8.13.2020

The Kamala Harris Birther Bullshit Has Already Begun

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Trump and His Campaign Amplify 'Birther' Conspiracy Against Kamala Harris
Well, that shit didn't take long. As soon as Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden's pick for vice president, the birther conspiracies were off and running. Some shitbag lawyer writes a racist, baseless Newsweek opinion piece calling Harris' eligibility into question, based on the fact that her parents were both immigrants. For the record, Senator Harris was born in Oakland, California, which indeed makes her eligible for the presidency, like anyone else born in the United States. But of course, Trump couldn't help dip his toe in the birther conspiracy. He's been here before, after all. "I heard it today that she doesn't meet the requirements," Trump said at today's White House briefing, referring to the Newsweek piece. "I have no idea if that's right. I would have assumed that the Democrats would have checked that out before she gets chosen to run for vice president." Like I said, that didn't take long. Are we going to have to deal with this bullshit all the way to election day?

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Justice Dept accuses Yale of discriminating against Asian and White applicants
The Justice Department accused Yale University of discriminating against Asian American and White applicants in its undergraduate admissions process. The announcement, the culmination of a two-year investigation, represents the latest move by the Trump administration to undermine affirmative action policies that have bolstered diversity within higher education for decades. All I have to say about this as it pertains to Asian Americans: I refuse to be the Trump Administration's wedge, in this matter and all matters.

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Fonda Lee's 'Jade City' is Being Adapted for Peacock
Peacock has put in development Jade City, a series based on the first book in Fonda Lee's bestselling fantasy trilogy The Green Bone Saga. Written Dave Kalstein, Jade City is described as "an epic saga of magic and martial arts where two rival clans will fight to the bitter end for love, honor and power. Set in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis reminiscent of 70s Hong Kong, jade holds mystical powers and our two warring families will fight to the end over its control."

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1970s-Set 'Batman' Animated Movie Reveals Cast
The Dark Knight is headed to the 1970s for his latest animated adventure, the upcoming Batman: Soul of the Dragon. Directed by Sam Liu, the film is an original tale, rather than based on a specific comic book storyline, that sees Bruce Wayne face a deadly menace from his past with the help of three former classmates: world-renowned martial artists Richard Dragon, Ben Turner and Lady Shiva. It sounds like Batman by way of Bruce Lee, with a voice cast that includes Mark Dacascos, Kelly Hu and James Hong. Batman: Soul of the Dragon is due out in early 2021.

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Ruth Asawa Postage Stamps
Ruth Asawa was a pioneering Japanese American artist who transformed our understanding of art, culture, and education. USPS has honored Asawa with Forever stamps, available starting today. Showcasing Asawa's abstract wire sculptures, the pane includes 20 stamps, with two each of 10 designs. Get them here.


8.12.2020

Biden and Harris Make First Appearance as Running Mates

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Harris, As Biden's Running Mate, Says Case Against Trump Is 'Open And Shut'
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his newly named running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California, made their first joint appearance Wednesday. Watch the video of their remarks here.

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Where Can AAPI Voters Have the Most Impact in November 2020?
Asian Americans and Pacific Islander voters saw increases in voter registration after the 2016 election. These sizable gains in voter registration could potentially make a noticeable impact this November in battleground states like Arizona, where 173,231 AAPIs comprise 4.6 percent of the state’s electorate. In addition to increases in voter registration, AAPI turnout might also be influenced by other factors, such as the selection of Senator Kamala Harris as the first Asian American person on a major party's presidential ticket.

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'47 Ronin' Sequel Sets 'Mulan's Ron Yuan As Director
Ron Yuan is set direct the upcoming sequel to the Keanu Reeves film 47 Ronin. While the 2013 movie, based on a real-life story of a group of samurai who set out to avenge the death of their master, was set in 18th century Japan, it's being reported that the untitled quasi-sequel re-imagines the tale set 300 years in the future, blending martial arts, action, horror and cyber-punk. You have my attention.

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42 & A-Major Media Team For Movie Adaptation Of 'Good Fortune'
Production companies 42 and A-Major Media are teaming up to produce develop and produce a film adaptation of Megan Chan Meinero's play Good Fortune. Developed in New York with the New Group and Ensemble Studio Theatre, the darkly comic social satire tells the story of Mei-Ling, who was adopted at birth from China by Julie, an American woman who wanted a daughter that would love her and be with her forever. Eighteen years later, Mei-Ling is ready to go to college, but Julie has a different plan.

