Karin Anna Cheung + channelAPA

Friday, April 30, 2010

These people never stop. Here's a quick vid from channelAPA.com with Karin Anna Cheung.

It's Friday: You Want A Stevie Wonder Cover

Friday, April 30, 2010


Friday, April 30, 2010

Sometimes I get sent stuff like this (cue infomercial voice).

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is pleased to announce the upcoming release of the heartwarming, coming-of-age classics, KARATE KID I & II, in one exciting package! Available May 11th, 2010, exclusively on Blu-ray™, this brand new 2-disc Collector's Edition Box Set includes both the original KARATE KID, it's sequel, and loads of exclusive bonus features. KARATE KID is now ready to be cherished and re-quoted all over again!
Here's the tug of war in my head:

Tamlyn Tomita (Nice!)

Ralph Macchio (Ehhh)

Pat Morita (Cool!)

Wax On. Wax Off.


Black April 35 Years Later

Friday, April 30, 2010

From the San Jose Mercury News:

Like many Vietnamese-Americans around the South Bay, on Friday, Pham will once again mark the fall of Saigon. But unlike those for whom the suddenness of the South's surrender and the subsequent brutality of the North's authoritarian regime have made "Black April" a somber annual remembrance, time and distance have not made Pham long to return to her homeland.
Read it in full here.

A Quick Note To The Gods Of Glee

Friday, April 30, 2010

Dear GOG:

I'm going to make this short (because I have to pee), but I just wanted to say that since you've opened the door for Tina who was apparently lying about her stuttering problem to have some substantial speaking parts - I'm hoping you actually allow her to step on through said door and well - you know - have some substantial speaking parts.

Maybe even a whole episode where she's actually a part of the storyline and not just relegated to being a backup singer.


I really did like that last episode though because I'm a sucker for Kristin Chenowet and some Burt Bacharach which I know might run contrary to what I'm saying above - but good music is good music - and well - I'm kind of a sucker for show tunes - but could you imagine what that would have been like instead with Jenna Ushkowitz and Harry Shum Jr. doing some old school split screen Singing In The Rain shit?

Yeah. That would be my favorite episode.



Random Justin Nozuka: My Heart Is Yours

Friday, April 30, 2010

From his second album You I Wind Land and Sea.

Jay Sean And Supafest

Friday, April 30, 2010

Nylon TV: Michelle Phan + Vanessa Hudgens

Friday, April 30, 2010

Michelle Phan

Vanessa Hudgens

My Dentist Does Not Look Like This (But I'm Not Sure I'd Want Her To Either Because I'd Be Afraid Of What She'd Do If I Missed My Check-Up)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I caught this article at the Northwest Asian Weekly about Natalie Pennington who's not only a full time dentist but also competes in the bikini division of the International Federation of Bodybuilding (IFBB) - which is a major federation for bodybuilding competitors just so you know - and all I could think was one thing:

She wouldn't stand a chance against me in thumb wrestling.

It's 'cause of the nails.

See - I don't care how buff and beautiful you are - if you got nails - you're pretty much afraid to break them - especially if it's for something as inane as a thumb wrestling match.

To the death.

Who's Victoria Manalo Draves?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I'd never heard of Draves - the first Asian American to win an Olympic medal, before I caught this article in the LA Times - and if you didn't either - you definitely want to get to learn more about her.

Victoria Manalo Draves, the first woman to win two gold medals in diving in the same Olympics — in the three-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform competitions in London in 1948 — and the first Asian American to win an Olympic medal, has died. She was 85 [...]

A native of San Francisco whose father was Filipino and whose mother was English, Draves was the national platform diving champion for three years running and the reigning national indoor springboard champion when she arrived at the Olympics in 1948. The petite and attractive gold medalist with the infectious smile left the Games a household name.
Read it in full here.

Apparently Everyone's After Bloggers

Thursday, April 29, 2010

First Jason Chen, now Dwight Howard.

The Orlando Magic center was fined $35,000 by the NBA on Wednesday for criticizing officials on his blog, the second time this season he's been penalized for posting such comments. Howard was in chronic foul trouble and constantly complaining about officiating in the Magic's series sweep over Charlotte. He fouled out in the last two games, played only 105 minutes and committed 22 fouls in four games.
If bloggers aren't journalists they're sure getting fined like they are.

Adding Police Always Helps

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I can't really speak to some of the racial tensions about this - but like the title says - more police helping to protect Asian Americans - or anyone - is a good thing - White, Black, or the shade of my Blue Balls.

San Francisco police is boosting foot patrols in neighborhoods where Asian-Americans have been attacked recently.

Police Chief George Gascon said Wednesday that the 32 extra officers will be deployed around transit stops in the Bayview and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods. They will remain in place for at least the next month.

That's a nice number.

iamkoream + The Executive Producers Of The Upcoming K-Town Reality Show

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Getting Closer: San Diego Asian Film Festival Call For Entries

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An FYI to you proscrastinators like myself (the check is in the mail btw).

The San Diego Asian Film Foundation (SDAFF) is approaching its' early deadline for the 2010 Call For Entries, April 30. Get your film in before the submission fee increases! SDAFF will celebrate its 11th annual film festival season to an estimated audience of more than 18,000 during 8 days of film, panels, and exciting special events.

The San Diego Asian Film Festival is competitive, seeking entries in the following categories: narrative feature, narrative short, documentary feature, documentary short, and animation. An independent jury selects winners in each category, along with the Grand Jury award, which are announced at the Festival’s Gala Awards Night on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Festival programmers also select a first-time filmmaker to receive the George C. Lin Emerging Filmmaker Award, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize.

Films/videos submitted must be directed or principally acted by an artist of Asian or Pacific Islander descent; or whose subject matter relates to Asian or Pacific Islander culture.

Early Deadline:
April 30, 2010 ($25 Submission Fee)

Late Deadline:
June 11, 2010 ($40 Submission Fee)

The 11th San Diego Asian Film Festival is schedule for October 21-28, 2010 at the Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas at Hazard Center. All rules, entry forms, application, and festival info can be found online at www.sdaff.org. The San Diego Asian Film Festival is an event of the San Diego Asian Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting audiences with the Human Experience through the Pan-Asian media arts.

For PETA's Sake: Olivia Munn Gets Naked With Elephants

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

And some of you think being naked does no good whatsoever.

Olivia explains, "When you look at something like the circus and everyone's laughing and there's color and there's music and everything seems so great, but when you go right behind that door and they're in these crates all day long and then they're getting shocked and beat just so they can get up and dance around on a ball … it was just so sickening." Please join Olivia in helping to stop cruelty under the big top and spread the word about this important issue to everyone you know!

I just couldn't help myself on the post title...

You're A Mad, Small-Breasted, Filipino Woman

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Last week I was thumbing through a People and caught an article about Kate Hudson getting a boob job and then this week I stumbled across A Marginally Insane World and the post "Diary of a Mad, Small-Breasted Woman":

So, two events coincided with one another this past weekend to make me feel really shitty about my body. The first was that I found out that Kate Hudson got a boob job. The second was that I attended a pool party yesterday, which made me feel like I needed to get a boob job. While Kate Hudson saddened me, the pool party maddened me, almost to the point where I was ready to rip the sky-high stripper stilettos off of one of the many female party-goers and puncture their fake, tanned boobs until every last drop of sillycone seeped out.

I think not.

