Millions Season 1 World Premiere April 28th

Thursday, April 24, 2014

I got word from writer/director Andrew Chung that the Millions Season 1 Premiere is happening this April 28th.

Millions, about a group of twenty-something friends who set out to become millionaires before they turn 30 after a tragedy in their lives, will be making its premiere on Monday April 28th at 8:00PM EST @, and will air for eight consecutive weeks, every Monday, making up eight episodes for Season 1. The Premiere Episode will be a special double 40 minute episode.
It's a project of passion for Chung, who's spent his savings trying to get this out to the world, so definitely check it out and let the cast and crew know what you think.

I Just Don't Know If Twerking And Classical Music Go Together

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Belgium's B-Classic music festival, whose mission is to "give classical music the same recognition as pop and rock music," brings us a rather interesting sensory collision in the form of the music video below, promoting its "Classic Comeback" competition.

Korean pop-dance group Waveya interprets the godfather of Slavonik dance music (and Brahm's brosef) Antonín Leopold Dvořák in the three-minute synchronized bump-'n'-grind-gyration-twerk-fest set to "Symphony No. 9 Allegro con fuoco."
Decide for yourself.

Well This Is A Shitty Avril Lavigne Video (And The Song Sucks Too)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

No really.

It is.

The Fellowship Of The The Asian American Writers' Workshop (Margins And Open City Fellowships)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Asian American writers in the NY area this ones for you!

If you're an emerging Asian American writer based in New York, get ready for a big hug. We're excited to announce the call for two separate fellowships tailor-made for you.

You may already know about our Open City Fellowship, now in its fourth year, which gives five writers the opportunity to write and publish short-form and long-form narrative nonfiction on the vibrant immigrant communities of New York City.

This year we're excited to announce a totally new fellowship: The Margins Fellowship, an all new opportunity for three emerging creative writers (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction), aged thirty and under, to establish a home for their writing and a space to develop their careers.

All of our Fellows will receive $5,000, access to the AAWW space, publishing opportunities in our magazines, free workshops, and more. The Margins Fellows also receive residencies at the Millay Colony for the Arts, an innovative seven-acre artists retreat space at the former house and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. All fellows will serve as writers-in-residence with our online magazines, which have published Chang-rae Lee, Jessica Hagedorn, Ashok Kondabolu, Sarah Gambito, Jad Abumrad, and been linked to by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and The New Inquiry.

The deadline is Friday, May 16, by 11 pm

The Margins Fellowship | The Open City Fellowship

Intent To Appoint: Grace Tsao-Wu

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

From the White House with love:

Grace Tsao-Wu, Appointee for Member, Commission on Presidential Scholars

Grace Tsao-Wu is currently a Partner at Laudi Vidni, a position she has held since 2009. From 1994 to 2014, Ms. Tsao-Wu was the founder and owner of her own business, Tabula Tua. She is on the board of One Million Degrees, an organization that empowers low-income, highly motivated community college students to succeed in school, work, and life. She is also on the advisory board of the Chinese American Service League. Prior to this, Ms. Tsao-Wu worked for Kraft Foods from 1990 to 1993 and Price Waterhouse from 1983 to 1988. Ms. Tsao-Wu received a B.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

If Grandpa Makes That Joke I'm Kicking Him In The Nuts

Monday, April 21, 2014

I was reading this article, and honestly, it is the right way to do things in many ways. Try to have a talk etc., etc.

But at the same time if someone makes the joke of "I sure love the new Obama Christmas ornament. There’s nothing like seeing a black man hanging from a tree." I think a good swift kick to the nuts might be appropriate as well.

Metaphorically, of course. Devotes Space To Wondering If The KKK Can Rebrand Itself...WTF

Monday, April 21, 2014

I caught news of this down at Salon in the article CNN asks: “Can the Klan rebrand?”, which also has the best subtitle of "Racism is facing a branding problem, and CNN is on it" - and you just have to ask the question of why devote that much space to something so idiotic which has also spawned 4000+ comments with of course, awesome White people comments (you know, the usual purge and splurge...).


