6.26.2017

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

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



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

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

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

Idiot air passenger fears Sikh man is a terrorist

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



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

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

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

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

Store owner sentenced to eight years for killing shoplifter

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


Photo Credit: KOMO

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

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

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

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

6.25.2017

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The Slants on the Power of Repurposing a Slur: "The battles about hate speech shouldn’t be waged at the Trademark Office, decided by those who have no connections to our communities. Those skirmishes lead to arbitrary, inconsistent results and slowly chip away at the dignity and agency of oppressed people to decide appropriateness on our terms."

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The Slants show full meaning of free speech: Can freedom of expression and protection of the oppressed coexist? According to the Portland band whose dispute over their name lasted over eight years before finally going to the Supreme Court -- yes, it can.

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Asian 'Boat People,' Once Opposed More Than Syrian Refugees Today, Speak Out: One Lao and two Vietnamese refugees speak frankly about how their experiences relate to the need to support refugees today. "There are a lot of innocent people who are refugees, and given the opportunity, [they] would give back 100 times more than what was given to them."

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Be Better: A Guide to Avoid Cultural Appropriation: Soleil Ho breaks down cultural exchange versus cultural appropriation -- and even provides examples what you should and should not do at a party.

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No, it's not "fine" to call me a Chinaman: Is it so hard to recognize Asian Canadians as Canadians in Vancouver?: C'mon, you lazy racists. People can be both Asian and Canadian.

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The Lost Generation: From 'The Joy Luck Club' To 'Crazy Rich Asians': An entire generation in the U.S. missed out on seeing Asian American families represented in film and television.

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The Inner World of Ali Wong: How the San Francisco native grew up, cracked filthy jokes, got pregnant, filmed a Netflix special, and became the next big thing in comedy.

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5 reasons Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon stayed married after turning their love life into 'The Big Sick': Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon weren't just co-writers on the screenplay for producer Judd Apatow's The Big Sick; they put their own real-life romance on-screen for the world to see. Here, Nanjiani and Gordon dole out some dating advice based on their experiences.

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Why Are Brown Men So Infatuated With White Women Onscreen? While projects like The Big Sick, Master of None, and Homecoming King offer welcome depiction of brown Muslim men in love, the characters pursue white women at the expense of women of color.



6.24.2017

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

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



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

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

6.23.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Alfa

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



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

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

Vincent Chin died on June 23, 1982.



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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

6.20.2017

The Amazing Debut of Beat Box Man and Poem Woman

"How a Mother Remembers"



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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

6.19.2017

Trust the Process: An Interview Poet Bao Phi

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


Photo Credit: Anna Min

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

92-year-old former internee receives high school diploma

72 years after internment, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald finally graduates from Vashon High School.


(Photo Credit: Aileen Imperial/KCTS 9)

Over the weekend in Washington, a 92-year-old Japanese American woman received her high school diploma -- with honors -- alongside the graduating class of Vashon High School -- 74 years after her education at the school was interrupted when her family was forced into an internment camp during World War II.

92-year-old woman receives high school diploma 74 years after internment

Mary Matsuda Gruenewald was 17, in the middle of her junior year in 1942, when her family was forcibly removed from Vashon Island and incarcerated in a dusty California concentration camp, like thousands of other innocent Japanese Americans on the west coast. She was a good student, a member of the honor society and served on the student council. But she missed the opportunity to graduate with her classmates.

On Saturday, she finally graduated from Vashon High School. Receiving a standing ovation, she was presented with her diploma, along with a copy of the 1943 yearbook and the 2017 yearbook signed by students and staff. The ceremony was streamed live on YouTube (Gruenewald is first acknowledged in the principal's remarks at the 51:46 mark, and receives her diploma at 1:48:02):

The Slants win Supreme Court battle over band name

Asian American rock band wins the right to trademark their "disparaging" band name.



