I've Been On Vacation...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Regular scheduled programming will resume shortly.

Sơn Tùng M-TP + Nơi Này Có Anh

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Tóc Tiên - Em Không Là Duy Nhất

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Goodbye Holiday / 「サイエンスティック・ラブ」

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Retro Kaji Hitomi: Ti Amo

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Damn NBC News Asian America

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Seriously - you're still promoting a racist show that so many people have demonstrated against?

A show that's steeped in colonial orientalism and as I said in my YOMYOMF post "set in the dreams of White People"?

Again - I'm not saying it's all bad - but you need to think about the Asian America that's tagged to your site then, and what your mission is - because how can Asian Americans fight if members in the community, and an outlet that at least I've thought is supposed to be shedding a light on Asian Americans, is promoting racist shows like "Miss Saigon"?

And while I have nothing against Nick Ut or the commemoration of the anniversary of his famous picture (mostly) - I find it odd that on a site that's supposed to be in the spirit of Asian America, Phan Thị Kim Phúc's name can't be found in a headline - versus doing mostly the same thing as most everyone else - focusing on a naked tortured Vietnamese child. And yes you do have a pic up of her now as an adult - but her name isn't anywhere to be found on it (and sure it's the main page, no captions for images...) - so she's kind of nameless again. Yes, it's still talking about Nick Ut AKA Huỳnh Công Út - but it's the same, somewhat torture war porn imagery we like to remember in America, and about Vietnamese Americans.

When you put those two together - I have a hard time swallowing it.

At Least There's Some Justice? AKA James Harris Jackson Gets It. Unfortunately It Won't Bring Back Timothy Caughman

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


On Monday, James Harris Jackson, 28, of Baltimore was indicted Monday on one count each of first- and second-degree murder as an act of terrorism for the March 20 stabbing of Timothy Caughman, 66. He previously was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
I think this is great, but we gotta do something about the mindset - before this happens.

#RepresentationDoesntMatter + Jason Chu + Alex Luu

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Run River North + Melissa Polinar + Shoutouts

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Shout out to All Things Considered for their article on SXSW. Love love love Melissa Polinar and loving the pic of Run River North.

It Ain't Me - Kygo, Selena Gomez (KHS & Kina Grannis Cover)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What are those potato chips?

Love Song: A Little Jason A Little Chu + Some FUZZY + Jessica Louise

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The 2nd MV from #Arrivals.

When White People Make Shitty Covers And Videos (AKA Is It Stand By Me Or Give Me A Lap Dance?)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Honestly - I don't remember how I even found this - but for some odd reason I was thinking about shitty covers, and I was like - Oh Shit - this is probably the worst cover and video ever for a song.


Go Jaylow!!!!!

Some Days It's Hard To Rep My Viet People (Because It's Like We Have To Do It All The Time)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Seriously - some days, it seems like too much work to have to bring up all the great Viets in the community because it seems like in almost every twist and turn we get forgotten about, overlapped with other people, or just looked at like "Who the fuck do these Viet MF's think they are?".

Honestly - it sometimes gets tiring - not repping my peepages but - having to do it because some people or orgs, or fill in the blank - just have no fucking clue.

Fine - I'll just hit you like I'm kicking in the tunnels and you'll see me coming - well...


Gina Darling + Dubai = Video Fun

Friday, March 17, 2017

That's it.

Kickstart That Chasing Lovely New EP (They Need Your Help!)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 days.

A little over 3 thousand.

Can you get them there?

P.S. Episode 1 Of Andi Mack Made Me Cry (Just A Little)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


Don't judge.

It was just that good.

It really is - and no I didn't really cry - well just a little teary...because it was in fact that good and I'm glad to see Disney stepping up their game with teen pregnancy, Asian Americans, and Hapas.

And for all you Buffy the Vampire fans out there - yes, there is a reference.

Get It While It's Hot: A Fistful of Soundtracks

Monday, March 13, 2017

Always some good reads down at AFOS - but beware - only a year left until the last post in Dec of 2017.

So get 'em while they're hot.


Dai Thao Is Running For St. Paul Mayor. I Hope He Gets It

Monday, March 13, 2017

I've see the signs, seen the videos - and you know - I think he'd make a good mayor.

Council member Dai Thao believes that Saint Paul is at a pivotal moment in need of leadership that will stand with the people despite the uncertainty at the state and federal governments. Our city needs a bold direction that will tackle the racial disparities gap that is crippling our economy, make sure that our city services operate equitably across all neighborhoods, and assure that residents are invested in because they are the infrastructure of our community and economy. To do this, our community deserves tenacious leadership from an invested, hardworking and responsive Mayor who can both listen to and empathize with the diverse residents of St. Paul. Dai is a proud and determined progressive who will help us ensure a more prosperous and secure future for the Capital City.

Peep the site and make a contribution if you are so inclined.

And yes - more to come.

Watch The Andi Mack First Episode On YouTube (Disney Channel's First Asian American Show)

Monday, March 13, 2017

The series is set to premiere a month from now.

P.S. I Love Lauren Tom.

Just In Case: Asian Mom + Nanny + Well No

Monday, March 13, 2017

By now many people have heard about this but jut in case you didn't - yeah - the interruption is spectacular, but no - she is not the nanny.

By a long shot.

And yes - we all know what's going on behind the scenes on that one.


29 Hours To Go: Fiction & Other Realities + Backed + Be A Backer

Monday, March 13, 2017

Quick note that the Kickstarter project: FICTION & OTHER REALITIES - A Big Phony Music Feature Film got backed all the way so for sure there will be a movie and if you want to get in on the action there's 29 hours left to pledge to be a backer. They do not have a digital download or DVD reward as they aren't sure of the distribution, but for anyone pledging $20+ if it does become available, you'll get it (crossing the fingers) - but at the end of the day, it's about backing some great Asian American projects and film.

Kick it @ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bigphony/fiction-and-other-realities-a-big-phony-music-feat

Binge Watch + OJ + Dancing Itos + At Least We Were There?

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Like a lot of folks I had to binge watch "The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" on Netflix and I actually just ate that up - and I forgot how damn crazy everything was during that time.

I was happy to see Kenneth Choi as Lance Ito though - who played him great - and glad to see that Ito wasn't just a bit part in all of this and sure you might ask "Well - why wouldn't he?" but as we all know - it's happened before.

Also glad for the shout out to Connie Chung.

'Cause you know - Connie Chung = badass.

Giant Robot + Interviewing Roy Choi

Thursday, March 09, 2017

A lot of meat on this interview.

With all the fixin's and some banchan?

When I think about Roy Choi, it’s not his food or restaurants, (which includes Kogi, Chego, Pot, and A frame), it’s his cadence and candor. He could easily have a celebrity chef persona but remains far from it. Perhaps it’s his analogies or word choices. When he speaks, you can’t help but listen as you take in his infectious smile. It turns out we’re about the same age, yet I still look towards Roy as a sempai who transcends time. He’s perpetually cool and that’s unfakeable.

Read it up @ GR @ http://beta.giantrobot.media/roychoi/

Tweet That: Hawaii VS Trump

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Cambodian Deportation Halted But 5 Of The Minnesota 8 Still Looking To Be Deported

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Great work by all the community members who've been working with the Minnesota 8 to help Ched Nin to stay in this country with his children and wife.

From AAPress:

Following months of sustained community advocacy, long-time Minnesota resident Ched Nin was released to his wife and their five children in late February after being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for over six months [...] Quyen Dinh, executive director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), said, “Jenny and the Release Minnesota 8 campaign demonstrate the power of grassroots organizing and embody the fierce resilience of our refugee communities. Ched was finally released through legal channels, but it took months of community mobilization by Cambodian Americans and advocates to come this far.”

