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

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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

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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.


10.09.2020

They Call Us Bruce 111: They Call Us We Bare Bears

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 Daniel Chong, creator of the hit animated series We Bare Bears. We discuss the beginnings and the bittersweet end of the show, the timely real-world issues in We Bare Bears: The Movie, and how a cartoon about a trio of bear brothers can inspire empathy and understanding in these dark times.

10.08.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 07: Keone Young

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 7, I talk to Keone Young. He guest starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Benjamin Sisko's favorite baseball player Buck Bokai, in the season one episode "If Wishes Were Horses." He also appeared in Star Trek: Enterprise as Mr. Sato, the father of Hoshi Sato, in the second season episode "Vanishing Point." Outside of Star Trek, he's a veteran performer with decades of film and TV credits, including the voice of Storm Shadow on G.I. Joe and one very special episode of Diff'rent Strokes.

10.04.2020

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Asian Americans most likely to live in multigenerational homes. How Covid has taken a toll
Social distancing can be had for people living in crowded quarters, but this is how many Asian Americans live.

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Redefining the Korean experience
Six people with Korean roots talk how they've come to -- or are still learning to -- understand their heritage.

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The profound comfort of kimchi
"The timeline of kimchi is marked by pain and prosperity -- the story of the Korean peninsula and its people. For kin carried away by diasporic waves, kimchi serves as an ever-glowing beacon, ready to welcome daughters and sons home."

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Surviving The Endless Waves: When American Dreams Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be
"My life in America has been this — a constant fight for air."

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How the History of Japanese American Gardeners Lives on Through Their Descendants
How some Japanese American millennials relate to their family's history through gardening.

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"Yes, I'm 100 percent Indian": Navigating Hollywood as a so-called "unicorn" woman of color
"I write, produce, direct and act because I have no other choice in today's Hollywood."

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Jamie Chung is used to playing guest roles. 'Lovecraft Country' made her want to lead.
The role of Ji-Ah in Lovecraft Country's "Meet Me in Daegu" episode was like "a piece of gold" for Jamie Chung.

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George Takei returns to deep sci-fi storytelling narrating Ken Liu's short stories for Serial Box
George Takei is leaning into his voice-acting skills, narrating Ken Liu's sci-fi stories.

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Sunita Mani Is Taking Up Space
In the alien-invasion comedy Save Yourselves!, Sunita Mani finally gets a leading movie role written just for her.

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Kelly Marie Tran on Why Quitting Social Media Was Her Best Decision Ever
Kelly Marie Tran definitely doesn't regret her big decision to quit social media in 2018.

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Dustin Nguyen Talks ‘Warrior’, ‘21 Jump Street’ And Being An Asian Hollywood Pioneer
For some, Cinemax's Warrior will be the first introduction to Dustin Nguyen, but for many -- specifically the Asian American community -- the actor is a trailblazer for his role as Harry Ioki on 21 Jump Street.


10.02.2020

They Call Us Bruce 110: They Call Us The Paper Tigers

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 episode, we welcome Quoc Bao Tran, writer/director of the new kung fu comedy The Paper Tigers. He talks about the long journey to make this film, why The Paper Tigers had to be an Asian American story, and The Good, The Bad and The WTF of getting too old for this shit.

10.01.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 06: Diana Lee Inosanto

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 6, I talk to actress, filmmaker and martial artist Diana Lee Inosanto, who worked as a stunt double on several episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. The daughter of legendary martial artist Dan Inosanto and the goddaughter of Bruce Lee, she has dozens of credits as a stunt performer, fight coordinator and choreographer. She talks about fake-kicking Vulcan ass, embracing martial arts as her heritage, and the moment she realized that "Uncle Bruce" was famous.

9.25.2020

They Call Us Bruce 109: They Call Us Sujata Day

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 episode, we welcome Sujata Day, who wrote, directed, produced and starred in the new film Definition Please. She talks about the failed spelling bee word that haunts her, taking the plunge (and calling all her friends) to make her first feature, and revealing a certain co-star's... assets.

9.22.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 05: Michelle Krusiec

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 5, I talk to actress Michelle Krusiec. She guest starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the sixth season episode "Time's Orphan" as a teenage, feral, lost-in-time Molly O'Brien. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the indie romantic comedy Saving Face, and most recently portrayed screen legend Anna May Wong in the Netflix series Hollywood. She talks about booking her first acting job, pretending to bite Armin Shimerman, and how it feels to revisit this emotional Deep Space Nine episode now, as a parent.

9.18.2020

They Call Us Bruce 108: They Call Us Vaccine Trials

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 episode, we welcome design/technology writer Gregory Han, who has been participating in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. They discuss what it will take to end the pandemic, what the world might look like on the other side, and if karaoke will survive coronavirus.

9.15.2020

Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu is Running For Mayor

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.


Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu Announces Run For Mayor
It's official: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu will run for mayor in 2021. Wu announced her candidacy Tuesday morning with a video in three languages that zeroed in on issues including public health, housing and transportation. "Now is the time for change," Wu said at the end of the video.

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Suspected Arsonist Caught on Video in San Francisco Printing Shop In San Francisco, a suspected arsonist was caught on video robbing and setting fire to an Asian immigrant-owned printing shop. The suspect reportedly broke in to Dragon Printing in the Sunset District, burglarized the store, and then deliberately started a fire -- burning the majority of the inventory, machines, and everything else in sight. The store, which was started by the Wong family nearly 35 years ago, is now in danger of closing. Friends have started a GoFundMe campaign in support of Dragon Printing.

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House Passes Bill to Name Houston Post Office After Slain Sikh Deputy
On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 5317, which would rename a post office in Houston, Texas the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office, in honor of Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a Sikh sheriff's deputy who was killed during a traffic stop last year. Dhaliwal was the first Sikh deputy to work for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, and the first deputy to be allowed to wear his turban while on-duty.

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Family Style: Season Two
Season two of Stage13's Family Style is now out and available for viewing. The award-winning food and pop culture streaming series features a group of friends and celebrity guests exploring popular Asian food restaurants and cultural locales. Each episode of season two centers on the stories surrounding the sharing of food both across a table and virtually over a video chat. Partically filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, this season showcases a diverse array of Asian chefs, celebrities, and foodies across multiple generations, sharing favorite recipes, traditions, and locations, representing an array of Asian ethnicities.

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Lovecraft Country: The Craft - Storyboard Artist Eric Yamamoto
Have you been watching the HBO horror drama Lovecraft Country? In this behind-the-scenes clip, Lovecraft Country storyboard artist Eric Yamamoto talks about how he helps bring directors' visions for the show to life.


All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 04: Clyde Kusatsu

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 4, we talk to veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu. He guest starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Vice Admiral Nakamura in the episodes "Measure of Man," "Phantasms" and the series finale "All Good Things..." With a career spanning nearly 50 years, his credits include Kung Fu, Midway, Magnum P.I., All in the Family and All American Girl, among many others. He talks about getting aged-up to play Jean-Luc Picard's classmate, the other Sar Trek role he auditioned for, and how his John Wayne impression landed him a job.

9.14.2020

Naomi Osaka Won in Two Amazing Ways

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.


Naomi Osaka Won in Two Amazing Ways: Athleticism and Activism
As you've likely seen by now, Osaka packed seven masks for the US Open fortnight, one for each match she’d play if she made it to the final. She made the final. She won her second Open in three years. Because of that, viewers were reminded anew of the seven Black Americans she remembered, five killed police and the sixth and seventh, Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery, killed allegedly by civilians for being Black in neighborhoods where vigilantes thought they didn't belong.... As Osaka did the customary post-match interview with ESPN, she was asked what message she was trying to send with the masks. "What's the message you got, was more the question," she said. "I feel like the point is to make people start talking."

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Reporter Josie Huang Arrested While Covering Protest
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested KPCC/LAist Correspondent Josie Huang late Saturday while she was covering the ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton. Even as she was being thrown to the ground, Huang -- who was wearing a lanyard with her press credential hanging from her neck -- was recording the encounter. In video that continued to film after her phone was knocked from her hand, Huang can be heard repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter and shouting "KPCC" several times. You also can hear Huang yelling "you're hurting me" and crying out in pain.

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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland Takes Top Prize at 2020 Venice Film Festival
Director Chloé Zhao's feature film Nomadland has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, becoming the first woman to earn the top prize in a decade. Starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland follows a widow in a Nevada mining town decimated after the Great Recession who chooses to embark on a life on the open road.

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Sandra Oh, Michelle Yeoh Join Henry Golding in 'Tiger's Apprentice'
Sandra Oh and Michelle Yeoh have joined Henry Golding in the voice cast of The Tiger's Apprentice, the adaptation of the best-selling children's book by Lawrence Yep. The cast also includes Brandon Soo Hoo, Bowen Yang, Sherry Cola, and Kheng Hua Tan. The book tells the story of a boy in San Francisco who meets a shape-shifting talking tiger named Mr. Hu and under his tutelage and protection is introduced into a magical world that includes an ancient phoenix, a dragon and a clan of evil-doers. Oh will play Mistral, a friend of the tiger, who is an exiled dragon now living in San Francisco. Yeoh's character is unclear.

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Lifetime Sets Cast For Holiday Movie 'Sugar & Spice Holiday'
Jacky Lai and Tony Giroux will star alongside Tzi Ma in A Sugar & Spice Holiday, Lifetime's first holiday movie centered on an Asian American family. "Written by Eirene Donohue and directed by Jennifer Liao, A Sugar & Spice Holiday is centered on the story of a Chinese-American woman who draws on her family’s cultural traditions to spice up an old-fashioned Christmas baking competition. It follows Suzie (Lai), a rising young architect, who 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 (Giroux), 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."


