Some Awesome Videos From Vietnam's WeChoice Awards

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

While there can always be some rumblings whenever you have any awards show - this year was pretty good. Here're some of videos of some of the musical numbers.

So.Good.





I Still Feel Like Jeremy Lin Doesn't Get As Much Respect Because He's Asian

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Listen - I get it - his Brooklyn days were more of a "could a" - we'll never know what might have been - injuries and two years later though - he's playing pretty damn good and now he's going to a contender.

And he's getting paid - $13 million this season - so I'm not saying he's not getting his due and in that way he gets respect - I'm not saying he doesn't.

I just feel like he'd get more respect if he wasn't Asian American - and no I don't want him to not be Asian American - because we want our people there - but I'm just saying that even now, even though he's proved himself and been just like a lot of players, who've had an injury (although not plagued) - his career isn't unlike a lot of good players - it's just the case of an Asian American man having to do twice as much to get the same amount of respect.

It gets tiring.

Housecleaning: Twas Tweeted

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Some general housecleaning...as I end up tweeting a little more organically versus sending out links (which I'll still do) I still want to archive that content versus just on twittersphere, even if just embedded content (that can still go away), so every week or so, I'll look to make a post with the weeks tweets (or maybe 2 weeks...cause I'm lazy).

Variety's Review Of "The Farewell"

Monday, January 28, 2019

From Variety on the recently picked up film "The Farewell":

Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” begins with the words “Based on an actual lie,” which is a pretty funny way to present a true story about how the Chinese-American filmmaker’s family decided to spare their grandmother a terminal diagnosis. They don’t want to spoil the limited time she has left, and so they conspire to carry on as if everything’s normal — except that each of them is saddened by the news, and so they engineer a plan to throw a fake wedding celebration for one of her grandsons in China, allowing everyone to say their goodbyes together. And so, what began as a small lie — “a good lie,” in the doctor’s words — snowballs into a much more elaborate deception [...]

But “The Farewell” doesn’t aim for the kind of big laughs a film such as “The Big Sick” strives to inspire, not does it lean quite so heavily into its more tearjerky elements. Frankly, there are a hundred ways that Wang could have spun this into a more broadly appealing mainstream comedy, and yet she prefers to play it closer in tone to an independent drama like Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet” — which also involved staging a fake nuptial feast in order to keep relatives in the dark, albeit for far different reasons.

I'll definitely have to check this out when I can as I hear it got a standing ovation and stars some great people in it including Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin.

Listen to the Silence: Asian American Activism

Monday, January 28, 2019

Over 400 people attended this year’s Listen to the Silence (LTS) summit, a conference focused on issues facing the Asian American community, on Saturday. Hosted by The Stanford Asian American Student Association (AASA), this year’s conference focused on leaving its attendees with tangible ways to enact change in their communities. Now in its twenty-fourth year, LTS is one of the largest college Asian American conferences in the United States.

A day-long event featuring speakers, panelists, workshops and a concert, LTS brings together undergraduate students, high schoolers, community organizations and educators. This year’s LTS was themed “Avenues to Activism: A Collective Call to Action” and drew students from UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, other universities and local high schools.

Read about the conference more here.

Community Comes Out In Support Of Seaport Buffet After Deadly Attacks

Monday, January 28, 2019

I'm not trying to be callous, but I would think the local community SHOULD come out after three people were bludgeoned with a hammer and killed (the two men in critical condition ended up dying days later).

People should show support when a White Man killed THREE ASIAN AMERICAN MEN because HE BELIEVED IN STEREOTYPES.

But where does this go?

What happens next? I know it's too soon to ask that question in some ways, but how do we change the mindsets so this doesn't happen again?

Can we?

I don't know.

Up North: Asian Canadian Told To Go Back To Her Fucking Coutry

Monday, January 28, 2019



Hmmmm - apparently if you park your car as an Asian woman, you get told to go back to your fucking country.

How quaint huh?

