Quotable: The Real Deal. Straight Up.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Your random quote for the day pulled from a blog called The Real Deal. Straight Up:

In continued defense of online dating, I feel compelled to say this much. If I could tap my Ruby Slippers three times and return West, back to the land of Pre-Lie, for every time that I was lied to in the presumably safer world of traditional face-to-face dating (or counted those times that I have lied to someone …. yes, I can acknowledge. Embrace the Truth and move forward, people), then I would have already bought out all the world’s Ruby Slippers, having worn through pair after pair.

Music: Mondega + For The People

Tuesday, August 31, 2010



Mondega is a hip-hop artist whose music is well acclaimed by human- rights activists, universities and Asian youths throughout the United States, Canada and Southeast Asia. As an up-coming and influential emcee, his music is described as uplifting and inspiring. Mondega uses hip-hop as a tool to speak on behalf of the misguided Asian youths living in America and for his people suffering back home in Southeast Asia. His music is well-respected because it empowers and raises awareness about issues rarely spoken about in today’s Asian hip-hop scenes.

Bom “Mondega” Siu was born on October 14, 1987 in the 2nd district of Gia Lai, in the central highlands of Vietnam. As a young boy growing up, he helped his impoverished family by spending his days roaming and hustling the streets. He would gamble the little money he made playing bau cua ca cop, a Vietnamese game with three dices. Being raised through poverty, political corruption and genocide, Mondega lived and experienced what most people took for granted. The idea of becoming a hip-hop artist never existed in his mind, but everything changed when his family fled to the United States as refugees seeking asylum in 1996.

More About Mondega

I dedicate my whole rap career to inspire a dream to the voiceless living with fear. . . - Mondega

While living in a refugee housing community in Raleigh, North Carolina, Mondega, his older brother and two sisters went to school as poor immigrant kids trying to adjust in America. They lived and played in a neighborhood where drugs and crime were normal albeit a small step up from the living conditions in Gia Lai and the Saigon slums. Mondega first experienced music when his older brother formed a Montagnard band called Bajaraka. Making friends was a challenge in Raleigh for Mondega, so he began going to Bajaraka’s weekend practices and became a helper and a guest singer. While attending community events and performing on stage, he noticed how separated the youths were against their own culture and identity. As a young man adapting and learning America’s cultures, he watched his friends joined gangs and sold drugs. Through Bajaraka, he wanted to change that factor, but Montagnard music was not enough to reach out to the crowd he wanted.

Hip-hop first gained his attention when a friend played Tupac, Wu-Tang Clan and DMX’s records on his stereo. At first, it sounded odd to him, but as he became fluent in English, this weird sounding music became the very tool he is using now to reach out to his youths. Life in America have never been a walk in the park for Mondega. Over the years, Mondega have shared the same struggles as his listeners. No matter what is going on, hip-hop is his form of therapy and an escape from a world full of adversities.

Mondega’s overall goal is to reach out to everyone who can relate, and empower them through peace, understanding, philosophies and hip-hop. Mondega speaks the truth in the purest format with creative melodies, catchy hooks, and self-reflecting lyrics.

His forthcoming LP, For the People, is his third and most personal album to date.
See @ http://mondegamusic.com/, http://bommsiu.bandcamp.com/, and http://www.facebook.com/mondega.

Leena Nguyen + Tick Tock Tuesday

Tuesday, August 31, 2010



I have no idea how I happened to find this video of blogger and vlogger Leena Nguyen - but it kind of sucked me in if only in part because of Clazziquai Project, and the next thing you know I was checking out the Asian Glow at Hamjipark and some great food pics down at her blog.

Call me crazy, but I'm thinking there's a G4 host waiting in the wings.

And yes. This is apropos isn't it?

Random Fluxus Voices Vol.3

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just Kidding: How To Be An Action Hero Part 1

Tuesday, August 31, 2010



Two days. 30,000+ views. Just Kidding Films.

Well Then: So We See The Wie Wins Again

Tuesday, August 31, 2010



All I have to say is take that you Wie Haters because she just won again over the weekend by beating out Shin Ji-yai at the Canadian Women's Open.

Holy Fuck: Margaret Cho + Bristol Palin + The Situation + The Hoff? It's Going To Be The Best Season Of DWTS EVER!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010



Does it get any better than THIS in TV Land people? I'm gonna say No for right now because I can't begin to even imagine the on-screen and off-screen drama that I'm sure has to ensue and I'm really hoping The Hoff gets shitfaced, vomits on the "The Situation", Sarah Palin makes a guest appearance and Cho proceeds to beat all their asses down just because she can.

Say it with me.

MF Awesome.

And don't deny it - you're gonna watch this train wreck of a what the hell did we do to deserve such spectacular TV???!!!!!!!!

And A Few Words From The Cho Blog

I’m so excited to be doing Dancing With The Stars, but I’ve got a lot to learn. I’ve got some mean stripper moves and I can pick up a dollar with my butt, however the Viennese Waltz is all new for me! I’ve been training with my partner for three days now and I can’t believe how much my body hurts! I’m trying to embrace the pain.
Sweet.

What's In A Name?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Just for the record I think if you're a drug kingpin and your name happens to have the word "Barbie" in it - and you're a dude - you maybe should get caught.

And I totally mean that in the most respectful way that I can at 1:00 in the morning.

Fil-Am Trio Triangle Offense + "Alarm"

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

From my inbox and now on to you:

Triangle Offense delves deeper into the hiptronic sound by releasing an electro remix to the second single from their latest mixtape The Courting. The original party track, a collaborative effort with NYC-based DJ Nano, receives 48 new bars over a rawer, revamped beat. It's up as a free download on their website, http://www.triangle-offense.com/.

"We wanted to produce a track that took a step further into the hiptronic genre," says TO member Finesse, who was once known for gritty rhymes over dark beats. "We have that hard hitting electro sound while still staying sharp lyrically."

Each team member contributes a fresh 16 bars to the new sound, creating a club atmosphere filled with drinks, dancing, and a party lifestyle. Nemo, one half of the Jersey Boys production team who helped paint this club scene, comments that they found inspiration from electro producers Diplo and A-Trak when assembling the staccato synths and driving bass line.
Free music is good people. Free music is very good.

An Open Letter To PBS And P.O.V On Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy AKA Let's Have A Good Circle Jerk

Monday, August 30, 2010

Dear PBS And P.O.V.

Honestly I don't really know what's gotten into me over this film that I just happened to stumble upon for free - because I wouldn't pay to see it and add to the growing economy of films that exploit children for the sake of people who probably add to your fundraising coffers who for the most part would love being in a movie just like the one I'm referencing.

Honestly, I think you'd be better off by having an event where you charge people to piss on the homeless and then for an extra $100 throw in an anal creampie where their significant others - for a fee of course - could lick that shit clean.

I mean can you imagine the buzz surrounding that event?

The hours of conversation it would make for donors? It might even save a marriage or two.

And I don't know about you - but I call that good PR.

Especially since even exploitative - at least it would be between consenting adults.

I mean it's not like you'd be showing porn with underage kids right?

Oh.

Wait.

Sorry about that.

I didn't mean to say what you're actually doing...

And I didn't mean to be crass in any way either.

I know sometimes I can come off that way and I may be obtuse, but certainly not crass.

Let's at least agree on that.

I'm not crass, and you don't show legalized...child...porn...

Good.

I feel better now that we've gotten that out of the way.

Sincerely Yours,
Slant Eye

Netflix Watch: Blood The Last Vampire

Monday, August 30, 2010



I've slowly been catching up on movies I should have seen (possibly).

Random thoughts.

  • In the first five minutes I asked myself the question of how badly produced could this film actually be and if it was for real because surely any movie with Jeon Ji-Hyun would be better than what I was watching.
  • But then - somehow - it just got better.
  • At least better than the first five minutes.
  • There was a lot of sweet sweet bloodlust in this movie and I have to say that if you're going up against a slew of vampires - bloodsuckers if you so wish - that's just the way you should fight 'em.
  • I don't want to give away the ending - but I would have been fine with out some of that last ending dialogue.
  • Honestly?
  • I'll watch it again.