'The Slants have won the right to trademark their band name. The Supreme Court ruled Monday that even trademarks considered to be derogatory deserve First Amendment protection, in a ruling that could have significant impact on how speech protection is applied in other trademark cases.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Rule Against Disparaging Trademarks

The Slants' frontman, Simon Tam, filed a lawsuit after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied the band from registering its name, and rejected repeat appeals, citing a section of the 1946 Lanham Act, a federal law that prohibits registration of trademarks that "disparage" or "bring into contempt or disrepute" persons, institutions, beliefs or national symbols. Tam contended that the 70-year-old law violates free speech rights.

In an 8-0 ruling, the court agreed with The Slants, determining the law's disparagement clause violates the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

"The commercial market is well stocked with merchandise that disparages prominent figures and groups, and the line between commercial and non-commercial speech is not always clear, as this case illustrates," Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his opinion for the court. "If affixing the commercial label permits the suppression of any speech that may lead to political or social 'volatility,' free speech would be endangered."

Muslim teen abducted, assaulted and murdered in Virginia

Darwin Torres is accused of killing 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen with a baseball bat.



In Virginia, a Muslim teenage girl who was reportedly assaulted and disappeared has been found dead, and a 22-year-old man has been charged in her murder in connection with the case.

Teen Missing in Fairfax County Believed Dead; Suspect Charged: Police

Police believe a body found Sunday afternoon in a pond in Sterling is 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, who was reported missing after she and some friends got into an altercation with a motorist near their mosque.

According to police, a group of girls was walking back from breakfast at IHOP early Sunday when they got into a dispute with a motorist -- witnesses say he appeared to be drunk and was brandishing a baseball bat -- who got out of his car and assaulted one of them. The rest of the teens ran back to their mosque, the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), where the group reported that Hassanen had been left behind.

"Immediately thereafter, the ADAMS' personnel notified both Loudon County and Fairfax County authorities who immediately began an extensive search to locate the missing girl," the mosque said in a statement.

Police searched the surrounding wooded area for several hours, and found the body in the pond, located about two to three miles away from where the original altercation happened.

6.18.2017

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Who Is Vincent Chin? The History and Relevance of a 1982 Killing: Although the death of Vincent Chin has become a staple of Asian-American studies courses taught across the country, there are still many -- Asian Americans and others -- who do not know about what happened the night Chin was beaten or understand its continued significance for the Asian American community.

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Op-Ed: 35 Years After Vincent Chin, Echoes of the Past Haunt the Future: "Vincent Chin gave us clarity as Asian-American civil rights activists 35 years ago, and now we must bring those lessons to bear on a new generation of civil rights struggles."

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How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia: Asian immigrants, once the "ultimate outsiders," have profoundly reshaped the suburbs of the San Francisco Bay Area. A new book, Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia, explores that tension in the context of Fremont, California, the largest Asian American-majority suburb in the Silicon Valley.

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How The White Establishment Waged A 'War' On Chinese Restaurants In The U.S.: They may seem ubiquitous now, but not so long ago, Chinese restaurants were feared by the white establishment.

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How Anti-Chinese Propaganda Helped Fuel the Creation of Mestizo Identity in Mexico: Jason Oliver Chang's Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940, uncovers the forgotten history of anti-Chinese propaganda and violence around the years of the Mexican Revolution.

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In Little Saigon, scraping out a living, one home-cooked meal at a time: Com thang is a popular practice of home cooking made in mass quantities to sell as quick meals for families too busy to make their own meals. Such small business practices are familiar to many immigrant families.

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We're Indian-American With Adopted White Children And Here's What People Ask Us: Grocery trips turn into adoption education, and there is no shortage of difficult questions from the adopted children.

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After not finishing a book in 35 years, how my father became a reader: Mariya Karimjee shares about a very special book club of two: her and her father, who had not read a book in 35 years.

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Why You Need to Listen to Nancy, a Radically Honest Podcast on LGBTQ Issues: Nancy is a new podcast from WNYC, hosted by Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, that centers the LGBTQ experience.

