10.18.2020

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People Are Sharing The Meaning Behind Their Names After A Senator Mocked Kamala Harris's Name
"Learn how to say peoples' names correctly. It's part of their identity and doing so is a basic form of respect."

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I Went to a 'Filipinos for Trump' Rally. Here's What I Found
"The organizer wasn't what I expected: He grew up like me, but our politics couldn't be more different."

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Among Vietnamese American voters, the Trump-Biden presidential race inflames old wounds
The presidential election shows a widening divide within the Vietnamese American community -- a divide that finds itself rooted in the same old wounds.

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My arrest after protesting ICE was an attempt to silence Asian Americans and immigrants
Last week, the Philadelphia Police Department arrested community leader and activist Nancy Nguyen on bogus charges in an attempt to intimidate her and protestors who have been vocal about Tony Pham, the new director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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A Korean Store Owner. A Black Employee. A Tense Neighborhood.
At a Chicago beauty supply shop, one American dream has come true. Another is still waiting for its chance.

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Don't Grieve Alone. Reach Out.
"For many of us, finding emotional support often means turning to long-established networks already built for distance. We may be weary or fearful now, freshly cut off from familiar routines and many forms of in-person support, but there’s still reassurance and solace to be found in distanced fellowship."

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Going Sohla
After leaving Bon Appétit, where she had to play sidekick to less experienced chefs, Sohla El-Waylly now has her own show -- where she's paid fairly for her fantastic creations.

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Escaping Loneliness: An Interview with Adrian Tomine
Viet Thanh Nguyen interviews cartoonist Adrian Tomine.

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Jimmy O. Yang's Week: Watching Rom-Coms as ‘Homework'
Comedian Jimmy O. Yang is entering new territory as the romantic lead in the new Netflix comedy Love Hard. So he watched Notting Hill and The Kissing Booth 2 to prepare.

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Artificial Interview: Tiffany Chu on Twitch Interactive Sci-Fi Series
Tiffany Chu plays an AI in Artificial, Twitch's interactive sci-fi webseries. Audience members can vote and ask questions to influence the course of the story.

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Rahul Kohli Just Wants to Be a Bad Boy
The Haunting of Bly Manor star is much too nice for that though.


10.15.2020

They Call Us Bruce 112: They Call Us Yellow Rose

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 hos 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 filmmaker Diane Paragas, writer/director of the new movie Yellow Rose. She talks about the long journey to bring her Filipino American story to the screen, how she cast the film's incredible star Eva Noblezada, and why country music is so cinematic.

10.13.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - 08: Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 8, I talk to Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt. They served as writers on the first three seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, and are currently co-executive producers of the upcoming spinoff Section 31. They discuss having to juggle the many storytelling mandates and creative challenges of launching a show like Discovery. The discuss geeking out over Michelle Yeoh. They absolutely do not discuss Section 31.

10.11.2020

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When Trump gets coronavirus, Chinese Americans pay a price
After Trump's diagnosis, researchers found a spike in hostile comments targeting Asian Americans and China.

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As Trump Blames 'The Chinese Virus,' These Asian American Women Won't Stand For The Racism
A racist incident brought them together. Now Hong Lee and Esther Lim are both speaking out.

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Turns Out Immigrant Parents Were Right About Everything
"All of this has been a reminder that many of our parents lived through war, dislocation, and refugeeism, through famine and natural disaster -- and in the process, like Liam Neeson in Taken, gained "a very particular set of skills," acquired over a lifetime of hardship."

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A Look At Chinatown's Most Stylish Seniors
Andria Lo and Valerie Luu went around various Chinatowns to photograph local Asian American residents and shoppers in all their resplendent glory, which eventually became their new book Chinatown Pretty. As they write in the book's intro, "These Chinatown fashion icons share some of the same aesthetic sensibilities as hipster bloggers -- except they’re eighty years old!"

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Director Alice Wu: Bring Back the Days of the Coming Out Letter
To celebrate this weekend's National Coming Out Day, Alice Wu, the director of Saving Face and The Half of It, recalls her own memorable story, which involved "literally sitting in my closet, coming out of the closet."

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Joel Kim Booster On Religion, Identity, and Coming Out
In honor of Coming Out Day, NPR talks to standup comedian Joel Kim Booster about his experience coming out to his evangelical white Christian family.

