Aziz, Aziz, Aziz + I Just Don't Know + But I Do + But I'm Thinking

Sunday, January 21, 2018



I don't know what to think about everything on Aziz Ansari, the article down at babe.net, and the ensuing conversations that have been happening. I think there's a lot to this - and there's a lot that's valid - for and against Aziz Ansari and what happened that evening. I do know this though (as I'm still thinking through some other things).

1. The story is triggering for a lot of women - of all ages - and that should tell us something - and it is telling.

2. This wasn't sexual assault or rape. To say so denigrates victims of rape, sexual assault, and abuse. Period. If you feel defensive or angry at that statement, I understand, but it's true.

3. I'm not standing up for Aziz Ansari. I wasn't there. Not knowing, or trying to figure things out in my own mind (or for anyone else for that matter), doesn't equate to standing up for, or condoning anyone's actions.

4. If someone tells you no and that they're uncomfortable - that's the line. That's the limit. End of date - well - maybe?

5. There's personal responsibility we have to take. If we're uncomfortable we have to leave. In many normal cases and scenarios, we have the right to opt out.

6. As a man, is it right for me to say #5 in this context giving the pressures of society and patriarchy? I don't know - but I know I'm still thinking about this.

EDIT: Adding In Aziz Ansari's response here:

"In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual," Ansari wrote in a statement obtained by CNN on Sunday.
"The next day, I got a text from her saying that although 'it may have seemed okay,' upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned," Ansari's statement continued. "I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."

On Stephane Gauger...

Sunday, January 21, 2018



Last week I had heard the news that Stephane Gauger - Asian American and Vietnamese American filmmaker - had passed away in Saigon and while I didn't know him well, I did have the pleasure of corresponding with him in the past - and I just know he is and will be missed by so many people in the communities here and abroad in Vietnam. Anderson down at YOMYOMF wrote up a great post on his legacy and their friendship.

It's a beautiful read.

If you never have, I urge you to check out Stephane Gauger's work and his contributions to the Vietnamese, Asian American, and films communities.

You will be missed.

Hope you are kicking it in the Saigon above relaxing and having a beer.

You're A First: Aziz Ansari Gets Best Actor For Master of None (And Gets Bleeped Out)

Monday, January 08, 2018

Netflix email drop:





People:

Ansari, in disbelief, took home the statue for best comedy actor in a television series during Sunday night’s award show for his role in Master of None.

“I genuinely didn’t think I was gonna win cause all the websites said I was going to lose,” Ansari, 34, said in his acceptance speech. “That would’ve been s—-y if I had lost two years in a row.”

The actor — who also created the show with collaborator Alan Yang — went on to talk about his acting skills.






Viet Goodness #8: Sambi + Như Cái Lò + DreamSteady

Thursday, January 04, 2018



More dislikes than likes on the video (52K to 62K), but the reaction videos were the best.

Original



Overall I liked it.




Viet Goodness #7: Kevin Minh Allen’s "Go In Clean, Come Out Dirty"

Thursday, January 04, 2018



No better way to say it than the publisher:

Clean, dirty, transformed—Kevin Minh Allen’s Go In Clean, Come Out Dirty puts a magnifying glass on what seems to be mere minutiae, elevating the smallness of details that build up into larger territories of home, belonging, and liminality. Allen paints pastoral landscapes in the U.S. and in Viet Nam on a canvas of clay, grass, trees, wind, roots, hilltops, and holes. The scenes frame a dual and fragmented identity for the Amerasian adoptee poet, who breathes urgency into the transience and legacy of war and resettlement. Allen brings the reader into the bellies of bomb craters and the mouths of rivers East and West. Grouped into three parts, the poems reveal the expectations and realities underneath the fossils of memory and mystery.

Pick it up @ https://www.rabbitfoolpress.com/products/go-in-clean-come-out-dirty.

