5.22.2017

How 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' documentary reunited a family with lost home movie footage

The story of how the footage made its way to CAAM, into 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' and back to its family.



In November 2014, the Center for Asian American Media published a blog post asking for help identifying a "mystery film" that had come to CAAM's Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies initiative.

The footage shows a birthday party for a family elder in either the 1940s or 1950s. It is entirely in black and whtie and shows many family members in attendance. The family is made up of people of all ages, with the women wearing cheongsames (qipaos) and the men wearing Western suits. The family elder wears a dark suit and is frequently shown holding a framed golden peach, a symbol of longevity.

The blog post was shared by this blog and other outlets, but nobody stepped forward to claim the footage. It seemed to remain an eternal mystery, just another unclaimed home movie languishing in an archive. Now, in the PBS and CAAM co-produced documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act, that footage has been used and incorporated into a larger history -- and as a result of it, the footage has been reunited with its family.

Finally, a webseries about that 'Nonprofit' hustle

"...insightful, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking glimpse into activism, social justice, and nonprofit life."



Here's a fun-looking project that could use your crowd-funding support. Created by Luann Algoso, Nonprofit is a webseries that follows Gabby, "a spunky, idealistic Filipina organizer as she navigates relationships, friendship, family, and the realities of activism in and out of nonprofit." It's a story about finding love, searching for fulfillment in work, and navigating our life purpose.

If you recognize the ups and downs of the nonprofit hustle, this series is for you.

25-year-old Gabby Antonio just started as a community organizer at APIISA (Asian Pacific Islanders in Solidarity Alliance) a social justice nonprofit in Portland. The pilot follows Gabby as she stumbles through the planning of her first major community event, while also dealing with an incompetent boss, white savior canvassers, and all while managing her panic attacks through use of her favorite hot pink vibrator.

Here's a preview:

Bong Joon Ho, Steven Yeun and a Giant Super-Pig Named 'Okja'

'Snowpiercer' auteur's latest film premieres on Netflix on June 28.



Fresh from its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, here's the crazy new trailer for Okja, the story of a little girl trying to reunite with her genetically engineered super-pig pet.

Director Bong Joon Ho, the Korean auteur behind such films as The Host and Snowpiercer, has assembled an international ensemble that includes the likes of Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-Hyun Ahn, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins and Jake Gyllanhaal, who all cross paths in the battle to control of this monstrously giant pig.

Check it out:

Do you have what it takes to play the young Bruce Lee?

Casting call seeks Chinese actor to play teenage Bruce in 'Little Dragon.'



I'm not sure how legit this is, but this flyer, recently spotted in a tea shop in Los Angeles' Chinatown, appears to be a casting call for the upcoming Bruce Lee biopic Little Dragon.

According to the flyer, Betty Mae Casting is searching a 16 to 18-year-old English-speaking Chinese actor "with a winning smile and wonderful sense of humor." Previous reporting stated that a worldwide search was underway to cast the role. If they're really posting flyers in tea shops, it looks like they're really are searching high and low to find the right guy to play the young Bruce Lee.

Here's the full flyer:

Yale dean placed on leave over "white trash" Yelp reviews

June Chu, Dean of Pierson College, wrote controversial remarks on Yelp reviews of local businesses.



At Yale University, a dean has been placed on leave after writing controversial remarks on her Yelp reviews of local businesses, including calling people who dined at one restaurant "white trash."

Yale dean placed on leave after calling people 'white trash' on Yelp

June Chu, Dean of Pierson College, has been reportedly restricted from her duties at the residential college after several of her past Yelp postings came to light. In one review for a Japanese restaurant, written seven months ago, Chu wrote that going to the restaurant is the "perfect night out for you" if you are "white trash."

"This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out," she wrote.

5.21.2017

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Basically Nobody Knows Who Counts As An Asian Person: According to new research from the National Asian American Survey, many people don't know who exactly can be technically considered Asian... including some Asians themselves.

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The Slavemaster's Son: How do you tell a story of modern-day slavery? Illustrator Sukjong Hong breaks down some of the controversy of Alex Tizon's Atlantic piece about his family's slave, Eudocia Tomas Pulido.

