11.11.2018

Read These Blogs


Why Do Asian Americans Remain Largely Unseen in Film and Television
There have been recent gains in Asian American representation in film and television, but Thessaly La Force thinks that Hollywood can do more. Bonus: classic movie casts re-imagined with Asian American actors.

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This 43-year-old running for president in 2020 wants to give everyone $1,000 a month in free cash
Part of entrepreneur Andrew Yang's platforms in his run for president -- of the United States of America -- is implementing a Universal Basic Income, granting $1,000 for all citizens ages 18-64.

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California politics must accommodate growing share of Asian American voters
Asian Americans, one of the largest immigrant groups and the fastest-growing racial group in California, account for one in every seven votes in the state. Yet they are often overlooked for their political importance.

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The War Inside 7-Eleven
7-11, the world's largest convenience store chain, has been battling its store owners for years over franchise matters. The company seems to have found a new tool: U.S. immigration authorities.

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What Wong Kar-wai's Films Meant to Young Asians in America
For Sophie He, Wong Kar-wai's films illuminated how to navigate that liminal space between tenderness and loneliness, connection and alienation, East and West.

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Kim's Convenience co-creator on anglicization, role models and comedy as a uniting force
An interview with Ins Choi, co-creator of the hit Canadian sitcom Kim's Convenience.

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How Awkwafina Went From Viral Vagina Video to Movies and 'SNL' Host
Crazy Rich Asians breakout star Awkwafina, aka "your average Asian trumpet player turned rapper turned actress," is seeking her path amid a meteoric rise.


11.08.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 53: They Call Us Not Quite Not White (with Sharmila Sen)

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, recorded live at the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance Summit, Jeff -- flying solo without me -- talks to Sharmila Sen, author of the book Not Quite Not White: Losing and Finding Race in America.

11.04.2018

Read These Blogs


If Asian Voter Turnout in the Midterm Elections Is Strong, Everything Could Change
"In an election year when we’re constantly being reminded of the importance of voting, Asian-Americans have the chance to fulfill our potential as a 'sleeping political giant.' With our booming population and growing presence in strategic battleground states like Nevada, Arizona, and North Carolina, we stand to make a critical difference across the electoral board."

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Birthright citizenship: A Trump-inspired history lesson on the 14th Amendment
Meet Wong Kim Ark, the Chinese American cook who was at the center of a landmark but often forgotten Supreme Court decision.

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I'm An Asian-American Harvard Student — Here's Why I Testified In Support Of Affirmative Action
Sally Chen, a Harvard senior and student representative in the Harvard affirmative action case, explains why she supports a race-conscious admissions policy.

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The false narrative driving the Harvard affirmative action case
"In suggesting that the admit rate for Asian Americans applying to Harvard would increase with the end of affirmative action, Blum is selling a narrative to Asian Americans that is shockingly similar to the one sold by President Trump to white Americans feeling the pinch of their (perceived) declining status."

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His wedding date canceled. So he found a new one on Reddit.

Four days before his friend's brother's wedding, Minsoo's plus-one bailed on him. So he put a call out on Reddit.

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Why LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN still matters: Romance, culture and soft power
Valerie Soe's documentary Love Boat: Taiwan investigates the ways in which the "Love Boat," the iconic summer cultural program for young Taiwanese Americans, uses soft power to gain support for Taiwan.

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The Joy Luck Club
You don't see many Asian leads in Western cinema, that's why The Joy Luck Club's all-Asian cast was so radical. Its portrayal of complicated mother-daughter relationships and the immigrant experience spoke to Amy Choi as a child -- and again as a mother.

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How Kavi Vu and Phi Nguyen use Facebook to get Asian American Atlantans engaged in politics
The duo launched their web series last year. With support from the Center for Civic Innovation and others, they're working to increase Asian American voter turnout and keep the community informed.

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Why You Should Be Watching Maangchi, the Korean Cooking YouTube Star
Meet Maangchi. This relentlessly cheerful cook, author and internet personaity is a go-to guide for many looking for a non-intimidating approach to their favorite Korean recipes.

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Christina Hodson is shaping Hollywood's blockbuster future — and centering female stories
Bumblebee and Birds of Prey screenwriter Christina Hodson grew up devouring Hollywood blockbusters. Now she's writing them.

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How Cathy Yan Landed The ‘Birds Of Prey' Directing Gig: U.S.-China Entertainment Summit
Cathy Yan talks about her upcoming big studio directorial, Warner Bros./DC's Birds of Prey.

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When Jason Mendoza Turned Up at a Jaguars Game
Manny Jacinto, star of NBC's The Good Place, opens up about race, football, and Better Luck Tomorrow.

