9.20.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Sophia Chang

"The Baddest Bitch In The Room."


Photo: Dana Scruggs

Hello, friends of the internet. It's 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 Sophia Chang.

9.16.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 75: We Call Us Yang

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 check in and debrief The Good, The Bad and The WTF of This Week in Yang, including a certain clan competing on Family Feud, recent casting developments on Saturday Night Live, and the rising visibility of a presidential candidate.

9.15.2019

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New SNL Cast Member Shane Gillis Under Fire for Racial Slur
So... yeah. You may have heard about this guy.

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The Hidden Stress of Growing Up a Child of Immigrants
Though immigrants come from a variety of backgrounds, there are certain stressors that U.S.-born children of immigrants have in common -- including barriers to accessing mental health resources.

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Battle for 'soul' of Seattle's Japanese American community as nursing home closes
Founded 41 years ago, Keiro Northwest was Seattle's oldest and largest Asian American senior-care facility. Last week, the nursing home's last resident moved out.

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The Hottest Look in Streetwear Is a $20 T-Shirt From a New York City Corner Store
Gem Spa, the New York City corner store credited as the birthplace of the egg cream, is at risk of closing. But the shop's owner isn't vacating quietly, instead looking to a surprising source to save her business: hypebeasts.

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Cinematographer James Wong Howe Put Diversity in the Picture in Early Hollywood
Few Hollywood stories can match the career highs and heartbreaking lows of James Wong Howe, whom Variety recognized in its July 15, 1976, edition as "one of the world’s foremost cinematographers."

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Eva Noblezada on Her Film "Yellow Rose," the Power of "Hadestown," and Filipino Representation
On Broadway, Eva Noblezada stars as Eurydice in Hadestown. For Diane Paragas' film Yellow Rose, she plays a teen in Texas whose dreams of being a country star are wrenched when her mother is taken by ICE.

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Shang-Chi's Director Isn't Interested in Bringing Any More Racial Stereotypes to the MCU
With Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, director Destin Daniel Cretton isn't just crafting the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first feature with a predominantly Asian cast, he's also presenting a narrative that explores the relationships that exist between Asian characters of related, but distinctly different, ethnic backgrounds.


9.13.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Kimberly Yam

"I'm foremost about spreading love. I mean that in the most embarrassingly basic way possible."



Hello, friends 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 Kimberly Yam.

9.08.2019

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What Caused The Mass Panic At Newark Airport? Racism.
An Alaska Airlines employee accused two Chinese-born men who did not know each other of acting suspiciously, called the police, and caused mass panic at the Newark Airport.

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You Know Emily Doe’s Story. Now Learn Her Name.
For four years, Chanel Miller has been known as Emily Doe. In an upcoming memoir, Know My Name, she details her assault case, which became national news, the trial and her recovery.

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After Decades-Long Immigration Fight, A Chicago-Area Family Says Goodbye To Its Matriarch
The narrative of the "good" immigrant will not protect you.

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Democrats ignore Asian American and Pacific Islander voters at their peril
The Democratic Party has historically taken the AAPI vote for granted. This is a mistake.

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On Halloween Nearly 150 Years Ago, An Anti-Chinese Riot Broke Out In Denver's First Race Riot
On October 31, 1880, an argument broke out between Chinese and white patrons at a saloon in downtown Denver that was the city's Chinatown, also known as Hop Alley.

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My Harabeoji Taught Me It's Always Better to Add More Garlic
Harabeoji's favorite thing to eat, and the thing to which he attributed his long life, was raw garlic.

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Facing the Stigma of Divorce While Finding Your People
Divorce can be taboo among South Asian-Americans, but it may open a portal to new friendships.

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Wayne Wang on 'Coming Home Again' and the Legacy of 'The Joy Luck Club'
Wayne Wang's Coming Home Again unfolds largely over the course of a single day as a young Korean American man tries to prepare a New Year's Eve feast using his ailing mother's recipes.

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Lonely In The Club: Constance Wu On 'Hustlers' And Her 'Unprecedented' Career
Constance Wu talks about what attracted her to the role in Hustlers, working on a female-driven movie, and the state of play for women and people of color in Hollywood today.

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Steve Aoki Wants to Live Forever
Steve Aoki's new memoir, BLUE: The Color of Noise, journeys back in time through the world-famous DJ's storied life.


9.03.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 74: They Call Us Constance Wu

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 Constance Wu. She talks about skyrocketing to stardom on Fresh Off the Boat, the steep learning curve of being in the spotlight, the loneliness in her new film Hustlers, and yes, those tweets.

9.01.2019

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Cookie Artist Teaches Edible Lessons In Asian American History
Jasmine Cho, a baker based in Pittsburgh, creates intricate, hand-drawn cookie portraits of Asian-American figures as a way to increase representation and raise awareness of Asian American history and identity.