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3 Filipina-American Journalists Discuss 'My Family's Slave' And Who Gets To Judge It: HuffPo journalists Carla Herreria, Danielle Datu, and Dzana Ashworth discuss Tizon's piece. In this group chat, they grapple with race, class, and who gets to tell what stories.

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Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes: Srinivas Kuchibhotla was a 32-year-old Indian engineer was tragically killed in a hate crime. How has Kuchibhotla's death generated an unusual degree of alarm in the Indian community, including segments that have not otherwise been politicized?

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The Case for Renaming Boalt Hall: UC Berkeley's School of Law's Boalt Hall is named for John Henry Boalt, who helped get the Chinese Exclusion Act passed.

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On Star Trek: Discovery and Michelle Yeoh's accent: "This article is about one specific moment in the trailer: when Michelle Yeoh's character, Captain Philippa Georgiou, speaks for the first time."

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For the poet Bao Phi, a violent past is never far away: Bao Phi's new book of poetry, Thousand Star Hotel deals with the legacy of that trauma, and what it was like to be a working class kid of color growing up in the Philips neighborhood of Minneapolis.

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Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid': In his one-man standup show Homecoming King, Hasan Minhaj talks about growing up caught between cultures.

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Bambu: 'My Music Is Here To Push People To Organize': Jonah Deocampo, aka Bambu DePistola, talks to NPR about his youth in Los Angeles, why hip-hop appealed to him as the child of immigrants and how he's responded to critics who say his music is too negative.

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Life Hacks: An Interview with Yumi Sakugawa: Yumi Sakugawa's latest book, The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful, is a gorgeously illustrated manual of tips and tricks and DIY projects, designed to make your life, well, happier, healthier, and more beautiful.

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How Milck's Women's March Anthem "Quiet" Went Viral and Changed Her Life: Singer-songwriter Connie K. Lim, who performs under the name MILCK, released her empowerment anthem "Quiet" three days before the Women's March on January 21st. She had no idea that it would go so viral.

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Nonprofit Web Series: Itching for more women of color narratives in media? Luann Algoso needs funds to produce episodes of the web series Nonprofit, which follows Gabby, a Filipina organizer as she navigates relationships, family, and the realities of activism.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Reading Rich People Problems: The final chapter of Kevin Kwan's trilogy comes out May 23. Here, a cheat sheet to help you sort out some of the major players and storylines from the first two books before you settle down with the third book, Rich People Problems.

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The "Asian Whole Foods" Is Expanding Across The San Gabriel Valley: LOHAS Fresh Mart is a boutique Asian grocery store chain with four locations in the San Gabriel Valley. They call it the "Asian Whole Foods."



5.20.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 9: They Call Us Kelvin Yu

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 welcomed actor/writer Kelvin Yu, who talked about being inspired by Ben Vereen, escaping the trap of the TV legal drama, and his newfound status as a hottie on a "top tier" streaming series.

5.19.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Priscilla Huang

"You can rule the world with a community of fierce sisters at your side."


Photo Credit: Reflections by Stephanie

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

5.18.2017

Michelle Yeoh is the Starship Captain We've Been Waiting For

Watch the new trailer for 'Star Trek: Discovery.'



Hell yes. Fellow Trekkies, rejoice. The first-look trailer for the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has dropped, and the latest foray into the final frontier looks pretty damn awesome, not least because of one badass looking starship captain in the form of one Michelle Yeoh. MICHELLE FRICKIN YEOH.

The newest entry in the long-running sci-fi franchise, set ten years before the original series, follows "the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself."

That one Starfleet officer is Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, who we see with Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou, captain of the USS Zhenzhou, in the opening moments of the trailer:

5.16.2017

Adapt or Die: Navigating the Worlds of Dinh Thai's 'Monday'

An interview with Dinh Thai, writer/director of the HBO award-winning short film.



Writer/director Dinh Thai's film Monday, first place winner of the HBO's inaugural Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition, started as a funny idea about a guy who could transform himself into different individuals and adapt his language and behavior, depending on the situation. It eventually evolved into a dramatic short about Kwan (Kevin David Lin), a young hustler who navigates through various Los Angeles cliques while facing racism, danger, and a moral struggle with his illicit occupation.