Read it in full here.

At the same time, as AApress reports - 5 are still looking to be deported.

Another link if you so desire @ http://www.searac.org/new/breaking-cambodian-deportation-halted-due-groundswell-community-support
At an immigration hearing on February 24th, 2017, Ched was represented by University of Minnesota law professor Linus Chan and his students John Hoag and Shane Fitzmaurice through the James Bringer Center for New Americans. He was released after an immigration judge granted him a 212(h) waiver and regained his green card on the grounds that his family would suffer extreme hardship in the event of his deportation.

Julie Mao, an attorney with the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, explained, "We are grateful that the Court recognized the extreme hardship that Ched's deportation would have on his family and community by granting him this rare form of relief. We celebrate Ched's release and the organizing that brought us to this victory, while recognizing the thousands of families impacted by deportations that are unable to access such relief due to our unjust immigration laws. We will continue to support grassroots community in exposing and organizing against our harsh incarceration and deportation systems."

"The courageous organizing in the Release Minnesota 8 campaign shows that even if our people have convictions, we will fight and we can win. In Ched's case, I believe that the broad movement support is what made the difference," said Jacinta Gonzalez, Field Director of Mijente. "This is a win for organized communities that lays out a road map for how to continue fighting against criminalization and deportations under a much more aggressive administration."

CAAMFEST35 Starts Tonight With The Tiger Hunter

Thursday, March 09, 2017

I wish I could be there this time around, but just because I can't doesn't mean you shouldn't.

Get tix.

Fund a community.

Dream in film.

Andy Dinh: Your On The 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 List. Nice

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Andy Dinh, 24
Founder, Team SoloMid

In the world of competitive video gaming, Dinh may be the next Michael Jordan or Nolan Ryan–a professional player turned team owner and sports icon. His Team SoloMid is North America’s top squad in the Tencent-owned game League of Legends, a hugely popular eSport which attracts 100 million players monthly and sells out arenas like Madison Square Garden for live competitions.”As I just competed more and more, eSports was taken a lot more seriously,” Dinh said. “[Now], you’re seeing billionaires buy teams in eSports.”After failing to persuade existing eSports organizations to pick up his team, Dinh formed TSM in 2009. He ran the organization while still serving as captain of the five-man team before stepping down in 2013 to focus solely on management. TSM’s YouTube channel has half-a-million subscribers, and their star player, Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg boasts 1.2 million followers on Twitch. Dinh has been aggressive about monetizing the business, bringing in sponsors like Geico, HTC, Red Bull and Axe.

View the full list @ Forbes.

My Random Notes To White Guys

Monday, March 06, 2017

For some odd reason just a general thought in the sense that I get it - you have some of the same problems that we do. And it's not like you technically had to worry about some of the same things we have (at least right away). You were just trying to get by, make a life - do those things. I get it. You're just trying to live your life.

Same here.

And it's not like I don't like White People.

Or that I don't like White actors in movies for example - I mean when you can just focus on your craft that's a beautiful thing.

Not everyone can though. When there have, and are, attitudes and laws against POC - it's just different.

And yeah - I want to have fun. Do cool shit. Just fuck around sometimes. Who doesn't? But sometimes the weight of what's happening to people around me and in my communities makes me pause and makes me have to say something. Do something. Not sit idly by. And I know - time, struggles - we have to do what we have to do - and sure it's great when everyone can stand together, but if not, as long as no one's telling me what I should or shouldn't be fighting - it'll be cool.

One last thing - if you're in a room and someone is talking about dumbass White Guys, most likely they aren't talking about you - no need to step in for a team that you don't need to belong too.

Late Night Smooth Vibes

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Oscars + Asian Names + Huh?

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

So while apparently I didn't get as many blog posts out last week that I wanted too - because apparently I just didn't (but I did get two new posts up at yomyomf.com on the crap ass Power Rangers and This Is Us) - I wanted to make sure and not let more time go w/o saying what an unfunny ass-hat joke that was that JK made about nice Oscar contestant Yulree's name - and sure - you have to expect something when you get something for free - but does it have to be in the form of an asshat joke about your name versus the "American" name?

Let's go with no on this one...

Some Metrics, Budgets, And Thoughts On My Micro Campaign Against The Immigration And Refugee Ban, Executive Order #13769

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Throughout life I've found myself in more autonomous groups and roles. It's one of the reasons why I started blogging. It was a way for me to take some action and do something, but also on my own terms, on my own schedule. I love the people and groups I've gotten to know, some of the shared experiences, and I have so much respect for people that can organize on the ground level, and there are just so many ways to lend a voice, to take action, to add to the discourse.

With the immigrant and travel ban order, in addition to blogging about it I wanted to do something else, and I decided on a two-pronged approach - an informational site where some of the news and highlights of what was going on could be centralized for people searching or wanting to know about it, and displaying opposition to the order to online eyes via a campaign - in some ways (not quite though) like me waving my sign and marching in protest, and in other ways, like a targeted political add, which ended up being a Facebook campaign.

For the site, it was fairly easy, I put it up myself (Microsoft Cloud) - and I'm not a design wizard so there are some imperfections - but with so many free hosting services, or publishing services - getting a site out is fairly inexpensive. At first I was thinking about having people share their stories, do a tracker type piece, but decided to keep it informational because I didn't want to take on too much (from a moderation standpoint which would have to happen), as well thought there were better places people could perform that function. I built a quick news service to grab data and put it into a data store on keywords so it would be easier to update and less manual, and may put some other tools into it later. But for now I'm satisfied with the outcome - it's another added resource in opposition that can be managed now without too much effort.

For the FB campaign, when I think about - online campaigns (no matter where they are) are like being able to buy ads on TV in some ways - but at a price far less than even traditional print and really do help to level the playing field from an access standpoint. For this campaign I decided on around a $30 budget to place ads and tags for wearenotorder13769.org for a little over two days. My goal wasn't in engagement or click thrus but simply about putting a small message of opposition in front of the eyes of people and reaching as many as I could with my budget. Over the course of the campaign around 12,000 people were reached (multiple times) with what I'd call medium filtering on the audience being targeted (I didn't go too general, but wasn't extremely targeted either).

For a newspaper ad - maybe I pay around $300-$400 for a 1/8 black and white ad for 15,000 eyeballs. For color - maybe double. And maybe I shouldn't compare the two - but I will anyway. For that price where I can target a specific audience, get a color add, some copy, and be able to track impressions, reach, click-throughs, etc. - it's a win.

I didn't care about engagement at the outset from a goal standpoint - but my CTR was .26% which is decent with around 31 click-throughs on the ad. It doesn't sound like a lot and compared to a number like 12,000 it isn't - but what's the value of those clicks, someone finding something more out about the ban, or passing that information on to a friend, or just planting another seed of resistance into their mind? It's different from commerce conversion and closing rates, but if each customer was worth $50 it would at least be profitable even if only one person would end up purchasing. But the others would still know the brand and maybe think about going there.

There's no brand and no customers in this case, but there is a message and I think at least from my vantage point, I'm satisfied with the way it's been delivered. I think on a micro/mini level we can create these campaigns, or forces of opposition, and when combined, I think they do speak to the power that we all have as individuals within a much larger collective.

Small ripples.

Get Those Lebron Sneaks + Richie Le

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

If you wanted to know - just check in with the Viets.

Good Messeges: A Little Drive, A Little CLARA

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I think this is just a good message and a good video.

Remembering Executive Order 9066

Monday, February 20, 2017

Some links to some good articles - albeit unfortunate that they have to exist just like Allegiance which I saw on Sunday - but nonetheless - we have to remember.

