Bryan Thao Worra Is The Inaugural Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

And in other Lao news from a few weeks back:

St. Paul, Minn. (Oct. 24, 2018) — The Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota has announced that Bryan Thao Worra is the inaugural Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate as the Lao community prepares for the 45th anniversary of their diaspora in the United States. This honorary literary designation recognized his 20 years of service to the Lao community in Minnesota as an artist, educator and community builder.

The Lao Assistance Center is the first and oldest non-profit organization established in Minnesota to assist the Lao refugee community reconstruction in the aftermath of the war for Laos that ended in 1975. Over the decades, among their numerous projects have been art and cultural programming, including their work bringing the Lao American Writers Summit and the Legacies of War: Refugee Nation Twin Cities exhibition to Minneapolis, as well as convening the Lao American Storytellers Festival and the Before We Remember We Dream exhibit. They’ve regularly convened the Lao New Year’s Festival and supported traditional music and dance education with several programs throughout the years. Thao Worra has collaborated with them regularly in various roles since 2008.

During his tenure as the Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate, his duties will include giving public readings in urban and rural locations across Minnesota and the US, educating civic and state leaders about the value of Lao American poetry and creative expression, and undertaking a significant cultural project, with one of its goals being to bring Lao American poetry to those who might otherwise have little opportunity to be exposed.

http://aapress.com/arts/lao-minnesotan-poet-laureate-announced/

Don't Hate Me Because I Married A Strong, Beautiful, And Smart Asian American Woman

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I've always said it - love is love, get it on with whoever you want too.

Absolutely.

Don't let anyone ever tell you who you can and can't be with, indulge in, or choose to live your life with.

At the same time - and these two aren't mutually exclusive but I'm writing this in some ways as they are - sometimes I feel like I can't always talk about choosing and wanting to be with, specifically, someone who was Asian American.

I'm not saying I don't, because sometimes it can go without saying, or doesn't need too - but sometimes, for some people, it can feel like you might be making a statement on their relationships because of how you look at yours.

Like someone who talks about their new Jaguar they get every year, and you're keeping your Prius until it dies, it might make you think about what you don't have.

But maybe you like your Prius too. You think that Prius is a Jaguar.

In that way it's really the perception of the Jaguar owner, so that's on them.

But what if, secretly, the person who had the Prius, really wanted the Jaguar.

And then their friend keeps on talking about how much they love their Jaguar.

And maybe the person who has the Prius can afford the Jaguar, but they still have a lease, maybe don't want to go through the trouble to upgrade (and I don't mean any offense by that, but this might offend some other people, so maybe it doesn't matter, but I'm just talking figuratively in regard to real world costs) - that's on them.

I chose to make a baby with someone who was Asian American. While I dated a lot of different types of people, in the end, I didn't want to be with someone who wasn't Asian for the rest of my life.

And I think it can be different for a couple who is Asian and Black or LatinX, or Indigenous - because of shared experiences specific to p.o.c. and immigrant descents -

-- versus what has been the dominant culture and pairing.

And in those cases, or where there's been learning and education from a progressive standpoint, maybe where someone jokes like "Yeah, I wish I was with someone who was Asian, but somehow I got stuck with this lumpy White Guy" - there's a difference.

Love who you love, be with who you want too, but it's also okay to say Asian on Asian love is okay.

I get it, from an overall perspective, but at the same time, because of power dynamics, it's not always the same.

And it's true - it does work itself out. Whatever is comfortable will be comfortable, and same with other people around you as well.

Should you question someone else's allegiance to the APIA community because they aren't married to someone who is Asian?

No, absolutely not.

But has anyone put a "but" there in different situations and scenarios, right or wrong, even if never said out loud?

Maybe.

At the same time, I still married a Korean American woman.

Did I betray my Southeast Asian Vietnamese American side?

Was I a traitor?

Do Viet people everywhere get to roll their eyes if I say Viet women are the best and most amazing women in the world, because if that's true, than why didn't I marry Viet?

Maybe.

...

But do I say that?

Not like that.

Is what works for one person different than another?

Absolutely.

...

That's Cool: Kaysone Syonesa Day In Minnesota

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Apparently this happened a couple months ago while I was sleeping.

MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 28, 2018) — The office of the Mayor of the city of Minneapolis recently presented a proclamation recognizing October 10, 2018 as Kaysone Syonesa Day in recognition of the 40th birthday of the Lao Minnesotan artist who has long-standing roots in North Minneapolis since her family resettled in the United States after the Laotian Civil War, including the 5th Ward.

The request was made by the members of the Southeast Asian Literature Interdisciplinary Theater Arts Center, (SEALIT) which recently received funding from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to convene the 20-year retrospective exhibition and workshop series Laomagination in North Minneapolis. Community members cited Syonesa as “a positive mentor and friend of students and families of diverse backgrounds and helped them pursue their dreams; and someone who “has encouraged good character, lifelong pursuit of art, education and civic engagement through personal and professional example...Minnesota has the third largest Lao refugee population in the US, with an estimated 13,000 community members in the state, many in Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities metropolitan area.”

Sweet.

http://aapress.com/arts/city-of-minneapolis-recognizes-lao-minnesotan-artist-kaysone-syonesa/

Michigan Professor Tsu-Yin Wu Gets $3 Million Grant To Improve Health Of Underserved Asian Americans

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Nice work if you can get it.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded nearly $3 million to an Eastern Michigan University educator to lead an effort to improve the health of underserved Asian-American populations in Wayne and Kent counties.

Professor Tsu-Yin Wu will serve as principal investigator on a cooperative agreement with the CDC, the university said. Wu teaches nursing in Eastern Michigan's College of Health and Human Services.

The team will develop, implement and evaluate interventions to address risk behaviors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and physical inactivity among Asian-Americans with heightened risks for diabetes and other chronic conditions.

The grant is for more than $590,000 per year for five years. The CDC has committed funds for the first year. Subsequent funding will be based on the team's progress.

Especially since it helps our people.

https://www.crainsdetroit.com/education/emu-professor-awarded-3-million-grant-improve-health-asian-americans

@thegretalee

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Lit: Isako Isako

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

We Knew That: Asians Stream YouTube

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

https://www.rapidtvnews.com/2018121154449/asian-americans-leading-changing-tv-viewing-habits.html#axzz5ZNPXM4Ee

3 year-old's stream their shows.

About Andy Ngo (?) + The Stranger

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I don't really know that much about Andy Ngo.

Here's some of the interview (?)

https://www.thestranger.com/slog/2018/12/07/36874512/anti-racist-protesters-harass-gay-asian-american-journalist

KH: Are you a fascist?
AN: No. Just because I'm not on-board with the socialist or leftist political agenda does not then mean that I support the extreme right. This is reductive and reactionary thinking.

Are you a racist?
No. I am critical of the so-called racial justice movement and its various offshoots because I generally find them divisive, authoritarian, and hypocritical.

