Like A Rock: Dwayne Johnson's Response To Hulk Hugan's Racist Rant Was Pretty Spot On

Friday, July 31, 2015

I was reading some articles on what Dwayne Johnson had said when asked about Hulk Hogan, and while some of the way the headlines are written seem to imply he's apologetic for him, I think he really did handle it pretty well (at least in this quote).

Here's what he said according to multiple outlets including EW:

I was pretty disappoint [sic] at what I heard. I’ve known [Hulk Hogan] for a lot of years. My dad helped train him in Florida in the ’70s when he was breaking into the business. My uncles helped train him as well. So I’d not known him to be racist. It’s funny, it’s one of those things where—I’m not justifying what he said—but we’ve all talked trash. Especially in private. He said what he said and now he’s paying the price.

He says he's disappointed. He addresses their relationship up until that point and in that one sentence "So I’d not known him to be racist" implies he now knows him to be a racist, or at least someone who says some racist shit.

Can you make the case that he could have come down harder on him?

Sure, I could see how some people might want that - but I think you have to give him some space for handling it in a diplomatic way while still not condoning it and calling it out. When The Rock talked about how his dad and uncles helped train Hulk Hogan, I couldn't help but take that as a nod to the idea that you can't have it both ways: You can't take from us and denigrate us at the same time.

And it makes you wonder - it's gotta make Dwayne Johnson wonder - did Hulk Hogan say anything about him or his family in pvt too (because if someone says that...)?

We'll never know, and I'm not saying he has - but the wonderment - that's what we have to go through sometimes as Asian Americans - I'm not saying all the time, but sometimes you gotta wonder if they'll turn on you, or show themselves out to be racist - White friends, colleagues, or people that you may even look to for other advice.


Keeps you on your toes?

ABDC: Yeah - Quest Crew Is Killing It On America's Best Dance Crew AKA Super Crew Showdown!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

This is going to be good.

Watch the first full episode of this new season down @ mtv.

A fight to the finish...and what's that?

KINJAZ is in the house?

Three years - you have to be starving just a little...

Kaye Cal Acoustic Cover + Like I'm Gonna Lose You + Jason Chen + Ceresia

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Jason Chen And Ceresia

MV On And On Cause Your Talking Bodies With Travis Atreo

Thursday, July 30, 2015

#TBT Sam Tsui + FourFive Seconds

Thursday, July 30, 2015

And Just Because

Visual Communications + 2015 Summer Screening - VC #TBT

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

You still have a time left to get some discounted tickets here for the VC #TBT:

After a four-year absence, Visual Communications is pleased to welcome the return of the summer screening, curated and organized by our intrepid group of summer interns. Join us as we present a summertime #tbt, featuring ten new short films by Asian Pacific American artists that showcase a diverse variety of stories and styles. Stick around afterwards for a post-screening reception in the Aratani Courtyard with free food and drinks, good company, and an opportunity drawing for cool prizes.

Here's the lineup from the the VC site:

Directed by Allison Nakamura

It’s a Wednesday morning in Salt Lake City and the “Nisei Senior Mixed” bowling league is cooking up competition on the lanes. Black-haired perms bob up and down alongside white-haired combovers under the dimmed fluorescent lights. Rants about expired hearing aids and grandchildren gossip weave amongst the crash of strikes and spares. Down-low high fives, gasps, and cheers accompany white Velcro sneakers and tucked-in button-ups. Backed by slouched posture and arthritic hands, the ball rolls straight down the middle.

Directed by Frances Ito

Sanrio created Hello Kitty and began her globalization in 1974. She is not a cat, does not have a mouth but is an ambassador of friendship. Watch how she takes over the world with her motto: you can never have too many friends!

