7.21.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Sujata Day

"My entire life is a series of decisions where I always chose art over money."



Hey, everybody! You know what's up. It is time 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 Sujata Day.

Lana Condor to star in 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before'

Teen romantic comedy, based on the popular novel by Jenny Han, has started shooting.



Lana Condor, last seen as Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse, is starring in the teen romantic comedy To All the Boys I've Loved Before, based on the novel by bestselling author Jenny Han.

Lana Condor to Star in 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' Movie Based on Jenny Han Novel

Condor plays Lara Jean Covey, a romance novel buff who starts her junior year content to spend lunch in the library reading. Her love life goes from imaginary to out of control when her secret box of love letters is unexpectedly delivered to the various boys she's had crushes on throughout her life. To avoid confronting them, Lara Jean fakes a relationship with one of them -- but starts to realize that she may not be pretending.

The film, directed by Susan Johnson with a screenplay by Sofia Alvarez, has begun production in Vancouver.

John Corbett stars as Lara Jean's father, a single dad trying to raise three daughters on his own. Janel Parrish and Anna Cathcart will play Lara Jean's sisters. The cast also includes Noah Centineo, Israel Broussard and Andrew "King Bach" Bachelor.

7.20.2017

Queens couple plead guilty to keeping children as slaves

Sook Yeong Park and Jeong Taek Lee held two Korean kids as slaves in their home for several years.



This week in New York, a Flushing couple admitted to holding two Korean children as slaves in their home for several years, forcing them to work long hours and withholding contact with their parents.

Couple Who Kept Korean Teens as 'Slaves' at Flushing Home Plead Guilty

50-year-old Sook Yeong Park pleaded guilty to two counts of labor trafficking. Park was sentenced to six months in prison followed by five years probation, after taking a plea deal. The 60-count indictment against her included grand larceny, forcible touching and assault for her treatment of the two children. Her husband, 54-year-old Jeong Taek Lee, was sentenced to five years probation.

The two victims, a 9-year-old brother and 11-year-old sister from Korea, were brought to stay with the couple in January 2010. Shortly afterwards, Park confiscated their passports and effectively enslaved them.

7.19.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 16: They Call Us George Takei

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 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, in an episode recorded live in Little Tokyo as part of Asian American ComiCon, we talk to legendary actor, activist and icon George Takei. Uncle George discusses art, aging, politics and love, and plays along with a very special edition of The Good, The Bad and The "OH MY."

7.18.2017

The F4 Olympics: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #7

A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

In this week's episode, we learn that sports can solve all of life's problems -- specifically horse riding, car racing, and swimming. We also meet some new characters, including an older sister and the first adult figure at the school (who turns out to be useless). Also, some Fast and Furious talk.

Meet the guy who introduced Bruce Lee to nunchucks

The story of revered martial artist Dan Inosanto is being developed into a movie.



You know that Bruce Lee was pretty damn deadly with a pair of nunchaku. But do you know of the man who first introduced Bruce to his most famous movie weapon? Soon, hopefully everybody will know. The story of martial artist Dan Inosanto is being developed into a feature film.

Bruce Lee Protege, Who Helped Cowboys Win Super Bowl, to Get Film Treatment (Exclusive)

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Mark Gordon Company is developing movie on the life of Dan Inosanto, who was a protege, instructor, training partner and close friend of Bruce Lee, and a martial arts legend in his own right. The film will be produced by Mark Gordon, Matt Jackson, Tarik Heitmann and Dan Inosanto's daughter (and Bruce Lee's goddaughter) Diana Lee Inosanto.

7.17.2017

Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

"Real Talk" - Thursday, July 20 at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre



Hey, Los Angeles! It's story time! Disoriented Comedy invites you to the latest edition of Family Reunion, a monthly live storytelling show co-presented by Angry Asian Man Angry Asian Man, Tuesday Night Project, Mishthi Music and KAYA Press, featuring regular everyday folks talking story. No notes.

This month's Family Reunion theme is "Real Talk": tales of confrontations, big realizations, and not so big ones. The evening's featured lineup of storytellers includes Julie Zhan, Sangita, Pete Lee, Christine Medrano, Mark Brazill, Christopher Lam, Melanie Maras, Naomi Ko, and host Atsuko Okatsuka.

It's happening Thursday, July 20 at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre & Cafe in Silverlake. Here are some more details about the show:

Every Shot of Kelly Marie Tran in The New 'Star Wars' Footage

New featurette goes behind the scenes of 'The Last Jedi.'



