6.23.2019

Read These Blogs


Pioneering Filmmaker Esther Eng Made Movies in the '30s and '40s on Her Own Terms
"Esther Eng broke all the rules. In the 1930s and '40s, it was remarkable for a Cantonese American woman to be a producer and director. Even more impressive: She was always upfront about being a lesbian."

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Jeremy Lin, 'Reppin' Asians With Everything I Have,' Is Bigger Than an N.B.A. Title
Toronto Raptors guard Jeremy Lin became the first Asian American to win an NBA championship, but the moment meant more than the sport or its trophy. Lin always has.

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The Bittersweet Joy of Being Professionally Eclipsed by Your 9-Year-Old
When Jeff Yang's son became a prime-time TV star, 'Hudson Yang's dad' became his most prominent title.

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Americans Just Want Immigrants for the Food
Psst, you're doing "humanizing the other" wrong.

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Where Did the All-Too-Familiar Chinese Zodiac Placemat Come From?
Chances are if you've been to a Chinese restaurant in America, you've seen one of these.

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Jon M. Chu: Young Filmmakers Don't Have the Baggage of Self-Hatred
Speaking to the New York Times on the future of movies, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu says he's mostly hopeful that diversity will take hold, but still realistic.

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Kumail Nanjiani: It's Harder for Smaller Movies to Succeed
Actor/writer/comedian Kumail Nanjiani wonders if small and midsize films will still have a shot in theaters.

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'The Killer' at 30: John Woo Explains How He Shot His Action Classic Without a Script
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of John Woo's action classic The Killer, the famed director recently revealed how he staged some of its unforgettable scenes with no script.


6.21.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Jeff Chan

"I flunked my Chinese classes growing up and am a disgrace to my family."



All right, internet friends. You know what time it is. It's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Jeff Chan.

6.18.2019

Music Video Premiere: "dec17" by fuvk

"Maybe later on this week we'll take back the words we speak."



Engineers by day, musicians by night! fuvk is the Austin-based bedroom indie pop project (or termed "audio journal") of Shirley Zhu. Started in 2016, the band features Zhu on vocals/guitar, Jiyoung Min on violin and Kevin Javier on cello -- all graduates of the University of Texas with STEM degrees, now working full-time day jobs (Zhu is an analyst at EA, and Min is a software developer at vrbo).

We're proud to present the premiere of their new music video for "dec17" from their EP Golden Girl, directed by award-winning filmmaker Huay-Bing Law.

6.12.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Yuh-Line Niou

"I'm angry about why we don't love each other enough to be angry for each other."



Hello, internet friends. It is time meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Yuh-Line Niou.

Of course the Trump Administration is holding migrant children at a former Japanese American incarceration site

Fort Sill has been selected "as a temporary emergency influx shelter" to detain 1,400 children.



History repeats itself. After running out of room at government shelters, the Trump Administration has opted to use an Army base in Oklahoma to hold growing numbers of immigrant children in its custody -- at the same site where innocent Japanese American citizens were detained during World War II.

Fort Sill, an 150-year-old installation once used as an incarceration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II, has been selected "as a temporary emergency influx shelter" to detain 1,400 children until they can be given to an adult relative, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

More here: Trump Administration to Hold Migrant Children at Base That Served as WWII Japanese Internment Camp

6.09.2019

Read These Blogs


How Ali Wong And Randall Park's New Rom-Com 'Always Be My Maybe' Came To Be
I had a blast talking to Randall Park and Ali Wong about their Netflix romantic comedy Always Be My Maybe for the upcoming summer issue of Character Media.

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Dispute Arises Over 'No-No Boy,' a Classic of Asian-American Literature With a Complex History
John Okada's 1957 novel about a Japanese American draft resister has been republished by Penguin Classics, but a copyright claim raises questions over its ownership.

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Stonehenge
"In their attractive, polished faces, I saw that Stonehenge was as familiar to them as having a gun held to my face was to me." Min Jin Lee on writing and cultural referents.

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Going Home With Ocean Vuong He's best known as an award-winning young poet, and he's now getting attention for his novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. But Kat Chow first knew him as a talented writer a couple of years ahead of her in high school.

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When being Asian American means bacon and eggs and hamburgers
An ode to the Bay Area’s Asian American-owned diners, burger joints and sandwich shops.

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The Bookstore That Tells the Stories of Asian American Activism Florence Makita Hongo founded and manages the Asian American Curriculum Project in San Mateo.

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For the Original K-Pop Stars, Survival Depended on Making it in America The Kim Sisters' success in Las Vegas allowed their family in war-torn Korea to eat.

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Shannon Lee Talks 'Warrior' And How Hollywood Honors And Exploits Her Father's Legacy Shannon Lee is the executive producer of Cinemax's Warrior and daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

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Ali Wong And Randall Park On Rapping, Rom-Com Tropes And (Keanu) Reeves
Ali Wong and Randall Park talk to NPR about their version of When Harry Met Sally.

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The Lyrics to Always Be My Maybe's 'I Punched Keanu Reeves' Rap, Annotated by Randall Park
The lyrics to Always Be My Maybe's signature track, annotated by star/writer/emcee Randall Park.


6.07.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 68: They Call Us Soleil Ho

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.

On this episode, recorded live at NCORE 2019 in Portland, we welcome back Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. We talk race, culture, politics, identity and, of course, food.

They could save their brother's life... if the U.S. would let them in the country.

Tu Le needs a bone marrow donor. His brothers in Vietnam are perfect matches, but their visas were denied.



Two Vietnamese brothers who petitioned to travel to the United States to donate bone marrow to their dying brother in San Jose were denied temporary visas by the U.S. government.

Tu Le is suffering form Myelodysplastic syndrome, an aggressive form of blood cancer. He is dying. Le is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant to survive. His brothers are both matches. A perfect 100% genetic match. But they have been denied temporary visas by the U.S. government.

Le's brothers, Lam Le and Hiep Nguyen, applied for B-2 tourist visas at the end of May, citing a medical emergency. According the family, they were denied entry on June 3. These men have what is necessary to save their brother's life, and the United States government is like... nope.

More here: Vietnamese men denied visas for life-saving transplant for brother in San Jose


6.06.2019

These Are Some Badass Bruce Shoes

Bruce Lee Converse All-Star Sneakers by Milton Wong



This dope new pair of Bruce Lee Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars features art by Hong Kong illustrator Milton Wong, depicting Bruce in his iconic yellow jumpsuit from Game of Death. Custom made-to-order, these shoes are exclusive to the Bruce Lee Family Store and available in both High Top and Low Top styles.

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