On Jan. 21, Lisa La was heading to the Sobeys on 50 Street and 23 Avenue in south Edmonton. She backed her small car into an empty parking space as another vehicle pulled into the empty space behind her. As she got out of her car, she noticed the man was still sitting in his vehicle. She went into the store to do her shopping. When she came back out about 15 minutes later, she found a note under her windshield. It read, “Back to your f***ing country Asian.” “I must have pissed him off by parking in that spot because he was intending to drive through and use it,” she said. But who’s to know?

Good Reads: “AAPI Women Lead” Takes Back AAPI Womxn’s Identity with #ImReady2018

Monday, January 28, 2019

http://reappropriate.co/2019/01/aapi-women-lead-takes-back-aapi-womxns-identity-with-imready2018/

What does Asian American feminism and then feminism as a whole mean to both of you?

Connie: We’ve been taught to be very appreciative to be here, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to resist fucked up things. For example, we’re supposed to be appreciative that our parents took care of us, but if they’re abusive, I’m not going to take the abuse. I’m going to fight back.

Jenny: A lot of the women that we’ve met don’t even recognize their own power or even acknowledge that they come from the legacies of kings and queens.

Connie: They forget because it’s so traumatic to remember. And the reality is: trauma will always catch up to you. So you should sit with it and take its reins when you can. I think because we’re immigrants, we’re busy just trying to make ends meet. It’s so difficult to feel as though we have the capacity to feel powerful in this country or this world because we’re busy surviving. But survival should also mean claiming our positions, claiming who we are, claiming our history, and claiming our power.

Claiming who we are has to be a part of it. When you see all these white acupuncturists — that shit is Chinese as fuck! Like, hold up! We’re going to reclaim acupuncture! You see yoga classes, or these crystals shop, or a Korean spa — all of these things are from Asian cultures; and yet somehow we’ve become removed from that as a part of how we’re surviving trauma. It’s about reclaiming things that are so trendy; yet, they’re ours.

Jenny: We have to recognize that those things are ours. We have to move that to the forefront and take it back.

Connie: We also have to think about what’s happening in Vietnam now, and to wish for more. We don’t just have to be grateful for our histories; we also are upset about slavery, about genocide, about ongoing anti-immigration stuff.

Celine: Feminism as a whole is a bare minimum of cognizance that I think we’re obligated to have. I think we’re obligated to do emotional labor for others and the world and just work for others. It just seems really toxic to not do that.

Feminism means constantly challenging and changing and actively breaking down all the implicit and toxic understandings you have. I’s constantly working to change yourself so that you impact others more equitably. It’s always working, and it’s knowing you can’t be doing anything else. But it’s also all self-love at the same time. It’s healing to others. It’s a commitment to being your best self. I think that’s how I hold it.

Read it in full @ http://reappropriate.co/2019/01/aapi-women-lead-takes-back-aapi-womxns-identity-with-imready2018/

Accidental Star Trek Cosplay + Re: The YOMYOMF Blog

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

As I still haven't done my own write-up of the YOMYOMF blog (it's on my docket), below is a link and a couple paragraphs from Jimmy J. Aquino who gives an overview of the blog, his likes, dislikes, and ultimately the closing of the site. While I can't subscribe to everything he says about it (I liked a lot of the later content and especially some of the more feministy POVs--but I also don't mind listicles xD and I do wish the content was still up) it's still a good read, and I wonder how come I haven't seen more posts on the closing--because it definitely gave voice to a lot of great people.

http://accidentalstartrekcosplay.tumblr.com/post/182036709742/a-prada-sweater-model-left-a-soong-android

Nobody who follows this Tumblr blog will give a shit, but in mildly sad news, the Asian American online content studio YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family)—whose blog was the only site that gave a plug to Accidental Star Trek Cosplay—shut down its blog. The staffers at YOMYOMF (pronounced “yawm-yawm-eff”), who nicknamed themselves the Offenders, said farewell to the blog’s readers at the end of an eventful year that, as Vulture writer E. Alex Jung noted, saw Asian American art coming into its own.

