4.24.2017

Watch these award-winning HBO shorts at LAAPFF

HBO presents the winners of the Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition.



The winners of HBO's first Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition will receive their world premiere screenings with an exclusive event at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

The winning filmmakers are Dinh Thai (first place, Monday), Tiffanie Hsu (second place, Wonderland), Jingyi Shao (third place, Toenail).

Exploring a range of topical issues facing the modern APA experience, the shorts offer a bold and uncompromising look at such controversial subject matter as crime, addiction and family turmoil. A panel discussion with the directors, led by Silicon Valley star Jimmy O. Yang, will immediately follow the screening.

It's happening Friday, April 27 in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum at the Japanese American National Museum. Here are some more details about the screening:

Awkwafina joins the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Filming has begun on Warner Bros.' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling book.



More Crazy Rich Asians casting news.... Rapper/actress Awkwafina joins the likes of Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan and Michelle Yeoh in Warner Bros' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina

Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, an American-born Chinese economics professor who travels to her boyfriend Nick's hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding, only to discover that Nick is heir to a massive fortune, he's perhaps he most eligible bachelor in Asia, and every single woman in his ultra-rarefied social class is incredibly jealous of Rachel and wants to bring her down.

Awkwafina will play Peik Lin, Rachel's college friend.

This is the most adorable cooking show on the internet

Mazzy shows you the most legit and delicious recipes on "Cooking with Mazzy."



The only person on the internet (other than an Asian auntie or grandma) I trust to teach me how to cook Asian food is a little adorable toddler named Mazzy who is the star of her own (parent-produced) YouTube cooking show, "Cooking with Mazzy."

I mean, just look at the chef.

Surgeon General removed from post by Trump administration

Dr. Vivek Murthy was asked to resign, then dismissed.



The Trump Administration has dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy from his post as the nation's top doctor. He was temporarily replaced by his deputy, Rear Adm. Sylvia Trent-Adams.

Surgeon general is removed by Trump administration, replaced by deputy for now

Murthy, who was appointed by former President Obama, announced on Friday that he had been dismissed.

"While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served," Murthy wrote in the Facebook post announcing his departure.

"For the grandson of a poor farmer from India to be asked by the president to look out for the health of an entire nation was a humbling and uniquely American story," Murthy continued. "I will always be grateful to our country for welcoming my immigrant family nearly 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve."

4.23.2017

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#JusticeForHan: Does 'Fate of the Furious' twist betray the 'Fast and Furious' family? Jen Yamato rallies the Sung Kang faithful for #JusticeForHan, in response to a stunning turn of events that appears betray the beloved character's memory in the latest Fast & Furious movie.

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'Model Minority' Myth Again Used As A Racial Wedge Between Asians And Blacks: The model minority myth has always been used to pit races against each other. And once again, it's being used as a racial wedge between Asians and Blacks.

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Trump Lost More Of The Asian-American Vote Than The National Exit Polls Showed: By all accounts, President Trump did not win the Asian-American vote in 2016. According to AALDEF's latest exit polling report, Clinton won almost four-in-five Asian-American voters (79 percent) with just 18 percent for Trump.

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Whitewashing Hollywood movies isn't just offensive -- it's also bad business: The future of the film industry lies in nonwhite audiences. Isn't it time for Hollywood studios to stop biting the hand that feeds them?

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How early SF kept Chinese children out of the schoolhouse: When San Francisco's population of Chinese immigrants swelled in the 1850s, white San Franciscans moved to further segregate the city's schools.

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Why are breast cancer rates rising among Asian-Americans in California? While breast cancer rates have plateaued or declined in some racial groups, they've been steadily rising among Asian Americans since 1988.

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Dismantling Stereotypes About Asian-American Identity Through Art: A timely exhibition called "Excuse me, can I see your ID?" is "not intended for the white gaze."

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To Swim is to Endure: On Living with Chronic Pain: For years, writer and journalist Melissa Hung has been living with a painful, chronic headache. Here, she talks about how swimming helps to manage her symptoms.

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TV's new hot jock Ross Butler on breaking big with '13 Reasons Why': 13 Reasons Why and Riverdale star Ross Bulter is ready to be Hollywood's next big leading man.




4.21.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Irene Koh

"The joke amongst my friends is that my "brand" is Emotional Lesbians, which I am totally okay with."



Hello, good people of the internet! It is time, once again, 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 Irene Koh.

