Why I Didn't See Hobbs And Shaw In The Theaters...Yes It's Mostly Because Of Han...

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

I can't help but say to myself over and over that I want films with POC and members of the APIA community to do well. I feel like if I said "Well - who really cares" that would go against everything I stand for...however, it doesn't always mean that I'll actually go see the film...because I still have to want to actually see the film.

And honestly...I just didn't want to see this bad enough to go out and see it in the theater. If it comes out on HBO or Netflix, or there's a disc floating around that happens to land in my player - well - yeah - I'll watch it.

But I just couldn't get myself to go - and the real reason - if I'm really honest with myself is, well...

Some people love the mythology of Star Wars, The Avengers, Superman, DC Heroes - et al. - and while I myself aren't as deeply embedded into that realm as others - I get it.

For me? My lore and film mythology I follow...one of them is The Fast And The Furious. Say what you want, but I've grown attached to the characters, the stories, and the lore.

Not only are the films good and demand that, but it was also the connection of Asian American director Justin Lin, his hand in the franchise - bringing it back to life - and doing it with the too often maligned "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift".

It wasn't just the film - but the Asian American representation behind the scenes and in front of the camera.

Say what you will - but that meant a lot - it sill does.

So when Han died and Shaw later came on to the team - for whatever capacity it was - it just didn't sit right. Sure we watched it, and I thought he'd get his comeuppance...but you know - it didn't happen. And I guess in some ways I thought it would come later - so I was okay with at least what initially happened in the film series.

But the internal fighting, the need for a spin-off - it all just felt....unlike "family" - especially when you consider the actual death of Paul Walker.

I mean - can you desecrate a franchise more then creating a spin-off starring the villain that killed off one of the main family members of the series?

I would get it if he was still a villain - but now I have to root for him in a spin-off?

And yeah - I understand DJ is APIA - and I feel really bad for Idris because they could have put him in a real F & F film - but I just couldn't get past it.

And I Know It's Not Whitewashing But...

Say what you will...but we've all (or at least many) have made the joke about Jason Statham being the White Guy who gets the Asian woman in some of his past films (and I still will never get past Shu Qi...) - or even recently in "The Meg" - somehow he's the only one who can save the world and somehow gets the affections of Li Bingbing. And I know how that sounds - and Asian women, you do you - but when we're looking off screen at the way Asian American and Asian men have been portrayed in Hollywood - there's some truth we get to speak about this.

And we have.

So I can't help but honestly feel a little jaded that Han dies (well at least for now because he's coming back MF's), and his White killer gets a spin-off.

That alone just didn't sit right with me...

Add to it that DJ, who let's say it too - decided to take "family business" and take it public - and kind of said "screw you family", was starring in the spin-off - I mean - that didn't help it either. F & F helped build his film career.

And yes - you can call me petty for thinking all of this - but I can't help it.

It's what I feel.

Long Posts Going Forward....?

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Well - it's been some time since I last made a post here - I think in part because I've been a little busy but also because I've also been doing some more on twitter and I thought to myself that maybe I should start saving posts on the blog for longer posts - or at least more in-depth posts than I am doing on twitter. But I do have to say that I am having a decent time making organic posts on twitter, versus posting here, and then having those go to twitter.

Which will still happen.

But - I think I'm going to save the blog, at least that's my thought now, for longer meatier posts.

I'm not exactly sure if that will happen (or if I'll stick to that doctrine of blog), but maybe...

That's at least my thought.

And then I don't know how many per month - maybe just a few - maybe more - honestly now that I've written that, I wonder if it will actually be true.

We'll see.

And we're moving now...

“Always Be My Maybe” Is Getting a TON OF PRESS. Here's Why And I'll Start With A Quote.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Here's a quote from Indiewire:

If “Crazy Rich Asians” proved movies with Asian American leads could rock the box office, “Always Be My Maybe” is about to do the same thing for Netflix movies. The new romantic comedy stars Ali Wong and Randall Park as two estranged childhood friends who reunite in adulthood, rekindling an old flame that never quite got to burn bright. With these two beloved comedy stars at the helm, “Fresh Off the Boat” creator Nahnatchka Khan in the director’s chair, a hilarious Keanu Reeves cameo, and a title riffing on the greatest Mariah Carey song of all time — “Always Be My Maybe” will soon be part of you indefinitely.

