12.31.2015

This Year's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed posts of 2015.



Here we are at the 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 2015, based on website metrics.

Where does the time go? One last look back:

12.29.2015

Gas station owner fights off armed robber with his shoe

Armed with nothing more than footwear and guts, 58-year-old Amrik Singh thwarted a masked gunman.



File under badass. Folks, let us give it up for the New York gas station owner who successfully thwarted an attempted armed robbery by throwing his shoe at the gunman and chasing him out of his store.

VIDEOS: Hyde Park store owner fights off gunman

Earlier this month, 58-year-old Amrik Singh, owner of the Citgo gas station in Staatsburg, found himself face to face with a masked man who walked in wielding a shotgun and demanding money. But the gunman, 26-year-old Christopher Dam, messed with the wrong man -- a man armed with a shoe.

'The Family Law' is Australia's answer to 'Fresh Off The Boat'

New comedy series based on Benjamin Law's memoir premieres January 14 on SBS.



Australia is getting its own TV version of Fresh Off The Boat. Based on the bestselling memoir by Benjamin Law, The Family Law is a drama-comedy series set on Queensland's Sunshine Coast over one hot summer, following "a sprawling Chinese-Australian family of seven who are unlike any you've ever met."

The Family Law unfolds in the dysfunctional and hilarious world of the Law family -- as seen through the eyes of 14-year-old Benjamin Law. As Benjamin dreams of soap opera stardom, his parents contemplate separation. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, the self-absorbed clarinet-playing teenager increasingly finds himself embroiled in other people's dramas, usually with disastrous results.

The six-episode series premieres on January 14 on SBS. [UPDATE: Episode 1 will premiere on the SBS Australia Facebook page for one weekend only starting 5:00pm (Australian time, presumably) on Friday, January 8.]

Here's a trailer:

First look at Elodie Yung as Elektra in 'Daredevil'

French/Cambodian actress stars in season two of Marvel's Netflix series.



We know that the upcoming second season of Marvel's Daredevil will introduce Elodie Yung as Elektra, one of the original comic book's most popular characters. EW just dropped our first look photo of the Netflix series' mercenary assassin -- albeit without any weapons or her signature scarlet costume.

Here's also another glimpse of Elektra from a previously released season two trailer:

Read Chapter 5 of Jeremy Arambulo's 'A Challenge'

Serialized graphic novel tells the story of three friends in 1964 San Francisco Chinatown. And Bruce Lee.



Check it. Artist Jeremy Arambulo just released the long-awaited latest chapter of his serial web graphic novel A Challenge. Set in 1964, in San Francisco's Chinatown, the story centers on three friends whose lives are changed after they meet a martial artist named Bruce Lee. In Chapter 5, tensions rise between friends as a misunderstanding leads to a physical confrontation, prompting Jack to issue a challenge.

Here a preview of Chapter 5, "Frank Loses It":

12.28.2015

'Reflection Eternal' by Kero Uno

Los Angeles emcee's full-length debut producer album.



Los Angeles-based emcee/producer Kero Uno -- formerly known as Kero One -- recently dropped his latest full-length album Reflection Eternal, now available on Plug Label. For fans of Kero's jazzy hip hop/soul sound, the new electronic-inspired record doesn't demand too much of a spiritual leap. It's still pretty damn dope. Here, Kero takes a seat as producer, working with emcees and vocalists from around the country.

Preview a couple of tracks:

"The Grinch of Chattanooga" turns himself in

23-year-old Tony Ho was caught on camera stealing packages from porches.



Asians behaving badly... package thievery edition! Last in week in Tennessee, the suspect in a series of thefts turned himself in to police after he was caught on camera stealing packages from people's porches.

Chattanooga Grinch Turns Himself In

The cops were calling him the "Grinch of Chattanooga." 23-year-old Tony Ho was charged with theft after driving around in a minivan -- described by the police as a "wagon of thievery" -- and repeatedly stealing UPS, FedEx and post packages from porches around the Chattanooga area.

'Off the Menu: Asian America' available for online streaming

You can watch Grace Lee's food documentary on PBS.org until January 5.



