11.22.2017

Asian American police officers say they were 'routinely' subjected to slurs, stereotypes

Lawsuit claims San Gabriel police maintained a "racially hostile" work environment.



From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: A group of current and former Asian American officers of the San Gabriel Police Department claim they were routinely harassed and discriminated against -- both by other officers using slurs and stereotypes and by the department’s leadership, who they say passed them up for promotion after complaining about the alleged abuses, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit claims San Gabriel police maintained a "racially hostile" work environment in which they were demeaned "on a nearly daily basis," including other officers using "mock Asian accents" when speaking to them, as well as comments on their physical appearance and stereotypes about Asian culture.

More here: 5 San Gabriel police officers say they were ‘routinely’ subjected to Asian-Americans slurs, stereotypes

11.21.2017

Finally: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #25

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.

ALMOST PARADIIIIIIIISE! This episode, we're finally at the series finale of Boys over Flowers. How will chronic kidnap victim Jan Di get through to the amnesiac Perm Boy? Never fear though, this 11th hour amnesia storyline gets resolved with the oldest Jan Di trick in the book, getting rescued! After 25 episodes of K-Drama goodness, we finally take some time to reflect on what we've accomplished. Kudos and pats on the back all around!

11.20.2017

File Under Badass: Four women fight off restaurant robber

"I just told the other girls to just hurt him and I'll hold the register."



This robber messed with the wrong restaurant -- a restaurant staffed with some badass ladies.

Earlier this month, a man attempting to rob the cash register at Tony's Breakfast in Northeast Washington was met with the full fury of four employees who smacked, slapped and thwacked the crap out of him.

Four women fought off a robber at a restaurant. 'You guys are crazy,' police told them.

On the morning of November 7, manager Justine Choe opened the cash register to make change for a customer, when a man suddenly lunged across the counter and made a grab for a cash drawer.

But Justine, whose parents own the restaurant, was not letting go without a fight. And this dude definitely got a fight. A crazy five-person tug-of-war ensued as three more of the restaurant's employees jumped into the fray.

11.19.2017

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The Rise of Rose: How A Badass Nerd Became The New "Star Wars" Lead: Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, who stars in The Last Jedi, is ready to conquer galaxies both near and far, far away.

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Hari Kondabolu's The Problem with Apu Confronts The Simpsons' Glaring Blindspot: In his new documentary The Problem with Apu, comedian Hari Kondabolu uses The Simpsons' infamous Indian convenience store owner as a lens onto Hollywood stereotypes.

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Hari Kondabolu on 'The Problem with Apu' and why he's still a 'Simpsons' fan: In this interview, Hari Kondabolu talks about why he dislikes the character but still has love for the cartoon series.

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Riz Ahmed talks The Simpsons' race problem with comedian Hari Kondabolu: "How strange is it, Riz, that we’re two brown men who have agreed to have a phone call where white people are listening silently, and writing down what we’re saying? And we agreed to this!"

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GOP tax plan spells disaster for Asian-Americans: The GOP's proposed tax plan makes it clear that they are only interested in policies that benefit rich donors -- and Asian Americans are among the groups that will be disproportionately harmed.

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The Gray Area Between 'Yellow' And 'Brown' Skin: Can light-skinned Asians (East Asian) call themselves "brown"? NPR's Code Switch team tackles this question.

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Feeling Conflicted on Thanksgiving: "What is wrong with saying that Thanksgiving is about genocide as much as it is about gratitude?" Viet Thanh Nguyen ponders lessons for his 4-year-old this Thanksgiving.

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11 Asian-American Shows to Watch For in the 2017-18 Season: A (mostly) definitive list of productions across the U.S. that are addressing the Asian American experience this season.

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The "Inscrutable" Voices of Asian-Anglophone Fiction: Through the use of first-person narrators, writers like Weike Wang, the author of "Chemistry," are engaging with the enduring stereotype of Asian impersonality in order to overturn it.

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Comedian Jenny Yang is disrupting cultural perceptions of Asian Americans by making you laugh: For Jenny Yang, comedy's been a place for social justice and humor to coexist and raise awareness to immigrant and women's issues.

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Sarah Kuhn's superhero books are a beacon for women of color seeking community: Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Complex is a supernatural crime-fighting novel and centers women of color as main characters.

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How ABC Found a Surprise Hit in 'The Good Doctor': Daniel Dae Kim developed The Good Doctor, his first foray as executive producer, while he was part of the cast of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS, but the network passed on the project. It has become a huge hit at ABC.

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The Legacy of Both Mindys on The Mindy Project: Some thoughts on Mindy Kaling and her character Mindy Lahiri, after six seasons, in observance of The Mindy Project's series finale.