Directed by Tulica Singh

Croissant, a depressed artist, feels that his life as a pastry is meaningless. When his best friend Biscotti takes him out to the junk-food slums to clear his existential blues, Croissant meets a beautiful Pain Au Chocolat vision that inspires him to validate his existence by protecting the Pastries of the Boulangerie from an angry Donut assailant. A 9-part web series, Croissant Man combines puppetry, beauty, and melodramatic comedy to look at issues of depression, social stratification, and the brief life-affirming moments that make life worth living.

Directed by Ken Ochiai

Two rivals bid for the lead role in an annual music festival at a prestigious women’s high school. Things get complicated when a male transfer student appears.

Directed by Yoko Okumura

Starla knows a place where pigtails are on animals and schoolgirls are educated. OUR PLACE IN THE SKY is a slam poetry film that pulls back the curtain on fetishization.

Directed by Brian Tran

A man goes through his normal routine under a troubled sleep-deprived state. As the day progresses, delusion and reality become indistinguishable until he finally reaches a deeper state of insomnia.

Directed by Jeff Man

A portrait of the multi-talented Jeannie Wong: filmmaker, artist, writer, party host, marathoner, dancer, and musician. Jeannie does it all and yet still finds that her life is missing something.

Directed by David Osako

The discovery of old reel-to-reel tape recordings exhumed from the back of a closet leads to the resurrection of musical treasures from the Japanese American musical culture of the 1950s-60s, recorded by a Los Angeles band called the Rafu Mandolin Club. The film presents a selected sample of these recordings — highlighting the extraordinary female Japanese vocalist, Harumi — along with some moments captured from a 50-year reunion of the original music group members and family at a gathering in a Little Tokyo restaurant.

Directed by Steven Liang

Jie Cheng, a well-behaved local Taiwanese high schooler, and Eric, a rebellious international student from the US, take a road trip down the most dangerous highway in Taiwan. Their trip is cut short when Eric reveals that he must return home after graduation, forcing Jie Cheng to confront his darkest demons.

Directed by Weldon Powers

Kenneth, a suburban husband, is tired of the neighborhood kids cutting through his backyard to get to the woods behind his house. One day, Kenneth decides to follow the kids into the woods, and he finds out about their discovery of a mysterious portal to an unknown place. With some peer pressure from the kids, Kenneth begins to question his own comfortable suburban lifestyle and considers jumping into the portal with them.

Just An Amazon Reminder: Awesome Asian Bad Guys

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Just a reminder.

That it's on Amazon.

In HD.

For $5 bucks.

Why wouldn't you watch it?

Oh You Boy Scouts...AKA Does The B in BSA Stand For Bullshit and Bigoted (Still) AKA It's A Little Smoke And A Little Mirrors Even If The National Ban Was Lifted

Monday, July 27, 2015

I thought exactly the same thing as Peter McGraith who is the leader of the Transatlantic Council of Boy Scouts of America, after listening to the speech and reading the PDF transcript (to make sure I got it right):

Peter McGraith, the gay leader of the Transatlantic Council of Boy Scouts of America, called the vote "an expedient move to preempt legal action against BSA national, rather than a genuine attempt to make BSA inclusive."


Because of this (from the transcript):


With the majority of units partnered with religious organizations it begs the question of what this really does except cover the BSA (and are we sure that B isn't standing for Bullshit right now too?). If you look at the other language as well being used you'll notice that nowhere in the transcripts do they talk about:

1. The past mistakes of their policy.


2. Anything positive - whatsoever - about the LGBT community.

So they're doing it to not get sued but leaving in a loophole to still be bigoted.

I guess they'll count that as a win huh?

Here's to hoping the Bullshit Bigoted Boy Scouts Of Straight America get a MF clue.

Re: On The "Golden Daughter" Murder Plot

Monday, July 27, 2015

I'm just going to do a list of thoughts on this one:

1. Either you, or someone you know, or many someone's you know grew up with some crazy hard-ass immigrant expectations (it's just a given in our APIA community) and while yes, it can be hard, I just don't see murder as a way out. I don't know anything about her home life - but if it's bad enough that you want/need to hire hit men - just leave. Sure it's going to be rough - but at least by not killing your family and just letting them go - you don't end up in jail and get to enjoy your life.