The feature documentary Off the Menu: Asian America, produced by CAAM and KQED, is a road trip to the kitchens, factories, temples and farms of Asian Pacific America that explores how our relationship to food reflects our evolving communities. From Texas to New York and from Wisconsin to Hawaii, award-winning filmmaker Grace Lee takes audiences on a journey using our obsession with food as a launching point to delve into a wealth of stories, traditions, and unexpected characters that help nourish this nation of immigrants.

This is not your typical food travelogue. If you missed the public television broadcast of Off the Menu: Asian America, the film is currently available for streaming in its entirety on PBS.org until January 5.

Check it out:

Philadelphia school cancels play after complaints of racism

Students accuse 'Thoroughly Modern Millie' of stereotypes against Asians.


A 2013 production of 'Thoroughly Modern Millie'

Props to these students for speaking out. A Philadelphia high school has dropped plans to stage the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie after students complained about the play's racist depiction of Asians.

CAPA Drops Musical After Complaints of Racism

Earlier this month, Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) canceled its staging of Thoroughly Modern Millie after a group of students protested against the production and its "disturbing stereotypes against Asians," including white actors appearing in yellowface.

Disney World's 'Big Hero 6' meet-and-greet drops Hiro Hamada

Theme park eliminates the only Asian male character from its popular meet-and-greet attraction.



Big Hero 6 fans heading to Walt Disney World hoping to meet and snap a photo with a real-life Baymax and Hiro Hamada are going to be disappointed. The park has dropped Hiro from the meet-and-greet.

The Baymax meet-and-greet moves to Epcot, kicks out pal Hiro

Visitors to The Magic of Disney Animation attraction used to be able meet with Baymax and Hiro, the stars of Marvel/Disney's 2014 animated superhero adventure Big Hero 6, inside a recreation of Hiro's garage workshop. The meet-and-greet has reportedly moved to a new location at Epcot's Character Spot, but now it's just Baymax, the puffy inflatable health robot, greeting guests alone. No more Hiro.

As the Orlando Weekly points out, Hiro was unique in that he was an Asian, male face character -- played by an Asian actor -- with a permanent meet-and-greet location. What a bummer they've booted him.

Here are a couple of videos, shot last year, of Hiro and Baymax in action:

Fresno police investigating hate crime attack on Sikh man

Attackers yelled "Why are you here?"



In Fresno, police are offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of two men who hit a 68-year-old Sikh man with their truck, then beat him on the street, yelling, "Why are you here?"

Fresno police investigate beating of Sikh man as hate crime

Amrik Singh Bal, who wears a turban and beard in observance of his Sikh faith, was standing at an intersection in west-central Fresno, waiting for a ride to work early Saturday morning when two men in a car started yelling obscenities at him. Bal tried to cross the street to get away, but the attackers backed up the car and hit him. Then they got out and beat Bal before fleeing the scene.

During the attack, one of the suspects asked him, "Why are you here?"

12.23.2015

Old school Star Wars fans duel in vintage home movie

CAAM's Memories to Light presents Brian and Lynda Gee, circa 1978.



The Center for Asian American Media's Memories to Light program is a national, community-sourced initiative to collect, preserve and share the home movies (on 16mm, 8mm, and super 8mm film) and experiences of Asian American communities from across the United States from the 1920s through the 1980s.

In celebration of the holidays and the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (heard of it?) CAAM recently shared this special clip from the Gee family movie collection. Shot at the Gee family home in Sacramento (circa 1978), the scene shows O.G. Star Wars fans Brian and Lynda battling it out as Darth Vader and C3P0.

The clip is set to The Tonight Show's a cappella rendition of the Star Wars theme. Check it out:

Poet Justin Chin taken off life support after stroke

Award-winning writer was a prominent figure in the Bay Area's literary scene.



Sad news out of San Francisco. Award-winning writer and poet Justin Chin, a prominent figure in the Bay Area literary scene, was taken off life support Tuesday after suffering a massive stroke last week.

S.F. Poet Justin Chin Taken Off Life Support After a Stroke

On Friday, a neighbor discovered Chin, 46, unconscious after hearing a loud sound from his apartment. After several days in the intensive care unit, doctors said Chin was unlikely to recover, and his family requested to remove him from his ventilator, according to friends.

Born in Malaysia and raised in Singapore, Chin made his way to the United States, eventually settling in San Francisco. Chin's prolific writing -- he wrote and published seven books -- often explored his identity as a gay Asian American.

