12.10.2018

Bao is the most-watched Asian American movie of 2018

Watch the acclaimed Pixar animated short online in its entirety.



I just recently came to our attention that Disney/Pixar has released Bao in its entirety online. In case you haven't seen it yet, or feel like re-watching it and weeping big wet salty soy sauce tears.

Domee Shi's acclaimed animated short, which preceded The Incredibles 2 in theaters, centers on an empty-nesting Chinese mom who gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life. But she must come to terms with the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.

Check it out:

Speak out to protect immigrants from public charge

Today is the last day to submit comments against the Trump administration's unethical "public charge" rule.



Today, December 10, is the last day to submit a public comment opposing the Trump administration's unethical "public charge" rule, a set of broad regulations that threatens the lives of immigrant families.

According to the proposed regulation, immigrants who apply for lawful permanent resident status could be denied if they or their dependents, including U.S. citizen children, use certain government benefits such as nutrition programs and housing assistance. This is, simply, a nasty attack on immigrant rights, targeting some of the most vulnerable members of our community. No one should have to choose between basic needs like health care or feeding their family and not getting deported.

The government has to respond to every single public comment submitted about a proposed rule change. You can still get one in under today's deadline. Here's some more information, written and illustrated by artist Thi Bui (adapted from this slideshow originally posted by Asian Health Services) on the public charge rule and, more importantly, how you can take action right now.

12.09.2018

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'Crazy Rich Asians,' John Cho, Manny Jacinto honored for milestone year in Asian representation
'What a year, to say the least," said Jon M. Chu at Saturday night's Unforgettable Gala. This was in reference to his own life — getting married, having a baby, and directing the monstrously profitable movie Crazy Rich Asians -- as well as for Asian representation in Hollywood and beyond.

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The public charge rule is another tactic to strike fear among immigrant families
"It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to have to choose between putting food on the table to feed your family and protecting your own immigration status. But that is exactly what the Trump administration will be forcing immigrants to do with its latest policy proposal."

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Lucky Cricket's Bad Taste
Andrew Zimmern’s Lucky Cricket is not the Chinese-American chain it hopes to be. A review by Soleil Ho.

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Victims of War, and Now Victims of the Trump Administration
What is an appropriate punishment for a crime? The plight of thousands of Vietnamese refugees convicted of crimes in the U.S. and now threatened with detention or deportation demands an answer to this question.

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Amanda Nguyen Changed Sexual Assault Laws In America. Now She's Going Global.
27-year-old Amanda Nguyen has already substantially changed the way the justice system handles sexual assault cases in the U.S., and now she’s looking to make change internationally.

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How This Founder Is Using Storytelling To End Racism and Sexism
Villy Wang had a crazy dream: to create a new kind of social enterprise that helps kids who, like her, grew up in housing projects. Raised by an immigrant single mother in New York City, Villy’s desire to tell her story forged a passion for using the digital media arts to capture stories untold and to create social change.

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Planned Parenthood president: I have seen too many preventable deaths
"In my life as an immigrant living in low-income communities, as an emergency physician and as a public health advocate, I have seen more preventable deaths than I can count or recall."

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After Years of Fighting for Trans Kids, Laywer Mia Yamamoto Came Out Herself
Mia Yamamoto was born in a Japanese internment camp and served in the Vietnam War. Then, after she became a leading criminal defense attorney, she came out as transgender.

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How the Asian American Backlash to Affirmative Action Went Viral
WeChat has played a critical role in organizing anti-affirmative action activists.

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Test prep is a rite of passage for many Asian-Americans
Professor Julie J. Park looks into why Asian American test prep scores experienced a gain over last year.

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I'll Fight Anyone Who Says You Shouldn't Put Cheese on Your Ramyun
"Ramen is comfort food, a thing to soak up your regrets and get you through a rough day. But my favorite way to enjoy it has courted great controversy among my friends and family."

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Inside EastMeetEast, the Controversial Dating App That Raises Thorny Questions About Identity
What's the point of an "Asian4Asian" matchmaking service in 2018?

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How to Deal With "The Panic and Horror That Is Being a Human Right Now"
According to comedian Aparna Nancherla.