I think this sentiment goes double for someone when they're 21 and older.

2. Sure, academics and doing well is what everyone wants (generally speaking), and yes, immigrants by nature can have the mentality to "use it or lose it" in regard to opportunities - but there are APIA parents who also focus on art and activities which aren't driven by what college to attend, or what will make the most money or give the most stature. Let's put to rest this notion that all parents from the APIA community share those same sentiments. Mindsets are driven by background, country of origin, experiences in the old country and experiences in the new country and how you are received. If you've escaped war and trauma you may not be worrying as much about getting your kids into the Ivy's - getting them to high school and to graduate might be the main goal and anything after that is just gravy.

3. This is just unfortunate for everyone involved and I think I'll leave it at that.

Indiegogo It: The Seoul Searching Movie Release Tour

Monday, July 27, 2015

There's so much good information to read about race and film and drive and how to help level the playing fields that I'll just direct you to the Indiegogo campaign for some inspiration where you too can help bring the film closer to a city near you.

Paris By Night + Struggling To Survive?

Monday, July 27, 2015

If you're Viet, at some point in your life, you've been indoctrinated to Paris by Night - maybe you were young and the bright and shiny covers pulled you in, maybe you were a little older because you didn't want to be associated with that old school country stuff (whenever that may have been for you), or maybe PBN has always just been in your blood - either way, most likely you know PBN (even if you're not Viet).

But that doesn't mean it'll be around forever:

DVD sales plummeted from 85,000 for a 2005 recording to 30,000 for a release today. They are no longer able to cover the million-dollar cost of Paris by Night extravaganzas, which feature flashy costumes, elaborate dance routines, sophisticated sets and lighting, live bands and cinematic backdrops of Vietnamese landscapes. Thúy Nga’s full-time staff is bare-bones — about a dozen. But mounting the lavish spectacles requires some 150 freelancers, from Hollywood-based directors, lighting designers and recording engineers to singers, dancers, makeup artists and wardrobe assistants.

“Profit? We are barely making it,” To said.

As a privately-held company, Thúy Nga doesn’t reveal its financials, but To estimates that revenue has dropped by 40 percent in the last decade, even as production costs have risen.

Vietnam is the only country where Thúy Nga is barred from selling its DVDs or CDs. That’s partly because To refuses to submit them to government censors. Another factor: one of the show’s long-time co-hosts, a former political prisoner, has written books criticizing the regime.

However, most of the piracy sites appear to be based in Vietnam, and bootleg copies of Paris by Night are widely available there. Thúy Nga tried filing lawsuits, To said, but gave up after realizing there were hundreds of illegal websites.

Read more down at the OC Register.

Make It An AAIFF 2015 Weekend

Friday, July 24, 2015


DANakaDAN ft. Sam Kang + Yuri Tag - "SPACESHIP"

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Song/Video Info From @ Youtube

A Space B-Movie to End All Space B-Movies.
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PROP MASTER / ART: Vanessa Augustin
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Andi Loc:

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Christine Minji Chang, Yeney Amaro, Chloe Uyehara, Jennifer Lai, John Paul Fukumae, Helen Wu, Stephanie Leung, Jenette Liaw, Erica Ling, John Enriquez, Connie, Jocelyne Watts, Tony Chau, Marvin Yueh, George Shaw, Steve Lim, Mayrok Media, Jon Maxwell

JACL Response To Wesley Clark And His Comments On "Radicalized" Muslims

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I'll just let the JACL do the talking:

General Wesley Clark's call for internment camps for "radicalized" Muslims is troubling. In 1988, the United States apologized to Japanese Americans for the injustice of summarily incarcerating our community during World War II. It was a time of fear and backlash toward Japanese Americans stemming from causes even beyond race.