Viet Goodness #6: Ưng Hoàng Phúc

Thursday, January 04, 2018



Sure - everyone loves them some Sơn Tùng M-TP and some Soobin Hoàng Sơn - and that includes me too.

But I also gotta get me some Ưng Hoàng Phúc.

Silky.

Viet Goodness #5: Thu Thủy's "Hết Yêu"

Thursday, January 04, 2018



*Apparently the video got de-listed already....check it out @ http://us.24h.com.vn/doi-song-showbiz/thu-thuy-trut-het-tam-can-hat-ve-hon-nhan-do-vo-c729a929453.html - keeping the embed up in case it comes back online...

On my playlist. On my playlist. On my playlist.

I mean - can you blame me?

No.

No you can't.

Viet Goodness #4: TOULIVER X LÊ HIẾU X SOOBIN HOÀNG SƠN - NGÀY MAI EM ĐI 2017

Thursday, January 04, 2018



I think this comment says a lot about one of the smoothest vibes from last year:

OMG I love this song so much I will learn how to sing it ...I promise I'm Thai and never listen to Vietnamese song before.. Never expected it is this beautiful Jesus Christsake! Please recommend this type of Vietnamese song for me more pleaseeee

Sleep on us Viets and sleep with the cá - well you know - metaphorically speaking because you'll just miss out on a ton of great music.

Viet Goodness #3: Tóc Tiên (Best Asian Artist Vietnam 2017)

Thursday, January 04, 2018



And why wouldn't she? Yeah - I know I know - but you've gotta make way for the new guard (well you know what I mean). Here's her acceptance speech down at MAMA Vietnam.

Viet Goodness #2: Bitcoin Heist

Thursday, January 04, 2018



Kept me guessing until the end, and I was definitely loving the slick action sequences and comedy along the way - and while I wasn't sure about everything for her character - holy MF - Suboi is so good in this - forget up and coming - she's arrived.

Great cast, fun flick - what more do you want?

Viet Goodness #1: Bring It On 2018 + Made In Vietnam

Thursday, January 04, 2018



I wanted to start off 2018 with some love to my Viets - one of the many great communities I get to call my own - here and all over the world, and do a set of posts about some of the things I've been loving, making me think, or just want to post about (and yeah - maybe a little music heavy here and there - but do your own list as I like to say xD).

So for the first post I wanted to send up some love to the MADE IN VIETNAM project (and hopefully a little more on this) which looks to have been germinating for a little bit, and has been out on Soundcloud:

“Made In Vietnam” là một tuyển tập những bài nhạc rap được sản xuất bởi A.P và Lac Su. Những nghệ sĩ tham gia đều là những nghệ sĩ hip hop đã thành danh và dành thời gian quý báu của họ ra để đóng góp cho album này. Thứ duy nhất Lac gợi ý cho những nghệ sĩ trước khi họ sáng tác là “Made In Vietnam có ý nghĩa gì với bạn?”. Những ca từ và câu chuyện được chia sẻ trên nền beat du dương độc đáo mang nhiều ngọt bùi đắng cay nhưng cũng đầy hi vọng. Những bài hát này giống như những cỗ máy thời gian đáng để hậu thế thưởng thức và nghiên cứu. Nếu thích cứ thoải mái chia sẻ album này. Ko có gì ngoài hoà bình và tình yêu dành cho các bạn.

“Made In Vietnam” is a collection of creative rap songs co-produced by A.P and Lac Su. The artists featured in this compilation are established hip hop artists. They have spared their valuable time to contribute to this album. The only premise Lac provided them for their deliverables was, “What does ‘Made In Vietnam’ mean to you?” The stories the artists shared through melodic and original beats produced by A.P are bitter-sweet, yet full of hope. These cherished songs are like time capsules to be enjoyed and studied by future generations to come. Please feel free to share this album. Peace and Love.

Peep it down @ https://soundcloud.com/lac/sets/made-in-vietnam-a-compilation

P.S. I'm Really Behind On Email...