OC Register

Warnings were not given and explanations were not offered. But when that first wave of arrests came, word spread quickly. Everybody knew. So two months later, on Feb. 19, 1942, the Japanese American community in Southern California – the nation’s largest at about 35,000 – was less shocked than it was horrified by what occurred: Executive Order 9066.
SGV Tribune
In the weeks after 9066 was signed, families throughout Southern California -- home to the biggest Japanese American population in the country -- sold their belongings, packed what they could carry and reported to ominously named “assembly centers,” where they stayed until the internment camps were ready for occupation.
LA Times
He’s 94 years old and still clearly remembers. Tokuji Yoshihashi remembers Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and wondering what would happen to Americans like him who looked like the enemy. He soon found out.
Attendance at this weekend's Bay Area Day of Remembrance was at an all-time high. “We have Trump to thank for that,” says Peter Yamamoto, volunteer at the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS). “Now people want to know the history.” Speakers at the event drew parallels between Executive Order 9066 and President Trump’s immigration policies, noting that both used fear and the disguise of “military necessity” to target American citizens based on their race or religion.

Hmmm: American Girl Is Making Korean And Hawaiian Dolls

Friday, February 17, 2017

Well - I guess this is good news.

This week, the iconic doll makers also announced plans to release Native Hawaiian and Korean American characters in 2017.

One is a Korean American filmmaker named Z Yang (second doll from the left in the picture below), and the other is a Native Hawaiian girl named Nanea Mitchell who grew up during the start of World War II (third doll from the right).

Even if it should have happened earlier.

Again...You Voted For Him White People

Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Guardian:

Minutes after Donald Trump insisted he was “the least racist person” at a press conference on Thursday, the president asked a black reporter to arrange a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

The American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan asked the president if he was going to include the CBC in conversations he will have about his “inner city” policies.

Trump responded by repeatedly asking Ryan if she could set up a meeting with the caucus, members of which the president suggested could be “friends” of hers.
Trump uses press conference to declare administration 'fine-tuned machine'
Read more

“Are they friends of yours? No, go ahead,” Trump said. “Set up the meeting.”

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center + Artists at Play

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Peep this.

(Los Angeles, CA) Chay Yew’s frank drama, Question 27, Question 28 will be presented by Artists at Play and the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066. The reading is directed by Alison De La Cruz and will perform on Sunday, February 26 at 3 pm at the Black Box in the Aratani Theatre. Ticket reservations are available at http://bit.ly/2k4KJku.

In 1942, ten weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The order authorized the removal and unjust internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II. Yew’s play traces this moment in history serving not only as a reminder of the past, but as a cautionary tale for the present.

"During this time of increased racial and religious tension, Artists at Play felt it was necessary to join the many voices speaking out against discrimination towards the Muslim community,” said Producing Artistic Leader Stefanie Lau. “Question 27, Question 28 provides another avenue to show that xenophobia and the scapegoating of an entire group of people is wrong, dehumanizing and not representative of the American values we hold dear."

Based on transcripts, documents, personal testimonies, Question 27, Question 28 weaves stories of the struggles, resilience and courage of female Japanese American detainees held in the American internment camps and the painful aftermath.

The cast includes Shannon Holt, Dian Kobayashi, Marilyn Tokuda and Tamlyn Tomita. The stage manager is Cailin Luneburg. The reading is pay what you can to attend.

Tasty Politics: Notorious MSG, Wonton Violence, How Did I Not Catch This Yet?

Monday, February 13, 2017

I blame it on my poor lack of detail albeit it is fun listening to it now. Download it @ The Notorious MSG Bandcamp page: https://notoriousmsg.bandcamp.com

Bambu + Info Trap + Mark De Clive-Lowe + Beatrock

Monday, February 13, 2017

Trippy and I like it.

Waterside funk.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Tết's Over But The Food Lingers On

Monday, February 13, 2017

The food lives on.

Tết Saigon 2017.


Monday Good Covers: @TheFuMusic, This Town

Monday, February 13, 2017

Just the right song for his voice.

Creamy and smooth.

Asian Americans, Strees + Eugene Lee Yang, Ashly Perez, DAN AKA DAN

Monday, February 13, 2017

From a couple of months ago, but still fun if you haven't seen it.

Well you know - as fun as health can be?

3X: Alfa

Monday, February 13, 2017

At Short Of The Week: Pokey Pokey

Friday, February 10, 2017


Junjie “Jake” Zhang is an independent animation artist, illustrator and educator living in LA and Hong Kong. He likes to explore and develop different visual styles to express his artistic opinions and stories. Most of his films are black-humorous, ironic and fantastic, reflecting social and political issues indirectly.

You can read the review and watch the short @ shortoftheweek.com


Goodread: Carol K. Park + Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots (Book Signing Feb. 21)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Sounds like a good read.

And there's a book signing.

What more do you want?

When the Los Angeles Riots began April 29, 1992, 12-year-old Carol K. Park was working weekends in her mother’s gas station in Compton, a suburb of Los Angeles.

The bulletproof booth that shielded the young cashier from physical harm could not protect her from simmering racial tensions that ignited after the acquittal of four white and Hispanic Los Angeles police officers in the beating of a black motorist. A total of 53 people died in the riots, thousands more were injured, and damage to businesses – particularly those owned by Korean and other Asian immigrants – and other property topped $1 billion before the violence ended on May 4.

Park recalls the “melting pot of violence and discrimination” she experienced in her youth in “Memoir of a Cashier: Korean Americans, Racism and Riots.” The book, released this month, is published by the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside. A book signing is scheduled on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Interdisciplinary 1113. Reservations are requested and may be made by emailing YOKIntern@outlook.com. Parking is free in Lot 24.

Get more info

No Ban No Wall + Resist: Wearenotorder13769.org

Thursday, February 09, 2017

While the site just got up and running live a day ago, and there are still tweaks to do, functions to add, etc. - www.wearenotorder13769.org was created to help against the fight and offer another resource of information and action - more tools are coming soon and there should be a place in the coming days to add and upload a story in protest and opposition - but I wanted to make sure that I got out something sooner rather than later. More updates on the site as they are made.

Wednesday Night Tóc Tiên ft Suboi - Tâm Điểm Ánh Nhìn

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Binge Catch-Ups: Fresh Off The Boat + Dr. Ken

Monday, February 06, 2017

I've had to catch-up on some episodes of some of my favorite TV shows over the last week or so (as I've missed a decent amount of episodes) and ten years ago I wouldn't be able to talk about shows like FOB and Dr. Ken and the advancements I think we've made in being able to be reflected in prime-time television shows. Definitely not there yet - we've got work to do - but I was watching the last couple of episodes of Dr. Ken and the ensemble cast has really come a long way since season 1 (and I think the switch of having Allison work at Welltopia works out great) with a lot more nuance to the stories (and the fact that they've been given the time to work together is great and hopefully they come up for renewal next season). With FOB - there's just so much there to love there - and it's a pretty straight comedy in that way but that deals also with some interesting topics at time - and the reflective nature with race and being an immigrant, and Asian American - to look back on history in that way - it's something special to watch.

Good TV.

CAAMFest 2017 Early Bird Tickets

Friday, February 03, 2017

Check out all the info @ the CAAM site.

"Last week, CAAM announced that pre-sale, early bird tickets are available for the CAAMFest 2017 Opening Night Film and Gala, Closing Night Film, the All-Access Pass and CAAMFeast Awards. We are excited to announce that starting January 31st, you can also buy early bird tickets to our CAAMFest Centerpiece Documentary and Narrative films. Please see below for more information. The early bird prices listed below are valid January 31st- February 8th unless otherwise noted."

Hyolyn Showcase in New York & Los Angeles

Friday, February 03, 2017

South Korean superstar Hyolyn (from the group Sistar) debuts in the US as a solo artist with showcases in New York and Los Angeles on March 18 and 19 respectively. Renown for her beautiful voice and energetic performances, Hyolyn is excited to be performing full length sets at both locations with limited meet and greets for lucky fans.