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Apply to AAWW's 2021 Margins Fellowship
Hey writers! Applications are now open for the Asian American Writers' Workshop's 2021 Margins Fellowship. Every year, AAWW supports four emerging creative writers of color based in New York City with a year-long fellowship that includes a $5,000 stipend; month-long residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts; six-month mentorship with an established writer; career meet-ups with agents, editors, and fellow writers; publication opportunities and more. Applications are due September 7. For more information, go here.


8.11.2020

Kamala Harris is Biden's Pick for Vice President

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.


Kamala Harris Is Biden's Choice for Vice President
And there it is. We have a Democratic ticket. Joe Biden selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday. Harris is the first Black woman and the first person of Asian descent -- her mother is Indian, did you know? -- to be nominated for national office by a major party, and only the fourth woman in history to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets. We are a big step closer to making this damn thing happen. Get it all out now, because we have one job, come November -- getting Trump the fuck out.

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"She punched me on my face"
In Philadelphia, police are looking for a suspect who attacked an Asian American woman an her daughter last week. While authorities say they're not currently pursuing the attack as a hate crime, the victim says it was racially motivated. Jing Chen and her 12-year-old daughter were walking on the street when a woman, identified as Delores Marte, "came out of nowhere" and started spraying water at them. When Chen confronted her, the woman said "You (expletive), Chinese (expletive)." When the woman got in her face, Chen asked, "What you gonna do -- I'm pregnant, are you going to hurt me?" Marte apparently looked at Chen's belly then punched her in the face. Police now have a warrant out for Marte's arrest. However, the district attorney claims there isn't enough evidence to call this an act of "ethnic intimidation." Marte is being charged with simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and harassment. Huh?

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Help! I Can’t Believe My Son’s Friend Fed Him Indian Food Without Calling Me First.
This letter to Slate's "Dear Prudence" advice column is kind of heartbreaking. Because somewhere out there, a 9-year-old's parents have been feeding him bland, terrible food his entire life. Tragic. Basically, a dad is upset because his son, Chris, went over to an Indian friend's house, and said Indian friends' parents had the audacity to feed Chris some Indian food for dinner without asking if it was okay. Because "spicy foods can be hard on small tummies." The kid is nine years old, dude. Your concern for his small tummy is rooted is some kind of racism. And by the way, it sounds like Chris really enjoyed his chicken curry and lentils and vegetables. His small tummy has corrupted by "ethnic" food! Welcome to the dark side, young Chris. You're going to love it.

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Kal Penn to Host Election Series for Freeform Aimed at Young Voters
Kal Penn is set to host and produce an unscripted election-themed series that looks to explore issues and topics relevant to Millennial and GenZ voters. Freeform has issued a series order for the untitled comedy project.

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'Lingua Franca': Isabel Sandoval Tells Timely Story Of Immigration And Civil Rights
From romance to tragedy, the first trailer for Isabel Sandoval's Lingua Franca offers a riveting glimpse of the story of Olivia, an undocumented Filipina trans woman. Ava DuVernay's ARRAY Releasing is set to virtually debut Lingua Franca in select theaters and on Netflix August 26.


8.10.2020

Man Dies Whle Trying to Rescue Three Children From River

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Good Samaritan Dies While Trying To Save 3 Children From River
A 29-year-old man is dead after jumping into a California river to rescue three children who were swept away in the water. Two eight-year-old girls and a 10-year-old boy were playing in the Kings River in Fresno County when they were pulled under a bridge by the current. Manjeet Singh was standing on the bank when he saw the kids struggling and decided to jump in at the bridge to save them. According to police, Singh was pulled underwater shortly after jumping in. Other bystanders were able to pull two of the children out to safety, while one of the girls, who was underwater for 15 minutes, is in critical condition. Singh was later found underwater and unresponsive, and declared dead at the hospital. My condolences to his family. Manjeet Singh is a hero.

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Hong Garden Fire Relief Fund
This family's Chinese restaurant could use your help. Hong Garden, which has been operating in Paoli, Pennsylvania for 26 years, was badly damaged in a fire last month. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. Nobody was hurt, but the damage was extensive. Loved ones have organized a fundraiser to provide financial relief for the restaurant staff -- now out of a job amidst the COVID-19 pandemic -- and to offset the cost of cleaning up and restoring the space destroyed by the fire. As I write this, the GoFundMe is already well past the original $15,000 fundraising goal, but some extra funds will probably help in the long road to recovery. Your help and generosity are appreciated.

