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I'm an Asian American Stand-Up Comedian. What If I Could Just Be a Stand-Up Comedian?
In this Elle series on women's rage, comedian Jenny Yang talks about performing comedy and creating a place for yourself in a culture that is hostile to women -- especially women of color.

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Deported, and Sticking Out: ‘This Ain't Home. America's My Home.'
It's expected that this year, the United States will deport 200 more Cambodian Americans. For deportees currently in Phnom Penh, who grew up in America, life isn't easy.

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Neither Black Nor White in the Mississippi Delta
Two photographers document a community of Chinese Americans in the birthplace of the blues.

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Filipino Food Finds a Place in the American Mainstream
For many Filipinos, the dishes of their heritage are inseparable from days of celebration.

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What Did You Do to That Kimchi?
In defense of Twitter backlashes against culinary appropriation.

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Why Can't Everyone Do the 'Asian Squat'?
In many parts of Asia, the "Asian squat" is pretty ubiquitous. But why can't everyone do it?

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi's Kelly Marie Tran Has a Story to Tell
Even within a cast of charmers like Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran carved out her own space in The Last Jedi with a big-hearted performance as Rose Tico. So what comes after Star Wars?

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Jane Lui will play music, bake up a storm, and eat your cantaloupe
Jane Lui, the musician and actress who's been brightening lives with her YouTube videos for almost a decade, currently stars in Lauren Yee's play at South Coast Repertory, Cambodian Rock Band.

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Meet Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue's new executive editor
Samhita Mukhopadhyay, the new executive editor of Teen Vogue, talks about her new role, her advice for Indian-origin teenagers, and her relationship with Indian culture.

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A New Anthology of Asian American Writing Asks What Home Even Means
Go Home!, a new anthology of Asian American writing featuring the likes of Viet Thanh Nguyen, Alexander Chee, Kimiko Hahn and more, attempts to answer that complicated question, "Where are you from?"

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Nancy Wang Yuen has devoted her research to Hollywood's diversity problem
Nancy Wang Yuen is the author of Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, the first book to examine the barriers African American, Asian American and Latina and Latino actors face in Hollywood.

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Daniel Wu on his supporting turn in 'Tomb Raider' and his journey back home — to Hollywood
The Los Angeles Times profiles Into the Badlands and Tomb Raider star Daniel Wu, a massive star with a two-decade career in Asia who stateside audiences are only beginning to get to know.

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Now Trending on TV: The Sexy Asian Hunk
A new class of handsome actors—including Manny Jacinto on The Good Place and Vincent Rodriguez III on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend—are finally putting to rest the absurd question 'Can Asian guys be sexy?'

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Darren Criss on Playing Serial Killer Andrew Cunanan in ACS: Versace and Passing As White
Darren Criss, who plays serial killer Andrew Cunanan in the Assassination of Gianni Versace, talks about the limits of empathy, creating false guises, and whether he identifies as Asian American.

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Jon Jon Briones Explains How He Transformed Into Andrew Cunanan's Father Pete
Jon Jon Briones delivers an unsettling performance as Andrew Cunanan's father Pete in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. In this interview, Briones talks about how he got into character and what he hopes people will take away from the performance.


Angry Reader of the Week: Jimmy O. Yang

"...better to disappoint my parents for a couple of years than to disappoint myself for the rest of my life."

Good people of the internet! 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 Jimmy O. Yang.

Interior Secretary's response to hearing about Japanese American incarceration: "Konnichiwa"

Rep. Colleen Hanabusa was not amused.

"Konnichiwa." Wow. So you know one fucking Japanese word. Slow clap.

It's one thing -- annoying as shit -- when some fool tries to bust one of these on you in a bar or on the street. (Asian folk, raise your hand if you've been on the receiving end of an unsolicited "konnichiwa" or a "ni hao.") It's wholly inappropriate when it happens during a hearing of the United States Congress.

But that's what happened Thursday during a hearing of the House Committee on Natural Resources. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa (D-Hawaii), who is Japanese American, was pressing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about re-funding a National Park Service program that offers grants towards the preservation of incarceration sites where Japanese Americans -- including Hanabusa's grandparents -- were held during World War II.

"Are you committed to continue to grant programs that are identified, I believe, as the Japanese American Confinement Sites grants program which were funded in 2017? Will we see them funded again in 2018?" Hanabusa asked.

Zinke's response: "Oh, konnichiwa."

I imagine Rep. Hanabusa had to summon every molecule of her being to suppress an eye roll.


Explore Bruce Lee's Seattle legacy in 'A Dragon Lives Here'

Now open at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle

Bruce fans, get yourself to Seattle. The multi-year Do You Know Bruce? exhibition series at the Wing Luke Museum provides fresh and untold perspectives on Bruce Lee's life and his connection to Seattle. Part 4, A Dragon Lives Here, focuses on the martial arts icon's close local ties.

Bruce Lee spent some of his most formative years in Seattle -- learning English, attending university, meeting his future wife, and establishing his first martial arts studio. In this all-new exhibit, retrace Seattle locales special to Bruce Lee and get an up-close look at how this city also shaped his trailblazing approach.

