Wait...I Still Blog Here? And I'm Starting Some New Asian American Sites? Just A Gosh Darn Minute...(While I Take A Knee)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

It's true. Looking at some general stats of posts, apparently, I'm still blogging...and sure I have to get some posts up at some other places...but you know what - this year has been a bear - and I'm bear - so I'll take what I can get - and who knew that I'd out-blog some other folks too (everyone must just be getting old and tired...or young and hungover...or just hungover).

But if the posts have seemed slim - especially over summer - they have been.

But fear not (unless you were hoping I was going to die soon).

I'm still here and apparently typing....

And some awesome new sites around Asian America are in the works - you know - ones that don't actually go stale...because stale bread is horrible (and stale White Bread is even worse).

But those come later...or sooner...

Whichever ones comes first.

I feel like there's a saying from Confucius to help me on that last one...but Le Thanh Tong isn't around anymore...

P.S. That Slant'd Issue #1 Is Awesome As Fuck

Wednesday, September 27, 2017



Seriously - when they said magazine, I was expecting - well - a magazine - but it's like this beautiful booklet of Asian American love and style and when I flipped through it I was blown away.

It's.so.good.

https://www.slantdmag.com/

Random Sun Mee Chomet (IVEY Award Winner)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017



https://www.facebook.com/IveyAwards/photos/a.1631395366892572.1073741848.132732750092182/1631405003558275/?type=3&theater

Quick Links: Tamlyn Tomita Gets Series Regular On The Good Doctor

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cool.

Read more @ http://deadline.com/2017/09/the-good-doctor-tamlyn-tomita-promoted-series-regular-abc-drama-freddie-highmore-1202174900/

Chamroeun Phan of #ReleaseMN8 Finally Released to His Family

Friday, September 22, 2017

Great news for everyone involved.

After more than 387 days in immigration detention, Chamroeun Phan of Maplewood, MN, came home to his family on Monday. In May, Phan's immigration attorney, Mai Neng Moua, successfully argued that Phan's deportation to Cambodia should be cancelled because of the undue hardship it would cause his family. But the Trump administration appealed the immigration judge's ruling and refused to release him from detention. As part of the #ReleaseMN8 campaign, Phan's release Mondaycame as the result of intense community advocacy and legal challenges.


Montha Chum, Phan's sister and a lead organizer with #ReleaseMN8, stated, "We are so thankful and relieved to have Shorty back home with us." Chum continued, "Chamroeun's release, only by the grace of God, shows the power of community organizing and effective advocacy. The #ReleaseMN8 community, along with our national supporters such as Mijente, Southeast Asian Freedom Network, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and Southeast Asia Resource Action Center, stood by us every step of the way, and refused to let Chamroeun be deported without a fight."

Phan added, "God never gave up on me. My family never gave up on me. I can't even express how grateful I am for the community support, from the Twin Cities to all across the country, thank you so much. God is so good!"

Ivy Lin + Her Films On Tour: Beauty & The Sea + Bitter Harvest + MOCA + Wing Luke Museum

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Definitely hope if you get a chance you can check out Ivy's films when they play in Stockholm, NYC @ MOCA and in Seattle @ the Wing Luke Museum.

Here's a little from Ivy on her films and the tour!

[Stockholm]

"Beauty & the Sea" (2015, 10 min.) has been selected to screen at Västerås Filmfestival on September 21st (at 11:00am at Orzone theater) & September 23rd(time TBD at Culturen). This is not only the first time ever that my film has been selected to screen at an overseas film festival but also a joyful occasion for my film to be in the great company of films from literally all over the world! Västerås is a city located 62 miles west of Stockholm.

http://vasteras-filmfestival.se/program%202017/orzone.html

[New York City]

My most recent work "Bitter Harvest" (2017, 15 min.), a series of three short videos featuring two Chinese hop farmers in the Willamette Valley in the early 1900s, will be screened at Museum of Chinese in America in New York City on September 28th, 6:30pm. This is my third screening at MOCA NYC. For more event info:

http://www.mocanyc.org/mocafilms_bitterharvest

Many thanks for MOCA's effort in promoting this screening, "Bitter Harvest" screening has been included in Grub Street (the food/drinks arm of New York Magazine!!) as one of the 13 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City this September (scroll down to #8):

http://www.grubstreet.com/2017/08/what-to-eat-and-drink-in-nyc-this-september.html

"Bitter Harvest" at MOCA NYC trailer: https://vimeo.com/231485670

[Seattle]

"Bitter Harvest" (2017, 15 min.) has been selected to be part of an upcoming exhibit, "What's in Your Cup?", at Wing Luke Museum in Seattle from October 13th, 2017 to September 16th, 2018.