YOMYOMF was founded in the late 2000s by Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin to promote his 2007 indie movie Finishing the Game, an alternate-history mockumentary about a ’70s casting call for the next Bruce Lee. (The blog’s name comes from a frequently repeated line during Finishing the Game’s kung fu flick audition scenes.) It evolved into an often enjoyable blog full of posts from the likes of Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang; occasional insights into being an Asian American actor that were written by performers Lin frequently casts in his movies, particularly Roger Fan and Sung Kang, who was concise in his words just like Han, his Fast and the Furious alter ego; and great pieces about film, screenwriting and racism against Asians by filmmaker Quentin Lee and playwright Philip W. Chung, who co-wrote “Seconds,” an episode of Lois & Clark’s much-maligned Clone Lois arc in 1996, and the 2015 Vicki Zhao comedy Hollywood Adventures.

3X: Monstar (AKA V-Pop Is The New K-Pop)

Monday, January 21, 2019






The MAGA Kids Did What They Did To Nathan Phillips Regardless Of Anyone Else And ALL The Other Videos

Monday, January 21, 2019

I don't condone what the other group was spouting - I've seen all the videos - but in every single way it's a completely different area I was NEVER FOCUSED ON.

It was about the MAGA kids and their dealing - and Nicky boy's dealing, with Nathan Phillips and the other people in his group.

Does the group of people from the BHI change anything about the narrative?

About what we already know what happened?

No.

Nothing changes.

Getting in a fight on a way to a murder doesn't make the murder go away.

But we all know what's going on - we know it because we've seen it before.

It's not the White Kids' fault because they were just defending themselves, and it's the same narrative of every racist White Person: We were just defending ourselves, making sure our "community" is okay. It's just an app about the "neighborhood."

Fuck. You.

People can defend these little MAGA kids all they want - and don't think the older race pimps and structures don't know what they're doing.

Get a kid to do your dirty work.

Have them pass that hate in a bathroom 24 hours later.

So they get caught?

What's the worst that can happen? Emboldens the base...


Fuck. You.

Asian Australian Doesn't Win But People Love It?

Monday, January 21, 2019

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-27/asian-food-fine-dining-good-food-guide-gourmet-traveller/10427934

Every year the Gourmet Traveller and The Good Food Guide, two of Australia's most influential food publications, announce a chef of the year. The awards recognise creativity, technique and those individuals pushing the boundaries of their industry.

Since 2013, every winner has been white. It's a similar story in Australia's restaurant awards. Most restaurants awarded a hat by the Good Food Guide or a star by Gourmet Traveller have white head chefs and white owners.

Even among the Asian restaurants that received hats in the Good Food Guide released this month, 48 per cent had white head chefs and 60 per cent had white owners.

Truths To Know: Nathan Phillips

Sunday, January 20, 2019



Also make sure and visit Heavy.com to make sure and read a longer and more in-depth article on Nathan Phillips.

WTF: People Are Defending The MAGA White Kids Who Tried To Fuck With Nathan Phillips? We All Know That Stare...

Sunday, January 20, 2019



Are you fucking kidding me?

If you're a POC, immigrant - anyone else who isn't a White Male - who's been taunted or threatened or who's had racially charged language thrown your way by White People - you know that stare that kid is giving.

It's not a "I was enjoying everything I mean no harm stare".

That's the stare of a little racist MF with racist MF parents (apparently he was innocent as can be and meant absolutely no harm).

But if you say that you're just some left wing nut who's furthering fake news!

Well - call me a left wing nut who's furthering fake news...

In REAL FAKE NEWS - I'm sorry - let's just call it what it is - real op-ed news of the racist right - you have this site giving some awesome misdirection quoting and writing:

"We are an all-male school that loves to get hyped up," said this student. "And as we have done for years prior, we decided to do some cheers to pass time. In the midst of our cheers, we were approached by a group of adults led by Nathan Phillips, with Phillips beating his drum. They forced their way to the center of our group. We initially thought this was a cultural display since he was beating along to our cheers and so we clapped to the beat." According to this student, the smiling student was grinning because he was enjoying the music, but eventually became confused, along with everyone else. (Indeed, multiple people can be heard to shout, "what is going on?")

Again - are fucking kidding me?

This is why we can't have nice things.

Because racist people support racist people.

Trailers Of Awesome: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Friday, January 18, 2019



More action.

More killing.

WTF.

Halle Berry!

Fuck yes!

And of course....a dog.

P.S. - And a horse!