Monday is currently available for viewing on HBO platforms throughout this month, along with the other winning films, Tiffanie Hsu's Wonderland and Jingyi Shao's Toenail. I recently chatted with Dinh about the origins of Monday, the art of code-switching in film and real life, and one of the major creative influences on his film.

5.15.2017

Speaking Truth to Power is not Cyberbullying: On Tone Policing and Respectability Politics

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.


Zach McGowan (left), who is not Native Hawaiian, has been cast to play Ben Kanahele (right) in the upcoming "Ni'ihau" film.

Last week, Deadline broke the story that writer/director Gabriel Robertson (EastEnders, Bucket, The Gift) was attached to write and direct a feature film based on the infamous so-called "Ni'ihau Incident." Deadline further reported that actor Zach McGowan (Dracula Untold, Terminator: Salvation, Black Sails) -- who is not Native Hawaiian -- had been cast in the leading role of Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele, a historical figure and Ni'ihuaian who was awarded a Purple Heart for his role in the incident.

News of McGowan's casting triggered immediate backlash from Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander activists, who accused the filmmakers of using "Polyface" to whitewash the character of Ben Kanahele. In addition, Asian Americans criticized early buzz surrounding the planned "Ni'ihau" film, which described the incident as a "catalyst" for Japanese American incarceration (Editor's Note: see JACL's Power of Words handbook).

In truth, the events at Ni'ihau Incident was co-opted by hardline conservatives to provide a veil of legitimacy to obscure the racist and anti-Asian motives behind Japanese American incarceration. History has since confirmed that Executive Order 9066 — which led to the forcible removal of over a hundred thousand Japanese and Japanese American civilians — was not based in significant military intelligence showing that Japanese Americans were untrustworthy; rather, Japanese American incarceration emerged as the latest escalation in a decades-long pattern of legalized anti-Asian and anti-Japanese harassment and criminalization.

Online outcry against "Ni'ihau" was fervent, taking the shape of memes, Twitter threads, and long-form thinkpieces. As it turns out, the filmmakers behind the planned "Ni'ihau" film were listening; and, they weren't very receptive to the criticism.

Proof of Belonging: My Grandpa in Texas

By Michelle Lim, Voting Rights Policy Advocate. Cross-Posted from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.



My grandpa and me cheering on the Houston Astros -- our last home game before I moved to Los Angeles.

On Monday night, at the dinner table, my 79-year-old grandpa asked my mom if he will be safe driving around since SB4 was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday, May 7th. I was speechless when my mom told me this over the phone. My family lives in Katy, Texas, a city within the Houston metropolitan area. I did not know what to tell her, and I couldn't make any promises that SB4 would not affect our family.

5.14.2017

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'First you make them laugh:' Asian-American performers fight for visibility: In the fight against what Asian-American actors see as their underrepresentation in Hollywood, what better weapon than humor?

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The Blessing (And Curse?) Of Miss Saigon: Miss Saigon has returned to Broadway. When the hit musical was first performed was controversial for its stereotypes and story and casting choices. Code Switch's Kat Chow explores Miss Saigon's journey in 2017.

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Whose Kansas Is it Anyway?: WNYC's Arun Venugopal traveled to Kansas to speak with members of the Indian community about how they're dealing with the recent deaths resulting from hate crime, and with their changing status in America.

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9 Times Non-Asians Completely Screwed Up Asian Food And We Lost Our Appetites: Banh Mi bagels with cheese, banana sushi, chopsticks with Filipino ribs... Why do they keep doing this?

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This Immigrant Found His 'American Dream' In Inspiring Others To Give Back: TV journalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and motivational speaker Toan Lam is motivated to help others in part because of his own immigrant experience.

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The Narrator Of HGTV's "House Hunters" Is Ready To Step Out From The Shadows: House Hunters and its many spinoffs are a pop culture phenomenon, but the iconic narrator has always been heard and not seen -- until now.

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Jeremy Lin details the racism he dealt with while playing at Harvard: On a recent podcast, Jeremy Lin told some disturbing stories about racism that he dealt with during his college career at Harvard.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Turned Mantis Into the Butt of a Joke: Instead of being a kickass cosmic hero in her own right, the Mantis portrayed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was little more than a stereotype and the butt of numerous jokes.

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Aziz Ansari on the Return of 'Master of None' and that 'S.N.L.' Monologue: Aziz Ansari, co-creator and star of the Netflix series Master of None, talks about his obsession with making pasta, among other things.