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11 Asian-American Playwrights Recommend 11 Asian-American Plays: Prince Gomolvilas reached out to eleven celebrated Asian American playwrights to recommend old and new Asian American plays.



6.17.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Tiffanie Hsu

"Stories with real people going through real shit captivate me."



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

6.16.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 12: They Call Us Asian American

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 celebrated Heritage Month, ahem, eleven months early, discussing the complexities of Asian American identity and community with Professors Karthick Ramakrishnan and Jennifer Lee of the National Asian American Survey.

"I just take no racism. Get that shit out of my face."

Philadelphia restaurateur Han Chieng suffers broken ankle in sidewalk fight with drunken racists.



A Philadelphia restaurateur suffered a broken ankle after getting into a sidewalk fight with several drunk individuals -- a fight that he says started when one of them shouted "ching chong wong" at him.

Han Dynasty owner breaks ankle in sidewalk fight: 'I just take no racism'

Han Chiang, owner of Han Dynasty in Old City, says he and several employees were outside on a cigarette break Thursday night when they encountered a group that had apparently just been kicked out of 2nd Story Brewing, the pub next door. Chiang and his colleagues were about to go back inside when one of the group yelled something to the effect of "ching chong wong" at them. Chiang called him on it.

"I turned around and said, 'Fuck you, you racist motherfucker,'" Chiang said in a phone interview with Billy Penn. "The guy denied saying it, then his friend Ian jumped in and hit me with a skateboard." Then it was on.

The fight escalated, with multiple people joining in, and Chiang getting his ankle broken in the fracas. At some point, the fight was broken up, and Chiang was hospitalized. But not before skateboard guy and the gang yelled "Fuck you, you Chinese faggots!" as they made their getaway.

Later, Ian Carroll, the guy who apparently hit Chiang with the skateboard, posted a note to Han Dynasty's Facebook page, preemptively recounting his version of the altercation, alleging that it was the Han Dynasty employees who started the fight when they tried to jump him and his friends.

Under Trump, Dreamers -- But Not Parents -- Will Be Allowed to Remain in U.S.

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.



In a surprise announcement on the 5th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Trump administration announced yesterday that it would reverse one of the president's campaign promises and would instead continue the popular federal program. Founded in 2012, DACA granted renewable permits to undocumented immigrants who had been brought into the United States as children, protecting them from deportation and allowing them to work.

However, yesterday also saw U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly sign a memorandum to roll back a program proposed by the Obama administration in 2014 called Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA was intended to provide legal protections for the undocumented parents of American citizens or residents in an effort to not break up immigrant families. That program was never put into place due to legal challenges in federal court filed by 26 states led by Republican governors.

In January, Trump was quoted as saying about undocumented immigrants, "They are here illegally. They shouldn't be very worried. I do have a big heart. We're going to take care of everybody." However, it is clear by yesterday's dual announcements that the Trump administration is less interested in "taking care of everybody", and more interested in taking care of Trump's approval rating.

6.15.2017

Research Survey: Asian Americans, Culture and Infidelity

Asian American participants needed to take an online survey for clinical psychology dissertation.



Here's a research study that could use your help with online survey. Nicole Himuro-Fitzgerald, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco, is working on a dissertation about whether culture impacts the relationship between romantic attachment and infidelity, and reasons for why people engage in infidelity. She's specifically focusing on the Asian American population because they're significantly underrepresented in the current research. Can you help her out?

The survey will take about 25-30 minutes to complete. They're looking for individuals who are 1) between the ages of 21-65; 2) identify as Asian Americans; 3) experience a romantic relationship lasting at least six months. Those who complete the survey can be entered into a raffle to win a $200 Visa gift card.

Steven Yeun to star in 'Sorry to Bother You'

'The Walking Dead' actor will appear alongside Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield.



We still cry for Glenn, but coming up, departed Walking Dead star Steven Yeun will star alongside Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield in the drama Sorry to Bother You from first-time director Boots Riley.