11.17.2017

Badass mother shields kids, survives shooting rampage

Tiffany Phommathep was shot five times, then drove herself to get help.



By now, you've heard about the California man who went on a violent shooting rampage Tuesday, killing five and wounding twelve others in Tehama County, before he was killed in a shootout with police.

Kevin Janson Neal killed his wife and hid her body in a hole he cut in the floor of his trailer house. He then murdered four other people during a 25-minute tear through the rural community that ended with a shooting at Rancho Tehama Elementary School. An additional six adults and six children were wounded.

But did you hear about the woman who was shot five times, using her body to shield her kids -- and lived?

Angry Reader of the Week: Jezzika Chung

"Today, I'd say I'm someone who isn't running away from who I am."



Hello, good readers of this blog. Here's what's up. Once 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 Jezzika Chung.

11.16.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 28: They Call Us Unicorns

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.

Live from the San Diego Asian Film Festival! This episode, recorded in front of a live studio audience, we welcome fellow Potluck podcasters Marvin Yueh and Ada Tseng to pitch our hypothetical "unicorn" Asian American movie projects to studio execs Fritz Friedman and Paula Madison.

11.15.2017

Racist train attack caught on camera

Man calls Asian passenger racial slurs before repeatedly hitting him on a BART train.



Can't a guy just ride the train in peace without being accosted, called racial slurs and getting punched?

In the Bay Area, a man was caught on camera attacking an Asian passenger on a BART train, calling him racial slurs before punching him multiple times. The video, recorded Monday night, has since gone viral.

The assault happened on the Richmond line going south to Fremont around 10:00 PM. A man in a blue shirt boarded the train at the Coliseum station and got into a verbal altercation with another passenger, San Francisco Chronicle as Charles Wu, who was sitting down. According to a witness, the man was saying the n-word repeatedly on the train, and Wu stepped in and told him to stop. Blue shirt apparently didn't like that.

Video of the incident, recorded and posted to social media by fellow passenger Wiseley Wu (no relation), shows the man calling Charles Wu a "Chinese n**ger," among other profanities, and threatening to punch him. Things escalate when he reaches over and hits Wu in the shoulder and head.

11.14.2017

Amnesia, Dammit: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #24

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.

We are at the penultimate episode of Boys Over Flowers, and in this episode, they really pull out the big guns! Epic cries, sauna scenes, and the mother of all K-Drama tropes... AMNESIA!!!!!! Listen as we simultaneously roll our eyes and get drawn into the drama on this episode of the Korean Drama Podcast!

11.13.2017

Asian AF: An Asian American Variety Show

One-Year Anniversary Show - Friday, November 24 at UCB Sunset



Hey, Los Angeles! Looking for some good laughs? After stuffing your faces with turkey (and a side of kimchi), cure your post-Thanksgiving blues with Asian AF, the wildly popular monthly Asian American variety show at Upright Citizens Brigade. This month, celebrate Asian AF's one-year anniversary with a lineup that includes standup by Peter Kim, a special screening of Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears and improv by Voltron.

It's happening, Friday, November 24 at UCB Sunset. Here are some more details:

[UPDATED] White woman says she feels Filipino, insists she's "transracial"

But that's not how this shit works.



This is a joke, right? Or maybe some kind of performance art? A Florida transgender woman claims that although she was born a white guy, deep down inside she feels Filipino, and now identifies as "transracial."

A Tampa woman calling herself "Ja Du," born a white male named Adam, tells WTSP that she now considers herself Filipino. She insists that she is transracial -- someone born one race, but identifies with another.

"Whenever I'm around the music, around the food, I feel like I'm in my own skin," Ja Du says. "I'd watch the History Channel sometimes for hours you know whenever it came to that and you know nothing else intrigued me more but things about Filipino culture."

No, Ja Du. No.

George Takei Accused of Sexual Assault

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.



In stunning news for the Asian American community, beloved community activist and Star Trek star George Takei has been accused of sexually assaulting former male model and commercial actor Scott R. Brunton in a 1981 incident.

11.12.2017

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The Rohingya are facing genocide. We cannot be bystanders: We cannot allow people to be slaughtered and burnt out of their homes, while the world watches, write Salman Rushdie, Kiran Desai, Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, Riz Ahmed and dozens of others, in an open letter.

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He lost his son in Iraq and drew Trump's ire. Now hear this Muslim American's Veterans Day message. Last year, two defiant minutes on the stage of the Democratic National Convention turned Khizr Khan into an unwitting celebrity, but he has held onto his humility.

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You Love 'The Simpsons'? Then Let's Talk About Apu: Comedian Hari Kondabolu's new TruTV documentary The Problem With Apu wrestles with The Simpsons' stereotypical Indian convenience store owner Apu, a character that has haunted South Asian Americans for decades.

