9.19.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 49: They Call Us Jose Antonio Vargas

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 journalist, activist and author Jose Antonio Vargas, "the most famous undocumented immigrant in America." We talk about his new memoir Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, intersectional identity, and the Good, Bad and WTF of being "American."

9.18.2018

'Avatar: The Last Airbender' live-action series in the works

Original show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will helm the adaptation at Netflix.



This is happening. This is happening. Netflix is working on a live-action series based on the beloved Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, with the show's original creators involved.

Live-Action 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' Series Coming to Netflix

Netflix's See What Next Twitter account announced that a "reimagined" live-action Avatar was in the works. The tweet included some pretty sweet concept art from the reboot, featuring Appa the sky bison.

The company also confirmed that Avatar's original creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will serve as executive producers and showrunners. And fans cried big soppy wet tears of jubilation.

Darren Criss wins Emmy for 'American Crime Story'

'Assassination of Gianni Versace' star wins Best Actor in a Limited Series.



Darren Criss made history at 70th Emmy Awards, winning Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his portrayal of Andrew Cunanan in FX's The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.

By our calculations, Criss is the first Asian American actor to win in this category, only the second actor of Asian descent to win in any acting cateogry, and the first Filipino American actor to win an Emmy. Ever.

Criss received wide acclaim for his haunting star turn as real-life killer Andrew Cunanan (who was Filipino American, like Criss). Season two of the FX true crime anthology series chronicled Cunanan's notorious 1997 murder spree, in which he killed four men before shooting famed fashion designer Gianni Versace in Miami.

"Oh, my God, you guys are witnessing the most extraordinary moment of my life thus far," Criss exclaimed as he took the stage to accept the award.

9.17.2018

KORE is back as a brand new print magazine

Former KoreAm Journal reboots as the only print publication covering Asian Americans in entertainment/culture.



KORE is back. The magazine formerly known as KoreAm Journal, recently rebranded as KORE Asian Media, has been rebooted as a full-fledged print magazine. They'll be publishing ten times a year as the only print publication covering Asian Americans in entertainment and culture.

Kicking off the reboot, the inaugural September 2018 issue features the likes of John Cho, Ronny Chieng, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Sujata Day and the artist Gajin Fujita. Contributing writers include Euny Hong, Oliver Wang and Susan Cheng. Contributing photographers were Joyce Kim and Melly Lee.

9.16.2018

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Rep. Chu: Kavanaugh's Refusal To Condemn Chinese Exclusion Act Decision 'Alarming'
Senator Kamala Harris asked Brett Kavanaugh whether the 1889 case that upheld the racist Chinese Exclusion Act was correctly decided. For some reason, the Supreme Court nominee couldn't answer the question.

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Patsy Takemoto Mink’s Trailblazing Testimony Against a Supreme Court Nominee
The first woman of color in Congress opposed G. Harrold Carswell's nomination in 1970 and helped clear a path for Harry Blackmun, who wrote the Roe v. Wade opinion. It seems particularly relevant now.

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'People Saw Only A Turban And A Beard': Reflecting On A Post-Sept. 11 Death
Balbir Singh Sodhi was a Sikh American man who owned a gas station. In one of the first hate crime murders following 9/11, Balbir was shot and killed. His brothers reflect on Balbir's life and the impact of his murder.

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New generation of Asian-American women are fighting to normalize mental health treatment
Good Morning America highlights Kristina Wong, Tess Paras and Emily Wu Truong -- three Asian American women who are on a quest to normalize discussions about mental health and getting treatment.

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How I fought fear and found faith on a motorcycle trip across America
As Arvin Temkar rode his motorcycle on a cross-country solo trip, he was afraid. But as he encountered the kindness of strangers throughout his travels, he thought about how a culture of fear can lead to hate.

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14 Powerful Portraits Showing the Diversity of Asian-American Feminism
Being Asian American isn't just about Crazy Rich Asians and Harvard lawsuits. Here are 14 New York City Asian American feminists who are reclaiming the narrative surrounding Asian American activism.

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Carrying the Fire in the Windy City
A personal history of race and the outdoors, from Chicago's Red Summer to Japanese American incarceration.

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Subverting the Chinese Immigrant Story
Author Vanesesa Hua on the many different kinds of Chinese immigrant stories.

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Aneesh Chaganty on Searching, Pitching John Cho, and Casting an Asian-American Family
Aneesh Chaganty, the director of Searching, talks about the joy of his feature film debut, (spoiler-y) clues about the movie's final twist, and experiencing pushback when he wanted to cast an Asian American family.

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Alan Yang Is Keeping It Weird with His New Amazon Series Forever
The Master of NoneM vet talks his new dramedy, where Saturday Night Live alumni Maya Rudolph and Fred Armisen play a married couple -- and "there's some crazy shit that happens."

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Broadway-bound 'Be More Chill' is a viral - and diverse - hit
Be More Chill, a musical about a teenage boy who takes a pill to make him cool, had a short run in New Jersey, but quickly became viral on platforms like Tumblr. So viral that it's now going to Broadway.

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How Nancy Kwan Went From Ballet to the Big Screen
Legendary actress Nancy Kwan explains how she just happened to be in "the right place at the right time" to help make Hollywood history in the 1961 movie musical Flower Drum Song.

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Beyond ‘Crazy Rich Asians': Angie Wang Makes a Movie
Angie Wang's film, MDMA, reflects the debut filmmaker's own past as a drug synthesizer and dealer in the 80s.

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Q&A: Lyrics Born on the story behind Sorry to Bother You, his 10th LP
Bay Area rapper Lyrics Born talks about his long pioneering journey as an Asian American hip hop, his recent forays into acting, and the release of his tenth album Quite a Life.