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Writer on What the Movie Has Done for Asian-American Scribes (Guest Column)
Similarly themed projects are advancing in the wake of Crazy Rich Asians' breakout success, says co-screenwriter Adele Lim, as success no longer means having to "think and sound and write like a white dude from Yale."

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Everyone’s Ready to Watch Greta Lee
A profile of scene-stealing actress Greta Lee, who's currently writing and developing the dark comedy Ktown for HBO. If the series gets picked up, it will be the first cable show ever centered on Asian Americans.

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The original Power Rangers share memories of Yellow Ranger Thuy Trang, who died at age 27
As part of an extensive oral history in Entertainment Weekly celebrating the 25th anniversary of the hit Fox Kids series' first season, the original Yellow Ranger's castmates share memories of working with their friend.

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‘Blindspotting’ Producer Jess Wu Calder Discusses Long Journey to Big Screen
An interview with Jess Wu Calder, producer of this year's Sundance smash Blindspotting.

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How 'Shang-Chi' Could Be Marvel's Next 'Black Panther'
"Shang-Chi is an opportunity to depart from the Asian martial artist as the sleek, unphased fighting machine, and instead our chance to get to know a distinct and highly-skilled character faced with challenging the perception pop-culture has so often attached to the Asian hero. Shang-Chi can be so much more than Marvel’s Bruce Lee."


12.07.2018

Angry Reader of the Week: Sue Ding

"I'm a documentary filmmaker and interactive media producer, a storyteller and story collector."



Hello, good readers! It is time, once again, 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 Sue Ding.

12.06.2018

A Film About Your Favorite Baby-Sitters Club Character

'The Claudia Kishi Club' explores the legacy of Claudia Kishi.



Here's a fun film project that could use your support. The Claudia Kishi Club, by documentary filmmaker Sue Ding, is a love letter to Claudia Kishi, the iconic Japanese American character from the Baby-Sitters Club book series, who inspired a generation of Asian American women and creators of color.

For many Asian Americans who grew up in the 80s and 90s, Claudia was the first time they saw themselves represented in popular culture. A main character in Ann M. Martin's best-selling series, she was one of the only Asian Americans in popular media when the books debuted in 1986. The Claudi Kishi Club explores the character's legacy as a rare Asian American protagonist, a meaningful role model, and of course, a style icon.

The film will feature interview with fans including YA authors C.B. Lee and Sarah Kuhn; comic artist Yumi Sakugawa; and me, Phil Yu, the founder of this website. They also interview producer Naia Cucukov of Walden Media, who is currently adapting The Baby-Sitters Club for a new live-action TV series.

Here's some more information about the film:

Hey! Look at all these Asians nominated for Golden Globes

Crazy Rich Asians, Killing Eve and American Crime Story score multiple nominations.



At this year's Emmy Awards, Sandra Oh declared "It's an honor just to be Asian." True that, but hey, winning some actual awards ain't too shabby either. Nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards were announced on Thursday morning, and this time, it looks like some Asian folks are invited to the party.

This summer's runaway rom-com hit Crazy Rich Asians scored two nominations, including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, and Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy for Constance Wu.

Wu's nomination marks the first time in nearly half a century that an Asian woman has earned a Best Actress nod in either of the Golden Globe film categories. Previous lead actress contenders include Machiko Kyō for The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956), Nancy Kwan for The World of Suzie Wong (1960), Miyoshi Umeki for Flower Drum Song (1961) and Yvonne Elliman for Jesus Christ Superstar (1973).

12.03.2018

Shang-Chi will be Marvel's first Asian superhero movie

The studio has hired Dave Callaham to write the screenplay.



At long last, an Asian superhero is getting their own Marvel movie. Marvel Studios is fast-tracking Shang-Chi, aka The Master of Kung Fu, to be its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist.

The studio has reportedly set Dave Callaham, who is Chinese American, to write the screenplay, and is looking for an Asian or Asian American director to helm the potential blockbuster.

According to Deadline, they're looking to give Shang-Chi the Black Panther treatment: "introduce a new hero who blends Asian and Asian American themes, crafted by Asian and Asian American filmmakers."