Over the weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney's massive official fan convention, Star Wars fans were treated to a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, the much-anticipated next installment of the multi-generational space fantasy saga. The rabid internet masses have pounced on the new footage like a piece of meat, poring over each frame in search of hints about what's in store for our heroes in a galaxy far, far away.

Of course, for those keeping score, we're all about Rose Tico, the new Resistance character played by our pal, the lovely and talented newcomer Kelly Marie Tran. She didn't make it into the Last Jedi teaser trailer that was released a couple of months back, but she's all up in this new footage from the set and it has got us hyped.

Check it out:

She stopped speaking to her mom after Trump was elected

Daughter and mother sit down and talk for the first time since the election.



We live in a divided America. There's no question that the 2016 presidential election and Donald Trump's ascension to the White House revealed a stark division in the United States -- an often awkward and bitter ideological divide that impacts regular folks and family around the dinner table.

Business Insider talked to an Alabama woman named Rebecca, a Korean American adoptee who basically stopped speaking with her white, conservative Christian mother since the election of Donald Trump. In this interview, Rebecca and her mom, Mary, reunite and sit down to talk about their differences on camera.

It is not awkward at all. (No, actually, it's pretty awkward.)

7.16.2017

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BREAKING: Viral Story About "Asian White Supremacist" May Be Fake: After a Medium post recounting the experiences of a self-described "Asian White Supremacist" was shared widely, some fairly simple internet sleuthing has raised serious questions about the essay and author's authenticity.

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Authenticity in casting: From 'colorblind' to 'color conscious,' new rules are anything but black and white: "If a role is written for a particular ethnicity, sexual identity, gender or disability, how far should the creative community go to find an actor who checks that particular box? And should the fact that many traditionally marginalized groups are fighting for better representation be taken into consideration? Who has the right to tell what stories? And who gets to make that decision?"

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200 years of authenticity (or lack thereof) in casting: American entertainment has a long, complicated history when it comes to authenticity in casting. Here's a look at some of the milestones that have led to the modern conversation about who has the right to play which roles.

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These 3 Women Are Fed Up With Sexual Harassment. And They're Taking Action. A trio of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs just launched Betterbrave.com, a comprehensive guide for anyone who’s experienced sexual harassment at work and doesn't know what to do next.

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Man who conspired with sister in 1993 'black widow' murder now seeks clemency: 23 years after fatally shooting his sister's boyfriend, Andrew Suh has apologized for his actions and is seeking reprieve from his 80-year prison sentence.

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Nonprofit Helps California's Asian-American Farmers Grow Their Businesses: NPR highlights Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement, a nonprofit that works directly with Asian farmers across California to provide local and healthy food to the Asian and Pacific Islander population in Los Angeles.

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Chinatown's swap meets once opened a door to the American dream. Now, their future is uncertain: Not only does L.A. Chinatown's swap meets offer some of the best bargains to be found in the city, they offer vendors a crack at the American dream. But that dream is now at risk.

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Diane Wong on gentrification in Chinatowns and being labeled "too radical for academia": Ethnographer, scholar, and activist Diane Wong, whose dissertation studies the gentrifcation of American Chinatowns, talks with The Tempest about gentrification, being a woman of color in academia, and the connection between scholarship and activism.

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Chinese Laborers Built Sonoma's Wineries. Racist Neighbors Drove Them Out: From the backbreaking labor of clearing roads and digging out caves to highly skilled horticultural work, Chinese laborers helped build Sonoma's wine country, dating as far back as the mid-1800s.



7.14.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Jae Suh Park

"Mostly carbs, salt and wine."



Greetings, 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 Jae Suh Park.

7.13.2017

Racist Airbnb host ordered to take Asian American studies

Tami Barker canceled Dyne Suh's Airbnb reservation because she is Asian. Now she'll pay.



Remember the racist Airbnb host who canceled a guest's reservation because the woman was Asian? She has been ordered to pay $5,000 in damages and take a course in Asian American studies.

Airbnb host who canceled reservation using racist comment must pay $5,000

In February, Dyne Suh was en route to a ski vacation with friends in Big Bear, California, where she had reserved a cabin through Airbnb. But when she messaged the host, Tami Barker, to confirm the reservation, Barker abruptly refused to rent it to Suh. And she made her reasons pretty clear.

"I wouldn't rent it to u if u were the last person on earth," Barker texted. "One word says it all. Asian."