12.22.2015

All of the Asians in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

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Earlier this year San Diego Comic-Con's panel for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, two Asian American Star Wars fans stepped up to the microphone in Hall H to ask J.J. Abrams if there would be Asians in any of the upcoming Star Wars movies. To which the director replied, yes, "there are Asians in this film."

Well, the Force has awoken and the film is here. Chances are, you were among the faithful masses who contributed to Episode VII's galactic record-breaking box office take this weekend. Hell, I was there opening night. And we got to see if, indeed, there were Asians a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

There were. There are. I have seen the movie twice now. And so here is an approximate list of all the Asians in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because that's what we like to do around here.

REQUISITE SPOILER WARNING: The rest of this post contains spoiler-y details pertaining to the plot and character of the latest Star Wars movie, currently in theaters. If you have not yet seen the movie, and/or do not wish to know such information, stop reading now. You have been warned.

The Slants win court battle over band name trademark

Federal Circuit Court rules the government cannot deny trademarks for being "disparaging."



Victory for The Slants! The Portland-based rock band, who have been embroiled in long-running legal struggle for the right to trademark their name, has scored a big victory in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Government Can't Deny Trademarks Over Offensive Names, Appeals Court Rules

The Slants' founder and frontman Simon Tam has been locked in a widely-publicized six-year battle with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, which refused to trademark his band's name on the grounds that "slants" can be interpreted as a racial slur. At issue in the case was Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act, which allows the USPTO to deny or cancel a trademark if it is "disparaging" of persons, institutions or national symbols.

On Tuesday, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled that the band's name is private speech, and the USPTO's refusal to grant the "Slants" mark is a violation of Tam's First Amendment rights.

"It is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment that the government may not penalize private speech merely because it disapproves of the message it conveys," writes Federal Circuit Judge Kimberly Ann Moore. "That principle governs even when the government's message-discriminatory penalty is less than a prohibition."

12.21.2015

Fund This: Yuna and Dream Big Friends

Meet Yuna, the first Asian American girl to be the center of a doll line.



Meet Yuna, the central character of Dream Big Friends, a new doll line from David Horvath and Sun Min, the designers behind Uglydolls, and Bigshot Toyworks. She's the first in an upcoming series of dolls based on characters that are "as smart, funny, inquisitive and rambunctious as the kids we all know in our daily lives."

Yuna is a 10-inch, fully articulated doll with real fabric clothing and accessories, right down to her Giant Robot t-shirt. She loves rockets, photography, painting and drawing. Her big dream is to one day establish her own commercial rocket company. She believes she is destined to go to Mars. She sounds pretty awesome.

So... want to be one of the first people to get one of these Yuna dolls? They're currently crowdfunding and taking pre-order for Dream Big Friends through Kickstarter. Watch this video for more information:

When You Can't Help But Show How You Feel

Or How Love Happens in a Dance Flick



Ooh, that feeling. When you see that special someone from across the bar, and there's only one way to show them how you really feel: DANCE, BRO. In this BuzzFeed video, some dancing dudes demonstrate their smooth moves to impress a classy lady. It's really weird, cute and cool all at once.

Just watch:

'Allegiance' has been saving a seat for Donald Trump

George Takei calls on Trump to denounce racial/religious profiling and invites him to his Broadway musical.



Donald Trump has a standing open invitation to attend a performance of the Broadway musical Allegiance, issued by star George Takei himself. They've even been saving a seat for him at every performance.

Last week, Takei issued a video response to Trump's recent comments regarding both the Muslim community and Japanese American internment camps. The Republican presidential candidate called for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. and could not definitively say whether or not he would have supported the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. His supporters seem to think it was a good idea.

Sometimes racism has perfect timing

Sikh man's TV interview about racism gets interrupted by someone yelling "F*ck you, terrorist!"



This is sadly unsurprising in every way. A Sikh man was giving a TV interview on the street, talking about the racism he had experienced, when someone driving by in a passing car yelled "Fuck you, terrorist!"

