uncanny X-Men as a mutant teen mallrat.

Take a look:

Manny Pacquiao does it all in 'Too Manny Things'

Marques Ray, Randall Park and Tess Paras star in the Manny Pacquiao reality show.



Between all the training, endorsements, painting, singing, recording, serving in Congress, picking up the cake, rescuing his wife Jinkee from kidnappers and who knows what else, pro boxer Manny Pacquiao will carve out some time to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring this Saturday. He's a very busy man.

In the inaugural episode of Manny's very own reality show, Too Manny Things, starring Marques Ray, Randall Park and Tess Paras, we follow a day in the life of the busiest many alive.

Take a look:

Teens terrorizing Asian-owned businesses in Brooklyn

Chinese shop owners in Bensonhurst have been repeatedly targeted by unruly youth.



In Brooklyn, a group of Asian American shopkeepers have filed a police report saying that they are being targeted by rowdy, unruly teenagers who have been repeatedly terrorizing their businesses.

Teens Terrorize Chinese-Owned Shops On Bay Parkway

In Bensonhurst, on a stretch of mostly Chinese-owned shops, a group of kids, ranging in ages from 13 to 17, have been antagonizing merchants and customers by shoplifting, pickpocketing, smoking in stores, throwing merchandise on the floor, and destroying property on a regular basis, nearly every day after school.

4.28.2015

The 25 Types of People on the Subway

Sleeping Beauty, The Makeup Artist, The Pole Hogger, The Creeper. You've seen them all.



Subway riders, you know what's up. Seasoned straphangers will recognize many of the train folk classified in 25 Types of People on the Subway, a video by Yuena Li. The funny piece of anthropology (and public service) was no doubt inspired by many hours of observation while riding the 7.

My personal favorite is The Pole Hogger. You know what I'm talking about. Take a look:

Penn students allege hate crime in racial altercation

"We'll kill you -- you don't belong here."



A group of Vietnamese American students at the University of Pennsylvania say they are the victims of a hate crime after being the target of death threats and racial slurs in an altercation with another group of students.

Alleged hate crime during Fling prompts students to launch police investigation

According to The Daily Pennsylvanian, members of the Vietnamese Students' Association were hosting a barbecue at a house earlier this month, during the school's "Spring Fling," when several groups of people walking by made racial gestures or rude comments directed toward them.

The incident apparently started when a student walking by approached the barbecue and asked for a burger. When he was told it was a members-only event, and was asked to leave, attendees say he became combative, saying "Is it because I don't look like you? I eat rice and watch anime, too."

Things escalated when the student left and returned with a larger group of other students.

4.27.2015

Lee Byung-hun and Diddy star in 'Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2'

Two sequels. One movie. Courtesy of Funny or Die.



Lee Byung-hun and Diddy star in Rush Hour 4: Face/Off 2, the most anticipated double-sequel of the blockbuster season! To rescue the Korean ambassador's daughter, Detective Carter and Detective Lee must join forces... and switch faces! Like in Face/Off. Because... well, just because.

Okay, before you freak the frick out about this unholy cinematic union, know that this weirdly hilarious premise is a Funny or Die parody trailer. Hey, might as well combine two spoofs in one. Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker and John Travolta and Nicholas Cage won't know what they're missing.

Take a look:

Brian Tee cast as Shredder in 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2'

'Tokyo Drift' actor will play iconic franchise villain in 2016 'TMNT' reboot sequel.



Check it, turtle fans. Actor Brian Tee has been cast as the iconic franchise villain Shredder in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the latest installment of the recently rebooted live-action movie series.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2' Casts Brian Tee as Shredder

Tee, whose work includes The Wolverine and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, joins Megan Fox (April O'Neill), Will Arnett (Vern Fenwick), Stephen Amell (Casey Jones) and Tyler Perry (Baxter Stockman) in the sequel to producer Michael Bay's 2014 blockbuster, which earned $485 million at the worldwide box office.

