3.27.2020

Recognizing an Exit From an Ambitious and Lonely Love

Music Premiere: "Gilot" by Surrija



At long last, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Jane Lui, who's making music these days under the name Surrija, will release her long-awaited fourth album next month. Surrija will be available on April 3.

It's a been a minute since Jane, a good friend to this website, dropped a full-length. While taking a break after her last record, 2010's Goodnight Company, Jane says she wasn't even sure she had another album in her. But when she finally did start writing again, she found inspiration half a world away, in Spain.

"When I felt the songs again, I hopped on a plane to Barcelona, locked myself in a room for three weeks, and material came rushing through," Jane shared during the new album's Kickstarter campaign. "During these Barcelona sessions, I deliberately wrote away from my normal tendencies to hatch an evolution."

The result: Surrija, and a haunting new electropop sound. We're proud to debut the new single, "Gilot."

3.26.2020

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 92: They Call Us Pandemic Parents

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.

Wash your hands. Stay home. Don't be racist. On this episode, we welcome Stephen Dypiangco, co-founder of Dadventures, and Theresa Kim Yang, educator and literary coach (and wife of Gene Luen Yang). We discuss parenting through the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to find normalcy while everything is definitely not normal.

3.25.2020

People Are Dying, But This Seems Like a Good Use of Energy

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



House Lawmakers Unveil Resolution Blaming China For The Coronavirus
A bipartisan pair of House lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a resolution that blames China for causing a global pandemic and calls on the Chinese government to publicly declare that COVID-19 began there. Yes, while there are people dying in the midst of health crisis, not to mention a disturbing rise in hate crimes in Asians, pointing fingers seems to be the best use of our time, energy and resources.

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"You fucking Chinese, spreading the coronavirus."
In Brooklyn, an Asian man waiting for the subway was accosted by a stranger who spit on him and threatened him in a coronavirus-related hate crime. According to police, the 26-year-old victim was on the Atlantic Avenue 2/3 platform on Tuesday morning when 19-year-old Nicholas Theodore confronted him, saying "You fucking Chinese, spreading the coronavirus. You people got the virus." He then spit in the victim's face and mimicked having a gun, jamming his hand in his coat pocket and pointing his finger. The victim alerted a nearby police officer and Theodore was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime and menacing.

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Chef Floyd Cardoz, Who Elevated Indian Cuisine, Has Died Of Coronavirus
Floyd Cardoz, an influential chef who married regional Indian cuisine with French and new American flavors, died Wednesday morning of complications from the coronavirus in New Jersey, at age 59.

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Racism in the Time of Coronavirus
On the latest episode of the podcast Long Distance, host Paola Mardo shares her experience with COVID-19 racism. She also talks to me and Devin Cabanilla about the disturbing rise of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia.

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The Claudia Kishi Club
The documentary short The Claudia Kishi Club, directed by Sue Ding, is a love letter to Claudia Kishi, the iconic Asian American character from The Baby-Sitters Club book series. I'm proud to have a small part in the project.


3.24.2020

Connecting the Dots Between "Chinese Virus" and Vincent Chin

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Listen Up! Asian Americans and People of Conscience Allies!

Take it from Helen Zia, who would know: "I lived through the auto industry's collapse and the climate of misery and hate that led to Vincent Chin's killing. Those were horrific times -- but the train wreck from the hate and hysteria of this pandemic and global recession is coming and will be MUCH WORSE!" Also see Part 2.

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Don't Be Racist
Furthermore, take it from Patrick Epino, who also connects the dots between "Chinese Virus" and Vincent Chin.

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Nail Salon Owners Organize Medical Supply Drive
Let's give some props where they are due. In San Mateo, California, a group of women -- a stay-at-home mother of three, and two nail salon owners -- organized a donation drive to help health careworkers who say they're short on protective gear. In a matter of days, they collected nearly 3,000 masks, 59,450 pairs of gloves and other medical supplies to be given to health care workers.

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House of Woo is Making Face Masks in the Fight Against the Coronavirus
And in Los Angeles, House of Woo has joined the fight against the coronavirus. Owner Staci Woo has turned the company's resources from making environmentally conscious clothing lines to making face masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. "We've got the means, we've got the fabric, we've got the people, and people are needing the masks right now," Woo told ABC7.