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Behind The Real Sex And Love Addiction In The Musical Film 'Unlovable'
Charlene deGuzman co-wrote and stars in in the new film Unlovable, which is loosely based on her own experience with sex and love addiction.

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There’s a secret about Burning that only Steven Yeun knows
Steven Yeun on his approach to creating his fascinating character in Burning, as well as his own experience moving between different mediums, cultures, and languages as an actor and Korean American.

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Not My Job: We Quiz 'Crazy Rich Asians' Writer Kevin Kwan On Crazy Itch Reasons
NPR's Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! invited Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan to play a game called "Crazy Rich Asians, meet crazy itch reasons" — three questions about strange things that might make you itch.


11.02.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Sylvia Kwan

"I am all about staying at home and taking care of my plants."



Hey, folks! 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 Sylvia Kwan.

11.01.2018

Your Halloween Costumes

Our annual gallery of reader-submitted Halloween costume photos.



How was your Halloween? As you put away your pumpkin decor and tumble down from your candy-induced sugar high, let's look at how everybody dressed up. In what has become a really fun and popular tradition, we put the call out to you, the good readers of this blog, for photos of your totally awesome, culturally-appropriate, non-asshole Halloween costumes to feature in our annual gallery. As usual, you answered the call.

Above, we have Alexa as the littlest Cobra Kai. Thank you to everyone who sent in photos! If you'd like to submit one, send yours in and we'll add it to the gallery. Cute kid photos are always super-welcome.

10.30.2018

2018 Asian American Halloween Costume Wish List

Pop culture costume suggestions from Asian America (and beyond)



It's official: these little kids win Halloween.

Dressed as your favorite characters from the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians -- Araminta, Peik Lin, Rachel and Bernard -- their costumes boast the lethal combination of hilarious, cute and culturally relevant. Posted on Instagram by Jessica Gueco Klein, the photos have even received a social media seal of approval from the stars of the movie themselves, including Awkwafina and Jimmy O. Yang, and director Jon M. Chu.

That's when you know you're having a cultural moment -- when you've inspired a Halloween costume. When I was growing up, aside from a few notable exceptions, Asian American pop culture-inspired costumes were few and far between. I'm not talking about generic ninjas and stuff. But the past couple of years have given way to some pretty great costume-worthy Asian characters and icons.

Each Halloween, we run a reader-submitted costume gallery that has become a popular annual feature. Given the great pop culture options out there, here's a wish list of some of the costumes we'd love to see this year. Some of you creative and resourceful readers have already got it done. Please, send in your awesome, cute, spooky, fun and non-offensive Halloween costume photos (of course, they don't have to be on this list).

Send them in, and some of the photos will be updated here...

10.28.2018

Read These Blogs


Hasan Minhaj Breaks Down Threat to Affirmative Action in 'Patriot Act' Premiere
"Now Asians -- and I am lumping all of us together right now -- I find it hilarious that this is the hill we're willing to die on," says comedian Hasan Minhaj of a lawsuit against Harvard over its admissions policy.

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This Is My Unbelievable But Totally True Transgender Ghost Story
Just in time for Halloween: a ghost story of sorts about identity, a Korean shaman and a bygone ancestor.

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The Missing Images of Chinese Immigrants
Reclaiming an American history where Chinese immigrants had been erased.

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My journey as an undocumented immigrant
When Yin Yin Chan was seven, she and her family came to the U.S. from Taiwan and lived as undocumented immigrants -- an experience that has shaped her entire life.

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My Immigrant Life: Why I'm Here and Why I Fight Back
John Yap sees the danger in the proposed rule changes to Public Charge, which would perpetuate the falsehood that immigrants demand and take more than they give back.

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Michelle Yeoh ('Crazy Rich Asians') would be first Asian actress nominated for an Oscar in 12 years
The case for an Academy Award nomination for Michelle Yeoh's performance in Crazy Rich Asians.

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Stuntwoman, armorer, and author S.L. Huang talks Zero Sum Game and the power of math
S.L. Huang has worked as a stunt woman and armorer on shows like Battlestar Galactica, and now has a book out called Zero Sum Game. Also, she's excellent at math.

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Steven Yeun on Why He Had to Go to South Korea to Feel at Home as an Actor
The Burning actor on escaping the "American white gaze" and finding his greatest role yet.

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Riz Ahmed On Rapping, Acting And Being His (Sometimes Shirtless) 'Most Complex Self'
It's hard to miss Riz Ahmed -- he's the co-star in Venom, as well as in the western Sisters and Brothers. Oh, and he's an MC, and an outspoken advocate for many things, including complex roles for actors of color.