Comic book artists sue Marvel over 'Iron Man' suit design

Ben and Ray Lai claim Marvel illegally copied elements of their comic book 'Radix.'



A pair of comic book artists have filed a federal lawsuit against Marvel Entertainment, alleging that the super-powered armored suit worn by Tony Stark in The Avengers and Iron Man movies copied their work.

Comic Book Artists Sue Marvel Over 'Iron Man' Body Armor

Brothers Ben and Ray Lai, the founders of Horizon Comics, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Marvel saying the suit worn by Iron Man illegally copies elements of their work on the comic book Radix.

The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Boston, names as defendants a series of Marvel and Disney enterprises and also makes claims of unfair and deceptive business practices.

Open Letter from AAPIs calls for #justiceforakaigurley

More than 50 AAPI groups release letter supporting justice for Akai Gurley and indictment of Officer Peter Liang



More than fifty Asian American and Pacific Islander groups from around the country have signed on to an open letter, organized by CAAAV, calling for justice in the fatal police shooting of Akai Gurley, an unarmed, Black, 28-year-old father who was killed by NYPD Officer Peter Liang last fall. The letter follows calls coming from some members of the Asian American community to drop charges against Liang.

Officer Liang was conducting a vertical patrol on November 20, 2014 in the Louis H. Pink Houses in East New York when he fired a shot that killed Gurley, who was visiting the home of his girlfriend.

The letter has been signed by AAPI community organizations and leaders representing diverse constituencies across all regions of the United States, calling for "#JusticeforAkaiGurley and for the systemic overhaul of policing practices and other institutional policies that chronically defund and destabilize Black communities."

The letter also condemns calls from members of the Asian American community for the charges against Officer Liang dropped. CAAAV Executive Director Cathy Dang calls these efforts "divisive, hurtful, and misguided."

"We should all be standing with Akai's family, who have lost a beloved brother, son, and father, and should be fighting to reform policing practices so that more families won't have to suffer the pain they are going through."

Here's the text of the letter:

4.26.2015

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How to help Nepal: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake: As images of devastation and tragedy in Nepal and neighboring countries rattled by Saturday's earthquake pour across social media and TV, the natural question for many people is, "What can I do to help?"

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Regrettable Things Our White Relatives Have Said to Us: Noah is a multiracial Korean American. Nicole is a Korean American adoptee with multiracial kids. They both have a large number of white relatives and, to date, have not managed to turn a single one of them even a little bit Asian. Here's a list of regrettable things their white relatives have said to them

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When Being Chinese Is Not Enough: Peter Liang and the Future of Ethnic Solidarity: As Chinese Americans plan a national rally in defense of NYPD officer Peter Liang, who fatally shot Akai Gurley in 2014, Ellen Wu urges people to remember the long history of race and racism in this country.

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"I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against." - Malcolm X "We all know that not all lawbreakers or rulebreakers get caught and punished. Some get away with cheating the system. But the fact that some get away with rule breaking doesn't invalidate punishing those who are caught."

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Decision on Asian-American band's name is wrong: For years, members of the Oregon indie band The Slants have been attempting unsuccessfully to trademark the name. Why this fight is different from cases like the "Redskins" debate.

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4.24.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: Peter Shinkoda

"Professionally speaking, I'm right where I want to be."



Hey folks! It's that time again. 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 Peter Shinkoda.

4.23.2015

LAAPFF presents Crane Kick Commentary: The Karate Kid Part II

Tuesday, April 28 at the Japanese American National Museum



Folks, this is going to be a fun one. If you're in Los Angeles, I invite you to join me for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival's special presentation of The Karate Kid Part II: Crane-Kick Commentary Edition!

