11.22.2020

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I Lived Through A Stupid Coup. America Is Having One Now
You've already lost. This is what Americans need to understand

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Patsy Takemoto Mink blazed the trail for Kamala Harris – not famous white woman Susan B. Anthony
Congress had very few women members back in 1960, and just one woman of color: Patsy Mink of Hawaii.

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Baseball told Kim Ng no (and no, and no) before it finally said yes
By any measure, the hiring of Kim Ng as general manager of the Marlins, after a thirty-year career in the major league -- making her first female GM in professional sports -- was long overdue.

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I Thought I'd Get to See My Mother Again. Then the Pandemic Hit
The last time Nicole Chung saw her mother was January 2020. Since her death in May, she hasn't been able to gather or mourn with her family.

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A Case for a More Regional Understanding of Food
American food media's focus on national cuisines turns cultures into monoliths as it ignores regional differences in cooking and eating.

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The oldest Chinese restaurant in America
The oldest continuously-running Chinese restaurant in the U.S. isn't in San Francisco or New York. It's in, of all places, Butte, Montana. The Pekin Noodle Parlor opened in 1911. Jerry Tam's parents, Danny and Sharon, were the third generation of the family to run the restaurant.

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Exploring Vietnam's Coffee Culture With The Founder Of Nguyen Coffee Supply
Nguyen Coffee Supply's Sahra Nguyen, the first-ever Vietnamese American importer, roaster, and supplier of beans from Vietnam, takes us on a caffeinated journey through the remarkable coffee scene of Vietnam.

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Toward a New Afro-Asian Solidarity: Revisiting Cold War Politics in DA 5 BLOODS, WATCHMEN, and LOVECRAFT COUNTRY
Scholars analyze Da 5 Bloods, Watchmen, and Lovecraft Country to see how Cold War Afro-Asian relations are re-membered and re-imagined today.

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How Tyrus Wong's Christmas Cards Captivated the American Public
The unlikely Hollywood visionary of 'Bambi' fame designed what would become some of the most popular holiday stationery of all time

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'I feel joy': how Bisha K Ali went from struggling standup to Marvel maestro
She was living on beans. Now she's writing Ms. Marvel, the eagerly awaited TV series starring MCU's first Muslim superhero. Writer Bisha K Ali talks about joyriding premieres and how to silence trolls.

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'There wasn't much interest in seeing East Asian actresses on screen'
Actress Jessica Henwick, who stars in Love and Monsters and the upcoming Matrix 4 and Nancy Wu Done It, talks apocalyptic worlds and overcoming the lack of representation for East Asian actresses.


11.18.2020

Charles Yu Wins National Book Award for 'Interior Chinatown'



Charles Yu Wins National Book Award for 'Interior Chinatown'
Congratulations to Charles Yu, who won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday for his mind-bending satire, Interior Chinatown, a sendup of Hollywood and Asian-American stereotypes. The novel, written in the form of a screenplay, features an aspiring actor named Willis Wu who confronts casual racism and the cruel hierarchies of the entertainment world in his quest to graduate from bit roles as the "Delivery Guy" or "Silent Henchman." The judges praised the novel as "wonderfully inventive" and "by turns hilarious and flat out heartbreaking." Watch the announcement here (skip to 1:50:17).


11.16.2020

Hate Crimes Have Risen to Highest Level in More Than a Decade



Hate Crimes in U.S. Rose to Highest Level in More Than a Decade in 2019
Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released its annual hate crime statistics report for 2019. According to the report, hate crimes in the United States rose to their highest level in more than a decade last year, while more murders motivated by hate were recorded than ever before. The FBI collected data on 7,314 criminal incidents motivated by bias toward race or ethnicity or gender identity in 2019. It was the third straight year the metric surpassed 7,100 incidents and it was the highest number since the FBI reported 7,783 incidents in 2008. Experts say the FBI data likely undercounts the number of hate crimes in America, both because many victims fail to report incidents and local agencies are not required to report hate crime data to the FBI.

11.15.2020

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Living with the legacy of my Trump-voting Vietnamese relatives
"Since my grandparents insisted on backing Trump, I want that voting record on their obituaries."