Finished: Au Revoir Taipei

Monday, August 30, 2010



I finally finished this film up and I felt like I just got a taste: Kai and Susie dancing in the park, Gao and his penchant for finding dumplings, this old love affair from Brother Bao's past - and I really don't know - I'm not sure if I was completely charmed, or if I just wanted more.

Maybe I'll have to watch it again.

Quotable: Angela S. Choi + SFGate

Monday, August 30, 2010



There's a good article from a week or so ago down at the SFGate on author Angela S. Choi and her novel "Hello Kitty Must Die" where this just sticks out at me:

"I always saw (Hello Kitty) as embodying a lot of the stereotypes of what Asian women are about," Choi says. "You're supposed to be nice, you're not supposed to have a mouth - and you're certainly not supposed to go around enjoying killing people."
I would agree.

Killing people is not really in the spirit of Hello Kitty.

Read it in full here.

Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Monday, August 30, 2010

Wanted to make sure and post up some info the Chinese American Museum of Chicago:

Raymond B. Lee, whose family ran a food wholesale business in the museum building, donated $660,000 to buy the building to start the museum. Lee, who as a teen slept on the third floor, has donated another $250,000 for renovations since the fire.
"It's like you finished a final examination," Lee, 76, said of the renovations, which have totaled $1.6 million. "What a relief."

The museum needs $200,000 more to keep its doors open, museum officials say. A fundraiser is set for Nov. 6. The museum also needs donated artifacts to help rebuild its collection.

Official: Dawen Wins Kollaboration Acoustic 4

Monday, August 30, 2010



Just want to give a huge congratulations to Dawen for being the Grand Prize Winner down at Acoustic 4.

Nice work if you can get it.

Nice work indeed.

Emmy Round-Up: Glee With No Glee, Mindy Kaling, Buddhist Jokes, Top Chef, Archie Panjabi, And Not Much More

Sunday, August 29, 2010



I'll fully admit that I did skip out during the Emmys at times switching back between the show and J-pop. That being said here's my quick Emmy Roundup.


  • Per usual there really wasn't a strong Asian American presence, or POC presence. Do I get tired of saying things like this? Yes.
  • Obviously there was the Glee inspired intro. Obviously Jenna Ushkowitz was not a part of it.
  • There were about two Mindy Kaling sightings when it came to categories for writing. We like her.
  • There was a Buddhist joke by Jane Lynch.
  • Yes, that counts simply because there was so little representation I'll take what I can get.
  • Yes again. I do need mouthwash.
  • Top Chef won in the Best Reality Competition and Padma stole the speech just by being there.
  • Archie Panjabi won Best Supporting Actress for The Good Wife
  • There were some Danny Pudi and Ken Jeong sightings for the NBC show Community.
That was thin....

Until next year!

Conflict Minerals, Peter Ha, And Blood Laptops

Sunday, August 29, 2010



I caught this video from a few days ago over at Time via the Peter Ha (technology editor) blog and wanted to re-post it up here too.

Retro Hồ Ngọc Hà

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Yuna Ito + I Don't Want To Miss A Thing + I Don't Really Know

Sunday, August 29, 2010



I do like myself some Yuna Ito. I really do. But this one - I'm not sure I'm feeling it. Maybe it's the hat/flower thing on her head - I can't really tell you.

But you may like it, so posted it is.

Get Myself Back: Namie Amuro

Sunday, August 29, 2010



Just for the record. If anyone happens to know Namie Amuro, feel free to send her my phone number.

Youku it.

HBO Interview: "East of Main Street: Asians Aloud" Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Sunday, August 29, 2010

History And Present: Wong Kim Ark

Sunday, August 29, 2010



I was reading this article down at New American Media and wanted to make sure and post this just because:

In the 1940s the group Native Sons of the Golden West launched a concerted effort to deny all Japanese U.S. citizenship. They also sought to deny citizenship to their U.S.-born children. Their efforts failed but now some Republicans are resurrecting the idea some 60 years later. In July, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he plans to propose an amendment to repeal birthright citizenship and he’s being joined by some leading Republicans. Their plan would require changing the 14th Amendment which grants citizenship to U.S.-born children.
We're going back to the 40's?

Proponents believe there’s an immigration problem in the U.S. that needs to be addressed. And the 14th Amendment, they say, has been misrepresented from its original purpose of granting citizenship to freed slaves.

But Asian Americans believe the proposal is unrealistic and counterproductive.

“It’s not a serious proposal,” said Bill Ong Hing, law professor at the University of San Francisco. “But to say to change the constitution is basically impossible. So they have a better chance of passing some other law than they do of amending the constitution.” [...]

For many Japanese Americans, the current debate about birthright citizenship sounds all too familiar. In the early 1940s the JACL, NAACP and the ACLU formed an unprecedented coalition to fight against the efforts of the Native Sons to deny citizenship to the Nisei and their children.

In Regan v. King, the Native Sons were attempting to repeal the 1898 Supreme Court ruling in favor of Wong Kim Ark — a Chinese American who won the right to hold property and vote — a ruling that helped to establish the principle of birthright citizenship.
Wiki love.

Justice Department Responds To South Philly High Violence

Sunday, August 29, 2010

An update on the now infamous South Philadelphia story:

Federal investigators have informed the Philadelphia School District that they found merit in the claims of Asian students who said they were abused at South Philadelphia High School. The school exploded in racial violence on Dec. 3, when 30 Asians were attacked during a daylong series of assaults carried out by groups of mostly African-American classmates.

In a letter to the district, the Justice Department advised school officials to take steps to settle the matter. It was not immediately clear what form a settlement might take, though it would require the district to improve the treatment of Asian students, who say they have been mocked, harassed and beaten at the school. The action follows a formal civil rights complaint filed in January by the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, an advocacy group. Such complaints do not result in criminal penalties, but can bring broad changes provided that violations are found to have occurred.
Read it in full.

Marvel + Runaways + Racebending

Sunday, August 29, 2010

If you haven't already heard - give it up to the folks down at Racebending for getting Marvel to response to the Runaways casting.

Here's the letter they got.

Thank you for reaching out regarding your concerns over Marvel’s recent casting notice for THE RUNAWAYS. We appreciate your interest in our production and with Marvel Entertainment.

“To address your concern over casting for the role of Nico, as we do with all of our films, we intend to stay true to the legacy and story of the comic when casting these parts. Thus, our goal is to cast an Asian American actress as depicted in the comic series and the casting notice will be adjusted accordingly.

“We thank you again for your correspondence and the opportunity to clarify our process.”

Marvel Studios
Sweet sweet non-whiteashed characters.

Behind the Scenes: KoreAm's September 2010 Cover Shoot

Sunday, August 29, 2010

At Least Someone Won That Powerball

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Yeah, it wasn't me - but I'm not that lucky.

An 11-member, Asian-American family claimed the $85.7 million Powerball jackpot Thursday through a local attorney [...] Attorney George Bayhi said the Baton Rouge family members — made up of local business owners, professionals and college students — will share the one-lump sum payment option, which amounts to $45.77 million before taxes.

The jackpot is the second-biggest Powerball prize won in Louisiana.

The winner who signed the ticket and will receive the bulk of the windfall is Hieu Van Nguyen, the Louisiana Lottery Corporation said.

Confirmed First: Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye Goes California Chief Justice

Sunday, August 29, 2010



Hail To The Chief?

Sacramento appeals court justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye became the first Filipino and Asian-American chief justice in California history.
This was after the Commission of Judicial Appointment unanimously confirmed her to the California Supreme Court last Wednesday, August 25.

Born Across Borders

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Along the same topic of the last post I also wanted to post up a link to the latest Asian Pop column where Jeff Yang talks with Stephanie Wang-Breal ("Wo Ai Ni Mommy") and Deann Borshay Liem ("In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee") as well as gives a little of his own views on the topic.

