10.20.2019

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The Whitewashing of “#WhitePeopleDoingYoga"
Chiraag Bhakta's art installation #WhitePeopleDoingYoga was about the appropriation and whitewashing of yoga. San Francisco's Asian Art Museum didn't understand.

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Soleil Ho Is Revolutionizing Food Criticism, With No Taste for Outdated Conventions
The new critic at the San Francisco Chronicle knows that food is about more than just what's served on a plate.

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Tienlon Ho: The Months Of Magical Eating
While pregnant with her first child, Tienlon Ho yawned, and her concerned father started cooking remedies.

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“Your House Will Pay" Is a Fictional Account of the L.A. Uprising
Steph Cha on writing realist social crime fiction and exploring the racial tensions of the '90s.

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A Guide to Asian Restaurants, by Ali Wong
Ali Wong leaves some wisdom for her daughters on how to choose a good Asian restaurant.

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This Berkeley-based documentary project tells the stories of California 'donut kids'
Pink Box Stories is an ongoing documentary project that focuses on donuts, immigrants, and modern California history.

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Is This What We Consider 'a Good Education'?
Interrogating the Asian American disconnect in the debate over NYC's specialized high schools.

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The Complicated Fun of Being Into Historical Costume & Not White
Catherine Fung got into sewing and dressing in historical costumes, but is constantly navigating this hobby as an Asian woman.


10.18.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Miki Ishikawa

"Pay attention dummy, we don't have time for that anymore."



Hello, internet friends! You know what time it is. 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 Miki Ishikawa.

10.17.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 79: They Call Us Sophia Chang

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 music industry veteran Sophia Chang, who talks about her many identities: former manager of some of hip hop and R&B's greatest acts (RZA, GZA, Old Dirty Bastard, A Tribe Called Quest, D'Angelo and Raphael Saadiq, to name a few), kung fu practitioner, daughter of Korean immigrants, and now, author of the new audio memoir The Baddest Bitch in the Room.

10.15.2019

Director Lulu Wang did a Q&A for the one guy who showed up to see 'The Farewell' last night

"I wrote and directed this film... Please stay after for the Q&A."



Writer/director Lulu Wang's family drama The Farewell is one of the most critically and commercially successful films of the year, first debuting to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, then scoring a magical summer box office run for a film of its modest indie stature. But the hype inevitably had to die down. That said, three months after opening in theaters, it's still playing on a handful of screens.

On Monday night, Wang apparently held a Q&A for the one moviegoer who showed up to the 10:15pm showing of The Farewell at the Angelika Film Center in New York City. Wang says she and her best friend wanted to see her deeply personal film "as real audience members" at a theater where they've seen countless film together. It so happens that there was one other person in attendance. So the director surprised him with a Q&A.

Here's Ms. Wang introducing the film. It is adorable:

10.13.2019

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Superman smashed the KKK once, and now he's doing it again
Superman Smashes the Klan, the new graphic novel from writer Gene Luen Yang and artists Guruhiru, pits the Man of Steel against the KKK -- an updated take on a famous 1946 radio serial.

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Where's Rose? Star Wars Fans Want Kelly Marie Tran's Hero on More Merch
Fans have expressed disappointment that the first major female Asian character in the Star Wars saga appears to be missing from the new wave of merchandise for The Rise of Skywalker. Here's what happened.

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Scandalized by Ali Wong's Stand-Up? Brace Yourself for Her Book
The star of two uproarious Netflix comedy specials is nervous about how people will react to her essay collection. "I hope my siblings don't get pissed at me," she says.

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Andrew Yang and the Political Narratives of Asian-Americans
Once seen as a fringe candidate, Andrew Yang has improbably managed to position himself as an Asian-American everyman.

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Overlooked No More: Mitsuye Endo, a Name Linked to Justice for Japanese-Americans
A belated obituary for Mitsuye Endo, the lead plaintiff in a Supreme Court case that successfully challenged mass internment of American citizens during World War II.

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This Grandmother Went From Chinatown To Brentwood Looking For The Landlord Trying to Evict Her
70-year-old Dieu Pham took part in an anti-eviction protest after her landlords tried to order tenants to move out in order to raise rents.