Tessa Thompson, Lakeith Stanfield, Steven Yeun To Star In 'Sorry To Bother You'

Written by Riley, the film centers on "a black telemarketer with self-esteem issues" who "discovers a magical key to business success, propelling him to the upper echelons of the hierarchy just as his activist comrades are rising up against unjust labor practices. When he uncovers the macabre secret of his corporate overlords, he must decide whether to stand up or sell out."

Fruitvale Station's Nina Yang Bongiovi and Forest Whitaker of Significant Productions are producing along with 6 Years' Jonathan Duffy and Kelly Williams, Charles D. King (Fences), George Rush (Bully).

No details on what Yeun will be doing in the film -- I'm going to assume he's not playing the black telemarketer -- but the talent involved, both in front and behind the camera, already has me interested. According to Deadline, Sorry to Bother You will start shooting later this month in Oakland.

Next up, you can see Steven Yeun in Bong Joon-ho's Okja, which premieres on Netflix on June 28.



Four dead in UPS employee's shooting rampage

Gunman Jimmy Lam opened fire on his co-workers, then turned the gun on himself.



A United Parcel Service employee opened fire during a meeting with co-workers at one of the company's San Francisco packing facilities, killing three employees before fatally shooting himself.

UPS gunman targeted his victims, witnesses say

According to witnesses, 38-year-old gunman Jimmy Lam appeared to specifically target three fellow employees. Durning a Wednesday morning meeting, Lam walked up to driver Benson Louie, 50, and shot him. As his co-workers fled the room, he shot Wayne Chan, 56, in the back, and then walked up to him and "finished him." Mike Lefiti, 46, was running from the building when Lam went out onto the street and shot him.

At least two other people were injured in the shooting, which prompted a massive police response to the UPS warehouse in Potrero Hill. When officers confronted Lam inside the building, he shot himself in the head.

"The suspect put the gun to his head and discharged the weapon," Assistant Police Chief Toney Chaplin told reporters, adding that police did not fire any shots. Two guns were recovered at the scene.

6.14.2017

Visiting Chinese scholar missing from University of Illinois

26-year-old Yingying Zhang was last seen on June 9.



At the University of Illinois, authorities are asking for the public's help in the search for a visiting scholar from China who has been missing from the Urbana-Champaign campus since Friday.

University of Illinois scholar from China missing since Friday

26-year-old Yingying Zhang, a visiting student in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, was last seen June 9 near the north end of campus. She had just gotten off a bus and was apparently on her way to an apartment complex in Urbana to sign a lease. Zhang's friends called police on Saturday when they couldn't get in touch with her and became concerned about her whereabouts.

University of Illinois Police released security camera footage showing a black Saturn Astra pulling up next to Zhang on the sidewalk just after 2:00 pm. She can be seen talking for several moments to the unidentified driver before getting into the vehicle. The car then drives way. She has not been seen or heard from since.

6.13.2017

Whitewashing: Asian and Asian-American Representation in Film/TV

Diversity Speaks at the LA Film Festival, Saturday, June 17 at the Kirk Douglas Theatre



Los Angeles film fans! The LA Film Festival invites you to Diversity Speaks, two days of panel discussions focusing on expanding the definition of diversity and act as a call to action for the entertainment industry.

On Saturday, June 17, I'll be participating in a panel discussion entitled "Whitewashing: Asian and Asian-American Representation in Film/TV," along with Leonardo Nam, Kelly Hu, Kelvin Yu, Ally Maki, Bruce Thierry Cheung and Gloria Fan, and moderated by Jenny Yang. It's happening at 2:00pm at the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City.

Here's some more info about the full Saturday lineup:

"So Many Crimes": Korean Drama Podcast - Boys Over Flowers #2

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



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

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

In this week's episode, we return to take on episode 2 of Boys Over Flowers. Still getting used to all the K-Drama tropes, we are bewildered by "so many crimes," lavish school trips, and a bunch of semi-stalking. We give our preliminary ship. Also everyone loves the Pretty Unni/Cool Nuna.