Darsh Preet Singh has made headlines as the first turbaned Sikh American to play basketball in the NCAA, facing a considerable degree of ignorance, bigotry and discrimination along the way -- including a racist meme that recently went viral, putting him in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

Singh, who was born and raised in Texas, was in the middle of an interview with NBC 5 in Dallas, standing out on the street and sharing about his experiences, when someone yelled at him from a passing car:

12.20.2015

Read These Blogs



What My Time in a Japanese Internment Camp Taught Me About Hate: U.S. Representative for California Mike Honda reflects on Japanese internment and how it relates to the ignorance and fear of Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and others.

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The Japanese American internment decision: A dangerous relic: Friday marked the anniversary of one of the most infamous legal decisions in the history of our country, Korematsu vs. United States.

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When it comes to hatred and prejudice, it's time to See Something Say Something: With the continuation of anti-Muslim bigotry and violence, it's time, as Asian Americans, that we speak out in solidarity.

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Sikh Soldier Allowed to Keep Beard in Rare Army Exception: The U.S. Army recently granted Capt. Simratpal Singh a temporary religious accommodation that allows him to grow his beard and wrap his hair in a turban in accordance with his Sikh faith.

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Japanese-Americans Imprisoned, but Unbowed, During World War II: Paul Kitagaki, Jr.'s quest to find archival images of Japanese internment during World War II resulted in "Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit," which is not on view at the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in Portland.

12.19.2015

This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.



1. Angry Reader of the Week: Eugene Lee Yang
"If you Google me, you'll inevitably see my butt. Sorry, Mom."

2. Oh Hell No: Yellowface in the 'Absolutely Fabulous' movie
White actress Janette Tough plays a Japanese character named "Huki Muki."

3. Family sues school over bullied teen's suicide
Lawsuit alleges officials ignored ongoing bullying that led to Emilie Olsen's suicide

4. Robber calls store clerk 'terrorist,' shoots him in the face
Police are investigating the robbery as a hate crime.

5. Watch the fast, furious first trailer for 'Star Trek Beyond'
Director Justin Lin takes on the latest adventure into the final frontier.

6. Teenager slashed in the face on her way to school
Police are searching for a masked man who slashed a 16-year-old in Queens.

7. Jeremy Lin drops season-high 35 points on the Raptors
Lin leads Charlotte to 109-99 victory over Toronto in overtime.

8. Man attacks restaurant workers in anti-Muslim tirade
26-year-old Robert Murino arrested on hate crime charges.

9. Indian American student arrested over alleged bomb threat
12-year-old Armaan Singh Sarai says his classmate falsely accused him of having a bomb in his backpack.

10. Toronto woman arrested in fatal stabbing
40-year-old Rohinie Bisesar faces murder charge in unprovoked knife attack on Rosemarie Junor.

Stay Angry, my friends.


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12.18.2015

Angry Reader of the Week: Eugene Lee Yang

"If you Google me, you'll inevitably see my butt. Sorry, Mom."



Hey, folks! It's that time again. I am pleased to present 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 Eugene Lee Yang.

Jeremy Lin drops season-high 35 points on the Raptors

Lin leads Charlotte to 109-99 victory over Toronto in overtime.



It wasn't quite the return of the L-word, but it was definitely something. Jeremy Lin scored a season-high 35 points on Thursday, helping the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 109-99 in overtime.

Lin, Hornets pull away to top Raptors in overtime

Lin, who got the start when Nicholas Batum couldn't play because of an illness, had his best game of the season, with 35 points, five rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Don't call it Linsanity -- this is a 27-year-old Jeremy in his sixth year in the NBA, making an impact in his smaller role with Charlotte.

Here's a video with all of Jeremy's highlights from the evening:

Hollis Wong-Wear is nobody's sidekick

"To be immediately labeled in boldface as a white guy's sidekick is fundamentally insulting."



Seattle-based singer/songwriter and creative producer Hollis Wong-Wear has served as tour manager for Blue Scholars, sang the Grammy-nominated hook on Macklemore's "White Walls," and recently released her latest EP Love Notes with her electronic group The Flavr Blue. She is an artist. She is a hustler. She is a badass.

She is not, however, anybody's sidekick.

Tell that to the Seattle Times editor who bestowed "sidekick" status on Hollis with this headline: "Warmth and intimacy from The Flavr Blue, with Macklemore sidekick Hollis Wong-Wear." The headline has since been changed to remove the "sidekick" reference, but not before Hollis noticed and called it out in a Facebook post.

