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.


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.


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.


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Not Just Dragon Dancing. The History Of LA's Chinatown Parade You Might Not Know
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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
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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
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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.


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.


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


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


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Before I Was President of Planned Parenthood, I Was Diagnosed With Cervical Cancer
Dr. Leana Wen recalls a time long before she became the president of Planned Parenthood, when she needed accessible reproductive health services the most.

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2018 Was a Breakthrough Year for Asians in Hollywood—but Not at the Oscars
Since 2015's #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy has made an effort to foster more diversity among its nominees. This year's nominations suggest that effort is still developing.

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The stranger-than-fiction family drama behind Lulu Wang's 'The Farewell'
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A Day of Rice Cakes for the Lunar New Year
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A blogger recorded her mom cooking Chinese food. Now, the 73-year-old is an Instagram darling.
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Daniel Dae Kim Wants To Do More Comedies 'Cos He's The Master Of Dad Jokes
Lost and Hawaii Five-0 star Daniel Dae Kim, a recent guest of the 29th Singapore International Film Festival, talks about his career, Hollywood diversity, and his new role as a producer.


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.

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