You know it, you love it. Re-visit director John Avildsen's 1986 follow-up to The Karate Kid, in which Mr. Miyagi and Daniel-san travel to Okinawa for a journey of old scores, new flames and big bad bullies. This was, of course, the movie that introduced us to the lovely Tamlyn Tomita, gave us an impressive look at shirtless Yuji Okumoto, and still has us scratching our heads over that mysterious (but effective) drum technique.

I've assembled some friends to watch the movie and provide a live running commentary, Mystery Science Theater 3000-style, for this goofy classic that holds a special place in our hearts. Our Crane Kick Commentary Crew includes Tamlyn Tomita, Jenny Yang, Patrick Epino, Stephen Dypiangco and Emily Chang. The screening will be preceded by a karaoke singalong of Peter Cetera's "Glory of Love," led by Jane Lui.

Join us for a night of laughs and fond nostalgia as we re-discover the Secret of Miyagi Family Karate. It's happening Tuesday, April 28, 7:00pm at the Japanese American National Museum.

Here are some more details about the evening:

4.22.2015

Jane Lui's fun mashup cover pays tribute to Janet Jackson

Watch the dance-tastically silly video for "All For You/Together Again/Escapade."



One of my favorite people and mad genius music-maker Jane Lui recently put together a stunningly cool mashup cover of three of Janet Jackson's biggest hit songs from the 80s, 90s and 00s, All For You & Together Again & Escapade. It's awesome. And to make the dance-tastically silly video for the tune, she enlisted the help of some friends to show off their moves. It's ridiculous fun.

Check it out:

Man faces hate crime charges for targeting Asian women

20-year-old Manuel Israel faces a 36-count indictment for attacking five Chinese women.



In New York City, a man faces hate crime charges after allegedly robbing or attempting to rob six women in Brooklyn. He is accused of targeting Asian women because he believed he could overpower them.

20-year-old charged with slew of hate crimes against Asian women

20-year-old Manuel Israel faces a 36-count indictment on charges of robbery as a hate crime after attacking five Chinese women and attempting to rob a sixth two weeks ago. According to prosecutors, he targeted women of Chinese descent because he "perceived them to be vulnerable to attack."

"This defendant allegedly targeted Asian women walking alone because he believed he could overpower them," said District Attorney Ken Thompson. "Such cowardly attacks -- whether based on a person's race, gender, sexuality or ethnicity, destroy the fabric of who we are as a community and won't be tolerated."

4.21.2015

Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

Presented by Disoriented Comedy, Thursday, April 23 at Echoes Under Sunset



Los Angeles! A night of storytelling awaits. You are invited to check out the latest edition of Disoriented Comedy's Family Reunion. The monthly storytelling show, co-presented by Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Mishthi Music and KAYA Press, features regular everyday folks talking story. No notes. Good times.

The theme of this month's show, co-presented by National Asian Pacific American Woman's Forum Los Angeles, is "Where Are You REALLY From?" and features storytellers Mark Alexzandr, Amanda May Gavlick, Kevin Camia, Jade Law, Connie Shin, Priscilla Hung, Tu-han Phan and host D'Lo. This ought to be a good one.

It's happening Thursday, April 23 at Echoes Under Sunset. Here are some more details:

Federal Circuit: "The Slants" Cannot Trademark Band Name

By Jenn Fang. Cross-posted from Reappropriate.

Asian American rock band, The Slants.

Portland, Oregon-based Asian American rock band, The Slants, received some disappointing news this week when the U.S. Court of Appeals in the Federal Circuit upheld a the US Patent and Trademark Office's decision that the band's name could not be trademarked on the grounds that it is being used as a racial slur that a majority of the public would find disparaging. The Federal Circuit court agreed in the majority opinion, citing the Patent Office's Appeal Board decision where they decided that the name The Slants "would have the ‘likely meaning' of people of Asian descent but also that such meaning has been so perceived and has prompted significant responses by prospective attendees or hosts of the band's performances."