"To be immediately labeled in boldface as a white guy's sidekick is fundamentally insulting."

Indian American student arrested over alleged bomb threat

12-year-old Armaan Singh Sarai says his classmate falsely accused him of having a bomb in his backpack.



Aw, hell. Is this another Clock Kid? In Texas, a 12-year-old Indian American middle school student spent three days in a juvenile detention center after a bully allegedly told teachers he had a bomb hidden in his backpack.

Arlington police say boy made hoax bomb threat; family blames classmate's prank

Armaan Singh Sarai, a seventh grader at Nichols Junior High School in Arlington, was arrested last Friday on a charge of making a terroristic threat after a classmate reported he had threatened to blow up the school.

Arlington police say Armaan admitted that he had mentioned a bomb and insisted he was only joking, but making a terror threat, even in jest, warranted taking him into custody.

But Armaan's family says it's the classmate who was behind the prank that got Armaan handcuffed, detained and suspended from school.

12.17.2015

Toronto woman arrested in fatal stabbing

40-year-old Rohinie Bisesar faces murder charge in unprovoked knife attack on Rosemarie Junor.



In Toronto, a suspect has been arrested in the unprovoked stabbing of a woman last week at a downtown drug store. Attempted murder charges were upgraded to second-degree murder after the victim died of her injuries.

Murder charge laid in 'unprovoked' Toronto stabbing

40-year--old Rohinie Bisesar is accused of fatally stabbing 28-year-old Rosemarie Junor last Friday at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto's PATH network. According to investigators, Bisesar went into the store armed with a knife, approached Junor and stabbed her without apparent provocation.

Junor was taken to a trauma center with life-threatening injuries. She died on Wednesday night.

Oh Hell No: Yellowface in the 'Absolutely Fabulous' movie

White actress Janette Tough plays a Japanese character named "Huki Muki."



Oh hell no. The year is 20-f*cking-15. Is there any legit reason for a movie to put a performer in yellowface? No. That shit is racist. But that's what the upcoming Absolutely Fabulous movie is doing. They've got a white actor playing an Asian character -- makeup and everything. Who thought this was a good idea?

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie under fire for casting Janette Tough as Japanese fashion designer

The big-screen adaptation of Ab Fab, based on the popular British sitcom, feature Scottish comedian Janette Tough in a cameo as a fictional male Japanese fashion designer called "Huki Muki." The character's appearance and styling appear to be inspired by the look of real-life Japanese artist and writer Yayoi Kusama.

Teenager slashed in the face on her way to school

Police are searching for a masked man who slashed a 16-year-old in Queens.



What the hell is going on in New York with these random knife attacks? In Queens, police are looking for the masked man who slashed a 16-year-old girl in the face while she was on her way to school.

Teenage Girl Slashed on Her Way to School

Police say the 11th grader, who is an exchange student from China, was walking to school in Whitestone on Wednesday morning when she was attacked by a man wearing a surgical mask and gloves.

The man approached the victim from behind, pushed her and slashed her in the face twice with a box cutter, once from her ear to throat and another part of the face. He had apparently been following her.

A nearby resident's security camera showed the suspect chasing the girl from behind and then running away:

12.16.2015

Family sues school over bullied teen's suicide

Lawsuit alleges officials ignored ongoing bullying that led to Emilie Olsen's suicide



The family of a 13-year-old Ohio Chinese American girl says she was continually assaulted, bullied and harassed online by white students before she took her own life, according to a new lawsuit.

Family of girl who killed herself sues school

The family of Emilie Olsen has filed a federal wrongful lawsuit against he Fairfield City School District, claiming that school officials knew about the constant bullying, but did not do enough to stop it.

"Emilie and her parents tried to end the bullying and repeatedly pleaded with certain defendants to help," according to the lawsuit. "Defendants failed to stop the bullying, and it continued."

12.15.2015

Margaret Cho to star in pot dramedy 'Highland' for Amazon

Veteran comedian will play a version of herself, who moves in with her dysfunctional family.



Margaret Cho is returning to television! The comedian/actress will star as a version of herself in the hourlong marijuana-themed family dramedy Highland, which is in development for Amazon Prime.