Are you a Nazi?
I wish I could find this offensive but unfortunately this term has been appropriated from its historical context to become a meaningless slur.

So are you a Nazi?
No.

Are you conservative?
I am described this way by others but my political identity is a bit more complicated. I certainly don't identify with any party.

Are you a Trump supporter?
I am neither a Trump hater or supporter. As an American citizen, I believe it is my duty to respect the office of the presidency and the electoral process.

Why do you cover the left behaving badly?
The problems with the right and far-right are well-known and documented extensively in mainstream media. However, the opposite cannot be said. Living in Portland, I witness what happens when the excesses of the far-left go unchallenged. It leads to people mobbing their neighbors and feeling righteous for doing it. I want accountability to happen on both sides. If the local media won't do it, I will.

Asian American Projects 2018 A.CRA (AKA Pre Crazy Rich Asians)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/crazy-rich-asians-writer-films-influence-asian-american-scribes-1165859

An Asian-American screenwriter I recently met mentioned she'd sold a screenplay whose lead characters are Asian, and the storyline was inspired by a holiday in Taiwan. She'd finished it earlier in the year, but her manager advised her not to take it out to the studios until after the premiere of Crazy Rich Asians in August. If the movie did well, studios would be way more interested. If the movie tanked, no one would want her script anyway, and they'd have to wait (presumably until the fumes of Crazy Rich Asians' failure faded) before taking it out.

CRA did gangbusters at the box office, and she sold her screenplay that month to a major studio.

I've since heard from network development executives and writers that multiple Asian-centric TV and film projects have been bought or are being developed in the wake of CRA's success, from Jessica Gao's Lazy Rich Asians at ABC to Lillian Yu's feature script Singles Day at New Line. All because CRA did what the industry long thought was impossible: get mainstream audiences to show up (and pay good money) for a movie about ... Asians.

Asian Santa In Pics (Well...One...Pic)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018



http://nwasianweekly.com/2018/12/wing-luke-museum-got-a-visit-from-asian-american-santa/

Shoplifters, Killing Eve, The Globes

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-column/2018/12/10/asian-american-actors-make-strides-snagging-golden-globe-nominations

Other nominations went to Mirai (best animated film) and Shoplifters (best foreign language film), both from Japan; Darren Criss (best performance by an actor in a limited series or film made for television) for The Assassination of Gianni Versace: An American Crime Story; and Sandra Oh (best performance by an actress in a television drama series) for Killing Eve.

Yes And True: OAAB

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

https://www.yomyomf.com/the-good-place-renewed-for-season-4/

I've been slowly getting into this more.

RUBY IBARRA X2

Tuesday, December 11, 2018




To The Asian Guy In Michael Jackson's "Bad" Video

Tuesday, December 11, 2018



Couldn't find your name in the credits....you look familiar?

Forgot you were in that video.

But thank you.

99 Tropes, E.J. Gong, Nov. 24.-Dec. 23, At Seattle's 12th Avenue Arts

Tuesday, November 27, 2018



"We don’t just need one movie with an all-Asian cast. Or one play with an Asian American man as the lead. We need lots of them. We need plays and TV shows that more accurately reflect all the diverse faces of our country. We need to move beyond stereotypes of Asians, Blacks, Latinos, women and LGBTQ people so we can be seen as we are: diverse, complicated and varied in our personalities and our opinions.

One of my good friends is a successful Hollywood writer. Since I couldn’t find a play I liked with an Asian American lead, I asked him to write one. We’re putting the show on in Capitol Hill starting this week. The play, 99 Tropes, is an entertaining comedy about a Hollywood writer’s room. I play C. Chan, a writer whose pilot gets picked up by a major TV network. But when the ratings tank, Chan dreams up a wild new direction for the show — with a shocking twist."

Read more about the show at crosscut.com

Read It + Nugs: I Love America. That’s Why I Have to Tell the Truth About It By Viet Thanh Nguyen

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

If you didn't get the chance to read the Thanksgiving article (2018's) by Viet Thanh Nguyen in TIME - definitely get a chance to read it - make some time - because it has a lot of great things to say.

Some nuggets of words I really like:

"An American veteran of the war, an enlisted man, wrote me in rage after reading an essay of mine on the scars that Vietnamese refugees carried. Americans had sacrificed themselves for my country, my family, me, he said. I should be grateful. When I wrote him back and said he was the only one hurt by his rage, he wrote back with an even angrier letter."

"The country in which I am writing these words is France, which is not my country but which colonized Vietnam, where I was born, for two-thirds of a century. French rule ended only 17 years before my birth. My parents and their parents never knew anything but French colonialism. Perhaps because of this history, part of me loves France, a love that is due, in some measure, to having been mentally colonized by France. Aware of my colonization, I do not love France the way many Americans love France, the ones who dream of the Eiffel Tower, of sipping coffee at Les Deux Magots, of eating a fine meal in Provence. This is a romantic love, set to accordion music or Édith Piaf, which I feel only fleetingly. I cannot help but see colonialism’s legacies, visible throughout Paris if one wishes to see them: the people of African and Arab origins who are here because France was there in their countries of birth. Romanticizing their existence, oftentimes at the margins of French society, would be difficult, which is why Americans rarely talk about them as part of the fantasy of Paris."

"And yet, when I was growing up, some Vietnamese Americans would tell me I was not really Vietnamese because I did not speak perfect Vietnamese. Such a statement is a cousin of “love it or leave it.” But there should be many ways of being Vietnamese, just as there are many ways of being French, many ways of being American. For me, as long as I feel Vietnamese, as long as Vietnamese things move me, I am still Vietnamese. That is how I feel the love of country for Vietnam, which is one of my countries, and that is how I feel my Vietnamese self."

Read it in full here.

Dear (sic) Missississipi

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Dear Missississipi,

I've spelled you wrong.

I don't care.

You're the one state in the US I've never wanted to visit for the same reasons you've just elected Cindy Hyde-Smith.

I'll be at the front row of your hanging.

I'm Gonna Need To Do A Run Of About 250 More Posts This Year

Monday, November 12, 2018

Apparently this will be the first year, at my current rate, where I don't average about 1 post per day for a year.

I get it--but you know--I feel like I should at least keep that stat even in my shitty days.

So I think that's gonna happen.

Organically though this time...

And maybe I'll bring back some BEST OF stuff this for this year.

Or just gibberish....whichever.

Cause I just care about stats?

Well...you know.

I'm Big And Sexy And Smell Nice. Asian Man Scent #1049283

Monday, November 12, 2018

Honestly, I'm probably not that huge, but I am pushing the scale a little--and that's okay.

I recently quit smoking--and while whatever--you are who you are--those smoke companies do target the shit out of the motherlands and I'm kinda like--enough chucking my money away so I can die a horrible death at the hands of a lung machine.

So you know...a little snack here and there...try to chew gum...but those sour candies keep calling my name...