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Jonny Sun Knows That Twitter Can Still Be The Internet's Good Place
The Twitter humorist turned author-illustrator has a book—co-created by Lin-Manuel Miranda—that might just convince you not to delete those social media accounts

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One Perfect Night in NYC With 'Crazy Rich Asians' Actor Ronny Chieng
An Indian feast, speakeasy cocktails, and of course some stand-up are on the agenda

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Darker Before They Get Brighter
Director Yen Tan on growing up gay in Malaysia, his journey in America, and how it all relates to his poignant AIDS drama 1985.


10.26.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Lizz Adams

"Google me, I've got great SEO."


Photo: Anna Azarov

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 Lizz Adams.

10.25.2018

Google Doodle celebrates Tyrus Wong's 108th birthday

Pioneering Chinese American artist served as lead artist on Walt Disney's 'Bambi.'



Today's Google Doodle honors the life and legacy of Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong on what would have been his 108th birthday. Drawing inspiration from Chinese artists of the Song Dynasty, Wong was responsible for some of the best-known images in American popular culture, applying his unique vision to paintings, prints, and perhaps most famously, the 1942 Walt Disney animated film Bambi.

Here's the gorgeous tribute that plays when you click on the kite:

10.24.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 52: They Call Us Vietgone

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 playwright Qui Nguyen, who talks about the small town video store pop culture that defined his Arkansas youth and the true life origins of his acclaimed play Vietgone. We also attempt to make him spill the beans about the super secret material he's been working on for Marvel Studios.

10.22.2018

Bruce Lee is now a Flying Man Funko Pop Figure!



Few images of Bruce Lee are as iconic as the legendary martial artist clad in his yellow-and-black striped jumpsuit, made famous by Game of Death. This new collectible limited edition Bruce Lee Flying Man Funko Pop Vinyl figure, created in partnership with the Bruce Lee Family, Funko and Bait, captures yellow jumpsuited Bruce in an inspiring signature pose.

"The iconic image of Bruce Lee performing his signature and stunning flying kick is a calling card for millions of fans around the globe," the product description reads. "It speaks to the physical, mental and spiritual strength that Bruce Lee exudes. Indeed, he remains a positive role model across generations, cultures and gender. The flying man silhouette inspires us to move forward and continue to grow. It celebrates honest expression by the individual over any established style or system."

The Flying Man Funko Pop! Vinyl figure, available for pre-order now, stands 6.4 x 4.7 x 3.4 inches, comes in a window display box and includes a display stand. A portion of the proceeds from all merchandise purchased in the Bruce Lee Family Store benefits the Bruce Lee Foundation.

Here are the beauty shots:

10.21.2018

Read These Blogs


Redefining The Bakhu—And The Great American Road Trip—Through Self-Portraiture
Tsering Bista grew up largely ashamed of her family's cultural heritage -- especially when she had to wear bakhus, her traditional Mustangi dress, in public. She decided to confront this discomfort by wearing bakhus on a road trip across the U.S. -- and took a series of self-portraits along the way.

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In Orange County, 24 Vietnamese Americans are running for office. 13 share the same last name
Between candidates for state senator, city council member, the California Assembly, sheriff and Westminster mayor, there are a whopping 24 people of Vietnamese descent running for office in Orange County -- and thirteen of the candidates share that last name: Nguyen.

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Crazy Rich Asians to open in China. But can it fly?
Crazy Rich Asians has finally gotten a release date in China. Now, the question that remains is whether the nation's 900 million-plus filmgoers will come out on November 30 to watch.

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9 Asian-Led Books that Deserve Their Own Movie Adaption
"These 9 authors display that more inclusivity in young adult literature can only help give more options to young people who might have felt not represented in the pages of the books they read. Here's a batch of Asian-led books that we believe could use their own big Hollywood (or streaming giant) movie. And if not that, they're still great books to pick up for a read."

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"But what if the bully is a grown-up?"
Sheetal Sheth's children's book, Always Anjali, broaches the subject of getting teased by other children for being "different." So when a recent "Dear Abby" column advised an expectant parent to choose a Western name instead of an Indian one, Sheth thought about the places where children learn how to be bullies.

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An Asian-American Mom’s Advice for Dear Abby on 'Foreign Names'
Dear Abby's advice to parents to avoid 'foreign names' provoked accusations of racism. Here, an Asian-American writer recalls her and her husband's dilemma around naming their son.

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Jeremy Lin questioned whether he'd make it back to the NBA after knee injury
Jeremy Lin is upbeat about returning to play with the Atlanta Hawks and says his main focus is staying healthy.

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Steven Yeun Is Lighting Up the Screen
Steven Yeun takes on the role of a villain in his latest film, Burning, a Korean thriller adapted from a Haruki Marukami short story. In this interview he talks basketball, returning to religion, and the lessons about toxic masculinity he's learned along the way.

