News Round Up

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Words from blogosphere and beyond.

S.F. police chief praised for her integrity

Law enforcement experts say five years is an eternity when it comes to running a police department, and many of San Francisco Police Chief Heather Fong's friends and critics agreed Saturday that after her five years on the job, it's time to move on.

Fong, who has been a police officer in the city for 32 years, was the first Asian American woman in the nation to lead a major city's police department and was San Francisco's first female police chief. News of her departure was met Saturday with a mix of relief and sadness: Fong was roundly praised, even by critics, for her integrity and overwhelming commitment to the city, but her laid-back management style continues to vex many rank-and-file police officers.
Go Hmong Boy!

The mass exodus of the Hmong hill-tribe from South East Asia in the 70’s brought new families, new cultural traditions and new stories to the United States. Hmong-American storyteller Tou Ger Xiong raps, chats, and tells us his family's true tale of escaping persecution in Laos by crossing the Mekong River.
Healthy Choice Makes Awful Choice With 'Asian Inspired' Dinners

Uh Oh. Once again, a less than clued in marketer has rankled sensibilities by using tired stereotypes to promote product. A new site from ConAgra has been created for the brand's Asian Inspired Health Choice. It's lame. Truly lame. But we're going to give the floor to our reader who had this to say about that:

"Where do I begin? The ad people who came up with the 'lonely fortune writer' idea should be fired. The brand manager that approved the concept and execution should be fired. Anyone who approved this work should re-evaluate their values.
Hmong get a mixed debut in new Eastwood film

On online Hmong chat boards, people have already criticized the movie for perpetuating stereotypes. But Garvey said the film shines a positive light on the close-knit nature of the Hmong community in Detroit.

And she notes that the film isn't meant to be a documentary about the entire Hmong people. "It's really a movie more about people learning to live with each other ... and meet the people that you fear most," Garvey said. Doua Moua, who plays one of the lead gang members, graduated from the International School of Minnesota in Eden Prairie and moved to New York to follow his acting dreams. He still works in an Italian restaurant to finance his career.

Moua, 21, he didn't have any regrets about stepping into the role of a gangsta. After all, Moua said he saw how gangs consumed his brother's life while they were growing up in St. Paul. "A lot of the first-generation Hmong people went through this, too," he said. "You know, like the hardship of these young men trying to assimilate to the American culture, but because they don't have a fatherly figure there with them ... they come together, form gangs, support each other, and kind of become each other's lookout."
Nguyen is the Ngu Smith

One of our readers unleashed a terrible truth on me today: the nameless ginormous boob skank (Wait, don't call her that!) that shot to anonymous fame via one unfortunate Michael Phelps photo-op actually has a name--and that name is... Nguyen.

In fact, Naomi Nguyen, apparently a former fighter/now actress, has her own official website, replete with more ginormous boob photos...
The Asian Male Calendar Release

This one's for you folks that love your Asian men, and those that have a thing for them. Asian Men Redefined just came out with their 2009 calendar a while ago and I just wanted to spread the word. Every time I get a chance to help promote the masculinity of my peeps, cause you know Hollywood won't, I do it at will.
daniel henney in x-men origins: wolverine trailer

Oh snap! Ladies, gather 'round. It's superhot model-turned-superstar South Korean actor Daniel Henney showing up in the new trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The movie is a prequel of sorts, telling the origin story of the adamantium-clawed mutant superhero Logan, aka Wolverine of the X-Men.
White-Washing Avatar: The Last Airbender?

Entertainment Weekly recently announced the casting decisions by M. Night Shyamalan for his latest project, Avatar: The Last Airbender, a live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon.

With names like Jesse McCartney, Twilight’s Jackson Rathbone and Nicola Peltz, it’s clear to most fans that Shyamalan has missed the biggest point (and possibly, the biggest draw) about the show and its Asian influence.