And nachos...damn you nachos!

And leftover super spicy chicken from the Thai place down the road.

And 2 Whoppers for $6?

You know we like deals!!!!

So if I'm Asian, sexy, and maybe a little stockier--that's okay.

Asian Man Non-Smoker Scent #1049283.

Nice work if you can get it (and if you can get it from me...you need to twerk it 'cause you don't want me to squeeze the breadth out of you when my arms go out cause I've been pumping and jumping for the last hour--cause you know--I have more lung capacity--but my arms can only take so much....).

And on that note....

Watch For Free At CHOPSO

Monday, November 12, 2018



You can check out the free viewings they have @ https://chopso.vhx.tv/watch-for-free and then if you like what you see along with their other catalog, you can check out their service for $4.95 a month.

I do think it goes a long way to have a more options for free viewing--look at other services who started out with ad services--but when you think about other services like this, there aren't that many....or any...out there specific to AAPI.

Live long and prosper.

Is John Cho's "Searching" With $70 Million Worldwide (#65 Worldwide) Even More Of A Message To Hollywood Than Crazy Rich Asians?

Monday, November 12, 2018



What's interesting about this statistic is that while domestically it did about $26 million, the international release is around $43 million.

So while domestically it didn't do a $100 million dollar opening--while the numbers aren't available for the production budget, you know it wasn't as much for Crazy Rich Asians.

It had to be fairly profitable and I'm guessing with a lot less from a set/logistics standpoint (at least thinking in regard to something like CRA).

If you look at the movies in a $10 million range +/- of what "Searching" did--it gives an even more interesting view of the landscape ($dollar amounts are total, domestic, and then international).

57 Den of Thieves STX $80.5 $44.9 55.8% $35.6 44.2%
58 Alpha Studio 8 $80.1 $35.8 44.7% $44.3 55.3%
59 Hereditary A24 $79.3 $44.1 55.5% $35.3 44.5%
60 Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (2018) Uni. $78.7 $66.0 83.9% $12.7 16.1%
61 Tag WB (NL) $77.9 $54.5 70.0% $23.4 30.0%
62 The Spy Who Dumped Me LGF $75.0 $33.6 44.7% $41.4 55.3%
63 Sicario: Day of the Soldado Sony $74.0 $50.1 67.7% $23.9 32.3%
64 Sanju FIP $71.5 $7.9 11.1% $63.6 88.9%
65 Searching SGem $69.7 $26.0 37.3% $43.7 62.7%
66 Book Club Par. $68.6 $68.6 100.0% n/a 0.0%
67 12 Strong WB $67.1 $45.5 67.8% $21.6 32.2%
68 Love, Simon Fox $66.3 $40.8 61.6% $25.5 38.4%
69 Mile 22 STX $65.8 $36.1 54.9% $29.7 45.1%
70 Life of the Party WB (NL) $65.7 $52.9 80.5% $12.8 19.5%
71 Isle Of Dogs FoxS $64.2 $32.0 49.8% $32.2 50.2%
72 The 15:17 to Paris WB $57.1 $36.3 63.5% $20.8 36.5%
73 Adrift STX $57.0 $31.4 55.1% $25.6 44.9%
74 Early Man LGF $54.1 $8.3 15.3% $45.8 84.7%
75 Teen Titans Go! To The Movies WB $51.9 $29.6 57.0% $22.3 43.0%
76 Slender Man SGem $51.7 $30.6 59.2% $21.1 40.8%
77 Breaking In (2018) Uni. $51.1 $46.5 91.1% $4.5 8.9%

Good company to be in and if this didn't do well internationally because of John Cho--hog tie me naked in Sriracha until I pee myself.

And yes - also because of the good story, acting, and direction...

But you get my point.

Yes?

R.I.P: Minority Militant + BigWOWO Podcast

Monday, November 12, 2018

I was looking through some files and I had an mp3 file "MinorityMilitant_on_bigWOWO.mp3".

Hadn't listened to that in a while....so tonight I find myself listening to it.

I want to remix it with some music...

Get the original and post http://www.bigwowo.com/2008/11/bigwowo-interviews-the-minority-militant/ AND http://www.bigwowo.com/podcasts/MinorityMilitant_on_bigWOWO.mp3

Damn....

APIA Vote: All You Wanted To Know About The Midterm Election Results

Thursday, November 08, 2018

https://capa21.org/2018/11/08/midterms-asian-americans-continue-to-make-political-history/

What? DAEWON SONG Leaves Almost...

Friday, November 02, 2018

http://theberrics.com/daewon-song-leaves-almost/

One of the most influential skaters and co-founder of Almost skateboards--he's leaving the company he helped found (and I have to wonder what the terms of the agreement were, how much $$ does he get--I am always curious on the financials):

Daewon Song, a pro skater who is known as much for his sponsor loyalty as for his continually progressive clips, has left Almost Skateboards. He made the announcement this morning via Instagram.

Song cofounded Almost in 2003 with Rodney Mullen, and somehow he has managed to be at the top of his game throughout his tenure as a founding pro. Having appeared in the company's two full-lengths—Round Three (a play on Song's game-changing parts in World Industries' Round One and Round 2) and 5-Incher—Song is perhaps more closely associated with the 2006 promo Cheese & Crackers. The video features Chris Haslam (who also left Almost last year) and Song essentially one-upping each other on a mini-ramp, utilizing anything and everything that they could find. The video signaled an era of inventive skateboarding and its influence is still felt in videos 12 years later.

More recently, Song has become established as arguably the most reliable skate instagram account. Much like Cheese & Crackers, there is never a dull moment on Song's Insta. Having perfected the art of selfie video clips, Song is a shining example of the DIY ethic in skating.

Here's the IG post.



P.S. Random Sad Hot Girls: Lilly Singh + Awkwafina

Thursday, November 01, 2018



Maybe you've seen these, maybe you have not.

Either way - I did not - but I did just watch them and they were funny to watch.



While I'm out of the dating market (or even the right generation) - I am glad I was never one of those dates...or people.

Asian American PSA: Constance Wu And Jimmy O. Yang Want You To Vote!

Thursday, November 01, 2018



Also - just in case you were wondering (like myself) - apparently the organization in partnership does subtitles for everyone, because at first I was like "What? Why do they have subtitles here--they speak English MFs!"...no worries - AG.

P.S. Awkwafina Is Taking Over It All (Or At Least Google Assistants)

Thursday, October 25, 2018



I saw this maybe last week and I felt like they just cut her in--cause she's the IT WOMAN right now (well - at least one of them).

Like it.

I May Binge This....The People's Queen (AKA Fil Ams This Is For You)

Thursday, October 25, 2018



Beauty Queens are not born, they are made.

If you have been one of those dreamers wanting to become a beauty queen or if you're just simply obsessed with the glamour and even the drama behind the making of a beauty queen, this new show is for you. The People's Queen is also a good binge-watch for anyone who are fascinated by beauty and character transformations.