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Can Hasan Minhaj Make Topical Comedy Work on Netflix?
With Patriot Act, the former Daily Show correspondent plans to cover news most late-night hosts ignore, and looks to defy Netflix's spotty talk show track record.

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Where to get Bruce Lee's iconic white shirt
"When he wasn't shirtless, Bruce Lee often wore a white, round-necked T-shirt with three buttons at the front. It's an iconic image from the 1970s that made the humble, lightweight undershirt famous around the world. That sought-after cotton garment was made in Hong Kong -- and still is today."


10.19.2018

"It's getting harder to keep my head down."

A comic on citizenship by Jin Fang.



Jin Fang is officially an American. The Austin-based artist and illustrator, who was born in Hong Kong, became a U.S. citizen on Thursday -- the first American in her family. Although she's grown up and lived in the United States for most of her life, she only recently went through the tedious, painstaking process of naturalization.

On Twitter, posted a comic sharing with her thoughts on becoming a citizen, the political factors that both worried and inspired her decision, and what pushed her to finally find her voice and take action.

"I'd be lying if I said worry or fear didn't factor into my (and my family's) decision to naturalize," Jin tweeted. "We notice xenophobic and anti-immigrant sentiment rising, we see the consequences of this administration's actions on the most vulnerable communities."

She also embraces her privilege and duty to vote -- and encourages others not to take this responsibility lightly.

"Even if your politics don't align with mine, please go vote. As someone who's had to jump through hoops to get this right, it's frustrating to see voter turnout rates (especially in Texas, wtf!)"

Check it out:

Angry Reader of the Week: Lawrence Yee

"I'm one of the few Asian guys who cover the industry and one of the even fewer in management."



Greetings, 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 Lawrence Yee.

Korean American drama project in the works for NBC

From 'Blindspot' producers Martin Gero and Christina Kim.



NBC has given a script commitment to an untitled drama project centered on a Korean American family, from Blindspot showrunner Martin Gero and writer/executive producer Christina Kim.

Written by Kim and produced by Gero, the potential series revolves around three half-Korean women who grew up straddling two cultures and identities are forced to pick sides between their Korean mother and Caucasian father after the latter, the head of a global Asian food empire, is thrown in jail. The drama will uncover dark family secrets and follow the sisters as they step out of their father's shadow to salvage their empire.

Looking forward to seeing more Asian American projects in the pipeline...

More here: 'Blindspot' Duo Prepping Korean-American Drama for NBC (Exclusive)


10.16.2018

They Call Us Bruce presents Asian American Culture Con

Sunday, October 28 at Pacific Media Expo



Heads up, podcast listeners and pop culture fanatics! They Call Us Bruce, the podcast I co-host with Jeff Yang, is doing an entire day of live recordings highlighting Asian American creators and content in pop culture, for an event we're calling Asian American Culture Con (AACC), happening as part of PMX: Pacific Media Expo, America's first major trade show dedicated to Asian-Pacific popular culture and entertainment media.

AACC sessions will include panels focusing on Asian American talent from television, film, animation, comedy, science fiction and more, moderated by me and Jeff, to be recorded and released for the podcast.

It's happening Sunday, October 28 at the Glendale Hilton. [UPDATE] Here's the final schedule/lineup:

SESSION ONE, 10:15-11:30 am — THEY CALL US PRIMETIME ASIANS: A talk with Asian American stars of the new fall TV season—featuring Jake Choi of ABC's Single Parents, Keiko Agena of The First on Hulu & Ryan Potter of DC Universe's Titans!

SESSION TWO, 11:30 am-12:45 pm — THEY CALL US CARTOON CREATORS: A talk with standout creators from the world of animation, with Daniel Chong of We Bare Bears, Victor Cook of Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, Dan Santat of The Replacements and Fawn Veerasunthorn of Ralph Breaks the Internet!

LUNCH BREAK

SESSION THREE, 2-3:15 pm — THEY CALL US NEXT-GEN TALENT: Looking for the next-generation of Asian American stars, with Will Choi of Asian AF, Snehal Desai of East West Players, Linda Lamontagne of BoJack Horseman, and Kaitlyn Yang of Alpha Studios!

SESSION FOUR, 3:15-4:30 pm — THEY CALL US THE ASIAN AMERICAN CANON: Looking back at three of the movies that have defined our Asian American pop culture experience—talking to Tamlyn Tomita of The Joy Luck Club, PARRY SHEN of Better Luck Tomorrow and Lynn Chen of Saving Face!

SESSION FIVE, 4:30-5:45 pm — THEY CALL US THE ASIAN FUTURE: Taking a leap into the (Asian) Future with science fiction standouts Wesley Chu, author of The Lives of Tao, S Qiouyi Lu (Uncanny Magazine & Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine) and Peter Tieryas, author of United States of Japan!

and finally....