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Constance Wu on fight for 'Hustlers' and 'Fresh Off the Boat' storm
When Constance Wu saw the role for Destiny, an exotic dancer-turned-criminal in the new film Hustlers, she fought hard to take the role -- and got it.

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Inside Tom's One-Hour Photo 24 Hours After Kacey Musgraves Made Him a Viral Star
Superstar singer Kacey Musgraves created a fan appreciation account on Instagram for a local business owner after visiting his struggling portrait studio. "We work hard but it's not easy to make money," says his wife.

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Laotian American history shows us why we need ethnic studies
There is a dearth of Laotion American history taught in our schools -- another reason why ethnic studies is so important.

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Where Does Affirmative Action Leave Asian-Americans?
A high-profile lawsuit against Harvard is forcing students and their families to choose sides.

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A Tennis Pro's Parents Ask, 'Are You Done Yet?'
At the U.S. Open, Kristie Ahn reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time. Her parents aren't entirely thrilled.

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When Police Clamped Down on Southern California's Japanese American Bicycling Craze
In 1905, cycling brought Riverside together but a backlash quickly followed.

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A new book claims WWII incarceration wasn't about racism. It's wrong.
Ugh. Richard W. Lotchin thinks that racism wasn't a key cause to Japanese American concentration camps in the U.S. Don't buy his book.

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AMC's "The Terror" And The Truth About Japanese Internment Camps
The second season of the AMC series depicts the horrors of Japanese American internment -- an experience my grandmother lived through, and one we are now in danger of repeating.

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‘The Terror: Infamy' and the Strategic Deployment of Japanese Language on the Show
From generational differences to wartime jobs, the show highlights the dual cultural and linguistic influences of immigrants in America.

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The Comedians Challenging Stereotypes About Asian American Masculinity
A new generation that includes Joel Kim Booster and Bowen Yang is redefining old notions — while reminding us how much further the culture has to go.

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'Ms. Marvel,' Muslim Identity and a Changing Hollywood
The Disney+ series Ms. Marvel will be Marvel Studios' first to center on a Muslim character, a group that has been villainized in film and on TV for years.

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RZA and ODB Manager Sophia Chang Gets Advice From Method Man and Raphael Saadiq in New Audiobook Excerpt
Hear an excerpt from The Baddest Bitch in the Room, the upcoming memoir from music business icon Sophia Chang, who has managed the careers of RZA, GZA, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Q-Tip, Raphael Saadiq, D'Angelo,

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Actress Poorna Jagannathan: 'I Want To Portray The Mess Of My Life'
Poorna Jagannathan says that her part in the HBO series The Night Of, where she played the mother of a college student accused of murder, opened up new roles to her.

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How Red Panda Became the NBA's Favorite Halftime Performer
Rong Niu, better known as Red Panda, has become a mainstay at NBA halftime shows across the country.

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If you only watch one episode of Four Weddings And A Funeral, make it this one
The latest episode of Hulu's Four Weddings And A Funeral, "Game Night," features one of the series' eponymous weddings, but it's not the church-set, bride-walking-down-the-aisle nuptials we're used to seeing on this show or even anywhere else on television.


8.30.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Andrea Walter

"Enjoy your life, it's frigging awesome you are here."



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 Andrea Walter.

8.25.2019

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"Me love you long time" Sticks Around For A Really Long Time
The racist, sexist phrase that will not die.

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A Love Letter To My American Father's Chinese Accent
"If the words of our roots are uncomfortable for some, then our beautiful accents are weaponized to dehumanize us."

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An Uneven Playing Field: The Complex Educational Experiences of Asian Americans
Asian Americans are viewed as the success story of American education, but there's more than meets the eye.

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Cross-cultural umami in the form of Vietnamese staple Son Fish Sauce
The story of Son Fish Sauce and its owners Danny and Albee Tran is neither a refugee nor a diaspora narrative.

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How to Draw Yourself Out of a Creative Funk
Malaka Gharib, the author of the coming-of-age graphic memoir I Was Their American Dream, shares her tips.

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Meet the Designer Connecting Anyone Arrested in NYC With a Free Lawyer
Meet Stephanie Yim, Co-Founder and Director of Design at Good Call, a tech nonprofit focused on early legal intervention for people arrested in New York.

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Overlooked No More: Lau Sing Kee, War Hero Jailed for Helping Immigrants
Kee was awarded for his bravery in World War I, but later became a convicted criminal when he skirted discriminatory laws to help immigrants move to America from China.

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How Japanese and Mexican American farm workers formed an alliance that made history
Along with other migrant groups, workers of Japanese and Mexican heritage have been central to the story of modern American agriculture.

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MariNaomi is Making Space for Marginalized Comic Artists
The Advocate asks bi Japanese American graphic novelist MarniNaomi about her work, podcasting, marginalized artists, and overthrowing the patriarchy.

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these striking portraits of asian men explore what it means to be 'the all-american'
Photographer Andrew Kung's new photo book The All-American examines how traditional ideas of masculinity and Americanness have complicated Asian identity.