But once in a while, you see a little reminder that transcultural parenthood comes with unique complications. Like the time I watched a woman dissolve into tears when she couldn't understand what her lovely daughter was screaming in full meltdown mode (something to do with a dispute over chalk that had escalated into madness, as far as I could tell, given my elementary-school Mandarin). Or the eavesdropped conversation I caught in which a doting dad expounded on the benefits of adopted Asian kids over "American" kids, because they come over here smart and obedient, and instinctively know how to work hard and sacrifice. It sounded a little like someone boasting about the handling and fuel efficiency of his imported car.
Read it in full here.

I'll Just Say It: "Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy" Is A Little Like Forced Child Labor For Your Viewing Enjoyment

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I know Wo Ai Ni (I Love You) Mommy has won a lot of awards at different film festivals and is also getting press and play for P.O.V's Adoption Stories series but it's all starting to get a little under my skin in part because I think it's a little like child exploitation.

Sure, in some ways it shows the complexities of transracial adoptions but at the expense of the children - invasive of their personal space and most intimate of feelings and I can't help but wonder how Yong is going to like her story - a story that I'm sure she'll find personal - out on film.

Maybe DVD.

Shown at festivals across the nation.

I'm thinking to myself that Yong wasn't in the best position to be giving her yea or nea on being filmed and even if she did we'd all probably agree that if she wanted to tip back a few shots and drive down the Audubon that it wouldn't really be a good idea.

Or even legal for that matter.

But this is.

Because who really cares about the Asian kid right?

I mean she's there just to be watched for informative reasons.

For an audience.

Katy Perry, Teenage Dream, And This Is Why It Sucks To Be Me

Sunday, August 29, 2010

I can't help but say that I like the Katy Perry song "Teenage Dream". Honestly - it kind of gets me giddy in a Glee sort of way where I want to start doing that shoulder drop along with the beat and the next thing you know I'm in full Chaka Khan mode (which apparently is what she was going for in the first place) - I've been playing it incessantly on my iPhone almost non-stop.

And if you probably already couldn't have guessed I'm listening to it right now.

But then I watched the video and I couldn't help but wonder about that part where the White People dress up as cowboys and indians I just had that pause.

I asked myself "Should I be offended right now?"

And I know in many ways I should.

If it was a person dressed up as Fu Manchu I'd be like the "What The Hell Was That?"

But then that beat catches me.

I acquiece to the Katy Perry pop and I feel torn.

It's so catchy.

But it's also kind of messed the fuck up.

I mean who in casting says "Hey. I want that White Girl dressed up in some feathers so she looks like one of those Native people." Because someone actually has to make that choice right?

Maybe I can just not watch the video.

Is It True? Could It Really Be? Is My DSL Actually On Forever?

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Time will tell if the Gods of DSL are actually shining down on me, but let me just say for the record that I can't believe I've had uninterrupted access for a good 48 hours.

Really - it's the little things.

A big thanks to Joe who probably had enough of coming to this address only to come back again until he finally said to hell with it all and crashed his car into the THE BOX.

Thank You Joe.

Thank You.

Mora Stephens, Canvas, And Interpretations

Friday, August 27, 2010

Kollaboration Acoustic 4, One More Day, And Take Me There

Thursday, August 26, 2010

That's right people - one more day until Kollaboration Acoustic 4 - and just because I can, here's another video by the performers.

Yeah I Know...

Thursday, August 26, 2010

But I was on vacation - and I'm working on some other cool things - soon to be posted up here...but that's for later...and it's summer...

Yeah...I know.

Mockumentary: Fil-Am hiptronic Trio Triangle Offense

Thursday, August 26, 2010



Fil-Am hiptronic trio Triangle Offense lets fans behind the scenes of their musical career by releasing the second part of their "day in the life of" mockumentary. Done in the style of 'The Office,' this episode follows their day when their third member, Adonis, returns from his medical school overseas.

"The first video briefly showcased how absolutely normal we are. This video will do exactly the same," says long-lost third TO member Adonis. "We're just three friends who enjoy whatever it is we do; whether playing basketball, working on music, or performing. We're goofy, we're unusual, we're awkward, we're people you would want to hang out with. We wanted that to show."

TO takes fans along as they reunite, shoot hoops, and gear up for a performance at their mixtape release party. This is a continuation of the first episode which featured TO showing the viewer where they live and their creative process. The video was originally released in order to promote their latest mixtape effort, "The Courting." The success of the mixtape lead to thousands of downloads and a string of performances across Manhattan including a show with ABDC's Poreotics at Club Amnesia and at Blender Theatre for the Philippine Independence celebration.

Before the summer's end, TO plans to release an electro remix of "The Alarm" which was a bonus track off of their mixtape featuring Envision Nightlife's DJ Nano.

Visit their site: www.triangle-offense.com

Download their latest mixtape "The Courting" for free:
http://www.triangle-offense.com/?page_id=2

Kollaboration Acoustic 4 Performers

Monday, August 23, 2010



August 27th.

Random Daniel Nainan

Monday, August 23, 2010



Check more out down at his site.

Wrap Up: Lao American Writers Summit

Monday, August 23, 2010



While I didn't catch this myself, I wanted to make sure and post a pic and a snippet from the Bryan Thao Worra blog on the first national Lao American Writers Summit.

On August 13-15th, we reached well over 120 people throughout the first national Lao American Writers Summit. Over 14 award-winning Lao American writers and activists from across many disciplines worked with both Lao and non-Lao community members including Hmong, European American, African American, Thai and Tongans to discuss the importance of art, community and the approaches Lao American culture uses to remember our history and traditions.
Definitely sounds like it was a success.

Get A Job: Mainland Southeast Asia Program Director

Monday, August 23, 2010

I saw these jobs down at the Asian American Giving site and thought I would re-post them up here too.

VIA is seeking Mainland Southeast Asia Program Director. VIA (www.viaprograms.org) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides innovative experiential-learning programs in Asia and the United States that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for participants and the communities they serve. Primary duty is oversight of VIA’s long-term and summer volunteer programs and partnerships in mainland Southeast Asia, including the countries of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. Other duties include maintaining a VIA office in Phnom Penh and ongoing organization-wide projects and Asia Programs policy. The Mainland Southeast Asia PD works in close cooperation with the Senior Asia Programs Director, two other Program Directors, the Finance Director, and the Executive Director all of whom are based in VIA’s main office in San Francisco. The Mainland Southeast Asia PD oversees approximately 30 long-term volunteers and ten summer volunteers per year as well as Country Representatives and summer program coordinators in Vietnam and Thailand. Download MSEAP Job Announcement 08-10

The Asia Foundation seeks a Program Finance Associate. The Program Finance Associate responsibilities are to maintain award files for all projects and related logs and databases; provides assistance to program units on project related matters; assists the process of reviewing proposal budgets; award documents; and financial reports. Ensures the Foundation policy and procedures are followed within areas of responsibility and ensures that accounting for funding sources and program activities is current and accurate. Provide general accounting support.

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) seeks a highly motivated professional to develop and manage corporate relations initiatives. The ideal candidate is passionate about Asian American and Asian media with proven track record of initiating and sustaining corporate sponsorships with nonprofit organizations. The Corporate Relations Manager works with the Development and Communications Director to secure corporate and media sponsorships for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and its annual San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF). The position will manage the delivery of corporate sponsor benefits, media and major in-kind sponsorships and all corporate sponsor related activities. The Corporate Relations Manager will work closely with SFIAAFF and other CAAM program areas to maximize corporate support.

Hmong Veterans Resolution

Monday, August 23, 2010

Because you should know.