SESSION SIX, 5:45-7 pm — THEY CALL US STEVEN UNIVERSE: We close out the #AsianAmericanCultureCon by talking with Shelby Rabara, Michaela Dietz, Jennifer Paz and Grace Rolek, the stars of the epic animated series Steven Universe - the most Asian American show on TV!

All panels are free with with a PMX registration (full weekend or Sunday only). The event is still coming together, with more special guests being added as we speak. For further updates, follow the AACC Facebook event or They Call Us Bruce on Facebook and Twitter.

10.14.2018

Read These Blogs

Harvard and the Myth of the Interchangeable Asian
"My family's story is far from being the only kind of Asian-American story, though it's the one that has largely been told, particularly in mainstream media. That's partly because of who has access to that media and partly because it's a story white Americans feel more comfortable with, because it still puts them at the center."

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Michael Wang Didn't Get Into Harvard. He Thinks It's Because He's Asian.
A new generation of Chinese Americans is teaming up with a white conservative activist to end affirmative action. If their lawsuit against Harvard goes forward, they could get their wish.

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Nicole Chung: "Adoptees Have So Rarely Gotten To Tell Their Own Stories."
An interview with Nicole Chung, whose memoir All You Can Ever Know tells of her transracial adoption by white American parents, her reconnection with her Korean American birth family, and issues of race, identity, and belonging.

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When Asian Women Are Harassed for Marrying Non-Asian Men
Celebrated author Celeste Ng has been receiving hate mail from Asian men for years, and is ready to call out rampant harassment and misogyny from an organized community of Asian American masculinists.

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The Case of Jane Doe Ponytail
The tragic story of "SiSi" Song Yang, a sex worker whose death calls attention to an entangled network of human trafficking in Flushing.

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How Dunkin' Donuts Shaped My Parents' New Life In America
No restaurant has been as influential in Priya Krishna's parents' lives as Dunkin' Donuts. The doughnuts reminded them of sugar-coated Indian sweets. But also they really love doughnuts.

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Ted Lieu, Democrat Fighting for Future of American West, on November Stakes
"One thing I am scared of is the unlimited amounts of dark money that Republicans have access to," California congressman says ahead of 2018 midterm elections

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'We don't have representation:' This Texas Democrat is counting on the Asian vote
Sri Preston Kulkarni isn't writing off Asian Americans in his Texas district. The Democrat running for Congress is counting on this voter bloc to help him oust Republican Representative Pete Olson.

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Aasif Mandvi Wants to See (and Play) More Everyday Asians
The former 'Daily Show correspondent revives Sakina's Restaurant after 20 years, marking how far we've come in Asian representation, and how far we've yet to go.

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Dante Basco Discusses Becoming Rufio for Hook, the Character's Legacy, and So Much More
Dante Basco talks about the legacy of his iconic role as Rufio in Steven Spielberg's 1991 film Hook.

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Why China Is Keeping 'Crazy Rich Asians' on Hold
The surprise hit Crazy Rich Asians is still without a release date in the world's most populous country.


10.12.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Tony Garbanzos

"I've cried numerous times reading X-Men issues."



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

T-shirt re-imagines Constance Wu as Rosie the Riveter

Artist Jerry Ma puts an Asian American spin on the iconic "We Can Do It!" image.



By popular demand! This fun t-shirt design puts an Asian American spin on the iconic "We Can Do It" image, with the likeness of Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu stepping in for Rosie the Riveter. Created by our friend, artist/illustrator Jerry Ma of Epic Proportions, the shirt will be available in a limited run.

10.11.2018

How to audition for Jon M. Chu's adaptation of 'In the Heights'

Open casting call seeks talent for upcoming film version of the beloved Tony Award-winning musical.



In the Heights is looking for some fresh talent. Director Jon M. Chu's upcoming adaptation of the beloved Tony Award-winning musical has put out an open digital casting call for auditions.

In the Heights, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, follows the residents of largely Latino Upper Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights -- a bodega owner, a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker, and an old woman -- aspire to better lives as gentrification begins to take hold, and a sweltering summer power blackout brings their personal life crises to a head.

This is your chance to be considered for a role in the film. Here are more details about the casting call:

10.10.2018

This short film is so damn good it hurts.

Roseanne Liang's 'Do No Harm' is Vimeo's Staff Pick Premiere.



The incredible short film Do No Harm, from New Zealand filmmaker Roseanne Liang, is today's Staff Pick Premiere over at Vimeo. You might be familiar with Roseanne's work as the mad brains behind the hit comedy webseries Flat3. It's wonderful. Do No Harm is very very very very very different. But also amazing.