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Brittany Runs a Marathon Star Utkarsh Ambudkar Is Inescapable
Utkarsh Ambudkar, the multi-hyphenate star of the new rom-com Brittany Runs a Marathon talks to GQ about being Lin-Manuel Miranda's BFF, Mulan, helping Indian guys on Tinder, and more.

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Lilly Singh: From YouTube Superwoman to NBC Late Night TV Trailblazer
An online star with 15 million subscribers dives into the white-hot center (emphasis on white) of broadcast television with A Little Late as the first openly bisexual woman of color to sit in a talk show host's chair: "I'm very much all or nothing."


8.23.2019

Randall Park joins the cast of Marvel's 'WandaVision'

'Fresh Off the Boat' star will reprise his role as Agent Jimmy Woo.



Jimmy Woo will be back! Randall Park will return to the Marvel universe in the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision as FBI Agent Jimmy Woo, reprising his role from Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Details are scant, but the series will star Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen reprising their roles as Vision and the Scarlet Witch from the Marvel film franchise. And it's apparently going to be weird.

Marvel made the casting announcement Friday at the D23 Expo. The cast will also include Kat Dennings reprising her role as Darcy Lewis from the Thor movies, and Kathryn Hahn as a "nosy neighbor."

More here: Kat Dennings, Randall Park, and Kathryn Hahn join Disney+'s WandaVision

Ming-Na Wen joins the cast of The Mandalorian

'Agents of SHIELD' star will appear in the highly anticipated 'Star Wars' live action series.



From Deadline: Ming-Na Wen, already a Disney staple as the voice of Mulan in the iconic original animated film and as a star of ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has been confirmed as a cast member of The Mandalorian, the upcoming Star Wars universe series for Disney+.

Ming-Na Wen Joins Cast Of ‘The Mandalorian’, Securing Disney Franchise Trifecta

Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the news Friday during D23 Expo, where Wen was one of the recipients of the annual Disney Legends honors. No word about her role in The Mandalorian -- the first live-action Star Wars series -- but if you ask me, they're wasting everybody's time if her character isn't at least a little bit badass.

But here's the first official trailer for The Mandalorian:

Andrew Koji to star as Storm Shadow in 'Snake Eyes'

'Warrior' star will play Snake Eyes' arch enemy in G.I. Joe spinoff.



Because you can't have a Snake Eyes without a Storm Shadow. Andrew Koji, star of Cinemax's Warrior, will play the ninja Storm Shadow in the G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes. He'll star opposite Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding, who'll play the title role as Snake Eyes.

'G.I. Joe' Spinoff 'Snake Eyes' Finds Its Storm Shadow in 'Warrior' Star

Directed by Robert Schwentke, from a screenplay by Evan Spiliotopoulos, the story will reportedly center on Snake Eyes' origins where he tries to join a clan of shadowy ninja assassins.

"Yeah, I pushed you": Anti-vaxxer assaults Calfornia lawmaker

And streamed it live on Facebook.



An anti-vaccine activist was cited for misdemeanor assault Wednesday after shoving a California lawmaker who has worked to tighten the state's laws for childhood vaccinations.

'Yeah, I pushed you': Anti-vaxxer cited for assaulting lawmaker while live-streaming on Facebook

54-year-old Kenneth Austin Bennett livestreamed the confrontation on Facebook, showing him exchanging words with state Senator Richard Pan before shoving him on the sidewalk near the capitol in Sacramento.

Pan, a pediatrician, has authored several bills that limit exemptions for child vaccinations, including legislation that prohibits parents from opting out of vaccinating their school-age children on account of personal beliefs.

His efforts have made him the target anti-vaccination activists, including screaming protestors, online harassment and death threats. But this is apparently the first time things have gotten physical.

8.19.2019

Administrator stabbed to death at Cal State Fullerton

Suspect described as "an Asian man in his mid-twenties with black hair."



From The Orange Country Register: A retired administrator was stabbed to death Monday morning at Cal State Fullerton, with police deploying bloodhounds to try and track down the suspect.

The victim, a man of Asian ethnicity in his late 50s, was found with multiple stab wounds inside a gray car in Parking Lot S at College Place and Langsdorf Drive. He was working as a consultant at the university.

No motive for the killing was known.

More here: Retired administrator stabbed to death at Cal State Fullerton, with police looking for the suspect

8.18.2019

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bruce Lee Was My Friend, and Tarantino's Movie Disrespects Him
NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a friend and student of Bruce Lee, believes filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was sloppy, somewhat racist and shirked his responsibility to basic truth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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America's Exclusionary Past and Present and the Judgment of History
The Trump Administration's immigration policies are part of the shameful legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which ushered in a new, discriminatory governing framework for U.S. borders.

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My Grandfather, A Killer
"I never met my grandfather, Lolo Vicente, but I'd heard stories about him. On our living room wall, there's a picture of him. He was handsome. Dad said he was strict, but he never talked about him coming to America, much less that he killed someone."