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'Master of None's' Alan Yang Isn't Laughing at Your Dumb Asian Joke: Master of None co-creator, executive producer and writer Alan Yang talks about new season, dating less white people, and just how political the show's aims really are.

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15 Times Constance Wu Was A Goddamn Gift To The World: Yet another fine BuzzFeed list in appreciation of Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu.

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A Radical Universe Of Self-Care: A strange world where women of all colors, sizes, and styles partake in self-care, guilt-free: The Little Book of Life Hacks by comic artist Yumi Sakugawa -- Get this book!

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Interview: Andrew Choi (St. Lenox): Andrew Choi, the vocalist behind St. Lenox, talks about the band's latest album, Ten Hymns from My American Gothic, his background as a classically-trained musician in a Korean American household, and what Choi's plans are for the future.

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From Korea to the NFL: One Rookie's Unexpected Journey to the Bolts: When Younghoe Koo arrived to the U.S. from South Korea in 2006, he had no idea what the NFL was. So how did he end up on the Bolts?



5.12.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Joy Regullano

"Is this thing on?"



Greetings, internet friends. What's going on? It is time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Joy Regullano.

5.11.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 8: They Call Us Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak

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 geeked out and welcomed our good friends, acclaimed comic book creators Gene Luen Yang and Greg Pak, who talked about diversity in comics, new takes on iconic characters, and who would win in a fight: Asian Hulk or Asian Superman?

ABC cancels 'Dr. Ken'

The Friday night sitcom, starring and executive produced by Ken Jeong, was not renewed for a third season.



Aw, dammit. It was fun while it lasted. One of television's few Asian American families will not be returning in the fall. After two seasons, ABC has canceled Dr. Ken, starring and executive produced by Ken Jeong.

Inspired by Jeong's real life and career as a medical doctor, the multi-camera Friday night comedy followed Dr. Ken Park, a physician with a bad beside manner trying to juggle practicing medicine at his HMO and being a family man to his wife and kids -- and not quite succeeding on either front.

Dr. Ken also starred the awesome Suzy Nakamura as Ken's wife Allison, Krista Marie Yu as daughter Molly, Albert Tsai as his son Dave, and Dana Lee as Ken's dad D.K. The cast was rounded out by Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Jonathan Slavin as Clark and Dave Foley as Pat.

Less than a year after the much-hyped premiere of Fresh Off The Boat, which was widely celebrated as the first series to feature an Asian American family in two decades, Dr. Ken leapt on to ABC's schedule. Two Asian American families on TV? On the same friggin' network? Whaaaaaaat. And Dr. Ken offered a decidedly different inter-Asian, multi-generational take on the Asian American family comedy.

5.10.2017

Who Killed Vincent Chin? Film Screening

Saturday, May 13 at the Wing Luke Museum



This year marks the 35th anniversary of Vincent Chin's murder. If you're in Seattle, the Wing Luke Museum is revisiting the landmark case with a special screening of the seminal documentary Who Killed Vincent Chin?, followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena, Marsha Chien (Washington State Assistant Attorney General, Wing Luke Civil Rights Unit), Connie So (University of Washington American Ethnic Studies, Principal Lecturer) and Rich Stolz (OneAmerica, Executive Director).

It's happening Saturday, May 13 at the Wing Luke Museum. Here are some more details:

5.09.2017

Asian AF Presents: AAPI Heritage Month AF

Variety Show and Panel Discussion, May 12 & 13 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum



Los Angeles! If you're looking for some laughs, then make plans to attend a special AAPI Heritage Month edition of Asian AF, the first-ever Asian American comedy variety show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. There will be special appearances by Kiran Deol (How to Get Away With Murder), Amy Hill (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Kulap Vilaysack (Bajillion Dollar Properties), Lewis Tan (Iron Fist) and many more. It's happening Friday night, May 12 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum. Then the next day, Asian AF will be hosting a panel of comedians discussing "What Does Asian American Even Mean?"

