4.24.2017

Watch these award-winning HBO shorts at LAAPFF

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



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

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

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

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

Awkwafina joins the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

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



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

'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina

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

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

This is the most adorable cooking show on the internet

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



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

I mean, just look at the chef.

Surgeon General removed from post by Trump administration

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



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

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

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

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

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

4.23.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




4.21.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Irene Koh

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



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

4.20.2017

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

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



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

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

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

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



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

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

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

4.17.2017

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

Presented by Visual Communications, April 27 - May 4



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

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

Here are some the festival's highlights:

Sikh taxi driver assaulted by passengers in hate crime

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


Harkirat Singh (Photo Credit: New York Daily News)

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

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

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

4.16.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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



4.14.2017

Pacific Arts Movement Presents: Right to Resist

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



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

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

Angry Reader of the Week: Kent Lee

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



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

4.12.2017

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

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



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

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

4.10.2017

The Absolute Worst Way to Handle an "Overbooked" Flight

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



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

Passenger Forcibly Removed From United Flight, Prompting Outcry

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

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

That's when United called the cops.

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

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

4.09.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



4.07.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Scott Chan

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



Greetings, good people of the internet. We have arrived at that time again. Time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Scott Chan.

4.06.2017

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

"One word says it all. Asian."



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

SoCal Woman Claims Airbnb Host Canceled Reservation Because of Her Race

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

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

4.05.2017

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

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


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

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

4.04.2017

Gemma Chan joins the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

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



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

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

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

4.02.2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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