9.14.2018

Representation Matters: A Discussion with Simu Liu

Thursday, September 20 at UCLA Geffen Hall



Kim's Convenience fans! Heads up. If you're in Los Angeles, come join us for a conversation with actor, writer and producer Simu Liu, who plays Jung on the hit Canadian sitcom (now available internationally on Netflix). He'll be talking about his breakthrough role, the insights he's learned on his unique journey to Hollywood, and the future of Asian Americans in film and television. I'll be serving as moderator for the evening.

It's happening Thursday, September 20 at UCLA Geffen Hall. Here are some more details:

Angry Reader of the Week: Jes Tom

"I make people laugh and sometimes think, when I am very lucky."



Greetings, internet friends. 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 Jes Tom.

Where can AAPI voters have maximum impact in 2018?

AAPI Data identifies key house races where AAPIs can make a difference.



Your vote counts. Every vote counts. But in some of the most competitive races, our community's vote could actually help tip the balance. With midterm elections quickly approaching, AAPI Data took a look at the numbers and identified the areas where Asian American and Pacific Islander voters can have maximum impact in 2018.

9.13.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 48: They Call Us Staycation

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 filmmaker Tanuj Chopra and actress Grace Su to talk about their feature Staycation ahead of the film's world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival. They discuss, among other things, the Good, Bad and WTF of being "hella indie."

Fund This: 'I Will Make You Mine'

Lynn Chen makes her directorial debut with the sequel to 'Surrogate Valentine' and 'Daylight Savings.'



Here's a film project that could use your crowdfunded generosity.

I was pretty excited to hear about I Will Make You Mine. Not only is it the final installment of a trilogy -- the sequel to the fan favorite indie features Surrogate Valentine and Daylight Savings -- it marks the directorial debut of my good friend Lynn Chen, who also wrote, produces and stars in the film.

2011's Surrogate Valentine and 2012's Daylight Savings, written and directed by Dave Boyle, followed the life, love and friendships of indie musician Goh Nakamura, who played a version of himself. Six years later, I Will Make You Mine shares the perspective of three women who are romantically linked to Goh, as they maneuver in to their 40s and face major life changes.

"I never set out to become a writer, director, or producer," Lynn says. "But somehow this film, about growing older and re-examining our past relationships, called out to me. And I could not have told this particular story at any other time in my life."

9.11.2018

All the Asians on TV: Fall 2018 Series Premieres

Here are the new scripted shows featuring actors of Asian descent. We counted.



These are new shows. It's that time of year again. The fall television season has started up, and as we attempt to do every year, we're keeping an eye out for Asian folks on the tube. Because we like to keep track of such things. But with cable and streaming services cranking out tons of new content, as well as network shows now premiering year-round, the old model of a fall "season" as a programming benchmark is not quite what it used to be. Nevertheless, after scouring the slate of series premiering across a variety of platforms, we're pleased to present a general rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series regulars (not technically guest starring or recurring) on new scripted prime time network, cable and streaming shows premiering this fall.

9.09.2018

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In U.S. Open Victory, Naomi Osaka Pushes Japan to Redefine Japanese
In becoming the first Japanese-born tennis player to win a Grand Slam championship, Naomi Osaka is helping to challenge Japan's longstanding sense of racial purity and cultural identity.

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John McCain Was Never My Hero
Que-Lam Huynh resettled with her single mother to the U.S., spending some of her formative years in Arizona. For Huynh and many others, the late John McCain was never her hero.

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Day of Judgment
After a Supreme Court ruling goes his way, The Slants' Simon Tam realized winning can be complicated.

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Artist-in-Residence Yumi Sakugawa: We Are Not Bound By Our Narratives
Comic book artist and author Yumi Sakugawa on how she discovered her calling, how meditation and mindfulness informs her art, and why we shouldn't be tied to the narratives we tell ourselves.

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'Crazy Rich Asians' didn't tell all of our stories, but Asian Americans found a way to relate
"...on some level, I think I was relieved because I thought, however bizarrely, that my own social value and that of the entire Asian American community hinged upon the box-office receipts of this film. And that's how complicated it is to be Asian American in 2018."

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In 1993, ‘Joy Luck Club’ Changed Hollywood. Until It Didn't.
"I thought it would be a new beginning for Asian-Americans." It wasn't. In 1993, The Joy Luck Club was a critical and financial success. But instead of ushering in a crop of Asian American projects, the film remained a token for more than two decades.

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At 25, 'The Joy Luck Club' is still a captivating Hollywood movie about Asian American identity and, finally, it's no longer the only one
For 25 years, the epic story of four Chinese immigrant women living in San Francisco was one of the few Hollywood movies about Asian American identity. With the recent success of Crazy Rich Asians, people have hope that The Joy Luck Club will finally have some company.

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How to find the weird and hilarious Easter eggs in the social media thriller "Searching"
The makers of Searching plotted meticulously to make sure the footage was effective and not distracting. This made for a ton of background content and inside jokes for viewers to catch after multiple viewings.

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Riz Ahmed Acts His Way Out of Every Cultural Pigeonhole
From HBO to ‘Star Wars' to Shakespeare, he has discovered how to excel beyond tidy genres.

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Mitski Is The 21st Century's Poet Laureate Of Young Adulthood
Mitski's technical skills and poetic lyrics make her a powerful artist to watch out for.


9.07.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Austin Jose

"I'm all about lighthouses, and living a life akin to one..."



Hey, folks! What's good? 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 Austin Jose.

9.05.2018

First Look at Gemma Chan in 'Captain Marvel'

'Crazy Rich Asians' star plays Minn-Erva in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first solo female-led movie.



Entertainment Weekly's latest cover story drops a huge first look at the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Captain Marvel, showing off star Brie Larson in full-on superhero glory.

Brie Larson takes flight as Captain Marvel on this week's EW cover

Set in the 1990s, the origin story follows Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.