Hyolyn will be supported by: DJ Eman (in select cities), Lijah Lu with Taja Barber, and more artists to be announced!

Presented by: Starship Entertainment and Transparent Agency.

The locations and show-times are as follows:

Flash Factory
229 W 28th Street,
New York, NY 10001
6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

The Mayan
1038 Hill Street,
Los Angeles CA 90015
7 PM- 10 PM.

Ticket Price information:
Early Bird - $40
Pre-sale - $60
VIP Meet and Greet (very limited)- $180

Tickets and Very Limited Meet + Greet will go on sale
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017 at 3pm Eastern Time.

Tickets will be available at http://transparentagency.com/hyolyn

Where Did The Majority Of Refugees Come From In 2016?

Monday, January 30, 2017

In case you were wondering, the majority of refugees came from the following countries:

Africa: 31,624
East Asia: 12,518
Near East/South Asia: 35,555

Information from "Department of State Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Office of Admissions - Refugee Processing Center Summary of Refugee Admissions".

Immigrant And Refugee Rights: Know Them (From The Illinois Coalition For Immigrant And Refugee Rights)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Been seeing this from the ICIRR (Illinois Coalition For Immigrant And Refugee Rights) and wanted to re-post here.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

The fallout is going to be huge and there's so much more to say on this and to do - but I did want to make a post on the actual text and executive order (received from the White Press Releases) as this does not seem to be posted anywhere on the White House site (however different media outlets have put out the text).


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

January 27, 2017


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By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., and section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and to protect the American people from terrorist attacks by foreign nationals admitted to the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Purpose. The visa-issuance process plays a crucial role in detecting individuals with terrorist ties and stopping them from entering the United States. Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans. And while the visa-issuance process was reviewed and amended after the September 11 attacks to better detect would-be terrorists from receiving visas, these measures did not stop attacks by foreign nationals who were admitted to the United States.

Numerous foreign-born individuals have been convicted or implicated in terrorism-related crimes since September 11, 2001, including foreign nationals who entered the United States after receiving visitor, student, or employment visas, or who entered through the United States refugee resettlement program. Deteriorating conditions in certain countries due to war, strife, disaster, and civil unrest increase the likelihood that terrorists will use any means possible to enter the United States. The United States must be vigilant during the visa-issuance process to ensure that those approved for admission do not intend to harm Americans and that they have no ties to terrorism.

In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including "honor" killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purposes.

Sec. 3. Suspension of Issuance of Visas and Other Immigration Benefits to Nationals of Countries of Particular Concern. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall immediately conduct a review to determine the information needed from any country to adjudicate any visa, admission, or other benefit under the INA (adjudications) in order to determine that the individual seeking the benefit is who the individual claims to be and is not a security or public-safety threat.

(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall submit to the President a report on the results of the review described in subsection (a) of this section, including the Secretary of Homeland Security's determination of the information needed for adjudications and a list of countries that do not provide adequate information, within 30 days of the date of this order. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide a copy of the report to the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence.

(c) To temporarily reduce investigative burdens on relevant agencies during the review period described in subsection (a) of this section, to ensure the proper review and maximum utilization of available resources for the screening of foreign nationals, and to ensure that adequate standards are established to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists or criminals, pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas).

(d) Immediately upon receipt of the report described in subsection (b) of this section regarding the information needed for adjudications, the Secretary of State shall request all foreign governments that do not supply such information to start providing such information regarding their nationals within 60 days of notification.

(e) After the 60-day period described in subsection (d) of this section expires, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, shall submit to the President a list of countries recommended for inclusion on a Presidential proclamation that would prohibit the entry of foreign nationals (excluding those foreign nationals traveling on diplomatic visas, North Atlantic Treaty Organization visas, C-2 visas for travel to the United Nations, and G-1, G-2, G-3, and G-4 visas) from countries that do not provide the information requested pursuant to subsection (d) of this section until compliance occurs.

(f) At any point after submitting the list described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretary of State or the Secretary of Homeland Security may submit to the President the names of any additional countries recommended for similar treatment.

(g) Notwithstanding a suspension pursuant to subsection (c) of this section or pursuant to a Presidential proclamation described in subsection (e) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may, on a case-by-case basis, and when in the national interest, issue visas or other immigration benefits to nationals of countries for which visas and benefits are otherwise blocked.

(h) The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall submit to the President a joint report on the progress in implementing this order within 30 days of the date of this order, a second report within 60 days of the date of this order, a third report within 90 days of the date of this order, and a fourth report within 120 days of the date of this order.

Sec. 4. Implementing Uniform Screening Standards for All Immigration Programs. (a) The Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall implement a program, as part of the adjudication process for immigration benefits, to identify individuals seeking to enter the United States on a fraudulent basis with the intent to cause harm, or who are at risk of causing harm subsequent to their admission. This program will include the development of a uniform screening standard and procedure, such as in-person interviews; a database of identity documents proffered by applicants to ensure that duplicate documents are not used by multiple applicants; amended application forms that include questions aimed at identifying fraudulent answers and malicious intent; a mechanism to ensure that the applicant is who the applicant claims to be; a process to evaluate the applicant's likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society and the applicant's ability to make contributions to the national interest; and a mechanism to assess whether or not the applicant has the intent to commit criminal or terrorist acts after entering the United States.

(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the Director of National Intelligence, and the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of this directive within 60 days of the date of this order, a second report within 100 days of the date of this order, and a third report within 200 days of the date of this order.

Sec. 5. Realignment of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2017. (a) The Secretary of State shall suspend the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) for 120 days. During the 120-day period, the Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Secretary of Homeland Security and in consultation with the Director of National Intelligence, shall review the USRAP application and adjudication process to determine what additional procedures should be taken to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States, and shall implement such additional procedures. Refugee applicants who are already in the USRAP process may be admitted upon the initiation and completion of these revised procedures. Upon the date that is 120 days after the date of this order, the Secretary of State shall resume USRAP admissions only for nationals of countries for which the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Director of National Intelligence have jointly determined that such additional procedures are adequate to ensure the security and welfare of the United States.

(b) Upon the resumption of USRAP admissions, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security, is further directed to make changes, to the extent permitted by law, to prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution, provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual's country of nationality. Where necessary and appropriate, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall recommend legislation to the President that would assist with such prioritization.

(c) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I have determined that sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP to ensure that admission of Syrian refugees is consistent with the national interest.

(d) Pursuant to section 212(f) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182(f), I hereby proclaim that the entry of more than 50,000 refugees in fiscal year 2017 would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any such entry until such time as I determine that additional admissions would be in the national interest.

(e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest -- including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship -- and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.

(f) The Secretary of State shall submit to the President an initial report on the progress of the directive in subsection (b) of this section regarding prioritization of claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution within 100 days of the date of this order and shall submit a second report within 200 days of the date of this order.

(g) It is the policy of the executive branch that, to the extent permitted by law and as practicable, State and local jurisdictions be granted a role in the process of determining the placement or settlement in their jurisdictions of aliens eligible to be admitted to the United States as refugees. To that end, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall examine existing law to determine the extent to which, consistent with applicable law, State and local jurisdictions may have greater involvement in the process of determining the placement or resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions, and shall devise a proposal to lawfully promote such involvement.

Sec. 6. Rescission of Exercise of Authority Relating to the Terrorism Grounds of Inadmissibility. The Secretaries of State and Homeland Security shall, in consultation with the Attorney General, consider rescinding the exercises of authority in section 212 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1182, relating to the terrorism grounds of inadmissibility, as well as any related implementing memoranda.

