9.19.2021

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"Men's Rights Asians" Think This Is Their Moment
They became notorious for trying to harass Asian women off the internet. The racial trauma of the past year has only emboldened them.

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Hate attacks are up in Orange County, with a huge increase against Asian Americans
Hate crimes increased by 35% in Orange County in 2020, the largest annual jump in at least a decade.

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Looking for a Gold-Rush Town Named Chinese Camp
A writer went searching for Asian American history in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, where thousands of Chinese immigrants labored during the Gold Rush but where traces of their presence are few.

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My Career in Restaurants Taught Me What Local Government Really Needs
Freshman politician Francesca Hong shares how her understanding of service has evolved as she went from chef and restaurant owner to Wisconsin state assembly representative.

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Linda Sivrican Is Uniting LA's Elderly Asian Community With Food
Her neighborhood business will serve food made in-house daily by Asian elders, including her own mother.

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Why Everyone Should Read the Great Karen Tei Yamashita
Karen Tei Yamashita, winner of the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contributions to American Letters, is not necessarily a household name in the world of books -- but the diversity of her work is what makes her such an important writer and uniquely deserving of the award.

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Jon M. Chu Reflects on In the Heights and What "Makes Everything Worth It"
He's been looking back at the pandemic-era release, continuing the conversation about colorism in film, and rooting for his stars as they work on conquering Hollywood.


9.17.2021

They Call Us Bruce 134: They Call Us Justin Chon

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 Justin Chon, the writer, director and star of the dramatic feature Blue Bayou. He talks about putting the spotlight on the plight of undocumented adoptees, setting an Asian American story in the South, and crafting films that create empathy -- and change.

9.14.2021

All The Asians On Star Trek - 12: Eugene Cordero

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 12, we welcome Eugene Cordero. He is the voice of the cybernetically-enhanced engineer Ensign Sam Rutherford on the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. With a lengthy list of credits, he holds a rare distinction of playing characters in the Star Trek, Star Wars and Marvel universes. But he is probably best known for playing "Pillboi" on The Good Place. He knows this because that's what everybody yells at him on the street.

9.12.2021

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Brother of 1st hate crime murder victim post-9/11 reflects on progress, setbacks
Balbir Singh Sodhi became the first documented hate crime victim in the days after 9/11. Now, as the U.S. withdraws from Afghanistan, his brother and other community members once again feel their fears around racism and discrimination intensifying.

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How did South Asian Americans respond to 9/11?
Before the archives were to be deleted, Anirvan Chatterjee got a hold of over eight hundred public South Asian American mailing lists. Here, Anirvan collected a snapshot of conversations in the days and weeks after September 11, 2001.

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Anti-Sikh bigotry didn't start with 9/11. That fact got me through it.
"When people ask me how I'm able to endure the specter of bigotry as a visible Sikh in modern America, the answer now feels simple and honest: perspective."

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Pain never ebbs for family of Betty Ong, flight attendant who made first 9/11 alert
American Airlines flight attendant Betty Ong was the first person to alert authorities of the plane being hijacked on 9/11. 20 years later, Ong's family still feels the pain of their loss.

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New York City's Chinatown Looks Ahead to the Future
After a year of hardship for Chinatown, a younger generation is writing the neighborhood's next chapter.

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How a single mom went from dancing in San Francisco nightclubs to owning one
Coby Yee's electrifying stage presence enchanted crowds of hundreds at the peak of the Chinese American nightclub scene in San Francisco, which lasted from the mid-1930s to 1970.

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The Simple Perfection of Fried Eggs and White Rice
The great thing about egg rice is that it's hardly cooking. According to Eric Kim, if you can fry an egg, then you can make egg rice.

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'Shang-Chi': How a Group Chat Led to Meng'er Zhang's Life-Changing Role
Meng'er Zhang broke out as Xialing in Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings -- her first screen credit -- and ended up meeting her husband on set as well.

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Surrounding Shang-Chi With Powerful Women Was Vital to the Story
Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina, Meng'er Zhang, Fala Chen... Marvel's latest introduced a lot of new badass women -- and more than one of them helped shape the film.