DDK, GR, CAPE, JANM, And That's A Lot Of Acronyms

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Decipher + channelAPA.com

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

White House Initiative Launches Campaign to Increase Asian American and Pacific Islander Access, Participation in Federal Programs

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

From the White House Media Affairs Office to my inbox and now on to you.


Community leaders to advise federal agencies on needed services for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and to provide recommendations on innovative local programs.

In advance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders today announced the Obama administration's efforts to improve the lives of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities underserved by federal resources. The Initiative will collaborate with top agency officials and community leaders in roundtable discussions on education opportunities, housing, jobs, employment issues and health disparities. Experts with hands-on community experience will advise federal agencies on critical issues and share innovative models of proven success.

"We want all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to know what resources the Obama administration has available to help improve their lives," Executive Director Kiran Ahuja said. "By building strong collaboration between federal agency officials and community leaders, we're taking the first step towards investing in a mutually beneficial partnership to create easier access to educational opportunities and
program services."

"The President is committed to maximizing the government's ability to address the needs of the AAPI communities through this initiative," Chris Lu, assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary, said. "President Obama and his administration are doing everything we can to support the efforts to increase AAPI access and participation in federal programs, especially during these tough economic times."

Like all Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are suffering severe challenges in the current economic crises. AAPIs have experienced the largest decline in homeownership of any racial group over the last year. Poverty rates, work-related injuries and job losses also have increased.

Working with Initiative co-chairs U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan and U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Ahuja has already built a strong team at the Initiative. She has enlisted many administration officials to hold dozens of events during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis will discuss employment and labor issues with community leaders. Secretary Locke will hold a Web chat to discuss the Initiative's work, and Secretary Duncan will visit a public school with a high percentage of Asian American students and a strong bilingual education program.
And Some Random Numbers

Asian American: Population is 15.5 million; 11.8 percent live in poverty; 3.5 percent are unemployed; 14.4 percent haven't graduated high school; 16.3 percent have only a high school degree; 20.5 percent have some college education; 29.3 percent have a bachelor's degree; 19.5 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Asian Indian: Population is 2.73 million; 8.1 percent live in poverty; 3.6 percent are unemployed; 10.0 percent haven't graduated high school; 10.5 percent have only a high school degree; 11.3 percent have some college education; 31.9 percent have a bachelor's degree; 36.3 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Bangladeshi: Population is 107,728; 15.8 percent live in poverty; 3.7 percent are unemployed; 17.3 percent haven't graduated high school; 17.2 percent have only a high school degree; 16.8 percent have some college education; 27.9 percent have a bachelor's degree; 20.8 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Cambodian: Population is 240,142; 19.4 percent live in poverty; 5.9 percent are unemployed; 40.3 percent haven't graduated high school; 24.3 percent have only a high school degree; 21.4 percent have some college education; 11.0 percent have a bachelor's degree; 3.0 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Chinese: Population is 3.62 million; 11.3 percent live in poverty; 3.1 percent are unemployed; 18.9 percent haven't graduated high school; 14.6 percent have only a high school degree; 15.3 percent have some college education; 25.8 percent have a bachelor's degree; 25.3 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Filipino: Population is 3.09 million; 6.0 percent live in poverty; 3.7 percent are unemployed; 8.2 percent haven't graduated high school; 15.7 percent have only a high school degree; 30.0 percent have some college education; 37.5 percent have a bachelor's degree; 8.6 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Hmong: Population is 221,948; 23.2 percent live in poverty; 5.6 percent are unemployed; 39.6 percent haven't graduated high school; 19.8 percent have only a high school degree; 27.2 percent have some college education; 10.7 percent have a bachelor's degree; 2.7 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Indonesian: Population is 78,999; 11.0 percent live in poverty; 4.0 percent are unemployed; 5.9 percent haven't graduated high school; 17.0 percent have only a high school degree; 32.0 percent have some college education; 28.3 percent have a bachelor's degree; 16.8 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Japanese: Population is 1.3 million; 8.8 percent live in poverty; 2.9 percent are unemployed; 7.9 percent haven't graduated high school; 20.2 percent have only a high school degree; 27.0 percent have some college education; 29.8 percent have a bachelor's degree; 15.1 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Korean: Population is 1.61 million; 12.6 percent live in poverty; 3.3 percent are unemployed; 10.1 percent haven't graduated high school; 19.6 percent have only a high school degree; 21.6 percent have some college education; 32.7 percent have a bachelor's degree; 16.0 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Laotian: Population is 217,175; 12.0 percent live in poverty; 6.3 percent are unemployed; 31.6 percent haven't graduated high school; 30.0 percent have only a high school degree; 24.6 percent have some college education; 11.3 percent have a bachelor's degree; 2.6 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Pakistani: Population is 349,685; 15.0 percent live in poverty; 4.3 percent are unemployed; 14.6 percent haven't graduated high school; 14.5 percent have only a high school degree; 16.0 percent have some college education; 30.4 percent have a bachelor's degree; 24.5 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Thai: Population is 219,943; 13.8 percent live in poverty; 4.3 percent are unemployed; 16.6 percent haven't graduated high school; 16.7 percent have only a high school degree; 24.2 percent have some college education; 25.6 percent have a bachelor's degree; 17.0 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Vietnamese: Population is 1.73 million; 12.6 percent live in poverty; 3.8 percent are unemployed; 26.0 percent haven't graduated high school; 21.2 percent have only a high school degree; 23.4 percent have some college education; 20.0 percent have a bachelor's degree; 9.4 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Polynesians: Population is 610,684; 12.4 percent live in poverty; 4.8 percent are unemployed; 10.6 percent haven't graduated high school; 34.8 percent have only a high school degree; 37.6 percent have some college education; 11.5 percent have a bachelor's degree; 5.6 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Native Hawaiians: Population is 437,590; 11.0 percent live in poverty; 4.6 percent are unemployed; 8.7 percent haven't graduated high school; 35.0 percent have only a high school degree; 38.0 percent have some college education; 12.2 percent have a bachelor's degree; 6.1 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Samoans: Population is 126,194; 12.9 percent live in poverty; 4.8 percent are unemployed; 16.0 percent haven't graduated high school; 34.8 percent have only a high school degree; 37.8 percent have some college education; 7.2 percent have a bachelor's degree; 4.2 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Micronesians: Population is 149,525; 18.7 percent live in poverty; 5.9 percent are unemployed; 12.0 percent haven't graduated high school; 29.9 percent have only a high school degree; 43.0 percent have some college education; 11.2 percent have a bachelor's degree; 3.9 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

Guamanians or Chamorros: Population is 99,176; 13.0 percent live in poverty; 5.7 percent are unemployed; 10.6 percent haven't graduated high school; 29.8 percent have only a high school degree; 42.0 percent have some college education; 12.7 percent have a bachelor's degree; 4.9 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

May 2nd: 2010 AAPI House Party

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I've been getting a decent amount of e-mails on the AAPI House Parties for May 2nd and thought that instead of posting up on individual ones might as well just post up some info and a link out to the contact information for all the states.

On Sunday, May 2nd, please join Asian Pacific Americans for Progress as we host our annual State of Asian Pacific America House Party. We are pleased to announce that Kalpen Modi, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, Congressmembers Mike Honda (CA-15) and Judy Chu (CA-32) and other noted guests, will be joining us, via conference call, for the nationwide event. On the call, we'll be getting updates from the White House, Congress and grassroots activists on the progress we made this past year.

