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

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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

5.07.2019

See a different side of Awkwafina in 'The Farewell'

Writer/director Lulu Wang's moving family dramedy is "based on an actual lie."



Rapper and actress Awkwafina, aka Nora Lum, made a name for herself with funny-ass rhymes and scene-stealing performances in last summer's Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Now she's ready to make you cry.

Like, a lot.

In The Farewell, Awkwafina plays Billi, a New Yorker who travels back to China when she learns that her grandmother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. The problem: grandma has no idea that she's dying. Her family has decided not to tell her, fearing that the knowledge would accelerate her health's decline. (It's a Chinese thing.) Instead, under the guise of a cousin's wedding, the family gathers to say their final goodbye.

Here's the newly released trailer:

Dreams diverge in So Yun Um's 'Liquor Store Babies'

Short documentary explores the lives and dreams of two liquor store owners and their children.



So Yun Um's personal short documentary Liquor Store Babies explores the intersecting lives of two friends and their fathers, each of whom own liquor stores, amidst the unpredictable backdrop of Los Angeles.

The five-minute documentary draws from the director's true-life experience, contrasting two sides of the same coin. As the lives of So, her friend Danny, and their Korean American parents begin to diverge, their differences only work to strengthen their bonds. Liquor Store Babies is a candid and real look at how the lives and dreams of liquor store owners and their children are cyclical and ever connected to one another.

Produced through Visual Communications' 2018 Armed with a Camera program, Liquor Store Babies premiered at the 2018 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and subsequently screened at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, San Diego Asian American Film Festival and more.

We're pleased to present the online premiere of Liquor Store Babies.

5.05.2019

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Write Our Stories
This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NBC News is highlighting some of the efforts by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to write their stories back into history.

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Co-workers keep mixing up people of color in the office. It’s more than a mistake.
When people can’t tell their co-workers of color apart, it's a constant reminder that you're an outsider.

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She’s Asian and female. But she’s not me.
"If you just cringed, chuckled or rolled your eyes, I’ve been there. These instances are rarely intentional, and can be more embarrassing for the person who made the error than for me. Sometimes it’s genuinely funny. Other times, it’s just awkward. It took me years to realize that it also stings."

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How Chinese American Women Changed U.S. Labor History
Women workers and organizers remember staging the massive 1982 Garment Strike in Chinatown

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If ABC Cancels Fresh Off the Boat, It Cancels the Most Adorable Show on TV
Fresh Off the Boat is the most adorable show on television -- "the rare sitcom that manages to be cute without ever turning cloying." The show awaits word from ABC about a sixth season.

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13 Asian American & Pacific Islander Authors On The First Time They Saw Themselves In A Book
13 Asian American and Pacific Islander authors talk about the first time they saw themselves in a book.

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What It’s Like To Be Asian In A TV Writers Room
To celebrate the Asian writers behind some of your favorite television shows, Bustle spoke to a handful of gamechangers rewriting the script in Hollywood right now.

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'Warrior': Inside the Episode That Pits Kung-Fu Fighters Against Gunslinging Outlaws
Director Kevin Tancharoen and writer Kenneth Lin discuss fight logistics, representation, and identity in the latest groundbreaking episode of Cinemax's action drama Warrior.

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Meet Marvel's Secret Weapon: 'Avengers: Endgame' Executive Producer Trinh Tran
As an executive producer on The Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Marvel's Trinh Tran knows a thing or two about wrangling superheroes, on and off screen.

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Ming-Na Wen, Nancy Kwan Talk Hollywood's New "Awareness" on Diversity: "It's Opening Up"
Reuniting for the first time in 18 years, the former ER co-stars discuss their mother-daughter dynamic and Kwan's "amazing connection" to Crazy Rich Asians and each major studio film with an all-Asian cast.


5.03.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Vinny Chhibber

"Actor, storyteller, creative activist and avid FC Barcelona fan."



Greetings, good people of the internet! 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 Vinny Chhibber.

5.01.2019

Google Doodle celebrates artist Ruth Asawa

Acclaimed Japanese American artist was known intricate wire sculptures and works on paper.