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Editors Rejected Leonard Chang's Novel Because His Characters Didn't Act "Asian Enough": Celebrated screenwriter and author Leonard Chang says an editor rejected his manuscript for The Lockpicker because his characters were not "Asian enough." Whatever the hell that means.

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A Letter to My Daughter About Heroes: Amy S. Choi grew up searching for heroes -- and knows now that her daughter doesn't have to look far to find her own.

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The war between Vietnamese fishermen and the KKK signaled a new type of white supremacy: In the late 70s and early 80s, a small coastal town in Texas became the home of many Vietnamese refugees, who tried to make a living in the shrimping industry. Feeling threatened by the influx of non-whites, the Klan brought military support to white shrimpers, signaling a troubling shift in the white supremacist movement.

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Asian-American Cuisine's Rise, and Triumph: "These are American ingredients now, part of a movement in cooking that often gets filed under the melting-pot, free-for-all category of New American cuisine. But it's more specific than that: This is food borne of a particular diaspora, made by chefs who are "third culture kids," heirs to both their parents' culture and the one they were raised in, and thus forced to create their own."

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The future of Asian American theater? East West Players' new leader charts a course: Snehal Desai is the new artistic director at East West Players, a theater located in L.A.'s Little Tokyo. His current project is staging Yohen starring Danny Glover, and is the result of partnerships reflective of Desai's leadership vision.

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How Being an Adopted Korean Influences the Way Kristen Kish Cooks: People often think the Top Chef winner cooks Asian cuisine, but the truth is she has only made Korean food once.

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A Novelist Confronts the Complex Relationship Between Japan and Korea: Min Jin Lee's historical novel Pachinko, a finalist for this year's National Book Award, tells the story of Korean migrants in Japan.

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Talking to Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao About Their New Podcast on Race: Kristina Wong talks to white guy and Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon and writer Jessica Gao about their new podcast Whiting Wongs, an "honest conversation about race and writing."

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Steven Yeun is 'much more chill' after shooting rage virus thriller Mayhem: Steven Yeun stars in the new action thriller Mayhem, playing a recently fired attorney who takes extreme measures to get his job back after everyone in his building is infected with a virus which lowers inhibitions.



11.10.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Lata Pandya

"Life is too short to not be brave enough to stand up for what you believe in."



Greetings, internet friends! You know what time it is. 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 Lata Pandya.

11.09.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 27: They Call Us Nerds of Color

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.

NERDS! This episode, we welcome friend and fellow geek Keith Chow, founder of the Nerds of Color empire. We talk about the rise of nerd culture, representation, bad adaptations, and the changing face of fandom.

11.08.2017

Fox buys Sanjay Shah's comedy series 'Model Minorities'

A "stereotype-busting" Indian American comedy.



More Asians on TV, maybe! Fox has given a script commitment with significant penalty to Model Minorities, a single-camera comedy from Fresh Off The Boat co-executive producer Sanjay Shah, Portlandia and Baskets co-creator, executive producer and director Jonathan Krisel and 20th Century Fox TV.

Written by Shah, Model Minorities is a stereotype-busting comedy that follows a highly educated but struggling Indian American who moves in with his uneducated, but rich, immigrant cousin.

So... like an Indian Perfect Strangers? Sure, I'm down for it.

This could be great. Shah, who got his start on the animated series King of the Hill and was a co-executive producer on the comedy Enlisted, has had a hand in some of Fresh Off the Boat's most memorable episodes.

That title though... I'm going to have think about it.

More here: Fox Buys 'Model Minorities' Indian-American Comedy From Sanjay Shah & Jonathan Krisel With Penalty

Ravi Bhalla elected New Jersey's first Sikh mayor

Hoboken city councilman emerges victorious after racist fliers called him a "terrorist."


The Jersey Journal

Awwww yeah. Take that, racists! The Hoboken councilman who was targeted with a racist flier calling him a "terrorist" has won the city's mayoral race, becoming the first Sikh mayor in the state of New Jersey.

Just days before the election, fliers attacking Ravi Bhalla were anonymously placed on car windshields in the mid-town area, warning "Don't let TERRORISM take over our Town!" above a picture of Bhalla, who is Indian American and wears a turban and unshorn beard in accordance with his Sikh faith.

The fliers appear to have been a modified version of a mailer previously sent by the campaign of mayoral opponent Michael DeFusco, claiming that Bhalla had an alleged conflict of interest. DeFusco denounced the fliers, saying his campaign had nothing to do with them. Whoever's responsible -- surprise, racists are anonymous cowards -- they were probably pretty disappointed with the election results.