The resolution, authored by Assemblymember Dave Jones (D-Sacramento), urges the United States Congress to pass – and the President to sign – House Resolution Number 5879, introduced by Congressman Jim Costa (D-Fresno) in July. HR 5879 extends national cemetery burial benefits to Hmong veterans who fought with the United States in Laos during the Vietnam War. Sacramento is home to the second largest Hmong population in California. “The Hmong fought side-by-side with American soldiers during the Vietnam War, sacrificing their lives for the United States and the values we hold dear,” said Assemblymember Jones. “It is only right that we honor these brave soldiers in the same way we pay tribute to all our veterans, so I am proud to urge the passage of Congressman Costa’s HR 5879 with this resolution. “The overwhelming support and passage of HR 33 sends a clear and strong message to Congress and the President that we need to recognize these veterans’ contributions and memorialize all those who answered the call of duty and fought for our country,” he added.
Read it in full here.

Philadelphia Assault

Monday, August 23, 2010

While they're still trying to figure out if they were targeted because they were Asian - I would have to agree with Lee who said the following "Lock your doors," she said. "You never know what will happen anymore."

In all, the four men escaped with $26,000, a computer owned by Lee's brother, the family's jewelry, and a 52-inch TV. The men were described by police as wearing dark clothing with white or black-and-white bandannas, with two more than six feet tall. Jei Lee, who works at a dry cleaners in Wayne, was pistol-whipped by one of the intruders and was bleeding profusely from a scalp wound when officers arrived, his daughter said. He required treatment at a nearby hospital, but was able to work Thursday. John Chin, executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., said Thursday that Asian American business people were being targeted by criminals, and that the activity seems to run in cycles. "I'm not sure why they come in spurts, but they do, and it's unfortunate. Part of the pattern is that the criminals follow the merchants home," he said.
And remember - banks are good.

Just For The Record South Florida

Friday, August 20, 2010

As I have a little bit of downtime waiting for a friend I just wanted to say that South Florida is kinda hot. Not Sai Gon hot. But still kinda hot.

Thank god for Starbucks and their wi-fi.

Sweet sweet wi-fi.

And skirts. And cute shoes. And women who walk with a strut even though I'm really not a guy who dates people with a strut.

Because I'm a little more low key and that would mean I would have to strut too, and if you've ever seen me try and strut - well - it kind of looks more like a hiccup.

White People, You Need Another Intervention Because That Dr. Laura Needs Some Help

Friday, August 20, 2010

I have nothing against people bringing up words in order to make a point - in fact - that's what words are for - but in context.

As an impetus for a conversation.

I'm not saying White People can't use certain words - especially in an academic realm on the discussion of race and racism - but even then you have to be careful simply because of the power structure of where some of those words come from.

The allusion - as in "the N-word" - is more than often sufficient enough because we are by no means equal.

Well...

If you listen to the whole call, and you listen to her tone, in the context of what she said - she uses it in a taunting way.

In a way that said "You people are too sensitive. See? I can say it and I don't mean it in a derogatory way."

Even though at the base - because of the premise from which she spoke - it was.

And "Don't NAACP me"?

That's intent.

That's reckless behavior without regard to others around you.

You can't yell fire in a theater, and you're going to get beat down for a hate crime if you're screaming at the top of your lungs "dirty chink motherfucker" while you're proceeding to stab someone.

To me it's easy to see what you should and shouldn't say - what actually has power and what doesn't.

But then again - who knows right?

I'm probably just trying to NAACP you all.

SilkyDKwan + Dr Pepper Cherry YouTube Dance Studio

Thursday, August 19, 2010



Vote now.

Random Keiko Agena Quote

Thursday, August 19, 2010

FB: "Should Shin an I combine our last names and become "Agasaki"... hmm...."

And yes. She will also be in Transformers 3 as Mearing's Aide.

1/2 Way Through It: Au Revoir Taipei

Thursday, August 19, 2010



Yeah. I know. I blame it on an Internet connection that's actually not gone out since 12:00 AM.

And Just Because I Can

If Obama's A Muslim My Name's Snooki And Justin Bieber Is Hiding Inside My Ginormous Vajayjay

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Who are these people and why don't I know them? If they believe that Obama's a Muslim I'm just thinking I could have a cadre of people lining up to pay good money just to see if the Bieber's head will actually pop out every now and then.

The number of Americans who believe -- wrongly -- that President Obama is a Muslim has increased significantly since his inauguration and now account for nearly 20 percent of the nation's population. Those results, from a new Pew Research Center survey, were drawn from interviews done before the president's comments about the construction of an Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero, and they suggest that there could be serious political danger for the White House as the debate continues.

In Pictures: Annie Ling, The NY Times, And Documenting Your Life

Thursday, August 19, 2010



See it in full down at the NY Times.

That's Just Awesome DIY: VisualizAsian.com + Roxana Saberi

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



Apparently good looks get you everything. And by everything, we mean a conversation with Iranian-Japanese American journalist Roxana Saberi:


Erin and I took a summer hiatus, but visualizAsian.com is back, and proud to kick off a new season of interviews with a conversation with Iranian-Japanese American journalist Roxana Saberi, whose recent book, “Between Two Worlds,” chronicles the harrowing experience of being imprisoned, charged with espionage and sentenced to eight years in a notorious Iranian prison before being released after five months in May 2009.

We’ll be talking to Roxana on Tuesday, August 31 at 6 pm PT (9 pm ET) via phone and web — all you need to join in the conversation is register for this free call. You can even submit questions for Roxana on the webinar page before and during the interview.
Oh yeah.

That's right.

You can call in too.

XXXO: Random M.I.A.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

CAAM + The Sikh Coalition’s 1st Annual Diversity Video Competition

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



Because you wanted to know - and don't tell me any different because that would be a flat out lie and if there's one thing I won't stand for is people who lie to me in their minds who I will probably never meet - except for a few select people - who I think should happen to be naked btw. Or have a bag of marshmallows.

And cookies. Because cookies trump being naked.

Are you a filmmaker? Do you care about diversity issues? If so, join the Sikh coalition’s Diversity Video Competition, and you could have a chance to win $1,000, a free roundtrip ticket to New York City, and 2 passes to the Sikh Art and Film Festival. Your film will also be premiered at this popular New York film festival in October.

The purpose of the Competition is to provide a space to engage in an artistic dialogue on civil rights issues, stereotypes, and myths surrounding minority groups with a particular anchor in the Sikh experience. It is through this dialogue that we hope to dissolve ignorance and spread awareness of discriminated minorities.

Topic: Today in the United States, especially since the events of 9/11, the turban has been often associated with terrorist groups, including Osama Bin Laden, the Taliban, and others. However, the vast majority of people who wear turbans in the US are not terrorists, but Sikhs – and their appearance, although similar, often marks them for discrimination. Because of this appearance, Sikhs, as well as many minority groups in America have had to struggle to impart the message: you can’t judge a book by its cover.

Referencing Sikh American and other minority experiences, please create a 5 minute video (or less) that explores the statement, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.”

All entries must be received by September 15, 2010. No film experience is required to participate, and people of all ages are encouraged to submit.

To Apply: Please visit www.sikhcoalition.org to learn more.

There you will find instructions, an application form, judging criteria, rules, and submission guidelines. You will also be able to read more about the 2 judging phases:

1) All videos will be reviewed by an expert judges’ panel and narrowed down to the top two.

2) Then, the 1st place winner will be determined by a popular vote.

And Yes. You Too Can Follow North Korea On Twitter (And YouTube)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



I don't even know what to make of this except that it's MF crazy. What's next? A North Korean private web cam channel where you'll pay to see people not getting their ass kicked or maybe just something even a little more perverse?

Like people eating at a buffet?

Now that I think about it...

Listen on NPR.

Interview It: Harry Shum Jr.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

And just in case you missed it here's a snippet of the HSJ interview down at Hulu:

What was more intimidating? Dancing with Beyonce or coming up with choreography that was going to be seen by Bill Gates and Al Gore (at the TED conference) and all of Hollywood (at the Oscars)?

[Laughs.] Two totally different worlds! As a nerd, you know, we heard that we’re doing TED and that we were performing for the likes of Bill Gates, Will Smith and Al Gore, and just the smartest people in the world. They’re scientists, so most of them aren’t really into dancing. So that was the harder crowd, because I didn’t know if they were going to appreciate us. But I think both are intimidating — and also, Beyonce, she’s like the queen of all that she does. Being on stage with her is intimidating, especially the first time. Both are, in different ways.
Read it in full here.

