6.12.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Yuh-Line Niou

"I'm angry about why we don't love each other enough to be angry for each other."



Hello, internet friends. It is time 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 Yuh-Line Niou.

Of course the Trump Administration is holding migrant children at a former Japanese American incarceration site

Fort Sill has been selected "as a temporary emergency influx shelter" to detain 1,400 children.



History repeats itself. After running out of room at government shelters, the Trump Administration has opted to use an Army base in Oklahoma to hold growing numbers of immigrant children in its custody -- at the same site where innocent Japanese American citizens were detained during World War II.

Fort Sill, an 150-year-old installation once used as an incarceration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, has been selected "as a temporary emergency influx shelter" to detain 1,400 children until they can be given to an adult relative, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More here: Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Base That Served as WWII Japanese Internment Camp

6.09.2019

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How Ali Wong And Randall Park's New Rom-Com 'Always Be My Maybe' Came To Be
I had a blast talking to Randall Park and Ali Wong about their Netflix romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe for the upcoming summer issue of Character Media.

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Dispute Arises Over 'No-No Boy,' a Classic of Asian-American Literature With a Complex History
John Okada's 1957 novel about a Japanese American draft resister has been republished by Penguin Classics, but a copyright claim raises questions over its ownership.

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Stonehenge
"In their attractive, polished faces, I saw that Stonehenge was as familiar to them as having a gun held to my face was to me." Min Jin Lee on writing and cultural referents.

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Going Home With Ocean Vuong He's best known as an award-winning young poet, and he's now getting attention for his novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. But Kat Chow first knew him as a talented writer a couple of years ahead of her in high school.

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When being Asian American means bacon and eggs and hamburgers
An ode to the Bay Area’s Asian American-owned diners, burger joints and sandwich shops.

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The Bookstore That Tells the Stories of Asian American Activism Florence Makita Hongo founded and manages the Asian American Curriculum Project in San Mateo.

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For the Original K-Pop Stars, Survival Depended on Making it in America The Kim Sisters' success in Las Vegas allowed their family in war-torn Korea to eat.

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Shannon Lee Talks 'Warrior' And How Hollywood Honors And Exploits Her Father's Legacy Shannon Lee is the executive producer of Cinemax's Warrior and daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

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Ali Wong And Randall Park On Rapping, Rom-Com Tropes And (Keanu) Reeves
Ali Wong and Randall Park talk to NPR about their version of When Harry Met Sally.

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The Lyrics to Always Be My Maybe's 'I Punched Keanu Reeves' Rap, Annotated by Randall Park
The lyrics to Always Be My Maybe's signature track, annotated by star/writer/emcee Randall Park.


6.07.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 68: They Call Us Soleil Ho

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 NCORE 2019 in Portland, we welcome back Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. We talk race, culture, politics, identity and, of course, food.

They could save their brother's life... if the U.S. would let them in the country.

Tu Le needs a bone marrow donor. His brothers in Vietnam are perfect matches, but their visas were denied.



Two Vietnamese brothers who petitioned to travel to the United States to donate bone marrow to their dying brother in San Jose were denied temporary visas by the U.S. government.

Tu Le is suffering form Myelodysplastic syndrome, an aggressive form of blood cancer. He is dying. Le is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant to survive. His brothers are both matches. A perfect 100% genetic match. But they have been denied temporary visas by the U.S. government.

Le's brothers, Lam Le and Hiep Nguyen, applied for B-2 tourist visas at the end of May, citing a medical emergency. According the family, they were denied entry on June 3. These men have what is necessary to save their brother's life, and the United States government is like... nope.

More here: Vietnamese men denied visas for life-saving transplant for brother in San Jose


6.06.2019

These Are Some Badass Bruce Shoes

Bruce Lee Converse All-Star Sneakers by Milton Wong



This dope new pair of Bruce Lee Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars features art by Hong Kong illustrator Milton Wong, depicting Bruce in his iconic yellow jumpsuit from Game of Death. Custom made-to-order, these shoes are exclusive to the Bruce Lee Family Store and available in both High Top and Low Top styles.