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How 'Shang-Chi' Screenwriter Dave Callaham Became Hollywood's Go-To Writer for Blockbusters
A former CAA assistant, Shang-Chi screenwriter Dave Callaham has now penned the scripts for films such as Wonder Woman 1984 and Mortal Kombat, with the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Disney's live-action Hercules up next.


9.09.2021

They Call Us Bruce 133: They Call Us Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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 our old pals Rebecca Sun of The Hollywood Reporter and Dino-Ray Ramos of Diaspora for a spoiler-filled debrief and discussion of Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. There are many, many mispronunciations.


9.07.2021

They Call Us Bruce 132: They Call Us Dave Callaham

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 Dave Callaham, the screenwriter behind Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He talks about the journey of fully embracing his own Asian American identity, getting the call to work with Marvel, and the challenges of adapting the MCU's first Asian American superhero.


9.05.2021

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Asian Americans Are Finally Getting the Heroes We Deserve
Shang-Chi isn't the first Asian protagonist we've seen on a screen, but his character and storyline pave the way for more more in Asian American media representation.

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The Reclamation of Shang-Chi
The arrival of Shang-Chi is not just a triumphant moment of representation -- it's one that aims to reverse decades of comic book stereotyping.

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Shang-Chi: Why Marvel's most influential comic disappeared.
In this Inverse series about Shang-Chi's origins, rise, fall, and rebirth, part two examines the history behind the character, and why the Master of Kung Fu eventually faded into relative obscurity.

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How Asian American internet trailblazers gave new life to Shang-Chi
Part three looks at how Asian American internet influencers set the stage for Shang-Chi's big screen debut.

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Does 'Shang-Chi' pass the 'rep sweats' test? We debate why the Marvel movie matters
Shang-Chi shouldn't have to carry the weight of Asian representation within the MCU, but three Los Angeles Times writers discuss what it means that it does.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Made Me Feel Seen Like No Other Hollywood Blockbuster
Kat Moon talks about Marvel's latest movie and its distinctly Chinese details.

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In 'Shang-Chi,' a Muni Line Made Possible by Chinatown Community Advocacy
A Muni bus plays a key role in Shang-Chi -- and in San Francisco's Chinatown community history.

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Hong Kong Legend Tony Leung Tries His Hand at Hollywood
The icon of global cinema stars in an American film -- and comes to the Marvel universe -- for the first time.

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Watching Tony Leung Gets Us All in the Mood
American audiences will soon learn why it's hard not to fall in love with the Hong Kong superstar.

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Forgetting My First Language
For many children of immigrants, to "succeed" in America, we must adopt a new language in place of our first -- the one our parents speak best -- without fully considering the strain it places on our relationships for the rest of our lives.

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Roger Shimomura Is 81 Years Old. His Takedown Of Anti-Asian Stereotypes Is Timelier Than Ever
Artist Roger Shimomura mploys playful-looking imagery to examine dangerous stereotypes. He's been saying in pictures what mainstream American discourse is just now starting to find the language to talk about in words.

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Calbee Shrimp Chips have a cult following. Here's how it happened
The story behind one of Asia's most ubiquitious and beloved snacks.

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Padma Lakshmi offers food for thought with her new children's book
In her new children's book Tomatoes for Neela, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi teaches kids about the legacy we leave them, inside the kitchen and out.

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How "Grandma" Became the "Subversive" Style Star of 'Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens'
Lori Tan Chinn speaks volumes wearing tops printed with phrases like "Chinese Badass."


9.02.2021

They Call Us Bruce 131: They Call Us Simu Liu

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 back Simu Liu, star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. He talks about suiting up as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first Asian leading man, tweeting the role into existence, and seizing his superhero moment.


8.29.2021

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How Marvel's Shang-Chi had to "destroy" its own racist origins
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings rescripts the original Fu Manchu Marvel story.

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Padma Lakshmi says disparaging Indian food isn't funny. It's ugly.
A columnist with The Washington Post recycled a tired, racist comment about "Indian curry" in a recent publication, and Padma Lakshmi is not having it.

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A toxic stew of anti-Asian racism, anti-vaccine vitriol roils Orange County
In Orange County, Board of Supervisors meetings have become a place for racist, anti-vaccine rhetoric from groups of vocal community members.