4.20.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 5: They Ask Us Qs

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our recently launched podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

This week, we introduced what we hope will be regular segment: They Ask Us Qs, in which we respond to listener-submitted questions. In this inaugural edition, we enlist the help of comedian/famous mom Amy Anderson, who talks about being a Korean American adoptee, and former Survivor contestant Shii Ann Huang, who helps us decipher the good, bad and WTF of Asians on reality television. Listen here:

George Takei's 'Allegiance' is headed to Los Angeles

East West Players and JACCC will present the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical in 2018.



Allegiance is coming to Los Angeles next year. East West Players and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center will present the Los Angeles premiere of the Broadway musical Allegiance, with performances at JACCC's Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo. from February 21 to April 1, 2018. Previews will run from February 21-25, with the Opening Night performance and reception on February 28.

With music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and a book by Marc Acito, Kuo, and Lorenzo Thione, Allegiance is inspired by the true childhood experiences of actor, activist and social media icon George Takei. The original Broadway production played on Broadway from 2015-16 at the Longacre Theatre in New York City.

Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

4.17.2017

See you at the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Presented by Visual Communications, April 27 - May 4



Los Angeles film fans, it's on. Make some plans and get down with community for the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, running April 27 to May 4. Presented by Visual Communications, with eight days of screenings, panels and events, LAAPFF is the largest festival of its kind in Southern California and the premier showcase for the best and brightest of Asian Pacific American and international cinema.

This year's festival kicks off with the Opening Night intro/retrospective 15th anniversary screening of Justin Lin's landmark film Better Luck Tomorrow. Justin Chon's Sundance award-winning feature Gook serves as LAAPFF's Centerpiece highlight as part of the festival's 25th anniversary commemoration of the Los Angles Uprising. The festival rounds with the Closing Night Gala presentation of Kogonada's debut feature Columbus, starring leading man John Cho.

Here are some the festival's highlights:

Sikh taxi driver assaulted by passengers in hate crime

Harkirat Singh was assaulted by drunken passengers who called him racial slurs and ripped off his turban.


Harkirat Singh (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

In New York, a Sikh taxi driver was assaulted by a group of drunken passengers who called him racial slurs and ripped his turban off his head. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. (No shit.)

Sikh taxi driver assaulted, turban stolen by drunken passenger in the Bronx

25-year-old Harkirat Singh, who wears a turban and unshorn beard in observance of his Sikh faith, was driving a woman and three men in their early 20s from Madison Square Garden to the Bronx early Sunday morning when the passengers began to physically assault him and rip off his turban.

4.16.2017

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Asian Americans used to be portrayed as the villains. How did they become a 'model minority'? When Asian immigrants first came to America en masse in the mid-1800s, the popular media often portrayed them as scoundrels, degenerates, and job-stealers. But some time after World War II, public opinion shifted. This video traces the history of the model minority stereotype and what it means to Asian Americans today.

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The Model Minority in the Age of Trump: Unfortunately, last week's United debacle is not new, but part of a growing pattern of state and corporate violence against people of color.

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I Am Miss Saigon, and I Hate It: "It's not just that the hit musical doesn't tell my family's story. It's that it perpetuates a narrative in which the Vietnamese are victims, not fighters."

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11 Seriously Badass Old-School Asian Actors You Should Know About: Let's take a quick break from the seriously crappy history of whitewashing in Hollywood, and focus on this list of great and actual Asian actors in film history.

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Why Riz Ahmed should be the first Muslim James Bond: City of Tiny Lights, in which Riz Ahmed plays a low-level private investigator pursuing a murderous villain, shows why the actor/emcee should be the new 007. GQ makes the case.

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Wayne's World's Cassandra Has Always Been My Cool-Girl Inspiration: An ode to Wayne's World rock star vixen Cassandra Wong, played by Tia Carrere.



4.14.2017

Pacific Arts Movement Presents: Right to Resist

Sunday, April 23 at the San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase



San Diego film fans! As part of Pacific Arts Movement's 7th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival Spring Showcase, you are invited to Right to Resist: From 9066 to 2017, a series of documentaries and short films highlighting those who spoke up against Executive Order 9066 and those who spoke up against the post-9/11 treatment of Muslim Americans, as well as those of South Asian and Middle Eastern descent today.

Right to Resist will screen Sunday, April 23 at Ultra Star Mission Valley Cinemas-Hazard Center. Admission is free for ages 17 and under. Here are some more details about the program:

Angry Reader of the Week: Kent Lee

"Asian Americans face endless challenges -- so hopefully we can meet those together rather than alone."