Here are some more images:

6.03.2019

Do not watch this show on an empty stomach.

YOMYOMF's unscripted series 'Family Style' offers a lively look at Asian food.



Family Style is a 12-episode unscripted food and travel series that offers a lively look at not just Asian food, but the traditions, culture and backstory of the food and the dish that's brought to the table. Shot in Vietnam, China and the Philippines as well as Hawaii and Los Angeles, the series is produced by Stage 13 and YOMYOMF.

The series is led by the Foodie Fam -- eight talented friends bound together by their knowledge and love for culture, cuisine and sharing family moments around the table. The cast includes Stacy Fan, Lana McKissack, Gilbert Galon, Arvin Lee, Anthony Ma, Oates Wu and Sujata Day.

Highlights of the first season include a visit to the Night Markets of Saigon, Singapore and the San Gabriel Valley; how to make Kare Kare, the Philippines' revered hearty stew; the legend of the Pork Highway in Oahu; Sri Lankan, Indian, Japanese, Korean and Burmese cuisine and more.

Check out the trailer:

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 67: They Call Us Always Be My Maybe

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 offer our honest takes on The Good, The Bad and The WTF of thew new Netflix romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe, starring Randall Park and Ali Wong. Spoiler warnings all around.

6.02.2019

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'Always Be My Maybe': Here's the Story Behind That 'Stay Angry' T-Shirt
You may have spotted the limited edition 2017 "Stay Angry" Subscriber Drive shirt in the new Netflix romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe. Here's the story behind the shirt and its placement in the movie.

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'Always Be My Maybe's' Ali Wong and Randall Park are doing it for the Asians
"What Wong and Park are helping to change with their new Netflix rom-com is the landscape of what entertainment looks like: Who gets to play the lead in movies. Who gets to fall in love in rom-coms."

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Randall Park's Small-Town L.A.
The star of Fresh Off the Boat has made Always Be My Maybe, a rom-com inspired by his own life.

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Q&A with Los Angeles star chef Niki Nakayama, who taught Ali Wong how to 'kaiseki it out'
To prepare for her role as a woman returning home to open a restaurant, Always Be My Maybe star Ali Wong hired L.A. chef Niki Nakayama to serve as a culinary consultant.

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Queer Muslims Are Still Rare on TV. One Writer Wants to Change That.
A recent episode of the CBS drama "The Red Line" featured a gay romance involving a Muslim character. Fawzia Mirza, the episode's writer, discusses how it came to be.

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How Indian Americans came to dominate the National Spelling Bee
Indian Americans have won every Scripps National Spelling Bee since 2008, a reign that is the result of a confluence of factors.

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The Scripps Spelling Bee Is Broken. Please Don't Fix It.
Too many winners is not always a bad thing.

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5 Korean American Creatives Share Their Writing Habits
Writers Nicole Chung, Andrew Ahn, R.O. Kwon, Don Lee, and Karen Chee reveal their creative processes.

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Asian American Chefs Are Embracing Spam. But How Did It Make Its Way Into Their Cultures?
How did a product of American industrialization make its way into Asian and Pacific Islander cuisines?

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An American life: He's 38, an undocumented immigrant and a school is being named for him
A school district in Northern California is naming a campus for Jose Antonio Vargas, a journalist who disclosed in a magazine story his status as an undocumented immigrant.

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I Make a Podcast about Stories in the Philippine Diaspora. Here's What I've Learned So Far.
Paolo Mardo is the host and producer of Long Distance, a podcast showcasing stories in the Philippine diaspora. She shares a couple of things she's learned while making the show's first season.

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Japanese Breakfast, a.k.a. Michelle Zauner, Talks with Noah Cho About Food, Family, and Grief
""I found myself dwelling on these parts of Korean culture as a way to reconnect with my identity and also the memory of my mom."

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Kishi Bashi Uses The History Of Japanese Internment To Explore America Today
Musician Kishi Bashi talks to NPR about the World War II incarceration camps that inspired his latest album Omoiyari, reckoning with his identity as a Japanese American and more.


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