5.19.2019

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Introducing the 'New Agents of Atlas'
Greg Pak's new Marvel Comics series The War of the Realms: New Agents of Atlas introduces an all-new Asian superhero squad featuring the likes of Luna Snow, Silk, Shang-Chi, Amadeus Cho, and more.

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Chinese Railroad Workers Were Almost Written Out of History. Now They're Getting Their Due.
It's been 150 years since two railroads were joined together to form the first Transcontinental Railroad. At a ceremony in Utah, Chinese railroad workers were recognized for the pivotal role they played in its construction.

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In Constance Wu, Asian Americans Finally Have a Diva to Call Our Own
At last, Asian America has an ambassador in the halls of divadom.

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Why The Asian American Food Movement Complicates What We Think About Authenticity
"But is it authentic?" On the fraught term and the way the Asian American food movement complicates it.

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The Colonial Roots of Cheese Pimiento
An illustrated story about a Filipina American discovering that her favorite snack has a bloody origin story.

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How Vietnamese Americans Took Over The Nails Business: A Documentary
If you've had a manicure lately, chances are you probably had it done at a nail salon run by people of Vietnamese heritage -- in nearly every city, state and strip mall across the United States. So how did Vietnamese entrepreneurs come to dominate the multi-billion dollar nail economy?

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California's future depends on Asian American philanthropy
In order to keep California communities and neighborhoods vibrant, Asian Americans must be meaningfully engaged and active contributors.

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How Venice Boulevard keeps South Asian culture alive in Los Angeles
About 12,000 South Asians live in the surrounding neighborhoods along Venice and Washington Boulevard near Culver City, California, and there are up to 40 South Asian-owned businesses in the area.

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'Origin Story' Filmmaker Kulap Vilaysack Brings Lao Culture to Hollywood Hills

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Nico Santos writes about his personal connection to the Superstore season 4 finale
In the season finale of Superstore, something happens that impacts Mateo's life in the United States -- something familiar to actor Nico Santos, who writes about the personal impact of the episode.

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APAHM - ARTIST INTERVIEW: CHARLYNE YI
Actor/writer/musician Charlyne Yi talks about her recent album release Open Your Heart.


5.17.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Shalini Shankar

"Basically, I want to know what it all means."



Greetings, good people of the internet. It is 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 Shalini Shankar.

5.16.2019

AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, May 18

On Vincent Chin's birthday, and everyday, stand up against bullying and hate.



Act To Change, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending bullying in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, is mobilizing the nation around the first-ever AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate, this Saturday, May 18 -- the birthday of Vincent Chin, who was beaten to death in a hate crime in 1982.

To declare this day, cities and other municipalities across the country have issued proclamations, resolutions, and commendations. Act To Change is also partnering with influencers, elected officials, and other nonprofit organizations to help spread the word on social media.

For further information, and to join the campaign, view the resources here.




Casting Call: Netflix is looking for Claudia Kishi

Upcoming 'Baby-Sitters Club' series seeks Japanese American actress to play fan-favorite character.



Calling Claudia Kishi! The upcoming Netflix series The Baby-Sitters Club, based on the popular book series, is searching for a young Japanese American actress to play fan favorite character Claudia Kishi.

They're currently holding auditions to find a 12-year-old Japanese American female to fill the series regular role of Claudia. According to the casting call, Claudia is "a bit of a dreamer with her head in the clouds, the result of which is that she's not the greatest student. She's ahead of the curve level cool and always arty, with a fashionable clothes, a friend and neighbor of Kristy and Mary Anne." That sounds like Claudia.

"Claudia went through a phase where she 'decided she'd rather look like a Barbie than play with one,'" the casting call continues. "Even her bedroom is a cool mess, filled with paintings collages and clippings, and everyone agrees it's the perfect place for the newly formed Baby-Sitters Club."

Architect I.M. Pei dies at 102

Former real estate developer became one of the most revered architects in the world.