The true character of a nation is evident during troubling times when our security, real or imagined, is threatened. In 1942, the threat of an internal enemy was made to appear real when our government knew otherwise through findings from the FBI and other intelligence agencies. As a result, 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced from their homes, dispossessed of their property and confined in concentration camps located in remote and desolate places. This action ignored due process and equal protection, rights guaranteed by our Constitution.

It's important to draw lessons from the Japanese American experience. An apology by government is exceedingly rare. Its offering attests to the scale of governmental wrongdoing that was embedded as law in the case of Fred Korematsu, which caused Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson to caution, "The principle then lies about like a loaded weapon, ready for the hand of any authority that can bring forward a plausible claim of an urgent need..."

The threat of terrorism is real, but we must remain circumspect about the solutions we pursue. The apology to Japanese Americans says that we owe it to ourselves, to our own sense of honor that we do not go down a path that jeopardizes the rights of Americans. A response of mass segregation was wrong in 1942, and is no more right today.
I'll go a step further and say it's not just "troubling" but it's MF Are You Kidding Me Who The Hell Does This White Guy Thinks He Is Troubling.

Random Jessica Sanchez (This Love)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If Taylor Swift Can't Apologize To Nicki Minaj She's Just Being Whitel AKA What The Hell White People AKA White + Little = Whitel

Thursday, July 23, 2015

If you haven't heard about this I suggest you read up on it yourself (because I am not contracted to read for you at least nothing in the court order that I read...) - and I just am going to add that WTH - now Katy Perry got into it, but she's on the side of Nicki Minaj so that means I can't disagree with her even though when I say appropriate you say Perry so that just adds to the 7 layers of the midwest taco salad/dip.

Good Watch: Pinocchio (피노키오)

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Pic from DramaFever where you can also catch the show

I was hooked right away?

That was some good K-drama people.

JANM Summer Night Concerts 7/30/2015 @ 7:00 PM Free: Marie Digby, Priska, Magnetic North & Taiyo Na + Food Trucks

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Homejoy + The Cheungs + Good Run + Closings

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Well - it was good until the last - ummm...mop?

They'll be shutting down this month and it only goes to show you that $40 million in funding doesn't necessarily mean you retire a billionaire.

I was rooting for them though (and I'm sure they still did fine...).

For The Read: Samuel Liu + Slate + The Tiger Parents of Silicon Valley

Monday, July 20, 2015

I'll have to read through this article a little more later on, and while just one person's perception - still interesting enough. Here's a snippet from the article down at Slate:

My high school, academically top-of-the-line, illustrates one of the many absurdities of a country populated by different cultures and yet seemingly still possessed by that primordial urge to seek those whose skin color is the same—which goes to show once again that what is natural is not always good. In the end, we self-segregated because it made us feel more comfortable. And we lost out on all sorts of chaotic cultural interactions that might have happened in between.
I go back and forth on environments - sometimes it's good to be insulated and other times it's good to be immersed in so many things you don't know.

Ordway Apologizes For "Miss Saigon"

Monday, July 20, 2015

In the news from last week it's been great to hear about the Ordway and their apology for putting the showing of "Miss Saigon". Even though I protested and gave my voice to the cause - I did wonder how much any of it would do because of the $$$ the show brought in and wondered if public shaming would just be better (or getting people to chain themselves naked to the theater old school and new school style). While the current Ordway president will be leaving, I think it's safe to say we won't be seeing this production any more and it gives me a little more hope in how things can get done.

In Pictures (With A Gun): Mia Katigbak + Angela Lin + Christopher Larkin

Monday, July 20, 2015

From an NYT article from last month on Mia Katigbak and the National Asian American Theater Company. The above is from the NAATC's show "Futura".

