5.15.2022

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Remembering a Victim of an Anti-Asian Attack, a Hundred and Fifty Years Later
Gene Tong, a popular herbal-medicine doctor in Los Angeles, was hanged by a mob during one of the worst mass lynchings in American history.

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James Hong Really Is Everything, Everywhere, All at Once
The 93-year-old vet has more than 450 credits under his belt -- and, as of this week, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Smuggled, Heartbroken and Triumphant: How 3 Comics Tell the Immigrant Story
The profound and painful tribulations of the Asian American journey are centered in Asian American Eyz'd: An Immigrant Comedy Special — a film project by Ana Tuazon Parsons, Nicky Endres and Aidan Park.

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How TikTok's king of poses teaches his 4 million followers to take better photos
Photographer David Suh teaches his 4 million TikTok followers how to pose with confidence.

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In their search for love, South Asians swipe right on dating apps catered for them
Mirchi is among the growing world of dating apps created by and catering to South Asians.

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Ellen Pao on What Asian American Women Need from Workplaces
TIME talked to four Asian American women who have built successful careers within their own industries while advocating alongside other AAPI professionals to build better workplaces for their communities.


5.08.2022

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The term 'Asian American' has a radical history
"Asian American" is a term that is both ambitious and contentious, depending on who you ask... There are significant limitations to a single category that encompasses such a vast and diverse population. But despite its imperfect nature, scholars of Asian American history say that the term's origins suggest that it has immense potential, too.

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More people now incorrectly blame Asian Americans for Covid than at height of pandemic
A new report finds that the percentage of Americans who say Asian Americans are responsible for Covid-19 nearly doubled from 2021 to 2022.

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Horrified by the surge of anti-Asian violence, she's giving her community tools to protect themselves
Medical studnet Michelle Tran was horrified by the spike in anti-Asian violence and wanted to do something to help her community. She co-founded Soar Over Hate, a nonprofit that works to support and protect AAPI communities in New York and San Francisco.

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A Story of Succession on a New Jersey Farm, in 'Seasons'
Nevia No's mother, who emigrated from what is now North Korea, was embarrassed of her chosen profession as a farmer; in turn, Gabriella Canal and Michael Fearon's documentary about Bodhitree Farm focusses on Nevia’s desire to pass on her work to her own daughter.

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Some of the Most Influential Asian American Literature of All Time
"This post was originally going to be called 'The Most Influential Asian American Literature of All Time' but who on earth could write that post?"

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From ‘Turning Red’ to ‘Everything Everywhere,’ the Asian (North) American mom goes mainstream
Imperfect, complex Asian American moms are the center of many recent mainstream narratives.

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Wayne Wang Still Isn't Satisfied
On the 40th anniversary of his breakthrough drama, Chan Is Missing, director Wayne Wang says a new generation of Asian American filmmakers must make more challenging work.

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Memories of a Vibrant Moment in Asian American Cinema
"To understand our contemporary moment, we must look back at the 1980s and ’90s, when cultural media organizations and film festivals that supported Asian American filmmakers robustly programmed a diversity of aesthetic approaches."

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Young Hollywood Was Asian
The playboys, half-castes, outsiders, and sirens who made motion pictures.

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'Fresh Off the Boat' Was Just the Start
Though Fresh Off the Boat has ended, executive producers Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar are continuing to lead TV’s expansion in Asian American and Pacific Islander representation.


5.01.2022

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Column: What we got wrong about Black and Korean communities after the L.A. riots
"Korean immigrants left their homeland trying to achieve it, and many lost their belief in it after the riots. But was the American dream ever real if Black people never had equal access to it?"

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Op-Ed: For my Korean-Black family, the aftermath of the L.A. riots cut deep
Helena Ku Rhee remembers her cousin Louise and the rift that the L.A. uprisings caused within her family.

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Charges of racism and red-baiting in race for congressional seat created to elevate Asian Americans A new Southern California congressional district was created expressly to empower Asian Americans. But the race to represent the district has turned into a mud-slinging battle rife with accusations of racism, sexism and red-baiting between two Asian American candidates.

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Can Nail Techs Win Better Working Conditions?
They hope legislation will establish standards for safety and determine wages and benefits.

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I Made My Mom See "Everything Everywhere All At Once" And We Both Cried
After Scaachi Koul made her mom watch the film, she prodded her to discuss intergenerational trauma.

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The Guardian of Bruce Lee's Legacy
Jeff Chin has dedicated his life to promoting the martial arts legend’s philosophy of pride and self-love.