The LXD Episode 10 (Finale): I See A Man

Wednesday, August 18, 2010



I don't know about you - but that was just a little too short for me.

I want more.

Maybe that was the point?

Join APAP And Get A Free Copy Of Vincent Who?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Pretty Simple:

http://blacklava.net/#/item/apa_for_progress_membership/

The Gangster We're All Looking For, One Book, One San Diego, And Yes, It Won (No Thanks To Me)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Can you believe this?

I get contacted from one of the authors of my favorite books ever to see if I can help out and post out on the One Book, One San Diego contest, a city-wide reading program and wouldn't you know - I don't get it until much much too late because I'm the lamest individual ever.

Ever.

But in the end - it really didn't matter because lê thi diem thúy's novel won.

And that's all that really counts.

Congratulations!

I Hate You Modem But I Love Those Cheap Tickets

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Yes.

Yes. I do.

Thank goodness for coffee and wi-fi and friends who let me break into their houses.

But I'll also be off for a few days after tommorrow as I see how you South Florida API's live.

Nice.

RE: Tila + Rocks

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

As long as I'm on this thumb posting I figure I might as well post on TT getting rocks and other assorted materials thrown at her (from what I remember from the article it was beer bottles as well).

Hey - I know not everyone likes the Tequilla - but seriously - if someone "taunts" me by showing boobage - the last I'd be doing is throwing things at them.

But that's just me.

Because I'm a romantic.

On The Interpretations Film Contest

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

The deadline has been extended to September 15 - so that means you have time...not much - but still some.

Another post to come on a few of my favorite entries.

And yes...that'll be when my little DSL light stops flashing on and off...

And I'm not thumb posting...

Will the gods of dsl spare me?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Apparently not.

Written from my iPhone.

Maggie Q, Priest, Comic Con, Lopez Tonight, And On Being Blond And Blue Eyed

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Because I know you want more Q I give you - well - more.

Lopez Tonight

This is a really good interview btw - definitely check it out and you'll get the reference in the post title and yes, I do think she looked at that Balls Of Fury still and said to herself "WTH" was I doing there.



Priest Trailer



Comic Con 2010

The LXD Episode 9: Fanboyz

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Still Life: Jet Li + The Expendables

Thursday, August 12, 2010



Opening this weekend at a theater near you.

Whether or not it's going to be any good - that I can't say.

I guess we'll just have to find out together.

2010 Asian American Music Festival: Kero One, Emi Meyer, Jake Shimabukuro, Shanghai Restoration

Thursday, August 12, 2010



Holy mother of all that is amazing people - I can't even begin to tell you how many kick ass artists are going to be here - really - there's just too many of them.

L.A. I think I might have to find my way out there and sleep under your finest bridge.

Sweet.

Paul Im and Disruptive Management, in association with The Japanese American National Museum, present the Asian American Music Festival 2010 (in Five Movements) on October 15, 16 and 17.

Headliners include ukulele legend Jake Shimabukuro, groundbreaking hip-hop artist Shing02 (Shing Oh 2), and international songstress Charmaine Clamor. These superstars will be joined by an eclectic lineup of Asian-American virtuosos in a three-day, multi-cultural celebration, including Jon Jang, Dana Leong, Kero One, Gary Fukushima, Abe Lagrimas, Jr., Noel Okimoto, Emi Meyer, Shanghai Restoration Project, and Sachal Vasandani.

"This year's Asian American Music Festival, an evolution from Asian American Jazz Festival, reflects our decision to celebrate all expressions of music by API (Asian Pacific Islander) artists, no matter the genre," declares Festival Founder/Director Im. "Asian American artists have had rich histories in hip-hop, jazz, world, and electronic music. The festival celebrates diversity while focusing on Asian American cultural identity and the API artists who share this connection."

"As a promoter, the only thing better than having a sold-out festival is having a sold-out festival filled from start to finish with music I love," says Im. "And I really love this Festival's lineup! I'm extremely proud of our programming this year. We're presenting the most current, culturally relevant, and artistically engaging artists of Asian descent in the world today, all together in a cohesive format. Whether it be hip-hop, jazz, pop, world music, or electronica, we've got the best of it all at this year's Asian American Music Festival."

The 2010 Asian American Music Festival's Five Movements:

Movement 1 (Friday Evening, 10/15): Urbanisms
Movement 2 (Saturday Afternoon, 10/16): Generations
Movement 3 (Saturday Evening, 10/16): Stars of the Islands
Movement 4 (Sunday Afternoon, 10/17): Angles
Movement 5 (Sunday Evening, 10/17): Identity

Movement 1 (Friday Evening, 10/15): Urbanisms

8:30pm
Kero One (Hip-Hop)
http://www.kero1.com/

Milk & Jade by Dana Leong (Hip-Hop / Electronic)
http://danaleong.com/

Shing02 (Hip-Hop)
http://www.e22.com/shing02/

Movement 2 (Saturday Afternoon, 10/16): Generations

1:30pm
Gary Fukushima GF3 Trio (Jazz)
http://www.myspace.com/garyfukushima

Jon Jang Solo Piano (Jazz)
http://www.jonjang.com/

The New Asian American Jazz Orchestra (Jazz)
Premiering Concerto for Taiko and Jazz Orchestra by Jon Jang
Directed by Gary Fukushima
http://www.asianamericanmusicfestival.com/


Movement 3 (Saturday Evening, 10/16): Stars of the Islands

8:30pm
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Noel Okimoto (World/Jazz)
http://abelagrimasjr.com/
http://noelokimoto.com/

Jake Shimabukuro Trio w/ Noel Okimoto & Dean Taba (World/Jazz/Pop)
http://www.jakeshimabukuro.com/

Movement 4 (Sunday Afternoon, 10/17): Angles

1:30pm
Emi Meyer (Pop / Jazz)
http://www.myspace.com/emimeyer

Shanghai Restoration Project (Hip-Hop / Electronic)
http://shanghairestorationproject.com/home.html

Movement 5 (Sunday Evening, 10/17): Identity

8:30pm
Sachal Vasandani Quartet (Jazz)
http://www.sachalvasandani.com/

Charmaine Clamor & her Killin' Sweethearts (World / Jazz)
http://www.charmaineclamor.com/


For more information see http://www.janm.org and http://www.asianamericanmusicfestival.com

Hip Hop And Hot: The Syrenz, One Night Only, NSU Modern, World Famous, Randy Guiaya, East West Players, And A Whole Lot More

Thursday, August 12, 2010







The photos above are only a part of the artists you can catch this weekend (August 14) down at East West Players Theater and their "Hip Hop Talent for One Night Only" fundraising event.

Check it:

On Saturday, August 14th, East West Players (EWP) will kick off its 45th season with One Night Only: Hip Hop and Hot. Directed by Marilyn Tokuda with musical direction by Nathan Wang, this one night only benefit performance offers the fun and excitement of a night of watching some of Southern California’s best dance crews and will feature the four pillars of hip hop—DJ’ing, MC’ing, Graffiti, and Breaking.

”We are excited to have so much diverse talent performing at Hip Hop and Hot,” says Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang. “The evening promises to be a spectacular night of dancing, music, art, and a great learning experience for all generations.”

In addition to performances by dance crew Velvet Nation, vocalist Sue Jin, and beatbox crew Fresh Beats Inc!, HIP HOP AND HOT will also have performances by: all-female dance crew The Syrenz, featuring Ms. Von (aka Sara Von Gillern) who was one of the top ten contestants on So You Think You Can Dance--Season 3; dance crew from UCLA NSU Modern, the first competitive Nikkei dance group among Southern California's collegiate dance talent; b-girl crew World Famous, whose style ranges from hip-hop, house, freestyle, and break dancing; and vocalist Randy Guiaya of EWP’s Three Filipino Tenors. The Masters of Ceremonies will be the Basco Family (Dante, Darion, Derek, Dion, and Arianna), long-time friends of the theatre.