WHAT: State of Asian Pacific America House Party 2010
WHO: Hosted by Asian Pacific Americans for Progress
DATE: Sunday, May 2, 2010
TIME: 4-6 pm EST, 1-3 pm PST, 10 am - 12 pm Hawaii

· Kalpen Modi, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement
· Mike Honda, Congressmember (CA-15), Chair of Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus
· Judy Chu, Congressmember (CA-32)
· Kiran Ahuja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
· Ami Bera, Candidate for U.S. Congress (CA-03)
· Marissa Graciosa, Director, Fair Immigration Reform Movement

Kappa Phi Lambda
United States Student Association - National Asian Pacific American Student Caucus
Network of Indian American Professionals
National Council for Chinese Americans
Here's a link out to the contact information at the apaforprogress site.

Filipino American Arts Festival 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Filipino American Arts Festival 2010
April 29 – 30


29 April 2010
Beauty, the Beast

Followed by Q&A

7:00PM :: Wisconsin Historical Society

Beauty, The Beast: A Dance-Theater Production is a collaboration between drum & body, voice & spirit, crying & calling. Expressed is the story of a woman desperately trying to hold her appearance together while harboring within, a spirit which is destroyed. Originally staged for a 10-person ensemble, Brooks taps into her African & Filipino heritages to sing, dance and explore issues of domestic violence, drug abuse, bi-raciality and mental illness, during a quest for self-acceptance and inner peace. She coins this production as her unabashedly honest “Breathing Self-Portrait”.

30 April 2010

Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines: War on Terror, Assassinations & Extra-judicial Killings

A talk by Dr. Alfred McCoy

2:30PM :: MSC Lounge, Red Gym

5:00pm :: Learn to cook delicious dishes

7:00pm :: Filipino Fiesta with Slow Food UW

PLUS explore Filipino-Mexican cross-cultural roots through muralism with MEChA

The Crossing: 1127 University Ave :: $5 for dinner

Co-Sponsors: Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Slow Food UW, Pathways to Excellence, Multicultural Council, Wisconsin Experience Grant, MEChA, Asian American Student Union, Campus Women’s Center, aKDPhi, Chi Sigma Tau, Queer People Of Color, Wisconsin Black Student Union

Rated P

For Pin@y

For more information contact:

Filipino American Student Organization

University of Wisconsin-Madison


FASO is based on the spirit of bayanihan/community, kapwa/shared identity & kagandahang loob/shared humanity.

SDAFF Podcasts

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just in case you wanted to know (and who wouldn't?).

Phil here,

Finally SDAFF has a podcast. Why? Because it has become an important part of how SDAFF communicates its mission to the audience. Topics for the podcast will include updates on SDAFF events, screenings, community programs, parties, and other important news and updates on Asian American cinema and culture. I am hoping that the podcast will eventually be able to be in a live chat format so that people can chime in online and also take phone calls from people asking about the SDAFF and its programs. This is an exciting time for the foundation, a time for growth and a new era in presenting San Diego and the rest of North America with a great forum in presenting Asian and Asian American content, culture, and awareness.
Enjoy the podcast, (soon available on iTunes!)

SDAFF Podcast Link

There's An Asian Kid In Them Cereals

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Volunteers Needed For The Wing Young Huie University Avenue Project

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Click on the image above to view it in full and get the details on volunteering.








Boobs + iPhone = Aoi Sola, Jason Chen, Japanese Porn Can Save The World, And The Gestapo That Is Apple (AKA The County Of San Mateo)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

It all fits together and it's really simple.

Because of the iPhone leak that Gizmodo covered, blogger and editor Jason Chen (above) is basically getting sodomized by Apple -- the raid on Chen's home facilitated by a "special multi-agency task force that was commissioned to work with the computer industry to tackle high-tech crimes" - otherwise known as Who The Fuck Are They - which coincidentally - Apple sits on the steering committee of.

At the same time, thousands of miles away in China people are circumventing the supposedly unbreakable, incredible "Great Firewall" of China because they want to follow the tweets of their favorite AV idol Aoi Sola.

See? Didn't I say it was simple?

It's all about freedoms.

Freedom of speech. Freedom of the press. The freedom of not getting your ass handed to you by some covert agency in the middle of the night because you posted some news - and one of the most important freedoms of them all - to be able to the follow the tweets of your favorite porn star so you can take a break and pleasure yourself in the workroom bathroom where they don't have security cameras.

Random Gurinder Chadha Film News

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

From Cinematical:

...As her latest, It's a Wonderful Afterlife, heads to the screens, she's looking to film a historical epic on the Indian Partition. "That was the moment in August 1947 when Britain clumsily split India in two, dividing secular but Hindu-dominated India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan," and Chadha will dig into how that changed not
only the country, but the families inside it. Chadha is on her second draft,
adapting from the book Freedom at Midnight. She hopes to have the script
finished and ready to shoot next year.

You're Single And In The Spotlight

Monday, April 26, 2010

Felicia Khong of JAZMIN and Feliciart Productions via LA Singles Examiner.

What is it like to date someone when your under the spotlight?

Dating has it’s pros and cons. Since free time is a luxury, it makes your time together more meaningful even if it’s just doing ordinary things, but dating can be non-existent at times. It’s part of the sacrifice, and it takes a certain type of person to be able to handle this type of balance. Sometimes people might assume you are too busy for them or they don't understand the lifestyle and give you a hard time about the way you are or they will try to date you for all the wrong reasons to try to get ahead, but I have been blessed enough to have come across many supportive individuals in my life so I know it can exist. It’s all about compromise.

That's Just A Smooth Vibe: "Clouds" - Dumbfoundead ft. Jay Park & Clara

Monday, April 26, 2010

Get the free mp3 - http://bit.ly/98Gg98

Link on up


Ken Jeong + Furry Vengeance + Licking Lilly In Confined Spaces

Monday, April 26, 2010

So if you get offended by what Jeong says about being Asian and shorter in the same sentence does that mean you have no sense of humor (see inferiority complex you little short people), or are you just tired of hearing those two words in the same sentence because "short" somehow is code for not as good, and when put together with "Asian man", just doesn't always sit well because in comparison to most other male imagery in the U.S. we're not the one's that are seen the most, or even as equal?


Some people would call me short at 5'5/5'6 (and who knows, maybe that 5'6 is really with my boots on) but I just consider myself lucky that I can get to the money that people drop on the floor that much quicker (because that shit doesn't fall on ceilings people).

At the same time - and probably more importantly - I can lick a lot a lilly in small confined spaces.


6'5 can't do that.

6'5 peters out after 10 licks a suck and a swirl and maybe ten miles into the road trip.

But 5'6?

We pack a lunch and stay for the day because that's just the way we're built.

* Here's to hoping that the giraffes at least do something for global warming by blowing real hard in the sky.

MTV Iggy, Far East Movement, Jennifer Chung, Voting For The 25 Best New Bands In The World, And Then Some

Monday, April 26, 2010

And you think your vote doesn't matter. Think again.

The FAR EAST MOVEMENT has made it on MTV IGGY’s list of what they think are the “25 BEST NEW BANDS IN THE WORLD” amongst a list of awesome bands. They are giving the fans of each artist a chance to vote, and the band with the most votes will win an MTV IGGY take-over of the home page for a weekend and an instudio taping at the New York MTV Studio.

International Secret Agents around the world, FM needs your vote…

Here is the link to vote: http://www.mtviggy.com/hub_pages/bestNewBands
(voting poll is located at the bottom below all the artists)
But who else might you know on that list?