"Bitter Harvest" at Wing Luke Museum trailer: https://vimeo.com/231498192

You can read "Bitter Harvest" essay & view "Bitter Harvest" videos here:
https://oregonhumanities.org/this-land/stories/bitter-harvest/

#televisionstillwhite AKA On Riz Ahmed And Winners: Honestly...I'm Not That Excited By The Emmys...But Good For The Winners Either Way

Monday, September 18, 2017

I get it. A lot of firsts and a lot of good headlines - and if you're in TV (as in it's your business) obviously a huge deal - and again, I'm not saying people shouldn't be writing these articles.

But fuck.

One South Asian guy from the UK?

#televisionstillwhite

How do I know?

Because we get jacked up about one guy from one area (lot's of love for my South Asians).

I don't see any Chinese Americans winning this fucking award.

Some Japanese Americans?

You think you'll ever see a Vietnamese American win that award?

Yeah - let's all clap our hands for at least some diversity - but really - it's kind of a little morsel to get lost in the back of your molars waiting for a toothpick.

Justice for Tommy Le

Friday, September 08, 2017

Unfortunately this has been tracking for a while.

Glad to see the family has filed suit (well...glad isn't quite the right word).

From http://reappropriate.co/2017/09/autopsy-tommy-le-shot-twice-in-back-by-police-for-holding-a-pen/

Since the shooting death of Michael Brown in 2014, the nation has been forced to contend with this nation’s long-running epidemic of excessive violence disproportionately committed by law enforcement against people of colour — and in particular Black people. The Guardian reported that in 2016 Black people were more than twice as likely to be killed by police than Whites or Asians; Hispanic and Latinx people, as well as Native people, were also significantly more likely to be killed. Ethnic disaggregation of the data published by The Guardian further show that of Asian Americans who are killed by police, victims are disproportionately South and Southeast Asian Americans, like both Fong Lee (who was Hmong American) and Tommy Le (who was Vietnamese American). Indeed, Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans are 3.5 times more likely — and, Southeast Asian Americans are nearly six times more likely — to be killed by police compared to East Asian Americans.

Go to help donate to the fund: https://www.youcaring.com/tommyle-874946

Oh Hell Yes: Kristina Wong's How To Pick Up Asian Chicks (AKA #HowNotToPickUpAsianChicks) + Asa Akira, Justina Walford, Amy Hill, Erin O’Brien, Lesley Asistio, Helen Hong, Molly Wedgwood, Lianne Lin, Krista Suh, Jenny Yang, Lynn Chen, Miki Yamashita

Thursday, September 07, 2017



And you know what you should be watching...

Get it while you can!

Asian American women read from Dan Cuttle’s self-published book, “Everyman’s Guide to Asian Sex,” a chronicle of his experiences/ delusions of having sex with women throughout Asia.

ABOUT THIS SERIES: In “Kristina Wong’s How to Pick Up Asian Chicks,” Asian American women review self-published books by white men about how to pick up Asian chicks. Check out all six episodes!

#HowNotToPickUpAsianChicks

Cast: Kristina Wong, Asa Akira, Justina Walford, Amy Hill, Erin O’Brien, Lesley Asistio, Helen Hong, Molly Wedgwood, Lianne Lin, Krista Suh, Jenny Yang, Lynn Chen, Miki Yamashita

Series Creator: Kristina Wong
Director: Jenessa Joffe
Producers: Kristina Wong, Keri Smith, Daresha Kyi, Jenessa Joffe
Cinematographers: Hana Kitasei, Scott Baker
Production Crew: Asher Yap, Penda Diakite, Puppet
Editor: Casey Nimmer
Assistant Editors: Penda Diakite, Charlie Brewer
Colorist: Emilia Mendieta
Post-Production Sound: Izumi Rosas
Re-recording mixers: Izumi Rosas & Chris Morocco
Motion Graphics: Brian Carter
Special Thanks: Jenny Yokobori, Sandra Valde, Caddie Hastings, Daniel Gross, May Yeung

Get all the episodes.