When Suh said she'd complain to Airbnb about the racist remark, Barker replied, "It's why we have Trump... and I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners."

What? You think Trump in the White House gets you a do-racist-shit-for-free card? Nope.

2 Live Crew's Fresh Kid Ice dies at 53

Christopher Wong Won was a founding member of the groundbreaking, controversial rap group.



Christopher Wong Won, aka Fresh Kid Ice, a founding member of the groundbreaking, controversial rap group 2 Live Crew and one of the first high-profile Asian American rappers, has died. He was 53.

2 Live Crew Rapper Fresh Kid Ice Dies at 53

Won died of an undisclosed medical condition in a Miami hospital on Tuesday, according to his longtime manager Debo. 2 Live Crew's former frontman Luther Campbell, aka Uncle Luke, aka Luke Skyywalker, tweeted his condolences on Thursday morning, calling Fresh Kid Ice "a legend."

7.12.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 15: They Call Us Shirley Chung

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 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, in an episode recorded live at Opodz in Little Tokyo, Jeff and Phil welcome former Top Chef contestant Shirley Chung, who talks about her lifelong love of food, cooking with her heart and soul on TV's top culinary competition, and finally getting approval from her mom.

Happy 50th Anniversary, Jeet Kune Do

"Using no way as way; having no limitation as limitation."


Photo Credit: Bruce Lee Enterprises

Fans of Bruce Lee know that in addition to being a movie star and perhaps the most influential martial artist ever, he is the founder of a groundbreaking philosophy and expression of martial arts known as Jeet Kune Do, or "Way of the Intercepting Fist." But did you know that this week marks the 50th anniversary of Jeet Kune Do?

Fifty years ago, on July 9, 1967, Bruce Lee made his very first mention of something called "Jeet Kune Do," scrawled in the hand-written notes of his day planner. It was apparently his first attempt to put a name or label to his evolving martial expression -- something he was initially reluctant to do.

"Lee wrestled with putting a name to his art as he constantly veered away from any type of crystallization (and thereby limitation) of its essence," according to the official Bruce Lee Facebook page. "However, the simple need to refer to it in some concrete way won out and Jeet Kune Do was born."

7.11.2017

New Caledonia Blues: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #6

A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

In this week's episode, we are treated to some eye candy, wonder what purpose "Ringo" plays in the story, and contemplate the show's playlist of four songs. And then finally, THE KISS! So it's over, our heroes get together and live happily ever after! Wait, there are 21 more episodes?!?!

He's 14 years old. He's named Jeremy Lin. And he can play.

No, not that Jeremy Lin. A different Jeremy Lin.



Have you heard of that guy Jeremy Lin? He's got game.

No, not Jeremy Lin, point guard for the Brooklyn Nets. I'm talking about a 14-year-old kid also actually named Jeremy Lin, who was recently highlighted as one of the standout players from the 2017 Ballislife Jr. All American Camp by adidas Hoops. The kid can ball. According to ballislife.com, young Jeremy exhibited impressive range and passing abilities, landing him a spot in the top 25 game at the camp.

Here's a highlight video of Jeremy Lin in action:

7.10.2017

Asian AF: An Asian American Variety Show

Friday, July 28 at UCB Sunset



Los Angeles! Get ready for some laughs! The hit monthly variety show Asian AF returns with another showcase of comedic Asian American talent at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. This month's lineup is still being finalized, but you can count a fun night of improv, sketch, standup and even some music.

It's happening Friday, July 28 at UCB Sunset. Here are some more details:

"The Bigot of Bitter Lake"

North Seattle man assaulted in racist encounter.



A man in north Seattle says he was assaulted on the street by a man who threatened him and told him that his "passport would be taken away," among other things, before punching him in the face.

Marcus Choi says he was walking with his dogs in the Bitter Lake area last week when he was confronted by a man coming out of a Lowes parking lot, yelling at him, getting his face and threatening him.

"He then aggressively put his forehead on mine and said I was going to prison, along with the rest of us" -- meaning us Asians, of course -- "and that my passport would be taken away," Choi said in a Facebook post.

Choi went home, but the incident bothered him, and he just couldn't leave it like that.

"I could have avoided this by simply letting it go, but I don't tolerate racism, especially in my own neighborhood," Choi said. "I came back out to get a picture and video of him."

He returned to confront the man and take his picture, which escalated the situation -- something Choi probably had to expect. The man took a swing at Choi, hitting him in the face and knocking off his glasses.