Jennifer Chung.

Born in Korea but raised around San Francisco, Jennifer Chung practically breathes music. At 9, she bought Britney Spears' first album and began singing along by reading the lyrics. She sang at school concerts and various tournaments, winning prizes and accolades, but didn't expect more wide-scale recognition or fame. Flash forward to 2007. Jennifer started posting videos of herself casually singing on YouTube as a way to keep in touch with old friends. Suddenly, her soulful sound went viral, and her videos – shot on a web cam from her college dorm room – reached over a million hits. Her rendition of Alicia Key's "No One" passed the 5 million marker. As of now, she's one of YouTube's Most Subscribed (All Time) Musicians, but incredibly, hasn’t yet been signed by a record label.
Get FM some more notoriety, or help get a girl a date with a record label.

The choice is yours.

Born Free: Monday Evening M.I.A. (A Little Violent But For A Good Cause)

Monday, April 26, 2010

And just in case you were wondering:

With its gruesome violence, brutal subject matter, and grim message, M.I.A.'s "Born Free" video isn't the kind of thing you're ever really prepared to see, though first thing on a Monday morning, it's especially tough to watch.

That doesn't mean, however, that it shouldn't be required viewing. Because "Free," which debuted Monday (April 26) on M.I.A.'s website, depicts the kind of things that most nations — including the U.S., which is portrayed as the aggressor in the clip — often pretend don't happen: the rounding-up of ethnic minorities, the trampling of personal liberties, the bullying of the powerless by those with authority. And it does so in an unflinchingly, unapologetically real way.

Kind of apropos if you think about the previous post huh?

P.S. - The video is a little violent. Not too bad - but just in case you're squeamish I thought I'd let you know. Again.

The Signing Of SB 1070, What The Fuck Is Wrong With You Jan Brewer, And Yes, It Does Affect Us

Monday, April 26, 2010

If you think the immigration debate and Arizona's SB 1070 law that just got signed on Friday by Governor Jan Brewer doesn't affect you - think again - and then think about it imagining yourself being on the other side of a flashlight in the dead of night because an Arizona law enforcement officer got to pull you over for no other reason than simply suspecting you were an "illegal alien".

And by "suspecting" -- we all know it means not being White.

The other fun part?

If you happen to get arrested during your stop - for possibly looking or saying something which could be construed as a threat - they can keep you there until they're satisified with your documentation and "status".

Check out the verbage:

B. For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person. Any person who is arrested shall have the person's immigration status determined before the person is released.

The person's immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States code section 1373(c). A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution.

A person is presumed to not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States if the person provides to the law enforcement officer or agency any of the following:

1. A valid Arizona driver license.
2. A valid Arizona nonoperating identification license.
3. A tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification.
4. A valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification.

It's not even the fact that they say "where reasonable suspicion exists" - it's the fact that they don't spell out what that reasonable suspicion is leaving it wide open to interpretation.

And if you can't spell it out - what else could it be?

And A Random Note To You Lakers' Fans

Monday, April 26, 2010

Biggest. First-round. Upset. Ever.

And nothing will satisfy me more than seeing Pau Gasol ride ringless into the sunset (preferably with some ass-less chaps).

I'll give you a hug when it's all over.

Naomi Hirahara And visualizAsian.com

Monday, April 26, 2010

If you haven't at least heard one podcast from the visualizAsian team - I just don't think I'll understand you.


But good news - here's another chance (May 11th).

Naomi Hirahara’s fourth Mas Arai mystery, Blood Hina, was released in hardcover by St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books on March 2, 2010. Other books in the series, which features a Japanese American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes, includes Summer of the Big Bachi, Gasa-Gasa Girl, and the Edgar Award-winning Snakeskin Shamisen.

Her crime short stories are featured in Los Angeles Noir, Los Angeles Noir 2: The Classics, A Hell of a Woman, and The Darker Mask. Her book for younger readers, 1001 Cranes, was chosen as an Honor Book for the Youth Literature of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in 2009. She also contributed a mystery serial, “Heist in Crown City” to an English-language weekly in Japan, Asahi Weekly.

A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in international relations, she is the president of the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America.

Blog Bytes

Monday, April 26, 2010

From around the way.

35 Years Since Khmer Rouge Takeover

April 17th, 1975 saw the end of a civil war in Cambodia between the Lon Nol Republic and a communist movement, the Khmer Rouge. What began was a massive social experiment to return Cambodia to an idyllic agrarian society. Resetting the clock to ‘year zero’, the regime led by Pol Pot set out to correct years of corruption by Western vices, first during the French colonial period and then with the increasing US presence during the Indochina wars
mickey rourke... as genghis khan?!

So Mickey Rourke is on a bit of a comeback streak, with his award-winning turn in The Wrestler and his upcoming appearance as the villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2. Hooray for him. He's hot again. But are you ready to see him play Genghis Khan? Yeah. Genghis friggin' Khan.
DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Professor Kenneth “Big Baby Kenny” Ng And His Thai Hooker Website

Up until today, Cal State-Northridge Economics professor Kenneth Ng had a website. Not just any website, mind you, but a Thai sex-tourism one called “Big Baby Kenny” that took you through the, ahem, ins-and-outs of the “Thailand Girl Scene” and promised “No Hidden Agenda, No Censorship, No Bullshit.” [By "Girl" he means "Hooker."--BULLSHIT RED FLAG #1]
Discussion: Invisible Minority

I need to bring this up. Tired of my issues being swept under the rug. Tired of not being the “apparent minority.” Tired of exclusion in the activist community. Tired of being labeled as a women of color but being treated as otherwise. Tired of judgment. Tired of censorship of Native issues in the mainstream news. Tired of being Invisibly Native. I have noticed that in the blogosphere that other women of color blogs outshine Native ones. You don’t hear about Native issues in the news. You don’t read about Native issues. You may have never even met a Native person.
Peter Chao Makes A Movie

Yo, Chao, love you, man. As Bruce Lee once said in Enter The Dragon -- and I know his influence rubs off on you in some of your videos -- "You have offended me and you have offended the Shaolin temple!"You should really stick to vlogging. Just sayin'.
Five Things Asian Americans Can Get Away With That White People Can’t

Being Asian in America means you have to occasionally (or depending on where you live, not so occasionally) deal with some pretty racist shit. But there are also things Asian Americans can do with more ease and success than our white counterparts. Here are five of them...

In Pictures

Monday, April 26, 2010

University of California, Los Angeles/Westwood,CA/April 201

flickr link.

Because I'm Just Not Done Talking About Giant Robot Yet

Monday, April 26, 2010

I keep on checking into the Giant Robot donation site and seeing where they are and just to let you know - I'm probably not going to stop doing random posts until I see them hit their mark.

Over half way there.

Getting Your Pork Fiction On

Monday, April 26, 2010

PFP's Pork Fiction opens in one week and yes - you should be there.

New sketch comedy from Seattle's old Asian American theatre group and sketch comedians! Co-produced by the Theatre Off Jackson!

At the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S., Seattle), Friday and Saturday at 8 pm

Special Guests: Seattle sketch comedians Charles
UW ASC Talent winners Clairbel Novelo Alice Leung/Eric Zhang

Buy tickets online and SAVE at brownpapertickets.com.
($11 Gen, $9 Student Senior)
($14/$12 at the door!)