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Video shows man screaming at restaurant staff in Blind Bay, B.C.
Meanwhile, in Canada... a video posted to Facebook on Friday shows a man yelling and swearing at the staff of a Chinese restaurant because he apparently wasn't getting his food fast enough. In the video, recorded by a customer at the Chinese Garden Restaurant in Blind Bay, a man can be seen yelling at an elderly staff member. "(I ordered) an hour ago, and you're not making my food," the man screams. After the staff person tries to hand him a bag of food, the man replies "I don’t fucking care anymore! I’ve got to go feed my two-year-old. Fuck you! If you can't take orders, tell people you can't!" Real classy, dude.

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YouTuber Teams Up With BBC Host After Criticizing Her Rice Recipe
Fried rice fans from across the world united on Sunday when a YouTube comedian who savagely mocked a BBC presenter for her cooking skills made peace by teaming up with her for a new video. The entire debate over fried rice kicked off last month when Nigel Ng, a Malaysian comedian, released a YouTube video showing himself reacting to the egg fried rice prepared by BBC presenter Hersha Patel. The video went viral, with social media widely joining in to mock Patel's rice preparation techniques. But in a twist, Patel reached out Ng and they actually met up in person -- they both live in London -- to chop it up and discuss Patel's alleged crimes against rice. They even collaborated on a video to make it official. And all was good again in the world of rice.

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How One Swing Changed Collin Morikawa's Life
On Sunday, at the 102nd P.G.A. Championship at T.P.C. Harding Park in San Francisco, 23-year-old Collin Morikawa etched his name on the Wanamaker Trophy with a final-round six-under-par 64 in only his second appearance at a major championship. He became the third-youngest winner of the P.G.A. Championship since it became a stroke-play event in 1958. All thanks to one epic, jaw-dropping drive to the 16th green.


8.09.2020

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How the Pandemic Defeated America
A virus has brought the world's most powerful country to its knees.

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An Atomic Bomb Survivor On Her Journey From Revenge To Peace
As a child, Koko Kondo vowed to one day get revenge on the person who dropped the atomic bomb on her home city of Hiroshima. Then, she met him.

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The U.S. Crackdown on Chinese American Researchers Endangers the Future of Science
Ethnically Chinese scientists are fighting a long history of U.S. persecution.

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How Kamala Harris or Tammy Duckworth as VP could impact the AAPI vote
Largely overlooked in the public VP discussions, Biden's selection of a running mate with Asian American roots -- like Kamala Harris or Tammy Duckworth -- could appeal to growing populations in key states.

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Congress must intervene to make sure Trump doesn't sabotage the census
"Denying the Census Bureau adequate time to navigate covid-19 makes clear that the president wants to decide who counts and who does not in the United States. In the event that Trump does not serve a second term, cutting the census short would ensure that decisions about congressional apportionment are made under his presidency."

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In America's "First Suburban Chinatown," Asian Americans Have Negotiated Cultural Representation
In the San Gabriel Valley, home to the largest concentration of Asian Americans, cultural landmarks tell a story of the formation of a collective cultural identity.

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Chanel Miller's Secret Source of Strength
"Drawing was a way for me to see that I was still there," says author Chanel Miller, who refuses to be defined by an assault. A new mural in San Francisco is her museum debut.

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Hee-sook Lee, who built an empire with BCD Tofu House chain, dies at 61
Hee-sook Lee had tenacity and a secret recipe. She opened the first BCD Tofu House restaurant in 1996.

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Pandemic economy inspires cousins to start ‘side hustle’ delivering fresh durian to O.C. and beyond
Chris Meechukant, co-owner of Bangkok Taste, started selling fresh, Thailand-imported durian to Orange County customers about one month ago as a "side hustle." He's sold about 50 boxes as week.

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Column: 'Mulan' deserves more. Why a Disney+ release does the warrior heroine another disservice
Disney announced that the long-delayed live-action version of Mulan would debut on Disney Plus next month, to the upset of many who were anticipating the film's theatrical release.