I. M. Pei, the Chinese American architect who began his long career working for a New York real-estate developer and ended it as one of the most revered architects in the world, has died. He was 102.

His son Li Chung Pei said on Thursday that his father had died overnight.

Mr. Pei was probably best known for designing the East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington and the glass pyramid that serves as an entry for the Louvre in Paris.

More here: I.M. Pei, World-Renowned Architect, Is Dead at 102


Behold the full 'Always Be My Maybe' trailer. It is glorious.

Randall Park and Ali Wong star in the highly-anticipated Netflix romantic comedy.



Yes. Yesssssssss. We have a full trailer for Always Be My Maybe, the highly anticipated Netflix romantic comedy starring Ali Wong and Randall Park. And it is wonderful. It is beautiful. It is hilarious.

Wong and Park star as Sasha and Marcus, inseparable childhood friends. But when tragedy and hormones (and an awkward moment in the backseat of a Toyota Corolla) put a rift between them, they don't speak for 15 years. Reconnecting as adults, Sasha is now a celebrity chef opening a restaurant in San Francisco, while Marcus is a happily struggling musician still living at home and working for his dad. Though the two are reluctant to reconnect, they soon find the old sparks -- and maybe some new ones -- are there.

Check it out:

5.12.2019

Read These Blogs


Mother Tongue
"Growing up, I felt rejected by the language I was 'supposed' to know, so I rejected it back."

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Constance Wu Explains 'Fresh Off the Boat' Renewal Outburst: "I Had to Give Up Another Project"
It was a weird weekend.

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Remember the Chinese immigrants who built America's first transcontinental railroad
Friday marked the 150th anniversary of the completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad. Chinese immigrants contributed mightily to this feat, but the historical accounts that followed often marginalized their role.

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Here's What Happened When My Mom Hid Her Cancer Diagnosis From Her Family
As Traci G. Lee watched Lulu Wang's The Farewell, she was reminded of how her own mother kept her cancer diagnosis a secret from everyone else.

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My Immigrant Mom Hates When I Spend Money on Her. I Do It Anyway.
For many children of immigrants, finding the perfect gift Mother's Day can be a difficult task.

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Nothing Unites Southeast Asians Faster Than Seeing a White Man Insult Their Food
People are understandably riled up after a viral tweet ranked Filipino food "worst" in the region.

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W. Kamau Bell: Hmong-Americans redefined patriotism before my eyes
"We can learn that immigrant, refugee and patriot don't always mean what you think. And maybe we can finally learn that when the United States intervenes around the world, real people get caught up and face real consequences."

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'I see any dinosaur, I buy it': at home with the embattled owner of the Flintstone house
Florence Fang's colorful home is a landmark for many in California's Bay Area. But the town of Hillsborough is suing her, declaring the property a 'public nuisance'

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'They Don't Know Me': The Joy Luck Club's Tsai Chin Looks Back on Her 6-Decade Career
The legendary Tsai Chin talks about being mistaken for a stereotypically subservient woman early in her career, turning down Japanese-speaking roles, why she cherishes her freedom and independence, and how she feels about "The Blonde Fatso" in the White House.

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'Origin Story' Director Kulap Vilaysack Talks Uncovering Hard Truths, Asian Family Dynamics And Complexities Of Cultural Identity
An argument between a teenage Kulap Vilaysack and her mother led to a discovery of a family secret led to uncovering more truths of her entangled family tree. Vilaysak's Origin Story documents this journey of discovery.

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Maya Erskine Is About to Be Hollywood's Biggest Comedy Star
How Maya Erskine survived Gwyneth Paltrow's middle school, Amsterdam diarrhea, and Anthony Scaramucci on her way to Hollywood stardom with 'PEN15' and the new rom-com 'Plus One.'


5.10.2019

'Fresh Off The Boat' renewed for Season 6

The Asian American family comedy will return to ABC for a historic sixth season.