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The Meaning of Chuseok During a Pandemic Year
Chuseok, celebrated in the fall, is often described as the Korean Thanksgiving. During the pandemic, the whole world has been considering what the Korean holiday means -- whether they realize it or not.

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Erik Spoelstra and the lack of Asian coaches in the NBA
Asian American coaches in pro hoops often wonder where they belong in the conversation.

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As Casts Become More Diverse, Hollywood's Makeup Artists Needs to Become More Inclusive As Well
Being adept at applying makeup to a diverse Hollywood cast is an issue more artists of color are opening up about -- while pointing to the lack of inclusion behind the scenes.

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How Mira Nair Inspired ‘Yellow Rose’ Director Diane Paragas to Keep Going
It took filmmaker Diane Paragas 15 years to bring Yellow Rose to the big screen. She kept hearing that no one wanted to see a story about a Filipino immigrant growing up in Texas. She talks about the journey, her casting and why she chose country music as her genre.

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Shannon Lee learned to fight—and so much more—from her father Bruce Lee's teachings
Shannon Lee talks about the lessons we can all take from Bruce Lee's life, the importance of telling our own stories, and how working on her book Be Water, My Friend brought her closer to her father.

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In 'Be Water, My Friend,' Bruce Lee's Daughter Tells Her Father's Story
Bruce Lee told dad jokes.

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Warrior's star isn't the next Bruce Lee, he's the first Andrew Koji
An interview with Andrew Koji, star of Cinemax's action series Warrior, now in its second season.

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'Monsterland' Star Trieu Tran on Being the Rare Asian American Leading Man
When Trieu Tran auditioned for Hulu's horror anthology series Monsterland, he didn't anticipate being a lead or that his character's life would, in some ways, mirror so much of his own.


10.09.2020

They Call Us Bruce 111: They Call Us We Bare Bears

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 hos 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 Daniel Chong, creator of the hit animated series We Bare Bears. We discuss the beginnings and the bittersweet end of the show, the timely real-world issues in We Bare Bears: The Movie, and how a cartoon about a trio of bear brothers can inspire empathy and understanding in these dark times.

10.08.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 07: Keone Young

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 7, I talk to Keone Young. He guest starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Benjamin Sisko's favorite baseball player Buck Bokai, in the season one episode "If Wishes Were Horses." He also appeared in Star Trek: Enterprise as Mr. Sato, the father of Hoshi Sato, in the second season episode "Vanishing Point." Outside of Star Trek, he's a veteran performer with decades of film and TV credits, including the voice of Storm Shadow on G.I. Joe and one very special episode of Diff'rent Strokes.

10.04.2020

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Asian Americans most likely to live in multigenerational homes. How Covid has taken a toll
Social distancing can be had for people living in crowded quarters, but this is how many Asian Americans live.

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Redefining the Korean experience
Six people with Korean roots talk how they've come to -- or are still learning to -- understand their heritage.

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The profound comfort of kimchi
"The timeline of kimchi is marked by pain and prosperity -- the story of the Korean peninsula and its people. For kin carried away by diasporic waves, kimchi serves as an ever-glowing beacon, ready to welcome daughters and sons home."

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Surviving The Endless Waves: When American Dreams Aren't All They're Cracked Up to Be
"My life in America has been this — a constant fight for air."

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How the History of Japanese American Gardeners Lives on Through Their Descendants
How some Japanese American millennials relate to their family's history through gardening.

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"Yes, I'm 100 percent Indian": Navigating Hollywood as a so-called "unicorn" woman of color
"I write, produce, direct and act because I have no other choice in today's Hollywood."

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Jamie Chung is used to playing guest roles. 'Lovecraft Country' made her want to lead.
The role of Ji-Ah in Lovecraft Country's "Meet Me in Daegu" episode was like "a piece of gold" for Jamie Chung.

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George Takei returns to deep sci-fi storytelling narrating Ken Liu's short stories for Serial Box
George Takei is leaning into his voice-acting skills, narrating Ken Liu's sci-fi stories.

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Sunita Mani Is Taking Up Space
In the alien-invasion comedy Save Yourselves!, Sunita Mani finally gets a leading movie role written just for her.

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Kelly Marie Tran on Why Quitting Social Media Was Her Best Decision Ever
Kelly Marie Tran definitely doesn't regret her big decision to quit social media in 2018.