"Bruce Lee is part of Seattle's legacy of entrepreneurship and innovation," says comedian and host of CNN's United Shades of America (and professed Bruce Lee superfan) W. Kamau Bell, who is featured in the museum's intro video for A Dragon Lives Here. "They may not know it yet, but they will: a dragon lives here."

Kelly Marie Tran takes a bite out of this Star Wars deleted scene

Leaked 'Last Jedi' deleted scene leaves Rose Tico with a bad taste in her mouth.

If you were dying to see more of Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, here you go. In this deleted scene from the upcoming DVD release, leaked from what appears to be a Korean subtitled version, we see Rose and Finn on their knees, captured by the First Order. What we didn't see in the theatrical cut: Rose taking a big ol' bite out of General Hux's gloved finger when he gets a little too close.

"Go back to your home country."

Golden West College faculty member placed on leave after being caught on camera making a racist remark.

Because you never know when you're gonna need it. Protip: in case of sudden, unexpected racist public encounters, always keep your camera ready to catch that shit go down. A Southern California college professor was recently caught on camera telling an Asian American couple to "go back to your home country."

58-year-old Tarin Olson, a teacher and counselor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, California, was filmed telling Tony Kao and his wife that they should "go back to your home country" while they were walking in Long Beach. They were apparently on a neighborhood stroll with their baby when Olson just "nonchalantly" offered them this unwelcome advice, without provocation, as she was passing them on the sidewalk.

Kao says this wasn't their first encounter with Olson, only this time they heard her clearly.

"A few weeks back we believed we walked past the same lady and also heard her mumble something to that effect but ignored it and thought we misheard," Kao shared in a March 1 Facebook post that has since gone viral. "But this time as she walked away, I yelled to her, 'WHAT YOU SAY?'

Kao's wife recorded part of their interaction. As you can see, once Olson realizes they've got a camera on her, she tries to get the fuck out of there. But not before telling them, again, where to go.

Gunman kills three in deadly veterans home standoff

Former patient Albert Wong took several hostages before killing himself and three employees.

A former soldier and former patient of a veterans home in California took three employees hostage on Friday in a seven-hour standoff before authorities found him and three mental health professionals dead.

Gunman, 3 Hostages Dead At Veterans Home North Of San Francisco

Authorities say 36-year-old Albert Wong, armed with a rifle, burst into a morning gathering at the Veterans Home of California-Yountville, a treatment facility for elderly or disabled veterans. He took five hostages after exchanging gunfire with a Napa County sheriff's deputy. He later released two hostages.

When police stormed the facility hours later, they found Wong dead, along with three of home's employees, 42-year-old Clinical Director Jennifer Golick, 48-year-old Executive Director Christine Loeber, and 29-year-old Clinical Psychologist Jennifer Gonzalez -- all fatally shot.


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Oscar Nominee Kumail Nanjiani Still Gets Mistaken For Other Brown Stars
Kumail Nanjiani is an Oscar-nominated actor, comedian and writer. But all his fame and accomplishments apparently haven't shielded him from a scenario faced by many Asian-Americans -- getting mistaken for his brown colleagues.

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6 Little Known Asian American Stories that Should be Adapted into Films
With the 2018 Academy Awards behind us, YOMYOMF offers suggestions for six "little known" real-life Asian American stories that could provide the foundation for interesting, award-worthy feature films.

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Asian Americans Are Not Your Model Minority
The San Gabriel Valley, a major hub of U.S. Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian communities, grapples with poverty and a disproportionate number of cancer deaths, according to a new study.

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Preparing Little Brother for a Mass Shooting
Frances Kai-Hwa Wang on the devastating reality those of us in the U.S. have to prepare for.

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How Asian Americans climbed the ranks and changed the political landscape
From one of the fastest-growing populations in the United States, particularly in Southern California, during an era of drastic social change, a cadre of Asian American political leaders has emerged.

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The Problem With the Explosion of White-Owned Dallas Asian-Fusion Restaurants
"What are you contributing, and who might you be hurting?" Good food is fine, but Asian Americans in Dallas are asking for white-owned Asian fusion restaurants to stop the cultural appropriation.

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Ms. Marvelous
By fostering a space for women and minorities in an industry once known as a boys club, Sana Amanat, VP of content and character development for Marvel, has changed the face of comics.

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Silicon Valley star Jimmy O. Yang wants to teach you How to American
Silicon Valley actor Jimmy O. Yang's new book, How To American: An Immigrants Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, documents his journey as a Chinese immigrant to TV star.

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The ‘Shib Sibs Talk Asian Representation, Stereotypes And K-Pop
Maia and Alex Shibutani are the "Shib Sibs," the brother-and-sister figure skating pair who took it all the way to PyeongChang this year. They take some time to talk about growing up Japanese American in Colorado and Michigan, and always being aware of being put into various boxes.

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To design costumes for 'Black Panther,' this artist drew on his Filipino upbringing
Anthony Francisco, a visual designer who worked on the "Dora Milaje" costumes in Black Panther, drew on African and Asian cultures -- including his own Filipino upbringing -- for inspiration.

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Anna Akana, The New Queen Bee
Anna Akana, star of YouTube Red's Youth & Consequences talks to PAPER about representation, breaking out of the mold, and pitching a pink tent on Hollywood Boulevard.