EW's feature includes a gallery of ten exclusive images from Captain Marvel -- including our first glimpse of Gemma Chan as the very blue, rather badass-looking alien Minn-Erva.

9.04.2018

This NICU nurse cared for him as a preemie. Now he's a doctor.

28 years later, they're working at the same hospital.



As the kid of a retired nurse, this story warms my heart. A nurse in California was surprised to find herself reunited with a former patient -- then, just 29 weeks old -- now, a pediatric resident at the same hospital.

Nurse Vilma Wong has worked in the NICU at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford for 32 years. She had been caring for patients alongside Brandon Seminatore, a second-year pediatric resident, when she remembered once being the primary nurse to premature baby with the same last name.

They both quickly deduced that Brandon was, indeed, Vilma's patient almost three decades ago.

It turns out that Seminatore's mother, remembering Wong's care, had told him to look for a "Vilma" in the NICU. But he thought it was pretty unlikely that he'd find her, assuming she'd already retired. Apparently not.

"I was in shock initially but overjoyed to know that I took care of him almost 30 years ago and now he's as a pediatric resident to the same population he was part of when he was born," Wong tells Babble.

The hospital's Facebook page posted a photo of Vilma and baby Brandon, circa 1990, alongside a photo of their reunion last month. The post, of course, has since gone viral.

'Crazy Rich Asians' is the most successful Hollywood romantic comedy in nearly a decade

Jon M. Chu's groundbreaking film has earned $117 million and counting at the North American box office.



Don't know if you've heard, but Crazy Rich Asians has made a barge-load of money, earning the top spot at the box office for three straight weekends. The groundbreaking romantic comedy, based, which features an all-Asian cast and is directed by Jon M. Chu, is a bona fide summer blockbuster.

Finishing the long Labor Day weekend with an estimated total of $117 million, Crazy Rich Asians is now the most successful Hollywood studio romantic comedy in nearly a decade, since Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds' The Proposal earned $164 million in North America in 2009, not adjusted for inflation.

More here: 'Crazy Rich Asians' Becomes Most Successful Studio Rom-Com in 9 Years at the U.S. Box Office

9.02.2018

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After "Asian August," What's Next For Asian-Americans in Hollywood?
Now that Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and To All The Boys I've Loved Before have kicked ass -- at the box office, and in our hearts -- here are some upcoming Asian-led projects in development.

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18 Things to Watch If You Loved "Crazy Rich Asians" and Where to Stream Them
If you loved Crazy Rich Asians, check out these films and shows with strong Asian American representation.

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The 'Whitening' of Asian Americans
Recent lawsuits suggesting reverse discrimination have aligned the interest of white Americans and Asian Americans, raising complex questions about identity and privilege.

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I'm A Lower-Income Asian American, And Affirmative Action Helped Me Get Into College
Quyen Dinh was able to attend UC Berkeley thanks to affirmative action policies, and personally knows the negative impact of taking away such protections.

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Professor On Why She Supports Harvard Admissions Practices
While a high-profile lawsuit accuses Harvard of discriminating against Asian American students in its admissions process, more than 500 academics, including many Asian Americans, have filed a legal brief defending Harvard.

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The Banned Chinese Novel My Father Loved in His Youth
Inside the rollicking, political world of The Water Margin: Outlaws of the Marsh -- a banned book that author Vanessa Hua's father loved as a child.

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Leaving a Legacy: Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Filipino-American Champion and Historian
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a passionate activist who dedicated her life to chronicling the rich Filipino American history in California and the U.S., died unexpectedly last month from an asthma attack.

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It's A Cultural Moment For Asian Representation - As Long As You're Light Skinned
Rachel Ramirez tackles colorism within the Asian and Asian American community.

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John Cho Is One Step Ahead
Leading man John Cho, who stars in the new thriller Searching, has always been one step ahead. And now, Hollywood is starting to catch up.

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How Searching Became More Than an "Internet Movie"
How filmmaker Aneesh Chaganty convinced John Cho to come on board for Searching, a story about a father tracking down his missing teenage daughter, told exclusively through the digital screens we use every day.

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Michelle Yeoh Has Kicked Ass for Three Decades
Michelle Yeoh has had a prolific, exceptional career by being one of the most physically gifted actresses alive.

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How a pre-med USC student came to sing — and redefine — a Coldplay song in 'Crazy Rich Asians' If you've seen Crazy Rich Asians, you remember the scene. USC student Katherine Ho sang her version of the Coldplay song “Yellow" in Mandarin, which set the tone for the climactic moment.


8.27.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 47: They Call Us John Cho

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 Sony studios, we welcome actor John Cho, who stars in the Aneesh Chaganty's new thriller Searching. We discuss the film's inventive storytelling conceit, his unique leading man status, and the Good, Bad and WTF of being John Cho.

8.26.2018

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Asian-Americans Need More Movies, Even Mediocre Ones
"The real test of narrative plenitude is when we have the luxury of making mediocre movies. And after having made mediocre movies, we would be rewarded with the opportunity to make even more mediocre movies, just as Hollywood continues to make enormous numbers of mediocre movies about white people, and specifically white men."

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Nail Salon Brawls & Boycotts: Unpacking The Black-Asian Conflict In America
"This incident does not stand alone. In fact, there is a long history of Black-Asian conflict in America, and tensions were especially high in the early 1990s in New York and Los Angeles."

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Advocates worry housing issues may lead to an Asian-American census undercount
Advocates worry that a growing trend of Asian Americans in nontraditional housing and homeless situations could lead to an undercount in the census -- crucial data that is used to decide how $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year.

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Crying in H Mart
"Am I even Korean anymore if there’s no one left in my life to call and ask which brand of seaweed we used to buy?" Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast searches for memories in the aisles of a Korean supermarket years after her mother's passing.

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The Protagonist
After decades in supporting parts, Emmy nominee Sandra Oh plays the hero in Killing Eve.