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Op-Ed: Asian women fought the West's slave trade. And then they were written out of history
In the early 20th century, people like Tien Fuh Wu were key players in the fight against sex trafficking, a pervasive form of slavery in the West.

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Their 'Tough' Mom Was Also The Navy's 1st Asian American Woman Officer
To siblings Flip and Christine Cuddy, Susan Ahn Cuddy was "Mom." But she was also a Korean American lieutenant in the U.S. Navy who trained pilots to shoot down enemies during World War II.

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Skin Lightening Is Fraught With Risk, But It Still Thrives in the Asian Beauty Market—Here's Why
Skin lightening products are still in demand in Asia, but these products can be harmful.

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Here's What to Know About the Mulan Boycott
The current political turmoil in Hong Kong has extended to an unlikely battleground: Disney's live-action remake of Mulan. On Thursday, an online protest emerged against the film after its star, Liu Yifei, expressed support for the Hong Kong police on social media. Here's what to know about the developing controversy.

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In 'Blinded By The Light,' A Brown Immigrant Finds Himself in the Music of the Boss
Deepa Iyer writes about her personal connection to the immigrant story at the center of the new Bruce Springsteen-loving film, Gurinder Chadha's Blinded By The Light.

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Before "Crazy Rich Asians," YouTubers Paved the Way for Better Asian Representation
YouTube was filled with Asian-American creators telling their stories long before Hollywood became invested.

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Padma Lakshmi Has Always Been a Comedy Nerd
Padma Lakshmi has emerged as an unlikely comedy curator, centering POC comics and not white men in general.

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'Hook' Child Star Shares Advice to Young Actors: "Be 12. You’re Fine"
Dante Basco, who played Rufio in 1991's Hook, reveals how he helped his niece, Ella Jay Basco, prepare for her own breakout in Warner Bros.' Birds of Prey.


8.16.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Derek Mio

"I live other lives on camera and make people laugh on stage."


Photo: Tommy Garcia

Hey, everybody. You know what time it is. It's about 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 Derek Mio.

8.15.2019

Henry Golding to star as Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe spinoff

'Snake Eyes' will focus on the origins on the fan-favorite character.



From The Hollywood Reporter: Paramount has found its ninja warrior. Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding is in negotiations to star in Snake Eyes, a G.I. Joe spinoff centered on the popular commando from Paramount in partnership with Skydance and AllSpark Pictures.

Robert Schwentke, who helmed two installments of the Divergent franchise, is directing the action project that has Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Brian Goldner among the producers.

Snake Eyes is the ninja commando that first appeared in the 1980s as part of Hasbro and Marvel Comics' relaunch of the toy line, dubbed G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.

More here: Henry Golding to Star in G.I. Joe Spinoff 'Snake Eyes'

8.12.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 73: They Call Us The Terror

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 Alex Woo, co-creator and showrunner of AMC's The Terror: Infamy. We discuss the responsibility and challenges of telling the story of Japanese American incarceration, and The Good, The Bad and WTF of scary Asian stories.

Dante Basco to direct 'The Fabulous Filipino Brothers'

'Hook' and 'Avatar' star will make his directorial debut in the dark romantic comedy.



Dante Basco, best known for his role as Rufio in Steven Spielberg's Hook and as the voice of Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender, will make his directorial debut in The Fabulous Filipino Brothers. And it looks like he's bringing his whole family along for the ride.

Set in Basco's hometown of Pittsburg, California, and starring Dante and his brothers -- Darion, Dionysio and Derek -- the dark romantic comedy weaves together four vignettes, narrated by their sister, Arianna Basco.

The story follows the brothers and their shenanigans. One of them ventures off to a cockfight for reciprocity while one flies to old Manila where an old flame is rekindled. Another brother delves into the hidden sensuality of Filipino cuisine, while the last brother, struggles to heal deep wounds and finds love in an unexpected package. All this, leading to a shotgun wedding in the backyard of the family house.

More here: Dante Basco To Make Directorial Debut With 'The Fabulous Filipino Brothers'

Trump uses "accent" to mock Asian leaders at fundraiser

Because this is just regular shit he does on a Friday.



So this is where we're at. The President of the United States can openly mock Asians and it barely registers a shrug, because it doesn't even make the top ten list of Shitty Things Trump Said or Did on a Friday.

Trump Used Asian Accent to Mock US Allies at Fundraiser

At a Hamptons fundraiser hosted at the home of SoulCycle and Equinox majority owner Stephen Ross last week, Trump reportedly mimicked Korean and Japanese accents -- as if he knows the difference -- and mocked South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. He also re-declared his love for Kim Jong-Un, his BKF (Best Korean Friend).

8.11.2019

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For Japanese Americans, 'The Terror' is personal
Season two of AMC's anthology The Terror brings the nightmare of Japanese American mass incarceration during World War II to the fore, bringing new attention to this underexamined chapter in American history.