More here: 'Shang-Chi' Marvel's First Asian Film Superhero Franchise; Dave Callaham Scripting, Search On For Director Of Asian Descent


12.02.2018

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'Crazy Rich Asians' Flops at the Chinese Box Office
Hollywood summer hit Crazy Rich Asians received a tepid reception in its opening weekend in China.

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Hasan Minhaj Invites You to Take Off Your Shoes
The host of Netflix's Patriot Act, turns a tested sphere -- the topical talk show -- into an immigrant home.

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Tracy Ma Takes Us on a Typographic Tour of Manhattan's Chinatown
"Simplified Chinese doesn't equal accessibility."

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How I Learned To Talk To My Filipino Mom About My Mental Health
Malaka Gharib had to find a way to talk to her Filipino mom about her mental health, and began with her acceptance of their different life experiences.

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Meet Kerry Taniguchi, Chinatown/International District's Reluctant Santa Claus
In Seattle, a longtime Chinatown-International District volunteer flourishes in a new, unexpected role.

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Finally, Transracial Adoptees Can See Ourselves Reflected in Literature
Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere helped Taylor Moore process conflicted feelings about her own adoption.

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Pep Talk from Min Jin Lee
Min Jin Lee, author of the acclaimed novel Pachinko, has some encouraging words for aspiring writers: "writing a book to find the answers to the questions of your heart will help you find the person you deserve -- it will give you your true writer's heart."

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How Chinese Food in Los Angeles Emerged As the Best in the Nation
David R. Chan, who has eaten at 7,000 Chinese restaurants and counting, declares that the Chinese food in Los Angeles is the absolute best you'll find in this country.

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The Green Book's Yellow Lining
While there have been many critiques of the film Green Book, Aki Marceau gives credit to the inclusion of Asian Americans in a story set in a developing New York of the 1960s.

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The Extraordinary Vision of Hiro Murai
From Atlanta to "This Is America," it's been a breakout year for Donald Glover's chief collaborator. And the most thrilling part of all? Hiro Murai is just getting started.

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Netflix's Lisa Nishimura is One of the Most Powerful Asian Americans in Hollywood
An interview with Lisa Nishimura, vice president of original documentary and comedy programming at Netflix.

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The First Woman To Direct A Pixar Short, 'Bao's Domee Shi Is On Her Way To First Feature Project
The 20th helmer to take on a Pixar short since the mid-1980s, and the the first woman to do so, Bao's Domee Shi is now on the path to making her feature debut.

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Why the women of Crazy Rich Asians reign supreme in their groundbreaking rom-com
The women of 2018's groundbreaking and box office-busting rom-com crown jewel Crazy Rich Asians have landed a coveted cover as one of Entertainment Weekly's "Entertainers of the Year."

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Michelle Yeoh on Portraying "Formidable" Matriarch in 'Crazy Rich Asians'
The onetime action star also discusses the film's watershed moment for Asian representation, what made that mahjong showdown so thrilling and why the new crop of Asian actors are "our future."

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Stop What You're Doing and Follow Peter Kim
Los Angeles-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor Peter Kim talks about his start in comedy.

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Tan France From Queer Eye's Tips For Style Confidence Are Actually All About Self-Love
Style expert Tan France's fashion and confidence advice is the perfect example of why Netflix's Queer Eye is such a success.


11.30.2018

Underdog candidate makes history with Ohio State Senate win

Tina Maharath is the first Lao American state senator in the United States.



Another close race, another historic election win. On Tuesday in Ohio, Democratic candidate Tina Maharath was officially declared the winner over state Rep. Anne Gonzalez in the State Senate race for District 3.

Democratic underdog Tina Maharath wins Ohio Senate seat

Maharath's victory not only makes her Ohio's first Asian American state senator and first Asian American woman in the general assembly, she is the first Lao American state senator in the United States.

She was, by most accounts, a political underdog. Maharath, a 27-year-old financial analyst with no prior campaign experience, was up against a veteran Republican lawmaker for a GOP-held Senate seat. But after all the provisional and absentee ballots were counted, Maharath edged out Gonzalez by just 705 votes.

Angry Reader of the Week: Chantal Thuy

"I am spending a lifetime still trying to figure it out."



Hey, everybody! It is time, once again, 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 Chantal Thuy.

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