The brilliantly bloody 12-minute action film, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of a single-minded surgeon who will stop at nothing to save her patient when violent gangsters storm in to halt a crucial operation. It's tense, thrilling, and ridiculously entertaining.

Check it out:

The American Dream isn’t Colorblind. College Admissions Shouldn’t Be, Either.

Guest Post by Jang Lee



Edward Blum, the mastermind behind the Harvard lawsuit, appeals to the myth of American meritocracy to claim that race should not be used in the college admissions process; but he fails to acknowledge that the American Dream -- predicated on such meritocracy -- is not colorblind. In this nation, the color of our skin still shapes how we access opportunity and whether we profit from our labor.

Constance Wu to star in stripper crime drama 'Hustlers'

Based on the New York magazine article "The Hustlers at Scores."



Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu has signed on for a lead role as an enterprising stripper in the crime drama Hustlers, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria.

Based on the real-life story of some modern Robin Hoods, chronicled in the 2015 New York magazine article by Jessica Pressler entitled "The Hustlers at Scores," the film follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their wealthy Wall Street clients.

The movie takes place in the late '00s in New York City in the wake of the financial crisis, and will focus on themes of identity, loyalty, survival and control.

Jennifer Lopez, who is also producing, is set to portray the ringleader to the group of ambitious women who take their plans too far. Wu's role hasn't been specified, but it's safe to assume she'll be playing to the lead role of Roselyn Keo, the real-life former stripper at the center of Pressler's article.

10.08.2018

The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival

October 12-14 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center



Hey, comedy fans! If you are in Los Angeles, and looking for some laughs this weekend, look no further than The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival. Co-produced by Disoriented Comedy and JACCC, in partnership with Asian AF, the 2018 edition of this epic 3-day event brings together the best of young, Asian American comedic talent from Hollywood, digital media, and live performance.

"America is not ready for us! We have hilarious and exciting voices," says writer, comedian, and Festival co-organizer Jenny Yang. "No one is waiting for Hollywood to catch up anymore. We have been building our community, strengthening our craft and creating our own platforms. This comedy festival is not just a festival. It's a movement."

This year's festival performers include Manila Luzon (VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race), Jenny Yang (E!'s Busy Tonight), Jake Choi (ABC's Single Parents), Sherry Cola (TNT's Claws), Aparna Nancherla (Comedy Central's Corporate, Late Night with Seth Meyers), Lilan Bowden (Disney's Andi Mack), singer-songwriter Megan Lee, and more. Events include stand up, sketch and improvised comedy, storytelling, and musical comedy.

It's happening October 12-14 at the Aratani Theatre and Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Here's a rundown of Comedy Comedy Festival highlights:

Fund This: The Princess Who Saved Her Friends

The children's book sequel from Greg Pak, Joanathan Coulton and Takeshi Miyazawa.



The Princess Who Saved Her Friends is the latest children's book written by comics writer Greg Pak and internet superstar musician Jonathan Coulton, and illustrated by artist Takeshi Miyazawa. The sequel to 2015's The Princess Who Saved Herself, the book is currently winding down a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Featuring the same creative team, the original book was a story of determination, bravery, and understanding, starring a scrappy kid who stuck up for herself but was always able to open the circle and find reconciliation with the monsters and witch she came into conflict with.

But what happens next, when our heroine discovers that the witch befriended might not be such a good friend after all? The Princess Who Saved Her Friends tackles the kind of tricky personal conflict that kids -- and adults -- grapple with every day in the real world.

Watch this video for more information:

10.07.2018

Read These Blogs


Awkwafina hosted SNL 18 years after Lucy Liu. Their monologues show how times have changed.
On Saturday Night Live, host Awkwafina took a brief turn in her opening monologue to recall a true story that she said helped pave her way to become only the second Asian American woman to host the show in its 44-season run.

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People Want To Hear That I'm Happy I Was Adopted. It's Not That Simple.
Growing up, being Korean and being adopted were things Nicole Chung loved and hated in equal measure.

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'I Didn't Have the Language to Call It Racism': An Interview with Nicole Chung
Nicole Chung wants white parents of transracial adoptees to grapple more candidly with the reality of racism.

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Actually, Race-Conscious Admissions Are Good for Asian-Americans
Yale is the focus of an investigation over whether its admissions policies discriminate against applicants based on race. Professor Janelle Wong on how race conscious admissions are good for Asian Americans.

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The Newest Wave of Asian American Writers You Should Know
To celebrate 15 years of Kundiman, here are 15 Kundiman writers whose work -- on and off the page -- celebrate and foster community and family.

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'Venom's Riz Ahmed Is Quietly Blazing A Trail For Representation Across All Genres
Riz Ahmed has taken on roles in dramas, action films, and dark comedies. His goal is to keep a wide range of opportunities -- for himself, and for other people of color.