Choi posted the details of the incident, including a photo and video of his assailant, on Facebook:

7.09.2017

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'Hawaii Five-0' Asian actors won't be without projects for long: "So yes, the path to equality is rarely easy. But for Asian Americans who want roles of substance and commensurate success, it's increasingly looking like that path leads in a direction beyond acting."

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CBS Made Wrong Call on Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park 'Hawaii Five-0' Deals (Column): CBS's upcoming season of Hawaii Five-0 will be sans Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park due to the inabiltiy to negotiate a contract that would resolve the pay parity with the show's white co-stars.

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Deportation a 'Death Sentence' to Adoptees After a Lifetime in the U.S.: At least a dozen adoptees live in South Korea after they were deported from the U.S. because their adoptive parents failed to get them citizenship. Without economic resources, networks, and often without a grasp of the language, many deportees see their situation as a "death sentence."

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The Big Sick & Brown Romance In Pop Culture Narratives: Yes to more Brown representation on the big screen -- but there's still room for improvement. Taz Ahmed offers this on-point intersectional feminist reading of The Big Sick alongside other Brown narratives, like Master of None.

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Steven Yeun Finds Life After Glenn: Just because Glenn is over, doesn't mean Steven Yeun is. The Okja star talks about navigating Hollywood after The Walking Dead.

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Ben Fong-Torres Remembers His Summer of Love in San Francisco: Before Ben Fong-Torres became a rock music journalist for Rolling Stone, he was a DJ in San Francisco, spinning golden oldies during the Summer of Love.

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Gestured to and not yet quite: an interview with Muriel Leung: Bone Confetti writer Muriel Lung discusses queer love, how loss can activate political consciousness, Hortense Spillers, and writing in a state of transition.

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How 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Star Jacob Batalon Went From College Dropout to Blockbuster Star: Jacob Batalon had never auditioned for a movie before he landed his big screen debut Ned Leeds in Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is how he got there.



7.07.2017

Asian American ComiCon Summit on Art, Action & the Future

Saturday, July 15 at the Japanese American National Museum



What's up, fanboys and fangirls? If you are in Southern California, the Japanese American National Museum invites you to AACC: The Asian American Comicon Summit on Art, Action & The Future.

In a time where diversity and creativity are both under attack, this summit will feature diverse creators talking about where we're going next -- folks like Jeff Yang (CNN, They Call Us Bruce), Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex), LaToya Morgan (writer, Into the Badlands), Lewis Tan (Marvel's Iron Fist), and Keith Chow (The Nerds of Color). The program will include a special live recording of our podcast They Call Us Bruce, featuring a conversation with pioneering actor and activist George Takei.

The summit will also see the unveiling of New Frontiers, a brand new graphic anthology of original stories inspired by George Takei's life and legacy -- stories about incarceration and exclusion, representation and resistance, the digital world, and the struggle in the streets. AACC will include an Artists' Alley where leading comics creators will be available for commissions and signings.

It's happening Saturday, July 15 at the Japanese American National Museum. Here are more details:

Randall Park joins the cast of 'Ant-Man and The Wasp'

'Fresh Off The Boat' star will play SHIELD Agent Jimmy Woo.



Fresh Off The Boat star Randall Park has joined the cast of Marvel's Ant-Man and The Wasp. No official word on his role, but there's strong speculation that he'll be playing SHIELD Agent Jimmy Woo.

Randall Park Joins ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’

Best known for playing Louis Huang on the hit ABC comedy, Park joins the follow-up to 2015's Ant-Man, directed by Peyton Reed and starring Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, a thief turned pint-sized superhero. Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas and Michael Pena are also set to return.

Angry Reader of the Week: Christina Chou

"I'm a praying woman, but not passive."



Hello, my friends. It is 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 Christina Chou.

Enter the Dragon Lady: On Heroine Worship and Reclaiming Asian Female Aggression

Guest Post by Sarah Kuhn


Sarah Kuhn's 'Heroine Worship'

Heroine Worship, the second book in my series starring Asian American superheroines, came out this week.

Those are words I still can't quite believe, no matter how many times I type them. Even as I hold the book in my hands, I have to stare at it for a really, really long time before it sinks in that it's real. It has pages and a cover and everything! And my two heroines, Evie Tanaka and Aveda Jupiter (aka Annie Chang), are beautifully and prominently featured on said cover, perfectly rendered by artist Jason Chan.