On Tuesday, Bhalla emerged the historic winner atop a field of six candidates, garnering 34 percent of the vote. Congratulations to Ravi Bhalla, the first Sikh to be elected mayor of a New Jersey municipality. About time.

More here: Ravi Bhalla wins Hoboken election, becomes N.J.'s first Sikh mayor

Candidates targeted with racist mailers win election

School board candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel are not going anywhere.



Awwww yeah. Take that, racists! In New Jersey, the two school board candidates who were targeted with racist "Make Edison Great Again" mailers that made national headlines won seats in the election on Tuesday.

Last week, voters in Edison received postcards, mailed anonymously, warning "The Chinese and Indians are taking over our town!" and calling for the deportation of school board candidates Jerry Shi and Falguni Patel.

Shi and Patel, who respectively claimed their seats with 6,259 and 6,115 votes, will serve a three-year term on the Edison Township Public Schools board. So yeah, they're not going anywhere.

More here: Candidates targeted in racist 'Make Edison Great Again' mailers win election

11.07.2017

Really Good Cry: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #23

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.

Boys Over Flowers refuses to end, and so the Korean Drama Podcast valiantly continues our vow to see this series through! On this episode, we have crying, hospital scenes, cute picnics, bitter breakups, and all the other K-Drama tropes you crave! We also share stories of being starstruck, and wonder why nobody on this series looks each other in the eyes while talking.

11.06.2017

What is the secret of Kelly Marie Tran's space jewelry?

Kelly Marie Tran drops hints about her 'Last Jedi' character.



As you know, we are hyped as hell for Kelly Marie Tran's role as Rose Tico in the upcoming new Star Wars movie. So we're pouncing on every little Rose-related morsel of story details, marketing and merchandising in the run up to The Last Jedi's release next month. The latest visual clue: space jewelry.

New Star Wars: The Last Jedi image reveals Rose’s mystery necklace

Entertainment Weekly's Holiday Movie Preview has dropped some more information about Rose, including the above image of Tran and John Boyega's Finn piloting a craft to the interstellar casino city of Canto Bight.

We already know that Rose is no-nonsense maintenance tech who usually works in the background of the Resistance, but finds herself caught up in a dangerous adventure with Finn. Tran offers some more details about her character, her background and what she brings to their mission in a galaxy far, far away.

"The journey that she and Finn go seems pretty impossible, you can tell in this moment that she's very much aware of the dangers that they are about to face, but she's also logically in her mind problem-solving on the way," Tran says. She knows exactly, probably, how many things can go wrong in a situation."

"Don't let TERRORISM take over our Town!"

Racist flier attacks Sikh mayoral candidate in New Jersey.



What the hell, New Jersey? For the second time within a week, a racist flier attacking a local candidate has been circulated anonymously. The latest one targets a Sikh mayor candidate in Hoboken.

On Friday night, fliers attacking Hoboken councilman and mayor candidate Ravi Bhalla were anonymously placed on car windshields in the mid-town area. The fliers declare "Don't let TERRORISM take over our Town!" above a picture of Bhalla, who wears a turban and unshorn beard in accordance with his Sikh faith.

Bhalla shared the flier on Twitter, assuring supporters that "we won't let hate win."

11.05.2017

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Tuesday will show if racist fear-mongering can win elections: "The only way that these racial appeals will diminish is if they are rejected at the ballot box. Otherwise, we can expect a far greater number of candidates, incumbents as well as challengers, working to add race-baiting advertisements and appeals to their 2018 campaigns."

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13 Asians On Identity And The Struggle Of Loving Their Eyes: "I used to use Scotch tape to make my eyes bigger. Then I said, 'Hey, this is your face. This is how you look.'"

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How Racism Made Me a Dodgers Fan: By now you probably know about Houston Astros player Yuli Gurriel mocking L.A. Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish with a racist slur and gesture during Game 3. Fern Shen talks about how this moment brought up a lot of the author's own past, and how it made Shen a new Dodgers fan.

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For China's Gold Rush Prospectors, 'Bone Scraping' Was the Last Way Home: While many of the Chinese laborers who came to San Francisco during the gold rush came seeking fortune, many did not expect to return. In order to get the deceased's remains to China, relatives would pay for "bone scraping" services -- where remains were exhumed, cleaned, and neatly arranged into shipping boxes.

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For this Chinatown group, Friday night dinner is more than a tradition: A wonderful photo essay by Andria Lo and Valerie Luu about a crew of second and third generation ABCs who have been meeting up for a fish feast in Chinatown every Friday for over a decade.