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Oakland actor Daniel Wu talks 'Tomb Raider,' 'Into the Badlands'
Daniel Wu co-stars with Alicia Vikander in the reboot of movie Tomb Raider -- the biggest role he's had in a Hollywood film -- but he's already been a leading man for nearly two decades.


Angry Reader of the Week: Andrew Ti

"Definitely read all questions ahead of time before starting."

Hey, folks! Here's what's up. It's time for 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 Andrew Ti.


Chloe Kim is getting her own Barbie doll

Barbie's new "Shero" line celebrates modern-day role models from around the world.

Olympic snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim, still radiating awesomeness from her dominating, inspirational halfpipe win at the PyeongChang Winter Games, is being honored with a Barbie doll in her likeness.

The doll is part of Barbie's "Shero" program, unveiled ahead of International Women's Day on March 8 and honoring modern-day role models from around the world.

The Chloe Kim doll bears a striking resemblance to the teen snowboarder, right down to the shade of her signature blond locks. She comes equipped with, of course, a snowboard and looks appropriately outfitted for a championship halfpipe run... but does she come with a gold medal too?


Broadway star Ruthie Ann Miles injured, 4-year-old daughter killed in car crash

A car ran a red light and drove through a crowd of people in Brooklyn.

Tony Award-winning Broadway actress Ruthie Ann Miles was in critical condition Monday after she was struck by a car in Brooklyn in an accident that killed her 4-year-old daughter and another child.

Tony Award-Winning Actress Hurt in Deadly Wreck After Driver Blows Red Light in Brooklyn

Miles was walking with a friend, Lauren Lew, and their kids in Park Slope when a white Volvo reportedly ran a red light, drove through the intersection and plowed through a crowd of people in the crosswalk. Miles and Lew were both injured in the crash. Miles' 4-year-old daughter Abigail and Lew's 1-year-old son Joshua were killed. A fifth victim, a 46-year-old man, was also hit.

Miles, who is currently expecting her second child, was critically injured but listed in stable condition.


Kelly Marie Tran got mistaken for Mirai Nagasu at the Oscars

Getty Images apparently can't distinguish between two totally different Asian ladies in blue-ish dresses.

On Sunday night, Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran made her debut on the Oscars red carpet, looking hot as hell in a stunning blue Jenny Packham gown. Looking awesome... then promptly misidentified as another Asian American woman on the red carpet, Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu. Oops.

All Look Same strikes again. It seems that whoever was on caption-writing duty at Getty Images, one of the world's leading photo agencies, had some trouble distinguishing between two totally different Asian ladies in blue-ish dresses, misidentifying Tran as Nagasu, and vice versa, in a number of their captions.

Of course, the mistake got lit up on Twitter.

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 36: They Call Us #OscarsSoWhite

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.

On this episode, we welcome April Reign, creator of the viral hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Recorded on the eve of the 90th Academy Awards, we discuss Black Panther, the tired old excuses of the Hollywood establishment, and where the movement for diversity and inclusion goes from here.


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Detained and divided: how the US turned on Vietnamese refugees
A longstanding humanitarian deal protected many Vietnamese American refugees from deportation -- but a change in practice under Trump is tearing families apart.

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Writing Towards Liberation: Asian American Revolutionaries and the Written Word
On the legacy of Asian American revolutionaries, and the written words they left us.

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This is why Indian immigrants won't benefit from Trump's immigration plan
The Republic Hindu Coalition supports Trump's immigration plan, arguing that Indian immigrants are all highly skilled. But Indian immigrants come to the U.S. come via many different pathways and backgrounds

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Khizr Khan Sees A Shared 'Moral Compass' In Lessons Of Japanese-American Incarceration
Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father who famously addressed the 2016 Democratic National Convention, spoke in Seattle to commemorate the anniversary of Executive Order 9066.

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Say It with Noodles: On Learning to Speak the Language of Food
"I have forgotten how to speak two languages. But I have learned this one."

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How to Write a Memoir While Grieving
Nicole Chung contemplates loss, adoption, and working on a book her late father won't get to see.

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Meet the Asian and Asian American Nominees for the 2018 Oscars!
Makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji, animator Ru Kuwahata, producer Ramsey Naito, and sound editor Ren Klyce talk about the work that earned them their Academy Award nominations this year.

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How Mad Should I Be About the Whitewashing in Annihilation?
Director Alex Garland claims he did not intentionally whitewash the characters in his trippy sci-fi film adaptation of the novel Annihilation. But should we be mad?

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Author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the struggles of being a refugee in America
Acclaimed author Viet Thanh Nguyen serves as editor of the upcoming essay collection The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives. Read an excerpt from the book's introductory essay, in which Nguyen describes his own refugee experience in stunning, at times painful detail.

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Cambodian Rock Band Joins an Inspiration Continuum
What was the inspiration behind Lauren Yee's new play Cambodian Rock Band? War, colonization, genocide... and psych-pop-rock-music.

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But That's Another Story: Min Jin Lee
A great interview with Pachinko author and National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee, who talks about George Eliot's Middlemarch, imposter syndrome, and her lifelong obsession with wisdom.

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Awkwafina's Young Hollywood 2018 Interview on "Ocean's 8" and Asian Stereotypes
"If we're going to be telling stories about women, with female leads, why can't we have a female director?" Awkwafina tells Teen Vogue. "There are female directors; these people exist. So you can't say limited availability."