Sec. 7. Expedited Completion of the Biometric Entry-Exit Tracking System. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall expedite the completion and implementation of a biometric entry-exit tracking system for all travelers to the United States, as recommended by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

(b) The Secretary of Homeland Security shall submit to the President periodic reports on the progress of the directive contained in subsection (a) of this section. The initial report shall be submitted within 100 days of the date of this order, a second report shall be submitted within 200 days of the date of this order, and a third report shall be submitted within 365 days of the date of this order. Further, the Secretary shall submit a report every 180 days thereafter until the system is fully deployed and operational.

Sec. 8. Visa Interview Security. (a) The Secretary of State shall immediately suspend the Visa Interview Waiver Program and ensure compliance with section 222 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1222, which requires that all individuals seeking a nonimmigrant visa undergo an in-person interview, subject to specific statutory exceptions.

(b) To the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, the Secretary of State shall immediately expand the Consular Fellows Program, including by substantially increasing the number of Fellows, lengthening or making permanent the period of service, and making language training at the Foreign Service Institute available to Fellows for assignment to posts outside of their area of core linguistic ability, to ensure that non-immigrant visa-interview wait times are not unduly affected.

Sec. 9. Visa Validity Reciprocity. The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa classification, truly reciprocal insofar as practicable with respect to validity period and fees, as required by sections 221(c) and 281 of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1201(c) and 1351, and other treatment. If a country does not treat United States nationals seeking nonimmigrant visas in a reciprocal manner, the Secretary of State shall adjust the visa validity period, fee schedule, or other treatment to match the treatment of United States nationals by the foreign country, to the extent practicable.

Sec. 10. Transparency and Data Collection. (a) To be more transparent with the American people, and to more effectively implement policies and practices that serve the national interest, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Attorney General, shall, consistent with applicable law and national security, collect and make publicly available within 180 days, and every 180 days thereafter:

(i) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been charged with terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; convicted of terrorism-related offenses while in the United States; or removed from the United States based on terrorism-related activity, affiliation, or material support to a terrorism-related organization, or any other national security reasons since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later;

(ii) information regarding the number of foreign nationals in the United States who have been radicalized after entry into the United States and engaged in terrorism-related acts, or who have provided material support to terrorism-related organizations in countries that pose a threat to the United States, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and

(iii) information regarding the number and types of acts of gender-based violence against women, including honor killings, in the United States by foreign nationals, since the date of this order or the last reporting period, whichever is later; and

(iv) any other information relevant to public safety and security as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Attorney General, including information on the immigration status of foreign nationals charged with major offenses.

(b) The Secretary of State shall, within one year of the date of this order, provide a report on the estimated long-term costs of the USRAP at the Federal, State, and local levels.

Sec. 11. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.


January 27, 2017.

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Chi Nguyen + An Unpopular Opinion On The Women’s March On Washington

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Definitely a good read from over at Medium from Chi Nguyen, artist and activist:

However, if there were intersectional unity at the Women’s March on Washington, I failed to see it. Rallying for four hours on the corner of Independence Avenue and 7th St. SW with over 500,000 self-identifying feminists from across the United States created in and of itself a microcosm of white feminism that I thought would be suppressed — even just for one day for the sake of racial harmony.
Oh yes.

You've Been Touched By The Oscars: Dev Patel, Dwayne Johnson, Tommy Chong, Neel Sethi, Auli'i Cravalho, George Takei, Ted Chiang, Tzi Ma, Nicole Scherzinger, Ai-Ling Lee

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I'm sure there's more, but the small list above - Dev Patel, Dwayne Johnson, Tommy Chong, Neel Sethi, Auli'i Cravalho, George Takei, Ted Chiang, Tzi Ma, Nicole Scherzinger, Ai-Ling Lee - in some way are either associated with a film that is nominated for an Oscar by being in it, or they have been nominated themselves for an award.

With 40K Views Being My Highest Month For Last Year Do I Even Blog Anymore? Does It Matter In A World Full Of Millions?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I don't have millions of views as a youtube channel, nor do I have a blog with hundreds of thousands of views a month, nor do I have a twitter account with 10-25K+ subscribers that this is linked too, or have a FB channel with 100K+ subscribers -

which begs the question - should I even blog anymore?

In the world of social media where hundreds of thousands of views are common, or there are thousands of views for just one post, or millions of views can become the norm - does blogging still serve a purpose?

Take views out of the equation and I don't even offer discussion or debate via comments.


I guess I would answer that question - for myself and in general - in a number of ways:

1. Medium. Medium is producing some great content and writers, and another portion of the grassroots community of blogging. A new service specific to blogging must mean that there's still an audience for bloggers out there wanting to do what we do (and other existing platforms as well).

2. Curated/Edited/Pointed. We should have as much access to information as we can - but it doesn't mean it's all good, newsworthy, talking about, offering an opinion on, or critiquing - and there's something to be said for who makes those decisions - but there's a difference between sharing a link via social media, and offering comments on a link, versus the actual content that makes up that link itself. Two different animals. Bloggers edit and curate what they talk about (overall), and I'll hold weight to a blogger who's been blogging about a specific topic(s) or communities (either in length of time or from an informational standpoint). It's not specific to blogging (as this is a trait of youtube channels and twitter accounts or FB pages) - but it's an overall theme for bloggers.

3. Not Writing For Your Friends Is Something Different. Sometimes I just like to throw things out - but there's a difference between writing something in a post on FB and writing something for the world to see (provided it's a public blog) and that can get picked up by search engines, referenced, etc. In some ways, it's a whole different ballgame. More polished in many ways.

4. Still Need Grassroots Writers. Twitter is great for many things, but longer writing pieces meant to critique social structures, or talk in depth about race or social justice - you can't get that on Twitter (nor would I want to read that on Twitter). And you need people outside of the status quo news agencies to still provide more viewpoints - viewpoints that aren't provided because of sponsorships, ads, worrying about a board, or a program possibly getting cut - blogging is still one of the equalizers in getting voices - and sometimes those are Asian American voices - heard. I love the fact that more news outlets have some tailored sections to the AAPI or POC experience - but they're still limited in what they can say and the viewpoints provided. They can't say anything. Bloggers can.

5. Do Views Even Count?. Well they certainly can, and it's great when a blog can help push and make change on large scales - but it's not everything, and I believe in small ripples having larger effects and quality over quantity (which can be different for everyone). It really depends on the mission and intent of the blog and blogger - what do they want to accomplish. If it's to get millions of views and your pushing 10K a year - something to look at. But if it's to archive, put another voice out in the community - that's a different mission. Sometimes it can be a fine line when thinking about it all - if no one reads but your topic is archived is that enough?

There's more to say on this - but for now I think this works (*_*) and for me - all the above matter and hold true from an AAPI perspective (and I'm happy for the views that have made it here because I think there are some great news topics getting another look) - and even if one day the views are 100 a month - I'll still be doing this - in part because I was happy to be at 100 views when I first started this thing -

And because it's also about the record.

The archiving of at least one AAPI's POV.

Well White America (And Dumbass POC): You Wanted Trump Time And Now You Have It. Is He Really Working For The Middle Class?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

You chose him America. I didn't. But so many other people did by either directly voting or not caring to vote. And I wonder how this is going to work out for some of the working class people who thought he was going to work hard for them (because so far it's not looking like Trump is working on behalf of the middle class). Basically Trump has:

1. Putting everyone from corporations into key positions (that's not draining the swamp of fat cats).

2. Put the pipelines back into play (and we don't know if he's sold his shares in Phillips 66 - so you can't say he won't profit - but his friends for sure could). Screw you working class people - your water doesn't matter.

3. Put gag orders on departments (which use social media to put out things like EMERGENCY information) just because he can't stand to hear about his crowds (and let's not forget about the EPA gag order). Just good old fashioned censorship.

