As A Random Note To Anyone I Facebooked

Saturday, March 27, 2010

As I've had about four different FB accounts now - one strictly for this blog that got banned - I decided to start a new one to start crossing people I knew through this blog, with people I knew from other areas - because I know people who don't know I blog and people I've gotten to know through this blog who don't know me through other areas and it's about time I start slowly putting things together.

Even though I don't use my full name on any of these FB accounts though - yeah - still didn't quite feel right.

So back to deactivated.

All the love in the world.

Back to blog hiatus.

Okay. That Was Actually Five. This Makes Six. Now I'm Out

Friday, March 26, 2010

I really am out for a couple of weeks now.

MTV Iggy, Far East Movement, And The Tour Music Video For Girls On The Dance Floor

Friday, March 26, 2010

MTV IggyFar East Movement - "Girls on the Dance Floor"
Far East Movement

2010 Census Fill In Our Future Campaign

Friday, March 26, 2010

Definitely important to get involved and get counted.

The 2010 Census deadline is approaching, and as you know, it is critical to have the entire Asian American community participate. An accurate count can help us receive our share of over $400 billion in annual federal funds for services our community needs.

Unfortunately, past decades have shown that Asian Americans are among the groups most likely to discard their Census forms. In an effort to gather the most accurate count of our community for this year's Census, we would like to request your assistance, as an influential Asian American blogger, in raising awareness on this issue.

Fill In Our Future is a campaign created by AAPI Action to promote and encourage the participation of the Asian American community in the 2010 Census. Our website,, features frequently asked Census questions, in-language resources (in over 24 Asian languages), informational brochures, sample Census forms, in-language assistance guides, celebrity and community leader PSA's (Public Service Announcements) and monthly contests and giveaways. The larger campaign also includes media and community outreach, workshops, a speaker's bureau and training seminars.
Facebook Fan Page:

Conducive Magazine: Uncovering the Truths Behind International Adoption

Friday, March 26, 2010

From Kara Boden the Associate Editor:

Choi Hyong-Sook, a Korean unwed mother who was coerced by an adoption agency to give up her child, has fought to take him back and is now raising him as an unwed mother, and also working to help other single mothers raise their children. Choi is the PR Manager for Korea Unwed Mothers & Families Association . Choi also runs a beauty shop. She is 39 years old and has a six year old son. She's been with her son for six years, and though it's been difficult at times, it's also been joyful, as he is the hope in her life. Choi continues to work hard for the benefit of her son's future.

To read Choi's article, please click here.

Jane Jeong Trenka was adopted from Korea, eventually went back, found her parents, and is now helping adoptees and single mothers. She works with unwed mothers to help them keep their children. Jane is uncovering the truths behind international adoption. She has written a four part series called "Structural Violence, Social Death, and International Adoption" for *Conducive Chronicle*. The series explores the cause and effect of adoption issues in Korea.

Jane has also written two memoirs The Language of Blood, Fugitive Visions, and co-edited Outsiders Within: Writing and Transracial Adoption. Jane founded the organization TRACK (Truth and Reconciliation for the Adoption Community of Korea) which advocates to understand the practice of adoption, both past and present, and to improve the human rights of children and families affected by adoption. Jane currently works as a journalist in Korea.

To read Jane's four-part Series on Korean Adoption click on the links below:

Structural Violence, Social Death, and International Adoption: Part 1 of 4

Structural Violence, Social Death, and International Adoption: Part 2 of 4

Structural Violence, Social Death, and International Adoption: Part 3 of 4

Structural Violence, Social Death, and International Adoption: Part 4 of 4

O.K: Four More Blog Posts Including This One

Friday, March 26, 2010

So ended up checking my e-mail and well....I got sent in a few more things I wanted to post up real real real quick. Other than that...I really am out for the next couple of weeks.


Nothing More, Nothing Less, A Thank You, And A Blog Break

Thursday, March 25, 2010

So right now I'm rotating between Clara Hill - Endlessly Freddie Joachim Remix, Shanghai Restoration, and Meg And Dia - and it's just the right mix.

Nothing More, Nothing Less

Over the last year or so, the content here has gotten exposed about a million times not counting where it gets seen in google alerts, spread by email, facebook, forums, or just on other people's sites with their own RSS headlines that includes things I post up here - and while I'm not the largest of bloggers or sites by any means - if I think about small newspapers, magazines, the first runs of books/cds/films, or the reach of grassroots organizations, I can't help but smile at the fact that hundreds of thousands of people get exposed to something new from the API community, or about race, racism, or just some random post.

But it's not door to door. It's not grassroots in that traditional sense.

It's new media. It's online.

And sometimes I have to remind myself that while everything co-exists together - in the end I'm a blogger - and whether it's posting up news, videos, press releases, or just some thought or rant - while being here allows me different avenues to extend that part of what I can do and what I can get involved in - at the core - and on that level - this is what I do.

Sometimes I forget that.

It's no more - and no less - than just what it is.

A Thank You

In so many ways, blogging here has helped me find out more about who I am, who I'm not, and in that way it's a perfect blend of who I am - geeky, Hallmark, opinionated, not a writer but someone who likes to type, a newshound, semi ADD, lover of all things fuzzy and cute, and a huge fan of film/media/technology and anything that just makes me laugh, makes me think, takes me to another place - these things that make up who I am - and I just wanted to say thanks.

To all those people that have inspired me, made me laugh, made me think, made me question myself, shown me around, shook my hand, taken the time to talk with me online and offline, shared what they have to offer - or in their own way - have given me some extra needed support even if they didn't really know it - thank you so much for doing what you do and being who you are.

A Blog Break

While in some ways it's self gratifying to say this - while I could monetize this blog - I don't get paid to do this. It's not an extension of a career, or a job, and while I'm not the first, or the last, or always altruistic - in many ways it can - and has - led to so many great things - and I hope it continues to do so.

But it's time for a blog break.

Sometimes there's that fine line between being immersed in things around you - and forgetting what it's all about - what really makes me tick - and being a blogger - being around so much - consuming so much at times - I have to take a step back - and I think right now's a good time to do that - re-think, re-evaluate, re-energize - maybe just hang out for a bit - figure out what I want to happen next, get some ice cream, take a walk, catch up on all the movies I haven't been watching - and like I think I said in a past post - just breathe for a little bit.


See you in a couple weeks.

Some Of The Best Food Ever. No Really

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Picture not of the ones I'm eating now...because they're gone. But they looked like this and they were tasty.

Somali Sambusa - I Love You.

Because you make my tummy feel good :)

And Your SFIAAFF Winners Are...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Since I haven't finished any of my wrap-ups myself (but it's coming - because they deserve time) I figure I can at least direct you to the CAAM site for the festival winners.