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Kelly Marie Tran: I Won't Be Marginalized by Online Harassment
Earlier this summer, Kelly Marie Tran deleted her social media. In her first statement since doing so, Tran delivers a powerful response to the online harassment that led her to this point.

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Up-and-Comer of the Month: Michelle La on Her Big Break in 'Searching'
An interview with Michelle La, who co-leads with John Cho in the thriller Searching.

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Soundtrack for the Chinese Diaspora: The Music of Crazy Rich Asians
"The thing that resonated with me most when I watched the film Crazy Rich Asians wasn't the food, the landscape, the fashion, or even the beautiful people, but the music."

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Has Even The Most Hardened Asians Crying At The Theater
"To have to work to find yourself in narratives that aren't necessarily about or for you ... I think it's just like this huge weight that we all stopped noticing we had, suddenly being lifted."

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Wakako Yamauchi, a pioneer playwright of the Japanese American experience, dies at 93
Wakako Yamauchi, the pioneering Japanese American playwright, short story writer and poet whose 1977 play And the Soul Shall Dance shed light on the harsh realities of the early 20th century immigrant experience, has died. She was 93.


8.24.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Hana Lee

"Angry Asian woman who does not want to live in fear anymore..."



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 Hana Lee.

8.23.2018

'Radical Cram School' is Sesame Street for the Resistance

Kristina Wong's kid-centric web series is badass and adorable.



How do we keep girls of color from internalizing the racist and misogynistic rhetoric amplified by the election of a presidential bully? How do we empower them to embrace their identities and become allies to other social movements? Forget Kumon. Your kid needs Radical Cram School.

Radical Cram School is a new web series that seeks answer to these questions through humor and fun. Hosted by comedian Kristina Wong, the unscripted six-episode series features Asian American kids, ages 7-11, eight of who identify as girls and one who identifies as gender fluid. Kristina and the kids play games, put on a puppet show and sing the blues to explore topics such as structural racism, misogyny, identity and bullying.

Grounded in academic research and crafted with comedy, Radical Cram School aims to spark the kinds of conversations not happening in school to explore topics such as structural racism, misogyny, feminism, gender identity, income inequality, and how to practice self-expression to transform negative experiences.

While the subject matter skews mature, the kids' unscripted reactions are hilarious and heartwarming. All six episodes of Radical Cram School are now available on YouTube. Check it out:

8.22.2018

Casting Call: 'This Is Us' needs a cute Vietnamese kid

NBC drama seeks 5-10 year old boy for recurring role.



Know a Vietnamese kid who wants to be an actor? This Is Us is looking for a young Vietnamese actor, 5 to 10 years old, for recurring role on the upcoming season of the hit NBC drama.

The little boy who will play the role of "Lanh" must be "adorable," able to speak conversational/fluent Vietnamese, and live in Los Angeles or the surrounding area. This is a recurring co-star role.

Here's the casting call that's getting passed around:

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 46: They Call Us Crazy About Crazy Rich Asians

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 super-sized episode, Jeff and Phil welcome Jen Yamato of the Los Angeles Times and (first repeat guest) Rebecca Sun of The Hollywood Reporter to dish and debrief their honest, no-holds-barred reactions to the biggest movie of the year, Crazy Rich Asians. You may have heard of it.

8.20.2018

Casting Call: 'Lucky Grandma' needs a Chinese Andre The Giant

Indie feature needs a huge bodyguard to protect a chain-smoking Chinatown grandma from gangsters.



The upcoming independent feature film Lucky Grandma, directed by Sasie Sealy and co-written by Sealy and Angela Cheng, will be shooting in New York City's Chinatown and Flushing this fall. The production is currently in the middle of casting and looking for an actor to fill a key role in the film.

Lucky Grandma is a story about an ornery, chain-smoking, gambling Chinatown grandma who gets in trouble with two warring Tongs and hires a bodyguard to protect her and her grandson. The film will feature and all-Asian cast and will be largely in Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Fukienese).

Right now, they're specifically looking for someone who speaks fluent Cantonese or Mandarin that might be right for the lead role of "Big Pong," a huge Andre-the-Giant-type bodyguard character. Here's the breakdown:

8.19.2018

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Is No. 1 at Box Office, Proving Power of Diversity (Again)
"Audiences are tired of seeing the same stories with the same characters. And we have to give people a reason to get off their couch or devices. We have to give them something different."

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Crazy Rich Asians Is the Love Letter to My People I Never Had a Chance to Write
Of the dozen or so TV shows Adele Lim has written for, none had an Asian lead. Then the opportunity to write Crazy Rich Asians with co-screenwriter Peter Chiarelli came along.

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"Crazy Rich Asians" Doesn't Care About Your Impossible Expectations
Crazy Rich Asians and To All the Boys I've Loved Before may be making history, but all they really want is to entertain. Isn't there something historic in that, too?

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How "Crazy Rich" Asians Have Led to the Largest Income Gap in the U.S.
No, this is not about the film -- but it is important. While rich Asians have become the highest-earning group in the nation, income growth among poor Asians has largely stagnated. This trend mirrors that of other racial groups, though income inequality has accelerated fastest among Asians.

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Crazy Broke Asians: Asian America's Forgotten Fight
While Crazy Rich Asians is an enjoyable and light-hearted summer watch, it certainly does not represent all Asians or Asian Americans.

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Leaving a Legacy: Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, Filipino-American Champion and Historian
Dawn Bohulano Mabalon, a passionate activist who dedicated her life to chronicling the rich Filipino-American history in California and the U.S., died unexpectedly last week from an asthma attack.

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A Sisterhood of Nurses
More than 40 years ago, six Filipino nurses arrived in the U.S. to launch their nursing careers. Joyette, Connie, Peachy, Nora, Teresa and Gertrudes have supported one another through sea changes in the medical field as well as personal joys and sorrows. This is their story.