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Woman Barters Baked Goods for Toilet Paper Amid Coronavirus Emergency
As you've probably heard, toilet paper is a little hard to come by these days, as shoppers hoard precious rolls amid the coronavirus emergency. It's especially problematic for the disabled. Brandi Frausto, who can't get around easily, was greeted with barren shelves in the paper goods aisle at her local grocery. So she took to the internet, and ended up bartering home-baked goods for a packet of toilet paper. Get it any way you can, folks.


3.23.2020

If the Coronavirus Doesn't Kill Us, The Racism Probably Will

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety
"As the coronavirus upends American life, Chinese-Americans face a double threat. Not only are they grappling like everyone else with how to avoid the virus itself, they are also contending with growing racism in the form of verbal and physical attacks. Other Asian-Americans — with families from Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Myanmar and other places -- are facing threats, too, lumped together with Chinese-Americans by a bigotry that does not know the difference."

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'It's just too much': Asian Americans confront xenophobia, economic devastation and the coronavirus
"What we need to be talking about is how to protect people and neighborhoods from more economic and physical harm. This epidemic threatens and affects all of us in ways we are all still trying to understand, but what's increasingly clear is that the most permanent, drastic effects will be on the most vulnerable among us."

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Man Arrested in Coronavirus-Related Attack on Asian Woman
In New York, a man was arrested for robbing an Asian woman inside a Brooklyn train station in a coronavirus-inspired attack. 60-year-old Oswald Jones reportedly yelled "Go back to China" and "You are dirty, get your temperature checked," before he tried to punch the 26-year-old victim, making off with her cellphone at the Fort Hamilton Parkway Station around 11:00pm Thursday. Jones was later apprehended and charged with grand larceny as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

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Neighbors Form Peace Group to Keep Chinatown Safe from Crimes
In San Francisco, a group of concerned citizens calling themselves the SF Peace Collective have have joined together to keep Chinatown safe during the coronavirus outbreak. The group patrols the streets and watches for anything out of the ordinary, such as seniors who appear to be in poor health to looters.

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#RacismIsAVirus
Celebrities, artists, and community advocates have united around a new social media campaign #RacismIsAVirus to help combat the rising xenophobia and attacks against Asians and Asian Americans amid the global COVID-10 pandemic. The campaign was started among prominent members of the Asian American Broadway community and has been shared by stars such as Hamilton's Marc Dela Cruz, Aladdin's Telly Leung, and Mulan's Tzi Ma.







3.22.2020

Read These Blogs


Progress is why viruses aren't named after locations anymore, experts say
"While the White House has stood by President Donald Trump's frequent use of the phrase "Chinese virus" in reference to COVID-19 -- citing the previous names of illnesses like 'West Nile Virus' as justification -- experts say the argument just doesn't hold up."

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Ted Lieu: Trump is stoking xenophobic panic in a time of crisis
"...Trump's repeated insistence on calling coronavirus the "Chinese virus" is more than just xenophobic; it causes harm both to Asian Americans and to the White House’s response to this life-threatening pandemic."

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Yes, Calling Coronavirus "the Chinese Virus" or Kung-Flu Is Racist
Around the country, Asian Americans are experiencing an uptick in attacks.

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Donald Trump's 'Chinese Virus' Coronavirus Tweet Has Me Scared For My Family
Trump's repeated insistence on calling COVID-19 "Chinese virus" has many Asian Americans angry and afraid.

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The Coronavirus's Impact on Manhattan's Chinatown
Jiayang Fan checks in on a few small businesses in Manhattan's Chinatown to see how they're faring.

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In time of coronavirus, a family aims to make the best of things, hour by hour
Vanessa Hua and her family take social distancing and news on the coronavirus little by little.

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Hollywood changed 'Little Fires Everywhere.' That's exactly what its author wanted
Celeste Ng talks about the Hollywood adaptation of her acclaimed novel, Little Fires Everywhere.

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Taking That First Step: Questions For Gene Luen Yang
Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang talks to NPR about his latest book Dragon Hoops, which chronicles a year he spent observing the school's incredibly talented basketball team as they strove for the state championship.


3.20.2020

Here's Where You Can Report Coronavirus-Related Racism

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Asian American Groups Compiling Coronavirus Hate Crime Reports
Distressed by the rise in xenophobia and racism during the coronavirus pandemic, a coalition of Asian American groups based in California have created a reporting webpage for victims of virus-related hate crimes. The Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and San Francisco State University Asian American Studies Department are asking anyone who's been harassed, intimidated or otherwise discriminated against for their race to share their stories on the website.

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President Trump Attacks Asian Americans. He Must Stop Repeating History.
"In a time where our nation is facing a pandemic, it is more important than ever to have a Unifier-in-Chief to lead and guide us. President Trump has exhibited the opposite of that."