Margaret Cho to Star in Pot Comedy for Amazon

In Highland, after a court ordered rehab, Cho gets a chance to start over but has to move in with her dysfunctional family who now runs a pot dispensary. Sounds like fun for the whole family!

Written by Alcatraz co-creator Liz Sarnoff, Highland is a co-production between Amazon Studios and Tomorrow Studios. In addition to starring, Cho will exec produce alongside Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements.

Man attacks restaurant workers in anti-Muslim tirade

26-year-old Robert Murino arrested on hate crime charges.



There have been so many of these incidents lately, it's hard to keep them straight. In New York, a man was arrested on hate crime charges for assaulting South Asian restaurant workers and throwing chairs into a glass partition after demanding to know if the employees were Muslim.

'Muslim motherf*cker': NY man launches glass-smashing attack on cafe staffers

The incident occurred last week at the Salt & Pepper restaurant in Herald Square, where 26-year-old Robert Murino ordered a slice of pizza then began questioning workers -- who hail from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh -- about their religion and opinions of ISIS, and called an employee a "Muslim motherfucker."

Part of the incident was caught on camera. Murino can be seen reaching across the counter and slapping an employee in the face. Later, he is seen picking up chairs and smashing them into glass partitions.

Robber calls store clerk 'terrorist,' shoots him in the face

Police are investigating the robbery as a hate crime.



What the hell is going on, America? This shit is out of control. In Michigan, a robber called an Indian convenience store clerk a "terrorist" and accused him of being in ISIS before shooting him the face. Police say they are investigating the robbery as a hate crime.

Robber called store clerk 'terrorist' before shooting him in face, worker says

Thankfully, the victim survived and is expected to recover.

On Saturday night, an armed robber entered Bottlenecks Food and Drink Shop in Grand Rapids and demanded money from the 34-year-old store worker, who is of Indian descent. Then the robber led him to a back storage room where he put the barrel of a long gun into the worker's mouth.

12.14.2015

Music Video: Ride with St. Lenox and "The Greyhound Bus Song"

Need to go on a trip and think about some things? Hop on the bus and listen to this tune.



Andrew Choi, the gigantic voice behind the soulful lo-fi indie pop outfit St. Lenox, recently dropped this music video for "The Greyhound Bus Song," one of my favorite tracks from his album 10 Songs About Memory and Hope. Need to go on a trip and think about some things? Hop on the bus, put on the headphones and listen to this tune.

Check it out:

Randall Park and Constance Wu nominated for Critics' Choice Awards

Other noteworthy nominees include Aziz Ansari and BD Wong.



Congratulations to Randall Park and Constance Wu! The Fresh Off The Boat stars have both picked up well-deserved nominations in television comedy categories for the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards.

Critics' Choice Award Nominations Led by 'Mad Max,' 'Fargo'

Park and Wu, who have been kicking ass as Louis and Jessica Huang on the hit ABC comedy, are nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, in a Comedy Series. Because the critics know what's up!

Watch the fast, furious first trailer for 'Star Trek Beyond'

Director Justin Lin takes on the latest adventure into the final frontier.



For Trekkies eagerly anticipating director Justin Lin's take on the final frontier, here's your first glimpse. Paramount just dropped the first trailer for Star Trek Beyond, with the veteran Fast & Furious director now helming the adventures of Kirk and Co. in the bigger and badder latest installment of the space adventure franchise. From the looks of things, the U.S.S. Enterprise is in pretty bad shape.

Check it out:

Sikh football fans harassed for wearing turbans

Also, someone called the cops on them for being brown and standing next to a car.



More idiocy in the name of "safety." In San Diego, three Sikh football fans say they were harassed and nearly barred by security from entering Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday because they were wearing turbans.

Fans: We were hassled at Qualcomm stadium over our turbans

Varinder Malhi and his friends drove seven hours from Fresno to see the Denver Broncos play the San Diego Chargers. They were decked out in Broncos jerseys, hats and other fan gear, right down to the color-coordinated turbans they were wearing in accordance with their Sikh faith.

But when they tried to enter the stadium, security guards told Malhi and his friends that they couldn't enter the game unless they removed their turbans. They were ultimately allowed in, but were warned they wouldn't be able to wear their turbans again if they ever returned to the stadium.