Having been part of the hip hop community for a long time, the evening offers a great opportunity to have the Basco family introduce theatre audiences to hip hop. DJ Phatrick, graffiti artist SANO, and Takayo Fischer, Emily Kuroda, June Kyoko Lu, and Jeanne Sakata of EWP’s production of the NISEI WIDOWS CLUB round out the evening’s entertainment.

Current major sponsors include:

East West “Playaz” Sponsor—$5,000 Level
Edwin Kwoh and Lynn & Brian Arthurs
Wells Fargo
Rapper and DJ Sponsor—$2,500 Level
T. Rodd Bancroft (2x)
B-Boy and B-Girl Sponsor—$1,000 Level
David L. Mauss

One Night Only: Hip Hop and Hot will be held on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts located at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The event starts at 6:00 pm with a hosted bar and reception, continues with the performance at 7:30 pm, and concludes with a raffle drawing and dessert reception. One Night Only: Hip Hop and Hot is a benefit performance, and all proceeds will go toward East West Players’ arts and education programs.

Various levels of sponsorships are available ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Single tickets are $250 for VIP, $100 in the orchestra and $60 in the balcony.

For more information on sponsorship and tickets, visit www.eastwestplayers.org, contact the Development Manager Lisa Tang at ltang@eastwestplayers.org or call (213) 625-7000 x17.

Clara, "The Art In My Heart", Pre-Order, And The Album Release Show

Wednesday, August 11, 2010



PRE-ORDER for "The Art In My Heart" NOW AVAILABLE!

http://www.claracmusic.bigcartel.com/product/claras-album-the-art-in-my-heart-preorder

-FIRST 500 ARE SIGNED BY YOURS TRULY!

ALBUM RELEASE SHOW:

When: September 24, 2010
Where: The Hotel Cafe
1623 1/2 N. Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Who: You, me and other 21+ people!
What: Awesome live music from my debut album with an awesome band! Oh, and since I like to cook, edible goodies from me to you!

TWITTER:
http://www.twitter.com/ClaraCMusic

FACEBOOK:
http://www.facebook.com/ClaraCMusic

Kollaboration Acoustic 4: All The Talent You Love (And Yes, I Have Tickets To Give Away Too)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010



It's about that time to get your Kollaboration on Acoustic 4 style - and this year's competition promises to bring everything you've already learned to love about one of the hottest tickets in town:

A kick ass show featuring a ton of great people.

I. Save That Date

Friday, August 27, 2010
8:30PM (Doors Open 6:30PM)
Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East,
Hollywood, CA 90068

Ticket Prices:

$15 General Admission, $25 VIP Admission (preferred seating)

VIP Incentives:

*VIP Preferred Seating
*Meet & Greet opportunity with Marié Digby and other selected artists/judges**
*An opportunity to win a FREE iPad

**VIP Meet & Greet with Marié Digby will approximately start at 6:30PM inside of Ford Amphitheatre.

Early Buyer Incentive:

$10 General Admission, if purchased by August 20, 2010

II. Your Competitors Please

ALEX & JACKIE

Alex and Jackie's initial encounter occurred at Kollaboration Acoustic in 2008. They were each other's biggest fans for the next two years before coming together to form a duet. Despite their musical differences, they have been able to harmonize through a common understanding of good humored folk music and their love for family and friends, which continues to inspire them.

JUSTIS KAO

"Music is the one thing that transcends all racial, ethnic, cultural and language barriers. I hope that my voice and music might be able to encourage others to live a life full of dreams and passion that would inspire this generation." A native of Toronto, Canada, Justis graduated with a degree in Contemporary Writing & Production from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Trained as a classical pianist and influenced by the sounds of Gospel, Jazz and Rhythm & Blues, Justis' music has been likened to the sounds of Brian McKnight, Stevie Wonder, and Babyface. His awards include winning Best Male Singer/ Songwriter for the 2006 Los Angeles Music Awards. His album will be out later this year.

ESNA YOON

Esna is a multi-talented LA based singer/songwriter/actress/dancer. She's been collaborating with an ever growing list of other like-minded Asian Pacific American artists throughout the West Coast, performing on sold-out stages and online. Her rich melodic voice is often accompanied by her piano or keyboard as she sings a wide range of musical genres for her growing number of viewers on her youtube account www.youtube.com/esnathesinger.

FLOWETHICS

FlowEthics' music is often dubbed as 'feel good music' by their avid listeners. The group composed of three emcees, one vocalist, and two DJ's create a blend of hip-hop that makes audiences get nostalgic for the genre's past while introducing an original sound. FlowEthics prides themselves in their distinctive stage presence. FlowEthics has been compared to other notable artists such as: Souls of Mischief, A Tribe Called Quest, Hieroglyphics, The Roots, and Black Eyed Peas. Their music has spread to the Czech Republic, Phillippines, Australia and Canada, with albums titled "The Beginning", and "FlowEthics LP."

HIPPIE HIPPIE HOORAH

Hippie Hippie Hoorah came together in October 2009 and consists of Stephanie Chung, Chan Cho and Joe Chang. The band name is derived from their shared understanding of making music for fun. Members Cho and Joe were introduced to each other through the Sunny Hills High School Drum Line. Stephanie performed at "Open Mic Night", an event that Joe had help curate. After their acclaimed performance at the event, they have been performing together as a band at various benefits, talent shows and private parties in Southern California.

PEONY

Peony, aka Judy Lee, is a singer-songwriter who works mainly in her room, recording at her desk with her guitar and mic. Raised in Los Angeles, she currently attends UCLA, aspiring to be an oral hygienist by day and a passionate musician by night. She is currently working on compiling an EP for release in the near future, which is to be titled "Telltale Sleep Light." Identifying strongly with the Korean-American second generation culture, she hopes to expand the community's scope of musical tolerance to incorporate her dreamy, slightly obscure style of lyrical expression and sound. For more music and videos, check out her YouTube channel, "ThePeonyProject."

DAWEN

Dawen blends R&B, funk and jazz with his sensual vibe with what MTV Iggy calls "a soulfully eclectic style". He has recently performed for Macy Gray on her web show. With the release of his debut album 'American Me', Dawen has been on tour throughout the US and Asia. His music runs the gamut, from the Asian American experience to universal themes such as love, loss, and redemption. Dawen's smooth baritone and provocative performances continues to impress audiences everywhere.

LILY BEE

Hailing from Orange County, California, Lily Bee (Lilian Bui), Lily Bee has been playing piano and making music since she was five years old. At age fourteen, she started to play guitar, and not long after learning the chords of Louis, Louis she began to write her own songs. Since then, she has added the ukulele, violin, drums, kazoo and some mean egg shakers to her instrumental repertoire. Lily Bees musical style reflects her lighthearted nature while carrying the weight of broad life experiences which include writing and directing a musical.

SORAH YANG & BRIAN FANG

Sorah Yang is a singer, dance teacher, choreographer, songwriter, and musician from Fremont, CA. After her audition for American Idol, where she received encouraging praise and feedback from several show producers, she’s been motivated to overcome her tremendous stage fright that used to prevent her from singing even in the shower. She is currently a sophomore at USC majoring in Business Administration. Brian Fang, an innovative solo artist, combines a vast variety of musical styles to create a sound that is uniquely his own. Brian has released his debut EP entitled "The EP" in 2008. His various experiences include being voted as a finalist for Star 98.7 fm's Rockstar III contest, appearing at the historic Whisky A Go Go, and performing at many other venues in the Los Angeles and Orange County area. Brian recently released his newest EP entitled "Sleepless Nights". Currently a local musician in the Southern California region, Brian hopes to expand his exposure to a national level.

MISSCAROLINEXOXO

MissCarolinexoxo has had a strong interest in music since the age of four. When college came around in 2006, Missxoxo and her cousin Lexoxo put themselves on the world stage by broadcasting their covers on YouTube, where they quickly gained popularity. In 2010, Nixoxo joined the group. With Missxoxo on vocals and Lexoxo and Nixoxo on strings, the three formed Team XOXO. They currently have more than 37,000 subscribers on youtube and their album will be released later this summer.