It's happening May 12 and 13 at UCB Sunset's Inner Sanctum. Here are some more details:

No, the Ni’ihau Incident did NOT lead to FDR signing Executive Order 9066

Guest Post by Joseph Shoji Lachman


A comparison of lead actor and Benehakaka Kanahele, the man he is portraying. The resemblance is lacking, to say the least. (Via Shutterstock and Hawaii Reporter)

According to Deadline, Zach McGowan will star in the historical film Ni'ihau, directed by Gabriel Robertson and set in Hawaii during World War II. He will portray Benehakaka Kanahele, a native Hawaiian who received the Medal for Merit and Purple Heart for his part in killing the pilot of a downed Imperial Japanese plane in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

You'll probably notice that Zach McGowan doesn't bear much of a resemblance to Kanahele, and it's even more of a stretch than casting Emma Stone as part Hawaiian in Aloha. Once again, members of the API community will watch as they are portrayed in media by white replacements. At this point, we are frustrated, but hardly surprised when this happens. Pacific Islanders have been abused throughout the U.S.'s history, and this appears to be just another manifestation of that shameful legacy.

To our surprise, however, this may not even be the worst of it.

What is disturbing here is the historical denialism bubbling up from under the surface.

Take a look at this quotation from the Deadline article:

5.08.2017

K-TOWN'92 explores the untold stories of the L.A. Riots

Grace Lee's interactive documentary website and short film reveals new insights into the 1992 unrest.



K-TOWN'92 is an interactive documentary website and short film by Peabody Award winning filmmaker Grace Lee that reveals new insights into the 1992 Los Angeles riots through untold stories of diverse Angelenos in LA's ionic Koreatown, then and now. These are the stories that the media didn't know or didn't bother to tell. You can view K-TOWN'92 as a free-standing interactive documentary website.

A 15-minute companion documentary short, K-TOWN'92 Reporters, explores media coverage at the city's paper of record during the 1992 civil unrest. At that time, Hector Tobar, Tammerlin Drummond, and John Lee reported from the field for the Los Angeles Times. Twenty-five years later, they revisit their stories and impressions of those tumultuous events, and reflect on the media coverage they helped create.

K-TOWN'92 Reporters will air nationally on the WORLD Channel in May. You can also view it online here:

Young Bruce Lee biopic to begin shooting this summer

'Little Dragon,' directed by Shekhar Kapur, will examine the legendary martial artist's teenage years.



Little Dragon, a new movie about the early life of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, is set to start shooting this summer. Directed and co-written by acclaimed filmmaker Shekhar Kapur, backed by Chinese investors, and authorized by Bruce Lee's family, the biopic will examine Lee's tumultuous teenage years in 1950s Hong Kong.

Young Bruce Lee Film 'Little Dragon' to Begin Shooting This Summer

According to producers, the film will follow a young Lee as he contends with "his family's disappointment, young love, true friendship, betrayal, racism, deep hardship and the inner fire that threatens to unravel his destiny."

An official U.S.-China co-production, Little Dragon be co-written and produced by Lee's daughter, Shannon Lee, who says the film will offer a look at the formative, early years that shaped her father's life before he became a movie star, international icon and arguably the most famous martial arts practitioner of all time.

"I always thought that a film about how my father's life was shaped in his early years in Hong Kong would be a worthwhile story to share so we could better understand him as a human being and a warrior," Shannon Lee said in a statement.

When DC's Asian Superheroes Got Together for Dim Sum

Artist Bernard Chang celebrates #asianheroesmonth on his variant cover for 'New Super-Man' #11.



It's May, so it's Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month... but it's also #asianheroesmonth!

To celebrate, artist Bernard Chang created this awesome variant cover for New Super-Man #11 depicting Kenan Kong, aka the Chinese Superman, going out to dim sum with some of his fellow Asian superheroes of the DC Universe (at a restaurant where the poor wait staff is apparently possessed by Starro the Conqueror).

Store clerk fatally stabbed for refusing to sell cigarettes

32-year-old Jagjeet Singh was stabbed to death after a confrontation with a customer.



In Modesto, California, police are asking for the public's help identifying the man suspected of fatally stabbing a gas station employee, who was apparently attacked after an altercation with a customer over a fake ID.

Modesto Store Clerk Killed in Stabbing Outside Hatch Food and Gas

32-year-old Jagjeet Singh, a clerk at Hatch Food and Gas, was stabbed to death outside the store late Thursday night. According to a co-worker, Singh had gotten into a confrontation earlier in the evening with a customer who unsuccessfully attempted to buy cigarettes with a fake identification.