Hey, 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 Kent Lee.

Kelly Marie Tran has the "biggest new part" in Star Wars

Newcomer will play Rose, a Resistance mechanic in 'The Last Jedi.'



At long last! We get a first official look at Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

On Friday, at this year's Star Wars Celebration gathering in Orlando, fans met Ms. Tran along with the rest of the Last Jedi stars and got some basic details about the newcomer's character in the highly-anticipated next installment of the Star Wars saga -- and she apparently has the "biggest new part" in Episode VIII.

The Last Jedi: Meet Kelly Marie Tran's new Star Wars character, Rose

"My character's name is Rose," Tran revealed during Friday's Last Jedi panel. "She's part of the Resistance, and she works in maintenance. I can't wait for you to meet her."

4.12.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 4: They Call Us Andi Mack

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



Greetings, podcast listeners! We are back with Episode 4 of our recently launched podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

This week, we welcomed Lilan Bowden, who plays Bex on the new Disney Channel series Andi Mack. We talk about the show's refreshing, un-Disney-like take on family, and why it's important to see yourself represented onscreen. And my choice for "Bad" kid's TV show is controversial. Listen here:

4.10.2017

The Absolute Worst Way to Handle an "Overbooked" Flight

United Airlines forced a "randomly selected" passenger to give up his seat. It did not end well.



Let me get this straight. United Airlines overbooks a flight, and in an attempt to make room for some airline employees, they start picking random people to boot off the flight. And that's how we got these horrifying videos of an Asian man being violently wrenched from his seat, knocked unconscious and dragged off the plane.

Passenger Forcibly Removed From United Flight, Prompting Outcry

On Sunday evening, passengers on United flight 3411 from Chicago to Louisville had already boarded when the airline asked for volunteers to take another flight the next day to make room for four United staff members who needed seats. Big surprise, they got no takers. The airline offered $400 and a free hotel, then upped the offer to $800, but still, nobody wanted off. That's when they went ahead and just selected four passengers to eject from the flight -- including the soon-to-knocked unconscious 69-year-old man.

An airline representative told him he had been "randomly" selected to be taken off the flight. The man refused to give up his seat, saying he was a doctor and was scheduled to see patients the next day. He was insistent that would not get off the plane and, according to one witness, called his lawyer. The passenger was also heard saying he was being singled out for removal because he was Chinese.

That's when United called the cops.

Witnesses say the man began screaming when three law enforcement officers wrestled him out of seat. During the struggle, the man's face apparently struck an armrest and he was knocked unconscious. Video taken by passengers shows the man limp and bleeding from the mouth as officers dragged him down the aisle.

Several of videos taken during the incident were posted and shared on social media:

4.09.2017

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Saving Asia: A How-To Guide for White Actors: Saving Asia is no biggie. It's like taking up yoga at a weekend spa getaway. Here’s a useful guide for any white actor who wants to be a White Savior of Asia.

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Justin Chang and Jen Yamato debate Ghost in the Shell and the dangers of Hollywood whitewashing: Times critic Justin Chang and film reporter Jennifer Yamato debate Scarlett Johansson's controversial casting in Ghost in the Shell and the whitewashing of Asian film roles in Hollywood.

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What 'White' Food Meant to a First-Generation Kid: For Lisa Ko's immigrant family, the relationship between Americanness and consumption was a complicated one.

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I'm Not Tiny Because I'm Asian, I'm Tiny Because You're White: In this satirical op-ed, the writer flips western logic about Asian stereotypes.

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Stories For Us: "I get either Miss Saigon or Vietgone by Qui Nguyen to tell my family's history." Jonathan Castanien makes a case for more diverse stories on the stage.

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'Power Rangers' and the Realness of Poor Asian-Americans: How the Black Ranger is saving the world from model minority stereotypes.

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The Wonderful, Unlikely Online Hive of Jeremy Lin: From conservative political analysts to moms from the South, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin has one of the most hardcore and diverse fanbases on the Internet.

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Meet The 16 Year-Old Dominating Professional Snowboarding: They call her "the Now of women's snowboarding." Teen snowboarding phenom Chloe Kim is well on her way to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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Katie Kitamura on Marriage (and Divorce): Katie Kitamura, whose new novel A Separation charts the disastrous -- and tragic -- failure of a marriage, considers some of literature's most heartfelt accounts of relationship failure.