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Dustin Nguyen Talks ‘Warrior’, ‘21 Jump Street’ And Being An Asian Hollywood Pioneer
For some, Cinemax's Warrior will be the first introduction to Dustin Nguyen, but for many -- specifically the Asian American community -- the actor is a trailblazer for his role as Harry Ioki on 21 Jump Street.


10.02.2020

They Call Us Bruce 110: They Call Us The Paper Tigers

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 Quoc Bao Tran, writer/director of the new kung fu comedy The Paper Tigers. He talks about the long journey to make this film, why The Paper Tigers had to be an Asian American story, and The Good, The Bad and The WTF of getting too old for this shit.

10.01.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 06: Diana Lee Inosanto

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 6, I talk to actress, filmmaker and martial artist Diana Lee Inosanto, who worked as a stunt double on several episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise. The daughter of legendary martial artist Dan Inosanto and the goddaughter of Bruce Lee, she has dozens of credits as a stunt performer, fight coordinator and choreographer. She talks about fake-kicking Vulcan ass, embracing martial arts as her heritage, and the moment she realized that "Uncle Bruce" was famous.

9.25.2020

They Call Us Bruce 109: They Call Us Sujata Day

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 Sujata Day, who wrote, directed, produced and starred in the new film Definition Please. She talks about the failed spelling bee word that haunts her, taking the plunge (and calling all her friends) to make her first feature, and revealing a certain co-star's... assets.

9.22.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 05: Michelle Krusiec

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 5, I talk to actress Michelle Krusiec. She guest starred on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine in the sixth season episode "Time's Orphan" as a teenage, feral, lost-in-time Molly O'Brien. She is perhaps best known for her starring role in the indie romantic comedy Saving Face, and most recently portrayed screen legend Anna May Wong in the Netflix series Hollywood. She talks about booking her first acting job, pretending to bite Armin Shimerman, and how it feels to revisit this emotional Deep Space Nine episode now, as a parent.

9.18.2020

They Call Us Bruce 108: They Call Us Vaccine Trials

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 design/technology writer Gregory Han, who has been participating in a clinical trial for a COVID-19 vaccine. They discuss what it will take to end the pandemic, what the world might look like on the other side, and if karaoke will survive coronavirus.

9.15.2020

Boston City Councillor Michelle Wu is Running For Mayor

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.


Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu Announces Run For Mayor
It's official: Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu will run for mayor in 2021. Wu announced her candidacy Tuesday morning with a video in three languages that zeroed in on issues including public health, housing and transportation. "Now is the time for change," Wu said at the end of the video.

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Suspected Arsonist Caught on Video in San Francisco Printing Shop In San Francisco, a suspected arsonist was caught on video robbing and setting fire to an Asian immigrant-owned printing shop. The suspect reportedly broke in to Dragon Printing in the Sunset District, burglarized the store, and then deliberately started a fire -- burning the majority of the inventory, machines, and everything else in sight. The store, which was started by the Wong family nearly 35 years ago, is now in danger of closing. Friends have started a GoFundMe campaign in support of Dragon Printing.

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House Passes Bill to Name Houston Post Office After Slain Sikh Deputy
On Monday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 5317, which would rename a post office in Houston, Texas the Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office, in honor of Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a Sikh sheriff's deputy who was killed during a traffic stop last year. Dhaliwal was the first Sikh deputy to work for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, and the first deputy to be allowed to wear his turban while on-duty.

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Family Style: Season Two
Season two of Stage13's Family Style is now out and available for viewing. The award-winning food and pop culture streaming series features a group of friends and celebrity guests exploring popular Asian food restaurants and cultural locales. Each episode of season two centers on the stories surrounding the sharing of food both across a table and virtually over a video chat. Partically filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, this season showcases a diverse array of Asian chefs, celebrities, and foodies across multiple generations, sharing favorite recipes, traditions, and locations, representing an array of Asian ethnicities.

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Lovecraft Country: The Craft - Storyboard Artist Eric Yamamoto
Have you been watching the HBO horror drama Lovecraft Country? In this behind-the-scenes clip, Lovecraft Country storyboard artist Eric Yamamoto talks about how he helps bring directors' visions for the show to life.


All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 04: Clyde Kusatsu

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 4, we talk to veteran actor Clyde Kusatsu. He guest starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Vice Admiral Nakamura in the episodes "Measure of Man," "Phantasms" and the series finale "All Good Things..." With a career spanning nearly 50 years, his credits include Kung Fu, Midway, Magnum P.I., All in the Family and All American Girl, among many others. He talks about getting aged-up to play Jean-Luc Picard's classmate, the other Sar Trek role he auditioned for, and how his John Wayne impression landed him a job.