In 1946, the federal government passed the Lanaham Act, the principle legislation that governs the registration of trademarks. Among other stipulations, the Act prohibits the registration of any trademark that "consists of or comprises of immoral, deceptive, or scandalous matter; or matter which may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, living or dead, institutions, beliefs or national symbols, or bring them into contempt, or disrepute". Federal Circuit courts have previously interpreted this to include racial slurs such as "Heeb", "Squaw Valley", and -- of course -- the "Washington Redskins" (which is currently on appeal).

However, Simon Tam -- founder of The Slants who tweets at @SimonTheTam -- argued that despite the popular usage of the phrase "slants" as a slur when referencing Asian Americans, the band name was intended to be a subversive reappropriation of an epithet as part of their larger project to "take ownership" of anti-Asian stereotypes.

4.20.2015

Win tickets to the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

I'm giving away tickets to see Everything Before Us, KTown Cowboys, Twinsters and The Vancouver Asahi.



Hey, film fans. The 31st annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival kicks off this week. Who's in? This website is a proud sponsor of the festival, and I want to give you some free tickets. Scroll down for details...

Presented by Visual Communications, the nation's premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, LAAPFF will be presented April 23-30, 2015 at the Aratani Theatre, Tateuchi Democracy Forum at JANM, Downtown Independent, CGV Cinemas, and the Directors Guild of America. A key highlight leading up to annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month activities, the festival program boasts 134 films from over 20 countries.

I'm giving away tickets to the Opening Night presentation of Wong Fu Productions' Everything Before Us, the Festival Centerpiece presentation of the comedy Ktown Cowboys, the West Coast premiere of the feature documentary Twinsters, and the Japanese baseball drama The Vancouver Asahi. The details:

HBO celebrates Heritage Month with 'East of Main Street: Taking the Lead'

Free screening Friday, April 24 at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival



Hey, Los Angeles film fans. Good times await you, April 23-30, at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which I'll basically be plugging all week. Who wants to go? This website is a proud media sponsor of the festival, and I want to make sure you're aware of this free screening. Scroll down for details...

One of this year's featured LAAPFF programs, East of Main Street: Taking the Lead, is the fifth and latest season of HBO's documentary series celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month. This year's edition, directed and produced by Jonathan Yi, focuses on Asian Americans working in the film and television community, including Lucy Liu, Daniel Dae Kim, BD Wong, Aasif Mandvi and more.

Watch the trailer.

Surgeon General and Elmo team up to talk vaccinations

Dropping knowledge... and throwing some shade at the haters.



The nation's head public health official (and former Angry Reader of the Week), Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, recently paid a visit to Sesame Street to chop it up with the one and only Elmo, who was a little nervous about getting a shot. Dr. Murthy explains how vaccines work, and why they're so important for children's health. They also manage throw in a little shade at anti-vaxxers.

Check it out:

Sign on for police accountability and #JusticeforAkaiGurley

CAAAV's national open letter calls on Asian American support for police shooting victim.



CAAAV, a grassroots community organization that fights for poor and working class Asian immigrant and refugee communities in New York City, has drafted a national open letter supporting justice for Akai Gurley and calling for Officer Peter Liang to be held accountable for Gurley's shooting death last November.

They're calling on APA organizations and individuals to stand with them and sign on to the letter to show that there is support in the Asian American community for #JusticeforAkaiGurley and for the broader national movement against police violence.

Here's the text of the open letter:

4.19.2015

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Seller in Canceled Internment-Camp Auction Comes Forward: The seller behind the recently canceled auction of hundreds of World War II-era photos and artifacts, collected from Japanese American internment camps, says he had no idea the sale of the items would be so controversial.

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You're the Model Minority until You're Not: "The only logic of white supremacy is to sustain itself. Every way that people of color have been racialized and will be racialized is in the support of white supremacy. This is the purpose of racial stereotypes."

