Elevate, Incubate & Demonstrate: Advancing Asian American Artists

Panel and Reception, Sunday, January 22 in Park City, Utah.

This week, the indie film world converges on cold, snowy Park City, Utah for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. And yes, it may be a little hard to find amidst all the white, but over the years there has been a small but scrappy and significant APA presence at the festival. And it's growing. So if you're headed to Park City, check out this panel discussion/reception hosted by a coalition of APA media folks.

Elevate, Incubate & Demonstrate: Advancing Asian American Artists will feature a panel of creatives and industry leaders in conversation on the current and future state of Asian Americans in media. It's happening Sunday, January 22 at Bodega on Main. Here are some more details about the event:

JCamp: Free Journalism Program for High School Students

AAJA's all-expenses paid journalism training program for high school students of diverse backgrounds.

Attention student journalists! The Asian American Journalists Association is now accepting applications for JCamp, an all-expenses paid journalism training program for high school students of diverse backgrounds.

JCamp will celebrate its 17th year at the Temple University School of Media and Communication in Philadelphia, July 22-27. The six-day camp brings students together for intensive training in writing, photography, broadcast, online media and reporting led by professional journalists.

This program is free and open to current freshmen, sophomores and juniors in high school. Students of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to apply before the March 12, 2017 deadline.

I repeat: JCamp is an all-expenses paid program. Your travel, meals and lodging will be covered by AAJA.

The Asian American Journalists Association is a nonprofit educational and professional organization with more than 1,600 members across the U.S. and Asia. Part of AAJA's mission is to provide encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to AAPI students who aspire to professional journalism careers.

For further information about JCamp, including eligibility and required materials, visit the AAJA website.

Jane Lui and Puppet Friends cover "I Can't Go For That"

Jane gets some help from furry puppets performing a Hall & Oates classic.

I've said this many times before, but Jane Lui is a musical mad genius. In her latest video, she enlists the help of a couple of fuzzy puppet friends for a super-groovy, blippity-boop synth-tastic rendition of Hall & Oates' "I Can't Go For That." There is dancing. There are belly rubs. There are gummy worms.

Just watch:

For Lunar New Year, you get two nights of Fresh Off The Boat

Episode 309: "The Best of Orlando" airs January 17; Episode 312: "Clean Slate" airs January 18.

ABC's hit Asian American family sitcom Fresh Off The Boat airs Tuesday nights at 9:00pm. The comedy, inspired by the memoir of chef Eddie Huang, tells the story of the Huang family, a Taiwanese American family getting their immigrant hustle on in 1990s suburban Orlando, in pursuit of the American dream. Previous episodes are available for viewing on the ABC website

Fresh Off The Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin. This week, we get two nights of brand new episodes. In "The Best of Orlando" (1/17), Louis is named "Small Businessman of the Year." In "Clean Slate" (1/18), the Huangs celebrate another Chinese New Year.

Here's a preview of this week's double dose of Fresh Off The Boat:

To Find Your Place in the World

An animated video poem by Kelly Tsai

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is often celebrated as a national day of service, spoken word artist Kelly Tsai shares this animated video poem "To Find Your Place in the World." Animated by award-winning illustrator Ryan Hartley Smith, the piece is dedicated to the 900,000 people who have served in Americorps and the millions more who improve our communities daily through acts of service, large and small.

Check it out:

First of 37 Defendants in Fatal Hazing Case Pleads Guilty

Michael Deng suffered major head trauma during a Pi Delta Psi hazing ritual

The first of 37 defendants in a 2013 fraternity hazing death of a Baruch College student in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains to go on trial pleaded guilty Tuesday in Monroe County Court of Common Pleas in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

Ka-Wing Yuen, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to hinder apprehension by evidence tampering, a third degree felony, and conspiracy to commit hazing, a misdemeanor. Three other felony charges were dropped.

Read more at NBC Asian America.


Read These Blogs

This is not Doris Truong. This is not Leslie Hsu Oh.

Right-Wing Trolls Harass Asian-American Journalists for Video of Totally Different Woman: After erroneously going after Washington Post editor Doris Truong, the Twitter trolls came after writer Leslie Hsu Oh, claiming she was the woman taking photos of secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson's notes after his Senate confirmation hearing. But she's not the woman in the video either.