Here's a quick recap too:

Narrative Competition

Best Narrative Feature: DEAR LEMON LIMA, Dir. Suzi Yoonessi
Special Jury Award: THE MOUNTAIN THIEF, Dir. Gerry Balasta
Jury Recognition for Visual Achievement: FOG, Dir. Kit Hui

Documentary Competition

Best Documentary Feature: WO AI NI MOMMY, directed by Stephanie Wang-Breal

Best Documentary Feature (tie)

IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE, Directed by Deann Borshay Liemand, and A VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES, Directed by S. Leo Chiang

Beatrock + Otayo Dubb = So Opinionated

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Got some news sent in from the folks down at Beatrock Music about one of their new mixtapes that you can download for free from Otayo Dubb, and wanted to make sure and post it on up because it's definitely a good listen.

Download it here.

Dawen, Usher, And There Goes My Baby

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Google And China Fistfight And No One Gets The Android

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I can't even come close to keeping up with the back and forth between Google and China and this latest bout of Google redirecting users to the uncensored HK version, and then the Great Firewall restricting access to the those HK servers while also pretty much killing the Android rollout as well as apparently trying to get China Mobile to take Google off as its homepage - because that's a lot - even just to type.

But it is oddly fascinating.

Warner Bros Acquires Live-Action Movie Rights For Bleach (That's A Japanese Manga)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

While I don't really know much about "Bleach" myself - the fact that Warner Bros is picking up the live-action rights - well - that could be good - or that could be bad.

I guess we'll have to just wait and see how things cast out.

I Am Korean + 5 CDs from Actually, Records

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Caught this down at the site and wanted to post up some of the info here as well:

Actually Records, a Chicago-based record label, has a solid roster of Asian American artists on the rise in the indie music scene. We are giving away 5 of their latest albums to one lucky reader!
The winner will get copies of: EE – “Capital Plans”, Kite Operations – “Festival”, XYZR_KX – “Inanomie OP.221″, Gold Medalists – “The City Lights Us On Fire”, and Yuan – “We Saw Everything”.

To enter, just comment on the post down at their site.

David Henry Hwang's Worst Career Mistakes (Part 1)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

From the YOMYOMF blog:

David Henry Hwang is a playwright who has been producing plays, musicals and operas for three decades. He won the Tony Award for his play M. BUTTERFLY and also writes for movies and television. This is the first of (hopefully) a series of blogs where David will open up about his worst career moves and unleash his Asian Shame.

She may not have been the first to say it, but I always attribute this quote to Ann Harada, the sensational actress who created the role of “Christmas Eve” in AVENUE Q on Broadway: “Jews may have guilt, but we Asians have Shame!” Though I’ve been fortunate to have enjoyed a long career as a writer, with my share of successes, I feel compelled to reveal the episodes of my professional life that have left me feeling most Ashamed. In fact, I’m going to post them on the internet, to experience Public Shame.
Get in on the public shame.

Submit Now: 2010 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The 2010 Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) is now accepting submissions for the following festival award categories:

Narrative Fiction (40 mins+)
Documentary (30 mins+)
Short Film (1-39 mins)
Philadelphia Short Film* (1-39 mins)

Postmark Deadlines:
Early: April 15, 2010
Final: May 30, 2010
For the full guidelines and information see the PAAFF website.

Four New Titles By Fil Am Authors

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

This one's for my people who read (and most likely not like I do with my lips wide open).

Philippine Expressions Bookshop will be launching four new titles by Fil Am authors on Friday, March 26, 2010 from 5:30pm to 9pm at the Community Room of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) which is located at 1145 Wilshire Boulevard corner Lucas Avenue, LA.

The four authors are Gina Apostol, Peter Bacho, Arturo R. Garcia and Florante Peter Ibanez and his wife, Roselyn Estepa Ibanez who is a co-author. Gina Apostol wrote The Revolution According to Raymundo Mata (Anvil Publishing, Manila, 2009) which is a historical fiction set in 1898 when Filipinos revolted against the Spanish regime. This New York-based author plumbs the depths of one's psyche that Filipinos may never look at themselves and their history the same way again.
Get it in full here.

Han Han: Pop Novelist, Race Car Driver, Blogger, And Really Handsome Dude Fighting Censors

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

From the NYT:

It's not so easy being Han Han, the heartthrob race car driver and pop novelist who just happens to be China’s most widely read blogger.

Traveling incognito is all but impossible. Local officials frequently vie for his endorsement of their latest architectural boondoggles. (He politely declines.) And love-lorn young women often approach him after races with letters bearing his name. (He says the women have been duped by impostors who have assumed his identity.)

But Mr. Han’s most vexing challenge comes from a more formidable nemesis: the unseen censors who delete blog posts they deem objectionable and the publishing police who have held up the release of his new magazine, “A Chorus of Solos,” a provocative collection of essays and photographs. “The government wants China to become a great cultural nation, but our leaders are so uncultured,” he said with a shrug, offering his characteristic Cheshire-cat grin. “If things continue like this, China will only be known for tea and pandas.”

Since he began blogging in 2006, Mr. Han, 28, has been delivering increasingly caustic attacks on China’s leadership and the policies he contends are creating misery for those unlucky enough to lack a powerful government post. With more than 300 million hits to his blog, he may be the most popular living writer in the world.
300 million hits?

Most popular living writer in the world?


Gary Locke + The Daily Show

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Funny As Hell: Joe Wong

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Trailer And Love: Yes, Yesterday

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This was one of my favorite films I saw down at SFIAAFF and I wanted to post up the trailer because it's all these things that you just can't help but love.

Ellie Meets Talent + Far East Movement

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This just got put up and was originally shot in late '09 and while the sound isn't great (it gets better about 3:00 minutes in) definitely worth the listen.

This Spring: The Good, The Bad, The Weird

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Got some info sent in about the national screening of The Good, The Bad, The Weird - and if you haven't saw it yet - now's your chance. In theaters starting April 9th, and On Demand March 31st.

Tuesday Night Koda

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Because sometimes you just need some candy J-pop and if you've been a regular reader of this blog for a while, well - you know I love my Hallmark.

Slanted, Andrea Lwin, And channelAPA

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Caught this via and wanted to post it up here as well.

Film Screening: Open Season

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Got this sent in my way and wanted to post it on up:

"Open Season"

Film Screening & Fundraising Event

Saturday, March 27,2010
6-9 pm in Marshall Room Christensen Center

22nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55454
*Reception & Discussion with Filmmakers Mark Tang and Lu Lippold to follow the screening.

Event Sponsored by Pan Asian Student Services, Augsburg College & Generous
Alternatives, an organization that uses this documentary Open Season in workshops which engage participants to further skills of generous listening and open, respectful talking when in interactions between people from different cultural backgrounds.

About the Film: OPEN SEASON

A Hmong immigrant is convicted of killing six white hunters in a violent confrontation during deer hunting season in northwestern Wisconsin. Was it a racial incident? Was it the random act of a madman? Part courtroom drama, part intimate portrait, this hour-long documentary looks at the root causes and the reverberating impacts of this tragedy, seeking to bring understanding to the racial, cultural, and economic tensions in America's heartland.