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Kamala Harris' Historic Candidacy Helped Asian American Turnout Soar
AAPI voters likely set a new record for turnout in 2020, but campaigns still must make sure they're not treated like an afterthought, advocates say.

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Padma Lakshmi: Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris Moved Me to Tears
Imagine how wide the ripples of impact can be when a woman of color is vice president.

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Nikil Saval went from magazine editor to 1st Asian American in Penn. State Senate
Democratic candidate Nikil Saval became the first South Asian American elected to Pennsylvania's state Senate. In addition to making history, Saval stands out for his unconventional resume.

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Chinatowns Everywhere Are Suffering. In Oakland, a New Generation Has Answers
How the newer generation of Oakland's century-old Chinatown is weathering the current economic crisis.

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70% of Asian Americans support affirmative action. Here's why misconceptions persist.
With the Harvard affirmative action case a step closer to the Supreme Court, Asian American activists say much of their work involves dispelling myths about affirmative action's impacts.

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Getting to know new Miami Marlins general manager Kim Ng, MLB's first female GM
Kim Ng became the first female general manager in Major League Baseball history on Friday, when she was hired by the Miami Marlins.

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Henry Golding Wants More Than Hollywood's ‘Tiresome' Casting Questions About Race and Sexuality
Modern-day matinee idol Henry Golding talks playing a gay lead in Monsoon, and the latest in the world of the Crazy Rich Asians sequels.

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Comedian Atsuko Okatsuka on Husbands, Asian Grandmas, and AR-15s
Atsuko Okasuka, host of the popular Let's Go Atsuko! podcast talks to Interview about her roller coaster life.

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Early Oscar Favorite Chloé Zhao on Nomadland and a Career on the Rise
In 2018, director Chloe Zhao's The Rider was one of Barack Obama's favorite films. Now Zhao has delivered a transcendent movie about the search for work, peace, and self -- and Marvel's The Eternals is still on the way.

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Snowboarder Chloe Kim on Hot Cheetos, Roxy, and Going for Gold (Again) at the 2022 Winter Olympics
Elle talks to snowboarding champ Chloe Kim talks about her gig as the face of Roxy, Asian American representation, and a snowboarder's hairstyle with a NSFW name.


11.13.2020

Kim Ng Hired as General Manager of Miami Marlins

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



The Miami Marlins Make History with Hiring of Kim Ng as General Manager
The Miami Marlins announced they hired Kim Ng to oversee baseball operations. She is now the highest-ranking woman in baseball operations among the Major League's 30 teams and is believed to be the first woman hired to a general manager position by any professional men;s sports team in North America's major leagues. I've been following Ng's career for years. This has been a loooong time coming. Kim Ng has to be the most overqualified person ever to enter this position as a first-time general manager.

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'Chinese virus' sign at doctor's office draws rebuke
A sign at a New Jersey chiropractor's office referring to the coronavirus as the "Chinese virus" is being slammed online as racist. Annesia Paraison took a photo of the sign Tuesday at the Jersey City office of Kevin Julian and uploaded it to Facebook. The sign, posted on the front desk widow, reads, "Dear Patients: During this time period of the Chinese Virus, please observe the six (6) foot rule of social distancing. Only two (2) people should be waiting in the reception room." Online reaction to the sign was... not positive. When reached by phone at his office Thursday morning, Julian declined to comment about the sign.

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Jon M. Chu to Direct ‘Lilo & Stitch’ Live-Action Movie
Jon M. Chu is reportedly in talks to direct Disney's upcoming live action adaptation of Lilo & Stitch. The original movie, written and directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, was released in 2002. The animated family film follows a 6-year-old Hawaiian girl Lilo and her teenage sister Nani, who adopt a blue extraterrestrial creature nicknamed Stitch. No word on a screenwriter or casting or scheduling, but I imagine the biggest challenge will be how to visualize a live action version of Stitch that isn't totally terrifying.

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Hasan Minhaj Joins Season 2 of 'The Morning Show'
Hasan Minhaj has been tapped for a major recurring role in the upcoming season of Apple TV+'s The Morning Show. He will play Eric, a charismatic, rising star who joins The Morning Show team.