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Citing Solidarity in Asian American Documentary
As more places in the U.S.require ethnic studies in their curricula, Brian Hu suggests Asian American documentary films that showcase solidarity.

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Three Asian Adoptee Poets Reflect on Craft, Adoption, and Anti-Asian Violence
Tiana Nobile, Ansley Moon, and Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello chat about poetry, their experiences of being Asian American adoptees, and more.

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The Imperfect Legacy of Romeo Must Die
"To Hollywood, the "hip-hop kung fu movie" was a short-lived fancy. To me, it was a phenomenon."

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How a scrappy YouTube channel grew into a hub for Asian and Asian American talent
Wong Fu Productions has developed a reputation as a springboard for Asian and Asian American talent.

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Meet SNL's Celeste Yim, the writer (and Emmy nominee) behind the memorable 'It Gets Better' sketch
Celeste Yim was the only writer hired by SNL last season. Now, she's been nominated for an Emmy.

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'Shang Chi's Awkwafina and 'Eternals' star Kumail Nanjiani trade notes on their MCU debuts
Kumail Nanjiani and Awkwafina trade notes on their career-shifting Marvel debuts, carving uncharted paths in Hollywood and how to learn to stop worrying and let themselves have fun with it all.

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How Sandra Oh Snuck A Massive Cameo Into The Chair
"...somewhere in the The Chair universe, Ji-Yoon aka Sandra Oh and Dr. Peter Seung aka Daniel-Freaking-Dae-Kim were together as a hot college professor couple, and now he's in Michigan teaching classes and being handsome and crying behind his handsome professor glasses as he pines over his ex-love. The spinoff truly writes itself."


8.24.2021

'Arthur' is Getting a Sikh Character

Samir will debut in the upcoming special "Arthur's First Day."



Arthur, the beloved long-running animated kids' show, is getting a Sikh character.

When Arthur and his friends start the new school year, they'll meet some new classmates -- including a Sikh boy named Samir. The character will make his debut in an upcoming hour-long special.

In "Arthur's First Day," best friends Arthur and Buster get assigned to different classes on their first day of fourth grade and find themselves having to make new friends. Arthur gets to know Alex, a boy he went to third grade with. Buster, meanwhile, becomes buds with Samir as the two work together to solve a mystery.

The special is scheduled to premiere on PBS on September 6.

More here: 'Arthur', the iconic kids' show, is getting a Sikh character


California Passes Resolution to Celebrate "Kimchi Day"

Calfornia Assembly passes resolution officially declaring November 22 as "Kimchi Day"



The California legislature has passed a new resolution officially declaring November 22 as "Kimchi Day."

Under the bill, which was led by Californian Assemblyman Steven Choi, the day will celebrate the traditional Korean fermented side dish to promote the consumption of healthier food. Kimchi, according to the bill, is "an excellent source of probiotics, folate, beta-carotene, choline, potassium, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K."

The bill also notes that "The increase in awareness of kimchi corresponds to higher awareness of Korean culture, including K-pop, K-beauty, K-food, and K-drama."

Okay, California. Why not? By the way, in my household, every day is Kimchi Day.

More here: California's assembly passes resolution to celebrate 'Kimchi Day'


8.22.2021

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I'm an Asian American woman in academia. Here's what 'The Chair' gets right
The Chair, starring Sandra Oh, is a new Netflix comedy set within a university English department.

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Sandra Oh Is Agitating for Real, Culture-Changing Inclusion
In Netflix's The Chair, Oh plays an academic struggling to modernize an unwieldy institution. She's been bringing the same fight to Hollywood for decades.

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I Can't Forget the Lessons of Vietnam. Neither Should You.
"Americans also like to think that wars end when they are declared to end. But the aftereffects of war continue for years." Viet Thanh Nguyen on the parallels of Vietnam and Afghanistan.

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Stop Viewing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders as a Monolith
Better data on Asian Americans can spotlight social problems and identify those in need.

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A Rising Star's Career Was Cut Short. His Impact Is Just Beginning.
Anthony Veasna So died before the release of his first book, Afterparties, but his loved ones, mentors and newfound fans are making it a particularly significant debut.