Quickie: Alvin Wong Is Still Happy

Monday, April 21, 2014

Really. He is.

Randomly Crushing On Nadine Truong + Senior Project The Movie

Monday, April 21, 2014

Can you blame me?


No you cannot.

Check out her soon to be released film Senior Project The Movie.

And you can also check out Someone I Used To Know (making its way through the festivals of 2014).

You're A First: Gia Ly

Monday, April 21, 2014

From the OC Register:
Gia Ly is co-owner of Crepe Corner and family business Zen Vegetarian Restaurant in Westminster. In addition she is also an owner of Arrow GTP, a company which works with Google to produce virtual interior tours of buildings which appear on Google maps. She's also the first female chair of the Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce in Orange County.

Neiborhood Watch: Are Those Maids Devious?

Sunday, April 20, 2014

So I was doing some work and had the TV on in the background and as the Heat game looked to be done mid 4th quarter, and for some reason turning to golf seeing that this too was over, and being HGTV'd, CNN'd, and MSNBC'd out, for some odd reason (again) saw Lifetime and Devious Maids and said "hmmmm...I was against this when it came out, but maybe it's not that bad?"

It's just background White Noise anyway...right?

Here's the deal. I'm not a Latino man or Latina women, so I can't speak to certain things. But I am a man of color, and in that way, representations of other POC matters in different ways, especially when you consider the oppression of us as a people on a whole.

I don't know.

I still have issues with seeing Latina women seeming to serve all the White People, versus the original telenova which was vastly different because it was an all Latino cast.

And then you can talk about the sexual aspect of it...what is that again? Something like "no language needed as long as the booty shakes"?

Again, I'm not a Latina woman, nor can I tell you what this might do for getting Latina women in the door of Hollywood to change the game from the inside (because sometimes you have to take the job on the bottom first to get ahead) but something still doesn't smell right to me on this one.

And then I wonder what this doesn't do for the Asian American community. Will Hollywood execs use this as an example for a Nail Salon show featuring Asian American women who not only serve wealthy White women but are also the desire of their husbands who come and pick them up?


Thirty minutes later and it's back to the airplane that will never be found...

FB + Texting: You Don't See That Coming Out From Nam...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

From The K-Girl Files:

And some texting back and forth:

Check out the article in full here.
Yeah, I know - lateral oppression.

But if we can't poke the bear, then what are our fingers for?

Since, it's not like they're Asian American...

You've Been WhiteOuted: Sky Ferreira + I Blame Myself + Past Video Archive

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I never heard of Sky Ferreira before this, but I was curious to read it, watch the video as well as some of her other videos, and I can't help but think to myself:

1. How come the majority of dealers are Black but the detectives interviewing her in the room are White?

2. When I looked at her other videos, I swear, there's not a Person Of Color in sight. I just see White Guys when I see other people in the videos.

3. Why do people still consistently use the phrase "They are more well spoken..." when in defense mode? If you know POC and you're for pulling POC up, then you should know we kind of hate that shit.

4. I love how in her response she never looks inward or touches on how, yeah, as someone who's looking pretty pale, that maybe there is something to what people are saying because of the constructs of race and power (around the world). Why is it always the sentiment of "Fuck you, I'm not racist" versus "That was never my intent, but maybe I need to think about this a little more"?

5. White People aren't always going to get it right, and as an Asian American man, I'm willing to give them chances to grow (sometimes...) but when they come out and just get all kinda White about it, versus being introspective about it then I really don't have anything more for them.

Sunday Morning Arden Cho (Oceans Hillsong UNITED)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Get Some History: Sessue Hayakawa + LAAPFF

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sometimes I have this dream where I'm supposed to rattle off 25 Asian American actors to get into some crazy dance club (which is weird because I don't really dance anymore unless it's in my house, or in the store when I'm getting groceries, where I also like to sing...) and the first thing out of my mouth is "Let's go old school first, Sessue Hayakawa....".

I'm sure other people have these dreams too.