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Violence Against South Asians Has Returned To Post-9/11 Levels: Report: "The unprecedented violence we saw following the September 11 attacks has returned, electrified by a hostile 2016 presidential election."

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What I SHOULD have tweeted about Sasha: Jeff Yang takes some accountability for a joking tweet he made about the absence of first daughter Sasha during President Obama's farewell address.

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Will Racism End When Old Bigots Die? Will racism just die off with old bigots? Does the fate of race relations lie with the children? That idea has been milling about the public psyche for generations. But is it possible?

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The Slants at the Supreme Court pt.1: Incoming Call: Simon Tam is sharing a series of personal blogs at YOMYOMF on what it's like to go to the Supreme Court with this band, The Slants.

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Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl? "I realized that people on the margins aren’t afforded the privilege of being complicated, whole, human beings in America; we have to create that existence ourselves, and it is that experience that I feel fundamentally binds us. Over time, I began to find solidarity with my singularity and difference."

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The Disturbing History Behind Steve Harvey's "Asian Men" Jokes The TV host is the latest entertainer to get in hot water over racist punchlines whose origins can be traced all the way to the mid-1800s.

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NY's Asian Lawmakers Blast Steve Harvey For Joking That White, Black Women Don't Like Asian Men: New York's Asian American elected officials are taking a stand against Steve Harvey's remarks, demanding that the clip be retracted and the host make a public apology.

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The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Day: During World War II, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into camps, a government action that still haunts victims and their descendants. Photographs by Paul Kitagaki Jr. and Dorothea Lange.

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Mathematics for Human Flourishing: Why study mathematics? Professor Francis Su, outgoing President of the Mathematics Association of America, makes a case for the playfulness, beauty, justice, truth, and love of the subject.

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Precious Time: An illustrated short story by Thi Bui about nationalism, history, and the present day.

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Please Consider Me for Your Racial Ambassador Position: Someone, please hire Jean Ho to be your company's racial ambassador. "My approach will include a series of non-judgmental drop-in workshops, addressing water cooler banter such as, 'What about reverse racism?,' 'I don't see color,' 'I'm not racist but,' 'My son's Asian wife,' 'My Black friend said,' 'I can say that because I'm gay,' and a range of other topics which might otherwise expose certain employees to awkward feelings when they discover they may have unintentionally said or done something racist or xenophobic."

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As Chinatown Changes, the Neighborhood's Chinese Restaurants Move Away from Cantonese Food: The changing demographics of L.A.'s Chinatown is also reflected in the food.

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Ted Chiang's Soulful Science Fiction: With just fourteen short stories and a novella, the author behind the recent film Arrival has gained a rapturous following within the genre and beyond.

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10 Books By Indian Authors To Look Out For In 2017: Here's a list of some great books by Indian authors to watch out for in 2017.

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'Flying Lessons' Is The Short Story Collection Every Child Needs To Read In 2017: Ellen Oh's latest project, a middle grade story anthology titled Flying Lessons & Other Stories, is an effort to eliminate hate and promote empathy, and change the outcomes of elections.

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Meryl Streep's Golden Globes Speech Ignored the Legacy of MMA and Asian Hollywood: A throwaway remark ignores the work left behind by some of Hollywood's most significant performers of color.


Asian AF: An Asian American Variety Show

Saturday, January 21 at the UCB Theatre

Los Angeles! Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Asian AF, the first-ever Asian American comedy variety show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, hosted by Will Choi, Mike Lane and Connie Shin. Their latest show will feature a musical performance by Dia Frampton, standup by Atsuko Okatsuka, sketches by the UCB Maude Superteam and improv by Voltron: The UCB Superteam.

It's happening Saturday, January 12 at the UCB Theatre. Here are some more details:

Angry Reader of the Week: Vivian Chan

"We need more empathy and compassion. Everyone can use more of it."

