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!

Lana Condor On The Tonight Show

Friday, January 18, 2019

Probably Already Heard But For Posterity: It's A Sequel (AKA To All The Boys)

Friday, January 18, 2019



I wonder if she'll get an Asian guy in the sequel?

WTF: Hasan Minhaj Banned In Saudi Arabia. With Help From @Netflix. You Worthless Censoring Fuckers.

Friday, January 18, 2019

A little late - but I think the title of my post pretty much sums it up.

https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/netflix-saudi-arabia-pulls-episode-patriot-act-hasan-minhaj-1203097580/

Netflix yanked an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” in Saudi Arabia after the government there leveled a legal threat over a segment in which the comedian criticizes U.S. ties to the regime and ridicules Saudi attempts to explain the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Netflix defended their decision by citing legal local laws, blah blah blah.

Give a Brown Man a show but then you ...

P.S. Fuck You #Newsweek For Ranking Woody Allen's 20 Best Movies - Bury Him.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

https://www.newsweek.com/woody-allen-best-movies-annie-hall-manhattan-hannah-and-her-sisters-1290340

Assholes.

#SurvivingWoodAllen: That Needs To Happen (AKA Do Asian Girls Matter?)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I get it - sex, power, knowing one's body, etc., etc., etc., what's the age of consent in the U.S. and in other countries (isn't Canada 16?)--all play into the arguments.

And while I may not subscribe to all those sides of those arguments - definitely with sex, let's make sure we aren't siding on the side of puritanism--hey I get that part because dirty sex is dirty sex.

But Woody Allen?

His adopted daughter?

We're not talking about sex between two consenting adults-and we never have.

I argue, as I always have, that because she was Asian (and then secondarily also adopted) - she didn't matter.

No one gave - and no one gives - a shit about her.

White men have been pillaging girls and women of color for centuries.

And no one gave a shit about them.

So what's the difference right?

And yes - I have gone into all this in detail before - this is a gut post.

Kiss my ass MF's.

Polygon's 20 Best Films Born From The Asian Diaspora

Tuesday, January 15, 2019



From writer Siddhant Adlakha:

The task of exploring “Asianness” in cinema falls on a variety of shoulders. In America, “Asian” usually means you’re Chinese or Japanese, or occasionally Korean, regardless of where in East Asia you’re from. In the U.K., it means you’re Indian or Pakistani. In reality, it’s a much wider umbrella, yet at the same time, a reductive pigeonhole. Such is the burden of post-colonial identity, the idea that even as filmmakers, one’s outlook as an immigrant — or as the child or grandchild of immigrants — must, at once, adhere to certain ideas of what constitutes “Asian” while simultaneously transcending them.

“You are not Asian; you are Other,” I remember being told as a teen in Mumbai, India, Asia, while filling out an SAT form. At the time I was called this thing, this “Other” — a mere category on paper that now feels insidious — I hadn’t even made my way to America to study yet, and I was already feeling an imposed contortion on my identity. But to what degree, I wonder, do I or my American-born cousins overlap with what is largely described as Asian-American culture? We work with the language (and within the boxes) prescribed by a white, English-speaking status quo, and whether we want to or not, our work in media constitutes a tapestry of what it means to be Asian in the rest of the world. And what a year it was to make a film that would inevitably be brought under the label of Asian, regardless of intent.

In America, “Asian August” was a watershed moment, wherein the teen rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the Kevin Kwan adaptation Crazy Rich Asians and the screen-life thriller Searching were simultaneously on screens. Yet America’s year of Asian excellence arguably began in January: Cathy Yan’s yet-unreleased Dead Pigs made waves at Sundance, leading to her being tapped to direct DC’s Birds of Prey; ChloĆ© Zhao’s monumental Native American Western The Rider finally hit screens in April, and she was subsequently hired to make Marvel movie The Eternals. In June, Chinese-Canadian empty-nest-syndrome short Bao by Domee Shi was seen by audiences worldwide before Incredibles 2, leading to her being hired for her first feature. Chinese-American Dave Callaham is all set to write Marvel’s Shang-Chi. And while superhero movies are by no means the only indicator of cinematic success, they’re a barometer of the ways in which Hollywood is slowly but surely widening its scope.

Read the full list @ https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/20/18139166/best-asian-movies-filmmakers-2018?fbclid=IwAR0xtlaRhQDmZbIDzgtho-QlUu71aNQ2bXuJWwsv-hiY4_TDd3MQhWlzpRQ

R. Kelly Is Off The Playlist (AKA Surviving R. Kelly AKA That Was Needed)

Monday, January 14, 2019



The relationship someone has with music and film, the arts - and themselves and their lives - it can be complicated. It's personal. One of the questions brought up early in literature is whether you should disassociate the author's personal life - know nothing about them - before reading their works. That this will influence you and how you see them.

It permeates outside the sphere of literature as well.

In this case--specific to the music of R. Kelly, or for instance in the case of Woody Allen in film, I don't think you can. I don't think those two questions are quantitatively the same.

One just holds more weight than the other.

Watching "Surviving R. Kelly"--I just can't forget about the person, and only live with the artist. I can't.

And I've been guilty of using the "Well...I don't really listen to him anymore, it's just those old 'classics'. And I never watched the film, I heard both parties said it wasn't them." and I think like others in a lot of communities--and thinking about the relationship to the projects, people, the films, the churches, the pop culture--we did turn a blind eye at worst, or at best claimed not having all the knowledge giving benefit of the doubt, and maybe at times saying "Trying to bring another man of color down..."

And that could be steeped in culture, community, faith, race, structures that already existed because of all of them combined. Listening to all the interviews in "Surviving R. Kelly" you can draw the lines and connect the points.

It's that much harder--and I'll say impossible, to refute anything as rumor or conjecture.

I just can't have it.

And it is complicated--those are some songs from the soundtrack of my and many other people's lives...when life is good you hold on to all of it because you don't know if it happens again. You don't know what the next day holds. So you keep a piece of that memory. That vibe. Because it may soothe you later on.

But when it really comes down to it--should that take precedence?

In the end, I should be able to choose the safety and well being of Black Girls and Black Women easily over the songs of R. Kelly.

I should be able to say no to a system that in some ways values the lives of Women of Color as less then those of White Women.

And there're other songs.

Other memories.

Just like there are other movies and other films to take my time versus a Woody Allen movie, there are other songs to take my time other than R. Kelly's.

"Surviving R. Kelly" was needed. It shed light on so much that someone like myself didn't know (and I say that in a somber way because I still knew enough). I didn't know he hung out at high schools and malls like that. I didn't know he was even married or that he had kids. Or what his wife went through. Or that the girl in the video was that young (I thought she was older/of age when it all happened and I didn't follow everything at those times--at least that's my memory now). Or that to this day he's still a predator, legal or not. All of these stories, all of these conversations, it's almost so mind boggling how truly long it has been able to go on for (and is still going on in different permutations)--but that's also what the documentary did--it delved into the deep relationships we have with music and art, those who make it, and how it affects us on a very personal level and the reasons "why".

I wish I had come to this conclusion earlier.

That somehow I would have paid more attention, that I didn't gloss over the court cases.

That I didn't try to X out the bad with the good and give benefit of the doubt, thereby sanctioning his actions for a good vibe--even though there's more to that statement, when boiled down that's what it is.

That I didn't give myself excuses.

But I am here now and I think that's important, and I think it's important as an Asian American POC that if I think about other stands I take--how can I not stand where I am now?

Retro Interviews: Publisher Nghi Huynh

Tuesday, January 08, 2019


Interview with Nghi Huynh, Asian American Press from Peter B. Myers on Vimeo.