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Tribeca Film Festival Interview: Bao Nguyen on the 'Saturday Night Live' Documentary 'Live From New York!': An interview with Bao Nguyen, the director of Live From New York!, a new feature documentary looking at the forty-year history of the television sketch comedy institution Saturday Night Live.

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White Parents, Becoming a Little Less White: Drawing from his own experience, Jack Cheng talks about the reality facing white parents in rapidly growing number of mixed-race families in the United States.

4.17.2015

'Fresh Off The Boat' Finale: Live LA Community Watch Party

Tuesday, April 21, 8:00pm at the Japanese American National Museum



Folks, it's been fun. Fresh Off The Boat closes the curtain on its historic inaugural season this Tuesday with the season finale episode "So Chineez." And we're sending it off they way we started, full circle.

If you're in Los Angeles, join us for a live Fresh Off The Boat viewing party, then stick around as our studio audience for the season finale edition of "Fresh Off The Show," the unofficial live Fresh Off The Boat aftershow. Co-host Jenny Yang and I will be joined by special guests as we de-brief the episode and look back at the season. It's happening Tuesday, April 21 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.

Here are some more details:

Angry Reader of the Week: Marvin Yueh

"I'm about enjoying the process, regardless of the destination."



What's up? It's time, folks. 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 Marvin Yueh.

4.16.2015

Influential activist killed in Atlanta crime spree

Community leader Catherine Han Montoya fought for immigrant and LGBTQ rights in the South



In Atlanta, police have arrested a suspect in connection with bloody cross-county crime spree that killed a beloved activist and organizer who fought for immigrant and LGBTQ rights in the South.

Prominent Queer Korean, Chicana Leader Killed in Her Atlanta Home

Donte Lamar Wyatt has been charged with murdering Catherine Han Montoya inside her East Atlanta home on Monday. Authorities have not yet identified a motive in the killing, but Wyatt is also charged with stabbing his estranged wife in Waffle House, twenty miles away, earlier that same day. Wyatt also stole Montoya's car, crashed it, and broke into another woman's house, where he was eventually apprehended by police.

Racist Asian-themed drag party draws fire on Facebook

Geishas Gone Wild in New York City



What is this? File under racist Asian-themed parties... Yo, why can't people throw social gatherings without turning to tired, racist, orientalist stereotypes? One look at the geishas-gone-wild flyer for this Holy Mountain drag party happening in New York this weekend, and you've pretty much got all you need to know.

The party, organized by New York City nightlife personality who goes by "Ladyfag," is supposedly a tribute to the Sakura Matsuri and a "celebration" of Japanese culture... but I'm guessing the affair will likely amount to a lot of intoxicated white people dressed as half-assed ninjas and geishas and shit.

4.15.2015

Auction house drops plans to sell internment artifacts

George Takei will act as an intermediary between Rago and Japanese American community institutions.


A watercolor by an unknown artist at Tule Lake War Relocation Center.

Pressured by community outcry, a New Jersey auction house has dropped plans to sell hundreds of artifacts crafted by Japanese Americans while they were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II.

The Japanese American History: NOT for Sale Facebook page has announced that lots 1232-1255, which contain artwork and crafts created in ten different World War II internment camps, will be removed from the Rago auction on Friday. According to a company spokesman, George Takei has agreed to act as an intermediary between the auction house and Japanese American community institutions.

"We have withdrawn the lots from the auction," said Guy Benthin, the phone bidding coordinator for Rago Arts.

4.14.2015

APALJ 2015 Symposium: Under the Radar

Saturday, April 18 at UCLA School of Law



Hey, Los Angeles. The UCLA Asian Pacific American Law Journal's annual symposium is on Saturday, April 18, 2015. This year's theme, "Under the Radar," will discuss Asian Americans and the criminal justice system, affirmative action, and the Affordable Care Act. Here's more information, including the day's schedule:

Watch the teaser for Wong Fu's 'Everything Before Us'

First trailer for Wong Fu Productions' official feature film debut



Our friends at Wong Fu Productions recently dropped your official first look at their debut feature Everything Before Us. The film is a romantic drama following two couples, set in a world where relationship histories are registered, documented and monitored by the Department of Emotional Integrity. Directed by Wesley Chan and Philip Wang, the film stars Aaron Yoo, Brittany Ishibashi, Brandon Soo Hoo and Victoria Park.