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Every Thai Movie on Netflix, Listed & Reviewed: In an effort to get Netflix to provide more Thai films to watch, Thai Movie Central reviews every Thai movie on their current roster.

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Here's a Really Dope Funk Band That Happens to Be Asian American: "We are here to make music that breaks stereotypes." Meet Trace Repeat, a six-piece soul funk band based in Oakland.



4.07.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Scott Chan

"...my parents keep asking me why I chose a career in nonprofit."



Greetings, good people of the internet. We have arrived at 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 Scott Chan.

4.06.2017

Airbnb host cancels woman's reservation because she's Asian

"One word says it all. Asian."



If you're going to be racist, you might as well be upfront about it. In Southern California, a woman who rented a cabin through Airbnb says the host abruptly canceled the reservation on her because she is Asian.

SoCal Woman Claims Airbnb Host Canceled Reservation Because of Her Race

Dyne Suh was looking forward to spending Presidents Day weekend in Running Springs with her fiance and friends. She reserved a cabin through Airbnb, but when she texted the host to confirm the reservation (while on her way to the cabin), the host refused to rent it to Suh, and made it pretty clear why.

"I wouldn't rent it to u if u were the last person on earth," the host told Suh in a text message exchange." One word says it all. Asian." Indeed, one word really does say it all. Thanks for making your racism super obvious.

4.05.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 3: They Call Us Motoko Kusanagi

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.


Hello, podcast listeners! We are back with Episode 3 of our recently launched podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

This week, we welcomed Rebecca Sun, Senior Reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, and Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex, to have a spirited conversation about the epic travesty of Hollywood whitewashing in the live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Spoiler alert: we did not enjoy it. Listen here:

4.04.2017

Gemma Chan joins the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

'Humans' star will play Astrid Leong in Jon M. Chu's adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel.



More Crazy Rich Asians casting! Gemma Chan has joined Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding in the cast of Warner Bros. highly anticipated adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel.

Gemma Chan to Star With Constance Wu in 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Chan, who can currently be seen in as the synth Mia in AMC's science fiction drama Humans, will play Astrid Leong, the beautiful Singapore socialite (also known as "The Goddess") who seems to have it all.

4.02.2017

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Is a Disappointing Ghost in the Shell the Nail in the Coffin of Hollywood Whitewashing? The anemic box office of Hollywood's live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is only the latest financial fallout of Asian erasure. Isn't enough enough?

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Scarlett Johansson and the perils of white feminism: By starring in Ghost in the Shell, Scarlett Johansson shows that her intersectional feminism stops at her bottom line.

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An incomplete list of Hollywood's favorite excuses for whitewashing and why they're nonsense: "Actually, this is a diverse cast." "This is a universal story." While the films Hollywood whitewashes change, the excuses remain the same.

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'Miss Saigon' May Want to Re-Think Its Merchandising: Diep Tran, an editor of American Theatre Magazine, went to see the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon and noticed one of the t-shirts being sold in the lobby, prominently featured Ho Chi Minh. It doesn't take a history scholar to understand why this would be a problem and so alarming, especially for Vietnamese people seeing the show.

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Trump Is Scaring Indian Americans Into Finding Their Political Voice: Highly educated immigrants from South Asia have often been able to live comfortably in America. With a new wave of hate crimes, that's changing.

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When Your Commute Includes Hearing 'You Don't Belong in This Country': Islamophobic and anti-immigrant harassment is on the rise -- nearly double the usual number -- on the subway.

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For Centuries, These Asian Recipes Have Helped New Moms Recover From Childbirth: An upcoming new book, collected from the traditions of six Asian ethnicities, is being called one of the most comprehensive English language cookbooks featuring traditional Asian foods for new mothers.

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Visiting McDonald's With My Grandmother: Christine Ro remembers trips to McDonald's with her late grandmother, who emigrated to the United States post-divorce.

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Chinese-American AG Suing Trump Shares Personal Stories Of Being Stereotyped: Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin is leading the charge to fight against Trump's controversial travel ban against Muslims and people from Middle Eastern countries.

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Ted Lieu is out-tweeting Trump, and it's making him a political star: Rep. Ted Lieu is a second-term California Democrat who has made it his personal mission to tirelessly troll President Trump on Twitter.

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Space and Silence: An Interview with Yumi Sakugawa: As part of Pelican Bomb's series exploring issues of wellness and healing, Ryan Lee Wong talks to Los Angeles-based illustrator Yumi Sakugawa about her new book promoting healthy habits and her strategies for self-care.