Later that same day, just before midnight, the unidentified man returned and stabbed Singh outside the store, leaving him critically wounded. He was rushed to the hospital, where he died on Friday.

"Paramedics responded because an employee had collapsed and they thought this to be a medical issue," Modesto police officer Eric Schuller told FOX40 News. "When they arrived on scene they found that this employee has actually been stabbed."

5.07.2017

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Chris Pine's Star Trek Sketch Exposes an Ugly Truth About S.N.L.: Chris Pine hosted Saturday Night Live, so of course they did a Star Trek sketch. When it came to casting Hikaru Sulu, however, SNL ran into a bit of an obstacle. In fact, in its 42-year history, there has never been an official cast member on Saturday Night Live who could play Sulu.

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Meet American Girl's first ever Korean American doll: Last week, popular doll brand American Girl debuted its newest Asian American doll, a Korean American filmmakers named Suzie "Z" Yang.

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As Chinese Exclusion Act Turns 135, Experts Point To Parallels Today: This year marks the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which placed limits on Chinese immigration and barred citizenship rights for those already in the U.S. A group of Chinese American activists came together to remember the impact of this act, and also to draw parallels to immigration policies under Trump.

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How Much Are Students Learning About the Chinese Exclusion Act? It's largely up to teachers. Many teachers outside of Ethnic Studies courses have to decide whether or not they have the time and resources to include the Chinese Exclusion Act in their social studies curriculum.

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Stanford Psychiatrists Take to the Stage: To address mental health struggles by Asian American youth in the area, Stanford psychiatrists staged vignettes to help families come together to discuss these issues.

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An Immigrant Love Story, Four Decades in the Making: Paolo Mardo reports the story of "Tess" and "Marco," who are among the more than 300,000 undocumented Filipinos in the U.S.

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Hollywood casting directors say Asian movie stars are on their way ...but breaking the bamboo ceiling will take more than visibility on screen.

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What happens to your cultural heritage when you marry someone of a different race? In this episode of "Other: Mixed Race in America," Alex Laughlin chats with Amy Choi and Sulome Anderson about their families and the bridges they had to build to make them work.

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When a queer Filipina chef said she didn't want to be featured on Ivanka Trump's website, the reaction missed the point: Angela Dimayuga's public rejection of Ivanka Trump's request for a feature of the chef went viral, but the headlines didn't capture the whole story.

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Is the New Mr. Right an Immigrant Rom-Com Hero?: Kumail Nanjiani of HBO's Silicon Valley breaks out with The Big Sick, a personal story that upends Hollywood's traditional ideas about leading men.

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Author Jenny Han on Her Bestselling Trilogy's New Book 'Always and Forever, Lara Jean': YA author Jenny Han talks about her writing process, the last book in her trilogy, and why it's important that the star of these hugely popular young adult novels is Korean American.

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The Real-Life Diet of Jeremy Lin: GQ offers a look at the daily diet of Nets guard Jeremy Lin, who, unfortunately, spent most of the season recovering from injury.



5.05.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Snehal Desai

"Snehal or Sne to the nice people in my life. Sean to the Starbucks barista."



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

Gene Luen Yang is the hardest working guy in comics

Award-winning creator talks about making comic books for Panda Express and Fresh Off The Boat.



If there's a comic book creator who's at the center of Asian American pop culture, it's Gene Luen Yang.

He recently partnered with Panda Express for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to revisit his brilliant re-imagining of the obscure Golden Age superhero The Green Turtle, with artist Sonny Liew, in Shadow Hero Comics #1 (available with the purchase of a kid's meal).

Gene also penned the Fresh Off The Boat tie-in comic book, with artist Jorge Corona, featured on this week's episode of the popular ABC sitcom, available in comic shops May 6 as part of "Free Comic Book Day."

In addition to regular writing duties on DC Comics' New Super-Man, he also serves as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for the Library of Congress. Oh, and did I mention that he's a MacArthur "Genius"?

Plus, he's the nicest guy.

I recently caught up with Gene, who's on the road for his numerous school visits and speaking engagements. He talked about his collaborations with Panda Express and Fresh Off The Boat, possible future adventures for The Green Turtle, and his efforts to get people to read outside their comfort zones.