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Stevie Shao is Seattle's breakout muralist
At 23 years old, Stevie Shao has become one of Seattle's most recognized and in-demand muralists and illustrators.

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Simu Liu is on the cusp of superstardom. But that isn't his end game.
As Marvel's first Asian superhero, Canadian actor Simu Liu is about to become a household name. But it's not enough to succeed on his own; he wants to bring his community with him.

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COVID, Catharsis, and the Radical Power of an Ali Wong Blow Job Joke
What the (relative) normalcy of Ali Wong's summer tour meant after an especially isolating year and a half.


8.19.2021

They Call Us Bruce 130: They Call Us Maggie Q

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 actress Maggie Q, who stars in the new action film The Protege. She talks about slipping back into the catsuit, breaking through in Asia before Hollywood, and proving doubters wrong -- especially when it comes to doing her own stunts.


8.15.2021

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What does Asian and Black racial solidarity look like
Black and Asian communities in America are often portrayed as in conflict with each other -- but that ignores the moments of solidarity, resistance and collective power.

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The Asian Pop Stars Taking Center Stage
In the West, Asian musicians have long been marginalized. Now, though, a new generation of women are transforming their respective genres.

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A Vietnamese refugee served as one of California's inmate firefighters. Then the state gave him to ICE
Phi Pham was due to be released early from Folsom State Prison, in part because of his explempary service as an inmate firefighter, but the state handed him over to ICE. He now faces deportation to Vietname -- a country he has never even been to.

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A love letter to Sunisa Lee, and her Hmong parents.
Sunisa Lee, the Olympic champion, followed 'her light, her energy.' Her parents raised her differently than many Hmong girls. They all share in Sunisa Lee's success.

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A Private-School Sex Educator Defends Her Methods
Justine Ang Fonte, a sex-positive educator, recently became the subject of angry reports after parents at two elite New York City schools complained about her curriculum.

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Inside the Secretive, Semi-Illicit, High Stakes World of WhatsApp Mango Importing
Customs restrictions, high transport costs, and a short shelf life have made the world's greatest mangoes -- grown in Pakistan -- difficult to come by in the United States.

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Ali Wong's Raunchy New Stand-Up Set Brings the Laughs We Need
Ali Wong's "Milk and Money Tour" hits the Beacon Theater at an uncertain time for live comedy. Luckily, the sex jokes are her funniest yet.

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Meet "Spin" Star Avantika, Disney Channel's First Indian American Movie Star
The Disney Channel finally has its first Indian American movie star: Avantika, the self-aware and confident teen starring in the dramedy, Spin.

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Manny Jacinto Is Moving on From 'The Good Place'
Manny Jacinto played "the ultimate himbo" Jason Mendoza for four years on The Good Place. Now he's ready to take on different roles.

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‘Nine Days’ Helmer Edson Oda Talks Working With His Filmmaking 'Hero' Spike Jonze
Ever since Nine Days filmmaker Edson Oda won the Sundance Film Festival's Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award in January 2020, the prize has been a great boost of confidence whenever a little imposter syndrome kicks in.


8.11.2021

For Us All: Fred Korematsu's Quest for Justice

New audio play tells the true story of the legal fight to overturn Korematsu v. United States.



L.A. Theatre Works presents For Us All, a new audio play based on the true story of a team of lawyers who used a little-known legal writ to fight and overturn the conviction of Fred Korematsu, unjustly sentenced for resisting the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.

Written by Jeanne Sakata, the cast includes Brookie Ishibashi, Derek Mio, Joy Osmanski, Josh Stamberg, Greg Watanabe and Paul Yen. It's available for purchase as an mp3 download (or CD), and includes a conversation with Sakata and four of the attorneys from the Korematsu v. United States case: Lori Bannai, Peter Irons, Dale Minami and Don Tamaki.

More here: For Us All


8.10.2021

How, in 2021, do people not know that "chink" is a slur?

Devin Funches apologizes for saying "chinky."



Over the weekend during a press conference, Green Bay Packers receiver Devin Funchess used the word "chinky" to describe the smiling eyes of reporters. He clearly wasn't directing the slur at anyone; he wasn't even referring to any actual Asian person. It was, on the surface, a word uttered out of ignorance.