The girl with the wooden legs nails a walk that slays the stage. The bullied Blasian girl rises from her bruised past. The 'Wasted Beauty' is recycling all her confidence back to win a crown. The girl with a blank personality digs deep to reveal her real aura that shines brightly as a jeweled crown. And the clueless valley girl is the most 'woke' beauty queen in the mansion.

Beauty Pageant experts Cece Asuncion and Voltaire Tayag will wow you with how they transform ordinary Filipinas to extraordinary beauty queens.

Join 5 Filipinas (Katarina Rodriguez, Katrina Dimaranan, Nikita Elroy, Michelle Thorlund, and Jennifer Levy) in their Journey to becoming beauty queens. Behind all the glitz and glam, you'll witness all the tears, hard work and even some drama.

I Put My Money On ONE CHAMPIONSHIP (Versus UFC)

Monday, October 22, 2018



https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianmazique/2018/10/22/one-championship-is-positioned-to-continue-to-add-more-big-names-to-its-martial-arts-roster/#5a2038df5785

Eddie Alvarez signed with ONE Championship last week. That deal came just months after ONE signed WBC Super Flyweight boxing champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai. Alvarez turned down offers to return to both the UFC and Bellator and instead chose to chase a title with ONE. It was a major win for the Singapore-based martial arts promotion that has grown immensely since its inception seven years ago. ONE is now the largest sports media property in Asia, but it's not settling.

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/find-your-true-calling-live-dreams-chatri-sityodtong

Today, I am blessed with the precious opportunity to live my dreams. Through our real-life superheroes at ONE Championship, we have the awesome power to ignite hope, create dreams, inspire nations, and change the world. Angela Lee is a great example of one of our female superheroes who will help to inspire women to do more, achieve more, and be more in life. Another wonderful inspirational superhero is Bibiano Fernandes; he grew up on the Amazon river in extreme poverty in Brazil without daily food and today he is one of the greatest World Champions in history. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and his remarkable life story is also yet another a living testament that poverty is something that can be conquered through work ethic, sacrifice, dedication, and humility. Amir Khan is yet another example of greatness unleashed; he was born with Tourette's Syndrome, but still managed to rise against all odds to become one of Singapore's greatest fighters in history. I am truly inspired by the countless examples of real-life superheroes in ONE Championship. In many ways, my life has come full circle since that night I saw my mother crying alone helplessly.

ONE Championship is more than just a startup to me. It is my IKIGAI.

Chatri Sityodtong is a self-made entrepreneur and lifelong martial artist from Thailand. His rags-to-riches life story has inspired millions around the world on BBC News, CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Harvard Business School, Sports Illustrated, and many other major media. He is currently the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of ONE Championship, Asia's largest sports media property in history with a global broadcast to over 1 billion potential viewers across 118 countries around the world. Sityodtong was recently named "Asia's King of Martial Arts" by the Financial Times, and the “Most Powerful Person in Asian MMA” by Forbes, Yahoo! Sports, and International Business Times. He is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD, Europe's top business school. Sityodtong holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University.

AAPI Millennials: Put Down The Avocado Toast And Vote! In Pics!

Friday, October 19, 2018



Retro Old White People Clips (AKA When Jimmy Fallon Made Blake Shelton Try Sushi) AKA EXOTIC ORIENTAL FISH!! WTF!

Friday, October 19, 2018



I mean I just had to view it to see how bad it was going to be - I mean if you've never tried sushi before - at that age...

And no - not calling it racist - just - well - you know - well - actually - I might call it racist after all.

The exotic ORIENTAL SUSHI...

And while we all love us some Big Mac - c'mon...You've earned it?

Because you ate the EXOTIC ORIENTAL SUSHI?

I mean why not have some EXOTIC ORIENTAL "LADIES" there too while they were at it?

And then I wonder if after the EXOTIC ORIENTAL MASSAGE, Jimmy Fallon would have a Blond White Woman Come Out Of A Cake?

Because they earned it? And while getting an EXOTIC ORIENTAL MASSAGE is great - everyone would rather have a Big Ma...Blond White Woman?

Okay - Just sayin'.....

From The Harvard Crimson With Love On 5 Asian American Short Stories

Thursday, October 18, 2018

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2018/10/16/asian-american-short-stories/

These two in particular caught my eye:

2. “A Flawless Silence” by Yiyun Li (The New Yorker, April 2018)

"Sandra said that she had called Chuck a bigot to his face, and he had called her an equally bad name. Min had not called Rich anything denigrating. He had married her because she was not the kind of woman who would use strong words."

“A Flawless Silence” is about a Chinese-American woman whose husband is a Republican and a jerk. Though set in California, the story has a strong New Jersey WeChat energy, which should be recognizable to anyone who has ever gone to a Harvard meetup in New Jersey or spent considerable time among the New Jersey-Harvard WeChat crowd; no other writer has so precisely captured the zeitgeist of this unique demographic. (If you know, you know, and vice versa.)


3. “Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying” by Alice Sola Kim (Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales)

"At midnight we parked by a Staples and tried some seriously dark fucking magic."

In “Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying,” a group of Korean-American adoptees casts a spell to be reunited with their respective biological mothers. At once hilarious, disturbing, and tender, this story is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever missed or hated her mother. Fans of science fiction and fantasy writing in particular will be sure to enjoy Alice Sola Kim’s other stories, including “The Next World and the Next” (Lenny Letter, July 2016).

Goto the full article to read more.

NOOOOO!!!!!!! DRAMAFEVER COME BACK!!!!!! WTH WARNER BROTHERS AT&T!!!! NO WARNINGS?????

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

All I know is this MF's. When I think of DramaFever I think of the goodness of AAPI as well as the things we love like Asian faces.

I think grassroots.

I think back to that email back in '09.

Back to the party I didn't get to go to.



As I've already stated...I know I can VIKKI, but DRAMAFEVER IS MY MF BAE AND NOW I'M HEARTBROKEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

P.S.

Let me just also add that I feel like from a business perspective everyone could have given us a little extra time - maybe a couple months - even 30 days at least. I'm sure they have systems to give all the account money back, but it leaves a bad taste in my mouth and I'll have to think twice about using some of their services because who knows when they'll be shut down?

Oh wait.

I have AT&T for my cellphone....

In Case You Missed It (Viet Film Fest 2018)

Monday, October 15, 2018



http://www.vietfilmfest.com/

Sorry KMOV Channel 4. But FUCK YOU. You Should Print The Name Of Hilary Brooke. Racist White Lady

Sunday, October 14, 2018



While the article here is good in the sense that KMOV went to actually talk with D'Arreion Toles - the fact that they wouldn't print the Racist White Lady's name who tried to block him and then got fired---that just doesn't sit well with me.

So everyone can target D'Arreion Toles--for whatever reason racist people may want to target him--but no one can target the racist white lady?