9.14.2020

Naomi Osaka Won in Two Amazing Ways

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.


Naomi Osaka Won in Two Amazing Ways: Athleticism and Activism
As you've likely seen by now, Osaka packed seven masks for the US Open fortnight, one for each match she’d play if she made it to the final. She made the final. She won her second Open in three years. Because of that, viewers were reminded anew of the seven Black Americans she remembered, five killed police and the sixth and seventh, Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery, killed allegedly by civilians for being Black in neighborhoods where vigilantes thought they didn't belong.... As Osaka did the customary post-match interview with ESPN, she was asked what message she was trying to send with the masks. "What's the message you got, was more the question," she said. "I feel like the point is to make people start talking."

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Reporter Josie Huang Arrested While Covering Protest
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies arrested KPCC/LAist Correspondent Josie Huang late Saturday while she was covering the ambush shooting of two deputies in Compton. Even as she was being thrown to the ground, Huang -- who was wearing a lanyard with her press credential hanging from her neck -- was recording the encounter. In video that continued to film after her phone was knocked from her hand, Huang can be heard repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter and shouting "KPCC" several times. You also can hear Huang yelling "you're hurting me" and crying out in pain.

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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland Takes Top Prize at 2020 Venice Film Festival
Director Chloé Zhao's feature film Nomadland has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, becoming the first woman to earn the top prize in a decade. Starring Frances McDormand, Nomadland follows a widow in a Nevada mining town decimated after the Great Recession who chooses to embark on a life on the open road.

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Sandra Oh, Michelle Yeoh Join Henry Golding in 'Tiger's Apprentice'
Sandra Oh and Michelle Yeoh have joined Henry Golding in the voice cast of The Tiger's Apprentice, the adaptation of the best-selling children's book by Lawrence Yep. The cast also includes Brandon Soo Hoo, Bowen Yang, Sherry Cola, and Kheng Hua Tan. The book tells the story of a boy in San Francisco who meets a shape-shifting talking tiger named Mr. Hu and under his tutelage and protection is introduced into a magical world that includes an ancient phoenix, a dragon and a clan of evil-doers. Oh will play Mistral, a friend of the tiger, who is an exiled dragon now living in San Francisco. Yeoh's character is unclear.

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Lifetime Sets Cast For Holiday Movie 'Sugar & Spice Holiday'
Jacky Lai and Tony Giroux will star alongside Tzi Ma in A Sugar & Spice Holiday, Lifetime's first holiday movie centered on an Asian American family. "Written by Eirene Donohue and directed by Jennifer Liao, A Sugar & Spice Holiday is centered on the story of a Chinese-American woman who draws on her family’s cultural traditions to spice up an old-fashioned Christmas baking competition. It follows Suzie (Lai), a rising young architect, who returns to her small hometown in Maine for Christmas where her Chinese American family runs the local Lobster Bar. Following the loss of her beloved grandmother who was a legendary baker in their community, Suzie is guilted into following in her grandmother’s footsteps by entering the local gingerbread house competition. Teaming up with an old high school friend Billy (Giroux), who grew up to be a catch, Suzie must find the right recipes and mix of sugar and spice to win the competition and perhaps find some love in the process."


9.13.2020

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America Is Trapped in a Pandemic Spiral
"Here, then, are nine errors of intuition that still hamstring the U.S. pandemic response, and a glimpse at the future if they continue unchecked. The time to break free is now. Our pandemic summer is nearly over. Now come fall, the season of preparation, and winter, the season of survival. The U.S. must reset its mindset to accomplish both."

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How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda
"Immigrant struggles in America forged a bond that became even tighter after my mother's A.L.S. diagnosis. Then, as COVID-19 threatened, Chinese nationalists began calling us traitors to our country."

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For Filipino migrant workers, coronavirus dashes their ticket to a better life
170,000 overseas workers have been forced to return to the Philippines since February.

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How Mina Kimes turned her passion for football into a profession
Mina Kimes, a sports journalist for ESPN, has turned her love of football into a budding commentary empire.