About the Fundraiser: Co-directors Mark Tang and Lu Lippold are seeking finishing funds so that this documentary can be shown on public television and at film festivals. They hope to raise $12,000 for the following editing, distribution, and broadcast requirements: final broadcast edit and graphics, legal/copyright fees, musical score, publicity, errors & omissions insurance, and distribution costs. Every contribution helps us to reach our goal! All contributor names will appear in the final credits.

Checks can be made to and mailed to the following: IFP-Minnesota,

Fundraiser Coupon for Rice Palace Asian-Buffet: Help us to raise additional funds by using the coupon below. Distribute to as many people as you can.
***** Fundraiser Coupon*****

Support the documentary film "Open Season" co-directed by Mark Tang and Lu Lippold.

Join us for lunch or dinner during the weekend of March 26-28 at the Rice Palace Asian Buffet restaurant in St. Paul, MN.

Present this coupon to the cashier anytime during the weekend. Up to 15% of your purchase will be donated to the film project.

1626 White Bear Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55106

***** Fundraiser Coupon *****

Thanks LJ

An Open Letter To Myself

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dear Me:

I know that sometimes you need to rail, but have you read your blog lately or have you just been posting without reading it because honestly - you've kind of been in a bad mood lately even if some of it's just hyperbole - and yes - I know just as well as you do - because I am you, you ninnie - that things do legitimately need to be said.

But why not a picture of a cute kitty occasionally?

And notice the words I'm using too like cranky and ninnie versus calling you a dumb MF and dropping the F-bomb all the time. I'm not saying these aren't called for somedays - because they are - but there's also something called tact.

And as long as I'm ripping on you - you know as well as I do that sometimes people who are - how should I say - not quite right - doesn't always have everything to do with them being White - we've all met people of all colors who are just a little off.

Again, I'm not saying that some people don't deserve it at times - but sometimes you can come off like people can't be sane and have something to offer simply because they're White - and you know that's not true - you know you love movies like Almost Famous and Goodwill Hunting, you know you've had great talks and late nights with people who aren't Asian - that you've loved people of all colors including people who are White - and I guess in that way all I'm saying is that sometimes you need to step on back and breathe because I get what you do or at least what you're trying to do, but at the same time - remember that you have to have balance - that it's okay to be in the middle sometimes - that it doesn't always have to be a fight or a struggle and that building up doesn't always mean tearing down - that sometimes life takes over - and that as Asian and American as you are - it's not always about that.

I guess what I'm saying is that sometimes, you just need to post up a picture of a cute kitty.

Vincent Who? Screening Times

Monday, March 22, 2010

For anyone in the mpls/st. paul area here are times for the Vincent Who? screenings that I got confirmed out from APAP (thanks Curtis).

Mon, Mar 22
7:00 pm - screening at KLAS Center (1536 Hewitt Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104)

Tues, Mar 23
11:30 am - screening at Metro State, Library Room 302 (AKA Ecolab room)

evening screening at St. Kate's

Wed, Mar 24
4:00 pm - film screening for University of Minnesota community and TC community, 130 Anderson Hall (West Bank)
6:30 pm - dinner with Bao Phi and local community at  Midtown Global Market (920 East Lake Street)

Thurs 25
2:00 pm - screening at St. Cloud State, Atwood Theater

Fri, Mar 26
12:30 pm - Augsburg screening

Bollywood Goes For White Women?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

I got this sent in (thanks LJ) and while I can't say that I know every single Bollywood flick out there, nor have I been keeping up with all the trends - and know nothing about the MNS - this article does offer some fodder to chew on:

Jag Mundra, a leading director, was willing to speak out against the MNS and their nationalist campaign. Unfortunately, what he said made his side sound no better than Thackeray's.

"The reason producers pick white girls is because a lot of them have better figures and are willing to expose them," he said. "If you need a bikini shot, not many Indian girls are willing to turn up in a string bikini. But most white girls will not have an issue with that. Titillation has been an important part of Bollywood."

While I can't quite verbalize everything I'm thinking right now, I can at least say this much:

I think Bollywood can do with one less director who has a subscription to the Whites Only Beautiful Club.

General Housekeeping: Yes, I'm actually Using Those Pages

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sure, I could be doing other things, but I thought why not make use of the Pages that Blogger has now given me (and yes Wordpress people, I know, you've had them forever) - so now you have no excuse whatsoever if you want to know some more of what this blog is all about. Check out the links under the Stuff side category for About, Apparently I like To Write Letters And Notes, and Interviews, Quotables, And Guest Posts.

More to come someday, whenever I get off my lazy ass.

Get It Local: APAP, Music Lovers, Jake Shimabukuro, Before Tomorrow, Proletariat Bronze With Oskar Ly And Linda Her, Vincent Who?, And More...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

While I've posted up before on things going around in my local area, I've decided to start doing a new feature on events specific to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area as a compendium. I'm not exactly sure on the frequency of it, maybe once a month, every couple of weeks - and not even sure how in advance I'll be or if I'll just post up what I happen to catch no matter when it is - but here's the first installment - and obviously - not all inclusive - so feel free to hit me up with anything that should be on here if you're so inclined. Check back too with any updates (or just look for new posts).

Coming Soon

Meet Chang-rae Lee

Reading/Discussion/Book Signing
March 23rd 7PM
The Galleria

Vincent Who? Screenings

March 22 - Hamline
March 24 - University of Minnesota (4:00 PM at the University of Minnesota (330 Anderson Hall)
March 25 - St. Katherine's
March 26 - Augsburg College


Join an informal dinner to discuss forming a chapter
Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 pm
Midtown Global Market (920 East Lake Street)
rsvp to baophi at

Proletariat Bronze with Oskar Ly and Linda Her

March 27th/7:30 Drinks at Coffe Gallery/8:00 Show
At the Loft, Open Book
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
$5/$3 for students and Loft members

Before Tomorrow

Part Of The Walker Film Women With Vision Series
Saturday March 27

Music Lovers

Playwright's Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis
Through March 27th
Tix: $8-$15
Featuring Randy Reyes

I Saw It In The Semi-Distant Future United World Campaign With Far East Movement And The Gamblerz Crew

May 23rd 12:00PM - 9:00PM
Target Center
Free workshops for everyone with Far East Movement And The Gamlerz Crew
Other performances to be announced.

Jake Shimabukuro With Jake Armstrong

Sunday, May 23rd 8 PM
The Cedar
$20 Advance, $25 Day Of Show

Aziz Ansari: Dangerously Delicious Tour

June 19th
State Theatre
Tickets on sale already

Anoop Desai's My Name: That's A Hot MF Track And You Need To Pick It Up This Tuesday

Saturday, March 20, 2010

So I got dropped an advanced copy of the single "My Name" by Anoop Desai - and no lie - I've listened to it about 10 times - really - it's that MF hot. If they can market him the way he should be - focusing on an image that says exactly who he is as an artist - and it's looking like they are - there's no telling how far he can go because the music itself has a hook that if you can't vibe to it - there really is something wrong with you.