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Lost in the '90s: Struggling to find Asian American representation when there was none
Growing up in the 90s, Ariel Dean combed through American comic books and international Asian icons searching for Asian American heroes to relate to -- and found kindred spirits in a first-generation family of goofballs hidden in the sewers of New York City: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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Padma Lakshmi Wants Us to Eat More Adventurously
Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi talks about her aims to demystify foods that are part of American culture with her own show, Hulu's Taste the Nation.

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Baby-Sitters Club's Momona Tamada on Being Claudia Kishi and Fashion
The Baby-Sitters Club star on playing the dream role, the power of protest, and all those fabulous clothes.

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan on John McEnroe and Crying on Camera
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan's starring role in Never Have I Ever was her first job -- ever.


8.06.2020

Why isn't this attack being investigated as a hate crime?

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



NYPD: Classify brutal attack against 89-year old Asian woman a Hate Crime.
Last month in Brooklyn, an 89-year old Asian woman was assaulted and set on fire by two people in masks. The police are not investigating the incident as a hate crime, despite the fact that there was no provocation, the assailants didn't know the victim, and they didn't try to take anything from her. It was just a heinous, violent act. This petition is calling on the NYPD and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez to classify the incident as a hate crime.

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James Hong Deserves a Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
With hundreds upon hundreds of credits to his name, James Hong is Hollywood's most prolific actor, hands down. If anyone deserves a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it's Mr. Hong, who has appeared in films from Chinatown to Big Trouble in Little China to Kung Fu Panda over a seven-decade career. So fellow actor Daniel Dae Kim has launched a fundraiser to get Mr. Hong his star. [UPDATE: The GoFundMe has reached its goal of more than $55,000 in just three days. The next step is the nomination process.]

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Benson Lee Set to Direct 20th Century Studios' Untitled K-Pop Film
Seoul Searching director Benson Lee is set to direct a K-pop-themed feature film from 20th Century Fox Studios. The untitled film follows a young Asian American college student from the United States who becomes a top competitor on South Korea's toughest k-pop competition show and chases her dreams of becoming a K-Pop star, despite the disapproval of her family.

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First Look at Character Designs From 'Invicible'
Here's a first look at the character designs from the upcoming Amazon animated series Invincible, based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman and starring the voice of Steven Yeun in the title role. It's a Walking Dead reunion, of sorts. Invincible follows a teenager named Mark Grayson whose father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. The series is set to premiere later this year.

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HAYAO MIYAZAKI PIN
"Children understand intuitively that the world they have been born into is not a blessed world." This 1-inch soft enamel pin from Super Yaki pays tribute to the smiling face of master animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist Hayao Miyazaki. Get it here.


8.05.2020

"The Violence is Always There"

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Life as a Sikh in Trump's America
"Many Sikh civil rights groups believe that the Trump presidency is to blame for a 17% spike in anti-Sikh violence since the 2016 election, as well as a deluge of other discriminatory incidents in the workplace, in housing, in schools, at airport security checkpoints. The president’s inflammatory language about immigrants and foreigners, they say, has made official profiling more prevalent and emboldened racists to speak and act more openly."

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New York Politician Apologizes for Calling BLM 'Business Lives Matter'
New York City Council member Peter Koo apologized on Thursday for saying BLM stood for "business lives matter" during a speech. Speaking at a forum with the city's Department of Transportation and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, Koo was speaking in opposition to a proposal for a bus lane for stretch of street in Flushing, saying that the plan posed a problem for local small-business owners. "BLM, it means what? Business lives matter," Koo said to the crowd. Stop. That is the sound of my eyes rolling. You can make your point without saying shit like this. The councilman has since apologized for his remarks.

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Scientist Killed During Her Regular Morning Run
A 43-year-old scientist and mother of two was found dead near a creek in Plano, Texas, on Saturday morning after going out for her regular morning run. Sarmistha Sen had gotten up early for a run and at some point in time came across her attacker. Less than two hours later, a witness discovered Sen's body near the creek. Her death is being classified as a homicide and a person of interest is currently being held for a burglary that happened nearby, according to police. Local residents paid tribute to Sen by dropping off pairs of running shoes near the site where she was killed.