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Ann Curry Still Doesn't Know Why She Was Ousted From Today
Eight years after her departure from NBC's morning show, veteran journalist Ann Curry opens up about the painful experience.

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Warrior Takes the "Model Minority" Cliche and "Flips It on Its Ass"
Peak TV should mean Peak Inclusion, but the vivid Cinemax series Warrior has had to fight for its life

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Introducing Isabel Sandoval: The 'Lingua Franca' filmmaker on her indie drama
Isabel Sandoval wrote, directed, and stars in Lingua Franca, film about a trans Filipina immigrant in Brooklyn seeking to attain legal status in the United States, now available on Netflix.

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Back to School With Tan France
Queer Eye star Tan France has a lot to teach us about dressing.

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"Insecure" star Sujata Day redefines South Asian stereotypes in spelling bee movie
Actress Sujata Day talks about her directorial feature debut, Definition Please, making the festival rounds.


9.11.2020

They Call Us Bruce 107: They Call Us Mulan

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 this episode -- our most super-sized episode yet -- we welcome writers Rebecca Sun and Frankie Huang to talk about Disney's live action adaptation of Mulan. We discuss The Good, The Bad, and The WTF of the film, as well as how we'd adapt the tale differently.

9.08.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 03: Grace Lynn Kung

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 3, we talk to actress Grace Lynn Kung. She guest starred on Star Trek: Discovery as "Psycho" -- that's the actual credit -- in the first season episode "Context Is For Kings." She talks about geeking out on the Discovery set, taking heavy hits for her big fight scene, and how poor Worf never got any respect.

9.06.2020

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'Mulan' 1998: A Moment of Joy and Anxiety for Asian-American Viewers
Disney's new live-action Mulan is coming at a time when the entertainment world is still feeling tremors from the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Parasite. It was a very different landscape when the animated Mulan debuted in 1998: American audiences were far less used to the presence of Asians onscreen and many Asian American moviegoers felt less comfortable with depictions of themselves.

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The controversial cut that solidified Mulan as an Asian-American film
Disney's live-action remake removes a scene many have debated since 1998.

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How I Finally Saw Myself Reflected in the Original 'Mulan' (Guest Column)
When Traci G. Lee watched Disney's Mulan for the first time as a nine-year-old, it was the first time she remembers being inspired by a film -- for very personal reasons.

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Mulan's Tzi Ma: After 120-Plus Roles, a Beloved Actor's Career Surges
Tzi Ma, who plays Mulan's father in Disney's new adaptation, holds a special place in the Asian American acting community. He talks about his unlikely path and the peers who deserved more recognition.

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No Vacation Is Complete Without a Cooler Full of Gimbap
"When I was growing up, these seaweed rice rolls symbolized how my family was different. Looking back, I think that's what I appreciate most about them."

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A Local Alternative to the Big Delivery Apps, in Los Angeles
Modeled after food delivery services in Seoul, a tiny Koreatown business keeps neighborhood restaurants running through the pandemic.

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In Louisiana, Love for a Chinese Restaurant and Its Magnetic Owner
For years, Lucky Palace has drawn fans for its intriguing wine list. Now, they come to help their dear friend Kuan Lim in his time of need.

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What Keanu Reeves taught me about white-passing privilege
"In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen racism against Asian people surge worldwide, as well as a collective reassessment of racial identity following the recent surge of Black Lives Matter protests, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a mixed race woman. And I’ve been thinking even more about Keanu Reeves, the most decent man in Hollywood."

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How the 'Chinese Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' captured audiences' hearts
One of the most famous Asian American dance duos in history, Dorothy Toy and Paul Wing performed across the US and in England during the 1930s and '40s


9.04.2020

They Call Us Bruce 106: They Call Us USPS

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 this episode, we welcome Kevin Gan Yuen, an employee of the United States Postal Service. He talks about getting into the "family business," reveals the weirdest things he's seen people send via mail, and gives us The Good, The Bad and The WTF of working for USPS.

8.31.2020

Syracuse University Professor Refers to "Chinese Communist Party Virus" in Course Syllabus

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



SU places professor on leave after syllabus calls COVID-19 'Wuhan flu'
At Syracuse University, a professor has been placed on leave or using derogatory racist language in a course syllabus. The announcement comes after social media posts circulated a course syllabus appearing to belong to chemistry professor Jon Zubieta that refers to the coronavirus as "Wuhan Flu" and "Chinese Communist Party Virus." I don't know why anyone would need to use those words a chemistry course syllabus, other than to be a racist asshole. The university agrees. "The derogatory language used by a professor on his course syllabus is damaging to the learning environment for our students and offensive to Chinese, international and Asian-Americans everywhere who have experienced hate speech, rhetoric and actions since the pandemic began," the school said in a statement. The professor has been removed while the administration investigates the incident according to university procedures. I don't really know what there is to investigate. But go on.