6.12.2017

Vincent Chin: Dead or Alive? A Panel Discussion

Monday, June 19 at Chatham Square Library



Next week marks the 35th anniversary of Vincent Chin's brutal, racist murder at the hands of two white autoworkers in Detroit -- a case that set off a pan-Asian, nation-wide movement for justice. Thirty-five years later, what is the legacy of Vincent Chin? The New York Public Library will be hosting a panel discussion, Vincent Chin: Dead or Alive?, examining the case, what has and has not changed since Chin's murder, as well as the current state of civic participation and advocacy in API communities.

It's happening Monday, June 19 in the Community Room at Chatham Square Library. Some more details:

This couple ran a half marathon on their wedding day

...along with 60 of their wedding guests.



To attend this wedding, you had to be in shape. And I'm not talking about looking good in a dress or a tux. Last month, a Brooklyn couple ran a half marathon as part of their wedding day... along with 60 of their guests.

Running couple incorporates Brooklyn Half Marathon into their wedding

When Amanda Hughes and Joel Tse, who met while they were both training for the New York City Marathon in 2009, realized they had scheduled their wedding on the same day as the Brooklyn Half Marathon, they decided to incorporate the race into their nuptials. Not only would they run the half marathon, they invited their guests to run the distance with them to the finish line before they got officially tied the knot.

"We were going to organize a fun run, because without the running community, we never would have met," Hughes told Runner's World. "But the way it worked out was perfect because all of our running friends were going to be in town anyway."

They even sent out a training schedule with the wedding invitation -- with four months to train -- since many of the guests had never run a long distance race before.

Police turn to social media for help solving 2001 murder

21-year-old Maria Hsiao was fatally shot outside Q-Cafe in Palo Alto on June 10, 2001.


Maria Hsiao (far left) was enjoying an evening out with friends when she was fatally gunned down.

In Palo Alto, police are asking for the public's help and turning to social media for assistance solving a 16-year-old homicide case, in which a young woman was gunned down outside a downtown night club.

Police look to public, social media, for help in cracking Palo Alto cold case

21-year-old Maria Hsiao was shot once in the head while standing outside the now-defunct Q-Cafe in Palo Alto, located at 529 Alma St., just after midnight on June 10, 2001. Hsiao, a student at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, was enjoying an evening out with her sister and some friends when she was gunned down.

Police never recovered the weapon nor developed a motive for the fatal shooting.

Over the weekend, on the anniversary of the shooting, the Palo Alto Police Department re-circulated a 10-minute video about the case, calling for anyone with information about the killing to come forward. The video, first released in 2015, includes interviews with police and Hsiao's loved ones.

6.11.2017

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Being Sikh in Trump's America: 'You have to go out of your way to prove you're not a threat': Sikh community leaders say they've seen another uptick since the 2016 presidential election and the Trump administration's proposed immigration and travel bans. Those proposals, they argue, are fueling an intensified xenophobia.

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Why People Still Laugh at Asian Accents: An Investigation: It's one of those cheap shots that racists take to make fun of Asians. So why is putting on an Asian accent so funny?

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A Parting Letter to My MFA Program: "What does it mean for me to learn how to make art in an environment that unquestioningly perpetuates and reinforces systems of dominance?" When Claire Zhuang withdrew from her MFA program, she read a letter outlining the failings of the program to the faculty.

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Mother Tongue: "Language is not only a means of communication or description. It’s a framework in which we process existence." For a bilingual new mother, parenting becomes an experiment in identity -- both her child's and her own.

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I Am An Immigrant: Survival to Sacrifice: Sevly Snguon's retells the sacrifices his mother made for him, from summoning the will to survive in one of the largest refugee camps in Cambodia to sacrificing her ambitions once she arrived in the United States.

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We're Having the Wrong Conversation About Food and Cultural Appropriation: Why the conversation about cultural appropriation needs to focus less on authenticity and more on the racial, ethnic, and cultural capitalist power structure in America.

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My Hindu American Childhood: A Comic: Artist and comedian Soumya Dhulekar chronicles the ups and downs of her Hindu American childhood, ages 5-18, in illustrated form.