4. Put into play that we should steal oil from the Middle East (as President). Umm....yeah....

5. Puts a federal freeze on hiring. More jobs! More jobs! Oh wait...

6. Takes money away from homeowners (and new homeowners). I feel the growth coming on fast!

7. Essentially stalls the EPA with a freeze on all grants and contracts and bans employees from talking about it. Good old censorship and who needs the EPA anyway? Mercury for everyone!

And let's face it - he's not even remotely acting presidential. He's still Trump the entertainer just signing things left and right he doesn't truly understand (and yes, if he can say people with years of experience don't know as much as he does, I can pull that same argument) - or just care about - and just caring about being loved by those around him (or those he'll have business dealings with later on).

White is right for a lot of people.

Alternative facts.

Bad For Asian Americans: Trump Picks Ajit Pai For New FCC Chairman (Not Good! Not Good! Net Neutrality In Danger!)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Yeah - this is just crazy - well I guess no more crazy than electing Donald Trump the President of the United States.

On "streamlining" the FCC:

Tom Wheeler, the recently departed chairman of the FCC, took aim at an idea to streamline the agency, saying that it was a “fraud” to say that it was “modernizing” the agency and suggested that it is really a way for major internet service providers to escape substantive oversight [...] Wheeler pointed to a 2013 Washington Post story in which lobbyists for cable and telecom firms were quoted as saying that they supported the idea of transferring key FCC functions to the FTC. “It is not surprising why they would want to transfer there. The FTC doesn’t have rule-making authority. They have enforcement authority,” he said.

And did you know that Ajit Pai - Trump's new pick for the FCC chair doesn't even need congressional approval since Pai is already a commissioner - however that is only as acting Chairman (because Wheeler stepped down) and he will need approval for the long term.

Net neutrality? Completely against it.
Pai vehemently objected to the FCC’s landmark Open Internet Order from February last year; his epic 67-page dissent statement takes issue with practically every aspect of it, from conception to execution.

The internet - created by the government and now as ubiquitous (or should be) as electricity - in part simply because it was a free internet - Pai wants free reign to the companies without oversight and regulations so that in the end they can charge whatever the hell they want for special data access (and don't forget Pai used to work at Verizon).

I really do feel like the end of the world is near.

And yes it is true - all Asian Americans are not created equal and sometimes I would rather have the White Guy.

Re: Blogging + Deadlines Deadlines Deadlines

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

I thought I would be kicking this month into the ground from a blog post perspective as I wanted to see if I can get back up to some more posts (as I fell a little short of where I wanted to be this year - but a broken wrist will do that to you - overall I still hit at least 1 post a day on average) - but deadlines...deadlines...deadlines...damn them.

I guess this counts as a post though.

Alternative Facts?

The new WH has nothing on me.

MTV + Sasami Ashworth + Cherry Glazerr + Apocalipstick

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Good article down at MTV on the band Cherry Glazerr who has Sasami Ashworth in the band (joining out this year) and a new album out "Apocalipstick".

Their new record, this month’s Apocalipstick, is certainly not cute. With two new band members in the mix, drummer Tabor Allen and multi-instrumentalist Sasami Ashworth, Cherry Glazerr fill the record with electrifying, slickly produced, ’70s-influenced rock. “I was a lone wolf!” Creevy shrieks over a twisty guitar riff on album opener “Told You I’d Be With the Guys,” sounding like she’s just punched through a wall. Indulgent solos and freaky synthesizers run rampant on the album, as the group lifts their once-twee sound to a higher plane of power pop and psychedelia.

This Is Really Presidential: Beatrock + Rocky Rivera + DJ Roza

Friday, January 20, 2017

President Trump Is Here: White Lies + Life Is Already Worse (AKA White House Pages And Mortgage Help For The Middle Class Already Cut)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Well - what the fuck do you have to say except I hope you were all lit today during something I never intended to watch.

Why would I want to watch Trump get sworn into office? It's like giving a birthday present to the the guy who's gonna cut off my nuts at some point - not gonna happen (the birthday present that is because I'm sure my nuts will get sawed off at some point - or at least maybe a snip?).

And what do we have going on already?

How about mortgage cuts for Middle Class Home Buyers?

Oh - that's gone now. Thought you were gonna save $500 a year - a nice cool 10K in savings over 20 years of your mortgage (if you didn't resign already)?

Yeah - not gonna happen thanks to the President Of White Lies.

And what about the White House supporting communities and ideas that are a part of this country and world?

Yeah - not gonna happen either.


You've been cut from the White House site.

Maybe you can find yourself somewhere on a Russian site?

Climate change?

Yeah - not important.

Doesn't exist....

If only I could say the same thing about the president of the U.S....

P.S. Denzel At One Of His Finest

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Seriously, just see the film. Take some time and see Denzel Washington and an all star cast (mainly the same as on the stage) deliver with August Wilson's work on film.


Help Support The Bryan Thao Worra Fund

Friday, January 13, 2017

I remember meeting Bryan the first time as he was speaking at a film festival I was helping to program. It wasn't a lot of money. A small stipend and parking, a place to sell books. I saw him again at a reading when I was meeting another friend from out of town. Bryan has always been there to help give his unique voice to programs and events and to the communities he believes in and is a part of - and that only covers just a little bit - there are so many other projects and initiatives he's been involved in that I only know about from a surface level.

He's won so many awards - recognized for his work and what he's done.

He's a NEA Literature Fellowship winner.

But doing what he does, and I don't know Bryan as well as others, those meetings and group interactions (a jukebox group) and different posts - I imagine it has to be like anyone else. Sometimes there's an ebb and flow. The work and the projects have to be there and sometimes it can be feast or famine.

And sometimes the perfect storm hits.

From the Youcaring site.

Award-winning Lao American poet, Bryan Thao Worra, is currently moving between public libraries, coffee shops, homes and other temporary spaces. Last year, he struggled with minimal writing gigs that put his total income well under the poverty line, as his health conditions continue to be problematic. Bryan’s hope in his next chapter is to travel across the states to continue his work researching, writing, and documenting. He’ll need space, time, and the means to get around and allow him to do what he does best: creating and writing. As his friends, we're raising funds to help him get back to being Bryan. We need funds for a used car and to assist with living expenses that will help get him through the rest of this year. Help us help him and continue to do what he most passionate about. For himself and our community [...]

We know very little people who have not been impacted by the presence and inspiration of Bryan work. Bryan would tell a room full of young writers that, “I write because there are others in this world who aren’t able to.” And “sometimes a cup of coffee gets you a cup of coffee,” he often jokes. Few friends are like the legendary Bryan Thao Worra. He knows the art of wordsmithing that holds weight, meaning and a pathway to our hearts and minds. He's transformative and shifts worlds to better places than it once were through his poetry alone. He opens up doors to our consciousness to what’s possible-- social change through the arts and imagination. His generous ability to advocate and blaze pathways for the arts and fellow underrepresented Asian American communities is unmatched. He has inspired hundreds who’ve come to know him as a writer, mentor and above all else, a damn good friend. This year is Bryan's 10th anniversary of his first book and it’s overdue time that he is deserving of our community’s help to lift him back up as much as he has lifted us.

If you've been impacted, touched by Bryan's work, I would urge you to consider supporting the youcaring initiative going on right now for him - any amount (or in-kind donation) can help.

Go to the fund page @ youcaring.com to donate.

Comedy invAsian: Get Your Tix Now

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Like I've always said - if we don't hype ourselves - who else will sometimes?

This - this is golden.

Get your tix now and be a part of history.