Here's the teaser trailer:

4.13.2015

31st Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Presented by Visual Communications, April 23-30 in Little Tokyo, Koreatown and West Hollywood



Los Angeles film fans, it is on. Mark your calendars and make some plans. The 31st annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, presented by Visual Communications, is going down April 23-30 in Little Tokyo, Koreatown and West Hollywood. It's one of my favorite events of the year, and you should party with me.

LAAPFF is the largest festival of its kind of Southern California, and is the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian American and Asian international cinema. This year's festival will present 134 films from over 20 countries with 32 features and 102 short films. Angry Asian Man is a proud media sponsor of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

Here's some of the programming you can look forward to:

F*ck this guy and his 'Eat, Sleep, Rape, Repeat' shirt

Asians Behaving Badly: Congratulations-You're-A-Piece-of-Shit Edition.



Behold, this grinning piece of shit festivalgoer who was seen walking around Coachella wearing a t-shirt that said, "Eat, Sleep, Rape, Repeat." He was spotted by THUMP managing editor Jemayel Khawaja, who was understandably appalled and shared a photo of this fool and his shitty shirt on Twitter. The internet reacted.

Meet Aasif Mandvi's All-American Muslim Sitcom Family

'Halal in the Family' aims to combat bias and stereotypes about Muslims.



Have you seen Halal in the Family ? Aasif Mandvi's sitcom parody launched last week on Funny or Die. The series aims to combat bias and challenge misinformation about Muslims and communities associated with Muslims. It's also a tool to support existing campaigns to combat anti-Muslim bias. And it's funny.

In the grand tradition of television sitcoms, Mandvi stars as the sweater-clad patriarch of the Qu'osbys, an all-American Muslim Family dealing with suspicious neighbors, uninformed classmates, misguided protesters, and more. The series also stars Sakina Jaffrey, Shoba Narayanan and Nicky Maindiratta.

Set aside 25 minutes and watch all four episodes now:

Olivia Munn cast as Psylocke in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Director Bryan Singer announced the fan-favorite character's casting via social media.



Another mutant hero joins the upcoming X-Men movie sequel... Director Bryan Singer announced that Olivia Munn has joined the cast of the 2016 feature X-Men: Apocalypse as the telepathic, psychic dagger-wielding fan-favorite character Psylocke. Singer shared the news on Monday via social media:

Impatient patron leaves racist "tip" at Thai restaurant

"HURRY THE FUCK UP ZIPPERHEAD"



The thing about racial receipts is that it works both ways. There are terrible customers, and there are just plain assholes. This receipt, shared on Facebook, is strong evidence of the latter, with a big fat dash of bigotry.

This receipt was signed by a customer who dined Sunday evening at Fasai Thai Restaurant in Anaheim. He was apparently dissatisfied with the speed of the service -- it was busy night -- and left a tip in the amount of hella rude dollars and racial slur cents. Specifically, the message: "HURRY THE FUCK UP ZIPPERHEAD."

Owner CJ Jetphukthai publicly shared the credit card slip on Facebook:

Japanese American History is Not For Sale

Rago is auctioning off hundreds of historical crafts and artifacts made by Japanese American internees.



A New Jersey auction house is offering hundreds of artifacts made by Japanese Americans while they were incarcerated in internment camps during World War II. These items are now up for sale to highest bidder. Does that sound right to you? Concerned community members are speaking up and taking action.