Pork Filled Players
14810 Meridian Ave. N. Shoreline, WA 98133

Bruce Lee Enters The 70's: 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Fest Celebrates The Man/The Icon With Special Events And Screenings

Monday, April 26, 2010

Because you know you can't resist anything having to do with Bruce Lee and free films.


(Los Angeles) As difficult as it may be to believe, the legendary Bruce Lee, would have turned 70 years old this year. And while it may -- or perhaps not -- be difficult to imagine him as a septuagenarian still beating down bad guys, what can't be denied is decades after his passing, he remains as influential as ever.

In tribute to and in celebration of the martial arts, action film and cultural icon, the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, in association with his widow, Linda Lee Cadwell and daughter Shannon Lee and their Bruce Lee Enterprises, are organizing a Special Bruce Lee Program at this year's festival beginning sundown Friday, April 30 at the new Madang Center Courtyard in Los Angeles’ Koreatown with a free screening and other events throughout the weekend.

The Bruce Lee celebration kicks off with a free outdoor screening of THE CHINESE CONNECTION and after party on Friday, April 30 and continues the following day at noon with a special screening of ENTER THE DRAGON followed immediately by a panel discussion entitled, “How Bruce Lee Influenced Pop Culture” featuring daughter Shannon Lee, directors Reginald Hudlin (HOUSE PARTY, THE BOONDOCKS) and Brett Ratner (RUSH HOUR, X-MEN 3: THE LAST STAND), ENTER THE DRAGON co-star Bob Wall and musician Joseph Hahn from the rock band LINKIN PARK.

For the celebration’s finale, a special panel discussion entitled, BRUCE LEE: THE FAMILY MAN featuring Linda Cadwell and Shannon Lee and Goddaughter Diana Lee Inosanto takes place 4 p.m. Sunday at The Directors Guild of America.

The full Bruce Lee Birthday Celebration schedule with details:


The Los Angeles Pacific Film Festival is pleased to collaborate with Bruce Lee Enterprises in honor of the 70th birthday of martial arts legend and Asian American cultural icon/actor Bruce Lee.



Friday, April 30, 7PM, Madang the Courtyard (FREE Parking)
621 S. Western Ave. (one block north of Wilshire Blvd.),
Los Angeles - Koreatown.

Featuring a pre-screening live performance from rock band LiLA (Lost in Los Angeles) Event is free.

THE CHINESE CONNECTION is “the” film that introduced Bruce Lee to young urban and Asian American audiences (contains action and violence; parental guidance suggested) back in the 70’s!


Saturday, May 1, 12:00 p.m., Laemmle Sunset 5
8000 W. Sunset Blvd. (at Crescent Heights), West Hollywood, CA 90046

ENTER THE DRAGON is considered to be the quintessential Bruce Lee film with an all-star cast of marital artists and actors

A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover. Includes a special post-screening panel with Shannon Lee, Directors Reginald Hudlin and Brett Ratner, martial artist/actor Bob Wall and rock musician Joseph Hahn of Linkin Park, and moderated by Phil Yu of angryasianman.com.

This screening and panel discussion is a “ticketed” event
Tickets available at www.vconline.org/festival or at box office.


Sunday, May 2, 4:00 p.m., Directors Guild of America, Atrium
7920 Sunset Blvd. (one block west of Fairfax Ave.), West Hollywood, CA 90046
An intimate chat with widow Linda Lee Cadwell, daughter Shannon Lee, and moderated by director/stuntwoman/martial artist and God-daughter Diana Lee Inosanto

This event is free.

THE BRUCE LEE 70th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION is part of the 2010 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, which also features 170 films from over 20 countries beginning April 29 and ending on May 8, 2010.
For more information on the film festival go to: www.vconline.org/festival


The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival presented by Visual Communications is the Southland’s largest showcase for the best in Asian Pacific cinema. Since 1983, the Film Festival has presented over 3200 films and videos by Asian international and Asian American artists, and featured industry seminars and panels, in-person guest appearances, and filmmaker awards.

The Festival is proud to be partnering with Toyota as the Official Vehicle Sponsor. Toyota once again will bring their cutting edge style to the Festival in their car displays. In addition, Toyota is making possible the music video showcase – Cinema Musica! – and rooftop after-party and hosting the free outdoor screening of THE CHINESE CONNECTION. The Festival is also proud to partner with the Directors Guild of America as the main screening venue during the Festival’s Opening Weekend. This state of the art theater is where the Festival will screen its Opening Night Film as well as both Centerpiece Films.

OFFICIAL VEHICLE SPONSOR – Toyota; PREMIERE – Directors Guild of America; GOLD - Wells Fargo; Time Warner Cable; OFFICIAL BEER SPONSOR – Stella Artois; Official Hotel SponsoR – Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown; Silver – Sony Pictures Entertainment; Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; Metro; Minika Ko Marketing; Bronze – Bali Film Center; Harrah’s Rincon Casino & Resort; Fox Entertainment Group; Government Information Office, Republic of China (Taiwan); SAG Indie; Screen Actors Guild; Hollywood & Highland Center; Star – NBC Universal; CBS; Motion Picture Editors Guild; Union Bank; Verizon Wireless; Writers Guild of America, West; Flash Cuts; Eastman Kodak Company; Government Support – American Recovery & Reinvestment Act; National Endowment for the Arts; Los Angeles County Arts Commission; City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs; Venue Sponsors – Directors Guild of America; Japanese American Cultural & Community Center; Japanese American National Museum; Downtown Independent; Laemmle's Sunset 5; Madang the Courtyard; Festival Awards Sponsors – Movie Magic; Write Brothers, Inc.; Reception Sponsors – Kyochon Chicken; Jinro; Madang the Courtyard; Far Bar Chop Suey; Creative Floral Designs; LA18 KSCI-TV; Kirin; Media Sponsors – 89.3 KPCC; LA18 KSCI-TV; LA Weekly; angryasianman.com; Giant Robot

And Ed Wang Goes To The Buffalo Bills

Monday, April 26, 2010

In a past post - as well as everywhere else (at least where it matters) - you've been hearing about Ed Wang who was looking to be the first Chinese American NFL player.

Well look no more.

The Bills chose Ed in the fifth round of the draft and while I could lament about how long it's taken to get the first Chinese American player in the NFL - well - things do take time - and I'm just happy we're seeing what we're seeing.

Here's to seeing Godzilla get some playing time.

iTunes Playlist: Big API Vol. 1

Monday, April 26, 2010

I thought since I'm kind of lazy, every now and then I'd post up some of my random playlists with what I actually call them (and depending on how lazy I really am who knows how many of these I'll actually post). Titles have of playlists have some meanings, but also might just be shorthand, or ways for me to remember or get access to them easier.

From me to you.

  • The Upstarts - Got What It Takes
  • Zee Avi - Bitter Heart
  • Olivia Thai - Apologize (Cover)
  • Marie Digby - Feel
  • Denizen Kane - Holding Up The Wall
  • Afterschool Special - Not One For Words
  • Jane Lui - You Are Not Alone (Cover)
  • Heather Park - Leave Me To Dream
  • Deep Foundation - Sleep ft Jay Legaspi
  • Nomadik Messengers - Chang Gon' Come
  • Thao With The Get Down Stay Down - Bag of Hammers
  • Morning Benders - Damnit Anna
  • Nemo - Hidden Agenda

Lin Yu Chun, William Shatner, George Lopez, And I'm Just Not So Sure

Friday, April 23, 2010


Saving All My Love For You

Total Eclipse Of The Heart

While I'm all up for everyone being who they are - and if that means rocking the bowl haircut and singing your ass off so be it - because I know I rocked that bowl haircut back in the day - I'm still not quite sure how good - or bad - this all could be especially once the Shatner shows up.