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Where Does Trump's 'Invasion' Rhetoric Come From?
The racist language used by the president—and the alleged El Paso shooter—to describe immigrants originated on the West Coast more than a century ago.

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One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins
An amazing story of the reunion of twins separated as a result of China's one child policy.

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Towards Chinatown
Faced with the possibility of losing of her mother, Melissa Hung contemplates another loss -- of her mother tongue.

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The Case of the "Disappearing" Poet
Why did a white poet see the success of writers of color as a signal of his own demise?

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Cease to Exist: Exploring the Manson Horrors While Pregnant
Neelanjana Banerjee goes down the rabbit hole of Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders while the author herself is eight months pregnant.

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Unintelligent Asians Are Smart for Television
Jason Mendoza, London Tipton, Miggy Park, Josh Chan... these characters are shattering tired stereotypes by showing that there are plenty of ways to be Asian.

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Bruce Lee & Hollywood's “Better at Being Asian than Actual Asians" Problem
The disrespect to Bruce Lee and his legacy in Quentin Tarantino's latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood speaks to a long line of Hollywood nonsense when it comes to whitewashing.

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Once Upon a Time's Bruce Lee Actor Was "So Conflicted" About Fight Scene
Mike Moh weighs in on his contentious fight scene in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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Rams rookie Taylor Rapp hopes to inspire Asian American athletes
For Taylor Rapp, being drafted by the Los Angeles Rams is not just about getting to play under the NFL lights.

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Good Trouble's Sherry Cola On Alice's Journey To Comedy & Confidence
An interview with real-life comedian Sherry Cola, who plays aspiring comedian Alice on Good Trouble.


8.09.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Lawrence Kao

"I tell stories and pretend to be other people in different circumstances."



Hello, good readers of this website. It is time, once again, to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Lawrence Kao.

8.05.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 72: They Call Us Lulu Wang

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 talk to Lulu Wang, writer/director of the acclaimed indie film The Farewell, now in theaters everywhere. She talks about telling a story "based on an actual lie" and The Good, The Bad and The WTF of making this deeply personal film.

8.04.2019

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Close the Curtain on 'Miss Saigon'
Why is a musical that perpetuates a Western fantasy of Asians as small, weak and effeminate still so popular?

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'Miss Saigon' Ages Horribly In Era Of #MeToo And Authentic Representation
It's time that we revisit problematic musicals from the past and reevaluate their optics when it comes to poor representation of people of color, women and other marginalized communities.

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Bruce Lee's family calls 'Once Upon a Time' 'a mockery.' Is it insult or homage?
Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood includes an unnecessary stuntman scene that Bruce Lee's family finds disrespectful to the martial arts icon's legacy.

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The NBA has never forgiven Linsanity for being the Great [White] Hope
To understand how Jeremy Lin is viewed today is to understand what went into Linsanity to begin with.

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Jeremy Lin Is a Long Way (Emotionally) From Linsanity
It has been an emotional few days for players in the N.B.A., but none struck a chord quite as much as Lin, a former star grappling with what could be the end of his career.

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What is a concentration camp? It's an old debate that mostly started in California
Japanese Americans and Jews have been arguing for decades over how and when to use the term “concentration camp" — and, in many ways, it all started in California.

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My grandmother died without knowing she had cancer. Was it really 'a good lie'?
Truth, lies, and Chinese culture.

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The workers who make Korean barbecue possible deserve better
Behind the scenes, Korean barbecue is a labor intensive dining experience, and the people making it possible need more respect, pay, and benefits.

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Protesters Killed A Plan For A Koreatown Homeless Shelter. But That's Just The Beginning Of The Story
Homelessness is up 86% in Koreatown. Here's how the neighborhood has been responding.

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She Was Filipino Food's Greatest Champion. Now Her Work Is Finding New Fans.
Years after her death, the writer Doreen Gamboa Fernandez is gaining a following among Filipino American chefs for the way she explored the cuisine from the bottom up.

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Why It Is Important to Know the Story of Filipino-American Larry Itliong
Author Gayle Romasanta is on a crusade to recover the story of Filipino American labor organizer Larry Itliong, empowering young leaders to follow in his footsteps.

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The Incendiaries Author R.O. Kwon on Why She Came Out as Bisexual on Twitter
Bestselling novelist R.O. Kwon explains the importance of sharing her identity.

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On the Road with Mitski
Singer/songwriter Mitski who writes achingly intense songs about private yearnings, has spent the past year in performance venues packed with fellow-loners.

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All Eyes on Hadestown's Eva Noblezada
Introducing the 23-year-old star of this season's standout musical, Hadestown.

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Why Marvel Phase 5 Needs a Shang-Chi/Jimmy Woo Team-Up Movie
Even before his first movie hits theaters, Shang-Chi and the Agents of Atlas is too easy a sequel to imagine.


8.02.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Bobby Hundreds

"I feel most comfortable in the cracks - between worlds."