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The uncertain future of your neighborhood dry cleaner
For decades, Korean-American dry cleaning businesses have flourished in New York. But startups are better funded and increasingly aggressive.

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Quyên Nguyen-Le's short films explore politics and relationships from a queer Vietnamese perspective
Quyên Nguyen-Le's latest film, Hoài (Ongoing/Memory), is about a queer, second-generation Vietnamese American woman and heartbreak.

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A New Slate of Films Gives Korean American Mothers Their Flowers
"By portraying their deaths, these films depict Asian American mothers as worthy of the same care, sympathy, and compassion that they bestow on their children, family, and friends."

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Kal Penn on Why 'Sunnyside' Is the Perfect Setting for His Immigrant-Focused Sitcom
"Queens in general seemed to be the perfect location to set a show because it's rich with comedies and stories that haven't been told in a this-is-all-America way," says Kal Penn, star of NBC's Sunnyside.

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Hasan Minhaj Goes Into the Lion's Den
Hasan Minhaj, host of Netflix's Patriot Act, talks to Vanity Fair about the politics of provocation, and what it means to be funny in Trump's America.

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Mindy Kaling Didn't Sign Up to Be a Role Model
This year alone, she wrote, costarred in, and coproduced the Sundance darling Late Night, cocreated, cowrote, and co–executive produced a re-imagining of the '90s rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral, and cocreated, wrote, and co–executive produced a forthcoming Netflix, Never Have I Ever.

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'Godfather Of Harlem' Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi Talks Creating Significant Narratives For People Of Color, Building Asian American Presence In Hollywood
A meeting with Forrest Whitaker launched Nina Yang Bongiovi's career as a film producer.

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Angela Dimayuga's 10 Essential Filipino Recipes
The creative director for food and culture at the Standard hotels and former Mission Chinese Food chef chooses the dishes that define the cuisine for her.

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Julian Saporiti Chronicles Asian-American History With His Band No-No Boy
No-No Boy's music is inspired by stories and imagery from Asian American history.


10.11.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Janelle Wong

"I am a university teacher and researcher. I am a political scientist."



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 Janelle Wong.

10.10.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 78: They Call Us Manny Jacinto

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 actor Manny Jacinto, best known for playing Jason Mendoza on NBC's The Good Place. We talk about his stereotype-busting breakthrough role, the unmatched work ethic of Tom Cruise, and what it's like to play the dumbest character on television.

10.06.2019

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The 20 best Asian American films of the last 20 years
"Clearly, it’s time for a canon, a set of films that fans can debate, but which make undeniable that Asian American cinema exists and elicit some consensus about their quality and cultural impact." What are the 20 best Asian American films of the last 20 years? A list for discussion and debate.

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‘Harvey Weinstein Told Me He Liked Chinese Girls'
In a powerful testimony, Rowena Chiu reveals her own #MeToo story as Harvey Weinstein's assistant over 20 years ago. “I've had many years to ruminate on how I fell into Harvey's trap, and the best way to understand it is through the four power dynamics of gender, race, seniority and wealth."

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As a teenager, she loved 'Miss Saigon.' As an adult, she demands more for Vietnamese Americans
"All I advocate for is the very thing Miss Saigon has denied us ⁠-- a real voice and ownership of the stories Vietnamese Americans carry in our blood."

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Where's Rose Tico In The New STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Merch?
Fans have noticed a conspicous absence in the latest wave of new Star Wars merchandise: Rose Tico.

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Asian Americans are rightly angry about racism. Making colleges less diverse isn't the answer.
While landmark decisions have been made about Harvard admissions to uphold affirmative action, here's a reminder that making colleges less diverse is not the answer to structural racism.

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Why Are There So Many Filipino Nurses in California?
In California, Filipinos make up the second largest group of the state's active workforce of nurses. After filling a nursing shortage in the 1960s, immigrant caregivers have changed the practice and the politics of health care.

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Ocean Vuong: The 10 Books I Needed to Write My Novel
On Herman Melville, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, James Baldwin, lê thị diễm thúy, and more

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Reading Recommendations for Filipinx* Americans

Randy Ribay, author of Patron Saints of Nothing, recommends recent examples of Filipinx and Filipinx American representation in children’s literature -- "books that I wish were on my childhood shelf but am grateful exist for kids coming up today."