More here: Green Bay Packers WR Devin Funches apologizes for anti-Asian remark

But this incident, and the similarly casually racist Juventus slant-eye photo debacle, point to a bigger issue, as sports commentator Pablo Torre points out in this excerpt from the ESPN Daily podcast.

Suspect Arrested in Attack on Elderly Woman

80-year-old woman violently pushed in unprovoked assault.



In Honolulu, surveillance cameras caught a disturbing violent assault on an 80-year-old woman on the street. 37-year-old Jordan Wong was arrested Tuesday after violently pushing down the unnamed victim in an unprovoked attack. The woman fell to the ground, over the curb and landed in the shoulder of the road, hitting her head. She reportedly walked away from the assault, but suffered bruises and complained of back pain. Honolulu Police have classified the incident as a second degree assault.

More here: Suspect accused of knocking down elderly woman in Honolulu arrested

8.08.2021

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Op-Ed: For years, I got teased for wearing face masks. The pandemic changed that.
Cartoonist Mari Naomi was wearing masks before it was cool.

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Suni Lee's win shines a bright light on the Hmong legacy
Atop the biggest stage in global sports, Suni Lee has lifted America's Hmong community on her strong shoulders, casting an important light on the triumphs and struggles of Hmong people -- a compelling American story that few Americans know."

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Atlanta shooting victim's sons seek to unite Black, Asian communities in shared fight against hate
Robert Peterson's mother Yong Ae Yue was killed in the Atlanta spa shootings. Inspired by the support his family has received from the Black and Asian communities, he is determined to help both groups converge in their fights for greater equity.

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Infinite Self
Rising writer Anthony Veasna So died unexpectedly last winter, before his debut book Afterparties was released. Everyone remembers him differently.

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Sandra Oh Is Speaking
Sandra Oh on challenging the unbelievable pressure of being a modern woman.


8.01.2021

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Sunisa Lee didn't owe the U.S. gold. Her victory is a gift, especially to her Hmong community
"To be part of a diaspora means to create a home in lands that don't want you in them; to constantly carve out spaces just so you can exist. Lee is a product of that resilience."

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Sunisa Lee Is Representing America in the Tokyo Olympics—and a Community America Left Behind
Suni Lee's place in the Tokyo Olympics carries the hopes of the U.S., and a Hmong community that has not always been embraced by the U.S.
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Rivalry Without Racism
Can America compete with China and avoid fueling anti-Asian hate?

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White residents burned this California Chinatown to the ground. An apology came 145 years later
More than a century ago, Chinese people in Antioch, California built tunnels under the city because they were forbidden by law from going outside after sundown. Then, white residents burned Chinatown to the ground.

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Marking a Pandemic, One Crane at a Time
Grace Loh Prasad and her son took on what seemed like a simple project: fold one origami crane every day during the pandemic. Together, they discovered over the year how making art helps people bear the unbearable.

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Can Joanne Lee Molinaro, the Korean Vegan, ever stop overachieving?
Joanne Lee Molinaro is a cookbook author, food blogger and partner at a major law firm who also happens to be a TikTok star in her free time.

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Dev Patel, Starry Knight
The Green Knight offered Dev Patel a movie-star moment unlike anything he's done before. Could he conquer his insecurities and take the lead?

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Michelle Zauner and Jiayang Fan on becoming their mothers' artworks
Japanese Breakfast frontwoman Michelle Zauner and New Yorker staff writer Jiayang Fan discuss the frantic need for creative expression and the emotional resonance of H Mart.


7.27.2021

Sunisa Lee Helps U.S. Women Gymnastics Team Win Silver

She received 15.4 -- the highest score on the uneven bars so far at the Tokyo Olympics.



With Russia's women"s gymnastics team leading by more than a point and Simone Biles abruptly out of the competition in Tuesday's team final, it fell to Sunisa Lee, anchoring the United States on the uneven bars, to keep the Americans' gold medal hopes alive. It was, Lee said afterward, "the most pressure I’ve ever felt in my life." It didn’t show. Lee received a score of 15.4 on the uneven bars, the highest mark anyone has received on bars at the Olympics so far.