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Classroom Convos 1: Difficult Conversations About Race
The recent racial uprising has made us all aware of the extent of racism around us. More of us, especially the younger generation, are now willing to talk about race and find collective ways to combat systemic racism. But these conversations are not easy, and we may not even be comfortable talking about race, because we were never taught how to. However, these conversations are crucial to bring about a systemic change. Act to Change invites you to their first Classroom Convos, a youth workshop that will guide you on talking about race, especially with Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Participants will be able to reflect on their challenges and discomforts with talking about race and racism, and will leave with concrete strategies to increase their influence and sustainability. It's happening Friday, August 7 at 1pm ET. Speakers will include Maulik Pancholy, actor, author & co-founder of Act To Change; and Richard Leong, leadership development coach & board member of Act To Change. Register for the webinar here.

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Lucky Grandma
Lucky Grandma is now available on digital platforms. Written and directed by Sasie Sealy, this darkly hilarious indie feature stars the legendary Tsai Chin at the center of a Chinatown gangster caper. An ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.


8.04.2020

'Mulan' is Skipping Theaters and Going Straight to Disney Plus

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



'Mulan' to Premiere on Disney Plus
After months of delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the live-action Mulan is finally getting a release next month, bypassing theaters altogether and going straight to Disney Plus. Mulan will debut September 4 on the streaming service, but it'll cost subscribers a hefty "premiere access" rental fee of $29.99. With the world currently on fire, and nobody reasonably headed to movie theaters anytime soon, this will be an interest test case for the future of moviegoing. So... will you pay thirty bucks to watch Mulan at home?

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Safe From Hate
Responding to sharp rise in violence and harassment targeting Asian Americans in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, "Safe From Hate" is a new initiative giving away free personal safety alarms to Asian Americans in New York City's Chinatown. The initial launch, happening the morning of Saturday, August 15, will give away up to 600 alarms to pre-registered seniors over 60 years of age residing at Confucius Plaza. "Safe From Hate" was created by Gilbert Chan and Barbara Yau, two longtime friends who were fueled by a motivation to protect Asian Americans who have been targeted in recent racist attacks. Find out more here.

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Lifetime is Finally Making an Asian American Christmas Movie
Lifetime's 2020 slate for their "It's a Wonderful Lifetime" holiday programming will include A Sugar & Spice Holiday, the cable network's first holiday movie centered on a Chinese American family. Jennifer Liao is set to direct with Eirene Donohue writing. Casting is currently underway, with production set to begin this month. The official description: "Suzie, a rising young architect, returns to her small hometown in Maine for Christmas where, her Chinese American family runs the local Lobster Bar. Following the loss of her beloved grandmother who was a legendary baker in their community, Suzie is guilted into following in her grandmother's footsteps by entering the local gingerbread house competition. Teaming up with an old high school friend Billy, who grew up to be a catch, Suzie must find the right recipes and mix of sugar and spice to win the competition and perhaps find some love in the process."

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Could This Be a Casting Call for Shang-Chi?
This week in Sydney, where production is about to resume for Marvel's Shang-Chi and Legend of the Ten Rings, folks spotted a possible casting call for the movie, looking for Chinese men and woman with "archery skills." The full flyer posted here, reads: "Extras casting, Film in Sydney, Archery, Chinese Men & Women 18+. Archery Skills: not required to shoot an arrow. Knowledge of how to use a bow is required." Hey, Australian readers, maybe that's you! If you know how to hold a bow and look good doing it, you could maybe possibly maybe be an extra in Shang-Chi.

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A Thousand Cuts
A Thousand Cuts is a powerful new film about the attacks on the free press in the Philippines. Directed by Ramona Diaz, the film focuses on journalist Maria Ressa and her attempts to fight back and defend press freedom in the country from the authoritarian regime of President Rodrigo Duterte. Ressa places the tools of the free press -- and her freedom -- on the line in defense of truth and democracy. A Thousand Cuts opens Friday in virtual cinemas nationwide. For more information, go here


8.03.2020

Google Doodle Celebrates Olympic Diver Vicki Manalo Draves

And Other Things to Know from Angry Asian America.



Celebrating Vicki Draves
Today's Google Doodle celebrates Filipino American diver and coach Victoria "Vicki" Draves, the first Asian American woman to win an Olympic medal. On this day in 1948, Draves won the gold medal in the women’s 3-meter springboard event at the London Summer Olympics.