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How I Went From Being An Apolitical to A Little More Political Asian: Lisa Lim's illustrated reflection of growing up apolitical, and recent events that encouraged her to become just a little more political.

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How Vanita Gupta became the DOJ's unsung hero at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement: Vanita Gupta was the head of the civil rights division at the Department of Justice for two years, ending with the inauguration of Trump. Now, she's focusing her attention on investigating high-profile police shooting cases across the country.

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U.S. chess champion is now ranked No. 2 in the world. Opponents fear he's still getting better.: Wesley So won the U.S. chess championship in April and is now ranked number 2 in the world.

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St. Paul Hmong-American gymnast leaps toward her Olympic dream -- and history: Meet Minnesota's Sunisa Lee, who earlier this year, was named to the junior national gymnastics team.

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Why Hollywood Bet On "The Joy Luck Club": After 24 years, The Joy Luck Club remains the only Hollywood film to feature a majority Asian-American cast -- a feat most studios are still afraid to attempt today. Now, those behind the 1993 tearjerker tell BuzzFeed News how they pulled off the movie no one thought possible.

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Aziz Ansari is Still Searching: A hit Netflix show. A best-selling (and scholarly!) book. A powerful SNL monologue. Can you blame Aziz Ansari for wanting to hide?

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EXCLUSIVE: Broadway Star Telly Leung Transforms Into Aladdin: Telly Leung is a rare nonwhite lead stepping into the title role in Disney's Aladdin on Broadway this month.



6.09.2017

Angry Reader of the Week: Ronny Chieng

"Just a guy trying to be better at things."



What is up, my people? 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 Ronny Chieng.

6.08.2017

Family Reunion: A Storytelling Show

"The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth" - Thursday, June 15 at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre



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

This month's Family Reunion theme is "The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth." The evening's featured lineup of storytellers includes Pallavi Gunalan, Naomi Hirahara, Nathan Ramos, Jenny Yang, Tanha Dil, Ify Nwadiwe, Vivian Martinez and Scott Okamoto, with the proceedings hosted by Naomi Ko.

It's happening Thursday, June 15 at The Lyric Hyperion Theatre in Silverlake. Here are some more details about the show:

This is Jane Kim, but this is not Jane Kim.

San Francisco Business Times posts article with photo of the wrong Jane Kim.



Will the real Jane Kim please stand up? Well, first, somebody at the San Francisco Business Times needs some help telling their Jane Kims apart. They recently published an article about San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, but the individual in the accompanying photo was not Jane Kim.

Well, it was a person also named Jane Kim. This Jane Kim is Vice President of Revenue at CircleCI, and pretty much looks nothing like the Jane Kim who serves San Francisco's District 6 on the Board of Supervisors. A totally different Asian American woman named Jane Kim, which any competent photo editor should figure out.

Supervisor Jane Kim called out the gaffe on Twitter:

6.07.2017

Introducing the Korean Drama Podcast

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 newly launched 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.

Listen to the intro episode then kick things off with Episode 1:

Cinemax orders Bruce Lee-inspired drama 'Warrior'

Action drama set during the Tong Wars of San Francisco's Chinatown, from executive producer Justin Lin.



I am so here for this. Cinemax has given a 10-episode straight to series order to the period action drama Warrior, written by Jonathan Tropper, executive produced by Justin Lin and Danielle Woodrow, and inspired by an original idea from late martial artist Bruce Lee.

Bruce Lee-Inspired Tong Wars Drama 'Warrior' From Justin Lin & 'Banshee' Co-Creator Gets Cinemax Series Order

Set against the backdrop of the Tong Wars of San Francisco's Chinatown in the second half of the 19th century, Warrior tells the story of Ah Sahm, a gifted martial artist who immigrates from China to San Francisco and becomes a hatchet man for one of Chinatown's most powerful organized crime families.