So she can just vanish into thin air?

FUCK YOU.

And I mean that nicely. In the sense that I just feel like that's hiding facts in the sense that if you didn't print D'Arreion Toles' name, maybe I'd be more fine with this--but his name is out there--so why can't hers?

To me, as a man of color--I feel like it's shady--like they're PROTECTING THE RACIST WHITE LADY.

No?

To each their own...

Anyway - check out http://thedailyhaze.com/tribeca-hilary-brooke/ who seems to be the first to identify her--Hilary Brooke.

Random Shimin Li Tweets (AKA Food Network It)

Sunday, October 14, 2018



When Vietnamese People Rate Phở "Recipes" (AKA...You Call That Phở?)

Saturday, October 13, 2018



From JennyYang.TV / Bad Appetite Magazine.

With

Jaclyn Le (Portrait Photographer, UX Designer), Tammy Le
Thuc Nguyen (Co-Founder @forkandspoonapp), Thai Nguyen, Dan Nguyen
Vivien Phung (Chef, https://vivienphung.com/)

Wikipedia Says Butler Owns The Timberwolves...I Wish Jeremy Lin Was Here...

Saturday, October 13, 2018



I say fire Thibodeau.

Trade Butler for peanuts (cause he's like a cancer).

And while sure - it will never happen - get me Jeremy Lin.

I know....but I can at least dream a little bit can't I?

Midwest Playwrights: This One's For You

Friday, October 12, 2018

Get it. Give it. Represent it.

https://aatrevue.com/Newsblog/2018/10/11/call-for-submissions-for-midwest-asian-americans/

Call for Submissions for Midwest Asian Americans
Posted on October 11, 2018 by The Godfather of Asian American Theatre


The Asian Pacific American (APA) population is seriously under represented on stage. “Our Perspective: Asian American Play Readings” is a staged play reading series intended to provide inspiration, space, and audiences for Midwest APA playwrights, directors, and actors. These are script-in-hand concert readings where actors read plays written and directed by Asian Americans. Presented by Asian Improv Arts Midwest’s AA Arts Incubator, “Our Perspective” is the first ever Asian American play reading series in the Midwest. These history making events are long overdue. Co-produced by Mia Park and Tanuja Jagernauth. Our-Perspective.com

We are accepting play submissions of plays written by Asian American playwrights in the Midwest for the 2019 Our Perspective: Asian American Play Reading series. Completed plays of all lengths that are ready to be read or produced are preferred. Our Perspective is not intended to be a workshop series. Submit completed plays to Tanuja Jagernauth at tjagernauth@gmail.com. There is no limit to the quantity of plays you send in and you may re-submit previous work. There is no cost to submit.

To be considered for the JANUARY 28, 2019 PLAY READING AT VICTORY GARDENS THEATER, Chicago, submit by November 1, 2018. Selected works will be announced December 1, 2018.

To be considered for the MAY 20, 2019 PLAY READING AT 1700 THEATRE AT STEPPENWOLF THEATRE, Chicago, submit by February 15, 2019. Selected works will be announced April 1, 2019.

To be considered for the SEPTEMBER, 2019 PLAY READING AT TBA, Chicago, submit by June 15, 2019. Selected works will be announced August 1, 2019.
Catch the October 22, 2018 Our Perspective reading at Steppenwolf’s 1700 Theater of “First Data Gold” by Tanuja Jagernauth. Directed by Puja Mohindra. Tickets are $5 available here.

Actor auditions for the 2019 Our Perspective readings will be held in December, 2018 and January, 2019. Audition information TBA. Karissa Murrell Myers is the Our Perspective casting director.

Free internships available. Learn to produce play readings and theatre productions. Email Mia@MiaPark.com to apply.

Coming in 2019: Sue Pak’s full length play, The Fixer!

Lazy Rich Asians...And Jessica Gao

Thursday, October 11, 2018

You may have heard about this already last month - but maybe you didn't. If you didn't - hear you go:

What happens when you mix the insanity of Rick & Morty's Pickle Rick episode with the box office success of Crazy Rich Asians? The answer is a new series, pitched as "Lazy Rich Asians," that's in the works for ABC in the US. According to The Hollywood Reporter, writer and producer Jessica Gao is set to create the new series for ABC which follows the story of a young Chinese-American women struggling to balance the expectations of her overbearing family. THR reports the series will centre on Janet Zhao, a woman whose wealthy grandmother dies and names her as the sole inheritor of her will, making her the "unwilling new matriarch of the family."

Hmmm.

We will have to wait and see.

Filipinos: This Ones For You + CAAM + Memories to Light 2.0: The Bohulano Family

Monday, October 08, 2018




https://caamedia.org/blog/2018/10/01/celebrating-filipino-american-history-month

AAWW Is Hiring...

Monday, October 08, 2018

Check out the link here @ https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1_uo9pBZimiDA36LeITwVsiwYpL4fcbSdFmYJ-Ed95Ec/viewform?edit_requested=true&mc_cid=7a6575b89f&mc_eid=a3943eb6b2

On The Supreme Court: Can I Just Say That I'm Tired Of Old White Men?

Monday, October 08, 2018

Because I am.

Democrats. Republicans. It doesn't matter.

And now the Supreme Court.

All governed by White People.

And Old White Men.

And yeah - I know - we're making progress - but still....it doesn't quite feel like it.

Tired.

And In Other Awkwafina news: Be A Voter

Monday, October 01, 2018


And If You Didn't Know (AKA Awkwafina + SNL)

Monday, October 01, 2018

A Head Down For Indonesia...

Monday, October 01, 2018

I just wanted to pause for a moment to put my head down and give as much love and support as I can over to the motherlands in Indonesia as it looks like the outlook for those who've died in this catastrophe could reach into the thousands.

Indonesia air traffic controller hailed a hero for quake actions

An Indonesian air traffic controller has been hailed a hero after losing his own life while ensuring a passenger plane escaped a deadly earthquake. Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, was at the control tower of Palu airport in central Sulawesi when the 7.5 magnitude quake struck on Friday. He waited until the plane was airborne before jumping from the crumbling control tower. He died before he could be transferred to a specialist hospital. "Agung dedicated himself to his job until the end of his life and did not leave the control tower until the plane took off," Didiet KS Radityo, the corporate secretary for Air Navigation Indonesia, told the Jakarta Post.

Indonesia scrambles to help quake-hit island as death toll tops 800
Indonesian authorities scrambled to get food, aid and equipment into quake-hit Sulawesi island on Monday as the death toll from the disaster soared to 832 and looked certain to rise as rescuers struggled to reach devastated outlying communities. Dozens of people were reported to be trapped in the rubble of several hotels and a mall in the city of Palu, which was hit by waves as high as six metres (20 feet) following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake on Friday.