Los Angeles — Producers Koji Steven Sakai and Quentin Lee have teamed up with Viva Pictures to produce and distribute a live and filmed stand-up series titled Comedy InvAsian featuring the nation’s six top and unique Asian American comedians each performing a one-hour special at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles on February 10 —26, 2017.

Signed talents include veteran Laugh Factory comedian and Kollaboration founder Paul Kim who will open the series on Friday, February 10. Young Japanese American comedian Atsuko Okatsuka (Comedy Central Asia, Disoriented Comedy, Laughing Skull Comedy Festival) will perform on Saturday, February 11. Gay Chinese Canadian Broadway Musical Youtube sensation Kevin Yee (Mary Poppins Broadway, Blue Whale Comedy Festival, Quincy Jones' boy band Youth Asylum) will perform on Sunday, February 12. Veteran Filipino American comedian Joey Guila (Showtime, Filipino Kingz of Comedy Tour) will perform on Friday, February 24. Transgender Vietnamese comedian Robin Tran (The Comedy Store, The Comedy Comedy Festival) will perform on Saturday, February 25. Finally, veteran Japanese American comedian and actress Amy Hill (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Great Indoors, All American Girl) will close the first season of Comedy InvAsian with her one-hour special on Sunday, February 26. The filmed proceeds of the live series will be edited and produced into Comedy InvAsian’s first season of a digital television series with six one-hour episodes for distribution.

In an era where diversity in entertainment is a necessity, Comedy InvAsian is the brainchild effort of producers Koji Steven Sakai and Quentin Lee to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Asian American comedy in both genre and representation to the world.

“In our filmmaking career, we have met and become friends with so many talented comedians of color from producing Dwayne Perkins in Take Note to directing Randall Park in The People I’ve Slept With to working with Paul Kim in the Comedy Ninja Film Festival to directing Amy Hill in White Frog and The Unbidden. Comedy InvAsian will celebrate the talent and comedy of a group of select and diverse Asian American comedians which should prove to be just the tip of the iceberg,” said Koji Steven Sakai and Quentin Lee. “We’re excited to be working with proven accomplished Director’s Quentin and Koji who are passionate to bring Asian American comedy to the world,” said Victor Elizalde, President of Viva Pictures Distribution, LLC. who is distributing Lee’s latest feature The Unbidden and has also recently co-produced the first successful all Spanish language comedy stand-up series, Sigue la Risa, which currently airs exclusively on Netflix in the USA & LATAM.

Tickets and information on Comedy InvAsian will be available on the website:



East West Players' Celebrity Benefit Reading: Parminder Nagra, Rizwan Manji, Marc Anthony Samuel, and Sherri Saum

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sounds like it should be a great time - definitely get out there are support EWP if you can.

For Immediate Release
January 12, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

Contact: Patricia Tumang
(213) 625-7000 ext. 12


East West Players (EWP), the nation’s longest-running professional theatre of color in the country and the largest producing organization of Asian American artistic work, is pleased to announce One Night Only: The Secret Play Project, a special one-night-only benefit reading on January 30, 2017, which will be directed by award-winning director, writer, and actress Lily Mariye, and starring celebrities Parminder Nagra, Rizwan Manji, Marc Anthony Samuel, and Sherri Saum.

“We wanted a unique one-night-only experience for our audience with a little air of mystery. Audiences will only find out in person on the 30th what play this star-studded cast will be reading. Just be ready for a great evening of laughter and surprises,” says EWP Artistic Director Snehal Desai.

Best known for portraying Neela Rasgotra on NBC’s hit series ER, Parminder Nagra was also a series regular on NBC’s The Blacklist, playing the CIA operative Meera Malik, and in JJ Abram’s Alcatraz on Fox, playing Dr. Lucy Banerjee. She will soon be seen in Season 2 of the critically acclaimed Sky Atlantic and Pivot drama, Fortitude, also starring Dennis Quaid and Michelle Fairley, set to premiere in January 2017. Most recently, she completed a guest arc on ABC’s Agents of Shield. Her breakout role was in the international hit Bend it like Beckham, playing the spirited Jess.

Canadian actor Rizwan Manji is best known for playing Rajiv Gidwani on NBC’s Outsourced, and has played regular or recurring roles on shows like NCIS, 24, Better Off Ted, and Backstrom. He has appeared in films like American Desi (with Kal Penn), Charlie Wilson’s War (with Tom Hanks), The Mikado Project (with Tamlyn Tomita), and The Wolf of Wall Street (with Leonardo DiCaprio).

Marc Anthony Samuel is best known for playing gay nurse Felix Dubois on General Hospital, and has appeared on NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.

Best known for her groundbreaking role playing lesbian adoptive mother Lena Adams Foster on Freeform’s The Fosters, Sherri Saum has been nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards for playing Keri Reynolds on One Life to Live and Vanessa Hart on Sunset Beach. Saum has guest-starred on How to Get Away with Murder, Heroes, Gossip Girl, and the Law & Order series.

Actress Lily Mariye played nurse Lily Jarvik on NBC’s hit series ER, and has since pursued writing, directing, and filmmaking. After being chosen as a director for the ABC/Disney/DGA Creative Development Program, Mariye directed her first television episode for ABC’s Nashville, which Entertainment Weekly praised as, “…the best episode of this season of Nashville so far—and by quite a long shot.” Mariye recently directed Amazon’s Just Add Magic; “Leap of Faith”, her second episode of Nashville for CMT; and “Diamond in the Rough”, an episode of Freeform’s The Fosters, after directing her film debut, Model Minority. She is currently participating in the 2017 CBS Director’s Initiative.

“I’m thrilled to be working with East West Players for the first time as a director,” says Mariye. “I acted in many staged readings at East West Players, back when the theater was in Silver Lake. When EWP’s new Artistic Director Snehal Desai asked me to be involved as a director, I jumped at the chance to come full circle, and I look forward to nurturing my relationship with EWP and directing more projects in the future.”

“Lily is an incredibly charismatic and visionary director, who has used her creative experience as an actress and writer as a springboard to direct for TV, film, and now theater,” says Desai. “We are thrilled to be working with her for this special one-night staged reading to benefit EWP’s award-winning productions, engaging arts education programs, and initiatives to support and showcase Asian Pacific Islander artists, directors, and playwrights.”

One Night Only: The Secret Play Project, a special one-night-only benefit reading, will be held on January 30, 2017 at the David Henry Hwang Theater at the Union Center of the Arts at 120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Cocktails will be served in the courtyard at 6:30 p.m., and the reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. The play will be announced on the day of the event. A post-show VIP reception will take place at 9:00pm at Far Bar.

General Admission tickets start at $50. VIP tickets (includes the hosted bar, show, and VIP reception at Far Bar) are $75. Tickets may be purchased at https://eastwestplayers.secure.force.com/ticket or please call (213) 625-7000, making sure to mention any wheelchair/accessible seating needs. The date, details, and ticket prices are subject to change.

For more information about East West Players, please visit www.eastwestplayers.org.

Dumbfounded We Might Die Tour (Some Dates Are Already Sold Out So Get Your Tix While You Can)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Seriously - get your tix while you can.

More info for the tour down @ https://www.dumbfoundead.com/#tour

CAAM + Watch These Award-Winning Music Documentaries About Asian And Asian Americans On Xfinity On Demand This Month

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Some great films being shown this month thanks to CAAM and xfinity.

January titles include three award-winning music documentaries by and about Asians and Asian Americans. CAAM is thrilled to present Harana, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, and A Song For Ourselves. To watch the films, go to xfinity On Demand: multicultural/Asia/Cinema Asian America/New Releases. You can also search for the films on On Demand by their titles.
Check out the full lineup down @ the CAAM website.

MV + I'm Sky-Hi: This Should Be My New House Band (And I'll Double Down On That?)