#TBT MV 3: Shot For Me (Remix) - Drake [Michelle Martinez ft. Lil Crazed]

Thursday, July 16, 2015

#TBT MV 2: 클래지콰이(Clazziquai Project) - 러브레시피

Thursday, July 16, 2015

#TBT MV 1: With Tim Be Told (AKA #TBT With TBT)

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Not too far back...

Maybe I'm Someone Else's Harvey Wallbanger

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Chalk this up to one of those posts that is just, well - what it is - but I was thinking about this guy I used to work with - let's call him "Harvey Wallbanger" - hence the title of the post - and how sometimes I just didn't like "Harvey Wallbanger".

"Harvey Wallbanger" was smart. His peers liked him. It's not like I wouldn't talk with him or wouldn't go out to work lunches, or make jokes with him, etc. - Harvey was okay in that way (even though he knew he was smart and that could sometimes get in the way).

But sometimes it seemed that no matter what I did I would never be able to be on the same level as "Harvey Wallbanger" in some ways with other people.

It wasn't "Harvey Wallbanger's" fault.

And it wasn't his choice he was White and it wasn't my choice I wasn't (and I'm not trying to exclude or excuse what you do with privilege).

All of that being said though, I could never not notice that "Harvey Wallbanger" was White and I wasn't.

It was noticeable to me.

Sometimes very noticeable to me.

"Harvey Wallbanger" and I no longer work together now - it's been quite some time, but I wondered today - what if I'm someone else's "Harvey Wallbanger"?

It's kind of hard to not notice I have a dick.

Sometimes it's just relative to who you are but I'd like to think as we keep moving ahead in time those questions just keep getting fainter not because of them being covered up, but just because they are no longer needed to be asked - because it's level for everyone - and then everything else is what it is - no more questions needed.

Pimps be pimpy.

Squeakies get squeaky.

If you wanna do a line off an ass cheek do a line off an ass cheek.

If you wanna grill out and read a good book I say enjoy the sun and I hear they got some good deals on lotion down @ the old school 5 and dime.

A Little Ming A Little Na Some Comic-Con + Who's In Their Prime On Top Of Their Game? Yeah. That's Ming-Na Wen To You Sir

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

From the article:

"I joke a lot... but the strength of these characters do come from someone who has to fight against the adversities, fight against the prejudices, fight against the lack of roles for Asians,” Wen explained. “On the one hand I enjoy joking — that’s my coping mechanism, but ultimately, whenever you tell me I can’t do something, it makes me want to do it even more just to prove you wrong.”

SK Film "A Hard Day" Has Official Albeit Limited U.S. Release Soon

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This was a great flick and if you get the chance to see it in a theater I highly recommend it (July 17th) otherwise get the DVD (or do both because you know you want to).

Humans + Gemma Chan + AMC

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I haven't seen this yet, but I may start watching it. While the cast isn't completely diverse and I do wonder about the bots that are POC (and the main one being Asian) they have White ones too - although I don't know how many POC families there are that own White bots in this series (they may show them but they may not be a focus either so I'll have to watch). A UK 8-part series remake of the Swedish one...hmmm...maybe...maybe not...

Lists You Should Have Handy: 84 Films By and About Women of Color

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Just a quick one in case you missed it down @ indiewire - 84 Films By and About Women of Color, Courtesy of Ava DuVernay and the Good People of Twitter.

PBS Online Film Festival + Banana Trip + Hyungjik Lee + Now I Want To Go To Spring Break And Put Peanut Butter On Myself So I Can Sit On The Beach And Have Animals Lick Me?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Not a lot of time left for this - but you still have some time - to watch and vote for the films. Apparently Hyungjik Lee's film is currently in first place. Here's more on the film and Lee from

About the film

Visiting from South Korea, Seungmin and Dongjoo are counting on their Korean-American friend John to hook them up with girls — babes in bikinis on the Florida beach, to be exact. It doesn’t take long for the trio to realize that picking up chicks isn’t as easy as John’s braggadocio would suggest. With their day at the beach ending and prospects diminishing, the friends reevaluate their mission.