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2018 Was the Summer of the Asian Beach Read
Writers of color often find themselves pigeonholed as "identity writers" who focus on racial trauma. But this summer, there's been a boom of lighter "beach read" books from Asian Americans -- and it's refreshing.

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An Asian-American Teen Idol Onscreen, Finally
Jenny Han, whose book To All the Boys I've Loved Before is now a Netflix film, talks about the importance of seeing someone who looks like you on creative media platforms.

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John Cho Doesn't Have All the Answers
Actor John Cho talks about being a focal point for Asian American representation and why nobody wanted him to do his new movie Searching.

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Ken Jeong Calls Out Hollywood's 'Cultural Insensitivity'
Ken Jeong delights audiences in Crazy Rich Asians as Papa Goh, the high-haired, nouveau riche father of the Goh family. But behind the laughter, the road to Crazy Rich Asians was a deeply emotional one.

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How Coldplay's "Yellow," in Chinese, ended up on the "Crazy Rich Asians" soundtrack
"The ace card in Crazy Rich Asians' loaded hand is its soundtrack, which combines nostalgic Chinese big-band jazz numbers from the swinging sixties with tongue-twisted remakes of American pop classics." Including the centerpiece: a memorable cover of Coldplay's "Yellow."

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Meet Katherine Ho, the Voice Behind Your Favorite Song from the 'Crazy Rich Asians' Soundtrack
19-year-old student Katherine Ho, who covers Coldplay's “Yellow,” is on cloud nine right now.

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James Hong, 89-Year-Old Chinese American Actor: "I Never Thought It Would Take This Long"
James Hong who has been acting since the 1950s has been fighting for parity for Asian actors for decades. "I never thought it would take this long," Hong said of the making and release of Crazy Rich Asians.

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It’s Time to Forgive The Joy Luck Club
The landmark film beautifully portrayed the Asian American experience. Then Asian Americans turned on it.

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Mitski Writes Bangers for the Loners
On her fifth album, Be the Cowboy, the musician explores solitude in all its forms.

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'We Bare Bears' creator Daniel Chong on how the show keeps pushing its storytelling
Daniel Chong's animated show We Bare Bears follows the antics of tech-savvy bear brothers as they integrate into human society. As it begins its fourth season, Chong discusses how he and his team are taking the show into new directions.


8.17.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Jon M. Chu

"I make up stories."



Hello, internet friends. It's about time 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 Jon M. Chu.

What was really happening in Crazy Rich Asians’ pivotal mahjong scene

Guest Post by Jeff Yang



One of the most beautiful things about Crazy Rich Asians is how it refuses to explain many of its most intrinsically Asian elements. That lack of training wheels is intentional: As director Jon M. Chu told me, "We didn't want to give people an excuse to think of this world as some kind of obscure, exotic fantasyland -- this is a real place, with real culture, history and tradition, and instead of just giving them answers to their questions, we want them to have conversations."

The movie's Singapore-specific local color and broadly Asian cultural nuances are indeed fairly Google-able, and can readily be contextualized through polite discussions with actual Asian people. But there's one scene in particular that has been resiliently enigmatic to audiences of many backgrounds, both Asian and non-Asian... and it's a pivotal one: The mahjong scene.

That's especially true for fans of the book, who won't recognize it -- it's original to the movie. It was inserted in part because Michelle Yeoh, who delivers an amazing steel-and-silk performance as the movie's main antagonist, refused to play the stock, villainous tiger mom from the book. This scene provides her with critical impetus toward her eventual redemption.

But it's also true for people who don't understand the complex rules of the game, which aren't intuitive and are often different depending on region of the world. So here's a quick primer on the game of mahjong itself, as well as its significance to the film in that pivotal scene. Spoilers abound starting here, so if you haven't yet watched the deliriously warm and funny movie, crawl out from under that rock and see it before reading further.

Michigan legislator apologizes for calling Asian American opponent racial slurs

State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott referred to state Rep. Stephanie Chang as "ching-chong."



In Michigan, amid mounting backlash, a state legislator has apologized for "disparaging remarks" -- for the record, she means racial slurs -- that she made against an Asian American opponent for state Senate.

Detroit Rep. Bettie Cook Scott on Asian opponent: 'Don't vote for the ching-chong!'

During a recent Democratic primary, Michigan state Rep. Bettie Cook Scott reportedly referred to her opponent, state Rep. Stephanie Chang, as "ching chong," and called members of Chang's staff "ching chongs."

"Vote for me. Don't vote for the ching-chang!" witnesses overheard Scott telling voters during the August 7 primary election for District 1. She also reportedly called Chang's campaign volunteers "ching-chongs," saying "I called them ching-chongs. That's what they are!"

Well, that's just some good, old-fashioned racist schoolyard name-calling. But wait, there's more.

At an earlier campaign stop, Scott called one of Chang's campaign volunteers an "immigrant," saying "you don't belong here" and "I want you out of my country." Later, she was overheard telling a voter "these immigrants from China are coming over and taking our community from us." Further, she said it "disgusts" her "seeing Black people holding signs for these Asians and not supporting their own people."

When all else fails, racism and xenophobia are a tried and true political strategy.

8.16.2018

API Forward Movement presents Farm to Chopsticks

Thursday, August 23 at Japanese American Cultural & Community Center



Hey Los Angeles! Here's a fun food event for a great cause. API Forward Movement is hosting their annual Farm to Chopsticks fundraiser benefiting their grassroots education and organizing for food, health, and social justice in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

The evening will feature Korean drumming, dinner by Organic Pan-Asian restaurant Green Zone and a food demonstration by Chef Pablo Kim, Korean-Argentinian "master griller" and a Master Chef Latino 2017 finalist. Bonus: Our friend DanAKADan will be the emcee for the evening.