As you you may know, May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To kick off the celebration, Google dedicated its iconic home page Doodle on Wednesday to Ruth Asawa, a Japanese American artist who overcame discrimination during World War II to become a nationally renowned sculptor of wire forms and an arts educator who believed "art will make people better."

More here: May 1, 2019: Celebrating Ruth Asawa


Asians on TV: Do Networks Make the Grade?

Asian Pacific American Media Coalition releases annual diversity Report Card; Fox gets an "F."



Every year, the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) issues "report cards" to the top four television networks grading their progress toward diversity and inclusion of Asian Americans on the air and behind the scenes. This year's report card, evaluating the past 2017-18 season, gives ABC high marks, while Fox gets a failing grade of "F." And you know when it comes to grades, Asians are not messing around.

Since APAMC began meeting with the networks in 1999 to advocate for greater diversity and inclusion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there have been gradual (though inconsistent) increases in the number of Asian Americans represented in the categories of Actors (regular and recurring roles in prime time), Unscripted (host/judges and contestants), Writers/Producers, Directors, and Program Development.

This year, they've added a separate grade for each network on its Diversity Department's Relationship with the APAMC, which previously had been included within the "Commitment to Diversity" category. This takes into account the APAMC's dealings with each network's Diversity department as well as the timeliness and quality of data the network provides. I guess you don't add a category like this if your dealings are going particularly well.

Here's the report card for the four networks:

Who are the Most Influential AAPIs of 2019?

Gold House's A100 List honors the most impactful Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders in culture.



In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, Gold House has announced its second annual A100 List honoring the most influential Asians and Asian American & Pacific Islanders in American culture.

The 2019 List honors 100 of "the most esteemed and impactful Asians in media and entertainment, fashion and lifestyle, technology, business, and social activism and politics from the past year," according to Gold House's press release. "These trailblazers are illuminating the path to a future of more inclusion and diverse impact in high positions across various professional sectors."

This year's honorees include creative voices and athletes such as Awkwafina, BTS, Darren Criss, Hasan Minhaj, Marie Kondo, Jon M. Chu, Naomi Osaka, and Sandra Oh; founders and entrepreneurs such as Rise CEO & Founder Amanda Nguyen, chef David Chang and Twitch Co-Founder Kevin Lin; and leaders such as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen, and Allure Editor-in-Chief Michelle Lee.

Additionally, for the first time, Gold House is launching the A1, a vote among the A100 for the single most impactful Asian in culture from the last year. Votes may be submitted at goldhouse.org/a1 until May 15; the A1 will be announced at the end of May.

Here's the list of this year's honorees:

4.30.2019

Toro y Moi performs at NPR's Tiny Desk

Artist offers four stripped down tracks from 'Outer Peace.'



Chaz Bear, who performs as Toro y Moi, is the latest artist to drop by and perform for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, treating fans to four stripped down tracks from his acclaimed record Outer Peace. Peeling away the heavy auto-tune and electronic effects of the record, Toro y Moi offers acoustic versions of "Laws of the Universe,' "New House," "Freelance" and "Ordinary Pleasure."

Check it out:

Netflix teams with Jon M. Chu for Thai cave rescue project

Jon M. Chu and Nattawut "Baz" Poonpiriya will direct the story of the 2018 Thai soccer team cave rescue.



Netflix is teaming up with SK Global Entertainment and directors Jon M. Chu and Nattawut "Baz" Poonpiriya to tell the story of last year's dramatic rescue of a boys' soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand.

Netflix & ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Team Pact For Thai Cave Story

The project will tell the true story of how twelve boys and their soccer coach were rescued after being trapped for two weeks inside of the flooded Tham Luang caves near Chiang Mai, Thailand during the summer of 2018.

The project's format is unclear, but The Hollywood Reporter indicates that it's expected to be a miniseries.

4.28.2019

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Ali Wong, Comedy’s Reigning Queen Mom
The comedian burst onto the scene with two Netflix specials that mined pregnancy and motherhood for hilarity. As her new film, Always Be My Maybe, ups the ante, Ali Wong contends with her growing fame, touring with kids in tow, and more.