Pick it up March 23rd at, iTunes, and Amazon.

Free Good YouTube: Tze Chun's Windowbreaker

Friday, March 19, 2010

Asia Talk: Crusader of Asian American Films

Friday, March 19, 2010

Caught this out on YouTube and wanted to post it on up.

NTD's Host Kaman Pun talks to the acting executive director of Asian CineVision John Woo about Asian American films past, present and future
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

The One Days: HK - Lost to Luck

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Craigslist Postings On How Not To Get A Date With An Asian Woman

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Post #1

Asian Girl With Great Butt - 62 (All)

I am looking for a woman with a great butt who wants to be with a white gentleman. I have a good sense of humor and am well read. I like to go out and just returned from a 3 day trip. I have car and don't drink or do drugs. Please don't be shy about answering my ad. Let's meet for coffee and a chat.
Let's just say it together: If you decide to go out with this guy I think you just might be a tad desparate and if you'd like to argue that point I'd say you weren't just desperate but you also like to argue for no point whatsoever because apparently winning doesn't matter to you.

Post #2
Seeking young Asian woman for ltr - 50 (las vegas)

I would enjoy the company of a young and beautiful asian woman. A mutually beneficial relationship is desired, please resond with a pic and lets chat, see if we can get this started.
Maybe it's just me, but since this guy's a Rice Chaser he's already got a few strikes against him, but on top of that he's got bad grammar and can't spell too, and I figure if you're already a foot bindin' me so horny where them chinky ladies at Rice Chaser - you should at least have good grammar because it's true - you only get one chance to make that first impression - I know - I fuck those up all the time - but since I'm not a Rice Chaser people give me the benefit of the doubt - but if you're a Rice Chaser you don't get that benefit of the doubt - you only get one chance and even though we know you're already a dumbass at least show us you have opposable thumbs and know how to use spellcheck because I'm a pet lover and I'm not gonna beat down someone's cat who made a post on Craigslist even if it's racist because who knows - maybe the cat's just intercepting racist airwaves and needs to get it out of his system by typing.

Ngo Vu Bich Diem And Being The Old Flame

Thursday, March 18, 2010

This one's for my Paris By Night crowd - and you know who you are:

For five decades, Diem Xua (Old Flame), has touched millions of hearts and is arguably the most popular work of the late composer Trinh Cong Son.

And for five decades, millions of fans have wondered who Diem was. Did she exist? What did she look like?

"I am Diem."

Simply, without any fuss, a Vietnamese-American sociologist solved the mystery in Hue last week.

Ngo Vu Bich Diem's "coming out" event was a special reunion of old friends, teachers and students organised by another member of the Vietnamese diaspora, Thai Kim Lan, a Hue native who now teaches philosophy in Germany.

"I'm a northern girl. I followed my father, a French language teacher, to live in Hue in 1952. My family lived in a house on Phan Chu Trinh Street near Son's house. I first met Son when he came to my house with his friend, artist Dinh Cuong," said Diem.

She said she was too young at that time to know about Son's feelings.

"Son composed and presented me some of his songs. I love Diem Xua. I think Son wrote the song to highlight the beauty of Hue, its people, its music and poetry," she said.

Son probably had fallen in love with Diem, but did not declare it. He has written that every evening he'd wait to see Diem walk slowly past the window of his house.
Read it in full here.

Get Your Film Submission On: The Japanese American National Museum And The ID Film Festival

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Got this sent in my way from my folks down at the JANM and if you're a filmmaker - this one's definitely for you (and who doesn't love the JANM - 'cause that's a slick place to hit).

The Japanese American National Museum is accepting film and video submissions for their third annual ID Film Festival, a festival by API filmmakers for API filmmakers.

To take place from October 7-10, ID Film Fest will showcase both shorts and features to be screened digitally in the Tateuchi Democracy Forum, a state of the art theater in downtown Los Angeles.

ID Film Fest welcomes film and video works of all lengths and genres. The only requirement is that you (the filmmaker) identify as hapa/mixed or Asian/Pacific Islander (American or from abroad).

Please send a one-paged synopsis of the work along with contact info (e-mail, address and phone), a short biography of the filmmaker and a DVD screener to the:

Japanese American National Museum
Attention: Koji Steven Sakai
369 E. First St.
Los Angeles CA 90012

Please direct all inquiries to

There is no submission fee and no entry form is required. Submission deadline is July 1, 2010.
And you're waiting for?

Korean Americans Get In On The Walk

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

When we think of immigration sometimes it's easy to look past the fact that as Asian Americans we actually do play a part in the immigration debate:

Undocumented Korean American college students have been especially vocal in the fight for immigration reform. The stories of the measures taken by these students and their families to support a college education give the push to pass reform a special sense of urgency. Their hardship extends well beyond their ineligibility for financial aid. A huge question mark looms over their post-graduation plans - without a Social Security number, how are they to find employment? On February 1, one Korean American student reiterated these frustrations and spoke of his aspirations to become a professor before hundreds who had gathered at a Los Angeles church for an immigration town hall. And Ju Hong, an undocumented student from the Bay Area, has come out publicly about his status and blogs regularly on immigration issues.

As the immigration reform movement escalates in size and intensity, undocumented Korean American students will continue to make their voices heard. On March 21, over 100,000 people from every corner of America will come together in Washington D.C. to show their support for immigration reform in a "March For America," and Korean Americans from California to New Jersey will be among them.
Read it in full here.

Mike Honda: You Really Are The Man

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Caught this news in my inbox and honestly - just makes me smile because it has to be said:

Graham, in a radio interview in his home state of South Carolina, lashed out at the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, over her efforts to bring Democrats in line to approve health care reform, a top priority for President Barack Obama.

"Nancy Pelosi, I think, has got them all liquored up on sake and you know, they're making a suicide run here," Graham said.

Representative Mike Honda, who spent part of his childhood interned due to his Japanese origin, said that Graham was alienating Asian-Americans.

"I am disheartened that Senator Graham chose to use racially tinged rhetoric to express his opposition to health care reform," said Honda, who heads the Asian American caucus in Congress.

"There is a way to engage in healthy debate without alienating Asian-Americans, who are an important part of this democracy and health care reform," he said in remarks that he partially posted on Twitter.
And that's really all that needs to be said.


Facebook Puts Racebending Group Back Up, But Why Did They Shut Them Down In The First Place?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Here's the letter from

From: Facebook (generic notification email)
Date: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM
Subject: Facebook Warning
To: (personal email redacted)


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That Facebook continues to allow Holocaust Denial Groups on their site but took down a group dedicated to the fight against Racism and Whitewashing (which is now back up) completely dumbfounds me.

It sends the message that starting a group denying the mass extermination of millions of people is acceptable, but if you're Asian American and speak up about the marginalization of the AAPI community - somehow - this isn't within the realm of acceptability.