Vajazzle Me Barbie?

Friday, April 23, 2010

Just in case you thought this had nothing to do with being Asian other than the fact that I'm posting it - which should be good enough - look a little closer.

One of those dolls was made in Indonesia.

You're A First: Jay C. Gandhi

Friday, April 23, 2010

I have to keep on asking myself the question of why everyone is better looking and more powerful than I am.

It's just not fair.

Vijay “Jay” Chand Gandhi has become the first Indian American federal judge in California history and only the second Indian American federal judge in the country [...] Gandhi told India-West April 16 that he “knew pretty early” in his career that he would gravitate toward law. The son of Hari and Uma Gandhi, currently retired in Riverside, Calif., he was born in Los Angeles and graduated with honors from Cal State Fullerton, with a joint degree in philosophy and business. Gandhi received a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School, where he graduated in the top 10 percent of his class.
Since you probably want to know more about him versus me (like my personal cell number so you can call me up and whisper dirty words like mayonnaise into my ear) I figure I should give you a link.


Video: AJ Rafael's When We Say (Juicebox)

Friday, April 23, 2010

YT Video Info:

Love and relationships are never like the movies no matter how much we want them to be. But when something beautiful ends, for whatever reason, it's most important not to be disappointed that it's over, but glad that it happened at all.


Support and get the song here:


Wong Fu Productions (Wesley Chan, Ted Fu, Philip Wang)


AJ Rafael
Noelle Espero
LA Martinez
RB de Guzman
Oswald "JR" Aquino http://youtube.com/jraquinomusic


Shiori Takenoshita - Drums
Noah Bartfield - Bass
Andrew Rhim - Electric Guitar
AJ Rafael - Acoustic Guitar, Keys, & Vocals, Writer
Engineered by Justin Powell

Special Thanks to

Justin Ray
Scott Yoshimoto http://youtube.com/yoshistyle3

I'm So Torn Marie I'm So Very Very Torn

Friday, April 23, 2010

I agree with Camp Digby - a good song is a good song - but man. The Bieber? Little Pee Pee?

I have to admit that I cringed (although not enough that it stopped me from watching it).

And then I couldn't help but be mesmerized by the piano, the sweet voice, and thinking to myself "That should be me Marie".

That should be me.

Especially if she likes broke ass illiterate people who drive beat up cars and have no idea where the Democratic Republic Of The Congo is unless they're looking at a map but still couldn't really tell you if that means they're actually democratic...

Yeah, I know.

Soompi's Top Ten Greatest Asian American Rappers of All Time

Friday, April 23, 2010

I don't want to spoil it for you but you probably know a few names on the list - and you may not quite agree - but that's what a list is all about. Agree or disagree down at soompi.com.

Above The Law: Judge Denny Chin

Friday, April 23, 2010

Saw this down at the site AboveTheLaw.com and wanted to make sure and post up some of the news because you know you wanted to be in the know.

Earlier today, by a vote of 98-0, Judge Chin was elevated to the Second Circuit.

The Asian-American community is thrilled. From one Asian ATL reader: “He was confirmed! Amazing and historic!”

But there have been Asian-American federal judges before. And there may be again in the not-too-distant future, depending on what happens to the controversial nomination of Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu.

What is history-making about Judge Chin’s elevation?

As noted by the BLT, Chin will be the only active Asian-American judge on a federal appeals court. He’s not the first, but the earlier Asian circuit judges have taken senior status, like Judge A. Wallace Tashima (9th Cir.), or have passed away, like Judge Herbert Choy (9th Cir.).

Random Music Note

Friday, April 23, 2010

Definitely liking tracks 10 and 11 on H-Logic.


Win A Free Netbook (Maybe) And Do Some Good

Friday, April 23, 2010

Got word sent down from some of the folks down at the Fill In Our Future campaign that you might be able to win a free netbook:

In order to enter the Contest, you must enter your name, email address, and other contact information in the designated windows. By providing your name and email address, you also become a member of Fill In Our Future Campaign Listserve.

To enter the contest, you must answer the question of the month:
"Starting May 1 through early summer, census takers will be going to households that did not mail back a form to complete the census form. What do you plan on doing to help educate the community, your family, and friends that this process is continuing and they need to talk to the census taker so that they can complete their census form?"

Entries deemed irrelevant, potentially libelous or inflammatory will not be posted. There is a limit of one entry per participant and per email address. The winning entry will be highlighted onto the Fill In Our Future Website.

Rules and Regulations:

The Contest is open to residents of the United States who are 21 years of age or older at the time the Contest commences. Employees, officers, directors, agents, representatives and independent contractors (and their immediate family members and members of the same households, whether related or not) of Asian American Justice Center are not eligible to participate. The Contest is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law or regulation. Participants agree to abide by the terms of these official rules and by the decisions of the Sponsor which are final and binding on all matters pertaining to the Contest. The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any participant that it determines, in its sole discretion, is ineligible to participate in the Contest.
Fill out the form here.

You're Miss Lao International

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


EWP's New Season

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

You probably can't read that so just go here.

Asian Stat Lover

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

While I didn't read the whole article this little snippet did catch my eye:

According to the 2009 survey of the Committee of 100, 73 percent of Americans believe Asian Americans have made significant contributions to the U.S. culture. By contrast, two Senate seats, six House of Representative seats, and only 1.5 percent of Fortune 500 corporate board seats are held by Asian Americans, while 33 out of 3,200 U.S. colleges and universities currently benefit from Asian Americans serving as presidents.
As to Donald Fan's question of "Why does it appear that so many Asian Americans are successful individually, yet that same level of accomplishment does not translate collectively into the fabric of societal leadership represented by corporate America, politics and education?" I think I could answer that with multiple choice:
  1. People are afraid of Asian Americans having real power.
  2. They're just following the qutoa rules already set by the film industry.
  3. It's called xenophobia.
  4. Asshat
  5. All of the above.

Kal Penn Robbed

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I know Kal Penn might not have the highest level of clearance on the Obama staffing ladder but I'm thinking he might need a secret service detail:

Turns out, the bad guy didn't just take Penn's wallet, the perp also made off with Kal's two cell phones -- one of which belongs to the U.S. government.

Penn is currently a member of President Barack Obama's staff -- serving as the Associate Director in the office of Public Engagement -- and since the crook took Kal's government issued cell, the Secret Service is now joining with the D.C. Metro Police Department to hunt for the bad guy.
Could have been worse.

Tom Tancredo: Maker Of Air Quotes (Or Bunny Ears) Tells Obama To Go Back Where He Came From

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

If you can't get that telling someone who's a person of color to go back where they came from isn't just a tad on the insensitive side (aka racist) having no historical perspective whatsoever I think you have issues and that you need to get some help (see ass kicking).

Addressing Tea Partiers in Greenville, South Carolina, Tancredo pumped up the crowd by saying "If his wife says Kenya is his homeland, why don't we just send him back?"

You May Not Be Racist But...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

You still gotta pay for the reprint when your recipe for spelt tagliatelle with sardines and prosciutto calls for “salt and freshly ground black people.


That Penguin's flying coach.

JohnTheCho, G4, Sexy Sulu, Behind The Scenes, And The Untitled Star Trek Sequel (Not Squeakquel)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Main G4 Interview

Behind The Scenes

Random DWTS Nicole Scherzinger Post

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Like you didn't watch it...