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John Cho on Heritage, Hashtags and Hollywood's Surprises
John Cho talks about narrating the PBS documentary Korea: The Never-Ending War, his role on The Twilight Zone, how Cowboy Bebop casting broke the internet, and the possibility of another Harold and Kumar movie.

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When Did Asian Food Become Dirty?
"Asian Americans are right to object to the weaponizing of the word "clean" as a way to suggest that Asian food is only safe when white people are in charge."

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The Next Mayor of Boston?
Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu has emerged as one of the city's most effective politicians.

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California's Lost (and Found) Punjabi-Mexican Cuisine
Rasul's El Ranchero restaurant in Yuba City, California created a roti quesadilla for a very specific community -- a half-century before Indian fusion food became trendy.

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How chef Helene An brought Vietnamese cuisine to the U.S.
The Smithsonian recently announced it will honor chef Helene An and her family with a Pioneer Award in Culinary Arts, recognizing her as "the mother of fusion cuisine" and "the first to introduce Vietnamese cuisine to mainstream America, changing American palates forever."

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Actress Leyna Bloom Is Gonna Make Trans, Black, And Asian History At The Cannes Film Festival
Model and actress Leyna Bloom is the first transgender woman of color to lead a film at Cannes.

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The Story of Our Lives Do Not Have Faces: Sally Wen Mao Interviewed by Anne Anlin Cheng
The poet on her new collection and how a person lost to history can survive in the imaginary possibilities of art.

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Ali Wong and Randall Park talk Always Be My Maybe, D'Angelo, and romance
Ali Wong and Randall Park, stars of the upcoming Always Be My Maybe, talk about their rom-com favorites and a scene in the film that features an assist from an R&B star.

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Amy Tan looks back on The Joy Luck Club -- and ahead to a post-Crazy Rich Asians Hollywood
The bestselling book The Joy Luck Club celebrates its 30th anniversary with a special edition of the novel, which includes a new preface by author Amy Tan.


4.14.2019

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing
World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, on Saturday. The "Day of Action" featured performances in both cities to celebrate the relationship between the two communities.

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Why That Video of Hasan Minhaj Teaching Ellen to Say His Name Went So Viral
Last week, Patriot Act host Hasan Minhaj talked to Ellen about the pronunciation of his name. This moment was important for many people of color who have non-Western or non-"American" names.

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New NYC Chinese Restaurant Draws Swift Backlash to Racist Language
The newly opened white-owed Greenwich Village restaurant Lucky Lee's has gone viral for all the wrong reasons after claiming to serve "clean" Chinese dishes for "people who love to eat Chinese food and love the benefit that it will actually make them feel good."

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How Lucky Lee’s Could Have Gotten an 'American Chinese' Restaurant Right
Lucky Lee's is cultural appropriation at its most obvious -- but it didn't have to be.

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Fancy Chinese food is here to stay — and it's about time
Asian American chefs in California today are challenging long-standing ideas about how the foods they grew up eating should look and taste -- and how they should be valued.

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Bok Choy Isn't 'Exotic'
A young generation of Asian American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables -- and their culinary heritage.

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Sahra Nguyen Wants to Change the Trajectory of Vietnamese Coffee
Sahra Nguyen wanted to show people there was more to Vietnam that instant coffee, and so she launched Nguyen Coffee Supply, a company that sources beans directly from Vietnam.

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Doctor dragged off United Airlines flight after watching viral video of himself: 'I just cried'
The Kentucky doctor seen in a viral video being forcibly removed off an United Airlines flight has spoken publicly for the first time since the 2017 incident. He says he doesn't regret standing his ground.

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Kamala Harris Takes Her Shot
No other 2020 election matchup would be as riveting -- or as revealing -- as Kamala Harris versus Donald Trump. But first she has to get through the primaries.

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How a mobile game is reopening a hidden chapter in Taiwan's history
The video game Unforgivable examines Taiwan's White Terror through a ludonarrative lens.

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Susan Choi Complicates the Plot
How rage and the Access Hollywood tape inspired this spring’s most inventive and polarizing novel.