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What do Olivia Rodrigo, Saweetie, H.E.R., Bruno Mars, Elle King and Remy Martin have in common? Me.
"Filipino Americans are not easily categorized. But we still need to see our dreams being lived by people who share our heritage."

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How the AAPI Community Is Redefining the Humble Fortune Cookie Fortune cookie makers have turned the confection into a medium for social activism.


4.24.2022

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This movie's Asian American metaphor is a message to the not-so-United States
"Everything Everywhere All at Once is absurd, exhilarating, and enrapturing. And it's a startlingly perfect metaphor for this thing we call Asian America, a culture and identity."

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A Daring Dream and a Lifelong Love, Dashed in a Moment of Violence
GuiYing Ma built a modest life of service in New York until a shocking attack tore her from her devoted husband.

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'The fear is very real': how Asian Americans are fighting rising hate crime
As the fastest growing racial or ethnic group in the United States, Asian Americans are finally in a position to do more than stock up on pepper spray and hope for the best.

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"Multiple Things Can Be True": Understanding the Roots of Anti-Asian Violence
A conversation with public defender Jason Wu, who says if we do not learn from history, we risk misdiagnosing the problems -- and applying remedies that will continue to fail us.

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The art gallery where Christina Yuna Lee once worked honors her life and legacy
Christina Yuna Lee was brutally murdered two months ago. The art gallery she once worked at opened an exhibition in her memory.

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I'm Jeff Yang, not Jeff Chang! The everyday horror of having to say 'Sorry, wrong Asian'
Jeff Yang asks Asian Americans to share their funny-not-funny stories of being mistaken for other people.

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Asian Men Needed a Movie Like Everything Everywhere All at Once
It took a reality-transcending action dramedy to create more realistic representation.

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"Everything" star Stephanie Hsu on playing all-powerful: "We would just unleash ultimate chaos"
Stephanie Hsu, who plays both Joy and Jobu Tupaki in Everything Everywhere All at Once, talks about learning to punch Michelle Yeoh, and the wisdom of Jamie Lee Curtis and rocks.

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Ronny Chieng Will Use His Platform However He Sees Fit, Thank You
In conversation about his new Netflix special, The Daily Show tenure, and the current "moment" in Asian Hollywood, comedian Ronny Chieng reflects on his comedian duty toward provocation.


4.21.2022

They Call Us Bruce 158: They Call Us Marvelous and the Black Hole

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 writer/director Kate Tsang and actress Miya Cech to talk about their film Marvelous and the Black Hole. They discuss making a different kind of Asian American coming-of-age movie, working with the inimitable Rhea Perlman, and mastering the secrets of sleight of hand.

4.17.2022

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How 'Everything Everywhere All at Once' Helps to Heal Generational Trauma
The film Everything Everywhere All at Once addresses how the effects of trauma are passed down between generations -- especially for Asian American women -- and gives a glimpse on ways to heal.

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The Daniels on the ADHD theory of "Everything Everywhere All at Once," paper cuts and butts
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, aka Daniels -- the directing duo behind Everything Everywhere All at Once -- spoke to Salon about how their film embraces the profound and profane.

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So You Want To Teach Asian American History? These Educators Are Here To Help
Around the country, thousands of K-12 teachers are signing up for training on the struggles and contributions of Asians Americans.

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Traveling to a newly reopened Asia allowed me to be myself again
"After attacks and racism against Asian Americans like myself at home, I found relief on the other side of the world."

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Ali Wong announces divorce from her husband — but media got the #WrongAsian
The news of Ali Wong's divorce from her husband Justin Hakuta was somewhat overshadowed by the fact that news outlets ran incorrect photos -- of Randall Park -- with their reporting.

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Marvel turned Mandarin into 'gibberish.' Even one of its stars called it out
Viewers of Marvel's Moon Knight are calling out a scene in which a character purportedly speaks Mandarin, but apparently butchers the language into gibberish. Even Shang-Chi himself, Simu Liu, had words.

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You Can Finally Watch the Long-Lost Indie That Showed Denzel Washington at Peak Hotness
Mira Nair on directing the actor at his most romantic in Mississippi Masala.


4.15.2022

They Call Us Bruce 157: They Call Us Michelle Yeoh

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 the legendary, incomparable Michelle Yeoh, star of Everything Everywhere All at Once. She talks about being the center of the multiverse, embracing absurdity, and playing a role unlike anything she's done before: the fantastically mediocre Evelyn Wang.

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