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Ugly Delicious star David Chang gains 'appreciation' for Asian-American successes
Ugly Delicious, the new eight-part Netflix food show from Momofuku restaurateur David Chang, addresses the silly, profound, and sometimes uncomfortable bonds between the food we eat and the people with whom food associates -- if that origin can even be truly known.

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A family of lawyers fought to clear their name. Now their story is in an Oscar-nominated documentary.
The Sung sisters, Vera, Jill and Chantrelle, still find it bewildering that they went from being accused of mortgage fraud to being the stars of an Oscar-nominated documentary.


Angry Reader of the Week: Raymond Lee

"Passivity is generally unattractive. Passion is almost always attractive."

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


See George Takei in the Los Angeles premiere of Allegiance

February 21 - April 1 at JACCC's Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo.

Los Angeles! Don't miss your chance to see the Broadway musical Allegiance, now on stage in Little Tokyo.

Inspired by true events, and starring George Takei, Allegiance is 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. An uplifting testament to the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

Presented by East West Players and the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, the Los Angeles premiere of Allegiance is running now through April 1 at JACCC's Aratani Theatre in Little Tokyo, with the Opening Night performance and reception on February 28.

New podcast chronicles Japanese American incarceration

'Order 9066' from American Public Media and the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Hear the voices and stories of Japanese American Incarceration from the real people who endured it.

Order 9066 is a landmark new podcast series that chronicles the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II. Through vivid, first-person accounts from those who lived through it, the series explores how this shocking violation of American democracy came to pass, and its legacy in the present.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 just months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Roughly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes and sent to one of ten "relocation centers," imprisoned behind barbed wire during the war. Two-thirds of them were American citizens.

Produced by American Public Media in collaboration with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, the series launched on February 19 -- the anniversary of the executive order's signing.

Listen to the trailer:


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Asian-American Women In Hollywood Say It's Twice As Hard For Them To Say #MeToo
Harvey Weinstein's fall from power may have opened the floodgates in Hollywood, but Asian American actors and producers say a lack of representation makes it harder for them to speak up. Asian American women in Hollywood say it's twice as hard for them to say #MeToo.

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Congress fails miserably: For Asian-Americans, immigration proposals are personal attacks
As elected officials restrict protections of the undocumented community, they also fail Asian Americans.

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After the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Healing the Deepest Fracture
For Koreans around the globe, the PyeongChang Games have the power to evoke the yearning to reconcile with an estranged twin, but they also carry the painful history of warring brothers.

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Dining in the Japanese Internment Camps
Laurel Fujii talks to her grandaunt Eiko, who recalls the drastic lifestyle, diet and dining habits that ruptured the Japanese American family and culture during World War II.

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Indians Aren’t Legally White — Said the U.S. Supreme Court 95 Years Ago
A little history lesson: Indians are not white. In 1923, in the case United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind, the Supreme Court actually made the legal determination that Indians are not white.

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Asian American Medical Students Still Face Discrimination
A recent study suggests that minority medical students are significantly less likely than white medical students to be members of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, which may affect future opportunities.

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Why did Miyoshi Umeki, the only Asian actress to ever win an Oscar, destroy her trophy?
EW remembers the legacy of Miyoshi Umeki, still the only Asian actress to earn an Academy Award.

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‘Annihilation’ and Hollywood’s Erasure of Asians
The creatives behind the film Annihilation can explain why two characters were cast as white women. But the time for excusing Hollywood's continued erasure of Asians must end.

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"Superstore" Expands TV's Understanding of All That Asian American Characters Can Be
On Superstore, Nico Santos plays Mateo Liwanag, a character who is not only defined by his Filipino heritage and undocumented status but also one whose storylines reflect real people’s lives.

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David Chang: People Should Honor The Cultures That Ethnic Food Comes From
David Chang, the celebrated chef behind Momofuku, has spearheaded the #uglydelicious movement in order to embrace home-cooked ethnic food that he once found uncool.

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Nimesh Patel's comedy chops are impressing 'Saturday Night Live' - and his parents
As Saturday Night Live’s first Indian American comedy writer, Nimesh Patel not only had to convince Lorne Michaels that he was meant to do this -- he also had to convince his mom.

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The Mischievous Artist: An Interview with Vietgone Playwright Qui Nguyen Part One
In part one of this interview with Qui Nguyen, the playwright talks about Vietgone, a play that combines his varied passions with the story of his refugee parents' lives from Vietnam to Arkansas.

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Artist Willie Ito, man behind iconic 'Lady and the Tramp' kiss, reflects on his life, career
The story of Willie Ito, who lived through WWII internment and worked to fulfill his dream to animate cartoons. He eventually landed a job at Disney -- and had a hand in illustrating one of the most iconic Disney kisses.


Jared Leto stars as a Japanese gangster in 'The Outsider'

Wait, what?

In the illustrious Hollywood tradition of movies about white dudes who are better at being Asian than actual Asians, here's your first look at the Yakuza period thriller The Outsider, in which Jared Leto becomes a Japanese gangster. Wait, whaaat? Yup. The Netflix original movie follows a white guy who works his way up the ranks to become a rare non-Japanese member of the fearsome Yakuza.