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Kim's Convenience Star is Now an (Unofficial) Action Figure
If you're a fan of both Star Wars and the hit Canadian sitcom Kim's Convenience, you were probably pretty excited to see actor Paul Sun-Hyung Lee's recent appearance in The Mandalorian as X-wing pilot Captain Carson Teva. One fan, Jason Loo, was so excited, he made a custom action figure of Captain Teva. Now if someone would actually produce an official one...


11.11.2020

Tea Shop Owner Pepper Sprayed in Hate Crime Attack

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Suspect Yells 'China' and 'COVID' in Pepper Spray Attack
In Washington DC, police are investigating a suspected hate crime assault at a Dupont Circle tea shop, where a man pepper sprayed the owner after yelling "China" and "COVID-19." Surveillance video shows the suspect entering Valley Brook Tea on Tuesday morning, shouting. When the owner, Yunhan Zhang, asked him to leave, the man pulled out the pepper spray on Zhang, who was reportedly sprayed on his face, arms and clothes. Zhang says this is not the first time he's been attacked, and it seems like the tea shop is the only business in the neighborhood dealing with such harassment. Wonder why. The Metropolitan Police Department says there are no arrests in connection with the case.

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Jeremy Lin works out with Stephen Curry amid NBA comeback bid
In his bid to make a return to the NBA, Jeremy Lin was spotted working out with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. This week, Lin was photographed playing some pickup ball with Curry and other Warriors players such as Eric Paschall, Kevon Looney, Marquese Chriss, and Alen Smailagic. After winning a title in 2019 with the Toronto Raptors, Lin played one season with the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association, before announcing his intentions to the return to the NBA. Hopefully this is a sign we'll be seeing him playing stateside soon.

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Claim Us If You're Famous
If you didn't know, now you know: our new Vice President is Black and Asian and South Asian and Indian American. On this week's Code Switch, they discuss what exactly it means for Kamala Harris to be the United States' first Black-South-Asian-multiracial-female-vice-president-elect. They get into a lot of messy territory, like what her political prominence might help illuminate (or obscure) about South Asian political identity, how multiracial people are perceived, and how Blackness intersects with all of those things.

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Bishal Dutta to Direct Untitled Horror Feature for New Line
Director Bishal Dutta will make his studio debut with New Line, directing an untitled original horror feature based on a spec by Joshua Rollins, and produced by James Wan's Atomic Monster. Plot details are being tightly held, but the project is an original horror film set in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.

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New Blue's Clues & You Will Feature Josh's Lola
This is fun. An upcoming new episode of the children's show Blue's Clues & You will feature a visit from "Lola" -- Josh's grandmother, played by Carolyn Fe. In "Blue's Big Baking Show," Josh and Blue will spend the day making bibingka, a cake from the Philippines that is "masarap"! The episode will premiere Friday, November 20 on Nickelodeon.


11.09.2020

They Call Us Bruce 115: They Call Us Election 2020

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 hos an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

In this episode, we welcome blogger Jenn Fang and columnist Aisha Sultan to discuss the historic election of Kamala Harris as Vice President of the United States, the troubling truth about Trump supporters and the American electorate, and the amazing gift of Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

11.05.2020

They Call Us Bruce 114: They Call Us The Donut King

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 hos an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

In this episode, we welcome Alice Gu, director of the feature documentary The Donut King, and Mayly Tao, proprietor of DK's Donuts, to discuss the incredible story donuts, refugee hustle, and the one guy responsible for the Cambodian American stronghold on donut shops on the west coast.

11.01.2020

Your Halloween Costumes 2020

It's been a wild ass year, and it's not over. But I think we could use a little distraction. So here is our annual Halloween Costume Gallery, featuring photos submitted by you, the good readers of this website. Over the years, this has become one of our favorite annual traditions. But I have to admit, given the madness of everything going on right now, I actually almost forgot to put the call out. But I did indeed call, and you answered. Here is this year's gallery of awesome Halloween costume photos.

10.31.2020

Submit Your Halloween Costume Photos!

Send in your awesome photos for the annual reader Halloween costume photo gallery.



It's that time of year again. In the madness of everything going on this year, I actually almost forgot. But in what has become an annual tradition, we want to see your awesome Halloween costume photos! Each year, we put together a fun gallery of reader-submitted costume photos. If you would like your photo to be feature, send it in! We are accepting photos of your fun, cool, scary, not racist Halloween costumes. Photos of cute kids are especially encouraged. (By submitting your photo, you consent to having the photo featured on this website, for the purpose of inclusion in the Halloween gallery and/or promotion of the Halloween gallery.) Thank you!