Heroine Complex, the first book in the series, was Evie's book. It focused on her journey from wallflower to heroine, from downtrodden personal assistant to a woman confident in her own power. Heroine Worship is Aveda's book -- and I knew going in that she was going to be difficult in every sense of the word. She's aggressive and loud and dives into situations without thinking about the consequences. Her emotional arc is messy and complicated and involves her trying to figure out how to be a better friend to Evie and rein her more self-centered behavior while retaining the forcefulness and confidence that made her a good superheroine in the first place.

As Evie reminds her: Yes, she's a bludgeon. But bludgeons get shit done.

Aveda's aggressiveness is one of the things that made me love writing her. And thinking about her in such detail has me thinking about "difficult" female characters in general -- and who gets to be a bludgeon in the first place.

7.05.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 14: They Call Us #UglyDelicious

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 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 welcome comedian/writer Jenny Yang and Eater NY News Editor Serena Dai, who broke the story about the white chef that's been serving up sushi while speaking with a faux Japanese accent. We discuss food, its deep connection to culture, and things that make you say "Yo, I don't know about that."

7.04.2017

Welcome to New Caledonia: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #5

A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

In this week's episode, it's all hard swings as we go from brutal bullying, to a dashing rescue, to... an island vacation? We are treated to a blatant advertisement for the island of New Caledonia, and also chat about beauty standards and personal tastes in Korean food.

7.03.2017

Asian American actors exit 'Hawaii Five-0' over pay equality

CBS refused to pay Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park as much as their white co-stars.



Aloha. Hawaii Five-0 stars Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park are leaving the CBS series over a salary dispute, because the network reportedly refused to pay them as much as their white co-stars.

Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park Exit ‘Hawaii Five-0’

After seven seasons as series regulars, Kim and Park have departed from the popular cop action drama because they were unable to negotiate the same salaries as their co-stars Alex O'Loughlin and Scott Caan. The studio apparently didn't think the two Asian leads were quite as worthwhile as the two white dudes.

About ten to fifteen percent less worthwhile, if sources are correct.

According to Variety, Kim and Park were seeking equal pay, but couldn't reach a deal with CBS Television Studios, whose final offer to the two actors was reportedly "10-15% lower" than the salaries of O'Loughlin and Caan. What kind of bullshit is that? It was enough for Kim and Park to walk.

So say goodbye to Chin Ho Kelly and Kono Kalakaua, who will not appear in the show's upcoming eighth season. The characters' absence will be referenced in the season premiere. And with that, Hawaii Five-0 has unceremoniously lost all of its main Asian American characters.

7.02.2017

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David Bouhadana Has a Problem, and We Need to Talk About It: New York sushi chef David Bouhadana, who is white, is known to regularly speak with a faux Japanese accent during service. You know, like "dericious."

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One Man Called Another a Racial Slur. Then They Shook Hands. On a jog through a Manhattan park, Simran Jeet Singh, who is Sikh, once again found himself the recipient of racial hate. This time, though, he decided to respond -- to surprising results.

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Kamau Bell: Chinatown is as American as fireworks: In the latest episode of CNN's United Shades of America, host W. Kamau Bell visits one of America's "most fundamentally American places." Chinatown!

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It's the end of an era: Channel 18 cancels international format that served generations of L.A. immigrants: In its height, Los Angeles's Channel 18 offered content in 14 Asian languages and served as a hub for immigrants who wanted programming made for them. Now it is coming to an end -- Channel 18 will now broadcast English infomercials.

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This Filipino Dish Is So Good It Might Make You Sing: As a young girl in the Philippines, Wilma Consul had to step into the kitchen early after her father's death. For this edition of NPR's video series Hot Pot, Consul cooks picadillo, a comfort dish from her childhood.

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The Defiant Sound of Asian American Women in Indie Rock: Artists like Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast, and Mitski are at the forefront of indie rock, creating space for Asian American women.

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Get That Life: How I Became the First Woman to Edit ESPN The Magazine: Alison Overholt went from reading magazines in her cubicle to running one, as editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine.

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Why People Are Upset Over Jackie Chan's Role In "The Foreigner": Although Jackie Chan is a beloved action hero among Asian Americans, some are slamming his upcoming film's erasure of Vietnamese people.

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Did You Catch the Translation Joke in Okja?: Bong Joon-ho's Okja is full of excellent jokes. There's one joke in particular that you might catch if you understand both English and Korean.