It's going to be a great event. Farm to Chopsticks is happening on Thursday August 23rd at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Little Tokyo. Tickets are going quickly, get yours here.

For more information, visit the API Forward Movement website.


8.13.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 45: They Call Us Ronny Chieng

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 "international" comedian Ronny Chieng, who talks about going from law school to standup (because he couldn't find a job), getting a correspondent gig on The Daily Show, and being back in his home country to be part of a major pop culture moment: Crazy Rich Asians.

8.12.2018

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'Crazy Rich Asians': Why the historic Hollywood rom-com matters
The cast and filmmakers of Crazy Rich Asians share their own disparate paths to Hollywood, as well as their hopes for how their film might pave the way for all stories historically under-seen and heard in Hollywood. (Be sure to watch the video at the top.)

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Why Did It Take So Long to See a Cast Like 'Crazy Rich Asians'?
There was Flower Drum Song in 1961, and Joy Luck Club in 1993... and then what? Why did a big studio feature film like Crazy Rich Asians take so long to get made?

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The Long Crazy Road to Crazy Rich Asians
It's fair to say that drama in Crazy Rich Asians, staged amid staggering displays of Southeast Asian conspicuous consumption, pales in comparison to the film's real-life backstory.

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Crazy Rich Asians isn't about money, it's about entitlement—and that's a good thing
Stephanie Foo on the emotional experience of watching Crazy Rich Asians.

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Yellowface, Whitewashing, and the History of White People Playing Asian Characters
"It is the height of white privilege to think a white person is better equipped to play an Asian character than an Asian person." Reappropriate's Jenn Fang writes a breakdown of yellowface and whitewashing for Teen Vogue.

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'Fresh Off the Boat' Star's Dad Shares Pride and Pain of Seeing His Child Grow Up Onscreen
Jeff Yang, whose son Hudson plays Eddie Huang on Fresh Off the Boat, talks about what it's like raising his son and watching him grow up on television.

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A Year After Charlottesville, are White People Co-Conspirators in Confronting White Supremacy?
"The bottom line: white supremacy kills everyone, and no one gets a pass right now, especially not white people who must become co-conspirators with people of color to confront white supremacy."

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'Bad Appetite' Puts the Food World's Cultural Appropriation on the Chopping Block
Comedian Jenny Yang uses her YouTube series to showcase underrepresented voices in food.

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Long Live Chinatown, Especially When I'm Gone
Xuan Juliana Wang reflects on her four years living in New York City's Chinatown, and the hopes she has for the neighborhood's future.

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When "I Love You" Was Too Much, My Grandmother Said It With Pork Stir-Fry
Vivian Lee shares the story of a single dish that's meaningful to her and her family.

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Sorry to Bother You's Secret Weapon: a Powerhouse with an Eye for New Talent
Meet Forest Whitaker's producing partner Nina Yang Bongiovi, a potent force in the indie scene—and one of the engines behind Fruitvale Station, Dope, and Roxanne Roxanne.

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"This Is Our Watershed Moment": Hollywood's Asian-American Leaders Have a Plan to Push Inclusion
More than a dozen Asian American executives, agents, and creatives push forward a mission to give a voice to "all underrepresented people" in entertainment.

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Keiko Agena on life after 'Gilmore Girls,' her new book and how she copes with anxiety
Keiko Agena's new book, No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists, provides interactive pep talks for anxious artists held back by perfectionism.

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Screenwriter Sameer Gardezi on the Motivation Behind Writing 'Surina & Mel'
Sameer Gardezi's digital series, East of La Brea, centers on a diverse Muslim neighborhood in Los Angeles, and features two (two!!) South Asian American women leads.

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Mitski's Many Lives
Indie pop artist Mitski Miyawaki says she's lived many different lives in her one body. On her new album Be the Cowboy, she's taking on the spirit of a charismatic, swaggering cowboy.


8.10.2018

#NeverAgainIsNow: Why the 30th anniversary of Japanese American Redress matters today

Guest Post by Tsuya Hohri Yee, Co-Chair New York Day of Remembrance Committee; and Joseph Shoji Lachman, Co-founder of Never Again.


Photo Credit: Densho/The Kinoshita Collection & The Rafu Shimpo

August 10th marks the 30th anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which granted a presidential apology and monetary reparations to living Japanese American families who had persevered through World War II incarceration for simply looking like the enemy. Over 120,000 people were removed from their homes and imprisoned in concentration camps in remote areas of the country. The majority were U.S. citizens and 1/3 were children. While no amount of money could ever undo the damage to Japanese American families and our democracy as a whole, the Act was a landmark piece of legislation, and represented decades of grassroots organizing across the country. Many Japanese Americans, young and old were inspired to join the Redress Movement by the work of Civil Rights Movement activists of the 1960s, and mobilized our communities to come together to fight for an apology and reparations. Allies in the Black and Latinx communities came to the aid of Japanese Americans, recognizing the commonalities of our struggles, and through this powerful coalition work Japanese Americans finally saw some semblance of justice for our families.

What the Redress movement achieved went beyond the Civil Liberties Act. Our community is not monolithic and there was significant debate about how to "right this wrong," including the view that demanding compensation would bring negative attention to our community. Others felt that creating a Commission to study the incarceration, including prisoner testimonies was demeaning and unnecessary. But those disagreements didn't stop us from moving forward and when it mattered most, we rallied our support around the Civil Liberties Act. Painful divides between individuals and groups who had chosen different paths during the war that had once seemed fixed in stone, now see the possibility of eroding. As part of the healing process the Redress movement started, annual Day of Remembrance programs were organized across the country giving communities an opportunity to reflect, learn, and join together in solidarity around our common history. Japanese Americans also began journeying back to camp sites on pilgrimages to reclaim the stories of their parents and grandparents and to begin piecing together what was lost. Today we look back with admiration at what we fought for and accomplished as a community.

Angry Reader of the Week: Stephen Liu

"I'm all about connecting people whether that be for love, business or friendship."



What's up, internet friends? 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 Stephen Liu.

8.09.2018

Lynn Chen to direct 'I Will Make You Mine'

'Saving Face' star to write, direct, produce and star in final installment of 'Surrogate Valentine' trilogy.



It's like catching up with an old friend. Fans of the 2011 indie movie favorite Surrogate Valentine and its 2012 sequel Daylight Savings will be pleased to learn that a long-awaited third installment is in the works.

Lynn Chen to Direct Indie 'I Will Make You Mine'

Surrogate Valentine and Daylight Savings, written and directed by Dave Boyle followed the life, love and friendships of indie musician Goh Nakamura, who played a version of himself. I Will Make You Mine, the final installment in the trilogy, shares the perspective of three women, who are romantically linked to Nakamura, as they maneuver in to their 40s and face major life changes.

Two teens arrested in attack on elderly Sikh man

Suspects repeatedly punched, kicked and spit on a 71-year-old man in broad daylight.



In northern California, two teens have been arrested in the brutal assault on a 71-year-old Sikh man in broad daylight. Investigators say the attack was an attempted robbery, but the victim's family is calling it a hate crime.

2 teens arrested in connection to video of elderly Sikh man being kicked, spit on

Sahib Singh Natt was taking his daily walk around a park in Manteca when he was confronted by 18-year-old Tyrone McAllister and a 16-year-old boy, who demanded money from him. When Natt, who has trouble communicating, tried to walk away, they blocked him and the confrontation became violent.

A neighbor's home surveillance video shows one of the men kicking Natt to the ground. When he attempts to get back up, he gets kicked repeatedly. They assailants start to walk away while Natt is still on the ground, but one of them returns to kick him a few more times and spit on him.

(Warning: Video contains violence.)

8.06.2018

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 44: They Call Us Crazy Rich Asians

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 last May at C3: Conference for Creative Content at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, we moderate a panel discussion with director Jon M. Chu, screenwriter Adele Lim, and cast members Nico Santos and Chris Pang of Crazy Rich Asians.

8.05.2018

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Sarah Jeong, New York Times Editorial Board Member, Has A Right To Be Angry
Sarah Jeong, the newest member of The New York Times' editorial board and the subject of a ferocious right-wing fake-outrage campaign, has legit reasons -- and the right -- to be angry. This matters because Asian Americans have historically been told that our rage isn't our due.

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In Latest Concession to Conservative Trolls, New York Times Blames Bigotry on Many Sides
Sarah Jeong is not "the real racist."

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In Little Saigon, anxiety after arrest of Orange County man in Vietnam
The family of a man missing for a month in Vietnam announced Thursday that he has been detained by the government and imprisoned in Ho Chi Minh City "without cause or charges
The term 'Asian American' was meant to create a collective identity. What does that mean in 2018?
In 1968, Yuji Ichioka, who was inspired by the Black Power Movement, coined the term in order to build solidarity and resistance against racism. But what is its utility 50 years later?

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Losing My Son to Reading
"Seeing my son reading, I realize he is taking one step further on his own road to independence, to being a border-crosser, someone who makes his own decisions, including what he reads and what he believes."

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The Viral Earrings Calling Out Men Who Fetishize Asian Women
Artist and jewelry-maker Ada Chen's thesis collection at Pratt Institute was titled Made in Chinese America, and explores her identity as a Chinese American woman. Specifically, she makes statements about men who fetishize Asian women, and the western gaze in general.

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'I Loved God, I Loved Believing': An Interview with R.O. Kwon
R.O. Kwon's debut novel, The Incendiaries, is a meditation on faith, extremism, and fractured identity. It's a story partly inspired by Kwon's own experiences separating from Christianity as a young woman.

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Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person: Shopping in Korea and America
Cartoonist Dami Lee illustrates her struggles shopping in both Korea and the U.S.

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Cartoonist Thi Bui Weaves Together Personal And Political History
Cartoonist Thi Bui's Eisner Award-nominated graphic memoir The Best We Could Do is the story of her family in the years before, during and after the Vietnam War.

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The 'new Yellow Peril': How U.S. film critics reviewed Bruce Lee movies in his day
Bruce Lee's legendary breakthrough film Enter the Dragon premiered 45 years ago this month, just weeks after Lee died. The film posthumously propelled Lee to martial arts immortality and international superstardom. But what did reviewers think of the film back then?

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Welcome To The Summer Of Asian-American Rom Coms
This summer, audiences can see two romantic comedies starring Asian-American women: To All the Boys I've Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians. And it's not a moment too soon.

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The Stakes Are High for 'Crazy Rich Asians' -- And That's the Point
The creators behind Crazy Rich Asians turned down a "gigantic payday" at Netflix to ensure the first Asian-American-focused studio movie in 25 years would be seen in theaters and, if all goes well, reshape the Hollywood landscape: "The biggest stage with the biggest stakes — that's what we asked for."

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Behind the Scenes at The Hollywood Reporter's 'Crazy Rich Asians' Cover Shoot
From a sprawling Bel Air mansion to $2 million in jewels, here's how Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh and Henry Golding's Slim Aarons-inspired looks for that glamours Hollywood Reporter came to be.


8.01.2018

2018 Plate by Plate Presented by Project by Project

Saturday, August 4 at City Market Social House in Los Angeles.



Los Angeles! See you this Saturday for a whole lot of food, drink and community. Plate By Plate, presented by Project by Project, is an awesome annual tasting benefit featuring star chefs, top rated restaurants, and beverages from across the nation. Best of all, 100% of the net proceeds raised from Plate by Plate are remitted to a nonprofit partner organization serving the Asian American community.