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 Bobby Kim aka Bobby Hundreds.

That Time Hasan Minhaj Got Hilariously Dragged... by His Dad

'Patriot Act' host once got sent to the principal's office over a cheating scandal.



Comedian Hasan Minhaj, host of Netflix's Patriot Act, was recently on The Tonight Show to take part in a segment called "Storytime," in which he and host Jimmy Fallon told real-life stories. The designated theme: embarrassing parents. Minhaj told a story about the time in high school when he masterminded a cheating scam -- and got caught. Called into the principal's office, the real reckoning came when the school called Minhaj's dad... who showed up and proceeded to embarrass the hell out of him.

Check it out:

8.01.2019

Henry Golding rumored to play villain in 'Black Panther 2'?

Rumor has it, the 'Crazy Rich Asians' star is being considered to play Namor the Sub-Mariner.



Wait, more Asians in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? No, I'm not talking about Shang-Chi. We covered that. I'm talking about rumors that Henry Golding might star as the new villain in Black Panther 2.

Crazy Rich Asians Star Reportedly Being Eyed For Black Panther 2 Villain

This is rumors of the rumorest kind, but rumor has it that Henry Golding, star of Crazy Rich Asians, is being considered for the role of Namor the Sub-Mariner in the sequel to Ryan Coogler's global hit 2018 movie.

7.30.2019

Kelly Marie Tran to star in new mystery thriller podcast

'Passenger List' debuts September 16 from Radiotopia.



Kelly Marie Tran will star in a new mystery-thriller podcast Passenger List, debuting this fall.

Radiotopia Plots Thriller Podcast 'Passenger List' Starring Kelly Marie Tran

Passenger List will tell the story of Atlantic Flight 702, which has disappeared mid-flight between London and New York with 256 passengers on board. Tran plays Kaitlin Le, a college student whose brother vanished on the flight, who takes it upon herself to uncover the truth.

Here's a preview:

Bruce Lee's daughter is not cool with Quentin Tarantino's latest movie

"It was really uncomfortable to sit in the theater and listen to people laugh at my father."



From The Wrap: Bruce Lee’s daughter, Shannon Lee, says it was "disheartening" to see Quentin Tarantino depict her father in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood as "an arrogant a–hole who was full of hot air."

In the film, (spoilers follow), Brad Pitt's stuntman character, Cliff Booth, trades cocky insults with Bruce Lee (Mike Moh), and the two agree to an informal, best two-out-of-three rounds fight on the set of The Green Hornet TV show. Lee easily knocks Booth down in the first round, but in the second, Booth slams Lee into a car, stunning him. The fight is interrupted before the third round.

Shannon Lee said it's disheartening to see her father portrayed as an arrogant blowhard, because in truth, as an Asian-American in 1960s Hollywood, he had to work much harder to succeed than Booth and Rick Dalton (Leonardo Dicaprio), the fictional, white protagonists of the film.

More here: Bruce Lee’s Daughter Saddened by 'Mockery' in 'Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood'

7.29.2019

'Asian Americans': New PBS documentary chronicles the Asian American story

Groundbreaking new five-part documentary series to air on public television in May 2020.



Mark your calendars. This week, PBS and WETA officially announced the groundbreaking new five-part documentary series Asian Americans, currently in production and set for national broadcast on PBS stations in May 2020, during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Told through individual lives and personal histories, the series explores the impact of the Asian American story on the country's past, present, and future.

Led by a team of Asian American filmmakers, including Academy Award-nominated series producer Renee Tajima-Peña, Asian Americans examines the significant role of Asian Americans in shaping American history and identity, from the first wave of Asian immigrants in the 1850s and identity politics during the social and cultural turmoil of the twentieth century to modern refugee crises in a globally connected world.

More from PBS' press release:

Sikh man assaulted, told 'go back to your country'

An intruder broke a window at Sikh Temple Modesto Ceres and punched a temple leader.



Last week in California's Central Valley, an intruder broke into a Sikh temple, destroyed windows, assaulted a temple leader, shouted obscenities and told him to go back to his own country before fleeing.

Priest at Sikh Temple near Hughson assaulted in apparent hate crime

Amarjit Singh, who lives and works at the Sikh Temple Modesto Ceres, was at his home on temple grounds late Thursday night when a masked intruder broke two windows in his bedroom. When Singh lifted the window blinds to look out, the intruder punched him in the neck and shouted "go back, go back to your country" before fleeing.

Deputies from the Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department said, inexplicably, it's too early to call it a hate crime.

7.28.2019

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Quentin Tarantino Did Bruce Lee Dirty in 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'
Why the depiction of Bruce Lee in Quentin Tarantino's latest film is problematic.

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In Huge Bummer, Jeremy Lin Says He's Hit "Rock Bottom" In Free Agency
"Every year it gets harder. And in English there’s a saying and it says once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up. But rock bottom just seems to keep getting more and more rock bottom for me. So, free agency has been tough. Because I feel like in some ways the NBA’s kind of given up on me."