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Jameela Jamil: 'My Career Is Not Reflected By The Size Of My Body'
The Good Place's Jameela Jamil is on a mission to put a stop to the culture of body shaming.

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'The Walking Dead': Steven Yeun Won't Return for Glenn's Origin Story
The star of Lee Chang-dong's Burning opens up about how he moved on from the popular show for good.

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Friends From College: Jae Suh Park on Marianne's transformation and what fans can expect
Jae Suh Park talks about the upcoming second season of Netflix's Friends From College and her role of Marianne, the "best character she has ever played."


10.05.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 51: They Call Us All The Asians On TV

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, actually recorded in mid-September, we discuss "All the Asians on TV." With the new television season underway, we give a rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series regulars on new scripted prime time network, cable and streaming shows premiering this fall.

First look at Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio in 'Hellboy'

Looking fairly badass on this banner art for New York Comic Con.



Here is your first look, sort of, at Daniel Dae Kim as Ben Daimio in the upcoming new Hellboy movie. Check out this badass banner art displayed this weekend at the Dark Horse Comics booth at New York Comic Con. Amidst all the fangs and wings and hooves and other ungodly beasts, there's a decent glimpse of DDK, weapon drawn, rocking Daimio's scarred face and looking fairly badass.

Angry Reader of the Week: Jake Choi

"Sorry, not sure why I yelled just now."


Photo: Jessica Chou

Hey, everybody. You know what time it is. 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 Jake Choi.

10.03.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 50: They Call Us 50

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 take a moment to acknowledge and reflect on making it to 50 episodes of They Call Us Bruce. We look back at the Good, the Bad and the WTF of the first fifty shows, consider the future of the podcast, and make A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT.

10.02.2018

If 'Fresh Off The Boat' had the 'Full House' theme song

Season five premieres October 5 as part of ABC's re-launched "TGIF" lineup.



The Huang family is back! Fresh Off The Boat returns for its landmark fifth season on October 5, premiering in its new Friday night time slot, holding down the re-launch of ABC's iconic "TGIF" programming block.

And it appears they're fully embracing their Friday night responsibilities, invoking one of TGIF's flagship legacy shows, Full House, for a funny bit in this week's premiere. In this scene, Louis imagines his family by way of a beloved 1990s family sitcom's opening credits -- complete with the Full House theme song.

Check it out:

9.30.2018

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If We Called Ourselves Yellow
A look into the history and impact of labeling East Asians as yellow, and a case for reclaiming it (again).

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Thousands Could Be Deported As Government Targets Asylum Mills' Clients
NPR's Planet Money has learned that more than 13,500 immigrants, mostly Chinese, who were granted asylum status years ago by the U.S. government, are facing possible deportation.

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Mazie Hirono's Identity As a Woman, Asian-American, and Immigrant Matters
If you haven't heard about Hawaii's Democratic senator Mazie Hirono, you better get up to speed.

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Why the Chinese laundry stereotype persists
Goldthread traces the origins of the Chinese laundry stereotype.

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East Wind ezine
East Wind magazine, which originally published in 1982 to 1989, has been relaunched as East Wind ezine, an online publication focused on political and cultural issues of Asian Pacific Americans.

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Tadd Fujikawa Came Out, and Accidentally Made Golf History
Tadd Fujikawa, the first openly gay male pro golfer talks about why he chose to come out on Instagram, how it's affected his game, and how religion came into play.

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Yo-Yo Ma Wants Bach to Save the World
In support of his latest album Six Evolutions, renown cellist Yo-Yo Ma has embarked on an epic 36-city, six-continent tour that blends performances of Bach with community engagement.

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Chloe Kim On Post-Olympics Life, Self-Care, & Being An Asian-American Icon
Refinery29 sits down with teen champion snowboarder Chloe Kim to discuss her partnership with Korean beauty brand Laneige, her post-Olympics life, and how she feels about being an Asian American icon.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Is Now The Highest-Grossing Romantic Comedy In A Decade
In case you haven't heard, Crazy Rich Asians have made a lot of money at the box office.


9.28.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Kevin Yee

"I love connecting with people and making strangers happy. Also I love desserts."



Greetings, 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 Kevin Yee.

Manny Jacinto joins the 'Top Gun' sequel

'The Good Place' star will play a pilot in 'Top Gun: Maverick'



He, too, has got the need for speed. Manny Jacinto, who plays the lovably not-so-bright Jason Mendoza on NBC's afterlife comedy The Good Place, has been cast in Top Gun: Maverick, as a pilot.

'Top Gun: Maverick' Taps 'The Good Place's Manny Jacinto For Pilot Duty

If you didn't know, yes, they are making a follow-up to 1986's Top Gun. Crank up the Kenny Loggins.

