LA Asian Pacific Film Festival + MyxTV + Free Tix

Friday, April 17, 2015



Just gotta watch.

#TBT: 5 Things White People Need To Learn About Cultural Appropriation + The Daily Dot

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Let's throw it back to something not that old but still always a good read.

A Japanese teen wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the logo of a big American company is not the same as Madonna sporting a bindi as part of her latest reinvention. The difference is history and power

[...]

Just because you may find any elements of another culture or subculture to be awe-inspiring, or even have an odd fetish or fascination with it, using those expressions dispensibly is an insult that comes with a long history and trend of racial and ethnic discrimination and prejudice. It’s insulting to say the least.

Lin Jong At The MCG + K. Oanh H (AKA An American Daughter Returns To Vietnam)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015



http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/investigation-into-claims-fans-made-homophobic-racist-remarks-at-mcg/story-fni0fiyv-1227300488286

A RICHMOND fan who made a racist remark about Western Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong at the MCG on Saturday has apologised [...]
Jong has accepted the apology but told the offender his comments during the Tigers-Bulldogs clash were unacceptable. Jong accepted the apology in a statement released by the club today. “It is disappointing these incidents still arise and I want to say to all football fans, including our own, that any abusive behaviour based on someone’s skin colour, race, sexuality or anything like that is just not acceptable in this day and age,” Jong said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-04-08/a-daughter-s-vietnam-return-forces-a-father-to-confront-his-past

In 2010, three decades after we survived a harrowing boat escape from the communist regime in Vietnam, I broke the news to my father: I would be moving back there with his three grandchildren. He took a step toward me, unblinking. “You know they are my enemy, right?” he asked. “You know we risked our lives to flee Vietnam and now you are taking my grandchildren back there?” I had seen my father angry before, but I hadn’t seen hurt in his eyes. Like many Vietnamese Americans, my father was critical of the communist government that seized control of our homeland in 1975. He had served in the opposing Republic of Vietnam’s Air Force as a mechanic. But growing up in southern California just miles from the “Little Saigon” community of immigrants in the 1980s, politics was never dinner conversation. My decision to return to my birthplace pushed my father to confront memories he’d buried since we fled in 1979.

Live Feed Periscopers: Suzanne Nguyen + Howard Chen + Nicole Chiu-Wang

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

While live multicast feeds have been around for a while, live feeds from your phone with such ease and built in social hooks are just beginning to blow up. But blow up they are and the two front runners are Meerkat and Periscope. Here are two quick shots of Periscopers Suzanne Nguyen, Howard Chen, and Nicole Chiu Wang.



You may have already heard of Suzanne Nguyen and while everything was going fast I swear she banned someone right there and then. I think she talked about doing an e-book. Support the new disruptors.



Howard Chen of CBS Houston/SportsRadio 610 - some nice live events from what I've seen.



Just happened to catch this feed from Nicole Chiu-Wang and then checked out the twitter script - ceo, coo, feminist attorney.

Make It Pop, Nickelodeon, Megan Lee, Louriza Tronco, And Erika Tham

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some articles on the new K-Pop show making the rounds starring a bunch of North American Asian faces including Megan Lee, Louriza Tronco, And Erika Tham (of whom is the only actual high-schooler)

And no, I haven't seen any episodes yet, but, I'm also not the demo here. And no, that doesn't mean I don't think it will be good.

Fine.

I'll watch an episode.

It's Like Waterworld. Except Without Kevin Costner. And It's In Vietnam

Tuesday, April 14, 2015



See it @ at the MSPIFF.

My PM Dawn Lindsay Price Post

Monday, April 13, 2015

I was catching up on an episode of Blackish which both had Lindsay Price in it and a reference to PM Dawn.

So that's where this comes from.



And this.



This.



This too and sure, this as well.


Love That Presidential Swagger AKA And Hillary Comes Out Swinging

Monday, April 13, 2015



Call me crazy, but if you want to come out and align yourself with pretty much everyone except right wing fascists wearing purple neon tutus - so they can point to it and say "yeah, I see myself there too and yes, that means something to me and how I will vote" - I would say job well done.

Inspirational even.

P.S.

Still could use some more Asian American male face time. If anyone needs any recommendations...

3X: Nathan Hermida And The Voice

Friday, April 10, 2015


His last performance

While he didn't make the top 12 cut the Film Am made some pretty great runs and gave everyone some nice performances.

On Twitter, Nathan Hermida said: “That’s the way the cookie crumbles! Thank you for all the support through my journey. This has been amazing and I’ve met so many talented people. But this isn’t the end! I’m going to be on a musical grind with covers and original music as soon as I can do so! So stay tuned and always keep up with me! Love you guys“. PS: “I swear I wasn’t pitchy on ‘Chains’ in my band rehearsals LOOOL.” Meanwhile, Adam recall the first time he met Nathan, “This kid, when I first met him, he was so uncomfortable on stage and I could tell that your biggest hurdle was gonna be performing. Honest to God, there were some issues with the vocal stuff, but I have to tell you man, you gave 100% for the effort and the fearlessness that you had to show to come up here and really perform“.



Leave Your Lover


His blind audition

Check out more about Nathan @ NBC & twitter

Sam Tsui And Kina Grannis Is Exactly What You Need (Chains)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Divide And Conquer Or Bring Together And Prosper

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Sometimes I think I have to make that conscious effort and think about what that means and how that manifests itself in what I do, or alternately, what I don't do - and not on any grand level because if anything I'm not that grand, but simpler - what makes me salivate.

I'm Not Sure If I'd Call It Little + Hanya Yanagihara

Thursday, April 09, 2015

At 700+ pages again - I'm not sure you can call it little.

The lock on the toolshed is smashed, the motel door is kicked in and a child ­emerges — blinky, freed from years of sexual service, the violence finally at an end. The newspapers celebrate another triumph of the human spirit, and move on. But does the victim do the same? How does someone go from years of suffering and shame to live out the rest of a life? This is the question Hanya Yanagihara, author of “People in the Trees,” takes on in her second novel.

This 700-plus-page narrative follows the lives of four college friends who come to New York seeking fame and higher tax brackets. Malcolm is an architect, Willem an actor, JB a painter. The fourth, Jude, is a litigator with a secret, painful past, and the book is primarily his story. He’s a beautiful orphan, now surrounded by loving friends, even formally adopted by Harold, his former law professor. Inside, though, he is sick with self-loathing — a veteran returned from the black site that was his childhood.

It is her second book.

Purvi Patel + Indiana Feticide Laws

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

An interesting article down at The American Prospect:

Patel is the second women to be prosecuted under Indiana’s feticide law. The first woman was also an Asian American [...]

With a history of stereotyping Asians as untrustworthy, perfidious foreigners, it is highly probable that racial assumptions played a role in singling out these immigrant women of color for prosecution.

20 Years Ago: KIDS + Jeff Pang + Julie Ho + Jonathan Staci Kim + Joseph Chan + More

Tuesday, April 07, 2015



By all means this wasn't a film that had landmark roles (or even large ones) for Asian Americans - but we were there - and seeing how it's 20 years old I'll have to go back and re-watch it.

Is This The Weed Smoking Blunt Rolling Waxy Shatt APIA Song Of The Summer?

Tuesday, April 07, 2015



I know - it's barely just Spring.

But things take time to catch on?

Maybe?