Aid Indonesia earthquake and tsunami victims
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday followed by a massive tsunami, which killed more than 830 people. Hundreds of others have been injured and tens of thousands have been displaced as water smashed into buildings and swept away homes. The quake and landslides severely damaged roadways, hindering aid workers' access to victims. However, a few organizations are on the ground providing relief.
You can support these groups by clicking the "Take Action" button.

MSFW: Remarking On Kavanaugh....It Feels Like You're What They Say You Are, And That's Not A Good Thing

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dear BM,

First, I just prefer to use the initials of your first and middle name. It feels better because then I don't have to actually use your whole name.

Second--let's just air it out here.

Why prolong any more of this right?



Now I'm not trying to stereotype or anything, but c'mon--look at you.

You never got a little too fucked up with the football team?

With some friends?

Did some stupid shit? Puked up, maybe blacked out/passed out for a bit?

Never happened?

Seriously?

And then we're supposed to believe that "Renate Alumni" wasn't supposed to be about what it actually was?

Boasting about (supposed) sexual conquests--with Renate Schroeder (who denies them), who actually came to your defense at first, now not wanting to have anything more to do with you once she found out about the yearbook, where you and the football team basically called her a slut--like you all got a piece of her?

Think about it--she had to have felt betrayed. Like she really didn't know why she came to your defense and probably thought if he could put on a good mask like that...what else could he do?

After news of the yearbook broke, she said she didn't know what "Renate Alumnius" meant but would be sickened if its darker meaning was true.

"I can't begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue," she said in a statement. "I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment."

It doesn't look good...especially because you deny it all, and we all know you're not squeaky clean.

And then you look like this when you were up on your soap-box,



Or being an asshole, to a woman in power over you,



I mean, you kind of lost your cool today you know?

The temperament wasn't there and if anything it showed you could lose it.

And sure, you apologized for being a dick, but you still were a dick.

And your friend Mike....damn.

C'mon - we all know he has stories and the goods on you...

But now he's gotta fend for himself too...that's why he wrote that letter.

I'm not saying he's Leopold to your Loeb (or vice versa if that makes you feel better) - but if he got questioned in front of the committee, I feel like a breakdown could happen.

Like I'd be watching some of those final court scenes in Sleepers.

And we haven't even brought up Christine Blasey Ford's testimony--which--I mean....you deny all of that?

She was lying?

You can't even cop to some of it?

Oh wait - that's right - you didn't even watch it. You were preparing your speech for your soapbox.

I find that odd btw, as a judge who is "innocent" that you wouldn't want to view EVIDENCE - and it's not like it was this 3 hour long statement...

You know what I think?

I think you didn't want to listen to it, because it would bring up memories.

Memories you wanted to forget.

Well....here's to hoping another week makes a difference and maybe you just bow out now...,
TP

Linked Up: Mental Health + Asian Americans + GMA

Thursday, September 27, 2018

You may have already seen this, but if you haven't - definitely make sure and view the video and read the article.



https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Wellness/generation-asian-american-women-fighting-normalize-mental-health/story?id=57651825

Represent.

Since Designated Survivor Got Picked Up By Netflix And It Has Kal Penn And Maggie Q In It I Feel Like I Should Watch It....

Thursday, September 27, 2018

That's it.

3X Hayley Kiyoko: All Access w/ Hayley Kiyoko, "What I Need" (feat. Kehlani) + VMA Performance

Thursday, September 27, 2018







Asian Americans We Need A 401K Plan

Thursday, September 27, 2018

While I have a little bit of an issue with the title - I feel what he's throwing down (and know he's trying to help out and shed some light on some shit):

The growth in the income disparity is partially due to decades of stagnation in income levels for Asian-Americans in the bottom income brackets. The incomes of Asian-Americans at the 10th percentile grew by only 11% from 1970 to 2016, which is equal to an annual increase of less than 0.3%. These gains are less than for any other racial, ethnic and income group. This slow growth of incomes at the bottom of the income scale results from more immigration and fewer opportunities to get ahead for people with limited resources in the forms of education, savings and networks. Many new immigrants, especially from countries such as Myanmar and Bhutan end up working in low paying jobs with no benefits for long periods of time.

The lack of good labor market opportunities means that many Asian-Americans have fewer retirement benefits than is the case for whites. Looking only at families in the bottom of the income distribution, only 10.4% of Asian-Americans had a defined benefit (DB) pension from 2010 to 2016, compared to 34.9% of whites.

This massive gap in pension coverage is not offset by more savings in 401(k)s or IRAs for Asian-Americans. On the contrary, lower-income Asian-Americans were slightly less likely to have a retirement account from 2010 to 2016 – 32.5% compared to 33.1% for whites -- and had smaller balances -- $15,349 compared to $19,976 for whites . The likelihood of financial insecurity in old age will thus continue to be greater for Asian-Americans than for whites.

Fuck me.

I mean did you read those numbers?

0.3%.

Can I even get a newly made McDonalds burger for that?

Mostly?

10 Years Of bigWOWO

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Just wanted to post up a link to the post down at bigWOWO celebrating 10 years.

Congratulations for ten years!

P.S. Shin Lim Is Sexy As A MF

Tuesday, September 25, 2018



I had to do some catch up - but I watched all his performances on AGT as well as P & T Fool Us - where he fooled them not once, but twice - and I just think he's just another great hot Asian male, who only serves to provide the sexy that we need.

I feel like everyone else is feeling him too.

I don't know if he's gonna stay with his fiance, but you know - look at Lebron.

It happens.

On Asian Brah's/Mr. Asians/WTF Asians

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Let's just make sure to go on record and say Asian "Brah's" like this, while I'm sure serve some purpose in the world (even if just to walk over), still make me question their purpose in the world...

I'd say more - but it's already been said - no need.

White People: You Still Can't Use "Chink In The Armor"

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Again...I'm not sure if time just makes people forget (or I've been under a rock for too long so I didn't realize how bad it still is) but - just go to someplace that has at least 5-10 Asian Americans in it, and keep on using that phrase in a sentence.

#hastag #you #will #get #filmed #and #may #lose #your #job

I'm Gonna Blog The Fall And Winter Away (Maybe On A Chromebook?)

Thursday, September 20, 2018



Sure, sometimes it's a thankless, loveless, albeit I still have pants somehow, endeavor at times, but you know what?

Tell me what's new.

I'm just saying that 'cause I'm salty.

But only for a second.

Well probably a minute....

But I know the score.

That's why this place is still alive.

And by "place" I mean digital bits that could leave at any time (if Google would decide so).

Hmmmmm.....


On Soon-Yi Previn - That's What Happens When You Get Groomed Along With A Stern White Lady For A Mom MF's

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

If you read all the things she's coming out with, I won't deny she didn't have some hard things growing up, etc. but c'mon people....it's classic deflection - and nothing she says (well you know) - or rather should I say anything that she went through - it doesn't invalidate anything Woody Allen did - like you know marry his Asian step-daughter - or you know - molest his kids (allegedly.....).