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When Nail Salon Workers Organize, Customers Also Benefit
Almost 80% of workers in nail salons are immigrants working in challenging conditions, including wage violations and exposure to harsh chemicals. When they organize for better work environments, everyone benefits.

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How Do You Make the Reverse of The King and I
Playwright David Henry Hwang and composer Jeanine Tesori created Soft Power, in which the power dynamics of stories like The King and I are reversed.

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At the Academy: ABOMINABLE
The creators behind the hit animated film Abominable talk about balancing cultural authenticity with universality.

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How do you turn fan art into a career? At NYCC, a Doctor Who artist explains
Alice Zhang's super-popular fan art is described as "sometimes whimsical, sometimes emotionally charged, occasionally hilarious, and always beautiful."

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After 'Hustlers,' Constance Wu Is on That Next Level
The Hollywood breakout advises: "It's always better to be brave than smart."


10.04.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: James Kim

"I love making podcasts. It's one of the few things I'm passionate about."



What is up, 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 James Kim.

10.03.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 77: They Call Us Helen Zia

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 Cal Poly Pomona, we welcome author/activist Helen Zia. We discuss the tumultuous forces of history, migration and intergenerational trauma that propel her latest book, Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution.

10.02.2019

Randall Park, Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho launch new production company

Imminent Collision will develop "comedy-forward stories from Asian American perspectives."



From Deadline: Fresh Off the Boat star Randall Park has teamed with longtime creative partners and friends Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho to launch Imminent Collision, a production company dedicated to developing comedy-forward stories from Asian American perspectives.

In a competitive situation, the company has signed a first-look television deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio behind Fresh Off the Boat. Park, Golamco and Ho drew inspiration for the name of their company, Imminent Collision, from a play of the same title they worked on as members of Lapu The Coyote That Cares, the Asian American theater company co-founded by Park at UCLA over 20 years ago.

You gotta love this funny quote from Randall, Michael and Hieu in the press release: "Our immigrant parents came to America with a dream. That dream was for their children to land a first look television producing deal, scripted and unscripted, at a major Hollywood studio. We would like to thank Carolyn, Howard, Dana, Craig and the entire 20th team for helping us make our parents proud."

More here: Randall Park Launches Production Company With Michael Golamco & Hieu Ho, Inks First-Look Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Stop ordering spicy noodles with no spice

A personal message from the CEO of Xi'an Famous Foods.



Look, if you go to Xi'an Famous Foods and order your noodles "not spicy" -- honestly, what's the point? -- then complain that the food is "too bland," that shit is on you. I'm sorry, but you have made a bad life choice.

The New York City noodle chain has an important advisory for its customers: "Not Spicy = Not As Good." Xi'an's CEO Jason Wang recently posted a "personal message" to customers at the company's 14 locations, warning people that if they order certain menu items as "not spicy," they may be disappointed. You can have it the way you want it. Just know that the way you want it... does not taste good.

Judge rules in favor of Harvard in admissions lawsuit

Federal judge rules Harvard can consider race in its admissions process in pursuit of a diverse class.



From NPR: A judge has ruled in favor of Harvard University in a high-profile court case centered on whether the school's admissions process forces Asian Americans to clear a higher bar to get in.

Federal District Court Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued her decision Tuesday, saying "the Court finds no persuasive documentary evidence of any racial animus or conscious prejudice against Asian Americans."

In the decision, Burroughs said that while Harvard's admissions program is "not perfect," "ensuring diversity at Harvard relies, in part, on race conscious admissions."

More here: Federal Judge Upholds Harvard's Race-Conscious Admissions Process

10.01.2019

Jude Weng to direct Netflix's 'Finding Ohana'

Screenwriter Christina Strain's Hawaii-set feature is "a Goonies style adventure starring all Datas."


Jude Weng, Christina Strain and the cast of 'Finding Ohana'

Netflix has nabbed the rights to director Jude Weng's feature film debut, the Hawaii-set family adventure Finding Ohana, with newcomers Kea Peahu and Alex Aiono leading a large ensemble of Hawaiian and Asian actors.