10.30.2020

They Call Us Bruce 113: They Call Us Chinatown Pretty

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 hos an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

In this episode, we welcome photographer Andria Lo and writer Valerie Luu, the authors behind Chinatown Pretty, a blog and book capturing the unique street style of Chinatown seniors. They discuss the art of chasing down pretty poh pohs to take their photo.

10.25.2020

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The Complexity in 'Where Are You From?'
"My father is gone now, but I've wondered what he would make of the coronavirus. He surely would have worried about his family more than himself. It would have pained him that relations have cratered between his ancestral and adopted homelands, causing a backlash against Asian-Americans. 'Go back to where you came from!' we're told. But where did we come from, and why does it matter?"

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On Preserving Taiwanese Through Romanization
"Like the island itself, my father's life was shaped by occupation and silence. He is as shrouded and multilayered as Taiwan's history. Taiwanese identity is of great importance and pride to him, but as an American-born daughter of immigrants, I found the definition of Taiwanese-ness kind of blurry."

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'Good-looking for an Asian': how I shed white ideals of masculinity
Asian American masculinity has been linked to the model minority myth and a hierarchy of racist stereotypes.

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"So many stories I didn’t know'
Kao Kalia Yang started out writing her family's refugee memoir. Now she's sharing the journeys of others. The Minnesota author's new book, Somewhere in the Unknown World, began when she collected her uncle's story about fleeing Laos. Then she spoke to a Liberian hospital worker, a Karen parent from school, a Jewish singer from Ukraine -- and created "a collective refugee memoir."

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Why Hollywood Must Reimagine Asian-Inspired Stories
Asian American audiences are no longer looking for representation through a Western lens, and other takeaways from a Variety panel with Asian American Hollywood insiders.

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Why "Over the Moon" is the film my son and I desperately needed
After months in lockdown, Michelle Yang found comfort for herself and her family in the Netflix animated feature, Over the Moon.

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How a Chinese myth inspired Phillipa Soo's pop star in Netflix's ‘Over the Moon'
The inspiration behind Phillipa's Soo's pop star character in Over The Moon was Chang'e, a goddess of Chinese mythology who lives forever on the moon.

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Jenny Yang Cares a Lot About Social Justice and Also Food
An interview with comedian Jenny Yang, who's adapted her hustle during quarantine to hosting Comedy Crossing, a stand-up comedy show inside a Nintendo game.

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Karen Chee's Favorite Quarantine Comedian Is Her Mom
Comedian Karen Chee talks about the best and worse advice she's received, and how her mom has told some of the best jokes she's heard during quarantine.

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Steven Yeun wants to tell human stories
In Minari, Steven Yeun unlocked the key to the kind of artist he wants to be.

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The New Blackpink Documentary Proves It's Time for a Cultural Reset
The eagerly anticipated Netflix documentary, Blackpink: Light Up the Sky, dropped on Wednesday, and one thing is clear: K-pop is a force to be reckoned with.


10.23.2020

Asian American Woman's Home Vandalized in Hate Crime

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



"I wear my mask if I want F**KING ASIAN you create the virus"
In San Francisco, police are investigating a hate crime in the city's Sunset District, where a man vandalized an Asian American woman's home and left a letter saying, "I wear my mask if I want FUCKING ASIAN you create the virus." The hate incidents were apparent set off by an altercation in which the woman, who was outside her home with her infant twins, asked a passing man to wear a mask. The man later returned multiple times to throw a water bottle, then an egg and then to leave not only the letter but a mask with writing on it, which said "keep America without Asian." Police are investigating the incident as "racially motivated." Ya think?

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Woman Pushed Off Vancouver Bus After Spitting on Man
Metro Vancouver Transit Police are investigating after a video was posted on TikTok showing a woman who appears to have been pushed off a bus after she spit on another passenger. In the video, the bus is stopped when a woman, who is standing in the aisle and not wearing a face mask, appears to spit on a man. The man, who is wearing a face mask, appears shocked and disgusted, gets up from his seat and appears to push the woman twice. After the second push, the woman can be seen falling onto a sidewalk. I can't say I condone physical violence, but hell, I'm not gonna fault this guy for losing his cool in the moment.