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


Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s

Exhibit runs January 19 - June 11 at the Chinese American Museum

If you're in Los Angeles, check out this cool new exhibit opening this month at the Chinese American Museum. Roots: Asian American Movements in Los Angeles 1968-80s collects and presents the history and work of young Los Angeles activists that shaped Asian America through a long decade of fighting displacement, serving their communities, agitating for revolution, and analyzing the intersections of gender, race, and class.

The exhibit opens on January 19, with an opening reception at Pico House. Here are some more details:

#NotAllTheSame: Trump Supporters Troll Washington Post Editor Because They Think All Asian Women Are The Same

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.

A woman allegedly takes a photograph of Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson during a break at his confirmation hearing.

Conservative Tree House expressed shock and outrage today from a video published to the internet of an (East Asian or East Asian American) woman who appears to take a surreptitious cellphone picture of Rex Tillerson's notes during a break from his confirmation hearing for Secretary of State. The story was then soon picked up by the Gateway Pundit.

The two Far Right blogs that frequently serve as alternative sources for conservative news cited "Twitter folks" to identify the woman in the video as Doris Truong, former president of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) and a current editor at the Washington Post. Indeed, spurred on by these headlines, Twitter's Trump Trolls were quick to launch a torrent of hate Doris Truong's way, tagging her with hundreds of tweets calling her "sneaky", a "paid Clinton idiot", a "bitch", a "whore" and a "spy". The racist and sexist hate has also called for Truong to be arrested and charged with espionage.

There's a couple of problems with this. The first, of course, is that that woman is not Doris Truong.

Not all Asian women look alike. Let me say it one more time for the cheap seats: Not all Asian women look alike.

Powerful PSA on internment asks: Is History Repeating Itself?

Executive produced by Katy Perry. Yes, that Katy Perry.

Amidst xenophobic rhetoric and disconcerting discussions of a Muslim registry, it's not hard to draw parallels between modern day Islamophobia and the fears that led to the incarceration of innocent Japanese Americans during World War II. This PSA, directed by Aya Tanimura and Tim Nackashi, and executive produced by Katy Perry(!), makes the case that registries are the first steps to history repeating itself.

This two and half minute clip features a brief interview with Haru Kuromiya, an 89-year-old American woman of Japanese heritage who grew up in Riverside, California. She recalls how her family was put on a registry and eventually taken off to an internment camp, where they were incarcerated for four years.

Then Haru stops talking and does something unexpected...


Aziz Ansari to host Saturday Night Live

'Master of None' star will make his SNL hosting debut on January 21.

Comedian Aziz Ansari is set to make his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live later this month.

It was announced Tuesday that the creator and star of Master of None will take up hosting duties on the January 21 episode of NBC's hallowed sketch comedy institution, joined by musical guest Big Sean.

Well, it's about time.

There have been only three hosts of Asian descent -- Jackie Chan and Lucy Liu, both back in 2000, and Bruno Mars in 2012 -- in Saturday Night Live's 42-year history. Ansari will be the fourth, and the first ever host of South Asian descent.

MTV writer sparks outrage with tweet over Jeff Sessions' granddaughter

But look at the adorable Asian baby sitting in the senator's lap.

Jeff Sessions has a significant and explicit public history of hostility towards civil rights and racial justice. His professional career has been defined by racism, and he is absolutely unfit for the role of U.S. Attorney General. Oh, he'll tell you that's not what's in his heart, and that he's being unfairly caricatured.

Also, look at this adorable Asian baby sitting on his lap!

On Tuesday, Trump's pick to be the nation's top lawyer appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary to give testimony regarding his nomination. He was accompanied by many members of his family, including his daughter Ruth Sessions Walk, her husband John Walk -- who is Asian American -- and their four daughters. One of the girls was prominently visible sitting on the senator's lap.

Critics alleged that putting the cute kid front and center was a calculated move. Ira Madison III, a writer/host with MTV News, posted a series of tweets suggesting that Sessions was using his nonwhite granddaughter as a "prop" to deflect the many claims that he is racist. He joked that the senator stole the kid from a Toys "R" Us, followed by a pretty astute tweet about America's use of Asian Americans as "model minorities."


Marvel's Most Epic Asian American Superhero Team-Up Ever

Greg Pak assembles Amadeus Cho, Ms. Marvel, Shang Chi, Silk and more in Totally Awesome Hulk #15.