Thursday, January 12, 2017


Random English JPOP That Makes You Dance: Beverly + Tell Me Baby +

Thursday, January 12, 2017

I don't know. If this doesn't at least make your head bob...

Are you made of stone?

Avex artist Beverly.

Jam on.

Paul Kim + Gina Darling: Officially Missing You - Tamia (Remix)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

I don't think I posted this up before - definitely been growing on me.

Quotable: From The Founder Of Chinese Americans For Trump

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

We shouldn't really be surprised because you know - he's the founder of Chinese Americans For Trump...but - this is some middle of the road karate kid squashed like a grape fortune cookie hot messiness:

"We try to block the bad stuff Trump says about China,” said David Wang, a 33-year-old Diamond Bar resident who founded Chinese Americans for Trump and serves on Trump’s Asian American advisory board. "To be honest, I think he’s just testing the waters".

Sometimes you just have to have it your way?


A Look Back At 2016...The Passing Of TMM And Other Thoughts From Last Year

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

I haven't done a best of or in review for a little bit and it's not looking like it's happening this year - but maybe next year I'll try something new (or old) again.

We'll see...

Left Too Early

When I look back at 2016 - one of the moments that will always be remembered is the passing of Keon Enoy Munedouang aka TMM, The Minority Militant.

His memory. His posts. The way others remembered him.

It never went unnoticed to me what month it was either...

He'll be missed by many - and I'll miss him.

I'll miss what I had gotten to know as well as the promise of what could have been.

When I got back from his funeral - because I owed him that - I wanted to write something so visceral - I wanted to light everyone on fire who I didn't think cared and should have, either about TMM himself and the loss to the blogging community, or the fact that I was grieving his loss.

But I didn't.

I knew it wouldn't quite be right. I may have touched on things - but not in that way.

Here's some of what I did write though on a FB post:

...I found the Internet. I found writing from a journalistic, news, and op-ed point of view. I helped start an online press, one of the first independent student run ones in the country [...] I always went back and forth between wondering if I should do social work/arts for a living or something else that could fuel that. Tech and the Internet and the Web - they've allowed me to do that. It gave me the power to do things on my own without needing anyone else's approval, or wait while I stood in line for scraps hoping they would open up the gates for me, or have to explain to anyone that I couldn't do anything in life if I wasn't able to make a living and pay bills and that I could still be down even if I was also a tech geek too--it opened up a whole new world to me on so many fronts.

One of the areas that's been such a large piece of who I am is as an AAPI blogger and online writer. I was able to find my voice and who I was as a writer and activist. It's been a community that I'm proud to be a part of and contribute to and where I've been able to meet so many great people and organizations and learned so much because of it, and I hope that I'm always giving back because of that. We really are a different breed and small community spread out across the country, and while sometimes I ran from it, because we run from who we are sometimes, I stopped running at some point.

This weekend I drove down to Chicago to attend the funeral for Keon (aka TMM) who I've been making a lot of posts on for the last week. A fellow Southeast Asian American blogger from the Midwest I considered Keon a friend, but one who I should have gotten to know more, and who I lost touch with over the last few years. But I wanted to be there to help honor his life and the piece of him I knew as a part of a community that we both belonged to. It was great to see how much love there was for him. Sending him off in a traditional Lao ceremony and honoring his life--being a mentor, a teacher, serviceman to his country, brother, son, and cousin, and about his life as a political Asian American blogger--and his sister ended the ceremony with words from his blog and about why he wrote and why he felt he needed to put out his voice. It was fitting in that way and brought me to tears and while I wanted to say so much more to his sister before I left, it was really her just letting me cry on her shoulder before I just had to leave. One day I figure I'll learn how to be better at funerals...and make sure to honor those better.


There've been so many emotions running through this past week and some of them really angry...and I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with those as I felt like I should act on them and acknowledge them and use all the power in the English language to show them light....but I don't want to start wars and sometimes things are more complicated, and there's another POV - and it takes energy for that - energy that can be channeled, and I know better spent, on something positive for the community...and I've talked a lot to different people and there's been so much support in his memory and nothing but kindness and goodness and I'm thankful to all of them because that helped erase some of that anger.

Positivity and channeling something good out of this wins.

Rest in peace Keon. It truly has been an honor.

There really was an outpouring of love and respect for his blogging and life. On all sides. Even from people who maybe didn't get along with Keon, or didn't understand him or why he felt or said some of the things he did.

I'll always be grateful for that - for the showing of love and respect, and the community around his memory - the AAPI bloggers and writers and friends and family.

Because when someone leaves - and leaves us too early - we should see that.

From Lac Su With Love (Well Not Really But I'm Quoting Him Anyway)

Another moment that sticks out in my mind, and I think a more general one, is the fall of our Presidency. I mean really - who knew we would go back in time - like a rip in the universe and some odd machine that you only find in COD III.

Progressive woman from a party that cares about everyone, or a racist rich White Guy who duped other racist White People (well not everyone)?

We know how that turned out.

And those masks - they came off.

From all sides, everywhere you looked - "friendships" were broken, families were divided - and this thought of somehow being in a safer and better place (because we've had to be after all the advances we've made right?) - it felt like it was crashing down - and sure, we've been through bad Presidents before - but this was different.

I think there was true hope that we were on the cusp of something great - and we needed that because amidst so much other turmoil from a race perspective.

The fact that it was never realized gave way to true mourning for so many people and communities.

That mourning turned to anger with a fight response - that in spite of it all - we needed to stand strong no matter what.

I think Lac Su said it best (via a social media post) when he said we needed to fill the void after the election with art and community - and it's true.

Gotta fight because the alternative of laying down isn't an option.

Life goes on.

We still have to progress and move forward and push back as much as we can.

Police, Race, And The Divide

I live within walking distance to the governor's mansion (albeit in an adjacent neighborhood) which was ground zero during the protests surrounding the shooting of Philando Castile - and like too many other times, protested and chanted with others who were shocked and outraged at the shooting of another man of color, a Black man, who did nothing wrong. The community was on fire and the helicopters buzzed around me at night watching and waiting...it was another shooting, another bad cop who should have never been a police officer, another highway closed, another motion that said change needs to happen...

In one of the cities I call home where I grew up, Milwaukee's boiling point finally came. Another shooting. Too much built up, in what was once one of the most segregated cities in our country...

Peter Liang and Akai Gurley. How can we forget them? The divide was great in the Asian American community and I know I lost at least a couple of folks on that one - but I'll still remain with what I think is a balanced view on it because we have to take it all in - we can't throw away the concerns of so many - and I mean that on all sides. There has to be dialogue - it just can't be a debate...

And Map Kong - another shooting of a man of color - an Asian American man - ripped by the Star Tribune via their White Privilege, not given the justice he deserved. From the BCA to the police to so many communities - he was lost in the shuffle with barely a word spoken about him and how his life was worth rehabilitation - that he didn't need to be shot in the back running away - that if he was White he probably would have had a better chance surviving the officers that surrounded him...

I can only hope that 2017 doesn't see what we witnessed in 2016 on this front.

Maybe This Year Will Be Different

This year I watched my daughter grow up a little - baby Slanty turned into toddler Slanty - and when I look at her - I know that one day we'll see the fruition of labors.

Because it has to happen at some point and I can't believe that she'll be worse off than where we are now.

It's just organic change that's already in flux.

Maybe this year can be the start of something new - something different.

Even with the changes coming to our country and the melees that will ensue (because there has to be) - the majority - we know what needs to be done.

We know what it's going to take.

So here's to at least hoping for the best.

Random Lester Kasai

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Inventor of the “Beni Hana” and was the second person to land a 540.


In Pics: Jeannie Mai + Stranger Things + Golden Globes

Monday, January 09, 2017

Love this pic.