Warrior appears to be a version of the long-rumored martial arts western that Bruce Lee had tried to develop as a star vehicle for himself, but was never able to materialize -- the idea that many believe eventually became Kung Fu... starring David Carradine, who was totally not Asian. In a now-famous 1971 interview on The Pierre Berton Show, Lee mentions he was in discussions to pitch a western called "The Warrior."

6.06.2017

Los Angeles firefighter dies after falling from ladder

29-year-old Kelly Wong fell several stories during a training exercise.



Some tragic news out of Los Angeles... A firefighter died Monday morning, two days after he fell from a fire engine's aerial ladder during a training exercise in downtown Los Angeles.

Firefighter, 29, dies 2 days after fall from aerial ladder in downtown Los Angeles

29-year-old Kelly Wong was participating in an exercise Saturday morning when he fell several stories from an aerial ladder on to a fire truck, suffering numerous blunt force trauma injuries. He was transported to a local trauma center where he was listed in critical condition.

The Los Angeles Fire Department announced Wong's death on Twitter in a written statement.

6.05.2017

How To Make Kimchi (Taught By Koreatown Aunties)

Saturday, June 17. Hosted by API Forward Movement and Koreatown Youth and Community Center.



As of this writing, this class is already fully registered, but I had to make note of how awesome this sounds: How to Make Kimchi, hosted by API Forward Movement and Koreatown Youth and Community Center in Los Angeles. But wait, is this gonna be some legit Korean kimchi-making? Rest assured, just so you know that this is an authentic endeavor, the advertising makes clear that this class will be "TAUGHT BY KOREATOWN AUNTIES." Yes, real ajummas will be schooling you in the art, science and history of spicy fermentation.

It's happening Saturday, June 17 at Doulos Mission Church in Koreatown. Here are some more details:

"A Girl's Guide to Not Getting Grabbed By The Pussy"

Watch 'Misery Loves Company,' a comedic digital series by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini.



The comedic digital series Misery Loves Company, recently released on YouTube, is a funny, female-driven exploration of racism, sexism, depression and other American pastimes in the post-Trump era, LA-style.

Written and created by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini, the seven-episode webseries centers on a New Yorker who joins her friend in Los Angeles to live together amongst the man-buns, wannabes, and Kombucha-lovers of Hollywood. Along the way, they try to find happiness while taking on casual racists, YouTube "influencers," misogynists, cults, and general Millennial ennui.

Here's Episode 5, "Pu$$y," in which Sara and Emily deal with cat-callers on the street:

Harry Shum Jr. joins the cast of 'Crazy Rich Asians'

'Glee' star will play Charlie Wu in the adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel.



The epic cast of Crazy Rich Asians continues to grow, with Harry Shum Jr. joining the likes of Constance Wu, Gemma Chan and Michelle Yeoh in Warner Bros.' adaptation of Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel.

'Glee' Star Harry Shum Jr. Joins 'Crazy Rich Asians'

Crazy Rich Asians follows Rachel, an American-born Chinese economics professor, who travels to 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.

Woman tells supermarket employees to "Go back to China"

Racist rant, erroneous claims about the law caught on video in Toronto-area Chinese supermarket.



This one comes to us from our neighbors to the north... A woman in a Toronto-area Chinese supermarket was caught on camera scolding employees for not speaking English and telling them to "Go back to China!"

'Go back to China': Outrage over racist rant caught on video

The video, recorded last Friday at the Foody Mart in Scarborough, Ontario, shows a white woman in a motorized wheelchair shouting at several Chinese employees at a -- heh heh -- Chinese food counter, after realizing they couldn't speak fluent English. That's when she told them to, you know, go back to China.

"They should go back to China," the woman tells one man, who was attempting to translate and mediate the situation. "Go back to China! This is Canada. If you're going to work here, it is the law to know English."

No, lady. This is indeed Canada, but it is not the law to know English. According to Canada's Official Languages Act, workers at private businesses don't need to speak English. Only employees at federal institutions are required to provide service in French or English.

So yeah, nobody's going back to China.