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Steven Yeun Could Become the First Asian American Best Actor Nominee
With Hollywood's upcoming awards season starting to take shape, A24 has confirmed that Steven Yeun will campaign as a lead actor for his performance in Minari. Co-star Yeri Han will also campaign for best actress, while his cast mates Alan S. Kim, Will Patton and Yuh-Jung Youn will look for consideration in the supporting categories. If nominated for best actor, Yeun would be the first Asian American to ever be recognized in the category. Written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung, Minari tells the story of a Korean American family who searches for a better life when they move to a small farm in 1980s Arkansas. The film is scheduled for release sometime by the end of this year.

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Jeremy Lin Drops First Ever Signature Shoe with Xtep
Chinese sports retailer Xtep has released the Jeremy Lin's first signature shoe: the Xtep JLIN ONE.

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Kelly Marie Tran Shirt
I don't care what anybody says. I'm totally rocking this Kelly Marie Tran shirt.


10.22.2020

Oops! You're Not On Mute! And We All Just Heard Your Racism.

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Boston School Committee Chair Resigns After Mocking Asian Names
Boston Schools Committee chairman Michael Loconto has stepped down after reportedly mocking Asian Americans during a Wednesday night school committee meeting, which prompted calls for his immediate resignation. During the virtual meeting, the moderator can be heard on an audio recording saying the names of upcoming participants from the community. Loconto can then be heard saying a series of names under his breath in a manner most certainly mocking the Asian anmes of thos participants. Yup, he said them racistly. And that shit was broadcast on a Zoom call for all to hear. And then the mayor accepted Loconto's resignation Thursday morning.

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Apple's 'Pachinko' Sets Cast, Directors for International Production
Apple has set the cast and directors for its multilingual international drama Pachinko, based on the novel by Min Jin Lee. The cast includes Lee Min-ho, Jin Ha, Anna Sawai, Minha Kim, Soji Arai and Kaho Minami. Kogonada will direct four episodes, including the pilot, and serve as an executive producer of the series. Justin Chon will also direct four episodes. The big-budget series is set to begin production next week and will film across multiple continents. The eight episodes, told in Korean, Japanese and English, chronicle the hopes and dreams of four generations of a Korean immigrant family.

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Coming Home Again
Acclaimed director Wayne Wang's moving new film, the emotional family drama Coming Home Again, is based on a personal essay by award-winning Korean American writer Chang-rae Lee published in The New Yorker. Justin Chon stars as the main character, also named Chang-rae, who returns to his family home in San Francisco to care for his ailing mother. Wanting nothing more than to fulfill his role as the supportive son, he must come to terms with his own conflicted emotions. The film opens in virtual cinemas on October 23. A free live-stream Q & A will take place on Saturday, October 24 at 4 pm EST, with director Wayne Wayne, writer Chang-rae Lee and 3 Star Chef Corey Lee, moderated by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and film programmer Robert Rosenberg. Registration for the Zoom event here.

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The Donut King
Have you ever wondered why so many donut shops in California are owned and operated by Cambodian immigrants? It's all because of one guy. The Donut King, directed by Alice Gu, is a feature documentary that tells the incredible rags-to-riches story of Ted Ngoy, a Cambodian refugee who came to America in 1975 and founded an unlikely multi-million dollar empire of donut shops across the West coast. He was living the American Dream. But, in life, great rise can come with great falls. The Donut King opens in theaters and vitual cinemas on October 30.

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BYOB: Bring Your Own Ballot
Join Sherry Cola, Ronny Chieng, Jeremy Lin and Kelly Marie Tran for a conversation about making the APIA vote count. Saturday, September 24. Register at VoteWith.Us.

10.21.2020

Raya and the Last Dragon Looks Like The Most Badass Disney Movie Ever

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America



Raya and the Last Dragon Teaser Trailer
Holy moly. Disney has dropped the first teaser trailer for its upcoming animated feature Raya and the Last Dragon, and it looks amazing. Starring the Kelly Marie Tran, and written by Adele Lim and Qui Nguyen, Raya is an epic fantasy adventure inspired by Southeast Asian cultures. According to Disney's synopsis: "Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it's up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she'll learn that it'll take more than a dragon to save the world -- it's going to take trust and teamwork as well." Raya and the Last Dragon, originaly set to hit theaters next month, is now scheduled for release on March 12th, 2021.