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Dumplings Against Hate
"Chinatowns have always been there for you... Now, will you show up for NYC's Chinatowns? Make a donation in the amount of your favorite meal, as if you were at your favorite restaurant, and the money will go to businesses in dire need. Please be generous and 'buy' up a whole banquet! All funds raised will go to Asian Americans For Equality’s Emergency Small Business Relief Fund."

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7 Stages of Being Stuck Home with Kids Because of the Coronavirus
For parents on lockdown: Based on interviews with parents locked down in Italy and Hong Kong, here are seven unexpected stages parents will likely experience over the coming weeks and months. By Stephen Dypiangco.

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High School Choir Spreads Hope, Social Distancing Style
This week, the Chino Hills High School Chamber Singers were supposed to perform at a choral festival, which of course, was canceled. Instead, the kids shared this gorgeous rendition of "Over the Rainbow," with each part individually recorded from their own homes. May it bring you a little hope and cheer during these dark times.


3.19.2020

This Petty Man is Messing With Our Lives For a Sound Bite

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Trump Crossed Out 'Corona' and Replaced It with 'Chinese' Virus
Donald Trump was photographed reading from notes at the daily coronavirus task force press conference where the word "corona" was crossed out and replaced with "Chinese" to described COVID-19. The photograph, taken by a Washington Post photographer, showed the word crossed out in what appeared to be Sharpie and in the president's own handwriting. This petty, racist man is fucking with our lives for a sound bite.

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Governor Newsom Ends His Presser by Calling Out Racism
On the opposite end of political leadership... On Thursday, California governor Gavin Newsom issued a statewide order for all residents to ‘stay at home’ amid a coronavirus outbreak. That's not a suprise. Shit is real right now. What was cool was how he concluded the press conference, calling out the racism and xenophobia that's been directed at Asians in the wake of the virus outbreak.

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Daniel Dae Kim Tests Positive for Coronavirus
NOOOOOOO. Daniel Dae Kim announced on Instagram on Thursday that he's tested positive for coronavirus, opening up about his journey to diagnosis and pleading for the public to follow self-isolation guidelines. Watch the whole video -- the guy is a class act, through and through.

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Jeremy Lin Rips Trump for 'Empowering' Racism with Talk of 'Chinese Virus'
And Jeremy Lin chimes in, calling out Trump for his "Chinese Virus" remarks: "I wish you would powerfully support the vulnerable people that will suffer due to our mismanagement of this virus, including those that will be affected by the racism you're empowering."

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New Streaming Service Brings Kamen Rider and Ultraman to US Fans
On a totally different note, if you're looking for something to watch during your social distancing, PlutoTV just launched an awesome new channel in partnership with Shout! Factory: TokuSHOUTsu, bringing you old school Japanese shows like Ultraman and Super Sentai to U.S. audiences -- including the wildly popular Kamen Rider, available to stateside audiences for the first time.


They Call Us Bruce - Episode 91: They Call Us Social Distancing

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.

Wash your hands. Stay home. Don't be racist. On this episode, with this global pandemic underway, we welcome Dr. Esther Choo to offer her perspective on the COVID-19 health crisis. We also break down The Good, The Bad, and The WTF of social distancing.

3.18.2020

Because Every Global Pandemic Needs a Scapegoat

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Senator says "China is to blame for coronavirus" because "people eat bats"
"China is to blame," Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Wednesday of the virus, "because the culture where people eat bats and snakes and dogs and things like that." He proceeded to identify the consumption of such animals as the source of the virus, echoing a since debunked myth that the outbreak began with a woman eating bat soup. Glad to know these are the people leading the country.

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"You're Chinese, why did you bring corona to America?"
Emily Chen was riding the subway home in New York when a male passenger started making offensive remarks and another stepped in to defend her. In a video shared on Facebook, a passenger can be heard saying, "You're Chinese, why did you bring corona to America?" A second passenger appears to interrupt the man's tirade, telling him to stop bothering her. The passenger continued to yell expletives at Chen for recording the exchange, while the other rider blocked him from getting closer. Thankfully, nobody got hurt.

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A Message to the Media on Implicit Bias
"In these times of uncertainty, fear can bring out the worst in all of us. Sometimes we might not even be aware of how our implicit biases effect vulnerable communities. But now more than ever, disparate marginalized communities must find support in each other. If you see someone being the target of abuse/harassment step in, speak out. Please. Your silence is your consent to the erasure of my personhood."