Ms. Marvel! Shang Chi! Silk! Amadeus Cho! Has there ever been such an awesome assemblage of Asian American superheroes under the banner of Marvel Comics? Possibly probably not... until now.

Writer Greg Pak recently teased the upcoming cover of Totally Awesome Hulk #15, suggesting that this is the most significant grouping of Asian American superheroes that has ever starred in a mainstream comic book.

In Totally Awesome Hulk #15, kid genius Amadeus Cho -- aka The Hulk -- is slowly learning how to become a team player, but has to learn fast when Ms. Marvel, Shang Chi, Silk and a host of other heroes come to town.

Steve Harvey Cannot Believe Anyone Would Like Asian Men

How to blatantly shit on the men of an entire race on national television.

Here's how to blatantly shit on Asian men on nationally syndicated television. Thank you, Steve Harvey. The tiresome comedian/host kicked off Friday's edition of the Steve Harvey Show with a segment highlighting and mocking a bunch of goofy, useless self-help books. Weird titles like Knitting With Dog Hair, How to Have Sex in the Woods... and, ahem, How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.

Yes, this is an actual book, written by somebody named Adam Quan and available on Amazon. Longtime readers will remember that we all laughed at it and rolled our eyes way back in 2004.

The book is moronic, and deserving of all the ridicule it has received over the years. But Harvey doesn't devote too much time making fun of the book. Instead, he sets his sights broadly on Asian men and gleefully mocks the seemingly outrageous notion that anyone, white or otherwise, would want to go out with an Asian men.

"That's one page too!" Harvey says. "'Excuse me, do you like Asian men?' No. 'Thank you.' How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men. Same thing. 'You like Asian men?' I don't even like Chinese food. It don't stay with you no time... I don't eat what I can't pronounce."

It's an uncomfortably long bit in which he's literally hunched over laughing at his own idiotic jokes.

Man wanted in two hate crime attacks on Indian women

Sherlock Arana is suspected of punching women in two separate attacks in Queens subway stations.

In New York, authorities are looking a man suspected of punching two Indian women in separate attacks inside Queens subway stations. The NYPD is investigating the incidents as possible hate crimes.

Cops Hunt Man Punching Women in Queens Subway Stations

28-year-old Sherlock Arana is accused of uttering anti-Indian slurs before attacking both women.

In the first attack on December 8, Arana allegedly walked up to an 18-year-old woman in the 88th Street station in Ozone Park, began making anti-Indian remarks, then punched her in the face before running away.

The second attack occurred last Thursday, when Arana reportedly offered to swipe a 30-year-old woman into the Jamaica-179th Street station if she agreed to pay. When the woman refused, Arana made an anti-Indian remark and punched her in the head. The blow caused the woman to fall to the ground and hit her head, while Arana fled the scene.


Read These Blogs

There Are No Asian Lead Roles in Movies Being Released in 2017: So what else is new? Unless you're counting Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, Matt Damon in The Great Wall, et cetera.

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Letters to the Revolution: Vishavjit Singh: "Systemic changes and revolutions are not some instant magical seizures but small courageous acts by countless people that build up into a conflagration."

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The Sci-Fi Author Bridging America and China: Award-winning, prolific science fiction author Ken Liu's epic Dandelion Dynasty trilogy is being likened to Game of Thrones in scope and theme.

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Huge Asian-American Wealth Gap Pretty Much Invalidates 'Model Minority' Concept: The wealth gap among Asian-Americans is larger than that among whites.

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Chinatown's First Asian-American Representative Prepares to Take Office: Yuh-Line Niou is the first Asian American in New York's history to represent Chinatown in the state legislature.

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How 'Bambi' Got Its Look From 1,000-Year-Old Chinese Art: The Chinese-American artist Tyrus Wong, who died last week at 106, was an incredibly accomplished painter, illustrator, calligrapher and Hollywood studio artist. But as Margalit Fox wrote in her obituary for Mr. Wong, "because of the marginalization to which Asian-Americans were long subject, he passed much of his career unknown to the general public."