Instead, you're the Hate Group.

And who in their right mind does that?

Who makes statements that only serve to validate tenets that have systematically kept Asian Americans from becoming first class citizens?

That we should be seen and not heard, and when seen, only under specific circumstances, and if we have to be heard, only within the confines of a Great White Panoptican.

I don't know about you - but anyone like that isn't going on my Friend's list.

A Note To PR People And Shit I Don't Really Care About

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dear People From PR Firms:

First, let me just say that this post isn't about anyone who e-mails me about legitimate events and people from the AAPI community - keep on sending it in because you know that's what I'm MF down for.

No - this is for the people that e-mail shit like this.

I have nothing against getting your pole dance on, but do you read my blog or are you just fascinated with what you think are my SE rankings?

Or how about this gem of a Where The Fuck Are The Asian People At?

I'm not saying your movie has to have Asian faces in it. In fact, I like movies where Asian people aren't even in them - but why - on a blog which is pretty much dedicated to either my perspective as an Asian American, or that hypes Asian and Asian Americans, events, films, music, et al. - why do I want to post on a movie that LEAVES US OUT OF VALENTINES DAY except for to say that it leaves us out of Valentine's Day?


So stop sending me shit I don't care about.


This doesn't apply to those firms that want to send me new cars to test drive or really big bars of gold (which I know doesn't really make any sense, and that it would never happen, but I figure, hey - you never know).

Late Night Big Phony

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Anoop Desai, Going Independent, And My Name

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I got sent in some news from the PR company JS2 whose clients include Anoop Desai and word has it that he's going to be releasing a new single called "My Name" as well as a slew of other singles.

Check out the info:

Anoop Desai, the 6th place finalist from last season’s American Idol, is releasing his first single “My Name” on March 23rd. The song has a great, unique sound that mixes heavy Indian influences with a pop and R & B. The single, which previewed during New York Fashion Week, is off his upcoming EP “All Is Fair” due out the first week of May. Anoop is doing something very different musically, he plans on independently releasing six track EPs through iTunes and every six months to keep the music fresh and the fans engaged.
I don't know about you, but I can't wait to hear the new singles. More updates as they come.

Alfa + 3.14159265358...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Because It's Tuesday (And I'm Still Waking Up)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

14 hours of sleep makes me post grainy Utada videos.

Note To Dumbass White People At Asian American Film Festivals

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Turn off your cellphones. Stop walking up and down the MF aisle opening and closing the door, and if you want to fuck up some shit, why don't you go ahead and fuck up some of your own people's shit versus a film festival for my people (see people who aren't a dumbass).

That's it.

SFIAAFF + The People I've Slept With

Thursday, March 11, 2010

There's only so much film you can see - at least in a weekend - and you just have to pick and choose (and no film festival goer will ever tell you it's easy) but sometimes you just get a feeling for films you want to see and The People I've Slept With - well - I've been waiting to see this one for a long time.

Not only does it look fun, quirky, and just like something I know I'm going to love (because you just know those things don't you?) but it's also the SFIAAF centerpiece film - and while I've said it before - I think I have to say it again - if you don't get your tickets now don't come crying to me when you're waiting at the Rush line - because I don't care how hot you are, how much you beg me - or even if you have food - I'm still not giving you my tickets.

Check out what the SF Gate has to say

For the second year in a row, the centerpiece Sunday night Castro slot at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival has been the home of the festival's most rockin' film. Last year, it was H.P. Mendoza's musical "Fruit Fly." This time it's an edgy comedy about promiscuity, youth and responsibility, "The People I've Slept With," by writer-director Quentin Lee.

It's about a promiscuous party girl (Karin Anna Cheung, "Better Luck Tomorrow") who becomes pregnant and searches for the father, and her gay best friend (Wilson Cruz), who struggles to remain faithful to his man.

"I definitely identify with Karin, because even as a gay man, I understand what women have to go through," said Lee, a UC Berkeley alum. "I'm not a very promiscuous person (laughs). But I understand being promiscuous as a level of how people frown upon you. Going back to 'Shopping for Fangs,' I've always liked a strong female character."

Asian American Idol 3

Thursday, March 11, 2010

That's right folks - you could be the next Asian American Idol - and really - why wouldn't you want to be? Fabulous prizes, cheering on your favorites, getting your song on - and most importantly - doing it for a damn good cause.

Check it out - and remember - contestant registration ends March 12th (and yes, I realize that's tomorrow).

Get all the details here.

Jeff Yang And His Avatar

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Caught this great article down at Asian Pop where Jeff Yang talks race, Street Fighter, avatars, and the Hong Kong Triad Bureau:

Through the magic of Wii Virtual Console, I downloaded the game that defined my adult arcade-rat career -- Street Fighter II: The World Warriors -- and prepared to teach my offspring the first of what would be many lessons in Not Messing with the Old Man.

Unfortunately, the match ended before it even began. Faced with the game's array of character choices, Hudson refused to play any of them except Ryu, which was of course unacceptable, since intense, fireball-wielding karateka Ryu is my traditional Schooling Instrument of Choice. Ha-dou-ken!
Read it in full here.

SFIAAFF: God is D_ad

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Definitely one of the films I'm looking forward to seeing down at SFIAAFF is God is D_ad and if you haven't gotten your tickets already I'd pick them up soon because not only did it win Best Picture down at KOFFLA and it just looks like a kick ass flick - but I don't care how much you beg me when you they get sold out...

I'm not giving you mine.

Kiss My Ass: Charlie Chan, The National Arts Club, And NY NATAS

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I don't know much about this "lost film" but I will say this:

Warner Oland and Sidney Toler were bullshit and I don't give a Chinky MF if that movie has a map to the lost city of One Day Those Dumbass White People Will Finally Get A Fucking Clue - if this isn't being shown within the context of the still to this day discrimination against my people on the silver screen - I think this film should change it's status back to "lost".

FYI to the NY NATAS where this gem of a film was first screened last month

Quotes from Chinky Chan on your registration page don't really endear me to you or this mockumentary - and yes - if you think about, that's pretty apropos.


Long journeys don't start with one short step, they start with a trip to the MF bathroom.

On The Clock - SFIAAFF '10 Filmmaker Interview: Barry Jenkins

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Weekend of SFIAAFF you can't come soon enough - so I guess this will have to tide me over until then.

Jasmine + This Is Not A Game

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Like the song, but not quite sure what I think about the video yet.

Shota Shimizu = Ken The 390 = Stay

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

倖田 來未: You're So Beautiful

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Meg And Dia + Mr. Robot

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I guess it's sold out now (and it sold out in about a day), but I still wanted to post up this picture of the Mr. Robot man created by Meg And Dia (actually just by the Meg and not the Dia from what I understand) - and yes - you did guess correct if you answered that Mr. Robot's favorite band was in fact - well - Meg And Dia.

White On Rice And Children Of Invention Filmmaker Discussion

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

You loved Children Of Invention? You loved White On Rice? And now you say you want to know more? Don't worry. I have you covered.