5.03.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 7: They Call Us Justin Chon and Grace lee

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, "live" from the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, we commemorated the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, with guests Justin Chon, star/writer/director of Gook, and Grace Lee, director of the interactive documentary K-TOWN'92.

Man yells "white power" in Manhattan hate crime attack

Also: "You are a fucking immigrant! Go back to your country! What are you doing here?"



In New York, a man was arrested and charged with a hate crime after violently assaulting an Asian man on the street while yelling, among other racist and anti-immigrant sentiments, "We are white power!"

Rich Midtown man charged with hate crime after he beats Asian victim, screams 'We are white power'

On Monday morning in Midtown, 48-year-old Steven Zatorski ran up to the 30-year-old victim and started kicking him, yelling "You are a fucking immigrant! Go back to your country! What are you doing here?"

He also added "We are white power" as he punched the victim in the face. For good measure, I suppose.

5.02.2017

It's officially "Fresh Off The Boat Day" in Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles declares May 2 "Fresh Off the Boat Day" in honor of the hit ABC sitcom.



Los Angeles loves Fresh Off The Boat. May 2 has been officially declared "Fresh Off The Boat Day" in Los Angeles, as part of the city's celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

L.A. Mayor Declares May 2 'Fresh Off the Boat' Day

To kick off Heritage Month and "celebrate the rich diversity, identity, and cultures of the Asian Pacific American community," the City of Los Angeles declared May 2 "Fresh Off the Boat Day" in honor of the hit ABC sitcom.

The declaration ceremony took place Tuesday morning at Los Angeles City Hall, with remarks by Mayor Eric Garcetti, council member David Ryu, council President Herb Wesson Jr. Fresh Off The Boat star Randall Park and the show's executive producers, Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar.

The celebration ended with a luncheon sponsored by Panda Express, of course.

Texas lawmaker takes a stand against immigration bill

"I am an immigrant. My parents are immigrants. I represent a district filled with immigrants."



A Texas lawmaker is making headlines after making an emotional speech to his colleagues, speaking out and opposing a bill banning "sanctuary city" policies. A video of his impassioned remarks has gone viral.

Immigrant Legislator Breaks Down While Speaking Out Against Texas Immigration Bill

Rep. Gene Wu (D-TX) addressed the state's House of Representatives last Wednesday during a debate about Senate Bill 4, which would force law enforcement officials to cooperate with deportation efforts by threatening jail time among other punishments. It would also allow police to question the immigration status of anyone they stop, including children. Unfortunately, the bill was approved by the House the next day.

But not before Wu, who represents District 137 in Houston, threw down and explained -- through tears -- why fighting the controversial immigration enforcement bill was such a painful, personal issue for him.

"This topic is painful for me," said Wu, who is Chinese American. "I am an immigrant. My parents are immigrants. I represent a district filled with immigrants."

Wu invoked the discriminatory policies of America's past, including the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which restricted the immigration of Chinese immigration into the United States, and the unjust mass incarceration of Japanese American citizens during World War II. In both instances, "The people who voted for that, the people who supported that, thought they were doing the right thing," Wu said.

5.01.2017

The first Asian American superhero returns in 'Shadow Hero Comics' #1

Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew partner with Panda Express for an exclusive new Green Turtle comic.



The Green Turtle returns! Award-winning comic book creator Gene Luen Yang has partnered with Panda Express to release an exclusive new comic featuring The Green Turtle -- the first Asian American superhero and star of the acclaimed graphic novel The Shadow Hero, in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the restaurant chain's salute to underdogs and unsung heroes.

Yang, the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has reunited with artist Sonny Liew to revisit their re-imagining of the obscure Golden Age comic superhero The Green Turtle in Shadow Hero Comics #1. Created by artist Chu Hing in 1944 for Blazing Comics, the character is believed to be the first Chinese American superhero. Yang and Liew revived the character in 2014 with an all-new Asian American origin story.

"Only in America can a Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president."

Watch Hasan Minhaj's full speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner.



Maybe you've heard: Donald Trump has a contentious relationship with the press. So it's no surprise that the orange chickenshit did not attend Saturday's annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington DC. However, host Hasan Minhaj was on hand to say what sorely needed to said, and he did not pull any punches.