Top Chef Masters Bio: Susur Lee

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

From Top Chef Masters

Hailed by Zagat as “a culinary genius,” Susur Lee has emerged from his humble
beginnings as a 15-year-old apprentice in Hong Kong to become a worldwide leader
in Asian fusion cuisine, blending traditional Chinese dishes with classical
French techniques.

In 1987, Lee opened the doors to his 12-table Lotus restaurant in Toronto, earning rave reviews from The New York Times, Art Culinaire, Gourmet, and Food & Wine magazine. Lotus ran successfully for a decade before Lee decamped for a "re-energizing" period to Singapore, where he served as head chef and consultant. Returning home to open Susur in 2000, Lee has since launched restaurants in Manhattan (Shang), Washington D.C. (Zentan), and a second restaurant, Lee, in Toronto. Lee is a sought-after guest chef across the globe, and has been featured on numerous media outlets.

A noted philanthropist, he contributes regularly to the James Beard Foundation,
cancer research at Spinizolla in Boston and the Null Foundation, which provides
scholarships for underprivileged students to attend culinary school.

Fifth Anniversary: DisOrient Asian American Film Festival

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Time. For. Film.

With Asian People.


CALLED VERSAILLES" director/producer S. Leo Chiang will lead workshop on social
justice and filmmaking. (University of Oregon Campus, Lillis 111)

07:00PM OPENING NIGHT FILM: "MR. SADMAN" Director Patrick Epino
scheduled to attend. (Bijou)

Singer/Songwriter DAWEN performs LIVE; CABA Lion Dance Troupe; and other
performers. Hosted by Gia Vang of KEZI news. (UO Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art)

SATURDAY, APRIL 24th (@ Bijou Art Cinemas)

PROGRAM I: "Life As We Know It" featuring the documentary LT. WATADA by Director
Freida Lee Mock. Ehren's father Bob Watada scheduled to attend.

Guam is Crying
The Golden Spike
I Want to be
a Desi 2
Lt. Watada

02:45PM "WHY AM I DOING THIS?" Director and
Actor Tom Huang scheduled to attend.

VILLAGE CALLED VERSAILLES" feature documentary. Director/Producer S. Leo Chiang
scheduled to attend.

08:45PM "SECOND MOON" feature film. Director
Masahiro Sugano.

SUNDAY, APRIL 25th (@ Bijou Art Cinemas)

12:00PM SHORTS PROGRAM II: "Love Me Or Let Me Go"

The Legend
of Shizuko Nishimura
Midas' Son
Safe Passage
What You Eat
Ajumma! Are you Krazy???
- Director Brent Anbe scheduled to attend.
You Can't Curry Love

02:30PM SHORTS PROGRAM III: "Adventure

Empire Corner
Works of Art
Said Black
Guard Karaoke King
Paradise Regained
Love? Pain
Wu is

05:00PM "OPERATION BABY LIFT" feature documentary. Director
Tammy Nguyen Lee.

musical). Director/Writer/Actor H.P. Mendoza & Actor L.A. Renigen scheduled
to attend.

09:00PM CLOSING NIGHT RECEPTION (Oregon Electric Station

Getting Your Read On: The Asian American Literary Review, Issue 1

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Got word from The Asian American Literary Review that their first issue is now available with a cool lineup including (just to name a few) Cathy Song, Karen Tei Yamashita, Alexander Chee, David Mura, and Brian Ascalon Roley.

We are happy to announce the launch of The Asian American Literary Review, Issue 1, which features forum responses by David Mura, Ru Freeman, and Alexander Chee; poetry by Cathy Song, Oliver de la Paz, Paisley Rekdal, April Naoko Heck, Mong-Lan, Nick Carbo, Eugene Gloria, and David Woo; Karen Tei Yamashita interviewed by Kandice Chuh; prose by Ed Lin, Marie Mutsuki Mockett, Sonya Chung, Hasanthika Sirisena, David Mura, Gary Pak, and Brian Ascalon Roley; and book reviews by Paul Lai, Timothy Yu, and Jennifer Ann Ho.

To purchase a subscription, visit http://www.aalrmag.org/. Please direct any questions to editors@aalrmag.org.
And remember:

Read more so you don't turn out book illiterate like me.

Thanks Minh

Hmonglish Musical

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A young boy, Peev Xwm, is torn between understanding the choices made by his parents and where his place is in Hmong American life. Through a series of dramatic events incorporating spoken word, breakdance, traditional dance and modern renditions of popular classics, Peev Xwm will lead the audience through the internal turmoil of young Hmong Americans today. Hmonglish Musical creatively captures the essence of being Hmong in America and will lead the audience through a universal journey of struggle, hope and a better understanding of how your collective experiences define your sense of identity.

In Pictures: Half Asian? Half White?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I just liked this pic from a this post down at Kimchi Mamas.

LUMINA Gets A Webby

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Got this sent in my way (thanks Jen) and wanted to post it on up because film and its ilk don't end after production.

Hong Kong, SAR, China (Monday, April 19, 2010). LUMINA the Web Series has been selected as an Official Honoree for the Best Editing category in The 14th Annual Webby Awards. As a result of the exceptional quality of submissions this year, the Academy has chosen to recognize work exhibiting remarkable achievement that was not selected as a Nominee. Out of the nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries submitted to the 14th Annual Webby Awards, less than 15% are awarded the status of Official Honoree.

Only four, including LUMINA and the Sony web series Angel of Death, were selected as Official Honorees for Best Editing. The Webby Awards Official Honoree distinction marks the groundbreaking Hong Kong web series’ eleventh award distinction since its online release last fall. Previous honors include one Streamy Awards nomination for Best Cinematography, six Indie Soap Awards nominations, including for Best Writing and Best Directing, and three American Soap World Awards nominations. “I am so proud of my team, especially of our editor Bettina Enigl for her hard work and dedication to her craft,” says LUMINA writer and director Jennifer Thym. “This is a great honor and I hope our success encourages other filmmakers to explore the web series medium.”
Here's to Season 2.

A Little Chitty, A Little Bang, Some H-Logic, And Some Swing

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kind of 50/50 on the CCBB vid but definitely liking the clown.

The Banned KBS Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Video


Thu Tran, Unruly Puppets, The All New Season Of Food Party, And Ninja Dog

Friday, April 16, 2010

All I have to say is that I want my own personal Ninja Dog -- now.

FOOD PARTY, the fantastical, food-centric IFC Original Comedy series created and hosted by Brooklyn fringe artist Thu Tran and her motley mix of unruly puppets, returns to IFC April 27, 2010 at 10:00 pm ET/PT. The comedy’s hallucinatory hijinks will be served in 20 all-new 15-minute episodes, two episodes airing back-to-back during IFC’s Tuesday night AUTOMAT programming block, followed by new episodes of DINNER WITH THE BAND.

The show the Los Angeles Times’ Robert Lloyd recently named one of the top 10 things on TV and “easily the most exciting thing I saw this year,” is best described as a psychedelic melding of Pee Wee’s Playhouse and Rachael Ray with a dash of J-Horror vibe. FOOD PARTY is shot on location in Brooklyn, NY in a handmade, technicolor cardboard kitchen, with each episode a new gastronomical misadventure.