"White on Rice" and "Children of Invention" --
A conversation with filmmakers moderated by Jeff Yang

Tuesdsay, March 9, 2010
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
41-51 E. 11th Street, Fl.7
7th Floor Gallery

Free and open to the public. RSVP IMMEDIATELY!
RSVP: Website; Email; or Call 212-992-9653

Please join us for a special conversation with filmmaker David Boyle of "White on Rice" and Producer Mynette Louie of "Children of Invention," moderated by Jeff Yang, editor of Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology and former aMagazine founding editor. We will get sneak previews of clips of the films, which are both opening in New York City on March 12th. The filmmakers will discuss Asian Americans in film, writing and representation, and the creation of their films.

"White on Rice"
40-year-old Jimmy is growing up, or at least he's getting older. While mooching the upper bunk of his ten-year-old nephew's bed, he enjoys the never-ending generosity of his sister Aiko, and dodges the wrath of his impatient brother-in-law Tak. He thinks that if only he could get married all his problems would be solved. But when he falls head over heels for Tak's niece things only go from bad to worse.

"White on Rice" won the 2009 San Diego Asian Film Festival Audience Award and the 2009 VC FilmFest - Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Jury Prize for both Acting - New Talent to Watch for Justin Kwong and for Best Screenplay for Dave Boyle and Joel Clark.

"Children of Invention"
After being evicted, hardworking single mom Elaine Cheng (Cindy Cheung, Lady in the Water) tries to maintain a normal life for her children, Raymond and Tina. Elaine juggles a number of jobs, including working for a questionable pyramid scheme. When Elaine doesn't return home one night, nobody knows the kids are home alone, and they are left to fend for themselves. As the days pass, Raymond, a budding inventor, realizes he needs to come up with a plan to take care of his little sister.

"Children of Invention" premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screened at over 40 film festivals, and won 15 festival awards including: Grand Jury Prizes at the 2009 Newport International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and Ojai-Ventura Film Festival.
Yeah - I know - I might have you covered, but I don't always give you a lot of time.

Bao Phi And Final Fantasy XIII

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Caught this post on the Bao Phi blog and wanted to post it on up as it's creating some interesting conversation:

Recently, Final Fantasy XIII has come out, and following the previews, reviews, screenshots, and looking at the concept art, it reminds me of a question that is provocative but seems to be ignored – why do Japanese game companies create so many games where the protagonists all look European or white? Sure, Final Fantasy XIII has one Black character, but then it makes it all the more compelling to ask, why aren’t there any Asian characters?
Read it in full here.

Your Name's Hugo Kugiya And You Like To Eat

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Three things I love in this world are my Asian people, food, and good pictures - and I couldn't help but post this up from an article I was reading down at the Pacific NW on Hugo Kugiya who returned to Seattle and is re-discovering all it has to offer through food:

Eating is also often the way I measure my surroundings. If you gave me just one day to visit Cairo or Hong Kong or any other place I've never seen, I would be happy doing nothing more than eating. A meal tells a story about the people who eat it or make it, and the place it comes from. It can speak of deprivation, bounty, journey and conquest.
I'm thinking there's a cable channel that should be calling him about his own television show...

Your Mr. Fix It: Ken Takemoto

Monday, March 08, 2010

This is just a kick ass photo of Ken Takemoto who's the prop manager from East West Players. Check out more about the man who can make anything, from well, pretty much anything.

That's A Hot Video: Choz Belen, FM, And "I Party" f. IZ and DB Tonik

Monday, March 08, 2010

Thanks for the shout out...nice

Random Film Image: Teen Patti

Monday, March 08, 2010

It's kind of like 21 except with South Asians.

AAA-Fund Tenth Anniversary Bash

Monday, March 08, 2010

From the good folks from AAA-Fund:

Come join AAA-Fund for its 10-Year Celebration!

On Mar. 23, we celebrate ten years of empowering the
Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Here's
the lowdown:

* What: AAA-Fund's 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

* Where: Wasserman Room, Democratic National Committee,
430 S. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC 20003

* When: Mar. 23, 2010, 6-8:30 pm

* Emcee: Former CBS and CNN news anchor JOIE CHEN

* Lifetime Achievement Award: US Senator DAN INOUYE,
Chair, US Senate Appropriations Committee

* Lifetime of Public Service Award: US Representative
MIKE HONDA, President, AAA-Fund Honorary Board

* Civic Leadership Award: AAA-Fund Co-Founder YENI WONG

* Who else: The Congressional Asian Pacific American
Caucus, and the entire AAA-Fund leadership

* Guest Donation: $100 at the door, $75 early bird
(online donation only)

* Student/Young Professional Donation: $75 at the door,
$45 early bird (online donation only)

Hurry - early bird rates expire Mar. 15, 2010!

Rsvp/more info: Nasima Hossain (nasimahossain1 AT
or 202.256.8419.

Stay tuned for more exciting details!


Paid for by the Asian American Action Fund, 707 H St NW,
Washington, DC 20001; 202.256.8419. Not authorized by any
candidate or candidate's committee.

Walt Baker Apparently Isn't That Hospitable

Monday, March 08, 2010

I caught this article on True/Slant which ended up bringing me to the Nashvillescene blogs where I got to read the full e-mail from Walt Baker "the prominent CEO of the powerful Tennessee Hospitality Association who was a key figure in gaining approval of the controversial $585 million convention center" (yeah - I don't know what they're talking about either) who sent out an e-mail to some "personal friends" comparing The First Lady to - of course - a monkey.

We could go into a lot of things and break this MF down - but really - there's no reason too. If you don't fucking know by now that comparing someone who's black to a monkey isn't MF racist all I have to do is say one phrase to you that I've heard uttered from the mouths of White People.

"Fucking N***** Porch Monkey".

So for anyone happening to read this that said to themselves "But I don't get why it's so wrong?"

Now you don't have an excuse to be dumb MF.

Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers + Academy Awards

Monday, March 08, 2010

If you happened to miss the amazing dancing on last night's Oscars from the LXD - no problem - check out the video below:

Belated B-Day Wishes

Monday, March 08, 2010

While a little late, just wanted to send some love over the way to Disgrasian who turned three a few days ago - and yes - that truly is a great pic.

Happy B-Day.

Retro Kjun

Monday, March 08, 2010

Will Tiao And Formosa Betrayed

Friday, March 05, 2010

Here's a snippet from an interview down at the Tufts Daily with Will Tao, writer and star of the film Formosa Betrayed:

RS: What drove you to play Ming?

WT: I originally developed this project for selfish reasons; there aren’t a lot of roles for Asian-American actors. So when I came [to Hollywood], I looked at people who I really admired, who had written their way in through [movies like] “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and “Slingblade” (1996). Over the period it took to write the film, my role started getting cut way, way down because I was so focused on producing. [When] my director, Adam Kane, came on board, [he] felt something was missing and came up with the character of Ming. He wanted me to play [him] because he thought we needed someone we could emotionally go with, to feel the Taiwanese journey and to relate to the Taiwanese struggle on a human level.
Read it in full.