The official synopsis reads: "Set in post-WWII Japan, an imprisoned American soldier (Leto) is released with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. Now free, he sets out to earn their respect and repay his debt while navigating the dangerous criminal underworld." I assume this means that the white guy will do a lot of way crazier shit than any of the Japanese guys, to prove his worth. And romance some Japanese ladies along the way, of course.

Here's the trailer:


Watch Chloe Kim photobomb unsuspecting tourists

Also: The snowboarding champ finds out she's on a box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes. (It's adorable.)

Chloe Kim is everywhere. Even on your cereal box. Fresh off her gold medal win at the PyeongChang winter games, the 17-year-old Olympic halfpipe snowboarder stopped by Wednesday night's episode of The Tonight Show Fallon Five, the five-minute Olympics broadcast version of Jimmy Fallon's late night talk show.

Now that she's America's snowboard sweetheart, Chloe took the opportunity to have some fun with her newfound fame. She and Fallon went down to NBC Studios to photobomb unsuspecting fans who were taking photos at 30 Rockefeller Center. While tourists posed on an Olympic-style mock medal podium, Kim and Fallon snuck up behind them to crash their pics with goofy poses. Surprise!


They Call Us Bruce - Episode 35: They Call Us PyeongChang

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.

On this very special Olympics episode, we welcome Hannah -- Phil's sister - fresh off the plane from South Korea, where she attended the Winter Games in PyeongChang. From triple axels to twizzles to mctwists, we discuss the Olympic triumphs and trials of Team Asian America.


Petition seeks full honors military burial for Florida shooting victim

15-year-old Peter Wang, a JROTC cadet, was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let others escape.

From CNN: Peter Wang, a 15-year-old JROTC cadet, died in last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. According to his friends, he was shot repeatedly while holding a door open to let other people escape.

"He died a gentleman holding the door for other students," his classmate Kelsey Friend told CNN.

On Tuesday afternoon Wang will be laid to rest, and thousands of people have signed a White House petition asking for him to be buried with military honors.

"His selfless and heroic actions have led to the survival of dozens in the area. Wang died a hero, and deserves to be treated as such, and deserves a full honors military burial," reads the petition. As of Monday afternoon, it had more than 25,000 signatures.

More here: People are calling for this Florida shooting victim to be buried with military honors


New Jersey's first Sikh mayor is getting death threats

Hoboken mayor Ravi Bhalla says death threats have been made against him and his family.

From NJ.com: Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla is publicly acknowledging death threats that have made against him and his family.

In a statement issued Friday afternoon following a security breach at City Hall Thursday, Bhalla said he and his family have been threatened and that the city is working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force to improve security at City Hall.

"This incident, along with death threats to me and my family, is an unfortunate reminder that we need to take security seriously," Bhalla said.

More here: Hoboken mayor says death threats have been made against him, family


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Chloe Kim Is Proof There's No Definable Way To Be Asian-American
"With her blond streaks and love of tteokbokki, she's resolved the messy confusion of being a hyphenate in part by choosing not to resolve it all." Everyone's favorite golden girl, Korean-American Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, has all at once become a lot of different things to a lot of different people.

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Kim Yo Jong, Chloe Kim, and the Shifting Images of Asian and Asian American Women at the Olympics
Gold medal winning snowboarding sweetheart Chloe Kim has shown us that we might be moving beyond some of the old, tired tropes about Asian American women.

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Inside the halfpipe finals with Chloe Kim's Korean family
Nearly a decade after Chloe Kim's dad quit his job to help get her to the Olympics, he finally got to see his "American dream" win the gold medal in the snowboarding halfpipe in PyeongChang.

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I'm Korean American, And I Can't Watch The Pyeongchang Olympics
R.O. Kwon wasn't prepared for how much it would hurt to see North and South Koreans competing, together, so close to the border that keeps them apart.

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American hero Michelle Kwan still gets emotional when she looks at how far figure skating has come
Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan looks at how far figure skating more than a decade after retiring.

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'Strong' Black Woman? 'Smart' Asian Man? The Downside To Positive Stereotypes:
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'You've Hijacked My Heart': Valentines That Fight Islamophobia With Humor
In these trying and Islamophobic times, it's important to maintain a good sense of humor. Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed's punny, blush-worthy Muslim Valentine's Day cards do just that.

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The Spelling Bee
When Snap Judgment producer Davey Kim was in eighth grade, he went to the regional level spelling bee with his best friend...and took R-E-V-E-N-G-E.

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The Forgotten Zine of 1960s Asian-American Radicals
For a group of leftist Asian American students at UCLA, establishing an Asian American identity took more than meetings -- it took a magazine. A look back at Gidra.

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Stories From the Margins: An Interview with Documentary Filmmaker Nanfu Wang
Documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang's I Am Another You challenges the audience to rethink social issues such as homelessness and mental illness, as well as what personal freedom feels and looks like.

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"Saturday Night Live" Has Never Had An Asian Woman Cast Member — And That Needs To Change
In its over 40 years on air, Saturday Night Live has never had an Asian woman cast member, despite some excellent rising stars in comedy.

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Actor Douglas Kim won $2.4 million playing poker. Now he's betting on himself.
In 2006, Douglas Kim, a newly minted Duke University economics graduate, became the youngest player at 22 to earn a spot at the final table at the World Series of Poker. He won $2.4 million. Now he's using his winnings to try to beat the odds in Hollywood.