While I disagree that CRA "proved" movies with Asian American leads could rock the box office - because I think there's a lot to that statement because there was already proof of it and in other ways it did happen but wasn't as talked about it (and I'm talking about leads versus an all Asian/Asian American cast) - versus it coming to a very specific head in the way CRA did and the money it made - I do agree it was though, a watershed moment, because people outside of the APIA community were finally ready to embrace and talk about race and ethnicity in a very different way - and accept it on a different level.

I think “Always Be My Maybe” is in that same vein. We've always had great actors and actresses - but it's been whether or not people accepted them. When they do - and they are - now people will actually give us our fair shot - and let's be honest - “Always Be My Maybe” looks MF AMAZING. If you like ROMCOMS - and I DO - you know this is a great movie.

10-15 years ago this could have been made (forgetting about certain references) - but wouldn't have been received like this.

It's about timing.

Everything's about timing.

So yeah - that's a piece of this.

And Ali Wong and Randall Park look awesome as fuck in this.

Can't forget about them...the actual actors...and director...Nahnatchka Khan.

I guess they have a little something to do with it too...

But still a lot about timing....well you know what I mean...just watch this MF on Netflix on May 31, 2019.

And yes - it also has Keanu Reeves, Daniel Dae Kim, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Karan Soni, Charlyne Yi, James Saito, Lyrics Born, and Susan Park in it.

Did You Do Anything For APAH MONTH? Anything?

Friday, May 24, 2019

Seriously what did you do?

I tweeted, represented my people. I've even done three blog posts - two of them shitty for sure - but still posted. I backed an Asian American Kickstarter project.

I thought about backing another (but didn't but only because I had to choose between that and a happy meal and I choose the happy meal).

Did you at least GET NAKED?

Rub yourself with Asian American stuff? And no I don't know what stuff you should be rubbing yourself with.

No you probably didn't.

And yes - this is all this post is fuckers.

And you know by fuckers it means I think you're really really sweet.

Do something - anything - for this month.

Because it's dedicated to us.


#APAHM For This Month - Again - Be Naked

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

While running around yelling "HAN LIVES YOU FUCKERS!!!!!".

F & F is the only mythical lore I love?

Not completely true but you get the picture...

Be naked. Yell. Believe in the lore you love.

Nadya Okamoto + Leading the Menstrual Movement

Wednesday, May 01, 2019


Nadya Okamoto started a nonprofit, got into Harvard, ran for public office, and wrote a book — and she’s barely 21 years old. “I never feel like I am doing enough,” Okamoto tells InStyle. “Every night when I go to sleep, I always feel like I can be doing more to reconcile the privilege I have in this world and doing more to fight for equity.”

Yet, when Okamoto describes her teen years, the word “privilege” doesn’t spring to mind. In high school her family didn’t have a permanent home of their own, and it took Okamoto two hours to get to school. During her commute she had to change buses, and this is where she met women living in homeless shelters in the area. She started talking to some of them and discovered that in addition to the obvious — not being able to afford food, health care, or a place to live — they also couldn’t afford sanitary products for their periods. As a result they had to use toilet paper, cotton balls, socks, paper grocery bags, or even cardboard in lieu of pads and tampons. Resorting to these unsanitary methods carries all kinds of health risks, says Okamoto, “anything ranging from skin irritation to something more serious like toxic shock syndrome.”

I feel shame for all I haven't done....

I Was In The Motherlands So I Have An Excuse?

Monday, April 29, 2019

If you've noticed - but you probably haven't.

I've been away. No blogs. No tweets.

If you would be nice you'd say I was on a little vacation break.

If you weren't you'd say I'm just a shitty blogger (wait, didn't I use that in my last post title?).

Either is fine with me.

And now onto your regular White Washed TV.

Damn I'm A Shitty Blogger This Month (AKA So Here's Some News)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Well, since I haven't been blogging much this month--can I blame that on fake news and Trump?--instead I give you the news of people better than me.

Reappropriate - Oakland Unified School District Votes to Cut Program Serving Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

With reporting from Reappropriate intern V. Huynh.

“Today is a historic day in the city of Oakland where teachers, educators are united with parents, students, and we are demanding that we have schools that our students deserve here in the city of Oakland,” said Keith Brown, President of the Oakland Education Association last month at a gathering of over 3,000 educators, students, and parents at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. The activists represented over 87 schools in the Oakland United School District (OUSD), and later marched to OUSD headquarters chanting phrases like “Education Not Incorporation” and “Invest in Equity”.