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Steven Yeun's Five Favorite Films: The Walking Dead and Okja star talks about Frank Darabont's "magic window," filming in South Korea, and what made Glenn such a relatable character.

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Life with Ellen Wong: Toronto's kick-ass actor on her new, female-filled show 'GLOW', and not playing a type: When Ellen Wong auditioned for GLOW, the Netflix series about a women's wrestling team set in the 80s, she had never even watched a wrestling match. But... she does have a black belt in taekwondo.

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Remember Rufio in 'Hook'? The actor is trying to keep his cult character's legacy alive. Over 30 years ago, Dante Basco played Rufio in Steven Spielberg's Hook, a cult character whose legacy he's trying to keep alive. He produced a new crowd-funded film called Bangarang, a short film about Rufio's origin story.

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"Bajillion Dollar Properties" Creator Kulap Vilaysack Wants To Be the Asian Shonda Rhimes: "I want to be a bad ass boss who creates expansive worlds filled with diverse characters and complicated leading women."



6.30.2017

Recording Now! Podcast Panel, Q&A & Live Show with Potluck

Thursday, July 6 at OPodz in Little Tokyo



Podcast listeners of Los Angeles! You're invited to a special event featuring the creators and hosts of shows from the Potluck Podcast Collective, including Kollabcast, Saturday School, Drunk Monk, Asian Americana, They Call Us Bruce and the Korean Drama Podcast. The evening will include a panel discussion with the Potluck hosts and a live recording of They Call Us Bruce with a special guest.

It's happening Thursday, July 6 at OPodz in Little Tokyo. Here are some more details:

Suspect arrested in kidnapping of Chinese student

Yingying Zhang, who disappeared from the University of Illinois on June 9, is believed to be dead.



A suspect has been arrested in the kidnapping of visiting Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang, who has been missing from the University of Illinois since June 9. She is believed by authorities to be dead.

Man charged with kidnapping U. of I. student, who authorities believe is dead

27-year-old Brendt Christensen was arrested late Friday as a suspect in Zhang's kidnapping.

According to the FBI press release, "while Christensen was under law enforcement surveillance, agents overheard him explaining that he kidnapped Zhang. Based on this, and other facts uncovered during the investigation of this matter, law enforcement agents believe that Ms. Zhang is no longer alive."

Video: Motorist calls woman "Fucking Cambodian n**ger"

Things got real racist real fast on the streets of Sunnyvale.



Protip: If you get the feeling something racist is about to happen, it doesn't hurt to pull out your camera and start recording. This one comes to us from Sunnyvale, California, where a woman recorded a racist encounter with an asshole motorist who called her a "bitch" and a "fucking Cambodian n**ger."

Paula Nuguid says she riding her bike with her 9-year-old daughter, attempting to make a legal left turn, when a man in a Nissan Altima started honking at her and calling her a "bitch." She confronted the man, rolling up to his window and demanding, "How fucking dare you, you entitled white prick?"

"Oh, shut the fuck up," he cleverly retorted.

When Nuguid told him, "I can tell you're not from California," the man responded, "You fucking Cambodian n**ger, get out of here." Aaaaaaand there it is. Smile, asshole. You're about to become internet famous.

Nuguid posted video of the encounter on Facebook, saying "I hope his friends, family, and employer see this."

Angry Reader of the Week: Thien Ho

"I'm a storyteller at heart and connector of ideas and people."



Hey, everybody! Here's what's up. 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 Thien Ho.

6.28.2017

FBI finds car linked to kidnapped Chinese student

Visiting scholar Yingying Zhang has been missing from the University of Illinois since June 9.



In Illinois, the FBI announced Tuesday that it had found the car that a visiting Chinese student was last seen getting into before she went missing from the University of Illinois nearly three weeks ago.

26-year-old Yingying Zhang, a visiting student in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, was last seen June 9 near the north end of campus in Urbana-Champaign. She had just gotten off a bus and was apparently on her way to an apartment complex to sign a lease.

Security camera footage shows her getting into the passenger seat of a black Saturn Astra. The FBI says the vehicle appeared to be driven by a white male who circled the area before making contact with Zhang. The car is seen pulling up next to Zhang on the sidewalk just after 2:00 pm. She talks for several moments to the unidentified driver before getting into the vehicle. The car then drives away.

She has not been seen or heard from since.