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‘Fresh Off The Boat' Kid Stars Talk Lunar New Year, Immigrant Roots
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Angry Reader of the Week: Derek Nguyen

"I'm an optimist at heart and a cynic in the head."

Hey, everybody! 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 Derek Nguyen.

Another Parade: The Olympics and LGBTQ Asians and Pacific Islanders

Guest Post by Glenn D. Magpantay, Executive Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance

Sports was never my thing. In high school gym class, I would always be the last person to be picked for a team. No one wanted me. I was too fat. Too slow. And I was uncomfortable in my body. The jocks called me queer for being effeminate.

But, today, I’m captivated by the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang. They show us how we can be all of who we are—that we can live our lives authentically and achieve our fullest potential in whatever we do. They also remind me that the world is still a dangerous place to be LGBTQ.

Teacher protected students during Florida school shooting

When gunfire started, Parkland math teacher Shanthi Viswanathan kept a cool head.

From the Sun-Sentinel: "Mrs. V" knew something wasn't right when the second fire alarm of the day sounded shortly before classes were to end at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High.

Rather than let her Algebra II students out, Shanthi Viswanathan made them get on the floor in the corner of the room. But first she put paper over the window in the class door so no one could see in.

Her actions probably saved her students, said Dawn Jarboe, whose son Brian was in the class.

More here: Florida school shooting: Teacher protected her kids from chaos — and from cops


Radio host fired for making lewd comments about Chloe Kim

Barstool Radio's Patrick Connor called the 17-year-old snowboarder "a little hot piece of ass."

From Yahoo! Sports: When you're a grown man and call a 17-year-old Olympic gold medalist "a little hot piece of ass," things likely won't end too well for you.

Patrick Connor has lost at least one of his jobs after making that comment about American snowboarder Chloe Kim on Tuesday, when he was on "Dialed In with Dallas Braden," a show on Barstool Radio's SiriusXM channel.

On Wednesday, San Francisco radio station KNBR, where Connor is known as "PCon," fired him.

KNBR program director Jeremiah Crowe told media outlets, "Be advised that Patrick Connor is no longer with Cumulus Media," which owns the station.

More here: Radio host fired after sexually suggestive comment about 17-year-old Chloe Kim


They Call Us Bruce - Episode 34: They Call Us Valentine's Day

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.

On this Valentine's Day-themed episode, we welcome Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed -- activist, storyteller, and co-host of the #GoodMuslimBadlimPodcast. We talk about romantic comedies, Muslim Valentine's Day Cards, and that time Taz brought a fake date to an ex's wedding.

New York Times Editor Thinks American-Born Mirai Nagasu Is An Immigrant

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.

Perpetual Foreigner stereotype alert: shortly after US figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel in an Olympic competition, New York Times Opinion section editor Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) tweeted "Immigrants: they get the job done," a line from Hamilton.

The implication from Weiss' tweet was obvious: Nagasu should be celebrated as an American immigrant. One problem, though: Nagasu was born in Montebello, California. And yet, for Weiss, the place of Nagasu's birth doesn't seem to matter: instead, the colour of her skin appears to have marked Nagasu as foreign.

Why is it that American media personalities commenting on the Winter Olympics can never seem to remember that Asian Americans are American, too? Let's not forget the infamous headline: in 1998, MSNBC published a headline declaring that "American Beats Out Kwan," implying that US figure skater Michelle Kwan wasn't an American. Now again, a mainstream media commentator can't seem to figure out that Mirai Nagasu isn't an immigrant.

Seventeen Angry Years

Happy Angryversary.

Greetings, good readers of this website. Today is Valentine's Day, and I hope you observe or ignore it in whatever way you see fit. I just wanted to note that today, by complete coincidence, also happens to officially mark the 17th anniversary of Angry Asian Man. Seventeen! Pretty sure I did the math right.

On this day, seventeen years ago, I cranked the knob that launched the very first iteration of this blog, in all its rough, rudimentary splendor. I had no idea that it would become a "thing." I had no idea where it would take me. And I had no idea it would become my professional and personal calling. But here we are.

I do this little commemoration every year, and every year, I still shake my head and ask myself, how did I get here? The answer is you, the awesome circle of friends and followers that have rallied around this little blog, encouraged by passion and fueled this little project, day by day and post by post over the last seventeen years. This hustle is not easy, dear readers, but you've kept it going, and I'm grateful.


Welcome to The Chloe Kim Show

17-year-old snowboarder wins gold in the Olympic women's halfpipe.

As was foretold in the ancient texts, Chloe Kim fulfilled her destiny as snowboarding's golden girl, wowing the world, 1080ing into our hearts and snatching a gold medal from the sky. Everyone expected it, but still, nobody was ready. On Tuesday morning in PyeongChang, the 17-year-old snowboarder from Southern California, all smiles, won gold in the women's halfpipe. And she made it look easy.

Her first run set an extremely high bar, landing a backside air, frontside 1080, cab 720, frontside 900, McTwist and frontside inverted 720. (I have no idea what exactly these terms mean -- I just know they variously allude to awesome high-flying flippy things.) That run earned her a top score of 93.75, giving her a huge lead over the rest of the field... and eventually, the gold medal -- we just didn't quite know it yet.