The educators were marching to demand better wages, better support for students, and the better allocation of educational resources to schools who share histories of disproportionate funding and attention. Pithily put: This one’s about the kids.
National Review - Wesley Yang’s Asian-American Experience
Yang’s The Souls of Yellow Folk articulates the struggles of a ‘model minority.’

The word “coolie” comes to us from a Chinese term for “bitter labor,” and in Park Avenue law firms to this day there is an assumption that the heirs of these immigrants are the ones to be given the grunt work. White people in the same firms, says law professor and writer Tim Wu, manage to float above that, to seem like officers rather than cannon fodder, managers rather than minions. Guess who gets promoted to partner and who doesn’t? “The loudest duck gets shot,” is a Chinese proverb. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is a Japanese analogue. In English, we say, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”
As the Harvard Admissions Case Nears a Decision, Hear From 2 Asian-American Students on Opposite Sides
Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a group led by conservative anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, has alleged that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American students by holding them to a higher standard than other racial groups. SFFA lawyers have focused on a statistical analysis showing that Asian-American applicants on average were given a lower “personal rating” by Harvard’s admissions office than applicants of other races. Harvard has said that analysis is flawed and has denied it discriminates, arguing that race-conscious admissions policies are necessary to maintain a diverse student body.
8 Badass Asian-Americans We Can't Overlook This Women's History Month
Not only do Asian-American women have to contend with the glass ceiling, but we also have to worry about the “bamboo ceiling”: an invisible barrier that systematically keeps Asians out of leadership positions in spite of success in the workplace and in school. Below ― to mark Women’s History Month ― we give props to eight Asian-American pioneers who became heroines in their respective fields. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so feel free to share who would have made your list in the comments.
Head of Warner Bros. Resigns Over Alleged Quid-Pro-Quo Relationship With Actress
On Monday, Warner Bros. announced that chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the first Asian American man to run a major Hollywood Studio, had resigned amidst an investigation into alleged misconduct. The news follows a report in the Hollywood Reporter last week featuring leaked text messages dating back to 2013, allegedly sent between Tsujihara and actress Charlotte Kirk. The messages seem to show Tsujihara offering to help with her career while the two had a sexual relationship.
GenAPA hosts cultural show ‘Technicolor: Vivid Past. Vibrant Future.
On Friday night, about 200 University of Michigan students, families and alums lined the halls of the Michigan League eager to enter the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for the annual Generation Asian/Pacific American’s cultural performance. The event, advertised to be the largest Pan-Asian cultural show in the Midwest, has been a tradition of GenAPA since the group’s founding in 1995.

Asian Women On Asian Women Who Color Their Hair Blond...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I'm just going to break this one down because I feel like it should be broken down, even if not all the way, because I just have to roll this one up and smoke it - even if I come back to it later on ('cause sometimes you just have to save a little).

Maybe I'm wrong and generalizing on this one but I feel like Asian women, on Asian women, can sometimes be the harshest of the harsh, on Asian women.

I'm not saying that's wrong - because of anyone gets to be harsh on Asian women, it's Asian women - I'm just saying.

Sometimes I do hear the "Why does she have to be blond? Why's she trying to have the White Woman hair? Why can't she just be who she is?"--and I'll concede that at times, I can ask this question myself - but honestly - only in some cases, and usually, only after I hear an Asian woman comment on it.

My take is that White Women get to color their hair all the time. Why can't Asian women color their hair too?

Just because it's blond does that mean it has to be bad?

I mean I get it too and I love the beautiful black and brown hair of my people, and I understand the ropes of colonization we must unwrap ourselves from, but sometimes, I feel like the hair color is just a little difference.

Sometimes a rock is just a rock.

I like pink and red too btw - or steaks, or tips.

And--is it okay for an Asian woman, to like a White Woman's style, and emit portions of that, or make it their own?

Is it being colonized?

Or is it appreciation?

Or - does it have nothing to do with them anyway?

I should also say - you hear Asian guys rap on this (myself included) - so it does cross over - and then that gets me thinking about how I don't hear the same criticism of Asian guys who do a little blond in their hair, and that begs the question of why do we question one more than the other?

Hmmm....more to think about.


Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A little behind putting these up - but you know - just vibe...

Daylight (Music And Music): Year of the OX - Seven Rings (TRAKTIVIST Radio mashup), G2 - I Don't Know (feat. Lyricks)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Year of the OX - Seven Rings (TRAKTIVIST Radio mashup)

G2 - I Don't Know (feat. Lyricks)

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.


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.