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#WashTheHate
To help combat the rising tide of coronavirus-related hatred, Asian American artists, leaders and influencers have teamed up with IW Group, an Asian American communications agency, to launch #WashTheHate, a social media campaign designed to raise awareness about anti-Asian bigotry amid the viral outbreak. The campaign kicked off with a series of videos posted to various social media platforms, featuring participants washing their hands while sharing a personal story about how the coronavirus has impacted their lives.

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Kim’s Convenience Season 4 Gets U.S. Premiere Date
Kim's Convenience fans rejoice! Season 4 of the hit Canadian sitcom will hit Netflix for U.S. viewers on April 1.


3.17.2020

With Community Care, We Will Prevail

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Community Care During COVID-19: A Message To and From AAPIs
"During this crisis, our communities are being targeted and scapegoated, with GOP politicians referencing COVID-19 as the 'Chinese Virus' and numerous incidents of hate crimes against Asians. We've seen this before. Throughout history, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been oppressed, harmed, and even killed due to our race. But time and time again, we have prevailed from these hardships by taking care of each other."

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Random Woman in Mask

Asian Woman Assaulted in Manhattan, Blamed for COVID-19 Outbreak
In Manhattan, an Asian woman was assaulted in what appears to be another coronavirus-related hate crime. The 34-year-old victim was headed to the subway when she was attacked Monday evening near East 25th Street and Madison Avenue. "You are the reason we have the coronavirus," the assailant allegedly said, then spit in the victim's face and grabbed the woman's hair when she tried to walk away, according to police. The attacker, 33-year-old Lynn Ferguson, was arrested by transit police and charged with hate crime, aggravated harassment, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of hypodermic instruments.

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Confronting Anti-Asian Discrimination During the Coronavirus Crisis
"At this point I lose track of his onslaught, as I go into attack mode: 'Fuck you -- I’m not sick.' The air explodes with F-bombs. This guy -- already I think of him as My Racist -- still isn’t looking at me. He trudges on, swearing, and through my rage I study his face for a second. He's full of hate right now, but maybe also confusion. Is the Chinese guy supposed to talk back?"

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She Was the First Death in Los Angeles County Connected to Coronavirus
Loretta died at 2:57 a.m. March 10 -- the first to be reported connected to the coronavirus in Los Angeles County. But to her family's shock, the county Department of Public Health did not recommend her 72-year-old husband Roddy be tested, even after Loretta's tests came back positive. When he arrived at the hospital, he was isolated and questioned but then discharged. Instead, he has been ordered to self-quarantine for 14 days at his sister's house, while his family was told to wait and see if he becomes ill.

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Asian Enough
From the Los Angeles Times, "Asian Enough" is a podcast about being Asian American -- the joys, the complications and everything else in between. In each episode, hosts Jen Yamato and Frank Shyong invite celebrity guests to share their personal stories and unpack identity on their own terms. They explore the vast diaspora across cultures, backgrounds and generations, share "Bad Asian Confessions," and try to expand the ways in which being Asian American is defined. The first episode, featuring John Cho, and the second episode, featuring Lulu Wang, just dropped.


3.16.2020

Trump Calls It "The Chinese Virus." And Here We Go.

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.


Trump Tweets About Coronavirus Using Term 'Chinese Virus'
And there it is. Trump refers to coronavirus as "the Chinese Virus." This disease, and the response to it, has been racialized from its very beginnings. One tweet from this fucking president douses the situation with gasoline. We're already seeing increased incidents of anti-Asian violence and harassment, but prepare for an even sharper spike. If I'm wrong, great. If I'm right, remember that tweet. Remember it on Election Day.

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Suspect Admits He Tried to Kill Asian Family at Sam's Club
A man stabbed and cut four people -- including two children -- in a possible hate crime at a Sam's Club in Midland, Texas on Saturday. He apparently told police he was attempting to kill an Asian family shopping in the store, according to an arrest affidavit. 19-year-old Jose Gomez is charged with three counts of attempted capital murder and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Suspects Arrested in Two Coronavirus-Related Hate Attacks
In New York City, police have made two hate crime arrests in the cases of victims who were targeted by assailants who made anti-Asian statements in coronavirus-related attacks. 44-year-old Raoul Ramos was charged with aggravated harassment as a hate crime after he pushed a 47-year-old man, screaming "Where the fuck is your mask?" in Queens on Thursday. The NYPD has also arrested a 13-year-old boy who allegedly assaulted a 59-year-old man Tuesday night, kicking him and making anti-Asian statements.