There aren't a lot of plot details about the long-awaited sequel, but Tom Cruise is apparently reprising his iconic role as Maverick Mitchell, now a Top Gun flight instructor serving as mentor to a new crop of elite fighter pilots.

9.27.2018

Awkwafina is hosting 'Saturday Night Live'

'Crazy Rich Asians' and 'Ocean's 8' star will be the first Asian American woman to host in 18 years.



Rapper/actress Awakwafina, recently seen stealing scene after scene as Peik Lin Goh in the box office smash Crazy Rich Asians, will host the upcoming October 6 episode of Saturday Night Live.

By our rough count, that makes Awkwafina -- aka Queens-bred Nora Lum -- one of only a handful of Asian American hosts in the perennial NBC sketch show's 43-plus-season, 851-episode history. In fact, it's been eighteen years since an Asian American woman hosted SNL: Lucy Liu appeared on December 16, 2000.

Saturday Night Live officially announced the lineup Thursday on Twitter, sharing a photo of Post-It notes listing the first three hosts and musical acts of the upcoming 44th season.

9.25.2018

Claudia Kim is playing Nagini in 'Fantastic Beasts'

Yes, the giant snake.



Whaaaaaaaat. The secret is out. South Korean actress Claudia Kim will play Nagini -- yes, the giant snake from Harry Potter -- in the upcoming movie Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

In this video featuring the cast of the latest Wizarding World Adventure, Kim reveals that she will be playing Nagini, a circus performer with the unique ability to transform in a snake -- the killer serpent who, as Harry Potter fans know, eventually becomes Voldemort's trusty sidekick and Horcrux.

Up to now, Warner Bros. has been pretty tight-lipped about who Kim would be playing in the movie. It's evident in the clip that she's been sitting on the secret for a while, and it's been stressing her out. Given the thumbs up to reveal her character's name, she lets the, um, snake out of the bag.

"This is a very emotional moment for me. I'm Nagini."

Jenny Han talks rom com representation on 'The Daily Show'

'To All The Boys I've Loved Before' author explains why she put her foot down on casting the film's lead.



Since its release on Netflix last month, it's safe to say that To All The Boys I've Loved Before, the teen romantic comedy based on the young adult novel of the same name, has become a legit cultural phenomenon, turning star Lana Condor into an adored leading lady and even boosting sales of Yakult.

Author Jenny Han appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah the other night to talk about the adaptation of her book, explaining why she insisted on having an Asian American actor play the lead character -- an insistence that actually delayed the film, because producers couldn't understand why it was so important.

9.23.2018

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Oregon adoptee's DNA test leads to discovery of long-lost sister
Justin Kragt and Renee Alanko were each adopted as children from South Korea by families in the United States. After a 23andMe DNA test, they discovered they were full-biological siblings.

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'Dear America,' Writes A Pulitzer-Winning Journalist — And Undocumented Immigrant
Activist, journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas talks to NPR about his new book Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, a memoir of his time in the U.S. and the people who assisted him along the way.

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Republicans In Texas Apologize For Hindu-Themed Campaign Ad
The Republican Party in Fort Bend County, Texas apologized after its ad targeting Hindu voters in The India Herald, an area paper, sparked controversy, with many calling it offensive.

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The Love of Korean Cooking I Share With My White Mother
In her illness, Korean food was all Noah Cho's Polish American mom wanted to eat -- it was all she could bear.

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Why I wear my Hanbok
Sandra Oh's mom wore one on the Emmys red carpet. For novelist Crystal Hana Kim, adapting traditional Korean clothing is a way of reclaiming her sartorial roots.

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Jon M. Chu Shot This Short Film Entirely on an iPhone XS Max
To test out the camera on Apple's brand new iPhone, WIRED gave an iPhone XS Max to Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu, who shot a short film. The results are truly special.

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Watch: Indie Singer St. Lenox Tries to Pick Up a Guy During Gay Karaoke in His New Music Video
Indie pop artist St. Lenox, aka Andrew Choi, admits that he's great at karaoke but not so much at meeting people. So goes the inspiration for the music video "Hashtag Brooklyn Karaoke Party," a song off his upcoming album, Ten Fables Of Young Ambition And Love.


9.21.2018

Chloe Zhao to direct Marvel's 'The Eternals'

Based on Jack Kirby's cosmic superhero team.



Filmmaker Chloe Zhao, best known for the acclaimed indie features The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me, has been tapped direct Marvel's next potential franchise, The Eternals.

Marvel Studios' 'The Eternals' Finds Its Director With Chloe Zhao

Based on characters created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the superhero team adventure centers on the super-powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more villainous off-shoot know as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, one aspect to the story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.

More here: Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ Taps ‘The Rider’ Director Chloe Zhao


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