Her name is Mirai Nagasu and this is her triple axel

She is the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics.

See that face? That's the fierce, fiery "fuck yeah!" you get to proclaim, right there in the middle of ice, when you make history. On Sunday, figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, helping the U.S. secure the bronze medal in team figure skating.

Nagasu, who landed the notoriously difficult jump in the first minute of her routine, joins Midori Ito and Mao Asada as the only women to ever complete the triple axel in Olympic competition. The judges rewarded her with a personal-best and season-best score of 137.53.


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NBC apologizes to Koreans for Olympics coverage that praised Japan’s brutal occupation
One analyst's "incorrect and insensitive" comments on Korea and Japan during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics has people wondering how the hell this guy got hired as an "expert."

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One Giant Leap
Nathan Chen, the Quad King, has figure skating's most daring move down cold. Will he take the sport to new heights at the Olympics?

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Michelle Kwan reflects on 1998 Olympics 20 years later
Michelle Kwan captured the silver medal at the 1998 Winter Olympics. Twenty years later, she reflects on her memories from Nagano.

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Kid Fearless
For snowboard star Chloe Kim, dropping into the halfpipe is far less daunting than grasping how to be American and Korean at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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72 Percent Of Asian-American Elders, Their Families Targeted By Fraud: Report
Limited English proficiency could be one reason why aging aging Asian American and Pacific Islanders are susceptible to fradulent offers and scams.

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His 2020 Campaign Message: The Robots Are Coming
Andrew Yang, a well-connected New York businessman, is mounting a longer-than-long-shot bid for the White House in 2020. He is likely the only candidate who will be focusing on the coming robot apocalypse.

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#DesiWallofShame Targets the Trump Faithful
South Asian Americans are well-represented in the Trump administration, and that infuriates some members of the community, which overwhelmingly supported Hillary Clinton. And so the Desi Wall of Shame was born.

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Why The "Glass Skin" Trend Feels Problematic To Me As A Tan Asian Woman
"For centuries, skin tone preferences have been linked to and used to identify social class across Asia."

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When Your Mom Is the Longtime Manager of Wu-Tang Members and Your Dad Is a Shaolin Monk
Jian Hong Shi must have had some interesting "bring your kids to work" days with her parents.

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What to Expect from Altered Carbon's "Asian Man in a White Body" Storyline
For those concerned about the new Netflix sci-fi series Altered Carbon and how they handle the conceit of an Asian man in a white man's body, here's a thorough explanation to help you figure out how you feel about it.

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What Fresh Off the Boat does with its Mandarin speaker that The Cloverfield Paradox couldn’t
First-generation grandma vs. an international space professional.

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Rachael Yamagata Talks About Showcasing Songs and Stories on Intimate Solo Tour
Singer Rachael Yamagata is out on an intimate, stripped down tour that puts audiences in her living room.

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This New Super-Man & The JLC exclusive kicks off a bold new direction
Gene Luen Yang's New Super-Man is being re-branded as New Super-Man And The Justice League Of China.

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Michelle Yeoh discusses her accent and the role of women in Star Trek: Discovery
Michelle Yeoh speaks about her role as Philippa Georgiou in Star Terk: Discovery and the importance of representation on our television screens.

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SungWon Cho used to make goofy voices for fun. Now he's got millions of fans
"There have been plenty of unique celebrity origin stories, but it's unlikely that anyone else got their start by singing songs in the voice of the Disney character Goofy and posting them to Tumblr and YouTube."

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5 Questions With Randall Park of ABC's 'Fresh Off the Boat'
Randall Park is silly.


Angry Reader of the Week: Yvonne Hana Yi

"But at Starbucks, I'm Evan."

Hello, internet friends. Gather 'round, because 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 Yvonne Hana Yi.

Awesome amateur sketch helps police identify theft suspect

Hung Phuoc Nguyen is wanted on two counts of theft by unlawful taking.

An amateur hand-drawn sketch helped investigators identify a suspect accused of theft at a Pennsylvania farmers market. Take a good look at that sketch, then look at the suspect's mug shot. I know. Awesome.

According to police, Hung Phuoc Nguyen pretended to be an employee at a stand inside Central Market in Lancaster. When an actual employee stepped away, Nguyen took cash from a customer then ran off.

A witness provided a rough sketch -- really rough sketch -- of the suspect to officers. The drawing, along with the physical description, somehow helped remind investigators of a potential suspect.

The 14 Asian Americans Competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics

Representing Team Asian America in PyeongChang.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea kick off on Friday. Of the 244 athletes representing Team USA in 15 disciplines across seven sports, 14 are Asian American, competing in figure skating, snowboarding and speed skating. And some are serious contenders for gold. (Did we mention the fact that half of the U.S. figure skating team is Asian American?) Here they are, representing Team Asian America. [UPDATE: Team Asian America's athlete count in PyeongChang has been bumped up to include long track speed skater Jerica Tandiman and Chris Kinney of the men's bobsled team.]


Superman is going to smash the Klan

Gene Luen Yang joins the roster of DC Comics' new imprints aimed at young readers.