About the filmmaker

A Texan by way of Asia, Hyungjik Lee was born in Dallas and moved to South Korea when he was six, thus beginning a lifetime of commuting between two countries. His interests have also covered a lot of ground, including animation, writing a fantasy novel and painting. He’s currently pursuing filmmaking at Florida State University and wants to shoot music videos while continuing to travel as much as he can.


I haven't actually watched this - but I did quickly scroll through some random pieces (I'll catch it in full tonight as it's only 10 minutes).

And to answer your question - I have no idea where the PB minus the J reference comes from, but it just felt right because it's referencing spring break and that's just what you do on spring break - although only from what I hear as I never had the time or money to spring break it (unless you count the time I dressed up as a Palm Tree and asked people to lay under me for shade while they made googly eyes at each other and by googly eyes I mean that some people started taking off their clothes and I had to remind them that I was not a real Palm Tree and that I was indeed going to film them).

Now Accepting Applications: Visual Communications + Armed With a Camera Fellowship 2015-2016

Monday, July 13, 2015

Visual Communications is now accepting applications for its prestigious Armed With a Camera Fellowship!

In its 14th cycle, the fellowship has helped over 100 emerging filmmakers to launch careers and give voice to their Asian Pacific American heritage and communities. This program offers funding, mentorship, resources and an elite presentation venue – the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival! Many AWC alumni have gone on to produce feature films and full-length documentaries. Past fellows include Daniel Hsia (SHANGHAI CALLING), Kristina Wong (WONG STREET JOURNAL), Evan Jackson Leong (LINSANITY), ERNESTO FORONDA (BETTER LUCK TOMORROW) and Erin Li (KEPLER X-47).

Get all the details here!

#TBT For A Monday: Justice For Fong Lee Rally Videos 2010 (Because You Can Always Remember)

Monday, July 13, 2015

From interviews I took @ the rally that day. Here's the full list:

Your Random JLin I'm Going To Charlotte Pic

Thursday, July 09, 2015

What Box Office Mojo? I'm Wrong?

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Apparently this post on Furious 7 is not true anymore - at least according to their current set of data - which only says two things:

1. Always take a screenshot.

2. Always take a screenshot.

3. Always take a screenshot.

I'll just have to be fine with Furious 7 in the top 5.

Bruce Lee Takes Down The NFL...Or At Least The Washington "ForeSkins"

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

I've decided that until further notice I will refer to them as the The Washington ForeSkins.

And yes - it actually wasn't Bruce Lee, but U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee who ordered the six federal trademark registrations cancelled.

And true while it doesn't end this now - it does point to its ultimate death sometime in the future...

Nascar Drops Trump, PGA Still Wonders If He's That Bad (Which I Guess Makes Me A Nascar Fan)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sure - I know - we play golf too and it's not like Nascar has been the go to place for Asian Americans and People of Color - but at least you can take off your shirt at a Nascar event.

Golf's still a little stuffy.

And while Nascar - in addition to many others including ESPN, NBA, and the country of Costa Rica - has said they don't want them some Trump - apparently Golf is still pondering this question.

Guess I'm getting me some Nascar...umm...stuff...errr...

In Memory: Susan Ahn Cuddy

Thursday, July 02, 2015

I wanted to make sure and post up about Susan Ahn Cuddy who was the first female gunnery officer in the U.S. Navy, the first Asian American woman to join the Navy, and the first Korean American in U.S. Naval Intelligence. She will be missed.

Godsteppin, Rocky Rivera, And Beatrock Music

Thursday, July 02, 2015

From Beatrock Music

Godsteppin (Produced by Fatgums)" is the latest video collab with CoolReve and Beatrock Music, capturing the aftermath of recent police brutality protests across the country. Though Rocky has provided the soundtrack to protest before in previous music, this particular track was inspired by organizers around the world who took action in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter.