3.22.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 62: They Call Us MasterChef

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. (Almost) 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 SXSW, we welcome MasterChef Season 9 contestants Ashley Mincey and Farhan Momin to chat about cooking, family, culture, authenticity and "ethnic food." Special thanks to Lisa Lee of DoorDash, for putting it all together, and Torchy's Tacos, for filling our bellies.

Angry Reader of the Week: Soleil Ho

"My deal is thinking about how we can use food to explain bigger things."



Greetings, good readers. 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 Soleil Ho.

Is that you, Constance Wu?

'Fresh Off The Boat' star begins filming 'Hustlers' in New York City.



Fresh Off the Boat and Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu has begun production on her next project, the stripper crime drama Hustlers. Unofficial photos from the set give us a glimpse of her look... and wow.

This is not Rachel Chu. This is definitely not Jessica Huang.

3.21.2019

They Call Us Bruce: Episode 61 - They Call Us Austin Asians (Live From SXSW)

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. (Almost) 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 SXSW, Jeff and Phil host an Asian American trivia quiz show, with special guests Simu Liu, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Jonny Sun, Nancy Wang Yuen, Chloe Dao and PJ Raval -- all vying for Asian (North) American honor, glory and bragging rights. Special thanks to our friends at the Austin Asian American Film Festival and Indeed.

3.20.2019

Justin Chon's 'Ms. Purple' acquired by Oscilloscope

Sundance sibling drama will hit theaters later this year.



After premiering earlier this year to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, Justin Chon's sibling drama Ms. Purple, starring Tiffany Chu and Teddy Lee, has been acquired for distribution by Oscilloscope Laboratories.

Ms. Purple follows Korean American sister and brother Kasie and Carey, who were raised and are now seemingly stuck in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Abandoned by their mother and brought up by their father, the siblings continue to struggle with deep emotional wounds from the difficulty of the parental dynamic. Now, with their father on his death bed, the estranged Carey comes home to help Kasie care for him. As they reunite over their dying father, Kasie and Carey confront their shared past, attempting to mend their relationship.

The film will be released in theaters later this year.

More here: Oscilloscope Acquires Justin Chon Sundance Drama 'Ms. Purple'


It's Bruce Lee vs. Brad Pitt in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

"My hands are registered as lethal weapons."



Bruce Lee... versus Brad Pitt?. The first trailer for Quentin Tarantino's latest film just dropped, and it seems to be the moment everybody's talking about. But did the badassest guy who ever lived have to be the comic relief?

Plot details are still pretty scant, but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood follows faded television actor Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, and his stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, striving to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

Amidst a lot of quick cut vintage Hollywood imagery, the teaser shows a black-clad Bruce Lee, played by Mike Moh, claiming his hands are registered lethal weapons. "We get into a fight, I accidentally kill you... I go to jail."

Pitt, unimpressed, retorts, "Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It's called manslaughter."

Cut to the two engaging in some gung fu tusslin'.

3.17.2019

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Sandra Oh Says Jobs Are Like Dating — and She's Learned to Move On
At 47, and reaching new heights in her career, Sandra Oh gives far less fucks.\

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The Unlearned Lesson of My Lai
A half-century after a brutal massacre in Vietnam, the U.S. still struggles to hold itself accountable for atrocities.

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Andrew Yang is running for president. Haven’t heard of him? You will soon.
Last week, Andrew Yang, an entrepreneur and veteran of the tech industry, became the latest -- and, perhaps, least likely -- Democratic presidential candidate to meet the requirements necessary to appear in the party's first debate in June.

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Centering The Asian American Community
"When I think about Asian Americans, I think of a community that wants to get organized and uplift the power of their people. But there are not enough tools in our cultural toolbox to engage in this type of (political) discourse."

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Son’s tweet of ‘sad’ dad at new but empty doughnut shop sends community flocking for tasty treats
All it took was a single tweet of a “sad” father stationed behind the counter of a newly opened but desolate mom-and-pop doughnut shop to bring the community out and get sales rolling.

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NBC Hiring Lilly Singh As a Late Night Host Is a Very Big Deal
The YouTube star will become the only queer woman of color hosting a late night show on a major network.

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Does “Captain Marvel” Do Right By the Talented Gemma Chan?
"Minn-Erva follows a long line of marginal and minor Asian female characters in Marvel films."


3.10.2019

Read These Blogs


America, Say My Name
When writer Viet Thanh Nguyen was younger, he tried on different "typical American" names, encouraged by generations of American tradition. Eventually, he stuck with the name his parents gave him.

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The Memory Keepers
For survivors of Japanese American incarceration and their descendants in California, documentation and counter-documentation has become a form of resistance.

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White Supremacist Propaganda At 'Record-Setting' Levels, ADL Report Finds
According to a new report by the Anti-Defamation League, white supremacy propaganda increased by 182 percent in 2018 compared with the year before.

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I Will Never Be As Brave As My Mother
Recently, Elizabeth Ann Quirino discovered that during World War II, her mother Lourdes "Lulu" Reyes Besa risked her life to sneak medicine to prisoners of war in concentration camps in the Philippines.

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Director removes racism and yellowface from Minneapolis staging of 'The Mikado'
With a new production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado opening in Minneapolis, playwright and theater artist Rick Shiomi shares his vision for addressing the 1885 work's racial offenses.

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Soleil Ho is a young, queer woman of color who wants to redefine food criticism
Food journalist and trained chef Soleil Ho is The San Francisco Chronicle's new restaurant critic.

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The Female Chef Making Japan's Most Elaborate Cuisine Her Own
How Niki Nakayama's kaiseki restaurant became a highly coveted reservation in L.A.

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The One and Only Naomi Osaka
Naomi Osaka is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside a blistering forehand: For all her growing fame, the world's No. 1 tennis player remains tough to define -- just the way she likes it.

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My worst moment: 'Fresh Off the Boat' star Randall Park and the soggy audition
Randall Park, who plays endearingly optimistic, consistently upbeat Louis on Fresh Off the Boat, recalls a cringe-worthy audition from his early days of acting.

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With "Captain Marvel," Gemma Chan Is Demolishing Hollywood's Aversion To Color-Blind Casting
Gemma Chan speaks about the importance of challenging Hollywood's ideas about roles for Asians.


3.08.2019

They Call Us Bruce: Live Podcast & AAPI Creatives Mixer

Monday, March 11. Presented by the Austin Asian American Film Festival



Hey Austin! Our podcast They Call Us Bruce is teaming up with the Austin Asian American Film Festival for a free live podcast taping event/trivia competition/creatives mixer. Think NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me with an Asian American twist. Jeff Yang and I will be joined by panelists Paul Sun-Hyung Lee and Simu Liu (Kim's Convenience), PJ Raval (SXSW Keynote Speaker/Documentary Director), Nancy Wang Yuen, Ph.D. (Author & Pop Culture Geek), Chloe Dao (Project Runway Winner), and Jonny Sun (writer on Bojack Horseman, Lin Manuel-Miranda collaborator). It's happening Monday, March 11 at Indeed.

For further information and to RSVP, go here: AAPI Creatives Mixer w/ They Call Us Bruce Live Podcast


They Call Us Bruce - Episode 60: They Call Us Canadians

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. (Almost) 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 Canadian actors Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Kim's Convenience) and Samantha Wan (Second Jen). They discuss the unique flavor and challenges of telling stories north of the border, and The Good, The Bad and The WTF of being Asian Canadian.

Angry Reader of the Week: Jenn Wong

"I'm a very short person. And Canadian, so very friendly by default."



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 Jenn Wong.

3.03.2019

Read These Blogs


Dr. Seuss Books Can Be Racist, But Students Keep Reading Them
Dr. Seuss delivered racist messages in his books and other writing and illustration. Despite efforts to diversify reading lists for children, his books remain popular.

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4 Asian-American Women Who Changed History
Four trailblazing Asian American women whose work impacted the lives of many.

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Jameela Jamil Is a Force for Revolutionary Self-Acceptance
The Good Place actress Jameela Jamil wants to use her privilege and platform to shed light on important issues, like fat shaming and mental health.

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How PEN15's Mutsuko Erskine Wound Up Playing Herself on TV
Mutsuko Erskine not only plays the matriarch in Maya Erskine's PEN15 -- she is Maya's mother in real life.

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Jeremy Lin reflects on the time he was disrespected by Kobe
At the height of Jeremy Lin’s popularity in 2012, the very peak of "Linsanity" all over the basketball world, almost everyone and their mother was talking about him. But not Kobe Bryant.

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David Henry Hwang on Theater, Trump, and Asian-American Identity
Celebrated playwright David Henry Hwang discusses storytelling across cultures.

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Constance Wu Reveals Significance Behind Her Yellow Oscars Dress
Crazy Rich Asians star Constance Wu's Academy Awards outfit came with a deeper meaning.


3.01.2019

"Honoring the sacrifices they made for our nation is long overdue."

Rep. Grace Meng introduces resolution in Congress to recognize Chinese railroad workers.



New York congresswoman Grace Meng has introduced a resolution in Congress to recognize the almost 12,000 Chinese workers who helped build America's transcontinental railroad during the 19th century.

"In May, we will commemorate 150 years since the end of the railroad's completion, and providing these laborers with the national recognition they deserve would be an outstanding way to commemorate this milestone," Rep. Grace Meng said in a statement. "Honoring the sacrifices they made for our nation is long overdue."

The resolution acknowledges the risks Chinese laborers faced between 1865 and 1869 as they toiled in dangerous conditions on the monumental engineering project, all while dealing with discrimination and unequal pay and treatment.

More here: N.Y. congresswoman introduces resolution honoring Chinese railroad workers

Angry Reader of the Week: Richie Menchavez

"I am always digging to discover great music."



Hello, internet friends. Once again, we find ourselves at another opportunity 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 Richie Menchavez.

Jude Weng and Jessica Yu land milestone TV directing gigs

Weng will direct ABC's comedy pilot from Jessica Gao; Jessica Yu will direct NBC's 'Bluff City Law.'



Asian American women directors making some big moves in television...

Jude Weng has been hired to direct ABC's untitled single-camera comedy pilot from writer Jessica Gao. She is believed to be the first Asian American woman ever and the first woman of color in nearly 30 years to direct a half-hour broadcast network pilot, since Debbie Allen helmed the pilot for The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air in 1990.

Meanwhile, Jessica Yu is set to direct NBC's drama pilot Bluff City Law. The Academy Award-winning director is believed to be the first Asian American woman to direct a broadcast drama pilot.

More here: Jude Weng & Jessica Yu Land Milestone Directing Gigs In Strong Pilot Season For Director Diversity

2.25.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 59: They Call Us Fairy Princess Diaries

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. (Almost) 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 performer and blogger Erin Quill, the fierce, hilarious voice behind Fairy Princess Diaries. They discuss objectionable details about BBC's upcoming Asian-themed children's series, Living With the Lams.

2.24.2019

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We Don't Deserve Michelle Yeoh
If you think this is Michelle Yeoh's moment, think again. She's been kicking ass to the amazement of moviegoers for 30 years. But with the smash success of Crazy Rich Asians, Hollywood is finally recognizing her greatness.

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Asian Americans may have an educational advantage, but they face a 'bamboo ceiling' at work
A recent report suggests that Asian American students who oppose affirmative action because they believe it hurts them will face a rude awakening when they leave college.

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Racist? Fair? Biased? Asian American Alumni Debate Elite High School Admissions
New York City's push to admit more black and Hispanic students to its best high schools has provoked strong emotions from Asian American graduates. Here's what they have to say.

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Inside One Man's Trip to the Idaho Camp Where His Great-Grandparents Were Held During World War II
Minidoka documents Joseph Lachman's pilgramage from Seattle to the Minidoka National Historic Site in South Central Idao, where his great-grandparents were incarcerated during WWII.

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Japanese internment was wrong. Why do some of our leaders still try to justify it?
Almost 80 years after FDR passed Executive Order 9066, some community leaders and politicians are still attempting to use this mass incarceration to justify discriminatory policies.

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Can Crazy Rich Asians Open the Floodgates for Asian Americans on TV?
Asian-American TV creators have struggled to get shows made, but there's new optimism: "I already see dramatic changes in what kinds of stories networks seem willing—and even eager—to tell."

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"For the new generasian": a look back on long lost design treasure, Yolk magazine
Yolk was an Asian American magazine that ran in the early 90s and prided itself on expressing unheard stories from the East and Southeast Asian diaspora in the U.S.

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Are we racist? A family's conversation, illustrated
In an excerpt from Mira Jacob's graphic memoir Good Talk, a mother and son discuss the difference between bigotry and systemic oppression.

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Pramila Jayapal is Congress's activist insider
Here's how Jayapal plans to make Democratic leadership take progressives seriously.

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Japanese Breakfast on Making Her Mom's Kimchi Soup and Embracing Her Half-Korean Roots
Between touring nationally and writing a memoir, Michelle Zauner somehow finds time to cook.

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Oscar-Nominated Minding the Gap Director Bing Liu on America's Masculinity Crisis
An interview with director Bing Liu, whose documentary Minding the Gap is up for an Oscar.

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Jeremy Lin: 'There's definitely some bittersweetness to my career'
The Raptors guard on Asians in pop culture and representing an entire race.

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Steven Yeun | Phenomenologies of Patience, Philosophies of Embrace
A profile of Steven Yeun, who often plays characters that confront the darkest corners of human nature.

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Burning Would Have Won
The cerebral Korean thriller was shortlisted for an Oscar -- and then it was snubbed. So what happened?


2.22.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Chien-An Yuan

"Someone recently referred to me as a 'creative facilitator' and yeah, I can work with that."



What is up, good people of the world wide web. 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 Chien-An Yuan.

2.17.2019

Read These Blogs


Will Harvard continue to fail Asian Americans — or will it learn from the past?
Professor, filmmaker, and Harvard alum Renee Tajima-Pena calls on Harvard to recognize and invest in the importance of Asian American Studies, and Ethnic Studies generally.

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I'm Asian-American. Affirmative Action Worked for Me
"I needed affirmative action to have a chance to succeed, because almost nothing in the community I was brought up in encouraged me to realize that I had talent." Playwright Young Jean Lee says she benefited from affirmative action, and other Asian American students should have the same opportunity.

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Deported and 9,000 Miles Apart, but 'You Stay With the Person You Love'
Rex Ny and Chuh A were married January 26 in Kontum, Vietnam. They're both Montagnards, the indigenous people of Vietnam's Central Highlands, and the children of those who had aided American troops during the Vietnam War before emigrating to the United States. But Mr. A was deported after serving time for an aggravated felony conviction.

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Lonely? Anxious? Depressed? Maybe your dentist can help
Dentist Huong Le enlisted Zona Keo, a social worker and mental health professional, to help patients who voice feelings of loneliness and even suicidal thoughts during dentist visits.

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From Mesopotamia to West London, a 4,000-year history of the turban
An excerpt from the book Turbans and Tales by Amit and Naroop, aka London-based photographers Amit Amin and Naroop Jhooti, the creative duo behind the Sikh Project.

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Your Hipster Kimchi Could Never
Noah Cho and the commodification of kimchi.

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How Karen Chee Landed Her Dream Job on Late Night With Seth Meyers
Karen Chee, the newest writer on Late Night With Seth Meyers, chats about her crazy past few months, why she loves late-night television and political satire so much, and what a Karen Chee-hosted late-night show in the not-so-distant future might look like.

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Hari Kondabolu Is Not for Everyone
Franny Choi interviews Hari Kondabolu about his comedy, activism and the artist's responsibility.

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PEN15's Spice Girls Episode Was 'Traumatic' to Film
PEN15 writer and actor Maya Erskine used her own life experiences to write the Hulu series' Spice Girls episode, and what she thought would be funny brought back some painful memories.


2.16.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 58: We Call Us Lunar New Year

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. (Almost) 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.

Happy Lunar New Year! On this episode, we ring in the Year of the Pig by welcoming a new member to the They Call Us Bruce team, Nick Song. We also test out a new format for the show, discussing our takes on The Good, The Bad and The WTF of the week in Asian America.

2.15.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Amanda Nguyen

"Justice should not depend on geography."



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 Amanda Nguyen.

2.14.2019

Eighteen Angry Years

Happy Angryversary.



Hey, everybody! Phil here. Happy Valentine's Day, if that's your thing. Around here, coincidentally, the day is special for another reason. Today happens to mark the 18th anniversary of this blog. On this day in 2001, I turned the knobs and flipped the switch to upload the very rudimentary first version of Angry Asian Man.

18 years. Damn. This blog is legally an adult. Old enough to vote. Which also makes me old... and tired. Definitely tired. It's been wonderful, it's been inspiring, it's been appalling, it's been bewildering. It's been a hell of a journey that I never saw coming. When I first started working on this thing, I had no idea that I was starting a thing. And I certainly didn't think anybody was going to read it.

But here you are, so thank you. The very best thing about running this site has been all the awesome people it has put in my path, the dear friendships we've forged, and the community we've created together.

Thank you to the close confidants who have always had my back, the artists and change-makers who inspire me, and you, the dear readers who gave me a voice. It's an honor. Especially huge thank you to the supporters and subscribers who donate to Angry Asian Man, this month and every month. You keep this going.

No thank you to the haters.

On a personal note, the blog's 18th year was one of the most challenging years my own life, with some setbacks and disappointments, as well as wins and good news. I'm definitely not the same guy I was when we started this thing, 18 years ago. That said, I'm not going anywhere. Thanks for sticking around. Let's keep doing this together.

Stay Angry.


2.13.2019

ABC orders comedy pilot from Jessica Gao

Working title: "Lazy Rich Asians."


I trust the comic sensibility of anyone who would use this photo as their profile pic.

Looks like the runaway success of Crazy Rich Asians continues to ripple in different ways. ABC has ordered an Asian American-themed comedy pilot from Emmy-winning writer Jessica Gao. The series doesn't have an official name yet, but it's currently going with the working title "Lazy Rich Asians." I mean, why not.

'Rick & Morty' Writer Jessica Gao Lands Comedy Pilot Order at ABC

The single-camera comedy centers on Janet Zhao, a first generation Chinese American woman who struggles to set healthy boundaries with her crazy, exhausting family. When her wealthy grandmother dies and names Janet the sole inheritor, she suddenly finds herself the unwilling new matriarch of the family she's spent her life trying to keep at arm's length.

I love it. I'm all for more Asian American families on TV -- crazy, lazy, rich or whatever. Let's make this happen.

2.11.2019

Simu Liu to guest star on 'Fresh Off The Boat'

An Asian (North) American TV family cross-over, sort of.



Two of your favorite Asian TV families are about to cross over, sort of.

Simu Liu, who stars on the hit Canadian sitcom Kim's Convenience, will step into another Asian (North) American family comedy when he guest stars on an upcoming episode of ABC's Fresh Off The Boat.

Liu will play a character named "Willie." The role has something to do with noodles.

Cover Reveal: 'Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist'

New picture book biography tells the story of the celebrated Chinese American artist.



Celebrated Chinese American artist and painter Tyrus Wong is the visionary best known for his influential work on the 1942 Disney feature film Bambi. From humble beginnings, immigrating to the United States from China -- with the Exclusion Act in full effect -- at 9 years old as a "paper son," Wong found his calling as an artist whose work would inspire a generation of American animators.

A new picture-book biography Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist, written by Julie Leung and illustrated by Chris Sasaki, tells the story of Wong's journey, capturing the life and work of a painter who came to this country with dreams and talent -- and who changed the world of animation forever.

"Before he became an artist named Tyrus Wong, he was a boy named Wong Geng Yeo. He traveled across a vast ocean from China to America with only a suitcase and a few papers. Not papers for drawing -- which he loved to do -- but immigration papers to start a new life. Once in America, Tyrus seized every opportunity to make art, eventually enrolling at an art institute in Los Angeles. Working as a janitor at night, his mop twirled like a paintbrush in his hands. Eventually, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime -- and using sparse brushstrokes and soft watercolors, Tyrus created the iconic backgrounds of Bambi."

Paper Son hits shelves on September 24 from Random House. Here's the gorgeous cover by Chris Sasaki:

This mom is roaming campus looking for a date. For her son.

Police at Towson University have issued an advisory about a matchmaking mother on the loose.



Just in time for Valentine's Day! Police at Towson University are on the lookout for a woman who has been apparently going around campus trying to find a date for her son. Heyyy ladies.

Towson University police warn of a woman on the loose, looking for a date for her son

Students complained to officers that a woman in her 50s approached them in two campus buildings, showing them a picture on her cell phone and asking if they were interested in dating her son.

It happened enough times for university police to issue a campus-wide "incident advisory," including surveillance video images, asking for help identifying the woman. Officials say she isn't wanted for criminal investigation -- they just want her to stop with the unorthodox matchmaking efforts.

Oh good. They arrested this asshole.

Daniel Sohn, found sleeping in his car, arrested for impersonating a police officer.



Remember this guy? He was recently caught on camera repeatedly saying "white power" and throwing up white power signs at a group of Black Lives Matter protestors in Hollywood. So here's an update on this piece of shit. He was arrested last week for impersonating a police officer.

Man In Viral Video Seen Wearing LAPD Shirt, Shouting ‘White Power’ Found Sleeping In His Car

Daniel Sohn was arrested early Friday morning in West Hollywood after sheriff's deputies found him sleeping in a car, which was illegally parked overnight on a commercial property. When deputies approached the car, they discovered Sohn wearing a long sleeve shirt with a "LAPD" logo on the front and patches on the sleeves.

According to authorities, the deputies recognized Sohn from his recent "performance" on social media. You're famous, bro. After verifying he was not an officer of any law enforcement agency, deputies took him into custody on suspicion of impersonating a police officer.

2.10.2019

Read These Blogs


The End of the American Chinatown
Renewed interest in downtown living threatens neighborhoods that long provided a first stop for new immigrants.

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Not Just Dragon Dancing. The History Of LA's Chinatown Parade You Might Not Know
La Fiesta de Los Angeles, a mob killing of Chinese men, and other unknown histories that precede L.A.'s Chinatown parade as we know it today.

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How The Destruction Of LA's Original Chinatown Led To The One We Have Today
Born out of necessity for a community displaced by racism and civic development, the neighborhood has endured for more than 80 years — but the Chinatown we know today isn't Los Angeles's first such enclave.

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Forget it, Jake: If Chinatown is a metaphor for anything, it's America
In his new column for the Los Angeles Times, Frank Shyong aims to reintroduce readers to Los Angeles, a "vibrant, ever-changing, international city defined by its diversity and its diasporas."

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Chinese, Taiwanese Restaurants Drop 'Golden' And 'Dragon' To Take On Mandarin Names
Words like "Golden" and "Dragon" used to signal to restaurant-goers that a place was going to serve Chinese dishes. A younger generation of restaurant-owners opts out of these signifiers.

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For Asian-American Artists, K-pop Is A Homecoming
Just as their parents once saw the United States as the land of opportunity, young Korean Americans with pop star dreams now see South Korea as a place to make it big.

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The Collected Esmé Wangs
In her new collection of essays, The Collected Schizophrenias, Esmé Wang tackles the many varied things — from mental health, to family history -- that make her her.

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Why Patriot Act Succeeded Where Netflix’s Other Talk Shows Tanked
Netflix’s forays into the talk show genre haven't lasted long, but Hasan Minhaj may have cracked the code.

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As an Asian-American Woman, I Saw My Trauma and Grief in "The Farewell"
Lulu Wang's Sundance Film Festival hit The Farewell is about a family that gathers in China to spend time with their grandmother while hiding her terminal cancer diagnosis from her.

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Here to Make NICE and Changes to the Asian American Canon
Writer, actor, and filmmaker Naomi Ko expands the conversation on representation in media, asking what it means to create a TV show about your home and community when the world doesn't believe you're from there -- and what it means to create for your community when parts of your community do not accept your work.

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Grace Under Pressure: Is Chantal Thuy Black Lightning's Next Hero?
An interview with Black Lightning's Chantal Thuy, who plays Grace Choi, a queer Asian American bartender and superhero fan.


2.08.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Jesca Prudencio

"I am filled with caffeine, sugar, chili peppers, and passion."



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 Jesca Prudencio.

2.07.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 57: They Call Us Tze Chun

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. (Almost) 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 -- back from an unintended extended hiatus -- we welcome writer/filmmaker Tze Chun, who talks about his journey from directing independent film to writing for network television, to his latest venture, co-founding the new comic book publisher TKO Studios.

It's going to be easier to get all you Asians to the movies

#GoldOpen officially partners with AMC Theaters.