Battling racists? This is a job for Superman! DC Comics recently announced two new youth-oriented original graphic novel imprints, DC Ink, which will focus on young adult readers, and DC Zoom, which will focus on middle grade readers. Both imprints will feature work by an acclaimed, all-star roster of talent, but one title in particular caught our attention: Superman Smashes the Klan by Gene Luen Yang.

There's not a lot to go on yet, outside of DC's press release, but the title alone instantly conjures up imagery of the Man of Steel punching out white hooded assholes. And that's kind of fun. Story-wise, it might be the kind of thing that gives you pause -- racism is real; will these themes be handles with some sensitivity?

Then you see that Gene Luen Yang is writing it, and it's allllll good. That's all I need to know.

"If anyone can make a bold statement with Superman, it is Gene Yang," Michele Wells, the vice president for content strategy at DC, told The New York Times.


They Call Us Bruce - Episode 33: They Call Us Third Waiter From The Left

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.

On this very special episode, recorded live last month at the David Henry Hwang Theater, we join playwright Alice Tuan and actress Amy Hill for a panel discussion, "Asian American Representation: The Politics of Casting," presented by Center Theatre Group and East West Players.


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It Takes More than Grit: Reframing Asian American Academic Achievement: Sociologist Jennifer Lee calls for the disaggregation of the category of “Asian" to explore how class and geographic differences can both end the model minority myth and help affect meaningful policy change for many groups.

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The Forgotten Asian Refugees Fed Into The U.S. Prison System: The U.S. took in Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, only to put many on a deportation path. A record number could be fed into this system in 2018.

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If You Get The Asian Glow, Alcohol Could Be Way Worse For Your Bo: Many of us may have already guessed this, but... a new study suggests that people who get an alcohol-induced red flush may see more DNA damage than those who don't.

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Q&A: Thi Bui: Thi Bui's graphic memoir The Best We Could Do is a finalist for the National Books Critics Circle Award in autobiography. For this Reading Women podcast, Bui talks about her writing process and the importance of reading stories from refugees.

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How Krista Suh Turned the 'Pussyhat' Into a Symbol of Female Empowerment: Pussyhat Project creator Krista Suh reveals how she got the idea for a cat-eared hat that became a political symbol one year ago at the first Women's March.

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John Cho & Vivian Bang Get REAL About "Unconscious Bias" Against Asian-Americans In Hollywood: Both John Cho and Vivian Bang acted in films that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival -- finding roles to break free from the limiting tropes often written for Asian characters in film.

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What makes Hasan Minhaj America's sharpest voice: Comedian Hasan Minhaj talks to GQ India about his craft and being a brown comedian in Trump's America.

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Manny Jacinto Is No Dummy - He Just Plays One on The Good Place: In The Good Place, Jason Mendoza is the show's sweetest (and funniest and dumbest) character. In real life, for Manny Jacinto, it turns out playing an idiot means taking your role very seriously.

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Brandon Lee Turned Down Role to Play His Father in 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story': The late Brandon Lee, who would have turned 53 on February 1, was once offered the chance to play his father, the late martial arts legend Bruce Lee, on film -- but the young actor felt it would have been wrong.

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Meet Chloe Kim, the 17-year-old snowboarder poised to rule the PyeongChang Olympics: "Chloe Kim’s appeal is easy to understand. With a snowboard strapped to her feet, she can twirl and flip and generally send eyeballs rattling in sockets better than any teenage girl who ever has set foot on snow."


Angry Reader of the Week: David Magdael

"I am always on the lookout for stories that we have not heard about or are still in the margins."

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 David Magdael.

May your daughters grow up to be badass snowboarders

Super Bowl commercial pays tribute to the sacrifices of snowboarder Chloe Kim's dad.

Behind so many great athletes, there's a parent who made a thousand sacrifices. In the case of 17-year-old champion snowboarder Chloe Kim, it was her dad Jong-Jin Kim, whose love and dedication to his Olympic-bound daughter are highlighted in this moving Super Bowl commercial for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

And whooo, it tugs at the heartstrings.

In the 60-second spot, set to Ray Charles' rendition of "America the Beautiful," we see Mr. Kim arriving late to pick up Chloe for snowboarding practice. We later seen him leave his job in order to support his daughter's snowboarding career full time. After that, he's there every step of the way, from practice to rides to competition.

The commercial closes with Chloe driving home from a competition, with her father happily asleep in the passenger seat, holding her trophy. Damn, I'm getting a little choked up while just writing about it.


Real Korean Moms React to "Brad Makes Kimchi"

Let us turn to a trusted source.

If you've ever wanted to see a white dude dressed as Christopher Columbus get slapped in the face with a fistful of kimchi -- really, who hasn't? -- look no further than this great video from Bad Appetite Magazine.

As if that alone wasn't awesome enough, the actual video features a couple of legit Korean moms talking about how to make kimchi. Or rather, offering a few critical thoughts on one guy's kimchi-making technique.

The video, produced by our friend Jenny Yang, is a response to "Brad Makes Kimchi," a recent video by Bon Appétit, in which a white dude named Brad shows you how to make kimchi. Nothing wrong with a white dude named Brad showing you how to make kimchi, but we definitely didn't need anybody to "de-mystify" it, as he puts it. The Columbus-ing vibe of it all bugged the hell out of a lot of folks.

So let us turn to a trusted source: Korean moms. What do the experts think of Brad and his kimchi?

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