DVD Giveaway: Children Of Invention And White On Rice

Friday, March 05, 2010

8 questions. 8 days. 8 free DVD's.

All leading up to the Children Of Invention and White On Rice release in NYC on 3/12.

Get your contest on at the Children Of Invention site.


Thanks Mynette

Heather Park: Trust You

Friday, March 05, 2010

Here's the first single "Trust You" from Heather Park's upcoming album Stay set to be released late spring/early summer.

Munsup Seoh And The MLK Distinguished Service Award

Friday, March 05, 2010

I'm not exactly sure why Munsup Seoh got the award (and yes - I'm too lazy at this point in time to actually do any research because I'm still on my first cup of coffee) but I figure why not post on it anyway.

Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition

Friday, March 05, 2010

For all the writers who want to get on the big screen - this one's for you:

Visual Communications announces a screenplay competition -- co-presented with Mavericks of Asian Pacific Islander Descent -- to recognize talented screenwriters, and to provide screenwriters with an opportunity to compete against their peers and win valuable prizes.

With support from the Writers Guild of America, West, this competition will culminate at an Awards Ceremony during the 26th Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on May 6, 2010 at the Aratani Japan America Theatre. The top three finalists will be invited to this event, and the Grand Prize Winner will be announced.

All works will be adjudicated by a panel representing the Writers Guild of America, West; the Asian Pacific Islander filmmaking community; and the entertainment industry. Short works (not to exceed 15 pages) will be judged on originality, concept, pacing, tone, structure and theme. Screenplay must be the original work of the applicant(s) and must not have been optioned, sold, or produced prior to April 29, 2010.

Submit your work today! The deadline is March 22, 2010.


The 2010 Los Angles Asian Pacific Film Festival Short Screenplay Competition is open to writers of Asian Pacific Islander descent, or writers with screenplays about the Asian Pacific community.

Screenplays must not have been optioned, sold, or produced prior to April 29, 2010.

Screenplay must be the original work of the applicant(s).

It is strongly suggested that applicant(s) register or copyright their screenplays with the Writers Guild of America.

If a submission involves two or more writers as applicants, all applicant(s) must include personal contact information.

All applicant(s) must agree, understand, and comply with the rules, regulations, and release. Submission to the competition is an affirmation to agreeing, understanding, and complying to the rules, regulations, and release by all applicant(s).

Judging will be blind.

Applicant(s) may submit more than one screenplay.
Each submission must be accompanied by a separate fee of $15 US dollars.


February 19 - March 22, 2010. Completed submissions must be received 11:59PM PST on March 22, 2010.


Intensive consultation with Academy Award-winning director/screenwriter Chris Tashima (value $650)
Essentials Prize Package ($100)
One year Visual Communications Filmmaker Membership ($100)
Writer’s photo session by Brian Raimondi Photography ($250)
Write Brothers, Inc. Screenwriting Software ($200)
Additional prizes to be announced!


The top 3 finalists will be notified via email of their status prior to the beginning of the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. (Travel to ceremony not included). The finalists will be invited to attend the Closing Night Awards celebration on May 6, 2010 at the Aratani Japan America Theatre, where the Grand Prize Winner will be announced.


Screenplays should not exceed 15 (fifteen) pages. The screenplay should be formatted according to current industry standards. Font size must be 12 point Courier. Screenplays must be in English.

Material must be submitted in .pdf format. For .pdf conversion, you may go to

All identifying marks regarding authorship must not be included in the .pdf file.
A title page is not necessary. If one is included in the file, it will not count toward the page count.

Writer may submit more than one screenplay. Each submission must be submitted separately with all corresponding fees and contact information.
Acknowledgment of submission will be sent to the email address provided once both the submission and corresponding fees are received.


Screenplay submissions MUST be done electronically, to
Read the Screenplay Competition Release. Submission to the competition is an affirmation to agreeing, understanding, and complying to the rules, regulations, and release by all applicant(s).

Complete the Application Form and submit with screenplay.
Pay the $15 entry fee. Click Here to pay the entry fee online (please indicate the title of your screenplay in the comment field), or mail a check to:

Visual Communications
Attn: Screenplay Competition
120 Judge John Aiso St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
And you're waiting for?

John Park + American Idol

Friday, March 05, 2010

Sure, he got eliminated - and I might have some more thoughts on this later on - but for now - just in case you missed it - here's his last performance.

ImaginAsian, Giant Robot, Blacklava, I Love Yous Are For White People, And Getting Your DIY On

Friday, March 05, 2010

I got word sent in from my man Lac Su about his new t-shirts, fundraising for Giant Robot, ImaginAsian and - well - WTH am I doing talking about it - just check out the video.

From Lac

People who've read my memoir suggested that if I stamp the words "I Love Yous Are for White People" onto a t-shirt, they would totally wear it. Perhaps they connect with the phrase on some level or because they dig my book. Or both.

So, I've reached out to some friends who made it happen. Thank you Donnytello Tran from Neaato for drawing the illustration and to Ryan Suda at Black Lava for screening the image onto nice, soft, and comfy t-shirts (i.e. not like the t-shirts you get at the Indo' Swapmeet). It's a unisex t-shirt and will hug your bod nicely (i.e. not like the t-shirts that make you feel like you have wings for sleeves).

Proceeds will go to:

1. Who: Asian American Network of Indiana’s ImaginAsian art fundraiser

Why: To purchase Asian American Studies materials for the Purdue and Indiana University libraries.

2. Who: Giant Robot Magazine

Why: To keep the magazine that has been documenting, promoting, and growing Asian and Asian American popular culture since the 90's in print.

How to get the t-shirt

Donate: $20.00
Shipping: FREE (domestic - for a limited time)
Optional: $2 more, if you want me to autograph the t-shirt for you. (Didn't think my signature would cost anything but I am fund-raising.)

Make the check to "Lac Su" and mail to:

Give Me My Shirt
12606 Arabian Way
San Diego, CA 92064

Info I will need from you:

Name, address, size, and note if you would like me to sign it.. Your t-shirt(s) will ship the day after I receive your donation.

Supplies For Dreams

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

One of the entries for YouTube's Project: Report.

Hold Up. Where The MF Did You Say You Were From?

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

When I started out this blog I had a few things on my mind - one of them being the fact that I wanted to promote the community and also put out another voice in the API blogosphere - all of which I've said before here. But I also came from the line of thinking that the less I said about where I was the easier it would be for people no matter where they were - to be able to relate to what I posted on.

Even in the smallest of ways.

So I've never actually said where I'm from in part because of the above, in part because of anonymity, in part because it's fun to see where people think I'm actually from, and in part - because I wanted to put in some time first (and say what you will but I just do what I do).

And while I planned on doing this post in May - I'm on a vibe - so I thought I'd just go with it.