The Huangs will be back! Season 6! ABC has renewed Fresh Off The Boat for the 2019-20 season.

Inspired by the best-selling memoir of food personality and provocateur Eddie Huang, the family comedy follows the adventures of the Huangs, a Taiwanese American family getting their immigrant hustle on in 1990s suburban Orlando, in pursuit of the American dream.

The single-camera comedy, executive produced by Nahnatchka Khan and Melvin Mar, stars Randall Park, Constance Wu, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucile Soong, Chelsea Crisp and Ray Wise.

Angry Reader of the Week: Yen Ling Shek

"Our struggles are interconnected, which means our liberation is also interconnected."



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 Yen Ling Shek.

Dustin Nguyen promoted to series regular on 'Warrior'

Chen Tang, Celine Buckens, Miranda Raison and Maria Elena Laas join season two of Cinemax action drama.



Warrior, the Cinemax action drama from Justin Lin and Banshee co-creator Jonathan Tropper, is adding new cast members for its second season. Dustin Nguyen, who recurs as Zing in season one, has been promoted to series regular, and will also direct the sixth episode of season two. In addition, Chen Tang (Bosch), Celine Buckens (Free Rein) and Miranda Raison (Dark Heart) have joined the series regular cast, and Maria Elena Laas (Vida) will recur.

More here: 'Warrior' Casts Four For Season 2 Of Cinemax Drama Series; Promotes Dustin Nguyen To Regular

Surveillance video released in convenience store shooting

44-year-old Gurpreet Singh was working behind the counter when he was fatally shot.



In Southern California, homicide investigators have released surveillance video footage of the suspect sought in the fatal shooting of a clerk at a convenience store during a possible attempted robbery.

Video Released in Search for Gunman Who Shot, Killed Liquor Store Clerk in Downey

44-year-old Gurpreet Singh was working behind the counter at ASL Liquor and Market in Downey on Tuesday night when a man entered the store and shot him with a silver handgun. Singh died at the scene. It's unclear whether the shooter had gone to the store with the intention of robbing it.

Authorities released ten seconds of the store's surveillance footage. One shot shows the suspect entering the store wearing glasses, jeans, black gloves and a black jacket. Another shot shows the man with a gun raised at Singh. The next shot shows the gunman backing away and running from the shop with the gun still in hand.

5.09.2019

Stop the Deportation of Cambodian Refugees

Stand with Southeast Asian mothers and join the social media action on May 10.



Cambodian American community members are facing imminent deportation in the next months. A majority of those facing deportation are children of refugees whose families survived and fled the genocide in Cambodia. This is part of an ongoing attack by the Trump administration, with a record year of 100 Cambodian community members deported in 2018, and plans to 200 Cambodian Americans each year over the next several years.

Mothers, and women overall, have led incredible efforts and continue to be at the front lines fighting to reunite with their loved ones separated by ICE. You're invited to join a social media action on the Friday before Mother's Day -- May 10 from 11 am - 2 pm PST -- to stand with Southeast Asian mothers and urge California Governor Gavin Newsom to stop the deportations and #PardonRefugees.

Here's the basic information:

5.08.2019

'Birds of Prey' director Cathy Yan to adapt 'Sour Hearts'

Based on the short story collection by Jenny Zhang.



Hot on the heels of helming the upcoming DC movie Birds of Prey, director Cathy Yan has found her next project: A24's Sour Hearts, based on the debut short story collection by Jenny Zhang.

The movie unfolds from the perspective of a girl growing up in the outer boroughs of New York in the 1990s. With parents newly arrived from Shanghai, the family works through the unique trials of ascending to the middle class. A coming-of-age tale told with insight and humor, the story offers a sweeping perspective on the humility and heartache of the immigrant experience, as told from the point of view of children and parents.

Zhang and Yan will co-write the script.

More here: 'Birds of Prey' Director Cathy Yan Finds Next Film

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