In a surreal, live-action cartoon-like universe, Thu creates out-of-this-world delicacies with a cavalcade of puppets, humans, baked goods and vegetables. This season, Thu mixes it up with returning friends, The Devil, Perv Corn and Ice Cream Cone, and new friends, Randy Ranch, Egg Wizard and King of the Universe, among others.

And what’s special on the menu this season? Peanut Butter Jerry gets himself into another jam as Grape Jenny wants him all to her obsessive and sticky self; we are introduced to Ninja Dog, a kick-ass kitchen helper whose rapid-fire Ginsu skills would put the Iron Chef to shame; and when the amorous Monsieur Baguette breaks bread with Hamburger Bun, the soap opera affair leads to a fresh baked surprise.

FOOD PARTY’s humble origins began in Cleveland, where Thu and a group of fellow grads from the Cleveland Institute of Art rented an inexpensive studio and began working on a public-access-inspired cooking show with puppets. After posting two episodes online, Thu relocated to Brooklyn and expanded her artistic vision for the show. The series soon attracted an online audience and features in New York Magazine’s Grub Street section and the popular blog Gothamist led to more wide-spread attention. FOOD PARTY also won the “Outside of the Box” prize at the 2008 NY Television Festival, a new award given to the most innovative and genre-expanding pilot in competition.

2010 Census: Not Over Until It's Over

Friday, April 16, 2010

I got sent in some info my way on the Fill In Our Future campaign effort which is ongoing and is still in need of attention:

Starting in May, Census workers will be giving a friendly visit to households who have not turned in their initial Census 2010 form. If you would not like to meet a Census representative, please mail in your 2010 Census form by April 19th. It’s easy, private, and vital for you and your community.

If you’ve turned in your 2010 Census form already, you can satisfy your competitive streak by checking in the TAKE 10 MAP to see how your hometown is doing. Is your region one of the top 50 that hasn’t turned their 2010 Census forms in? If so, turn yours in to increase your region’s participation rate!
So remember - there's still some work to do - especially if you haven't already turned in your Census form.

Thanks Courtney

Trailer: Jon M. Chu's Step Up 3D

Friday, April 16, 2010

Tila Tequila: Because You May Want To Know?

Friday, April 16, 2010

www.TilaTequilaOMG.com: Will she take down Perez? Will her time be sucked up by blogging so much that she won't have enough time to make songs like I Fucked The DJ (because that just wasn't that good)?

And do I really care?



I'll tell you later?

Thao Nguyen Went To Washington And All You Got Was A Blog Post

Friday, April 16, 2010

Here's a little bit from a post by Thao Nguyen, of Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, down at the Oxfam America Blog:

I have no stripes to be a climate leader, but I do have the privilege of serving as an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet ambassador. I share the honor with hundreds of wildly impressive and inspiring women from all over the US—former senators, interfaith workers, journalists, the Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, etc.—all social and environmental justice advocates of admirable proportions.

Last month, we gathered for a summit in Washington, DC, to talk and learn and vent and stir frustration and advocacy on behalf of women who are very busy with other things related to climate change. Examples of these other things: extreme drought, severe flooding, erratic rainfall, land erosion, hunger, disease, thirst, living.

You Might Not Be That Bright And I Wouldn't Want You In My Racist Club

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I don't want to tell people how to go about practicing their beliefs, but when you write things like "I'm killen all Mexicans! On Friday" I'm just thinking you're not going to be the next great racist that you're aspiring to be, and if I was heading out a racist organization I wouldn't want anyone like that joining my club because who wants members that promise way more than they could ever deliver?

I mean you can't kill all those people in one day.

It's just not feasible.

If he would have said something like "I'm gonna kick an Asian in the shin! On Tuesday" - still racist, but semi-believable.

At the same time he actually tells people when he's going to try and do the not even close to being plausible act.

Even if it is hopeless, still not that bright.

But honestly - I'm just a little curious too.

Why not a Monday?

What about Hanukkah?

I mean what's so special about Friday?

Just asking.

Starpulse.com Love Bai Ling Long Time

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I was actually going to do a semi-legit post on Bai Ling after the headline "Bai Ling's Glittering Almost-Blouse: Hot Or Not?" - but as I went to view the pic itself - I noticed the actual name of the image which I've magnified.


I agree.

That's some covert Glenn Beck shit.

Random Quote People Should Hear

Thursday, April 15, 2010

From left, junior Sherry Shen, senior Tiffany Cheng and senior Lu Ann Fong

Hyun plans to petition for an Asian studies program next year. Cheng also hopes to make the club have a lasting impact to the school.

“It’s interesting that we’ve been here 16 years, but we haven’t had one [Asian studies] class that goes on every year,” Cheng said. “If the school can’t care about Asian issues, what can you expect from students?”

Cheng said she expects a lot more from her college campus and is using Focus Asia Month as a way to bring Asian issues to the forefront.

“This is my outcry for saying that the school should start thinking and re-evaluating their programs and bringing Asian-American programs to their curriculum,” Cheng said.

Audition For YELLOW FACE

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Because one day you woke up and wondered to yourself what it would be like to stand on stage under semi-bright lights reciting the lines from a play from David Henry Hwang.

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company is holding an EPA (Equity Principal Audition) for its upcoming production of YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang. Details below:

Production: YELLOW FACE by David Henry Hwang
YELLOW FACE has been published by Dramatists Play Service, Inc. and the script can be purchased from their website.

Director: Seema Sueko

Audition Date/Time: Sunday, April 25, 11 AM – 3 PM

Audition Location: The 10th Avenue Theatre
930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101
Allow time to park. Street parking is free on Sundays.
Go here for the full information.

Nominate Eight Great APA's

Thursday, April 15, 2010

From SDNN.com:

The majority of the workers who laid the tracks to the transcontinental railroad, which was completed on May 10, 1869, were Chinese immigrants.

Sammy Lee became the first Asian-American to earn an Olympic gold medal, winning in platform diving in both 1948 and 1952.

George Ariyoshi, who served as the governor of Hawaii from 1974 to 1986, became the nation’s first Asian-American governor.

Like these, countless other Asian-Pacific Americans have made notable contributions to society.

From connecting two coasts to obtaining Olympic gold, Asian-Pacific Americans have greatly influenced U.S. business, arts and entertainment, government and politics, science and technology, sports and much more.

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and this year’s theme is “Lighting the Past, Present and Future.” As we reflect on the contributions Asian-Pacific Americans have made in the past, we also want to acknowledge the contributions they are making today and are striving to make tomorrow.

In honor of the month, help us discover eight great Asian-Pacific American community leaders under the age of 35 in the San Diego region. Submit your nominations to Politics@SDNN.com by 5 p.m. on Friday, April. 30. Nominations should be under 300 words with a clear description of why he or she deserves to be included and how he or she has advanced the Asian-Pacific American community. Include his or her contact information.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Some of the films you may want to check out for this year's Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival.

Air Doll
Basket Case
Bone Man, The (Der Knochenmann)
Cooking History
Dear Lemon Lima
Forbidden Door, The (Pintu terlarang)
Go Go 70s (Goso chilship)
Good Heart, The
Jean-Michel Basquiat The Radiant Child
Kings of Pastry
Last Train Home
My Tehran for Sale
Ocean of an Old Man
Pink Taxi
Shaft, The
Sicilian Girl, The (La siciliana ribelle)
Summer Pasture
Sun Behind the Clouds Tibet's Struggle for Freedom
Taqwacores, The
Two From the Wave (Deux de la Vague)

Watch It Free: Grek Pak's Super Power Blues

Thursday, April 15, 2010