Pittsburgh Get Ready! Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival 2017

Thursday, September 07, 2017



Click on the pic above for a larger image.

Check out all the information down at the Silk Screen site.

Don't Mess With Nydia Han

Thursday, September 07, 2017



Nydia Han, a reporter and anchor at Philadelphia’s 6ABC Action News, took to Facebook on Sunday to describe a moment that made her feel like an outsider in her own city.

Han, a Korean-American with more than two decades of experience in broadcast journalism, was almost hit by a car while crossing a Philadelphia street Friday night on a green light.

“A driver, coming the opposite direction on Locust, flew around the corner to make a left turn — clearly did not see me — screeched to a halt and missed hitting me by about half a foot,” Han says in the video, which currently has over 1.4 million views.

The two exchanged a few words about who had the right of way at the intersection. Then the driver drove off and shouted, “This is America!”

Read it in full here.

Vietnamese Americans Getting Targeted In Fort Worth Neighborhood

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Well this isn't good:

Police are sounding the alarm about a Fort Worth neighborhood being targeted by thieves.

Investigators say two homes have been hit in the past few days, and they’re concerned because they’re seeing a pattern.

Home surveillance video shows a burglary ring in action.

Three men are dressed alike, in what appears to be gardening clothes. They see the homeowner’s surveillance camera and readjust it to avoid being seen, but the camera keeps rolling.

Police say the burglary started with a woman ringing the door bell to a house on Cave Creek Court in North Fort Worth. When no one came to the door, police believe she called or text the men, who arrived in a maroon Chevy pick up.

Hopefully they catch these perps fairly soon.

White Women Are The Scariest Villains: Rosario Dawson, Katherine Heigl, Cheryl Ladd + Unforgettable

Wednesday, September 06, 2017



Sure. There's this:

But it’s hard to ignore the fact that the depiction of both Heigl’s character, Tessa, and Rosario Dawson’s Julia seems uncomfortably outdated. “Unforgettable” portrays these women as vicious rivals, both seeking the love and approval of a rich hunk to make them feel validated, complete. But the script from Christina Hodson finds room to explore the origins of their insecurities as well as their feminine strength. And the depiction of perfect, judgmental mommies in a predominately white, wealthy, Pasadena-like town in Southern California isn’t too far off.

And yes it did take me two sittings (thank you Redbox) - but I watched this and damn - between this and Get Out - you know - this is some scary shit they're bringing to life.

Clowns? I mean okay...maybe depending upon what's happening.

Serial Killers?

If you do it right...

But Crazy White Women?

And their moms?

Damn....[shivers down my spine]...

Where's the blanket with the hole in it so I only have to see pieces?

And true - Heigl plays her role - and so good - but she also does so opposite Rosario Dawson, who's equally as amazing.

Oooohhhh....

[still shivering from the White People!]

Okay.

I need to watch the Furchester Hotel or something...

Get That Money Young Ones - Take It From A 20 Year-Old Who's Doing It

Wednesday, August 16, 2017



What was I doing when I was twenty?

Surely not this...

Submit Now For CAAMFEST 2018!

Friday, August 11, 2017

That time has come again and here we are - submit if you dare....

THE CENTER FOR ASIAN AMERICAN MEDIA IS ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR CAAMFEST MAY 2018

Submit your work today for the opportunity to have your work presented at the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films, music and food programs and interactive workshops. For 35 years, CAAMFest has been a major launching point for emerging and veteran talent like Ang Lee, Jennifer Phang, Mira Nair, Lena Khan, John Cho, Justin Lin and more. You could be next!

SUBMISSION DEADLINES
Early Deadline: 24 Oct 2017 $30
Normal Deadline: 14 Nov 2017 $35
Late Deadline: 28 Nov 2017 $40
Extended (WAB): 5 Dec 2017 $45

You can submit online at Withoutabox, FilmFreeway, or by using CAAM's Online Form (email festival@caamedia.org for more details). Learn more and apply here.

Current Sustaining CAAM members receive one free submission. Join or renew your membership online today to bring your stories to light! Memberships start at $50 and include discounts on CAAMFest tickets and invitations to members-only events.