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Study: People Blame Asian Americans for COVID-19 Because People Are Racist
According to a new study, a blend of racial prejudice, poor coping and partisan media viewing were found in Americans who stigmatized people of Asian descent during the COVID-19 pandemic. But it was prejudice against Asian Americans that was most strongly linked to beliefs that Asians were responsible for the pandemic and most at risk for spreading it, results showed. So... basically this study confirms what we already knew: people are racist.

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Asian Americans Could Play a Crucial Role in the 2020 Election
"Contrary to stereotype, the Asian American electorate is engaged, diverse, and spans the ideological spectrum. Some -- especially some first-generation Asian Americans, as well as some members of certain ethnic subgroups such as Vietnamese Americans and Hmong Americans -- are conservative-leaning. However, most Asian Americans, particularly younger, U.S.-born voters, are strikingly progressive on several issues including health care, the environment, and gun control."

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Why Asian Americans Face Extra Obstacles to Voting by Mail
As more Americans are encouraged to vote by mail amid the pandemic, Asian American voters, especially those who are new to the U.S. or who face language barriers, may encounter extra difficulties with that method of casting a ballot.

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I Will Vote
Today, the Democratic National Committee announced a new multilingual print, digital, and radio advertising campaign to reach 1 million AAPI voters in key battleground states and across the country. The ads will reach voters in Chinese, English, Hindi, Korean, Telugu and Urdu, and Vietnamese in national constituency media, including the Korea Times, Nguoi Viet, and World Journal, as well as local print, digital, and radio outlets in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin.

All The Asians On Star Trek - 09: Away Mission with Sarah Kuhn

The Podcast In Which We Interview All The Asians On Star Trek.



All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 9: introducing the Away Mission, where we break from the usual format and invite fellow Asian American fans of Star Trek to do a deep dive into an episode of their choosing. For this inaugural edition of the Away Mission, we welcome writer Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, Shadow of the Batgirl, Doctor Aphra) to discuss "The Collaborator" from season two of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Lots of scary Orb visions and sexy time.

10.18.2020

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People Are Sharing The Meaning Behind Their Names After A Senator Mocked Kamala Harris's Name
"Learn how to say peoples' names correctly. It's part of their identity and doing so is a basic form of respect."

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I Went to a 'Filipinos for Trump' Rally. Here's What I Found
"The organizer wasn't what I expected: He grew up like me, but our politics couldn't be more different."

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Among Vietnamese American voters, the Trump-Biden presidential race inflames old wounds
The presidential election shows a widening divide within the Vietnamese American community -- a divide that finds itself rooted in the same old wounds.

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My arrest after protesting ICE was an attempt to silence Asian Americans and immigrants
Last week, the Philadelphia Police Department arrested community leader and activist Nancy Nguyen on bogus charges in an attempt to intimidate her and protestors who have been vocal about Tony Pham, the new director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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A Korean Store Owner. A Black Employee. A Tense Neighborhood.
At a Chicago beauty supply shop, one American dream has come true. Another is still waiting for its chance.

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Don't Grieve Alone. Reach Out.
"For many of us, finding emotional support often means turning to long-established networks already built for distance. We may be weary or fearful now, freshly cut off from familiar routines and many forms of in-person support, but there’s still reassurance and solace to be found in distanced fellowship."

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Going Sohla
After leaving Bon Appétit, where she had to play sidekick to less experienced chefs, Sohla El-Waylly now has her own show -- where she's paid fairly for her fantastic creations.

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Escaping Loneliness: An Interview with Adrian Tomine
Viet Thanh Nguyen interviews cartoonist Adrian Tomine.

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Jimmy O. Yang's Week: Watching Rom-Coms as ‘Homework'
Comedian Jimmy O. Yang is entering new territory as the romantic lead in the new Netflix comedy Love Hard. So he watched Notting Hill and The Kissing Booth 2 to prepare.