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Daniel Dae Kim Wants to Stop Talking About Diversity—but Not Yet
From his years delivering the goods on shows like Lost and Hawaii Five-0 to a role in the new Hellboy, Daniel Dae Kim is one of Hollywood's most reliable players.

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The significance of John Cho starring in Netflix's live-action adaptation of 'Cowboy Bebop'
Netflix recently announced that John Cho is taking on a lead role in the live-action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop -- an important step for Asian American representation in film.


4.12.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 64: They Call Us Warrior

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, we offer our impressions, praises and critiques of Cinemax's Warrior, the new western/eastern action drama inspired by the writings of Bruce Lee. (Spoiler alert: we really like it.)

He watched all 67 episodes of 'Game of Thrones' in one sitting

"I've never felt more accomplished and more worthless at the same time."



If you're a Game of Thrones fan, you're counting down the hours to this weekend's upcoming premiere of the hit fantasy drama's eighth and final season. If you're a relatively new fan, it's been nearly two years since the season seven finale, so you've had some time to get caught up.

Or you could just binge all 67 episodes of the show in one sitting.

Having never seen the show, Lawrence Dai, a writer for Late Night With James Corden, got locked in a room and sat down to watch the entire run of Game of Thrones so far -- 67 hours -- over the course one bleary-eyed weekend, and filmed it for the show. From Ned Stark's death, to the Red Wedding, to Jon Snow's death, to the mysterious appearance of Ed Sheeran, watch Lawrence suffer all the blows dealt to the Seven Kingdoms.

Coffee shop owner killed in massive explosion

Donate to support the family of Kong Lee.



Some tragic news out of North Carolina, with a family that could use your help... This week, a 61-year-old man was killed in a massive explosion caused by a gas leak in downtown Durham.

Emergency responders were evacuating people in Durham, N.C., when a gas explosion killed 1

Kong Lee, owner of the Kaffeinate coffee shop, was killed Wednesday morning when contractor boring under the sidewalk hit a 2-inch gas line, causing the explosion. Lee was inside the building when it collapsed.

Minutes prior to the explosion, Lee had called his children to let them know he was closing up the shop.

4.07.2019

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Stories of transracial adoptees must be heard – even uncomfortable ones
"My esteem for my white family, the strength of my connection to them, is what makes me feel safe, relatable, approachable to some. This, it turns out, is the price of admission, the prerequisite for whatever authority they are willing to grant me when it comes to talking about my own experience."

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Chinese immigrants helped build California, but they've been written out of its history
Chinese workers were indispensable in California's development history, but they have been accorded no voice.

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Thrilling Developments from the 2019 American Copy Editors Society Conference
It's official: you can drop the hyphen in "Asian-American."

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Sarah Jeong Is Watching the Web From Portland. She Sees a Pile of Garbage.
An interview with journalist Sarah Jeong, who looks at how the internet got to the trashy, scammy place it is today (and how she herself has dealt with the garbage).

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We Visited The Set Of 'Fresh Off The Boat' — The First Asian American Sitcom To Hit 100 Episodes
A visit to the set of Fresh Off The Boat, reflecting on the show's historic 100th episode.

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'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator on Breaking Diversity Rules on Broadcast TV: "Everything Has Changed"
As her groundbreaking sitcom hits 100 episodes, producer Nahnatchka  Khan talks about TV's history of avoiding topical comedy and telling immigrant stories amid Trump's demand for a border wall.

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Fresh Off the Boat has changed history. I couldn't be a prouder dad
With Fresh Off the Boat hitting 100 episodes, Jeff Yang thinks back on the journey he and his son Hudson, who plays Eddie, that got them to this point.

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Shang-Chi: 8 Reasons Why It's So Important for Asian Representation in Cinema
Marvel's upcoming Shang-Chi is the opportunity to reverse Hollywood's terrible trend of whitewashing, as well as an opportunity to tap into and continue the success of Crazy Rich Asians.

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How casting across racial lines exposes Hollywood's power imbalance
As Mary Queen of Scots and Hellboy have shown, colourblind casting and whitewashing are part of the same, complex argument.