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The 'Good Muslim Bad Muslim' Hosts Had a Lot of 'Pregnancy Scares' in Elementary School: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast hosts Zahra Noorbakhsh and Taz Ahmed had a lot of misunderstandings about sex growing up -- including pregnancy scares in elementary school, despite not having actually had sex.

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Michelle Kwan Wanted to Return to Figure Skating Before She Turned 40, and She's Now Doing Double Axels Again: Could it be? Michelle Kwan has been training hard to get back on the ice.

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Coffee with John Cho: Debating good and evil, and revisiting that time he auditioned for The Office: A great interview with John Cho, who stars as Andy Kim in Fox's Exorcist. "Really, the harder thing [to think about] is, 'What do I have in common with Harvey Weinstein?' And that is what we as a society have to think about. Maybe the entertainment business also has to say, 'Who is, and what's close to Harvey Weinstein that we haven't identified around here? What do we have in common with him rather than uncommon with him?'"

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Randall Park's Kimchi Recipe: "Sometimes you find a kimchi recipe, sometimes a kimchi recipe finds you." Fresh Off The Boat star Randall Park shares his homemade kimchi recipe with The Mash-Up Americans.



11.03.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Christy NaMee Eriksen

"Literally cannot name my feelings with feeling words but will design you a citywide scavenger hunt."



Hey, folks! You know what's up. It's 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 Christy NaMee Eriksen.

ICE is targeting Cambodian Americans in the largest raid ever

Civil rights advocates file nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of 100+ refugees detained by ICE.


​Posda Tuot, cousin of Nak Kim "Rickie" Chhoeun, who was detained by ICE on October 20, 2017.

Cambodian refugees detained in recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have filed a nationwide class action lawsuit challenging their unlawful arrests. Since early October, ICE has rounded up over a hundred Cambodian refugees with deportation orders, making these the largest raids ever to target the Cambodian community. Nearly 2000 Cambodian refugees are at risk of being unlawfully arrested.

The complaint, filed last Friday by civil rights organizations Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Asian Law Caucus, Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles, and Sidley Austin LLP, alleges the detentions are illegal, and argues that without that clear pathway to deportation, the detainees should be released.

The people detained in the raids arrived in the United States as refugee children fleeing the horrors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Many of them were born in refugee camps and have never set foot in Cambodia. They made the United States their home and became lawful permanent residents.

In the U.S., Cambodian refugee families struggled with trauma and poverty in violence-ridden neighborhoods. Some refugees made mistakes in their youth, which led to criminal convictions and ultimately deportation orders. But because Cambodia has refused to accept them for deportation, ICE had to release Cambodian detainees instead of keeping them indefinitely and unconstitutionally detained.

11.02.2017

Your Halloween Costumes, Part Four

Our annual gallery of reader-submitted Halloween costumes.



All right. As we put Halloween behind us, here is one last look at your Halloween costumes. Here's the fourth and final round of our annual reader-submitted Halloween costume photo gallery (also see Part One, Part Two and Part Three). I put out a call for your awesome, tasteful, non-offensive costumes, and you delivered, dear readers. Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo. You all look great!

So here's Part Four:

'Crazy Rich Asians' secrets revealed!

Entertainment Weekly's latest cover story goes behind the scenes of next summer's buzziest film.



Crazy Rich Asians fans, check it. Entertainment Weekly's latest cover story goes behind the scenes with an exclusive look at next summer's buzziest film, which features a rare all-Asian principal cast that includes Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh, Harry Shum Jr., Ken Jeong, Gemma Chan and Awkwafina.

Crazy Rich Asians stars Constance Wu, Henry Golding reign supreme in EW's first look cover

Based on the hugely popular bestselling novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel Chu, a Chinese American economics professor who accompanies her boyfriend Nick back to his hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. That's when she realizes Nick's family is not just rich -- they're crazy rich. He is perhaps the 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.

"This is about a girl going somewhere that's foreign to her, to really find out who she is," Wu, who plays Rachel, tells EW. "It's just such a beautiful story, to show an Asian American immigrant going back to Asia and finding the things that overlap and connect us all, things like family, things like love."

"The Chinese and Indians are taking over our town!"

Racist mailers sent to voters in Edison, New Jersey.



With an election just around the corner, you can always count on some underhanded racist campaigning. But it's still pretty shocking when it's this blatant. The above mailer, targeting Chinese American and Indian American school board candidates, was apparently sent to voters in Edison, New Jersey.

With the super-original slogan "Make Edison Great Again," the postcard implores voters to "Stop Jerry Shi & Falguni Patel From taking over our School Board," with a red "DEPORT" stamped under Shi and Patel's faces.

"The Chinese and Indians are taking over our town!" the anonymous mailer declares. "Chinese school! Indian school! Cricket fields! Enough is enough!" But wait, they're not done yet.