The Japanese American History is Not For Sale Facebook page is protesting the auction of 450 historical crafts and artifacts made by Japanese Americans while confined in ten World War II concentration camps. The items will be auctioned off this Friday, April 17, by Rago auction house in New Jersey.

4.12.2015

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Jeremy Lin Out For The Season With Knee Injury: With his recent knee injury, Jeremy Lin will sit out the remaining games of the 2014-15 NBA season. He's officially done. And so, a disappointing end to a disappointing season with the disappointing Los Angeles Lakers.

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Salon Confuses Two Minority Actors in TV Review; Mockery Ensues: That time a Slate writer confused Kumail Nanjiani of Silicon Valley with a totally different brown actor, Kunal Nayyar of The Big Bang Theory.

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Eddie Huang Is Still Angry His ABC Sitcom Is an ABC Sitcom: After last week's episode of Fresh Off The Boat aired, Eddie Huang sounded off against the show on Twitter, saying he didn't watch the show, and that after the pilot it veered "so far from the truth," he didn't recognize his own life.

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Mindy Kaling's brother claims he got into medical school by posing as black: Vijay Chokalingam claims that posing as an African American helped him get into medical school. Why his elaborate hoax just doesn't hold a strong enough case against affirmative action.

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The sad racial farce of Mindy Kaling's brother: "Race isn't just about color or blood; it is about the collective experiences and inherited cultural context and present-day condition of a community of people. Many of the markers of race are persistently corrosive; others are deeply painful."

4.10.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: Marilyn Fu

"I usually want to talk to that person at the party that no one else wants to talk to."



Hey, folks! It's that time again. 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 Marilyn Fu.

4.08.2015

Gov. Jerry Brown pardons community activist Eddy Zheng

After being incarcerated for over 20 years, Zheng dedicated his life to preventing youth violence.



Formerly incarcerated Chinatown community leader Eddy Zheng, who spent almost two decades in prison for a crimes committed as a teenager, has been granted a pardon by California Governor Jerry Brown.

Chinatown activist among 83 pardoned by Gov. Brown

Zheng was 16 in 1986 when he and two other teens staged a home invasion, tying up a Chinatown family and robbing their store. He was convicted of burglary, kidnapping, assault and other crimes and served 19 years in prison with five years parole. He completed his sentence five years ago.

When he was released from prison, Zheng dedicated his life to preventing youth violence and delinquency, working with the Community Youth Center of San Francisco and serving on a number of city commissions and councils. He was among 83 people who were pardoned by the governor on Easter Sunday.

4.06.2015

5th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase

Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, April 16-25



San Diego film fans, this is gonna be goooood. Pacific Arts Movement, the folks behind the San Diego Asian Film Festival, present their annual Spring Showcase, running April 16-25. They've put together another incredible 10-day lineup of some of the best Asian and Asian American films on this side of the calendar year.

The 5th Annual SDAFF Spring Showcase kicks off on Thursday, April 16 with the Opening Night screening of the Sundance documentary In Football We Trust, directed by Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn, which follows four young Polynesian NFL hopefuls using football as a way out of poverty and gang violence.

Here's this year's Showcase trailer:

'Fresh Off The Boat' Episode Guide (111-112)

Asian American family sitcom airs Tuesdays at 8:00pm on ABC



The inaugural season of Fresh Off The Boat is quickly drawing to a close. After all the hype, the show has distinguished itself as a critical hit, drawn solid ratings, and has given a lot of us something to cheer for on TV. On top of all that, it's part of the larger, much-lauded wave of more diverse storytelling on television.

So what are the chances of a second season? In my opinion, the chances are great. Solid. I'd put money on it. Of course, I also think it couldn't hurt for the powers that be to get a little helpful nudge from Fresh fans. On last week's "Fresh Off The Show" -- the unofficial live online Fresh Off The Boat aftershow -- we came up with the hashtag #RenewFOTB. Tweet at @ABCNetwork and let them know what's up.