#AsianAugust was just the beginning. With the success of Asian-driven films such as Crazy Rich Asians, Searching and Aquaman, the #GoldOpen movement has partnered with AMC Theatres to help continue their initiative of championing Asian films. The first-of-its-kind partnership with AMC is designed to streamline group movie-going, theatre buyouts and bulk regular-price ticket purchasing through a ticket buying system that includes a dedicated ticketing web page, purchasing support, and special events throughout the year.

More here: AMC Teams With #GoldOpen To Help Support Asian And "New Majority" Films

2.04.2019

Badass store owner fights off robber... with bananas

He messed with the wrong lady and her fruit.



File under badass... and bananas. This one comes to us from Canada, where a Mississauga convenience store owner fought off a would-be robber with a bunch of bananas.

Mississauga store owner fights off robber with bananas, video shows

69-year-old Seungae Kim was behind the counter at A&J Convenience, the store she owns and operates with her husband, on Saturday night when a masked man came in and demanded she open the cash register.

She refused. When the man got up on to the counter, Kim and her husband sprung into action. She grabbed the closest thing in reach -- a big bunch of bananas -- are started swinging. And kept swinging.

"Then he jumped up to the counter. My husband pushed him down," Kim told CP24. "Then I was scared my husband was going to be hurt, so I got the bananas and started to hit him so hard and he ran away."

The incident was caught on the store's surveillance video, which shows Kim fighting off the suspect, who fled on foot empty-handed -- but not before she flung the fruit at him as he ran away.

C.Y. Lee, author of 'Flower Drum Song,' dies at 102


C.Y. Lee in 2016 (Los Angeles Times)

C.Y. Lee, the Chinese American author whose best-selling 1957 novel The Flower Drum Song provided the source material for the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and feature film, died November 8 at his daughter's home in Los Angeles. He was 102. The family did not publicly announce the death at the time.

Over a career spanning seven decades, Mr. Lee wrote nearly a dozen volumes of historical fiction, but his best-known work was his debut novel, The Flower Drum Song, explored conflict among first- and second-generation immigrants in San Francisco's Chinatown. The novel brought instant literary stardom upon its release.

More here: C.Y. Lee, author of the best-selling novel 'The Flower Drum Song,' dies at 102

2.03.2019

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Angry Reader of the Week: Michaela Dietz

"I am a fan of declarative sentences."



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 Michaela Dietz.

1.31.2019

Don't miss the World Premiere of 'Tales of Clamor'

February 1- March 3 at Aratani Theatre Black Box



If you're in Los Angeles, you don't want to miss the world premiere of Tales of Clamor presented by the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, in association with Nikkei Civil Rights and Redress.

Tales of Clamor by PULLproject Ensemble is a 7-person play centering around two artists debating cultural versus institutionalized silence. Utilizing ensemble storytelling, circus arts and archival footage from the 1981 Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians hearings, this piece explores what it means to show up for each other, speak out, and generate the collective clamor necessary for social change.

The show runs February 1 - March 3 at the Aratani Theatre Black Box in Little Tokyo.

[UPDATE] The guy who yelled "white power" at Black Lives Matter protestors is also cruel to dogs

Hey, man. You're a piece of shit.



Oh, hell no.

This video, circulating on social media, shows an Asian man -- reportedly an officer with the Los Angeles Police Department [EDIT: or, more likely, just a regular idiot asshole civilian in a police t-shirt] -- repeatedly saying "white power" and throwing up white power signs to antagonize a group of Black Lives Matter protestors demonstrating outside of a 24-Hour Fitness in Hollywood on Thursday morning.

1.28.2019

Duke professor warns students against speaking chinese

University apologizes over email urging Chinese students to speak English on campus.



Duke University has apologized after a professor sent an email cautioning international students against speaking Chinese on campus and urging them to speak English instead.

Duke University Apologizes Over Professor’s Email Asking Chinese Students to Speak English

The professor, Megan Neely, said in the email that two faculty members had come to her office complaining about students speaking Chinese "very loudly" in the student lounge and study areas. The faculty members wanted to identify the students and write down their names in case they sought to work with them in the future.

"They were disappointed that these students were not taking the opportunity to improve their English and were being so impolite as to have a conversation that not everyone on the floor could understand," Professor Neely wrote in the email. "To international students, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE keep these unintended consequences in mind when you choose to speak Chinese in the building."

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