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Ali Wong Loves Kondo-ing So Much, She Named Her Daughter After It: Yes, really, Ali Wong named her daughter after Marie Kondo. Here, the comedian talks about how her life has changed after her Netflix special, Baby Cobra, launched her into being recognized everywhere, especially at Costco.



3.31.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Reera Yoo

"I am all about the anime. I wish I was joking, but I've read too many fanfics to deny it."



Hello, internet friends. Gather 'round, because it's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Reera Yoo.

3.29.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 2: They Call Us Lewis Tan

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.


Hello, podcast listeners! We are back with Episode 2 of our recently launched podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

This week, we follow up our conversation on Marvel's latest Netflix series Iron Fist and welcome actor/martial artist Lewis Tan to discuss kung fu flicks and drink a bottle of Hello Kitty wine. Listen here:

3.28.2017

'Crazy Rich Asians' has found its leading man

Newcomer Henry Golding will make his feature film debut in the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel.



Crazy Rich Asians has found its male lead! Newcomer Henry Golding will make his feature film debut opposite Constance Wu in Warner Bros' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's bestselling novel, directed by Jon M. Chu.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Lands Its Male Lead

Golding, who has no previous movie credits, has landed the role of Nick Young, a NYU history professor who comes from an extremely wealthy -- ahem, crazy rich -- old-money family. He joins Wu, who will play his ABC girlfriend Rachel Chu, and Michelle Yeoh, who will play his mother Eleanor Young.

3.27.2017

Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of Ghost In The Shell

Friday, March 31 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum Cafe



It's going down! If you're in Los Angeles, and you want to see some super-fun Asian American comedy, come on out this Friday to Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of Ghost in the Shell, the much-anticipated final show in the wildly successful "Scarlett Johansson Presents..." series at Upright Citizens Brigade. The evening, hosted by Will Choi and Keiko Agena, promises standup, sketch, improv and a very special one-time-only presentation of "Ghost in the Shell: The Musical"! You do not want to miss this.

It's happening March 31 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum Cafe. Here are some more details:

Hey student journalists! Apply to VOICES 2017

All-expenses paid multimedia journalism training program for college and graduate students.


Hey student journalists! Here's a great opportunity. VOICES is an annual all-expenses paid multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, sponsored by the Asian American Journalists Association. The program is a recruiting tool to increase diversity in newsrooms. The most promising students will be selected and given the opportunity to build skills and develop their published work.

Up to twenty applicants will be selected to cover the AAJA Convention this July in Philadelphia, with travel and hotel accommodations provided. Students will be paired with professional journalists as their mentors and be expected to produce and complete news assignments in advance of the convention in July.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31.

3.26.2017

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Bruce Lee Would Hate 'Iron Fist': "Aside from the ethnicity of its hero, the series had just one thing to achieve in order to prove itself worthy: Show off some badass kung fu. A cleverly-choreographed action show would have given it some leeway among critics, but unfortunately, the action is where Iron Fist fails the hardest."

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135 Years Ago, Another Travel Ban Was In the News: "As the first anti-immigrant law directed at a specific nationality, the Chinese Exclusion Act is invoked by President Trump's critics as a forebear of his own policies and proclamations."

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At SXSW, Asian-American Musicians Make A Space Of Their Own: For the first time in the festival's history, SXSW showcased a lineup made up of Asian American artists.

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How A 20-Year-Old Exorcism Sent Me In Search Of Korea's Cult Problem: In 1996, Jennifer Hope Choi's uncle took part in a prayer ritual that left a woman dead. In the midst of new scandals, Choi began to wonder if his crime might be connected to the larger phenomenon of Korean religious cults.

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There's a problem with sample ballots in L.A.'s congressional race, and it could have affected thousands of voters: An unknown number of voters who received Korean-language voting materials in the 34th Congressional District race may have received incorrectly printed sample ballots.

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‘Difficult People': John Cho Set To Recur In Season 3 Of Hulu Series: John Cho is slated to play Billy Eichner's love interest in the comedy series Difficult People.

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Meet Lewis Tan, the Asian-American Actor Who Could Have Been Iron Fist: An interview with Lewis Tan, who was considered for the lead in Iron Fist but was offered the role of villain Zhou Cheng instead.

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Awkwafina Is America's Future Favorite Talk Show Host: Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina, is a rapper, producer, comedian, actor, and now the host of Tawk, an online talk show.