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"What are you doing in this country?"
In the Bay Area, a man was caught camera shouting racist remarks at an Asian American couple outside a supermarket. Junie and Minh got into an altercation with the man in the parking lot of a Safeway store in Milpitas last week. The man can be seen yelling from his SUV, "He's a fucking Asian. What are you doing in this country?... We have enough people." Of course, the video was shared on social media, where it received the attention of the local news, the mayor, the internet. Wouldn't it be great to go out for some groceries without fear of getting accosted by racist assholes?

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Dispute Over Alcohol, Face Masks Turns Violent at Chinese Restaurant

In Massachusetts, the owner of a Chinese restaurant was pushed and the protective plexiglass at the front counter was knocked down when a dispute over alcohol and wearing face masks turned violent. Surveillance video from inside The Ming Dynasty in Marshfield showed a 49-year-old woman pushing the plexiglass after she became enraged when the management asked her and the group she was with to put on face masks. "The woman pushed one of the owners, pushed another customer, and then began pushing things over inside the restaurant," according to police. Real classy. Can people just wear a damn mask?

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Teen Activist Receives $2500 Bill For Police Overtime
A New Jersey teen thought she was only exercising her First Amendment right when she organized a rally in support of Black Lives Matter. Not long after, she received a bill for thousands of dollars in the mail from the mayor. Emily Gil was inspired to hold a rally in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, this summer after watching thousands of Americans show support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The protest went off without a hitch on July 25 and lasted about 90 minutes. A few days later, Gil received a letter from the mayor, billing her for $2,500 worth of police overtime used during the protest.

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BTS video 'Dynamite' breaks YouTube record for most views in 24 hours
Korean pop stars BTS have made history after the group's new single "Dynamite" became the best-ever 24-hour debut of a music video on YouTube with more than 100 million views. The world's biggest K-pop group released the highly anticipated visuals for the record last Friday. By the end of the first day, "Dynamite" had racked up 101.1 million views to become the most-viewed music video premiere on YouTube.


All The Asians On Star Trek - Episode 02: Reggie Lee

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All The Asians On Star Trek is the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. In Episode 2, we talk to actor Reggie Lee. He appeared in the 2009 Star Trek movie reboot as "Test Administrator." But he's probably best known for playing Sergeant Drew Wu for six seasons on the supernatural drama Grimm. We talk about his career, the politics behind his stage name, and his minor role in Star Trek that ended up being -- unbeknownst to him -- a fairly important allusion to franchise canon.

8.30.2020

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Kelly Marie Tran on being the first Southeast Asian actress to lead a Disney animated film
The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran will be the first actress of Southeast Asian descent to lead a Disney animated feature film, starring in the upcoming Raya and the Last Dragon.

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To survive the pandemic SF Chinatown has to adapt — again
The coronavirus has brought a shrinking economy and renewed xenophobia to San Francisco's Chinatown. But there's hope for the neighborhood's future in how it has weathered these problems in the past.

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Naomi Osaka Is Ready to Go Supernova
An interview with rising tennis superstar Naomi Osaka.

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Column: Naomi Osaka stood tall, and alone, in protest following Jacob Blake shooting
Naomi Osaka stood alone, with no teammates to lean on, when she withdrew from the Western & Southern Open in New York on Wednesday, in support of the protest movement moving through professional sports.

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My Family's Shrouded History Is Also a National One for Korea
Decades after the war ended, scars left by the Japanese occupation persist for millions of Koreans and Korean-Americans, including the author Alexander Chee.

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Miyazaki's Magical Food: An Ode to Anime's Best Cooking Scenes
Food plays an important role in Studio Ghibli animated films.


8.26.2020

Naomi Osaka Skips Match in Protest of Police Violence

And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian America.



Naomi Osaka won't play in W&S semi in protest of Jacob Blake shooting
Naomi Osaka, the two-time major tennis champion, announced she would not play in Thursday's Western & Southern Open semifinal match in reaction to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. Several hours later, the tournament announced that it was pausing play for a day.