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Meet the Bay Area rapper working on a COVID vaccine
Ruby Ibarra will save us all. With her rhymes an her science. You might know her as an incredible ass-kicking Filipino American hip hop artist. But did you know she works a day job? As a freaking scientist? She's a scientist at a Bay Area biotech company, working in the quality-control department on COVID-19 test kits and even a vaccine. She's got the smarts and the flow. I should not be surprised.
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Suspect Arrested in Death of Professional Poker Player Susie Zhao
A suspect is in custody in connection to the death of professional poker player Susie Zhao, whose burned remains were found at a Michigan park in July. A 60-year-old man was arrested on Friday in the investigation of Zhao's homicide. Charges have no been released, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI or submit tips online to tips.fbi.gov.

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BCD Tofu House Founder Hee Sook Lee Has Died
Hee Sook Lee, who founded the beloved, Los Angeles-based BCD Tofu House restaurant chain, known for its bubbling pots of soondubu and its late night hours, has passed away. The Koreatown Youth and Community Center announced her death last week in a post on its Facebook page. No date or cause of death was given, although it appears Lee died in early or mid-July. Pour out some soondubu jjigae in her honor. Rest in peace.

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Wong Kar-Wai's New Series Is an Ambitious Ode to Shanghai
Blossoms Shanghai, famed auteur Wong Kar-Wai's first dramatic series, is an adaptation of the epic, multi-award-winning novel Blossoms by Jin Yucheng. The series "tells the story of an enigmatic, self-made millionaire, Mr. Bao (Hu Ge), and his journey of reinvention from a young opportunist with a troubled past to the heights of the gilded city of Shanghai. Set against the backdrop of massive economic growth in 1990’s Shanghai, the series unveils the glamour that follows his dazzling wealth and his entanglement with four fabulous women that represent the pursuits of his life: adventure, honor, love and innocence."


8.02.2020

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One Korean American's Reckoning
There's been an energized push of Asian Americans involved in and vocally supporting Black Lives Matter protests -- but the history of this group's organizing for racial justice isn't new.

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Fate and Desire in Asian America
The satisfaction people take in free will comes not from their ability to choose, but from their ability to feel like they've chosen.

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When I Couldn't Be With My Sister After Childbirth, We Practiced Zuo Yue Zi From Afar
"I wasn't supposed to be in charge of my sister's ritual postpartum recovery. But when my mom couldn't travel due to the pandemic, it was up to me."

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Interview with a writer: Ada Tseng
An interview with Ada Tseng, entertainment editor for TimesOC (and longtime friend of this blog).

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Marvel's 'Daredevil' Asian problem is really Hollywood's bigger Asian problem
"We must stop perpetuating the notion that Asians are inherently foreign or other and allow them to live on screen as we do in life: fully and unapologetically."

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He's probably been in more movies than any actor in history
Without exaggeration, James Hong might be the most prolific actor in Hollywood history. With more than 600 credits to his name, he may lay claim to the most credits of any actor, living or dead.

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Another Asian American Actor's Not-So-Hollywood Ending
To be Chinese in Hollywood meant that your name didn't matter -- no one in the audience would remember you or send you a fan letter. The story of enduring Hollywood actor and television star Victor Sen Yung.

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The personal experiences that Lev and Yara's actors brought to The Last of Us Part 2
Ian Alexander and Victoria Grace agreed that playing Seraphite siblings in the hit video game The Last of Us Part II was one of the most transformative experience they'd ever had.

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Angela Mao in Lady Kung Fu outsold Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon at US cinemas
The characters that legendary martial arts actress Angela Mao played fought mercilessly and she had an intense screen presence, but it was her Peking Opera school training that was key to her success.

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After facing tragedy, Yiyun Li has become a different kind of writer
The award-winning author behind Where Reasons End returns with her anticipated new novel, Must I Go.

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Kevin Kwan and Cornelia Guest Share Stories About the Crazy Rich and Famous
Kevin Kwan's fourth novel, Sex and Vanity, is set in New York and the Italian island of Capri.


7.30.2020

They Call Us Bruce 104: They Call Us Lucky Grandma

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.

In this this episode, we welcome the legendary Tsai Chin, star of the feature film Lucky Grandma, along with writer/director Sasie Sealy and co-writer Angela Cheng. We discuss why a 85-year-old Chinese grandma was the perfect star for a Chinatown gangster caper. Special thanks to our producer Nick Song for resurrecting and salvaging this episode from audio limbo.

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