On top of that, some overly nervous fan apparently got jumpy and called the cops when they saw Malhi and his turbaned friends in the parking lot, rummaging in the trunk of a car. They were just putting a bag back in the car when they realized they couldn't bring it inside the stadium.

School to be renamed for Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz

Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School will be the nation's first school named in honor of Filipino Americans.


A mural in Los Angeles' Historic Filipinotown honors Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz.

This week, a Bay Area middle school will be officially renamed in honor of labor leaders Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz. It is believed to be the first school in the nation to be named in honor of Filipino Americans.

Union City school first in nation named for Filipino-Americans

On Friday, Alvarado Middle School in Union City will be renamed Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School. Itlong and Vera Cruz were key figures in the west coast labor movement, working with Cesar Chavez in the 1960s to organize agricultural laborers and improve working conditions.

The name change was approved by the school board in 2013 after a vigorous community debate over whether to retain the name Alvarado, in honor of a 19th century Mexican governor.

12.13.2015

Read These Blogs



Man Charged With Vincent Chin's Death Seeks Lien Removed, Still Owes Millions: For years, the estate of Vincent Chin has been seeking payment in a wrongful death claim against Ronald Ebens, the man responsible for the fatal beating of Chin. Now Ebens, 70, wants the lien the Chin family's representatives have placed on his residence in Nevada removed, despite still owing the estate more than $8 million.

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Sikhs Feel Vulnerable Amid Anti-Muslim Backlash: Across the U.S., Sikhs and Muslims are banding together to defend their respective religions. Someone bent on harming Muslims wouldn't understand -- or care -- about the distinction between the two faiths, they say, and both also deserve to live in peace.

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Muslims are to Trump as the Chinese were to President Arthur in 1882: The Chinese Exclusion Act is the closest cousin to what Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump proposed Monday when he called for a "total and complete shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States.

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Long before anxiety about Muslims, Americans feared the 'yellow peril' of Chinese immigration: Donald Trump's proposal to ban an entire class of people from entering the United States is not without precedent.

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Doris Matsui, Congresswoman Born in Internment Camp, Responds to Trump: First the mayor of Roanoke, then Donald Trump… Congressmember Doris Matsui, who was born in an Internment camp, speaks out about her experience in a move to advocate for Muslim Americans.

12.12.2015

This Week's Angriest Posts

Not necessarily the angriest, just the most viewed.



1. Piece of shit ex-cop Daniel Holtzclaw found guilty of rapes
Former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of 18 of 36 sexual assault charges.

2. Woman stabbed at Miami Beach art exhibition
24-year-old Siyuan Zhao stabbed another gallery visitor in the neck with an X-Acto knife.

3. Happy Holidays from 'Dr. Ken'
Episode 108: "The Master Scheduler" airs Friday, December 11 at 8:30pm on ABC

4. Asians! Fighting! Sharp objects! It's 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny'
Watch the trailer for Netflix's martial arts sequel.

5. The Most Idiotic Way to Commemorate December 7
Erick Erickson's parents apparently never forgave the entire continent of Asia for Pearl Harbor.

6. Don't Be An Activist
Fong Tran and Chaz Ashley's spoken word piece is an ode to fellow activists and agents of change.

7. "Donald Trump is White ISIS."
The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj breaks down the frightening truth.

8. Angry Reader of the Week: Erica Ling
"Life is too short and unpredictable not to live it exactly as you please."

9. Hudson Yang nominated for NAACP Image Award
'Fresh Off The Boat' star receives nod for Outstanding Performance by a Youth

10. Suspect arrested in Sikh temple vandalism
20-year-old Brodie Durazo was arrested for spray-painting anti-Muslim graffiti at Gurdwara Singh Sabha.

Stay Angry.


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12.11.2015

Khmer Girls in Action Presents Not Home for the Holidays

A Community Forum on the Impact of Deportations in the Southeast Asian Community, December 16



Southern California! Khmer Girls in Action presents Not Home for the Holidays, a community forum on the impact of deportations in the Southeast Asian Community. This free event will feature representatives from the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, local elected officials, legal services, Khmer translation, and much more. It's happening Wednesday, December 16 at the Cal Rec Center in Long Beach.

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Cop rapist was under investigation weeks before last attack

Civil suit claims Daniel Holtzclaw remained on active duty after investigation began.