6.27.2017

K-Drama Bullying Is No Joke: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #4

A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

In this week's episode, we are faced with even more K-Drama tropes including personal space issues, awkward tardy dates (in the snow) and JEALOUSY! New rival Oh Minji adds drama to the drama and our hosts are powerless to resist. Also, Korean drama bullying is no joke (don't bully).

6.26.2017

Jackie Chan goes full-on Revenge Dad in 'The Foreigner'

Trailer for upcoming action thriller promises a darker, revenge-ier Jackie Chan.



Jackie Chan is not messing around anymore. While the 63-year-old international action star is known for his comedic physicality and upbeat everyman hero roles, the new trailer for the upcoming thriller The Foreigner promises Chan in full-on Revenge Dad mode, à la Taken. And that means a lot of people are gonna die.

Chan plays a humble London businessman Quan, whose long-buried past (cue vintage photo of young shirtless Jackie) erupts in a revenge-fueled vendetta when his teenage daughter is killed in a terrorist blast. In his search for the identity of the bombers, Quan is forced into a cat-and-mouse conflict with a British government official, played by Pierce Brosnan, whose own past may hold clues to the identities of the killers.

Note the look on Jackie Chan's face. That's a look that says I am going to kill all the terrorists.

Idiot air passenger fears Sikh man is a terrorist

These snaps should give you a sense of what it's like for anyone who appears to be Muslim to travel by plane.



The thing about commercial air travel is that you never know what kind of weird or awful or questionable people you're going to be forced to fly with. For instance, this recent flight where a Sikh man boarded the plane. No, I'm not calling the Sikh passenger weird or awful or questionable. I'm talking about the asshole who freaked out over the sight of a guy with a turban and beard and broadcast his racist assumptions on social media.

Because a guy who looks like that could definitely be a terrorist, right? This jerk recently documented his ridiculous prejudice and paranoia on Snapchat, posting photos of the Sikh passenger seated nearby, taken surreptitiously over the course of the flight, chronicling his activities with fearful commentary like, "Please god just let the man sleep" and "Ok he just walk to the back of the Plane then to the front then to his seat."

Screen grabs of the Snapchat posts were shared on social media by educator and activist Simran Jeet Singh, who is also Sikh and is all too familiar with the "uncomfortable stares" of fellow passengers in an era of heightened Islamophobia. And yet Singh tries to show compassion even when faced with such ignorance.

"This series of snaps should give you a sense of what it's like for anyone who appears to be Muslim to travel by plane," Singh wrote in a series of tweets. "As a Sikh who flies frequently, I'm no stranger to the uncomfortable stares and misguided fears people have of me."

Store owner sentenced to eight years for killing shoplifter

Min Kim pleaded guilty to fatally shooting Jakeel Mason in the back.


Photo Credit: KOMO

Last week in Washington state, a Korean American convenience store owner was sentenced to serve eight years in prison for shooting and killing a fleeing shoplifting suspect last year.

Spanaway convenience store owner who shot & killed thief sentenced to 8 years in prison

31-year-old Min Kim pleaded guilty earlier this year to fatally shooting Jakeel Mason after he caught Mason shoplifting at his convenience store, Pacific Quick Shop in Spanaway. Mason was trying to flee from the store when Kim shot him in the back. Kim initially claimed he shot in self-defense.

However, prosecutors say surveillance video showed that Mason, who was unarmed, put his hands up and backed away when Kim pulled a gun on him. When Kim started fighting with him, Mason broke free and ran toward the door. Kim shot him twice in the back, killing him.

6.25.2017

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6.24.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 13: The Call Us The Slants

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 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 welcome Simon Tam, front man for the embattled Asian American rock band The Slants. He talks about the eight-year fight to trademark their band name, the landmark Supreme Court ruling in their favor, and the important right for Asian Americans and other marginalized communities to call ourselves whatever we want.

6.23.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Alfa

"I'm still learning how to stay authentic, and not to veil my true self."



What's up, good people of the internet? 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 Alfa.

There will be a vigil tonight outside the home of Vincent Chin's killer

Vincent Chin died on June 23, 1982.



Thirty-five years ago today in Detroit, four nights after being severely beaten in the head with a baseball bat, Vincent Chin died. The case would become a seminal rallying point for the Asian American community. And tonight, concerned community members plan to gather for a vigil outside the home of Chin's killer.

For those unfamiliar with the case: Chin was out at a strip club celebrating his bachelor party when he got into a fight with a couple of disgruntled auto industry workers, Ronald Evens and his stepson Michael Nitz. Witnesses say they heard Ebens yell "It's because of you little motherfuckers that we're out of work!" -- referring to U.S. auto jobs being lost to Japanese manufacturers. Vincent Chin was Chinese American.