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Mira Jacob Still Believes America's Changing for the Better
Mira Jacob talks with Rebecca Carroll about her second book Good Talk and not having to feel "guilty for somebody else's tremendous shortcomings."


4.05.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Jason Tobin

"I told my parents that I wanted to be the Bruce Lee of acting."


Photo Credit: Faye Thomas

Hey, everybody! Here we are again. 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 Jason Tobin.

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 63: They Call Us Shannon Lee

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, we welcome Shannon Lee, CEO of Bruce Lee Family Companies and the daughter of our show's namesake, Bruce Lee. She talks about her father's incredible legacy and the original vision that became the basis for the new Cinemax action series Warrior.

Still 'Fresh' at 100

'Fresh Off The Boat' celebrates its landmark 100th episode.



My, how far we've come. Tonight marks the landmark 100th episode of ABC's Fresh Off The Boat, starring your favorite prime time network sitcom family. You never thought the Huangs would take it this far.

Now in its groundbreaking fifth season, Fresh Off The Boat follows the continuing misadventures of the Huangs -- Jessica and Louis, their sons Eddie, Emery and Evan, and Grandma -- as they pursue the American dream in 1990s suburban Orlando. The series, based on the memoir by Eddie Huang, stars Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, Lucille Soong, Chelsey Crisp and Ray Wise.

Need to catch up? Here's a ridiculously fast recap of every single episode that got us here:

4.04.2019

You could save this boy's life

7-year-old Ryan is in need of a bone marrow donor.



7-year-old Vietnamese American leukemia patient Ryan Jacoby is in desperate need of a bone marrow donor. He has beat leukemia before -- his brother was a match -- but unfortunately his cancer recently returned.

7-Year-Old Cancer Patient Seeks Compatible Bone Marrow Donor

You may know that it's often difficult to find bone marrow matches for patients of Asian descent, because Asian Americans are poorly represented in the bone marrow donor registry. Frankly, we're terrible at this.

What makes finding a match for Ryan particularly challenging is that he's of Vietnamese and Caucasian descent. Bone marrow matches on the registry are even lower for mixed race patients.

John Cho to star in live-action 'Cowboy Bebop' series

Cho leads a diverse cast in Netflix's remake of the iconic anime series.



John Cho will star in as Spike Spiegel in the live action adaptation of the classic Japanese animated space western Cowboy Bebop, arguably the coolest damn show ever made. And now actually #StarringJohnCho.

'Cowboy Bebop': John Cho, Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda & Alex Hassell To Star In Netflix Series

Cowboy Bebop is "the jazz-inspired, genre-bending story of a rag-tag crew of bounty hunters on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system's most dangerous criminals," aboard their spaceship, the Bebop.

3.31.2019

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What I Learned About Racism as the Only Chinese Person at a 'Chinese' Festival
This one is a doozy. Every year, 20,000 people come together to wear eyeliner and shout "Ni hao" at each other at a Chinese festival in the Bavarian town of Dietfurt.

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I’m A Filipina USC Graduate — Stop Associating Students of Color with the College Bribery Scam
"My admission was the only free thing about my education. I didn't have to pay to be seen as good enough. Nobody can take my education from me, but every time someone berates, jests, or teases about if I even deserve it -- they are stripping it of its struggle and value, which may well be the same thing."

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As ICE cracks down on Cambodian communities, a mother says goodbye to her son
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is targeting long-time residents with criminal convictions, most of whom have lived in the US since fleeing the Cambodian genocide as children.

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Queer Eye's Tan France: 'The word gay was never mentioned in my parents' home'
As Netflix's smash hit Queer Eye returns, the Fab Five's style guru reflects on growing up gay in Yorkshire, marrying a former Mormon and his own Muslim faith.

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'Poor Yella Rednecks': Kung fu, F-bombs and the immigrant superheroes of playwright Qui Nguyen
Qui Nguyen's Poor Yella Rednecks picks up where his 2015 play, Vietgone, left off -- as his Vietnamese parents cope with the challenges of marriage and moving to a new country.