According to a civil lawsuit filed against Oklahoma City, police officials were investigating serial rapist cop Daniel Holtzclaw six weeks before his final attack, but allowed him to remain on regular duty during the inquiry.

Police officials were investigating Daniel Holtzclaw before final attack, suit claims

On Thursday, a jury convicted Holtzclaw of 18 of 36 charges of rape and sexual assault. Holtzclaw was accused of assaulting 13 women, all black, between late 2013 and June 18, 2014. But according to legal documents, the sex crimes unit began investigating Holtzclaw well over a month before his final assault.

The timing would mean that Holtzclaw attacked half of the women he has been convicted of assaulting while he was under investigation for sexual assault.

Angry Reader of the Week: Erica Ling

"Life is too short and unpredictable not to live it exactly as you please."



What's up, folks? You know what time 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 Erica Ling.

Kamala Khan vs. The Donald!

Immensely satisfying art print features Ms. Marvel punching out the evil, nefarious Donald Trump.



A true hero for our times. This rad art print by Hip Hop Mummy features popular Pakistani American teen superhero Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, punching out the evil, nefarious Donald Trump. Pow!

(Do note, it features a disclaimer: THIS BIGOT-BUSTING DRAWING HAS NO AFFILIATION WITH MARVEL COMICS AND DOES NOT REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF THE ORIGINAL CREATORS!)

Suspect arrested in Sikh temple vandalism

20-year-old Brodie Durazo was arrested for spray-painting anti-Muslim graffiti at Gurdwara Singh Sabha.



In Buena Park, California, a 20-year-old man has been arrested for the vandalism of a Sikh temple that was spray-painted with anti-Muslim profanity. Police had been investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Brodie Durazo, 20, Busted for Alleged Anti-Muslim Vandalism at Sikh Temple

On Wednesday, police questioned Brodie Durazo, who admitted to committing the vandalism at Gurdwara Singh Sabha last week. Community members discovered graffiti on the exterior of the temple, as well as "FUCK ISIS" and gang references spray-painted on a tractor-trailer in the temple's parking lot.

12.10.2015

Piece of shit ex-cop Daniel Holtzclaw found guilty of rapes

Former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of 18 of 36 sexual assault charges.



A former Oklahoma City police officer faces more than 200 years in prison after being convicted Thursday of raping and sexually victimizing eight women while in the job. He was accused of assaulting or raping 13 women, all black, ages 17 to 58, from low-income neighborhoods.

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw found guilty of rape

29-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw, a former police lieutenant with the Oklahoma City Police Department, faced 36 charges, including burglary, stalking, indecent exposure, sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and rape. He was found guilty of eighteen of the most serious counts involving eight of the thirteen women who had accused him.

The former star college football player cried openly in the courtroom as the verdict was being read.

Happy Holidays from 'Dr. Ken'

Episode 108: "The Master Scheduler" airs Friday, December 11 at 8:30pm on ABC



On the Dr. Ken winter finale, Ken turns to lying, begging and bribing to try and get time off for the holidays.

Inspired by executive producer/star Ken Jeong's real life and career as a medical doctor, the multi-camera comedy 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.

Here's some more info about this week's episode, "The Master Scheduler":

Don't Be An Activist

Fong Tran and Chaz Ashley's spoken word piece is an ode to fellow activists and agents of change.



Sacramento-based community organizer and spoken word artist Fong Tran recently released his newest spoken word video with close collaborator Chaz Ashley, entitled "Don't Be an Activist." Wait, what?

It is, in fact, a loving ode to their fellow activists and agents of change.

"This video is in honor of the people that choose to stick out by speaking up, in honor of all the folks that choose the hard path because they understand it's the right one," Fong says. "We hope you find fuel from this piece."

Check it out:

Sikh temple vandalized with anti-Muslim hate graffiti

A truck parked at an Orange County Sikh temple was tagged with "Fuck ISIS."



In Buena Park, California, a Sikh temple was vandalized with anti-Muslim profanity just days after the mass shooting in San Bernadino. Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.

Hate Crime Inquiry Opened Into Vandalism of Sikh Temple in California

On Sunday morning, community members discovered graffiti on the exterior of the Gurdwara Singh Sabha. Someone had also spray-painted gang tags and "FUCK ISIS" on a tractor-trailer in the temple's parking lot.

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