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The surprising story of the salesman who became L.A.'s first known COVID-19 patient
A 38-year-old salesman named Qian Lang was the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Los Angeles and the fourth in the United States. He played an important role, not widely known until now, in a frantic race to understand the deadly new virus before it hit the U.S. in full force. Public health officials and researchers looked to him as a real-time, flesh-and-blood case study.

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I'm the one who made Tomi Lahren call Trump a 'jackass' in Hindi.
Ali-Asghar Abedi waged $85 that a prominent Trump supporter wouldn't bother researching exactly what 'ulloo' really meant. He was right. The result: a video of conservative commentator Tomi Lahren calling Trump the colloquial Indian equivalent of "jackass," courtesy of the Cameo app. And India having a laugh as her clip ended up appearing across the country’s news networks.

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Welcome to Chinatown USA
"Chinatowns across the nation have been devastated by the pandemic. Their businesses, and Chinese restaurants everywhere, are struggling to survive. It felt necessary, then, to share reminders of how much these places matter to all of us, which in turn means we all have a responsibility to help them survive."

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Fauja Singh Keeps Going
The new picture book Fauja Singh Keeps Going, written by Simran Jeet Singh and illustrated by Baljinder Kaur, tells the true story of Fauja Singh, who broke world records to become the first one hundred-year-old to run a marathon. The book shares valuable lessons on the source of his grit, determination to overcome obstacles, and commitment to positive representation of the Sikh community.


8.24.2020

All The Asians On Star Trek

The podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek.



Check it out! I'm pleased to share the launch a new podcast project: All The Asians On Star Trek, the podcast in which we interview all the Asians on Star Trek. A geeky merging of some of my favorite interests.

The premise is pretty simple. Each episode I'll interview someone, who is Asian, who has worked in some capacity on the Star Trek franchise. Actors, of course -- including series regulars, guest stars, and even background extras -- but also writers, designers, stuntpeople, etc. All the Asians on Star Trek. I know, it's pretty niche. This project been in the works for a long time, with many delays due to, well, everything, but I'm pretty excited to finally get it up and running.

The first episode features actor Tim Lounibos, who guest starred on Star Trek: The Next Generation as Lt. Daniel Kwan, in the seventh season episode "Eye of the Beholder." I hope you'll give it listen, and I hope you dig it. For more information, visit alltheasiansonstartrek.com.



8.23.2020

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How a Joke Twitter T-Shirt Exposes a Frustration Many Asian Women Share
Asian women are tired of hearing about your Asian wife -- and a T-shirt design has made the discussion viral.

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How the story of Kamala Harris upends the Asian American 'model minority' stereotype
"Sen. Kamala Harris -- who is of Indian and Jamaican descent -- challenges our understanding of what it means to be Asian American. It is for this reason that her historic vice presidential nomination is so impactful."

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COVID-19’s Toll on People of Color Is Worse Than We Knew
The new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlight a stark disparity: Deaths among people of color during the crisis have risen far more than they have among Whites.

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The DOJ says Yale discriminates in favor of African Americans. Here's what you need to know.
Why you can't just compare Asians and African Americans.

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Painted as spies': Chinese students, scientists say Trump administration has made life hostile
A sweeping initiative from the Trump administration targets alleged Chinese government spying and intellectual property theft, particularly at American universities and research labs. Critics say the administration's rhetoric is inflammatory and its actions have created a hostile climate for Asian students and researchers working and studying in the U.S. -- often working on cutting-edge scientific developments.

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'We didn't learn enough or some people have forgotten.'
Journalist and activist Helen Zia has seen hostility against Asian Americans before. When it comes to dealing with today's struggles, Americans didn't learn enough, or might have forgotten, the lessons of the past.

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A Kind of Blueprint
The radical vision of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha's Dictée.

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'Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj' spoke truth to power — and told our side of the story
Nayantara Dutta reflects on the impact of Hasan Minhaj's recently canceled Netflix news show Patriot Act -- and how the show's Desi references made her feel like she was in on the joke.

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How Comedian Nigel Ng Became the Internet’s Favorite Asian Uncle
Comedian Nigel Ng's YouTube video as "Uncle Roger," in which he hilariously mocks a now-infamous cooking demonstration of a BBC presenter preparing fried rice, made him an internet sensation.



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