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How Hulu's Series 'PEN15' Refreshingly Flips The Script On Asian Moms
As the Hulu comedy PEN15 illustrates, there's more than meets the eye with Asian tiger parents.


3.29.2019

Angry Reader of the Week: Tim Chiou

"I try to do more loving than hating, but there are plenty of things that make me angry."



What's up, internet. You know what time it is. 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 Tim Chiou.

3.25.2019

Nathan Chen wins World Figure Skating Championships

19-year-old skater defends title with flawless free skate.



Nathan Chen does it again. On Saturday, the 19-year-old skater performed a flawless free skate to successfully defend his title and win the gold medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

Chen, who was first after the short program, made no mistakes and landed four quadruple jumps to set a record score in the free skate with 216.02 points, finishing with a total of 323.42.

Chen, the U.S. national champion, opened his program with a quad Lutz and followed with a quad flip. He then added two quad toe loops, one in combination, to solidify his lead.

"I'm proud of myself for being able to put out two good programs, the short and the long," Chen told AP. "Ultimately, I'm just happy with how this event went and I hope to have more experiences like this."

More here: Chen defends title in men's free skate at worlds


3.24.2019

Read These Blogs


Stop Calling Asian Women Adorable
When novelist R.O. Kwon is at work, she wants to talk about work. Not her hair or skin.

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The Forgotten Minorities of Higher Education
The importance of affirmative action for Asian Americans who don't fit the model minority stereotype.

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I'm an Asian American graduate of Brooklyn Tech. Don't use me as a wedge in your education lawsuit.
Jason Wu, a lawyer and graduate of New York City's public school system, refuses to allow Asian Americans to be used as a wedge in the debate surrounding the admissions process for the city's specialized high schools.

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Looking for a Reflection as the Only Asian Actor in a Production of 'Mulan'
Philippe Thao recalls the experience of being the only Asian actor in a production of Mulan: “I felt humiliated singing a song about honor when I could only feel shame. As I stood in yellowface, I had finally fulfilled my quest to become white."

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In Little Saigon, this newspaper has been giving a community a voice for 40 years
In 1978, Yen Ngoc Do founded Nguoi Viet Daily News, a publication that helped to connect Vietnamese Americans with each other and the world.

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He Built Koreatown: Hi Duk Lee, First Korean Business Owner at Olympic and Normandie, Dies at 79
When Hi Duk Lee arrived in Los Angeles, he used his savings to open a Korean market on Olympic and Normandie, and helped to found L.A.'s famous Koreatown.

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The Student Strike That Changed Higher Ed Forever
50 years ago, the longest student strike in U.S. history took place at San Francisco State College, resulting in the establishment of Ethnic Studies.

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What My Immigrant Family Taught Me About Money
"Get That Money" is The Cut's column about the many ways we think about our finances. This week, Karissa Chen thinks about the ways her immigrant family taught her about hoarding and spending money.

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Gemma Chan Wants to End Whitewashing — In Hollywood and in History Books
With a law degree from Oxford and a license to kill in Captain Marvel, Gemma Chan has the world by the tail.

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The Big, Queer Universe of Gregg Araki
Cult filmmaker Gregg Araki on his new Starz series Now Apocalypse, writing through the AIDS crisis and Trump era, and gay-baiting on Riverdale.

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This Designer Is Using Streetwear to Get People Hyped About Laotian Food
Salong Namsa's new brand Laos Supply strikes a chord with Laotian youth who want to rep their culture and cuisine through clothes.

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The OA's Ian Alexander Explains Why Hollywood Has No Excuse Not to Cast Trans Actors
"I want to see trans people every day in the film industry. Behind the camera, in front of it, in the writers' room — everywhere, because trans people are everywhere."


3.22.2019

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 62: They Call Us MasterChef

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 SXSW, we welcome MasterChef Season 9 contestants Ashley Mincey and Farhan Momin to chat about cooking, family, culture, authenticity and "ethnic food." Special thanks to Lisa Lee of DoorDash, for putting it all together, and Torchy's Tacos, for filling our bellies.

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