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Is Angela Lee the next big thing in women's MMA? Watch out, UFC. 20-year-old, 115-pound mixed martial arts fighter Angela Lee is making her way to you.

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The rise of LillyTube: With two billion views on YouTube, a new book and brands knocking down her door, Scarborough-born Lilly Singh offers a lesson for Canadians looking to ride the wave of cultural disruption.



3.24.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Nancy Wang Yuen

"I am a pop culture geek disguised as a sociology professor."



Hey, everybody! It's about that time again. It's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Nancy Wang Yuen.

3.22.2017

Check out our new podcast: 'They Call Us Bruce'

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.


Good readers of this website! Got something new for you. I am pleased to share the launch of our new podcast They Call Us Bruce, hosted by my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and me, Phil Yu. Each week, we aim to bring you an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

Jeff and I have been friends for a long time, but we've never formally worked together on a project. We had been talking about starting a podcast for a while, but after talking about it and talking some more, the podcast finally came together quickly and somewhat haphazardly. So these first few episodes are kind of rough. Hopefully, you can overlook some of the obvious early technical deficiencies and stay for the conversation.

First, listen to Episode 0, in which we introduce the podcast (and explain the name):

3.21.2017

Q & A with Power Rangers' Ludi Lin

Chinese Canadian Ludi Lin powers up as Zack the Black Ranger. Interview by Jes Vu.



Power Rangers fans -- the wait is almost over! The new Power Rangers movie finally arrives in theaters this weekend. This film prides itself on its diversity of characters from race to sexuality; there's even a character on the autistic spectrum.

Among them, Chinese-born Canadian actor Ludi Lin is the "sex symbol" of the Power Rangers cast, no doubt about it. Taking on the mantle of bad boy Zack, the Black Power Ranger, Ludi is not just one, but one of two Asian actors in the main cast (the other being British Indian actor Naomi Scott who plays Kimberly the Pink Power Ranger). Fortunately, we had a chance to talk to Ludi about his unique upbringing and what it was like working on this iconic franchise.

3.19.2017

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Kal Penn shares racist audition scripts from his early career: Kal Penn shared a bunch of old scripts from some of his first years as a struggling Indian Amerian actor trying to break into Hollywood -- characters like "Ghandi Lookalike," "Snake Charmers" and "Fire Eaters."

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Travel ban fight personal for attorney general Chin: Hawaii attorney general Douglas Chin put his state in the spotlight when it became the first state to challenge the Trump administration's revised travel ban and convince a federal judge to temporarily block it before it took effect.

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Being Indian in Trump's America: Amitava Kumar outlines the trajectory of racism, nationalistic rhetoric and scapegoating that led to Trump's America and the recent spike in hate crimes.

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Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement - Here's What You've Missed: Now that you've only just begun to recognize systemic racism, are you ready to sacrifice your privilege? Here's a handy list to help you in your process.

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Why Are Asian Americans Missing From Our Textbooks? Ethnic studies classes are slowly gaining traction in elementary and secondary education, but Asian Americans still remain largely erased from the history they played a large role in.

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Behind Little Saigon's riches, the poor pack into small rooms to survive: Orange County's Little Saigon has made rapid gains in recent years. But that doesn't mean some members of the community aren't struggling to stay afloat.

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The Faces and Streets of New York's Chinatown in the 1980s: Bud Glick is sharing his decades-old photographs of New York's Chinatown online in an attempt to reconnect with their subjects.

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The Battle of 'Miss Saigon': Yellowface, Art and Opportunity: The musical -- a love story set during the Vietnam War -- ignited a fierce debate over the casting of a white actor in a Eurasian role. Now, it's back on Broadway.

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A look back at Jeremy Lin's back-to-back 'Sports Illustrated' covers: Remember when Sports Illustrated featured Jeremy Lin on two consecutive covers? A look back at what "Linsanity" meant for Asian Americans.



3.17.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Shaun Lau

"Expressing equal parts love and righteous fire."


Hello, internet friends. It is time, once again, 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 Shaun Lau.

No, we will not "stop talking about Heart Mountain": A Response to the Billings Gazette

Guest Post by Joseph Shoji Lachman


From the Heart Mountain Wyoming Foundation, Okumoto Collection. Inscribed on the back of the photo: "Young girl near guard tower-Ayaho Inouye." She is standing near a guard tower in the barren desert that was home to the Heart Mountain concentration camp.

This is a response to "Stop talking about Heart Mountain", which appeared in the Billings Gazette on March 1, 2017.