JOHNNY LE & IRIS LEONARDO

Johnny Le is a Vietnamese American singer/songwriter from Georgia. He wrote his first song in the fifth grade about a girl who kept rejecting him. He still performs that song at shows to this day. His love for music and creativity has several outlets for he is also a Bboy and DJ by the name Blaze.
Iris Sara Leonardo is a twenty-year old Filipino-American singer. Born in the Philippines and raised in Los Angeles, she has been classically trained as a pianist for twelve years. As a seventh grader, she taught herself to play the guitar and has been a part of two high school bands. During high school, she participated in a Filipino beauty pageant, where she sang and played guitar for the talent portion. Placing third in the contest has inspired her continue pursuing her dreams in music.

III. Get A Set Of Tickets (For Free)

General Admission tickets are only $10 if you get them before August 20th and let's just say it - that's a pretty damn good deal for all the talent you'll get to see at the Acoustic 4 show.

But - if you like free stuff - I also have a set of tickets to giveaway courtesy of the good folks down at Kollaboration.

Just be one of the first five people to e-mail me down at slanteyefortheroundeye[@]gmail.com, I'll choose a name via the scientific "point a finger" method, and you've won.

Must be in the U.S., get your own ride down there, you'll pick up your tickets at the theatre, and just enter if you want to see the show.

Dev Patel Calls Hollywood Racist For Asians

Wednesday, August 11, 2010



While we all know it's nothing new, glad to see someone like Dev Patel coming out and calling out Hollywood for what it can be:

When the film about the Mumbai slums became a surprise hit, winning eight Oscars including best picture last year, it was expected that Patel's career would take off. But the English actor, 20, has been frustrated by the lack of decent roles on offer and is jobless. "Because Slumdog was such a big hit, there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next," he says. "For my second film, I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick. Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I'm likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver and smart geek."

Can't Win Them All: Satveer Chaudhary

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Not really much to say on this except for what's already been stated.

Indian-American Satveer Chaudhary, who in 1996 became the first Asian-American lawmaker in the Minnesota House of Representatives, has lost in the primary for the State Senate Seat, which he has represented for a decade [...] In all Chaudhary represented his district for 14 years, four years a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives and 10 years as the State Senator.

During his tenure, Chaudhary set a number of electoral milestones. When first elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, he was Minnesota's first Asian-American legislator.

Just four years later, his election to the Senate made him the state's first Asian-American Senator, Minnesota's then-youngest Senator, and the highest ranking Asian-Indian official in the nation.
Okay, I do have one thing to say and it has something to do about a door closing, or window opening, or one of the two, but since I can't quite remember and I'm too lazy to look it up because I have porn streaming on those other monitors, I'll just say I think opportunity is knocking for Chaudhary.

Jane Lui: Illusionist Boy (Live Take On Zurich Rooftop)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Hate Me If You Want But I Can't But Like This Because I Love The Way You Lie

Wednesday, August 11, 2010



Can I get an Asian American cover of this MF?

Just tell me yes.

Hyphen Magazine, DIY, And Giving A Little Back

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Like I've said before in this space too many times (or maybe not even enough) - if we don't do it ourselves, sometimes no one else will, and while it's not just up to us to spread the good word about the API community - because everyone else who's not Asian American you gotta do your part too (and I'll push you on every level) - that base, that core - sometimes it is us - and one of those organizations that's helped foster a community of artists, writers, community on the ground as well as online is Hyphen.

Sure, they might have a viewpoint you may not always like. You may not always agree with what they have to say, or where their writers come from - I don't - but that's the thing right? How do you know what you like and where you stand if you're never exposed to different POV's? How do you come to a balance if there's never dialogue? If there's never debate?

If that diversity that in some ways the API community is still building and getting out into the world showing the complexities of what we have to offer and who we are isn't ever seen?

The answer is that you can't.

And we need too.

But Don't Listen To Me. Listen To Someone That Really Gets It

Dear Friends,

As a volunteer-run publication, Hyphen is a passion project and a veritable labor of love. As one of its longtime contributors, I remain committed to the magazine because I love what Hyphen is about: coverage of Asian America that you won’t find anywhere else.

I joined Hyphen in 2005 because I wanted to help tell stories about our community that have gone overlooked by the mainstream press. I’ve written articles on topics ranging from eco-friendly nail shops and Filipino krumpers (a style of dance). I’ve also edited two sections of the magazine. All in the name of presenting and covering Asian America, unabridged.

Despite our niche, Hyphen has not been immune to the economic downturn. In the past year, our income dropped by half. But thanks to our dedicated staff, we continue to produce a magazine featuring top-notch articles, design, artwork, and photography.

But we need your help.

We need to raise at least $10,000 this summer, which is the cost of printing one issue of the magazine and paying small stipends to our feature writers. We rely heavily on donations to continue our work, so we ask that you donate what you can, from $1 to $1,000. No cliché here—every little bit helps.

If the power of the Asian American story isn’t enough, here are just a few reasons from the past year to continue supporting Hyphen:

• We were nominated for a 2010 Utne Independent Press Award, which recognizes excellence in alternative and independent publishing. We were selected from more than 1,300 publications.

• We attracted hundreds of submissions to our third-annual short story contest, the only writing competition to highlight emerging Asian American authors. Co-sponsored by New York City’s Asian American Writers Workshop, the winner receives a $1,000 award; their story is published in the Fall 2010 issue of Hyphen.

• We expanded our website and now feature additional web exclusives and more original work from our stand-out photographers and illustrators. We continue to provide daily commentary and coverage on issues that matter to Asian America, from hate crimes, to immigration reform, to pop culture criticism.

I hope you’re as inspired as I am by what we have accomplished so far this year, and that you’ll continue to support our work by sending in a tax-deductable donation during the month of August.

Thank you in advance and please know that we can’t do this without you!

Sincerely,

Momo Chang
Hyphen editor and writer
Take Some Action And Put A Little Love Into It

Maybe it's today, maybe it's next week - but if you're so inclined - head on out to the Hyphen site and see about giving back if you can because like I've already said - if we don't support ourselves, sometimes no one else will.

And maybe one of those people can be you.

Battle of the Pitches

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

From MAPID To My Inbox And Now On To You.

Battle of the Pitches, the innovative live screenwriting pitch competition, returns as part of ID Film Fest 2010 at Japanese American National Museum on 10-10-10.

Sponsored by FOX Diversity and presented by Mavericks of API Descent, the winner will lunch with FOX studio executives and pitch a movie idea to executives at FOX 2000 and FOX Searchlight.

Any writer can enter Battle of the Pitches 2 which has a focus on promoting and discovering Asian Pacific Islander writers and on scripts that have prominent, non-stereotypical, and strong Asian Pacific Islander characters and themes.
This year’s ID Film Fest runs October 8-10 and includes film presentations, the Asian American Independent Features Conference, a Filmmaker’s Crash Course session, and competitions geared toward advancing the careers of API filmmakers.

ID Film Fest is a presentation of Japanese American National Museum with sponsors including FOX Diversity, Final Draft, and Mavericks of API Descent with assistance from the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Cultural Arts Commission.

For competition rules and updated information, go to www.mapid.us/battleofthepitches.
For more info, please contact info@mapid.us.

Cover: Dawen + Usher + Somebody To Love

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ellen Wong + Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

Tuesday, August 10, 2010



Just wanted to drop a quick video of Ellen Wong who plays Knives Chau in the upcoming Scott Pilgrim VS. The World (around the 3:00 minute mark).

In Pictures, The APIA Open Mic, National Poetry Slam 2010, And An Autographed Nation Of Immigrants CD Giveaway

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Even though I got there late - because I'm lazy, slow, and well, parking in downtown St. Paul is sometimes fun and interesting (but that's a story for another time) - I did get a chance to see the majority of API poets that were out and about for the APIA Open Mic session at the National Poetry Slam and I gotta be honest - even if you aren't into spoken word - if you weren't there - you definitely missed out on some drop dead wordsmithing all with a vibe, candor, and unabashed presence that only these types of artists can bring to a stage.