9.13.2020

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America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral
"Here, then, are nine errors of intuition that still hamstring the U.S. pandemic response, and a glimpse at the future if they continue unchecked. The time to break free is now. Our pandemic summer is nearly over. Now come fall, the season of preparation, and winter, the season of survival. The U.S. must reset its mindset to accomplish both."

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How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda
"Immigrant struggles in America forged a bond that became even tighter after my mother's A.L.S. diagnosis. Then, as COVID-19 threatened, Chinese nationalists began calling us traitors to our country."

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For Filipino migrant workers, coronavirus dashes their ticket to a better life
170,000 overseas workers have been forced to return to the Philippines since February.

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How Mina Kimes turned her passion for football into a profession
Mina Kimes, a sports journalist for ESPN, has turned her love of football into a budding commentary empire.

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Ann Curry Still Doesn't Know Why She Was Ousted From Today
Eight years after her departure from NBC's morning show, veteran journalist Ann Curry opens up about the painful experience.

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Warrior Takes the "Model Minority" Cliche and "Flips It on Its Ass"
Peak TV should mean Peak Inclusion, but the vivid Cinemax series Warrior has had to fight for its life

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Introducing Isabel Sandoval: The 'Lingua Franca' filmmaker on her indie drama
Isabel Sandoval wrote, directed, and stars in Lingua Franca, film about a trans Filipina immigrant in Brooklyn seeking to attain legal status in the United States, now available on Netflix.

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Back to School With Tan France
Queer Eye star Tan France has a lot to teach us about dressing.

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"Insecure" star Sujata Day redefines South Asian stereotypes in spelling bee movie
Actress Sujata Day talks about her directorial feature debut, Definition Please, making the festival rounds.


9.11.2020

They Call Us Bruce 107: They Call Us Mulan

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 -- our most super-sized episode yet -- we welcome writers Rebecca Sun and Frankie Huang to talk about Disney's live action adaptation of Mulan. We discuss The Good, The Bad, and The WTF of the film, as well as how we'd adapt the tale differently.

9.08.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 03: Grace Lynn Kung

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 3, we talk to actress Grace Lynn Kung. She guest starred on Star Trek: Discovery as "Psycho" -- that's the actual credit -- in the first season episode "Context Is For Kings." She talks about geeking out on the Discovery set, taking heavy hits for her big fight scene, and how poor Worf never got any respect.

9.06.2020

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'Mulan' 1998: A Moment of Joy and Anxiety for Asian-American Viewers
Disney's new live-action Mulan is coming at a time when the entertainment world is still feeling tremors from the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Parasite. It was a very different landscape when the animated Mulan debuted in 1998: American audiences were far less used to the presence of Asians onscreen and many Asian American moviegoers felt less comfortable with depictions of themselves.

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The controversial cut that solidified Mulan as an Asian-American film
Disney's live-action remake removes a scene many have debated since 1998.

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How I Finally Saw Myself Reflected in the Original 'Mulan' (Guest Column)
When Traci G. Lee watched Disney's Mulan for the first time as a nine-year-old, it was the first time she remembers being inspired by a film -- for very personal reasons.

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Mulan's Tzi Ma: After 120-Plus Roles, a Beloved Actor's Career Surges
Tzi Ma, who plays Mulan's father in Disney's new adaptation, holds a special place in the Asian American acting community. He talks about his unlikely path and the peers who deserved more recognition.

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No Vacation Is Complete Without a Cooler Full of Gimbap
"When I was growing up, these seaweed rice rolls symbolized how my family was different. Looking back, I think that's what I appreciate most about them."

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A Local Alternative to the Big Delivery Apps, in Los Angeles
Modeled after food delivery services in Seoul, a tiny Koreatown business keeps neighborhood restaurants running through the pandemic.

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In Louisiana, Love for a Chinese Restaurant and Its Magnetic Owner
For years, Lucky Palace has drawn fans for its intriguing wine list. Now, they come to help their dear friend Kuan Lim in his time of need.

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What Keanu Reeves taught me about white-passing privilege
"In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen racism against Asian people surge worldwide, as well as a collective reassessment of racial identity following the recent surge of Black Lives Matter protests, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mixed race woman. And I’ve been thinking even more about Keanu Reeves, the most decent man in Hollywood."

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How the 'Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' captured audiences' hearts
One of the most famous Asian American dance duos in history, Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing performed across the US and in England during the 1930s and '40s


9.04.2020

They Call Us Bruce 106: They Call Us USPS

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 Kevin Gan Yuen, an employee of the United States Postal Service. He talks about getting into the "family business," reveals the weirdest things he's seen people send via mail, and gives us The Good, The Bad and The WTF of working for USPS.

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