The reverse side says, "Stop the overcrowding! Stop taking over our sports fields! Stop the McMansions! Stop the multiple families living in the same house! Stop wasting school holidays! Stop the outsiders! Let's take back our Edison & our Schools."

11.01.2017

Your Halloween Costumes, Part Three

Our annual gallery of reader-submitted Halloween costumes.



Too... much... candy... As you recover from your Halloween candy sugar crash, let's take a look at some more of your costumes. Here is the latest found of our annual reader-submitted Halloween costume photo gallery (also see Part One and Part Two), one of our favorite holiday traditions. I put out the call for your awesome, tasteful, non-offensive costumes and you delivered, dear readers.

Check it out:

'Crazy Rich Asians' sets a release date

See you at the movies next August.


kevinkwanbooks.com

Mark your calendars. Crazy Rich Asians has a release date. Warner Bros. has announced that the comedy, starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding, will be released on August 17, 2018.

'Crazy Rich Asians' Stakes Out Mid-August Date

Directed by Jon M. Chu and adapted from the hugely popular novel by Kevin Kwan, Crazy Rich Asians centers on three wealthy Chinese families as they prepare for Singapore's wedding of the year.

The story follows Rachel Chu, a Chinese American economics professor who accompanies her boyfriend Nick back to his hometown of Singapore for his best friend's wedding. That's when she realizes Nick's family is crazy rich, he is perhaps the 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.

10.31.2017

Your Halloween Costumes, Part Two

Our annual gallery of reader-submitted Halloween costumes.



Happy Halloween, dear readers! Now let's show off some of those costumes. Here is part two of our annual reader-submitted Halloween costume photo gallery (see part one here), one of our favorite holiday traditions.

Got an awesome, tasteful, non-offensive costume photo to share? Send it in. Photos of cute kids are especially welcome. Email your photos to angryasianman@angryasianman.com, or tag @angryasianman on social media. It helps to include the names of everyone in the photo, as well as a description of their costume(s).

(Just to be clear: by sending in your photo(s), it is assumed that you are giving permission to have them published on this website and/or our associated social media accounts.)

Here's the next round of photos. Stay tuned for part three.

Stop the Wedding: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #22

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 episode, the wedding nobody is excited about is finally here! How will Jan Di celebrate? By getting kidnapped, of course. Join us as we recap the epic conclusion to the Boys Over Flowers saga. Will love(?) triumph over all? Wait, there's still three episodes left?!?!?!?!?!! Also, we share a much more interesting list of possible Boys Over Flowers spin-off shows.

10.30.2017

Most Badass Art Show Ever Pays Tribute to Bruce Lee

"Bruce Lee: Spirit of the Dragon," November 3-25 at Sketchpad Gallery


Bruce fans in San Francisco, here's something you'll want to check out. Sketchpad Gallery and the Bruce Lee Foundation present Bruce Lee: Spirit of the Dragon, a group art exhibition and charity show dedicated to Bruce Lee and his teachings. It runs November 3-25, with an opening reception on Friday, November 3.

"Spirit of the Dragon" features both local and international artists, who have done work for such companies as Lucasfilm, Pixar, Lucasfilm Animation, Industrial Light and Magic, Marvel Comics, DC, IDW, Sony and more.

Featured artists include: Kim Jung Gi, Kim Hyun Jin, Nathan Anderson, Bagger43, John-Paul Balmet, Arvin Bautista, Jamie Borja, Dawn Carlos, Cryssy Cheung, Isaac Davis, Thomas Denmark, Jackson Dryden, Duke Duel, Emonic, Nikki Lukas Longfish, Dela Longfish, Steward Lee, Ben Jelter, Kevin Kwong, Frank T Lin, Brian Kistler, Robotnicc, Dean Stuart, Lloyd Thompson, Dave Yee, Carolina Zeleski, Jeeyoon Park, Le Tang, Chris Koehler, Gary Choo, Alina Chau, and Sinic Choy, to be joined by additional artists.

Here's some sample work from "Spirit of the Dragon":

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 26: They Call Us Halloween Costumes

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.

Happy Halloween! This episode, we welcome cosplayer/superfan Laura Sirikul and Boom Studios' Arune Singh to talk costumes. We discuss racist costumes, the significance of seeing yourself represented in pop culture, and the Good, the Bad and the WTF of Halloween costumes.

Your Halloween Costumes, Part One

Our annual gallery of reader-submitted Halloween costumes.


Happy Halloween! Some of you clearly got the festivities going a little early over the weekend, so we've already got some great costume photos to share. So here is part one of our annual reader-submitted Halloween costume photo gallery, which has become a really fun and popular tradition on this website.