Finding Ohana follows two Brooklyn siblings whose summer in a rural Oahu town takes an exciting turn when a journal pointing to long-lost treasure sets them on an adventure, leading them to reconnect with their Hawaiian heritage. According to screenwriter Christina Strain, it's "a Goonies style adventure starring all Datas."

Read this great Twitter thread, in which Strain explains why and how this project came together:

9.30.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 76: They Call Us Abominable

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 sat down with Peilin Chou, Chief Creative Officer of Pearl Studios and producer of Abominable, currently the number one movie at the box office. We talk about the unique challenges of creating a Chinese animated feature with global appeal.

9.29.2019

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A Photographer Looks for Herself
Photographer Rozette Rago revisits movies that made an impact on her while growing up, and re-imagines her place among them, re-casting iconic frames with faces that look more like herself.

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Why It Matters That 'Emily Doe' in the Brock Turner Case Is Asian American
In her memoir, Chanel Miller offers a new understanding of her treatment by the legal system.

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Stories About My Brother
"The truth is, though I knew Yush better than perhaps anyone, I barely understood the man he had become. In recent years, we had become estranged due to our oppositional values: I became a vocal, ardent feminist. He saw feminists as extremists who were deeply hateful towards men."

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Column: Chinatown without Chinese grocery stores, and the delicate balance of ethnic communities
Ai Hoa Market in Chinatown is one of the few remaining grocery stories in the L.A.'s Chinatown. It will be closing and relocating to South El Monte by the end of the year.

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A Filmmaker Explored Japan's Wartime Enslavement of Women. Now He's Being Sued.
When Miki Dezaki decided to make a documentary for his graduate thesis, he examined a question that reverberates through Japanese politics: Why, 75 years later, does a small but vocal group of politically influential conservatives still fervently dispute internationally accepted accounts of Japan's wartime atrocities?

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'I Spent 30 Years Helping Men Tell Their Stories. Now It's Time to Tell Mine'
After a 30 year career helping some of the biggest men in the music industry shine, Sophia Chang is ready to set the spotlight on herself in her memoir, The Baddest Bitch In The Room.


9.27.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: William Yu

"I want to tell stories that I wish I had known."



Hey, everybody! It's about that time to meet another 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 William Yu.

9.22.2019

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What Does It Mean to 'Look Like Me'?
Minorities can find it gratifying to see people who resemble them onscreen. But resemblance is a tricky thing.

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How Asian American Storytelling Is (Finally) Moving Forward In 2019
How are Asian American stories moving forward?

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All refugees, like me, should have a shot at the American dream
"The cornerstone aspiration for the founding of the United States is to offer oppressed people refuge from violence and persecution. To forsake the vulnerable people currently seeking refuge would be to forsake what it means to be American. And yet, at a time of unprecedented global displacement, that is exactly what is happening."

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After 34 Years as a Community Hub, Chong's Sesame Oil Is Being Forced to Stop Milling
The family behind Chong's Sesame Oil, the last oil mill in Koreatown, is feeling the effects of a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood after rents were hiked higher than they could afford.

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Constance Wu's Hollywood Destiny
Coming late to celebrity, the star has felt the burden of representing all Asian Americans.

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15 Asian Rising Stars in Hollywood You Need to Be Paying Attention to
This talented group has been writing, directing and starring in all of your favorite films and television shows

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Here's What We Learn From Watching Adele Lim Walk Away From The Pay Gap
Screenwriter Adele Lim was a part of the writing team for the movie Crazy Rich Asians and brought cultural authenticity to the film that led to its success. But she walked away from the sequel over pay disparity.

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My First Musical Memory with the cast of Soft Power
In anticipation of the opening night of Soft Power at The Public Theatre, the cast of the David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori's groundbreaking new musical-within-a-play recalls their first musical memories.

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Jackie Chan Pretended to be Hurt on 'Enter the Dragon' so Bruce Lee Would "Hold Me"
It seems everyone who worked with Bruce Lee was a massive fan — and that certainly includes Jackie Chan.

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Jackie Tohn & Ellen Wong on How Their "GLOW Sisters" Helped Them Film the Most Intense Scene of Season 3
GLOW gifted us with one of the most intense, beautiful, and necessary episodes of TV this season.


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.