It's all the same shit wrapped up in a clusterfuck of White Colonialism with a does of Stockholm.

Sierra Measelle's Apology Falls Short (AKA When White Women Get Caught)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

I was reading the article down at AsAm News and let's just dissect some of apology:

1. "I am sorry for the ignorant, hateful comments".

I look at something like this where either you knew they were hateful comments or you didn't because there's a difference between ignorant comments and hateful ones because you know the hateful ones are filled with...well - hate...you have to pick or choose. When you attach "ignorant" to that part of the apology you're trying to give yourself an out (and hope others let you) - because you're connotating
via word proximity.

2. "I plan to transform this negative situation into a positive learning opportunity [...] as I have learned that these words and actions cause others much pain".

And by others, she really means her friends, family, and place of employment, because she knew what she was doing when she did it.

That's where - I get it - to be viewed as somewhat salvageable (in the White community) - you have to do this, but wouldn't it be nice if just one time we could get a real statement where it's more like

"I got caught saying some racist things on video, and I knew they were hateful racist things to say but I thought I still had the upper hand - because I'm a White Woman - but now that people have seen this - my friends, family, and place of employment - well - they aren't liking me right now because I broke the rule of saying racist things outside of 'The Family' and now they all look bad. Honestly, I still like to make fun of chinky people, but I'm not going to say anything in public anymore...so I hope I can put this behind me, until everyone forgets about it, and forgets about me."

Just be real.

And just for the record - whenever you make a job switch - someone will Google you - and those news stories will all come up.

Sure - you may get a job because someone who coincidentally is White leans over and tells you "Don't worry. I don't like those chinky bastards either and it's tough to tell the wet backs from the dog-eaters anyway and in the end they're all the same."

But hopefully - you actually won't be forgotten because *that's* what will really make a difference.

Public shaming and shitty apologies.

Puerto Rico + Our President Sucks Ass. And Not In A Good Sexually Stimulating Way, But In A Creepy Pervy I Don't Want You To Lick It Sort Of Way

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Even this feels too low...for anyone.

I mean how do you even do this?

How do you GASLIGHT the deaths of 3000 BROWN PEOPLE?



What's next the Holocaust didn't exist?



Yeah...they just put any person who died in that number...nothing to do with a hurricane....that wasn't dealt with great...because our President of the U.S. talks about Puerto Rico like this:



I know, I know, I'm just a sensitive chinky brown man drawing conclusions....

I know...don't make anything out of the paper towels either...



He was just having fun and trying to uplift spirits...like being at the carnival....

Except in a catastrophe....

And it's not like he slammed Puerto Rico itself, for trying to take care of itself after hurricanes...it was more like tough love right?



Don't take handouts.

Pull yourself up by yourself.

The government can't give it all to you...they already give so many "entitlements"...

Hmmm.....brown people, immigrants, different languages, hmmmm....seems to sound familiar...

Loving The New Season Of Insecure, Be As Black As You Wanna Be, And Asian Man Temptation

Thursday, September 13, 2018

I've been getting into the new season of Insecure and just really enjoying the show. One of the things, at least I noticed, is that they're concentrating more on the core group - and I like where they are taking Issa's character - and I think it's important in part simply because it's a Black show about Black women (not Black men either, but they obviously play a part). In that way, I feel like it's more authentic, versus some of the other characters - White, Latino, Asian - they were backdrops and not always ones I always liked (or felt they could do more with).

And that's where I'm like "Be As Black As You Want To Be". Show Black people everywhere. Make no excuses, and flesh out the characters that matter.

In that sense, just like with shows that are predominantly White - I'm fine in some ways if they don't have Asian characters because they just might be stereotypes (and obviously there's another side to that argument). And in that way, while not the same (and I liked some of the Asian characters from the show before) - sometimes it felt like it was being inclusive for the sake of being inclusive - in a way, like other POC can get on the train.

But it didn't feel quite authentic in some ways either - or maybe it was problematic too--which isn't a bad thing per necessarily, but Insecure feels like it should be, overall, fun - even with introspection and tackling real world issues.

That's what I like about this season more so - no matter who the characters are - if they are there - there's a focus, or the characters are a means to an end (and I won't give away any spoilers).

And that also doesn't mean they can't have an Asian character who might also be a temptation...



Like in this season's Episode 5 "High-Like" where who knows...maybe Molly and Alexander Hodge (II)...maybe there's some Temptation...

Whatever does or doesn't happen (because I think Molly will hook up with someone from her law firm long term, or at least for a good/bad/good/no good time) - it doesn't mean there can't at least be some Asian man candy for an episode or two (and I'd rather have candy than something that might look to be fresh and crunchy only to lose its flavor in a couple days).

And still be authentic.

Black.

Telling Black stories.

P.S.

Kelli @ Coachella = Gold.

Pure MF Gold.

MIN X 3: Em Mới Là Người Yêu Anh

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Because it's almost Thursday - you deserve all three renditions of Min's Em Mới Là Người Yêu Anh - regular, acoustic, and English version (complete with arty-eyes-only video).





Kickstart It: Lynn Chen + Goh Nakamura + Tamlyn Tomita + I Will Make You Mine: Surrogate Valentine 3

Wednesday, September 12, 2018



You know Lynn Chen. You know Goh Nakamura. You know Tamlyn Tomita.

And you know, or at least you should, that you'd love to see this movie be made.

So - well - just do it already.

Seriously.

And if you can't donate - help spread the word, because again - you know you want to see this film made.

From the Kickstarter:

I Will Make You Mine: Surrogate Valentine 3
Lynn Chen offers a female perspective in the final "Surrogate Valentine" movie, finishing the trilogy started by filmmaker Dave Boyle.


Hello, I'm Lynn Chen. I've been performing since I was five - from the Metropolitan Opera stage, to films (Saving Face), TV (Silicon Valley), video games (Call of Duty: Black Ops III), and food videos (BuzzFeed) that have seen over 30 million views. I also narrated the Crazy Rich Asians audiobook.

The above is a scary headline to write. I've been trained my whole life to keep quiet about how old (or young) I am. Well, even with the invention of Botox, I know first-hand how difficult it is to be a working actor in Hollywood - let alone a female one, an aging one, and an Asian-American one.

I never set out to become a writer, director, or producer. But somehow this film, about growing older and re-examining our past relationships, called out to me. And I could not have told this particular story at any other time in my life.

[...]

LET'S FINISH THIS TOGETHER!

I've learned a lot already in the first half of filming I Will Make You Mine and have fallen deeply in love with storytelling and filmmaking.

Asian-American women are only now appearing on screen as fully-formed characters - but there's usually just one part for us. This movie puts several front and center, each unique and complex, without apology or excuse for their race or gender or why they belong in the limelight. Watching them breathe and live on screen, each telling their own love story, is something I believe we can all relate to. It's my mission to cast my fellow Asian-American actors - and not one of us has to compete over being the "token Asian."