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The Cultural Truth at the Heart of the Lies in 'The Farewell' The movie, about a grandmother who isn't told she has cancer, led a Chinese American writer to rethink his own family's "good lie," rooted in a tradition that prizes harmony.

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Between Bites: What Food Means to 'The Farewell' There's a reason why nearly every crucial scene in Lulu Wang's second feature film occurs around a stove, a chopping board, or a dinner table.

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Hollywood Doesn't Fully Represent Asian Americans Yet The Farewell and Crazy Rich Asians are signs of progress, but many Asian Americans are still left out of the picture.

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One Mother, Two Mothers, No Mother "Adoption didn't give me a forever mother. Being in reunion with my birth mother did not make me wholly mothered, either."

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Our Difficult Daughter In less than three years, Anita Jain endured incredible loss with determination. "I couldn't accomplish the simple things that came easily to others: marriage, motherhood."

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Jia Tolentino Makes Sense Out of This Nonsense Moment Journalist Jia Tolentino's essay collection, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, explores the various ways identity gets shaped -- and distorted -- in an age where everything is constantly shifting.

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Why Olympic Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu Identifies With Hannah Montana Mirai Nagasu is a bronze-medal-winning Olympic figure skater, and the first U.S. woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics in 2018.


7.26.2019

A Music Video History of Asian America

It's like a fun, overly informative Asian American version of 'Pop-Up Video.'



You wanna teach the kids a little something about Asian Americans in music? Point them to A Music Video History of Asian America, created by our friends at Pacific Arts Movement. Their team spent 130+ hours putting together this epic 35-minute compilation of 46 music videos that crafts a 46-year oral history of Asian America. It plays like a fun, overly informative Asian American version of Pop-Up Video.

This will probably be the only time you'll see the likes of Yellow Pearl alongside Jocelyn Enriquez, alongside Das Racist, alongside Ruby Ibarra, alongside Japanese Breakfast... alongside...

Check it out:

Angry Reader of the Week: R.O. Kwon

"I write. I read. I fantasize about cheese, which I fucking love."


Photo: Smeeta Mahanti

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 R.O. Kwon.

Simu Liu was "in his underwear, eating shrimp crackers" when he got the call to play Shang-Chi

'Kim's Convenience' star will play the title role in Marvel's 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.'



Unless you've been phone-less and sequestered away at summer camp, you've probably heard that Simu Liu is Shang-Chi. Last weekend at Comic-Con, it was officially announced that the Canadian actor would play the title role of Marvel's Master of Kung Fu in the upcoming Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

Not bad for a former accountant. Liu, who stars as Jung in the hit Canadian sitcom Kim's Convenience, has always dreamed of playing a superhero -- as a kid, he wanted to be a Power Ranger -- and had been dropping not-so-subtle shirtless hints at Marvel for years, via social media, about wanting play Shang-Chi. All that campaigning worked. At least, it didn't hurt. Last week, his lifelong dream became a reality.

Two days after Liu screen-tested for the role of Shang-Chi, he was "at home in his underwear, eating shrimp crackers" when received a call from Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige with the big news: not only had he gotten the part, but he would have to be in San Diego in four days for the big announcement in Hall H.

7.25.2019

Justin Chon is back to break your heart with 'Ms. Purple'

Watch the new trailer for the Sundance sibling drama.



Justin Chon does it again. The writer/director/actor continues to make his mark as an auteur with his latest feature Ms. Purple, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed Gook and the second installment of a family drama trilogy. Ms. Purple, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, hits theaters this fall.

The films tells the story of siblings 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 new trailer offers your first look at the film:

Sophia Chang is 'The Baddest Bitch in the Room'

Former Wu-Tang manager will tell her story in a new audiobook memoir.



Sophia Chang calls herself "the first Asian woman in hip-hop"... and she has the resumé to back up the title.

She has extensive record company experience, including marketing at Atlantic, A&R at Jive, A&R Administration at UMG, GM of Razor Sharp Records, Cinematic Music Group and Pro Era Records. But Chang is best known for her time as a manager with an all-star roster of clients, including Wu-Tang's RZA, GZA, and Ol' Dirty Bastard; D'Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Q-Tip and more.

Now, after a career of helping artists tell their stories, Chang will tell her own in the upcoming audio memoir The Baddest Bitch in the Room, available in September. And maaaaaan, I bet she's got some stories.

Here's an excerpt, in which she recounts that first time Method Man brought the ruckus on her behalf when someone asked her that eye-rolling question, where are you from?:

The Matrix starring Bruce Lee? Just plain weird.

Deepfake pastes Bruce's face in iconic Keanu Reeves' role.



I am soundly convinced that deepfakes will be the downfall of our society. When executed well, they can be all at once amusing, unsettling and kind of disturbing. This latest one to hit the web from Ctrl Shift Face, pasting Bruce Lee's face onto Keanu Reeves in a fight scene from The Matrix, is just... weird.