There is a dangerous trend today of abusing Japanese American incarceration history to justify surveillance, possibly registry, and even potential incarceration of Muslims in the U.S. We must push back against this wave of ignorance and xenophobic nationalism if we are to preserve the ideals that really can make this country great.

In a March 1st letter to the editor, C.T. Ripley displayed his lack of knowledge about Japanese American history with his letter published by the Billings Gazette. It starts with the question, "How long do we have to hear about the Japanese internment camps?"

I will return to this question later.

Let's debunk a few of the major lies or misleading statements.

3.15.2017

Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema

Panel Discussion and Concert with the original "bad boys of Asian American cinema, March 24 at USC



If you're in Los Angeles, Kaya Press and USC Visions and Voices invite you to Anarchy in Asian America: Sex, Punk, and Transgressive Cinema, a unique panel discussion with the original "bad boys" of Asian American cinema, Gregg Araki, Roddy Bogawa, Marcus Hu, and Jon Moritsugu.

They'll be discussing a wide range of topics related to filmmaking including the influence of punk on their work and how their transgression of racial, sexual, and cultural norms transformed our notions of both cinema and Asian American film. Afterward, they're throwing a punk afterparty/concert featuring performances by twisted glam rock/garage/punk band Low on High and the indie dark wave sounds of SISU.

It's happening Friday, March 24 at 7pm at the University of Southern California. Here are some more details:

3.13.2017

"Such a great country that allows you to be here."

Woman confronts White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at the Apple Store. Gets a racist response.



What would you do if you came face to face with Sean Spicer? That's what happened to Shree Chauhan, who happened to run into Donald Trump's Press Secretary during a chance encounter at the Apple Store.

Sean Spicer, Trump press secretary, confronted in Apple store

Chauhan, who is Indian American, seized the rare opportunity to ask Spicer some questions about his and the Trump administration's actions, outside the guarded environment of the White House Press Room. Spicer responded to her questioning by telling her with a smile, "Such a great country that allows you to be here."

3.12.2017

Read These Blogs


My Secret Life as an Undocumented Immigrant: When Karell Roxas came to the U.S. as a child, she and her family lived quietly, prayed for their accents to disappear, and faked it.

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Cheap eats, cheap labor: The hidden human costs of those lists: What's missing from all those "cheap eats" lists? The work -- and the history of racist labor practices -- behind the food.

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You Wanted Just A Little Bit Of Xenophobia, But Got Too Much: Giri Nathan on interviewing Hindu Trump supporters and the recent rise in hate crimes.

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Unpacking Get Out's "Asian" character: If you've seen Get Out, you may have also been wondering about the Hiroki Tanaka character. Melissa Phruksachart unpacks the meaning of his presence in the film. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven't seen the film, save this link for after.

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Six Asian-American Memoirs to Read for Women's History Month: Need some books to read? Here are six Asian American memoirs to read for Women's History Month.

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State Rep. Stephanie Chang Knocked on Every Door in Her District—Twice: Stephanie Chang was elected to represent Michigan's 6th District in 2014, becoming the first Asian American woman ever to serve in that state's legislature.

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Sikhs in the US: America is our home and we are here to stay: "Sikh Americans have faced threats and deadly attacks for more than 100 years -- often because of our articles of faith, including turbans and unshorn hair -- but we are an integral part of the American fabric, and our faith tradition offers guidance for confronting the hate that Americans grapple with today."

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Kevin G. Perfects the Art of Failure After Mean Girls:Tired of auditioning for geeks and terrorists, actor Rajiv Surendra set his heights on the role of a lifetime -- as the lead in Ang Lee's Life of Pi. But after six years of preparation, things didn't go as planned.

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The Worry I No Longer Remember Living Without: Around the happy moments with my autistic daughter lurks the anxiety, even worse under the new administration, that she will lose her right to be educated at her neighbourhood school.

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America's Melting Pot Is Boiling Brown People To Death: "Every single day I wake up with a sense of dread that something is going to happen to someone I love. The chances just keep getting greater."



3.10.2017

There's a very un-Disney-like twist at the center of 'Andi Mack'

Watch the premiere episode of the Disney Channel's upcoming new series.



Hey, look! Asians on TV! Andi Mack, the highly-anticipated new Disney Channel series from the creator of Lizzie McGuire, adds to the growing tally of Asian American families on television, with a great cast that includes Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Lilan Bowden and Lauren Tom.