And There It Is

It's funny to me the ideas that people have of the Midwest Asian American - that people think we have no perception of who we are in terms of race or community because we're outnumbered. Or that we're paler shades of the coasts where we'll always follow, rather than lead.

That in a way - we're just not as Asian.

That we live our lives as White America.

I won't tell you that there isn't a uniqueness and diversity that states like CA or NY have - there's nothing to argue there - and I don't even know why some would try.

Simply because of location and the sheer numbers, the generations of Asian Americans that have made those areas their homes - the artists, the organizations, the communities - amazing things come out from there - and I love seeing it - I love hyping it and in that way - it doesn't matter where you're from - if you're pushing - if you're moving - on any level even if that's just a personal one living your life making it through as an Asian American - you have to love that - you'd be a fool not too.

But we don't just live on the coasts. We don't just belong on the coasts. We create communities all across the country - large and small - sometimes just getting our feet wet - and other times growing day by day, strengthening our communities, supporting our communities - letting people know that we don't belong in just one area - that for whatever the reasons - we're here.

And that we have every right to be.

And deep down - I love that.

Because if you're going to push - in whatever way it is that you do - you have to love that.

But That's Equality For You

I've posted up throughout the years on different organizations, magazines, television networks, news outlets - many from the coasts - that have either shut down, struggled to survive, or just needed a helping hand - and while more than anything you want to see them succeed - it also says that no matter the numbers or the foundations that have been built - they don't always equate to longevity or support.

That we still have a lot to do on all fronts and in all places.

In that way - that fight - that good fight we all take on in some way or another - it's not central to one place or another - no matter what you think - and the bottom line is that people just hit the surface - they come on down for a degree, a quick drink, a ride from coast to coast just stopping along the way - and they never really truly see what these places have to offer - the richness that there can be - the deep roots that always exist even if only on a level of everyday living.

Concentrated With Love And White People

See - I can lose myself in pockets of my city, the greater metro, where I don't really have to see people who aren't Asian or of color as much as people might think. I can hit some Dim Sum, grab some Bollywood Film, Norebang, see some spoken word from API artists, or just sit with a Ca Phe Sua Da after some of the best Pho this side of HCMC.

But the makeup of my state does make me interact with all types of people of different races and ethnicities - and I enjoy that - I learn from that.

And at the same time, just by being here - by pushing in my own way - still learning and still growing as I immerse myself more to help create - it forces other people to take notice - to understand that their idea of what and who this place is - that it's changing.

That it has to change.

Because it's not just about being visible in our own community, but making sure we're visible, respected - and not just tolerated - in the eyes of all communities.

Before You Go

So if you happen to come from the mindset that there's nothing of substance coming out from the Midwest, that we have nothing to share, that we don't lead the fight - all I can really say is this:

Just remember who's MF blog it is that you're reading. Just remember that I get PR'd from all across the country. That I rep for the community on average 365 days a year 3-4 times a day, which is more than most people jerk themselves off in the same 24 hour period. That I put out a voice - for whatever that's worth - that people have seemed to connect with, and that grows each and every year - and while I'm just a small part of the whole community and what's become an active area for Asian Americans - whether you like it or not - you have to take notice.

You've already taken notice.

And then remember one other MF thing.

I'm outta Minneapolis.

Hot Like A MF: Bambu, Slow Down, Prometheus Brown, And Behind The Scenes

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Because you want some behind the scenes action

Pick up the new EP "...paper cuts..." down at beatrockmusic or iTunes.

Grace Park + Hawaii Five-O = A Show I'm Gonna Watch

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Thanks to Disgrasian for letting me know about the hotness that is Grace Park and that she'll be kicking it on the new Hawaii Five-O.

Because really, who doesn't want more hotness in their life?

Battlestar Galactica’s Grace Park is trading in her sci-fi show gear for surf gear as she has been cast to join the upcoming CBS update of Hawaii Five-O. Park will play Kona Kalakua, niece of squad member Chin Ho Kelly, who will be played by Lost’s Daniel Dae Kim, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Park’s character is a champion surfer in the police academy who is recruited to join the police unit run by Steve McGarrett, who will be played by Three Rivers‘ Alex O’Loughlin.
And yes - Daniel Dae Kim is hot MF too.

I Hate This Fucking Trident Gum Commercial

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

I don't know about you - but watching American Idol I can't help but not see this motherfucking commercial and while I know everyone has to make a living - WTF is up with this guy's "character"?

I wonder if his part was labeled Chinky Bastard In Orange Hat.

You're An Asian American Executive Of The Year: John Miyamoto

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Yeah - you might have some issues with Lockheed Martin and I'm not going to tell you this is the most interesting of posts - but an award's an award?

John Miyamoto, a vice president for Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), has received an Asian American Executive of the Year Award for 2010, presented by the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA (CIE/USA) in conjunction with National Engineers Week.

Miyamoto is a vice president on the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) program, a U.S. Air Force military communications system led by Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, in Sunnyvale, Calif., where he is responsible for proposal activities and enhancement efforts for the system's future space vehicles.

"John's leadership and technical expertise illustrates why our people are Lockheed Martin's greatest asset," said Geeth Chettiar, Lockheed Martin's vice president of Diversity Workforce Management. "I applaud John for his outstanding contributions to our customers, our company and the field of engineering. The corporation congratulates him on this important recognition by the Asian American engineering community."

Miyamoto joined Lockheed Martin in 1985 and has held numerous technical and leadership positions in engineering. He previously served as chief systems engineer and director of system engineering integration and test for military satellite communications programs. During his 25-year career with Lockheed Martin, Miyamoto has led the development of communications hardware for major ground and space applications, successfully delivering more than 32 advanced communications products to a variety of defense, civil and commercial space programs.

He is a graduate of California State University, Fresno where he earned an electrical engineering degree. Among the recognition Miyamoto has received in his professional career, is Lockheed Martin's highest honor, the NOVA award.

Lend A Helping Hand And Be A Donor

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I've posted up before on how important I think it is to be a bone marrow donor in our community - because there's a need - and because it can save a life - so if you're not a donor yet - here's just one more chance to help out:

The ethnically diverse Daly City community joins up with the Asian American Donor Program (AADP) on March 6 to lend a helping hand to those in need of bone marrow and stem cell transplants.

Billed as “Help Save A Life,” the donor drive will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Serramonte Shopping Center, where the Filipino community in particular, is being encouraged to show their support for a local Filipina with leukemia.

Michelle Crisologo Ignacio, a 32-year-old Filipina American recently diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia, is a patient in search of the right match for a bone marrow transplant and is asking local Filipino Americans, as well as people of all ethnicities, to attend the event and register.

Each day there are about 6,000 patients searching for a life-saving bone marrow or stem cell match, and with a shortage of Filipinos nationally registered in the donor database (about 48,000 FilAms), the task of finding a correct match for Michelle has been a daunting challenge, but one that can be overcome through the help of others.
Read more here.