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Artificial Interview: Tiffany Chu on Twitch Interactive Sci-Fi Series
Tiffany Chu plays an AI in Artificial, Twitch's interactive sci-fi webseries. Audience members can vote and ask questions to influence the course of the story.

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Rahul Kohli Just Wants to Be a Bad Boy
The Haunting of Bly Manor star is much too nice for that though.


10.15.2020

They Call Us Bruce 112: They Call Us Yellow Rose

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 hos an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

In this episode, we welcome filmmaker Diane Paragas, writer/director of the new movie Yellow Rose. She talks about the long journey to bring her Filipino American story to the screen, how she cast the film's incredible star Eva Noblezada, and why country music is so cinematic.

10.13.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - 08: Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt

The Podcast In Which We Interview All The Asians On Star Trek.



All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 8, I talk to Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. They served as writers on the first three seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, and are currently co-executive producers of the upcoming spinoff Section 31. They discuss having to juggle the many storytelling mandates and creative challenges of launching a show like Discovery. The discuss geeking out over Michelle Yeoh. They absolutely do not discuss Section 31.

10.11.2020

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When Trump gets coronavirus, Chinese Americans pay a price
After Trump's diagnosis, researchers found a spike in hostile comments targeting Asian Americans and China.

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As Trump Blames 'The Chinese Virus,' These Asian American Women Won't Stand For The Racism
A racist incident brought them together. Now Hong Lee and Esther Lim are both speaking out.

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Turns Out Immigrant Parents Were Right About Everything
"All of this has been a reminder that many of our parents lived through war, dislocation, and refugeeism, through famine and natural disaster -- and in the process, like Liam Neeson in Taken, gained "a very particular set of skills," acquired over a lifetime of hardship."

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A Look At Chinatown's Most Stylish Seniors
Andria Lo and Valerie Luu went around various Chinatowns to photograph local Asian American residents and shoppers in all their resplendent glory, which eventually became their new book Chinatown Pretty. As they write in the book's intro, "These Chinatown fashion icons share some of the same aesthetic sensibilities as hipster bloggers -- except they’re eighty years old!"

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Director Alice Wu: Bring Back the Days of the Coming Out Letter
To celebrate this weekend's National Coming Out Day, Alice Wu, the director of Saving Face and The Half of It, recalls her own memorable story, which involved "literally sitting in my closet, coming out of the closet."

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Joel Kim Booster On Religion, Identity, and Coming Out
In honor of Coming Out Day, NPR talks to standup comedian Joel Kim Booster about his experience coming out to his evangelical white Christian family.

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The Meaning of Chuseok During a Pandemic Year
Chuseok, celebrated in the fall, is often described as the Korean Thanksgiving. During the pandemic, the whole world has been considering what the Korean holiday means -- whether they realize it or not.

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Erik Spoelstra and the lack of Asian coaches in the NBA
Asian American coaches in pro hoops often wonder where they belong in the conversation.

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As Casts Become More Diverse, Hollywood's Makeup Artists Needs to Become More Inclusive As Well
Being adept at applying makeup to a diverse Hollywood cast is an issue more artists of color are opening up about -- while pointing to the lack of inclusion behind the scenes.

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How Mira Nair Inspired ‘Yellow Rose’ Director Diane Paragas to Keep Going
It took filmmaker Diane Paragas 15 years to bring Yellow Rose to the big screen. She kept hearing that no one wanted to see a story about a Filipino immigrant growing up in Texas. She talks about the journey, her casting and why she chose country music as her genre.

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Shannon Lee learned to fight—and so much more—from her father Bruce Lee's teachings
Shannon Lee talks about the lessons we can all take from Bruce Lee's life, the importance of telling our own stories, and how working on her book Be Water, My Friend brought her closer to her father.

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In 'Be Water, My Friend,' Bruce Lee's Daughter Tells Her Father's Story
Bruce Lee told dad jokes.

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Warrior's star isn't the next Bruce Lee, he's the first Andrew Koji
An interview with Andrew Koji, star of Cinemax's action series Warrior, now in its second season.

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'Monsterland' Star Trieu Tran on Being the Rare Asian American Leading Man
When Trieu Tran auditioned for Hulu's horror anthology series Monsterland, he didn't anticipate being a lead or that his character's life would, in some ways, mirror so much of his own.


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