But after the watching the wonderful premiere episode, which is now available in its entirety online, it's pretty clear that this is unlike any Asian American family we've seen on TV before. I loved it.

The coming-of-age series centers around Andi (Lee) as she's about to celebrate her 13th birthday. However, when her adventurous, motorcycle-riding older sister Bex (Bowden) returns home with the hope of getting her life together, Andi's life is turned upside down and she is left questioning everything she's ever known.

The performances -- particularly from Lee and Bowden -- are charming as hell and the writing is sharp. Sure, this is a youth-oriented show, and a few of the zingy one-liners. wise-cracking best friends and boy-crush subplot all reflect that. And yes, it's noteworthy that the show centers on a biracial Asian American family. But ultimately, the driving force of the story is the atomic reveal that gets dropped in the middle of the premiere.

See it for yourself. Watch the full first episode here:

Angry Reader of the Week: Thi Bui

"I do comics for old people."


Photo Credit: Gabe Clark

Hello, good people of the internet! You know what time it is. It's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Thi Bui.

Five Showrunners Who Could Have Gotten Iron Fist Right

By Keith Chow. Cross-Posted from The Nerds of Color.



Three years ago, when I initially wrote about casting an Asian American in the lead role on Iron Fist, I had no idea the NOC would become ground zero for the #AAIronFist movement. I just never thought an Asian American Danny Rand was that radical a notion! Now that we're on the eve of the show's debut on Netflix -- in addition to its star's recent Twitter tantrum -- years-old arguments are starting to resurface on twitter and elsewhere. Coupled with early reviews savaging the series, I figured now was as good a time as any to resurrect one more Iron Fist thinkpiece before (hopefully) never having to talk about this goddamn show ever again.

3.07.2017

Asian American Women Are Also Angry... and Underpaid

Guest Post by Aliya Khan and Stephanie Zhou, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum


Today is Asian American Equal Pay Day -- because it takes Asian American women two whole extra months to earn what a white man earned in the previous year.

Asian American women earn roughly 85 cents to every dollar a white man earns -- and Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander women experience actually some of the widest pay gaps compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

But, leading up to today, what bothered us most is the resounding silence from people within the Asian community.

We are pulled to listen to celebrities like Emma Watson and Beyoncé as they discuss equal pay issues -- but where are Asian American voices in the conversation?

See Exclusive Photos of Ludi Lin in POWER RANGERS

Chinese Canadian actor makes his U.S. feature film debut as Zack, the Black Ranger.



A new generation of fangirls and fanboys will be introduced to the concept of "Morphin' time!" when the new Power Rangers movie hits theaters this month. Starring a fresh new cast, the big screen reboot of the popular children's action show follows five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove -- and the world -- is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat.

Power Rangers will introduce western audiences to one of Asia's fastest rising stars, Chinese Canadian actor Ludi Lin, who makes his U.S. feature film debut as Zack, the Black Ranger. Filled with bravado and swagger, Zack is described as "tough and cool on the exterior but has many layers beyond his fearless appearance. He advertises everything about himself, except the truth, which makes him feel deeply inferior to all his peers."

Lin's television credits include roles in Netflix's Marco Polo, Level Up! and Holiday Spin. His Chinese film credits include the upcoming feature Come Across Love (不期而遇), Crazy in Love (疯富的爱, 2012), I'm Sorry, I Love You (对不起我爱你, 2013), A Servant of Two Masters (一仆二主, 2014), and Monster Hunt (捉妖记), which is currently the second highest-grossing Chinese film released to date.

Check out some exclusive photos of Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger in Power Rangers:

3.06.2017

If you hear someone say "Go back to your country," a hate crime is sure to follow

Masked gunman shoots Sikh man outside his home in Washington.



Police in the Seattle area are investigating a hate crime after a masked gunman told a Sikh man to "go back to your country," before shooting him. This is not to be confused with another hate crime in Kansas, where an Indian man was shot to death in a bar after being told to "get out of my country."

Sikh man's shooting in Washington investigated as hate crime

The victim, a 39-year-old Indian man who wears a turban in observance of Sikh faith, was shot outside his home in Kent's East Hill neighborhood on Friday night. He suffered a non-life threatening injury.

According to police, the victim was working on his car in his driveway when he was approached by an unknown man, who asked something along the lines of "why are you cleaning your car?" The conversation became heated and the man threatened the victim, making statements to the effect of "Go back to your own country," before he pushed him to the ground, pulled out a gun and shot him in the arm.

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