Got a cool/fun/cute/hilarious costume photo to share? Send it in. Photos of adorable kids are especially welcome. Email your photos to angryasianman@angryasianman.com, or tag @angryasianman on social media. It helps to include the names of everyone in the photo, as well as a description of their costume(s).

(Just to be clear: by sending in your photo(s), it is assumed that you are giving permission to have them published on this website and/or our associated social media accounts.)

Above, we have little Sophia as Pebbles from The Flintstones. Here are some more great costumes:

Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel suspended for racist gesture

...but he won't have to sit out the World Series.



If you were watching the World Series on Friday night, yes, that was indeed Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros making a racist gesture in reference to an Asian pitcher. For those who didn't catch it, you already know exactly what gesture I'm talking about: the slant eye. And it got him a five-game suspension.

Yuli Gurriel suspended five games, in 2018, for actions in World Series Game 3

During the Game 3 broadcast, cameras caught the Astros first baseman pulling his eyes back and uttering "chinito" while sitting in the Houston dugout. He was clearly referring to Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who is Japanese and Iranian. Gurriel hit a solo home run off Darvish to kick off a four-run rally in the second inning.

Perhaps that was Gurriel's way of celebrating -- the international symbol for "chink." Well, the cameras were watching, the image was zapped across national television, and the outcry was fairly immediate.

10.29.2017

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Kelly Marie Tran Made A Porg Costume And We Don’t Deserve Her: Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi apparently spent three hours making a porg costume for Halloween. And it's adorable.

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Chinatown's Ghost Scam: Beware highly coordinated fraudsters who are targeting elderly, vulnerable Chinatown immigrants with "blessing scams," bilking them out of their life savings.

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Hot Joy's Food Is Almost as Bad as Its Cultural Cluelessness: "Hot Joy is a clueless white-dude fantasy in which Asian identity and cuisine are reduced to a string of ironic clichés." A scathing restaurant review of Hot Joy, a white-owned, Asian-inspired hot mess in Dallas.

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David Cross, Charlyne Yi, and the Luxury of Forgetting: David Cross has apologized, repeatedly, for the racist encounter Charlyne Yi recounted on Twitter. But the way he apologized, and how the aftermath unfolded tells us a lot about how Asian Americans are still perceived in the country's imagination.

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We Need To Stand Up To Bullying In The Asian American And Pacific Islander Community: Bullying is rampant among Asian American, Sikh American, and Muslim American students. Appalled by these stats, Maulik Pancholy helped launch the #ActToChange campaign to spread awareness.

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Thirty Years After My Adoption, I Found Out I Wasn't a US Citizen: Andrea Ruggirello, a Korean American adoptee, recounts how she found out -- as an adult -- that she wasn't a U.S. citizen.

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Constance Wu Opens Up About Stereotypes, Beauty Products, and Body Image: Constance Wu, who stars in Fresh Off The Boat and the forthcoming film adaption of Crazy Rich Asians, speaks candidly about body image, race, and beauty.

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That's It, Star Wars, Mandalorian Sabine Wren Needs Her Own Comics: The case for Sabine Wren, the badass multicolor-haired Mandalorian warrior on Star Wars: Rebels (voiced by Tiya Sircar), to receive a bigger canvas to tell her story.



10.27.2017

Wake, Play, Slay: Asian American Women in Comedy

Panel Discussion on Wednesday, November 1 at NBCUniversal



If you're in Southern California, Comcast NBCUniversal and the Center for Asian American Media invite you to Wake, Play, Slay: Asian American Women in Comedy, a panel discussion highlighting female voices in comedy that are using laughter to tackle difficult and timely issues. The lineup includes Jenny Yang, Colleen McGuinness, Geeta Patel, Tess Paras and moderator Traci Lee.

It's happening Wednesday, November 1 at NBCUniversal. Here are some more details:

Hey Readers! Share your Halloween costume photos!

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



It's that time of year again! Halloween is upon us. What will you be wearing this year? We want to see your costumes! You're invited, dear readers, to send in photos of your awesome, tasteful and non-offensive Halloween costumes to be featured our annual reader-submitted gallery, which has become a really fun and immensely popular annual tradition. Photos of cute kids are especially welcome.

For instance: Laura's nephew as a porg, above.

Email your photos to angryasianman@angryasianman.com, or tag @angryasianman on social media. It helps to include the names of everyone in the photo, as well as a description of their costume(s). (By sending in your photo(s), it is assumed you are giving permission to have them published on this website and/or social media.) If your photo makes the cut, it will be featured in this year's annual multi-part gallery.

You won't win a prize or anything. Just a chance to be part of the fun. So suit up and send 'em in!