7.24.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 71: We Call Us Simu Liu's Shang-Chi Audition

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 debrief the big announcement out of Comic-Con: Simu Liu is Shang-Chi, Marvel's Master of Kung Fu! We also pour one out for the recent death of the live-action Akira remake (again).

Interview with Jacqueline Kim: Artist, Actress, Asian American Geek Girl Icon

Guest Post by Sarah Kuhn



In 2015, I wrote my very first piece for Angry Asian Man -- The Final Frontier: Captain Demora Sulu. The piece was all about how I've been obsessed with Demora, Starfleet ensign and daughter of Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), ever since she appeared in Star Trek: Generations, and how I felt like it was finally possible to dream of a future where an Asian lady captains her own starship. (And hey, that future came true! Big, beautiful shout-out to Michelle Yeoh's Philippa Georgiou!)

Four years later, thanks to LA's extremely interconnected Asian American creative community, Jacqueline Kim -- the actress who brought Demora to life so memorably -- read my piece. (Yes, I died.) And then we met in person. (Yes, I died all over again.)

It's hard to put into words what it means to sit across from the woman who played two of the most iconic Asian female characters in the geeky franchises of my youth. In addition to embodying Demora, Kim made a big impression in the epic Xena: Warrior Princess two-parter "The Debt" as Lao Ma -- the ruler, telekinetic, and general badass who becomes Xena's mentor. More recently, she delved into an indie brand of sci-fi with Advantageous, a Sundance hit about a woman contemplating transferring her consciousness into a younger body in order to give her daughter a better life.

But when I tell her I truly believe she inspired a generation of Asian American geek girls, she seems surprised.

"What an amazing thing," she muses. "I totally identify with being a geek girl."

Kim doesn't do much acting anymore -- these days, she's a multi-disciplinary artist with a wide range of passions that she speaks about with thoughtful eloquence. But next week, she'll be returning to her roots as a guest of the Official 2019 Star Trek Las Vegas Convention -- only her second Trek con ever.

In honor of this momentous occasion, she sat down with me to talk about Demora's legacy, Asian moms, and how she expresses her own geekiness.

7.22.2019

They Call Us Bruce: Episode 70 - We Call Us Tzi Ma's Lost Daughters

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 catch up and discuss The Good, The Bad and The WTF of what's going on in Asian America, including Lulu Wang's wonderful film The Farewell, Scarlett Johansson's dumbshit comments, and the perpetual gut punch of "go back to where you came from."

7.21.2019

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16,000 Readers Shared Their Experiences of Being Told to 'Go Back.' Here Are Some of Their Stories.
"Go back to where you came from." These seven words are seared into the minds of countless Americans -- a reminder that they haven't always been welcome in the country where they were born or naturalized because of their appearance, language or religion. The New York Times collected some of their stories.

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In Trump's vision of a white America, immigrants should be grateful and servile
What "go back" really means.

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'Go back' denies the sacrifice my parents made to be Americans
"Immigrants and people of color actively choose to be American over and over again, even when this country tramples their humanity and disputes how genuine their intentions are."

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I was a girl in Daisy Scouts the first time I was told to 'go back home'
We are not going anywhere because we are already home.

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What happened when they told me, 'go back to your country'
Professor Karthick Ramakrishnan recalls a time 28 years ago when his high school classmates told him to "go back to his country," and the school principal denied that the act was racist.

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The Rich, Complex History Hiding Within Chinese Plate Designs
If you've eaten at a Chinese restaurant, chances are, you've seen the iconic design painted on the bowls and plates. Soleil Ho looks into the history of these Chinese plate designs.

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The Stories We Tell, and Don't Tell, About Asian-American Lives
In Racial Melancholia, Racial Dissociation: On the Social and Psychic Lives of Asian Americans, published earlier this year, a literary critic and a psychotherapist study broken narratives and missing words to understand what a diverse cohort has in common.

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Make-Believe in Macau
A novelist's stint impersonating the ultra-rich in China.

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Eat Your Grief: 'The Farewell,' My Family, and the Burden of Food
"How Lulu Wang's film brought me back to my grandparents' dining table in China."

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"I needed to do this movie": Awkwafina on her star-making role in The Farewell
Awkwafina talks about death, humor, and learning Chinese for her new movie.

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Simu Liu, Marvel's latest leading man, will soon be a 'household name'
If you don't know his name already, you will soon.

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Marvel's Shang-Chi: five reasons Tony Leung’s casting is huge
Screen legend Tony Leung Chiu-wai will be the first Hong Kong actor to star in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film.

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Meet Zhao Shuzhen, the Breakout Star of 'The Farewell'
One of the biggest breakthrough performances of the year comes in an unexpected package; The Farewell introduces audiences to 75-year-old Chinese actress Zhao Shuzhen in her dazzling American film debut.


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