If you haven't had a chance to tune in, full previously aired episodes are available for free streaming on the ABC website, as well as Hulu. You can also purchase episodes of Fresh Off The Boat from iTunes.

Here's your guide to the last two episodes of the season:

Welcome to the NBA, Sim Bhullar.

7-foot-5 center is the league's first player of Indian descent.



In case you missed the news last week, the NBA made it official. Sim Bhullar signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings on Thursday, making him the first NBA player of Indian descent. At 7-foot-5 and 360 pounds, the 22-year-old center from Toronto is also the league's biggest player.

Kings' Sim Bhullar embracing place in NBA history

Bhullar has spent the entire season with the Reno Bighorns, Sacramento's affiliate in the NBA Development League, after going to training camp with the Kings. He's been working his ass off, getting into shape, and has lost over 30 pounds. He's averaging 10.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.8 blocks.

Here's a video following Bhullar's first three days in the NBA as he signs his first contract, goes through a personal workout in the Sacramento Kings practice facility and experiences his very first NBA gameday:

Cop "apologizes" for viral roadside tirade

NYPD detective Patrick Cherry was caught on camera losing his shit on an Uber driver.



The cop who was caught on video screaming and cursing at an Uber driver in an abusive, xenophobic roadside tirade has apologized for his actions -- after the video went viral -- though in this interview with NBC4 New York, he also comes up with a lot of weak excuses for his behavior. It's not much of an apology.

Cop in Viral Uber Rant Video Apologizes, Says Emotions Got the Better of Him

The video, recorded and uploaded to YouTube by passenger Sanjay Seth, shows NYPD detective Patrick Cherry cursing at the driver and screaming, "How long have you been in this country?" He has been subsequently stripped of his badge and gun and transferred out of the FBI's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force.

4.05.2015

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Killing in the heartland; heartbreak in China: Tong Shao, a 20-year-old international student from China who attended Iowa State University, was found dead, stuffed in the trunk of her car last September. The main suspect is her boyfriend, who returned to China after the killing and disappeared.

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I'm An Asian-American Actor But I Can't Do The Accent: As a Taiwanese-American actor, Grace Su can't afford to pass on every role that calls for an "Asian accent." Sometimes the parts are even good. The problem is, she can't do one.

4.03.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: Ian Chen

"I'm a 3rd grade student."



Hello, my friends. I am pleased to present another 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 Ian Chen.

Stanford student arrested for poisoning classmates

26-year-old graduate student Xiangyu Ouyang spiked water bottles with a chemical.



What the hell... A former graduate student at Stanford University was arrested for attempting to poison her classmates after spiking their water bottles with a chemical that causes burning in the mouth and throat.

Former Stanford grad student accused of poisoning classmates

26-year-old Xiangyu Ouyang, a graduate student from Singapore studying cancer biology, was charged with four felony counts of poisoning after secretly dumping paraformaldehyde into her classmates' water bottles.

Last fall, authorities began an investigation when several medical students working in a university lab complained of irritation and burning after drinking from their water bottles, which had been left out.

4.01.2015

NYPD officer under investigation for abusive tirade

Det. Patrick Cherry was caught on camera screaming a xenophobic rant at an Uber driver.



A New York police detective is under official investigation after getting caught on camera going off on a rage-filled, profanity-laced, xenophobic tirade towards an Uber driver during a traffic stop.

Police Officer Screams At Uber Driver In Xenophobic Rant: 'How Long Have You Been In This Country?'

The New York City Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau says it's reviewing the video, which shows Patrick Cherry, a detective assigned to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, yelling at the driver (identified as "Humayun") and repeatedly mocking his accent and pronunciation of English.

Cherry can be heard shouting during the encounter, "I don't know where you're coming from, where you think you're appropriate in doing that; that's not the way it works. How long have you been in this country?"

The video of the incident, recorded by passenger Sanjay Seth, was uploaded to YouTube:

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