The fight was broken up, but Ebens and Nitz weren't finished. They searched for Chin outside the club, tracked him down to a McDonald's and attacked him. Nitz held Chin in a bear hug while Evens repeatedly bludgeoned him with a baseball bat until his head cracked open. Vincent fell into a coma and died on June 23, 1982.

NPR's Morning Edition aired a Story Corps interview Vincent Chin's best friend, Gary Koivu, who talks about his lifelong friendship with Vincent and hauntingly recounts the night he witnessed his murder.

Officer, at least unbuckle his seat belt before you unjustly beat the shit out of him.

Dash cam video of Minnesota traffic stop shows police officer violently assaulting motorist.



The ACLU of Minnesota is calling for an investigation into the police officers who pulled over a motorist and violently assaulted him. Dash cam footage shows one officer viciously beating the young man who is still buckled in his car seat, while another officer purposely turns off the camera's audio.

In the Blink of an Eye, Police Officers Turned This Traffic Stop Into an Unnecessarily Violent Encounter

Anthony Promvongsa was driving in Worthington, Minnesota on July 28, 2016 when Agent Joe Joswiak of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force pulled him over and proceeded to beat the shit out of him. Well, first Joswiak threw open Promvongsa's door and screamed "Get the fuck out of the car, motherfucker!" Then he beat the shit out of him. Promvongsa didn't even get a chance to unbuckle his seat belt before Joswiak started swinging.

In police dash cam footage obtained by the ACLU, Joswiak can be seen punching, kicking and elbowing Promvongsa several times in the back before yanking him out of the driver's seat of his Honda Pilot, throwing him to the ground. Then he presses his knee to the back of Promvongsa's neck, pinning him face down on the pavement while he and Sgt. Tim Gaul of the Worthington Police Department handcuffed him.

At some point, Gaul intentionally turns off the audio of the encounter. After he is placed inside the squad car, Promvongsa can be heard breathing heavily and sobbing.

6.20.2017

"Perm Boy, Violin Guy, Pottery Boy and Ringo": Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #3

A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

In this week's episode, we dive back into the story of Perm Boy, Violin Guy, Pottery Boy, and Ringo in Episode 3 of Boys Over Flowers. As we try to piece together the not-quite-love triangle (or a line with 3 points) forming among the characters, we continue to wonder: where are all the adults?

The Amazing Debut of Beat Box Man and Poem Woman

"How a Mother Remembers"



Behold! The debut collaboration between "Beat Box Man and Poem Woman," aka poet Christy NaMee Eriksen and her 8-year-old son Diego. Christy shares a poem entitled "How a Mother Remembers" while Diego backs her up with some sweet, sweet vocal rhythm. It's a little rough around the edges -- Diego introduces the video with the disclaimer that it's "just a test" -- but it's absolutely lovely and charming. Enjoy:

She's white, dammit, and she wants to see a white doctor.

"Can I see a doctor please that's white, that doesn't have brown teeth, that speaks English?"



This one comes from our neighbors to the north... A woman at a Toronto-area clinic was caught on video demanding for a "white doctor" who "doesn't have brown teeth" and "speaks English" to treat her son.

Video shows woman demand a 'white doctor' treat son at Mississauga, Ont., clinic

The video was filmed on Sunday at the Rapid Access to Medical Specialists walk-in clinic in Mississauga, Ontario, where the woman was awaiting treatment for her son, who was apparently experiencing chest pains.

Except she made clear that she wanted a very specific kind of care.

"So you're telling me that my kid has chest pains, he's going to have to sit here until 4 o'clock?" she asks a clinic employee. "Can I see a doctor please that's white, that doesn't have brown teeth, that speaks English?"

6.19.2017

Trust the Process: An Interview Poet Bao Phi

Award-winning poet opens up about his latest collection 'Thousand Star Hotel.' By tk lê.


Photo Credit: Anna Min

Bao Phi is a performance poet and writer based in Minneapolis. His second poetry collection, Thousand Star Hotel skillfully weaves a range of topics -- police brutality, Asian American representation, masculinity, fatherhood, and his immigrant experience growing up in Minnesota, to name just a few. In this interview, Bao talks in-depth about what the process of writing this book has been for him and elaborates on some of the heavier subject matter. Also, kittens.

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