Angry Reader of the Week: Bo Yeon Kim

"Taking pride in needing more than fifteen seconds to explain what I am or where I'm from."



Greetings, good people of the world wide web. 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 Bo Yeon Kim.

Poet and activist Fay Chiang dies at 65

She championed Asian American education and culture.



From the New York Times: Fay Chiang, whose quest to understand her identity as a child of Chinese immigrants found outlets in vivid poetry and in community activism that helped elevate Asian-American education and culture, died on October 20 in a hospice in the Bronx. She was 65.

Her daughter Xian Chiang-Waren said the cause was complications of cancer. She had lived in Manhattan, in the East Village, until the cancer spread to her brain.

More here: Fay Chiang, 65, Poet Who Championed Asian-American Culture, Dies

10.26.2017

Justin Lin is returning to 'Fast & Furious'

Franchise "architect" is in "advanced talks" to direct ninth and tenth installments.



Whaaaaat. Justin Lin, the director responsible for turning the Fast & Furious movies into a legit international blockbuster mega-franchise, is reportedly ready to return to helm the ninth and tenth films in the series.

Justin Lin to Return for Next Two 'Fast & Furious' Films, Says Vin Diesel

This week during a Facebook Live broadcast from the set of Fast 9, franchise star Vin Diesel revealed that he was working with Lin. Describing him as the "architect" of the auto action series, Diesel announced that the director, along with star Jordana Brewster, will be returning for what will likely be the final two installments.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Lin is in "advanced talks" to get back in the director's chair.

10.25.2017

Texas father charged in 3-year-old's death

Wesley Mathews initially claimed his daughter Sherin was missing.



In the Dallas area, the father of a 3-year-old girl, who had initially declared his daughter missing, has admitted to forcing milk down his daughter's throat until she started choking and later died.

A father reported his 3-year-old missing. Then he told police he'd watched her die.

Wesley Mathews had previously claimed that his daughter Sherin, who was adopted from India, went missing on October 7 after he sent her alone into an alley as punishment for refusing to drink her milk.

But on Monday, he changed his story. After authorities had found the girl's body in a nearby culvert, Mathews provided investigators in Richardson, Texas with an "alternate statement of events."

10.24.2017

Filipino veterans to receive Congressional Gold Medal

In recognition of their U.S. military service and sacrifices during World War II.



It's about damn time.

This week, Filipino veterans of World War II will be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, after a lengthy battle for national recognition of their U.S. military service and sacrifices nearly 75 years ago.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the United States. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday in the U.S. Capitol to honor the 260,000 Filipino soldiers who fought alongside American forces during the war and more than 57,000 Filipino troops who died.

More here: Fought and forgotten: Filipino World War II veterans honored with medal 75 years later

Randall Park vs. James Van Der Beek: The Rap Battle

'Fresh Off The Boat' star faces off against Dawson himself on 'Rock the Mic.'



You've seen him in over three seasons as the Huang family patriarch in Fresh Off The Boat. But did you know that Randall Park was once also a rapper? Back in the day, the guy who plays your favorite Asian American TV dad Louis Huang was once the frontman for the Los Angeles band Ill Again.

While the Ill Again days might be behind him, Randall's still got the rhymes. You can see him put his emcee skillz to use again on Drop the Mic, the new TBS comic battle rap competition series based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, in which celebrities face off in a rap battle royale.

Randall was no doubt recruited to perform on Drop the Mic after dropping a few bars while appearing on The Late Late Show last year. According to the executive producer Jensen Karp, while other celebrities were paired up with writers to come up with their verses, Randall apparently showed up with his own already written.

On his episode of Drop the Mic, he will face off against none other than Dawson himself, James Van Der Beek. UPDATE: Here's the full battle:

Meat Set: Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #21

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.

We're in the home stretch! In this episode, we are treated to the lead up to the least anticipated Korean wedding ever. In other news, Pottery Boy cries in the car as his bro pours crappy lattes, Jan Di models for food, and we wonder what Ringo is up to (probably fighting fools). Oh, and people stand in flower fields and stare off into the distance, you know, K-Drama style!

10.23.2017

All the Asians on TV: Fall 2017 Series Premieres

Here are the new scripted shows featuring actors of Asian descent. We counted.



These are new shows. The new fall television season is well underway, and as usual, we've been keeping an eye on the new Asian faces on the tube. Because we like to keep track of such things. But with cable and streaming services, as well as new shows now premiering year-round, the old model of a new fall "season" as a programming benchmark is not quite what it used to be. Nevertheless, after scouring the slate of new shows, here's a general rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series regulars (not technically guest starring or recurring) on new scripted prime time network, cable and streaming shows premiering this fall.

We might have missed a few, but here you go. These are new shows.

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