Friday, December 22, 2017

Errr....it seems I've been pretty bad at email over the last month or so....give it time they said?

Okay.

That's it.

Your regularly scheduled program will resume (most likely on another channel).

100 AZNS Of 2017, Celebrating Asian America, And A Humble Thank You

Friday, December 22, 2017



A team of awesome people including Leah Nichols (Creator & Designer) and Contributors Vicky Chao, Elisa Gyotoku, Suejean Kim, Lindsay Meyer, Binh Nguyen, Maddie Raffel, Andrew Stenson, and Diana Wu--created a new list, based on The Root 100, documenting and showcasing "the immense talents, creativity, and leadership among Asian Americans in 2017". Here's the full description:

100 AZNS is here to document and showcase the immense talents, creativity, and leadership among Asian-Americans in 2017. Heavily influenced by The Root 100, 100 AZNS was born out of initial skepticism that enough Asian-Americans could even fill a list. The result was the compilation of a wildly long list of many hundreds. The following represents only a selection of many who are putting in the work, livin their best lives, and inspiring positive change. Congratulations to this year's 100!!

Here's a link to the PDF for download and here's the link again to the list page.

A Humble Thank You (For The Full List)

There are some great people on this list (all of them) and all absolutely deserve to be on it and have done a lot in 2017 for the Asian American community (and throughout their whole lives) just by doing what they do and being who they are. Check out the list using the links above (as my screenshot is not great...) and you'll see and recognize a lot of people and hopefully you will be exposed to new people in our community too, and be able to read descriptions about some of the things they've done this year!

You know, putting lists together isn't easy. And putting a list together that also looks great with some great design aesthetics? It takes time. It takes effort. And I can only imagine the decisions in whittling down the list.

A big huge thank you for the team who put this together.

And yes - even if it didn't have me in it - I'd still say it - because it's an awesome list.

A Little Surprised

I am humbled and honored that I was even thought of for this list - and I still can't help but wonder if maybe there was a mistake and it got out before a final edit. But, simply because of the alphabet, you will see me in this list at the beginning - and all I can say (except for another thank you) is that thank damn goodness that I only have so many pics out there, and that I at least look somewhat like I won't break any cameras or computer screens...

Thanks again to everyone who put this together and for making visible so many great Asian Americans in such a cool way (because the lettering, the colors, the fonts - the content of it - all of it - it really is amazing)!

...It Seems George Takei Isn't A Serial Molester After All (Whew!)

Thursday, December 14, 2017

If timelines play into anything - because of what we've already seen - they would suggest that with no more accusations, George Takei is not a serial molester - and I for one am at least breathing a little easier. I'm not gonna say everything is perfect - because there's still that first one - but given the one only - most likely it'll be chalked up to a number of different things (misunderstandings, different recollections, maybe just non-belief overall).

At 80 and with everything that Takei has already done, I don't think this will affect the way he's looked at as much as it could for someone like Al Franken. I don't know if he's going to be offered a plethora of space anymore, and there will always be a mention, or at least a footnote, concerning the allegations - but if you asked me if he could "survive" it - which is an ironic way to think about the terminology - because victims survive - I'd say yes.

AND BARELY A PIN WAS HEARD...

I just don't think enough people put out what they normally might have on this topic for anyone else, just because he was George Takei. I have to wonder the reasons for it - and I can take guesses - but in the long run - no matter what the reason I just don't think it's as beneficial to stay quiet. I think you have to talk about in a public forum no matter how big or small. If the Asian American community can't talk about something like this in fear of rocking the boat and giving up what's become good - it just plays into the system that already said our words weren't good enough to send a White Man to jail.

Call me crazy.

From Sen. Mazie Hirono On The President

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The only way to stop this president who has a narcissistic need for attention, he’s a masogynist and admitted sexual predator and a liar. The only thing that will stop him from attacking us—because nobody is safe—is his resignation.
https://twitter.com/MariannaNBCNews/status/940615524257583106