More here: Sunisa Lee Stepped Up When Simone Biles Stepped Back


Suspect Pleads Guilty in Atlanta Spa Shootings

Robert Aaron Long faces four other murder charges in a neighboring county.



The man accused of killing eight people at a string of Atlanta-area spas pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four counts of murder in suburban Cherokee County and will serve four consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole plus 35 years in prison. Robert Aaron Long, who already admitted to investigators that he was responsible for the March 16 shooting spree, still faces four other murder charges in nearby Fulton County, where the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty.

More here: Suspect in Atlanta-Area Spa Shootings Pleads Guilty to 4 Counts of Murder


7.25.2021

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'We Have To Speak Up': Japanese American Activists Call For Reparations For Black Americans
Japanese Americans who fought for reparations for being incarcerated during World War II are now lending their support to Blacks who want redress for the nation's history of slavery and discrimination.

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Asians Are Represented in Classical Music. But Are They Seen?
The success of some artists of Asian descent obscures the fact that many face routine racism and discrimination. U.S. gymnastics star Sunisa Lee's long, winding journey to Olympics 2021
"Maybe because of Sunisa, people might know us." The amazing story of Olympic gymnast Sunisa Lee.

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At 101, judo coaching great Yosh Uchida still isn't done helping Olympians
Prolific judo coach Yosh Uchida still heads San Jose State’s storied program 70 years after assuming the post.

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Mindy Kaling Responds to Backlash Over South Asian 'Velma'
Mindy Kaling, who will produce and star in an animated Scooby-Doo spinoff, Velma, questions why people couldn't imagine "a smart, nerdy girl with terrible eyesight" as Indian.

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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ made Henry Golding a star. Now he’s showing Hollywood everything he can do
Henry Golding became an overnight sensation thanks to the runaway success of Crazy Rich Asians. Now he's starring in the title of role of the G.I. Joe spinoff Snake Eyes and it feels like he's only begun to show the full spectrum of his range.

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Snake Eyes star Andrew Koji is so much more than Hollywood's Warrior
Andrew Koji was never pursuing action. But now that it's his main niche these days, he's taking full advantage.

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Maitreyi Ramakrishnan On How to Pronounce Her Name: "I'm Asking For Basic Respect"
"I'm asking for basic respect when I want people to say my name right."


7.23.2021

They Call Us Bruce 129: They Call Us Seoul Sausage

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 Ted Kim, Yong Kim and Han Hwang, aka Seoul Sausage Co., fresh from the finale of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race All Stars. They talk about returning to reality TV, how gamesmanship took the competition to the next level, and the bowl of egg rice that made a grown man cry.


7.18.2021

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Fear, and Discord, Among Asian Americans Over Attacks in San Francisco
In San Francisco, a string of attacks against older people of Asian descent has led to calls for more police officers, an idea rejected by the city's Asian American leaders.

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'No Vaccine for Racism’: Asian New Yorkers Still Live in Fear of Attacks
In New York, patrols aimed at stopping anti-Asian violence have been cut back even as anxiety lingers.

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'She's one of the brave ones.' Yuh-Line Niou's outspoken leadership style
Yuh-Line Niou came to the New York state legislature as an insurgent, and she hasn't lost that attitude.

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Asian-American history comes alive on No-No Boy's '1975'
A deeply personal new recording from songwriter and scholar Julian Saporiti reexamines a neglected history and challenges what it means to be an American.

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Thuy Is in Her Bag
Vietnamese American songstress Thuy has carved out a space for herself both within and beyond the community of self-made Asian American musical artists that have emerged in the streaming era.

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What Indian American Kumar Rocker’s historic MLB pick means for South Asians
Star college pitcher Kumar Rocker, who was drafted by the New York Mets, will inspire "legions of little Indian and Pakistani kids with that name on their jerseys," one expert said.

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'Never Have I Ever' Complicates Its Asian American Characters. That's The Whole Point
The second season of the Netflix comedy Never Have I Ever assigns more depth to the Indian American female characters by complicating their storylines -- which is exactly the point.


7.11.2021

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Justin Chon Confronts a Broken American Dream in Blue Bayou
In his first interview about his buzzy Cannes premiere Blue Bayou, acclaimed writer/director/star Justin Chon says his film "represents what America feels like and looks like."