This year, Plate by Plate has joined forces with OCA-GLA and to raise funds for their Mentored Path to Citizenship grant program, which provides legal assistance and helps alleviate the financial burden for those who cannot afford the naturalization application fee to apply for American citizenship.

Plate by Plate LA is happening Saturday, August 3 at City Market Social House in Downtown Los Angeles. Your evening's celebrity co-chairs are Leonardo Nam and Michelle Krusiec. Before I forget: be sure to use the discount code PBPAAM25 to get $25 off your ticket.

Here's some more information:

7.31.2018

#KeepPJHome: ICE is targeting the Cambodian community for deportation... and this man might be on the top of its list.

Guest Post by Thi Bui.



Last week, I caught up with Borey Ai aka PJ, whom I wrote about in this piece for The Nib:

Refugee to Detainee: How the U.S. is Deporting Those Seeking a Safe Haven

It's been twelve weeks since PJ was released from ICE detention, two years since he was released from a life sentence in prison for a crime he committed at the age of fourteen. The #KeepPJHome campaign is going strong. Hundreds of postcards have been mailed to California Governor Jerry Brown, asking him to grant PJ a pardon in light of his rehabilitation and years of service to others as a counselor and advocate for juvenile justice reform.

We sat on a grassy knoll overlooking Oakland's Lake Merritt. PJ told me it's been a long time since he sat down in a park. We chatted about how you can rent kayaks and sailboats on the lake. He asked me if there were things I've always wanted to do since I was a kid, and I replied that I've been using my adulthood to catch up on them. I asked, "What about you?"

"So many things," he answered with a smile that looked mostly optimistic but which I couldn't help thinking was incredibly sad at the same time. I thought about a life, humans in cages, and how Americans don't feel safe even though the US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Meanwhile, PJ played with a small dog that came to lie down in his shadow and chatted with her owner, an elderly woman with a walker.

A short while later, an electronic beep told him it was time to change the battery on his ankle monitor. He put a fresh battery into the bulky plastic contraption under his sock as we discussed the process of getting a 47-hour pass from his parole officer to go to Stockton to visit his mother and see his childhood haunts.

All of these lingering effects of imprisonment go away if PJ receives a pardon.

7.30.2018

Asian AF Presents: The Stars of Crazy Rich Asians

Monday, August 6 at UCB Inner Sanctum Cafe & Stage in Los Angeles.



Comedy fans in Los Angeles, you do not want to miss this one. In celebration of the upcoming theatrical release of Crazy Rich Asians, our friends at Asian AF have put together the Crazy Rich Asians Comedy Show, featuring standup from the stars of the Warner Bros. romantic comedy. The lineup includes Ken Jeong, Ronny Chieng, Nico Santos and Jimmy O. Yang, who are all part of the movie's cast.

This is going to be a blast. It's happening Monday, August 6 at the UCB Inner Sanctum Cafe & Stage in Los Angeles. Admission is free! But seating is first come, first served. So get there, and there early!

[UPDATE: Response to the show has apparently been pretty crazy, so in order to ensure a safe and orderly evening, they're instituting a RSVP list. Reserve yourself here.]

[UPDATE:] Okay, the show sold out in like five minutes.

Here are some more details about the show:

7.29.2018

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Two Years After #StarringJohnCho, John Cho Is Finally a Leading Man
"I want the future to be where it's completely normal to see an Asian American family on-screen," says actor John Cho, who stars in the hyper-modern thriller Searching, opening later this month.

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How Elite Schools Stay So White
"In our highly unequal society, education systems have consistently found ways to favor elite, white applicants, whether it's through slippery definitions of "merit," giving added weight to athletes or children of alumni, or fighting to change admissions policies to schools in which Asians are more overrepresented rather than those where whites are."

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Seven grassroots Asian American groups rocking this nation
Grassroots organizers in Asian American groups across the country have been changing local communities and therefore, the nation, for decades with or without media coverage. Their work is rooted in the fundamental belief that social issues are systemic and need to be addressed at their core. Here are seven organizations relentlessly leading the fight.

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On Monolids And The Language Of Beauty
Crystal Hana Kim talks about her fraught relationship with her monolid, and how in the beauty world, certain standards are lauded as "natural," well others are made alien.

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On Falling in Love with the Language I've Spoken My Entire Life
Lucy Tan rediscovers Chinese through the fiction of Eileen Chang.

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Film Criticism Is Lacking Diversity — I’m Trying To Find A Fix Within Myself
64 percent of the reviews of last year's top-grossing movies were written by white men. One entertainment reporter/fledgling critic is doing her part to be part of the change.

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Kevin Kwan Goes Hollywood
Crazy Rich Asians author Kevin Kwan is happy to be the public face of the movie adaptation. But he'd be happier if somebody else were doing it for him.

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'Iron Fist' Was Always Racist — and the Netflix Show Isn't Helping
Nothing says "Asian" like a mystical white dude standing in Chinatown.

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How Ali Wong's Stand-Up Became The 30-Something Woman's 'What To Expect'
Ali Wong's comedy special Hard Knock Wife is truth serum for all the moms out there looking for camaraderie, and all the pregnant women searching for unfiltered guidance.

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Yes, they came as refugees, but on 'Queen Sugar' this family from Vietnam gets to be so much more
When Ava Duvernay created the Vietnamese American family for her show Queen Sugar, she made sure the character depicitions were culturally competent -- and get an actual, full story.

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Olympian Mirai Nagasu on struggling with self-acceptance as a figure skater
Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu opens up about her struggles with self-acceptance in a sport where looks sometimes seem to matter nearly as much as the physical feats themselves — and how pal Adam Rippon helped her learn to laugh at herself.

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The Sisters Ishibashi celebrate being a Japanese American showbiz family
Showbiz sisters Brittany, Brooke, and Brianna Ishibashi are producing a series of vignettes based on their experiences growing up as a Japanese American Osmonds family.


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