"I would say it is an honor to be here, but that would be an alternative fact," Minhaj joked. "It is not. No one wanted to do this. So of course, it lands in the hands of an immigrant. That's how it always goes down."

The Daily Show correspondent took shots at everyone from Bill O'Reilly to Sean Spicker to CNN. And of course, Donald Trump. He also stressed the importance of free speech, the First Amendment, and the crucial role of the press in upholding the ideals of democracy. Minhaj also acknowledged that it was weird and amazing for him, a brown kid to be standing up there talking shit about the president, live on C-SPAN.

"Only in America can a first generation Indian American Muslim kid get on this stage and make fun of the president," Minhaj said. "The Orange Man behind the Muslim ban."

Here's the full video of Hasan Minhaj's address:

4.30.2017

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Strangers In Town: Twenty-five years after Los Angeles rose up, how far have we come as a nation? Ten stories about the L.A. riots and the world they made, including Inkoo Kang, who shares about growing up in Koreatown and watching it burn.

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They were kids during the L.A. riots. Now two Korean Americans tell their community's overlooked story: Carol Park and Justin Chon, both children of Korean American business owners during the 1992 L.A. riots, share their perspectives on what the riots meant to them as kids -- and now as adults.

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Reflecting on April 30th: "April 30th was never about winning or losing a war for me. It has been about unwarranted loss of lives, hopes, and dreams. Sometimes I'm expected to embrace or condemn the Vietnamese or Americans that partook on either sides. I don't. Instead, I live firmly in a world where I never wish war on anyone, and I do whatever I can to prevent such atrocities for others."

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George Takei: Internment, America's Great Mistake: Every year since the late 1960s, on the last Saturday in April, there has been a pilgrimage to a place called Manzanar in California, where one of ten United States internment camps once stood.

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Walking In Their Footsteps At A Former Japanese Internment Camp: Melissa Hung shares about her visit with a group of friends to the Manzanar National Historic Site.

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A Quiet Civil Rights Hero: Mitsuye Endo's Landmark Supreme Court Case: During World War II, four legal cases challenged the U.S. policy of Japanese incarceration. But only one was successful.

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Chinese Tour Groups Suck: Panpan Wang is part of that Chinese tour group. But it's so much more than that.

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The Struggles of Writing About Chinese Food as a Chinese Person: "Growing up, I was the weird kid who adored boiled pig intestines and fermented tofu. So imagine my surprise when the 2000s hit and the food of my people was suddenly cool."

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Are We Wrong to Call Americanized Chinese Food 'Inauthentic'? American Chinese food is authentic, and when you call it inauthentic, you're ignoring a lot of history and devaluing a little bit the food and the people who brought it here.

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Why Is Asian Salad Still on the Menu?: You've seen it. Maybe you've even ordered it. But why is Asian salad, and all its other names, still on the menu?

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Viet Thanh Nguyen Reveals How Writers' Workshops Can Be Hostile: Viet Thanh Nguyen talks about how writers' workshops, like other predominantly white spaces, can be hostile environments for women and people of color.

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"The Tiger Hunter" star Danny Pudi on his childhood and first romantic lead role: Danny Pudi plays Sami Malik in The Tiger Hunter, a film about an Indian immigrant chasing the American dream in 1970s Chicago.

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'Banana' Is Highlighting The Asian-American Experience In A Whole New Way: In 2014, Vicki Ho and Kathleen Tso launched Banana Magazine, a lifestyle magazine dedicated to Asians that explore both Eastern and Western cultures.



4.28.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Jenny Han

"I aim to tell the truth, in my books and in my life."



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

4.27.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 6: They Call Us Asian American Cinema

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



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

This week, on the eve of the 33rd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, we discuss the state of independent Asian American cinema, the significance of films like Better Luck Tomorrow, and why it's still so hard for Asian American films to break through.

4.24.2017

Watch these award-winning HBO shorts at LAAPFF

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



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

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

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

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

Awkwafina joins the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

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



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

'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina

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

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

This is the most adorable cooking show on the internet

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



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

I mean, just look at the chef.

Surgeon General removed from post by Trump administration

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




4.21.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Irene Koh

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



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

4.20.2017

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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