And from what I understand (because I don't hit to all the spoken word) - unlike some API open mic sessions - this one had no shortage of participants and audience members.

Because We All Love Pictures

Here are some pics of a few poets who took a little time out of their day to let me take their mug shots (and again, just for the record - I kind of suck as a photographer, so forgive me now).

Jason Bayani



A member of Proletariat Bronze, Jason Bayani was the Grand Slam Champion of Berkeley and San Francisco in 2003 and while I don't know a ton of his work - what he laid down that afternoon was pretty damn hot (at least to me) - and let's just say it - doesn't he look good in that t-shirt?

Yes. Yes he does.

Chanmany



This is Chanmany - local to the Twin Cities who just got up and did his thing after taking a hiatus from writing and you gotta give it up to people who get out on stage and just spread their own unique vibe (because no way in hell will you ever see me out on a stage doing anything because I'm a wuss - unlike the people I had the good fortune of watching).

Kristina Robertson & Chris Locsin (San Jose Slam Team)



The above pic is of Kristina Robertson and Chris Locsin from the San Jose Slam Team and while I loved everyone I saw - like a good book, some things just speak to you - and their dialogue on mixed race -- it hit on every single level - rhythmically, viscerally, and just in a way that no matter how hard you might have tried to block it out - in the end - you just couldn't.

Fres Thao



Minneapolis. Illegoaliens. What more do I have to say?

Phil Kaye And Kai



When I said there was some drop dead wordsmithing going on - part of what I was talking about were these two out of Providence RI - and honestly - to try and even begin to explain it wouldn't even come close to doing it justice, so I just have one word: Meo.

Wait. Maybe that should have been Mao.

(Also check out Phil Kaye down at Project VOICE)

Group Love



Because I'm still trying to figure out how to use a camera and opposable thumbs are new to me - I simply give you the group picture.

And Let's Not Forget About Some Kick-Ass Shit I Have To Give Away

Because I'm posting up on some API Spoken Word and I did say I was going to do a giveaway - and now just seems like the right time - the first person who e-mails me with the Subject "I WANT THAT KICK ASS MF NATION OF IMMIGRANTS CD" gets an autographed copy of said CD with signage from the following Spoken Word poets (not all of whom are on this CD however): Christy NaMee Ericksen, Robert Farid Karimi, Bao Phi, El Guante, and Tou Saiko Lee.

That's A Kick Ass Video: Beatrock Music + Otayo Dubb + The "So Opinionated" Mixtape Promo

Monday, August 09, 2010



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East West Players + Mysterious Skin + Shake It Up

Monday, August 09, 2010

All I have to say is that to be doing something for 45 seasons - that's one hell of an accomplishment - and this - well - it sounds like one kick ass show.

East West Players’ 45th Season Shakes It Up With
Powerful Drama, MYSTERIOUS SKIN

East West Players (EWP), the nation’s premier Asian American theatre, opens its 45th Anniversary season, themed Shake It Up, with the Los Angeles premiere of MYSTERIOUS SKIN by Prince Gomolvilas, based on the novel by Scott Heim. This production will be directed by EWP’s Producing Artistic Director, Tim Dang. The cast of the production will feature artists with diverse backgrounds: David Huynh, Scott Keiji Takeda, Marcus Choi, Christine Corpuz, Ruffy Landayan, and Elizabeth Liang.
MYSTERIOUS SKIN is a searing drama that follows the story of a boy who believes he was once abducted by aliens. All roads lead back to a childhood classmate, now a hustler, who holds the key to the terrifying and heart-breaking truth. Due to its subject matter, graphic language and nudity, MYSTERIOUS SKIN is intended for mature audiences.

“We’re definitely shaking it up this season with MYSTERIOUS SKIN. The novel by Scott Heim was adapted for the screen by Asian American writer/director Gregg Araki. The play was adapted by Thai-American playwright Prince Gomolvilas. And we’re going one step further by casting Asian American performers,” says Producing Artistic Director Tim Dang.

Writer Prince Gomolvilas is a Thai-American playwright. His plays include BIG HUNK OF BURNIN’ LOVE and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, which received their world premieres at East West Players. He writes BAMBOO NATION, an arts and entertainment blog. He teaches in the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC and in the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players. He received his M.F.A. in Playwriting and his B.A. in Film from San Francisco State University.

Director Tim Dang has been artistic director of East West Players since 1993. Tim has been recognized with honors such as two Ovation Awards for Best Direction of a Musical (SWEENEY TODD and PACIFIC OVERTURES), Actors Equity Association Diversity Award, the Durfee Foundation Sabbatical Award and most recently received the Irvine Foundation Leadership Award in 2009. He recently directed the New York premiere of IMELDA, a musical, which was originally produced by East West Players, for Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.

A Canadian transplant, David Huynh, playing the role of Neil, has had the fortunate opportunity to have performed on both Canadian and American theatre, television and film productions. David studied film and theatre at The University of Mantioba, The Prairie Theatre Exchange and was a member of the influential Manitoba Theatre for Young People. David was last seen on stage in Benjamin Bettenbender's SWORDPLAY at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, in addition to The Underground Theatre's production of Langford Wilson's BALM IN GILEAD. David made his feature film debut, starring in Juwan Chung's gangland thriller Baby, to great acclaim.

Scott Keiji Takeda, playing the role of Brian, recently graduated from Pepperdine University with a BA in Theatre Arts. MYSTERIOUS SKIN marks his first professional theatre production.

The design team consists of set and projection designer Alan E. Muraoka, lighting designer Jeremy Pivnick, costumer designer Nicholas Hirata, sound designer John Zalewski and property master Ken Takemoto. The stage manager is Odina Dominguez.

Generous support for this production of MYSTERIOUS SKIN is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Community Foundation, Shubert Foundation, LA County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. This production is presented in association with our community partner the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
All performances of MYSTERIOUS SKIN will be staged at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center for the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso St., Los Angeles, CA 90012.

MYSTERIOUS SKIN opens Wednesday, September 15, 2010 and closes on Sunday, October 10, 2010. Opening night will be accompanied by a pre-performance cocktail reception and a post show reception with the cast and creative team.

Performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm. Previews are Thursday - Saturday, September 9 - 11 at 8pm and Sunday, September 12 at 2pm. The Pay-What-You-Can Performance will be held Thursday, September 16 at 8 pm with a suggested $5 minimum donation.

General Tickets range from $25 - $35. Preview tickets are $20 for all seats. Opening night tickets are $60 for all seats. Tickets are currently on sale. For ticket purchases or more information, please call East West Players at (213) 625-7000 or visit www.eastwestplayers.org. Senior, student and group discounts are available.

Dates and details are subject to change.

Mike Honda And The BP Oil Spill

Monday, August 09, 2010



Definitely wanted to make sure and post up a little bit of the Mike Honda article down at the Huffington Post because while BP is finally getting control over the oil spill - this is just the beginning.

What is equally disastrous, but less frequently reported, is the impact to the physical health, economy and livelihoods of communities living adjacent to the Gulf Coast. Among these communities, perhaps the most vulnerable are thousands of Southeast Asian and African-American families. The adverse effects experienced by this population are potent and unique.

These Southeast Asian and African-American communities are heavily dependent on the Gulf for their livelihood. Southeast Asian fishermen, for example, make up one-third of the 13,000 fishing vessels registered in the Gulf Coast. Among the approximately 40,000 Southeast Asian individuals living in the region, one in five work in the seafood processing industry. Many of these workers are the primary breadwinners for their families, resulting in an oil spill reach that is projected to negatively affect roughly 80 percent of Southeast Asian families.
Did you get that number people?

I'll give it to you once more just in case you didn't take notice of it in bold - because it's important.

80 percent.