Even more uncommon is for Asian-American women to be behind the camera, a position I am so grateful to be in. As we gear up for our November shoot and post-production, I hope that you will help us complete this movie, and to finish the story. To give this trilogy the proper ending it has been asking for, and to make sure I Will Make You Mine reaches a wide audience.

Collectively, we can amplify the voice Asian-American women hold in cinema.

CAAM Documentary Fund Open Call Opens on September 1st!!!!

Friday, August 31, 2018



"Starting tomorrow, September 1st, CAAM will begin accepting submissions for documentary projects through our Documentary Fund. Submit your project for consideration on our SlideRoom page between September 1st and October 1, 2018.


Help us get the word out! Share this information with your filmmaker friends, networks, and contacts on Facebook and Twitter.

With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, CAAM provides production funding to independent producers for national public television. Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public television broadcast. Awards typically range between $15,000 and $50,000.
For more information on eligibility, visit our Frequently Asked Questions and list of CAAM-funded projects. If you have questions, please contact our Media Fund team at mediafund@caamedia.org.
For 38 years, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has supported independent filmmakers who are producing stories by or about Asian Americans intended for public broadcast and public media. To date, CAAM has awarded $5 million to over 300 projects that illuminate Asian and Asian American experiences."

Crazy Rich Asians: Sellout!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Deadline is reporting the sneak preview Wednesday pretty much sold out.

Warner Bros. held sneak previews last night for Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians literally a week before opening and sold out most of its 354 locations. What’s important to note here is that the previews were paid, not free, thus underscoring moviegoers’ want-to-see for the movie based on Kevin Kwan’s bestselling book[...]

In addition, Crazy Rich Asians on tracking is looking to play beyond its core demo to all female audiences with a 5-day opening between $18M-$21M. The pic opens next Wednesday.

Nice.

Crazy Rich Asians: The Reviews Are In, Go See It (Tonight If You Can) Or When It Officially Opens Next Week

Wednesday, August 08, 2018



At your own risk start reading the reviews (which probably don't have spoilers, but I can't say for sure either because I don't read in that far right now):

Crazy Rich Asians isn’t about money, it’s about entitlement—and that’s a good thing
The emotional experience of watching Crazy Rich Asians.
By Stephanie Foo


When I texted my Singaporean aunt that I’d seen the movie Crazy Rich Asians, she immediately wrote back: “Terrible portrayal of Singaporeans. Was given the book — couldn’t finish. So materialistic.”

She has a point. The film, set mostly in Singapore and Malaysia, is about Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu), a young Asian-American woman who discovers that her hot boyfriend, Nick Young (played by Henry Golding), is secretly a billionaire when he takes her home to meet his Singaporean parents.

I’m Malaysian, and nobody in my family is a billionaire. We do okay, but the only designer item I’ve gotten from my family is a knockoff Chloé handbag from Petaling Street. Which is why, if Crazy Rich Asians is all about money, it was a little surprising for me to burst into tears 10 minutes into the movie.

Again - read at your own risk...

Just See It

I don't think much more needs to be said for that, and sure we can split some differences on what it's about, etc. - but shit. If White People get to have Pretty Woman - why the hell can't we have this?

Exactly.

So - let's do us all a favor--SEE THE MF MOVIE.

P.S. I Still Love You Mika Nakashima (AKA Kiss Of Death)

Tuesday, August 07, 2018



Legend.

Jeff Bezos Funded Amazon With White Family Money. That's Okay. Get Yours. Make Brown People Rich.

Friday, August 03, 2018

It's not just a White thing. It's a class and family inheritance thing.

But it is also a White thing.

When you look at all the advantages that White People have had--to compound that interest--you can see why White People own a lot of shit.

That's why we need to keep on making money, pushing and advancing.

So that we can pass that on--some mom invests in the next Bezos.

But she's brown.

And now other brown kids have someone to look up too--and I'm not saying there aren't great brown and black business leaders--but you know what I mean.

Compound that interest and fund the next Bezos.

Identity LA Recap + Does It Happen Anyplace Else?

Monday, July 30, 2018



Pondering that first question....

Yes...

I think...

It has?

Damn: Shiva Ayyadurai Calls Out Elizabeth Warren Amid Racist Attack By Supporters

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Damn is right people:

Shiva Ayyadurai, 54, who is running Independent against powerful incumbent Elizabeth Warren from the Democratic party was attacked last week by her supporter, Boston.com reported.



Well - I hope she at apologizes from her supporter view.

Let's see....

Shut The Fuck Up: 'Terrified' Roseanne Barr. We've Heard Enough.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

From the mouth of the WWP (Whiny White People).

Touching on topics that ranged from Barr’s devout Zionism to her incentives behind voting for President Donald Trump, the actress and comedian, 65, detailed her feelings amid the public backlash, receding to her mother’s basement in Hawaii, where she spent two months. “I was afraid to go out, and also because when you’re called a racist and you live on an island full of brown people, it’s kind of terrifying,” she told the rabbi. (Ten percent of Hawaii’s population is “Native Hawaiian,” meaning of Polynesian descent. The majority of Hawaii’s population is Asian and white.)

Is there anything else that needs to be said here?

It's a no btw...

BTS, Fake Love, I Could Have Been The Viet Backstreet Boy, We Need The AA BBSBTS Combo

Sunday, July 29, 2018



While I'm always glad to see any Asians get some love from the music sphere, as I watch some boy bands from the K, I can't help but think back to a simpler time when I was much cooler and younger and I had the hops.

Sure, I still have them, but it's not like you can tell anyone that either--they just don't believe me until I break it out, and then they're like DAMN.

And then I'm like. YUP.

But that's beside the point.

All I'm saying is that if people would have RECOGNIZED I could have been the Viet Backstreet boy and then it just makes me wonder how come we can't get us some ASIAN AMERICAN boy bands?

We dance.

We sing.

We kick ass.

We're cool as MUTHERFUCKERS.

And I just think everyone should love us (and by us, I mean the younger, cooler, better looking but only by a small amount musical talents in our community).

One day.

Maybe.

Hopefully.

Damn I'm A Shitty AA Blogger...

Sunday, July 29, 2018

At the same time I can't but think that I'm actually not slacking--but I'm just...lazy...which is different from being a slacker.

And then I have to answer the question of if an Asian American can actually be lazy...

And the answer is yes.

So maybe I am a slacker....

Hmmm.....

Sunday Sunmi - Heroine

Sunday, July 29, 2018

This video and song has been out on my playlist and wanted to make sure and post it up.



Good Sunday vibes.

Stylish and catchy - what more do I want?

I'd Say Happy 4th Of July...But We're Still Living How We're Living

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

And in that way, we all know too well that we're still not getting it our way.

So happy independence...at least from the British...

Because we're still stuck where we are.