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"Do You Want to Kill Me?" Man Harasses Asian Couple Wearing Masks
Two commuters wearing masks on the New York City subway were subjected to what appears to be yet another incident of coronavirus-related racism at the Times Square Station on March 13. The perpetrator can bee seen in cell phone video harassing and yelling insults at the two people on the subway platform, at one point saying, "you want to fucking kill me?"

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Video: Garden Grove Students Scream 'Coronavirus,' Mock Asian Teens
In Garden Grove, California, school officials are investigating incidents involving two Bolsa Grande High School students who videotaped themselves as they mocked Asian American students -- shouting "coronavirus" during a school cultural assembly and harassing Vietnamese American classmates.


3.15.2020

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How a Chinese immigrant neighborhood is struggling amid coronavirus-related xenophobia
"It's a reminder of how quick people try to herald us as model minorities but also how quickly they will remind us where we are. You come to a place like New York City, and you assume you’re free from all the bullying because it's multicultural, but then you realize that the solidarity isn't there and how quickly people isolate themselves when a crisis like this comes up."

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Coronavirus means fear and isolation for many Asian American seniors
As COVID-19 spreads in California, many older Asians and Asian Americans are taking precautions to protect their loved ones. For these seniors, isolation is also a concern.

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Visiting My Sick Mom Could Put Her Life at Risk. But How Many More Times Will I Get to See Her?
With everyday life completely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nicole Chung shares about the heartbreaking choice between visiting her sick mother or maintaining distance for her mother's fragile health.

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How I Dealt With the Loss of My Dad, and Then My Movie
Lynn Chen's first feature screenplay, I Will Make You Mine, was written and produced as a way to channel her grief and give a sense of hope. Unfortunately, with the cancellation of SXSW, no one will be able to see it.

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At Census Time, Asian Americans Again Confront the Question of Who 'Counts' as Asian.
While many of the questions on the Census may seem simple, at least one is more complicated: race.

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On a new podcast about Asian American identity, we talk about the struggle to feel we're 'enough'
Los Angeles Times journalists Jen Yamato and Frank Shyong's new Asian Enough podcast includes Asian American guests who talk about the struggle to feel "enough."

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HBO's possible 'Parasite' spinoff with Mark Ruffalo raises whitewashing concerns
The news that HBO's spinoff series based on Parasite will possibly star Mark Ruffalo is just the latest example of the industry’s practice of remaking Asian films with white actors for U.S. audiences

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"Family Karma" Might Be a Breakthrough for Desis on TV
The new Bravo unscripted series Family Karma follows several Desi families in Miami; theirs is the kind of wealthy, incestuous subculture that doesn't need cameras to incite drama.

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Edge of the World
A short story by Souvankham Thammavongsa, whose first story collection, How to Pronounce Knife, will be published in April 2020.


3.13.2020

And Then They Came After Mulan

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



So yeah, this happened.
This Mulan poster, spotted in Pasadena, California, was defaced with graffiti. If you can't make it out, that's a mask spray-painted on her face and the words "TOXIC. MADE IN WUHAN." Yes, I know there are people boycotting this movie because of Liu Yifei's remarks in support of Hong Kong police. This is not about that.

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Asian Man Harassed and Spat On in Coronavirus-Related Hate Crime
In New York, an Asian man traveling through Penn Station was spat on, harassed and yelled at by a stranger who accused him of being infected with the coronavirus. Abraham Choi says he was in a bathroom when a man spit on his head from behind, then told him, "You Chinese fuck. All of you should die and all of you have the Chinese virus." On top of all that, when he went to police officer inside the station to report it, the cop told him spitting on someone isn't a crime. Which is a flat-out not true.

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Chinese Student at UNM Subject of Racist Prank
An Asian student at the University of New Mexico was recently targeted with a racist coronavirus prank when someone covered the door of his campus apartment with plastic and posted a sign that said, "Caution, Keep Out, Quarantine." Shuyuan Ye, an international student from China, initially thought the quarantine was real, then realized it was a prank. So he filed a police report and moved the fuck out of there, because who wants to deal with this shit. University officials were reportedly unable to identify the person who carried out the prank, "so they provided education to those living in the dorm." Oh yay.

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Wash Your Hands and Don't Be Racist
Words to weather a pandemic. Get the pin here.

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Comfort Me, Yo-Yo Ma
Famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma offers some comfort for our troubled times, via Dvorak's "Goin' Home": "In these days of anxiety, I wanted to find a way to continue to share some of the music that gives me comfort."


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