CNN anchor mocks Indian American spelling bee champion

"We're not sure that it's root is in Sanskrit, which is what you're probably, uh, used to using."



Look, this isn't hard. An on-air interview with the winner of the National Spelling Bee. Ask her how she prepared, what it felt like to win, and what she's going to do now. Don't say anything racist.

That seems simple enough, right? Not quite.

Last week, CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo were interviewing 12-year-old Ananya Vinya, the newly crowned Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, when they challenged her to spell "covfefe." Ha ha. The infamously inexplicable word recently tweeted by Donald Trump. Funny... I guess?

But then after going through the motions of this inane bit, Camerota attempts to explain the "origin" of the word to Vinay, telling her "But it is a nonsense word but we're not sure that it's root is in Sanskrit which is what you're probably, uh, used to using."

6.04.2017

Read These Blogs


25 Times Gidra Was Goddamn Glorious: From 1969-74, a group of UCLA students founded Gidra, a newspaper that turned into the "unofficial voice of 'the Movement.'" You can now access a digital archive of Gidra through Densho. Here are some of the publication's greatest hits.

What President Trump Should Know About The Asian American Community: The Trump administration has so far ignored the serious challenges facing the Asian American and Pacific Islander community -- and the federal role in addressing these challenges.

How Trump Gave the Supreme Court a Second Chance on Japanese Internment: Trump's proposed travel ban gives Justice Anthony Kennedy an opportunity to overrule a widely reviled decision that has never been officially overruled: Korematsu v. United States.

How a terminally ill mother came to a fatal decision for her mentally ill son: A truly tragic story out of Los Angeles, where a terminally ill mother felt she had no other options for her mentally ill son.

In booming Koreatown, these immigrants live fizzled American dreams: For many immigrants in Los Angeles's Koreatown neighborhood, luxury condos and booming nightlife is not a reality.

Why Asian-American Seniors Have High Rates Of Depression But Rarely Seek Help: Mental health can be a touchy subject, especially for Asian American seniors -- but experts say it's time to start talking about it.

'When You're Undocumented and Asian, You're Invisible': Alvin is a young undocumented Indonesian American -- an experience, he says, that can be very isolating.

Bitter Harvest: Chinese farm workers helped Oregon establish its reputation as an international beer capital.




6.02.2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 11: They Call Us Rep. Ted Lieu

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 Rep. Ted Lieu, who represents California's 33rd congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives. He talked about immigrating from Taiwan, getting into politics, becoming a leader in the resistance, and taking down Donald Trump one tweet at a time.

Angry Reader of the Week: Joseph Lachman

"Inequity makes me angry, and I try to channel that anger into action!"



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

How to Make Bun Bo Hue

Mrs. Nguyen teaches you the secrets of spicy lemongrass beef noodle soup.



Awwwwww yeah. Mrs. Nguyen back with a brand new cooking lesson. The viral hit YouTube cooking show Cooking With Mrs. Nguyen recently dropped her first video in ten months, coming at you with a savory, steamy tutorial on how to make bun bo hue. Yum. The process is a little long a tricky, but with Mrs. Nguyen's help, you'll be cooking up some of that spicy lemongrass beef noodle soup in no time.

Take it away, Mrs. Nguyen:

12-year-old Ananya Vinay wins National Spelling Bee

The "Indian Super Bowl" crowns a new champion.



M-A-R-O-C-A-I-N. A new spelling champion is crowned! 12-year-old Ananya Vinay of Fresno, California correctly spelled "marocain" Thursday night to win the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Hundreds of badass young spellers from around the country gathered in Washington DC this week for several days of grueling, knock-out, drag-down competition. In the end, one remained standing.

Ananya, a sixth grader at Fugman Elementary School correctly spelled "marocain" (a dress fabric of ribbed crepe, made of silk or wool or both) in Thursday's final round. She takes home a $40,000 cash prize, a $2,500 savings bond, a collection of reference books, a giant trophy, and supreme spelling bragging rights.

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