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Food, Race, and Power: Who gets to be an authority on 'ethnic' cuisines? "White folks have the power to torment, often without consequence; but the special thing about White people is that they also have the power to make a trip to your home country for a month or maybe twelve, get inspired, and dictate when your previously unpalatable dishes suddenly become socially acceptable, trendy, and profitable in the Western world."


Angry Reader of the Week: Usman Ally

"I'm an African-American-Asian. This is a puzzling term for many people in this country, I know."

Happy New Year, internet friends. To kick things off, let's meet 2017's very first 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 Usman Ally.


Neighbor's racist rant caught on camera

Woman calls her Filipino neighbor an "orange savage," among other things.

In Las Vegas, a woman was caught on camera going off on a racist tirade against her Filipino neighbor, calling him an "orange savage" and telling him to "go back to where you came from," among other things.

Man captures neighbor's racist rant on camera

The altercation was apparently set off by an argument over leaves. Leaves. The unnamed woman can be seen hurling racial slurs at her neighbor, Dexter Manawat, who began filming when she told him to "go back." Clearly, he knew some shit was about to go down, and it did.

"Where did I come from?" Manawat asks.

"From some piece of shit Manila-ass, fucking ghetto living under a tarp piece of shit land," the neighbor replies. She also called him "like orange savages" and an "orange motherfucker" -- whatever the hell that means -- and he's "one fucking generation out of the jungle, like loin cloth wearers."


Hey writers! Apply to the 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellowship

Submissions open until Monday, January 9

Hey, screenwriters! This is a heads up that the submission deadline for the 2017 CAPE New Writers Fellowship is quickly approaching. Presented by the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment, this is an opportunity to take part in an intensive 12-session scriptwriting program led by top industry professionals.

The Fellows are selected by entertainment industry professionals through a rigorous process that includes three rounds of blind script judging and an interview. Each writer or writing team will participate in the 12-session program in Los Angeles and receive a cash stipend and certificate upon successful completion of the program. All entries must be submitted electronically by Monday, January 9 at 11:59PM PST.

Extras needed for 'Go For Broke' film project in Hawaii

442 Origins will tell the story of the 100th / 442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service.

The 442 Origins series is a Hawaii-based, non-commercial education film project that will tell the complete story of the 100th/442nd Regimental Combat Team and Military Intelligence Service. The first film in the series, Go For Broke, is currently in production in Hawaii, and they are in need of Asian men to be extras in the film.

Go For Broke follows a group of University of Hawaii ROTC students during the tumultuous year after the attack on Pearl Harbor as they navigate wartime Hawaii and fight discrimination by forming the Varsity Victory Volunteers (VVV). The brave actions of these young Japanese Americans, along with the perseverance of the original 100th Infantry Battalion draftees from Hawaii, directly led to the formation of the all-Japanese American fighting unit -- the 442nd -- the most decorated combat unit in American military history.

If you're in Hawaii, they're looking for Asian men, ages 16-30, this Saturday, January 7 at UH Manoa to help create iconic moments from the formation of the 442nd Regimental Combat team. Here's some more info:

Unruly passenger arrested after racist rant diverts flight

United flight from Sydney to San Francisco re-routed to Auckland after passenger loses his shit.

A New Year's Day flight from Sydney to San Francisco had to be diverted after a man launched into a racist, homophobic tirade, verbally abusing other passengers and the cabin crew.

Passenger arrested after United Airlines flight to San Francisco diverts to Auckland

Witnesses say the unnamed 42-year-old American passenger became angry when two men seated on either side of him, who were described as being of South Asian descent, spoke to each other over him.

In a video of the incident, posted on Facebook by another passenger, the man can be heard yelling at a flight attendant, "If you guys treat people right on these things, you see two last names the same, don't put someone else in the middle of them. I'm not yelling... you want to hear me fucking yelling."

"Do you know how cool it would be to have the airplane turned around because of me?" taking his rant to the next level of asshole. "You are going to do that? You do that? I'm being so impolite aren't I? Fat ass."


See early versions of Chirrut and Baze from 'Rogue One'

'The Art of Rogue One' reveals concept art that shaped these fan-favorite Star Wars characters.

Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus have quickly emerged as fan favorite characters from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But the movie's early concept art, featured in the official book The Art of Rogue One, reveal that it took quite a bit of work to settle upon the right looks that were eventually realized for Rebellion's Force-friendly blind monk and his battle-weary compatriot, played by Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen, respectively.

Both Chirrut and Baze went through 25-35 different looks from the characters' early conception to the final versions that were eventually committed to the screen. Initially, according to comicbook.com, Chirrut was entirely covered except for his eyes, and Baze may have been a four-armed alien. Chirrut had a more militaristic vibe before the character's look morphed into a sleeker, martial arts-inspired monk's garment.

Progress by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders During President Obama's Administration

Guest Post by Doua Thor, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

As President Obama's term comes to an end, we celebrate the progress Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) throughout the nation have made during this Administration.

AAPIs are the fastest growing racial group in the nation, and with that tremendous growth is the urgent need to address the pressing, unique needs and uplift the tremendous assets of our community.

Recognizing the challenges and barriers AAPI across the country face, on October 14, 2009, President Obama reauthorized the White House Initiative on AAPIs, which would be housed in the Department of Education and work to help address issues facing AAPIs from all corners of the country, from civil rights to immigration, healthcare to education, and economic development to data disaggregation.

Since then, we've come a long way. And to share this story, we're unveiling a new time capsule documentary to share highlights of our journey.


Jessica's Shocking Past is Revealed on 'Fresh Off The Boat'

Episode 310: "How to Be An American" airs Tuesday, January 3, 9:00 pm on ABC

ABC's hit Asian American family sitcom Fresh Off The Boat airs Tuesday nights at 9:00pm. The comedy, inspired by the memoir of chef Eddie Huang, tells the story of the Huang family, a Taiwanese American family getting their immigrant hustle on in 1990s suburban Orlando, in pursuit of the American dream. Previous episodes are available for viewing on the ABC website

Fresh Off The Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery, Ian Chen as Evan, Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang Chelsey Crisp as Honey and Ray Wise as Marvin. This week, Jessica's shocking past is revealed during her citizenship interview.

Here's a preview of episode 310, "How To Be An American":

Be a background extra in the movie 'Snakehead'

Indie crime thriller needs extras for January 4 shoot in Southern California.

The indie crime thriller Snakehead, currently in production, explores the underworld of international human smuggling. And they are in need of some Asian folks this Wednesday to be background extras!

Written and directed by Evan Jackson Leong (Linsanity), and inspired by true events, the film follows "Sister Tse" (Shuya Chang) as she rises to become one the most notorious human smugglers in FBI history.

On Wednesday, January 4, they'll be shooting a scene in Southern California and will need a lot of folks to serve as background extras. If you're free all day, fit the description, and are interested in helping them out, refer to the instructions below and drop them a line:

Professor claims university forced him to teach stats because he's Asian

Seung-Whan Choi is suing the University of Illinois at Chicago.

A professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago is suing the school, claiming that he was discriminated against because he is from Korea. His lawsuit alleges, among other things, that he was forced to teach courses in statistics because he was told "Koreans are very good at mathematics and statistics."

Professor sues University of Illinois at Chicago for racial discrimination

Seung-Whan Choi, a professor in international relations, says that school administrators unfairly fired him in 2011, only to reinstate him and force him to teach statistics. He was also forced to teach a course in Korean politics, despite having no formal education in the field.

Choi, a Korean-born U.S. citizen, claims he experienced years of discrimination and retaliation due to his race and national origin. His lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago, alleges that he was ostracized and denied raises comparable to his peers in the department of political science.


Happy New Year 2017

And as always, thank you.

New year, new beginnings. For many, 2016 was a year of challenge, struggle and confusion -- for myself included. 2017 also aims to kick our collective ass, but I choose to rise up and kick ass back. I choose to fight because I have everything to fight for. May your year be one of rebirth, reinvention and leveling up.

It's time for a fresh start, so we might as well get started on January 1. As we hurtle towards the 17th year of this blog, I want to extend a huge thank you to my community -- our awesome readers, the people who continue to support and propel this project. Stay Angry, my friends.

- Phil

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