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Why won't American radio play more K-pop?
BTS was supposed to usher in the K-pop invasion. Where is it?

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The Joy of Being a Bad Asian
What is it like to be Asian American when you're invisible within it?

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It's Time to Pronounce Asian Names Correctly
Andrea Y Wang wrote her middle grade novel The Many Meanings of Meilan to explore the feeling of otherness when someone renames you without your consent.

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Research on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Is Being Stifled
Funders and peer reviewers are contributing to systemic racism through their biases about AAPI populations.

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Advice for Artists Whose Parents Want Them to Be Engineers
Viet Thanh Nguyen gives advice to people who want to pursue a dream different from their parents' wishes.

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St. Lenox's American Songs
Singer/songwriter Andrew Choi, who makes music as St. Lenox, writes richly evocative songs about religion, death, and society when he's not working his day job as a Manhattan attorney.

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The story behind the iconic Vietnam episode of 'Hey Arnold!'
For the 25th anniversary of the “Hey Arnold!" pilot, show creator Craig Bartlett talked to NBC Asian America about the storyline surrounding Mr. Hyunh, a Vietnamese refugee.

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Lou Diamond Phillips Has Worked His Whole Life to Play a Filipino-American Character
The actor, director, and writer had to take matters into his own hands to play someone with his background.

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George Takei, Danny Pudi, more reflect on Hollywood's portrayal of Asian men
The future of Hollywood representation according to Asian and Asian American actors.


7.09.2021

Adele Lim to Direct Ashley Park in R-rated Comedy

Follows four Asian American women on a journey of "no-holds-barred wild debauchery."


Adele Lim, co-writer of Crazy Rich Asians and Raya and the Last Dragon, will make her directorial debut helming an untitled R-rated comedy for Lionsgate and Point Grey Pictures.

Starring Tony and Grammy-nominated actress Ashley Park, the project follows four Asian American women as they travel through Asia in search of one of their birth mothers. Along the way, their experience becomes one of bonding, friendship, belonging, and no-holds-barred wild debauchery that reveals the universal truth of what it means to know and love who you are. The film will be written by Cherry Chevapravatdumrong and Teresa Hsiao, from a story by Chevapravatdumrong, Hsiao and Lim.

"This journey began with me, Cherry and Teresa -- my friends and comedy writing heroes -- wanting to tell a story with characters who look like us, about women who are messy and thirsty, but have so much heart," Lim said. "Point Grey and Lionsgate have been incredible allies and partners from day one, and I am thrilled to be making my directing debut with them on a story that’s so special to me."

More here: Adele Lim Directing Ashley Park in Untitled R-Rated Comedy for Lionsgate, Point Grey


7.08.2021

Anonymous Letter Threatens to "Shoot Cambodians"

"I want to take a gun and go down there and kill these individuals."


Last week in Philadelphia, someone sent an anonymous letter to community leaders threatening to "shoot Cambodians." The typed, one-page letter, reportedly sent last week to the office of the Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, accuses Cambodian residents of setting off fireworks at all hours in Mifflin Square Park.

The letter's author claims to be a Marine suffering from traumatic stress disorder after serving tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also claims to own several guns. "I want to take a gun and go down there and kill these individuals," the letter reads. "I am writing you to let you know when I do freak out and try to kill these people that it is your fault for not going to them and encouraging them (it is in their best interest) to stop doing this and remain alive!"

The association, which believes the letter is blatant, targeted racial intimidation, plans to address the incident during a news conference on Friday at the park. The letter has been reported to Philadelphia police and other investigative agencies.

More here: Amid anti-Asian hate, letter-writer threatens to shoot Philly Cambodians over park fireworks


6.28.2021

Suni Lee Earns a Spot at the Tokyo Olympics

18-year-old gymnast will be the first Hmong American athlete to compete at the Olympics.



On Sunday, 18-year-old gymnast Suni Lee placed second at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, automatically earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team and qualifying for the Tokyo games. Lee, the three-time 2019 World Championships medalist who finished second to Simone Biles, is believed to be the first Hmong American athlete to complete at the Olympics.

6.27.2021

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