George Takei On 2018...

Monday, December 31, 2018

Well...2018 Was All About Being Okay With Some Things...12 Years?

Monday, December 31, 2018

I kind of knew I wouldn't make 300 posts this year - but - I am making a small run and that's good enough for me (^_^).

You do what you can in and for your communities - and yourself.

Next year I'll bring more words...hopefully xD.

At the same time if my thought was that I should have had at least 1 per day on average - or close +/- 30/40 - if I average it all up in total - it's still there.

Now that I think about it too - damn - this blog has spanned 12 years.

I never actually did think about that when I started it - where I would take it, how long would it last, and what would it mean to me, no matter what else I was doing.

Hmmm....2019...I think you'll be a good year for everyone.

From Senator Mazie Hirono Before The New Year

Monday, December 31, 2018

Representative Judy Chu On #Tornillo

Monday, December 31, 2018

Retro MISIA - 逢いたくていま 23rd Single + 2018 What The Karaoke

Monday, December 31, 2018

And then hear the slaying of the karaoke version.

WTK indeed.

And yes - I feel like there are some wet sandbags there but let them be wet sandbags and let the rejoicing begin.

Retro Hyuna. Lip & Hip (AKA Game Recognize Game Mode)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Not everything's a hit.

But not everything will be.

And you still have to recognize artistry and a POV.

Someone who takes chances.

Honestly There's Just Too Much. But I Can't Help It

Monday, December 31, 2018

This was one of my favorite medleys this year...I can't not post on it.

It's not his fault there's just soooo much.

2018 In Review: Because It Just Must Be. Classic Karaoke Songs Medley ft. Jessica Sanchez, Ylona Garcia, & AJ Rafael

Monday, December 31, 2018

It's just a time to listen.

I'm Still Feeling Christmassy: Ultimate LIVE Christmas Medley with Tori Kelly | AJ Rafael

Monday, December 31, 2018

[MV] SUNMI(선미) _ Siren(사이렌)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Historical: Rock Springs Massacre

Monday, December 31, 2018

The Rock Springs massacre, also known as the Rock Springs Riot, occurred on September 2, 1885, in the present-day United States city of Rock Springs in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. The riot, and resulting massacre of immigrant Chinese miners by white immigrant miners, was the result of racial prejudice toward the Chinese miners, who were perceived to be taking jobs from the white miners. The Union Pacific Coal Department found it economically beneficial to give preference in hiring to Chinese miners, who were willing to work for lower wages than their white counterparts, angering the white miners. When the rioting ended, at least 28 Chinese miners were dead and 15 were injured. Rioters burned 78 Chinese homes, resulting in approximately US$150,000 in property damage[1][2][3] ($4.09 million in present-day terms[4]).

Tension between whites and Chinese immigrants in the late 19th century American West was particularly high, especially in the decade preceding the violence. The massacre in Rock Springs was one among several instances of violence culminating from years of anti-Chinese sentiment in the United States. The 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act suspended Chinese immigration for ten years, but not before thousands of immigrants came to the American West. Most Chinese immigrants to Wyoming Territory took jobs with the railroad at first, but many ended up employed in coal mines owned by the Union Pacific Railroad. As Chinese immigration increased, so did anti-Chinese sentiment on the part of whites. The Knights of Labor, one of the foremost voices against Chinese immigrant labor, formed a chapter in Rock Springs in 1883, and most rioters were members of that organization. However, no direct connection was ever established linking the riot to the national Knights of Labor organization.[1]

In the immediate aftermath of the riot, federal troops were deployed in Rock Springs. They escorted the surviving Chinese miners, most of whom had fled to Evanston, Wyoming, back to Rock Springs a week after the riot. Reaction came swiftly from the era's publications. In Rock Springs, the local newspaper endorsed the outcome of the riot, while in other Wyoming newspapers, support for the riot was limited to sympathy for the causes of the white miners.[2] The massacre in Rock Springs touched off a wave of anti-Chinese violence, especially in the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory.


2018 In Review: William Yu

Monday, December 31, 2018

Of course, Asian August didn’t come out of nowhere. Asians and Asian Americans across the country and globe have been working tirelessly for years to ensure greater representation on screen. One such individual is William Yu, the Korean-American digital strategist and mastermind behind the internet phenomena known as #StarringJohnCho and #SeeAsAmStar.

Yu followed his viral campaign up this past May with #SeeAsAmStar, a collection of video clips that use controversial Deepfake technology to feature Asian-American actors John Cho, Constance Wu (star of Crazy Rich Asians), Arden Cho and Steven Yeun in popular Hollywood movies, from Captain America to Hunger Games, to deconstruct the definition of a Hollywood movie star and once again show that Asian Americans can play these roles.


B419 Ketchup #18: Julie J. Park, And "Test prep is a rite of passage for many Asian-Americans"

Monday, December 31, 2018

As a researcher who specializes in the study of Asian-Americans and higher education, I see three factors that help explain this trend around test scores.

1. Many Asian-American students are socialized into test prep

As I document in my book, "Race on Campus," many Asian-American students get frequent messages from an early age about the importance of doing well on tests. Test prep businesses may post an "honor roll" that features local youth and their elite college destinations. Relatives may stress that good test scores matter.

These messages are powerful, as explained in the book "The Asian American Achievement Paradox." They set up high expectations for Asian-American students. Test prep becomes a way of meeting those expectations.

In many ways, these messages reflect the influence of East Asia, where college admission is decided on a single high-stakes test – such as China's gaokao or South Korea's suneung – and where intense test prep is a regular feature of teenage life. For that reason, many Asian immigrant parents see the SAT or ACT as the equivalent of Asia's admissions tests. As a result, many conclude that test prep is a worthy investment.

B419 Ketchup #17: The Atlantic + 'Stereotypes of “worker bees” and “dragon ladies” are holding Asian Americans back in STEM careers'

Monday, December 31, 2018

Everyone knows it.

Well - some of us xD.

Asian Americans also face bias stemming from assumptions not just about how they do act, but about how they should act. At work, white men generally have more leeway in their behavior: They can shout and scream when they’re angry; they can brag when they’ve accomplished something. For women and people of color, a narrower range of behavior is often accepted. Just as white women are, Asian Americans of all genders who behave in dominant ways tend to be disliked, according to a study by Jennifer Berdahl and Ji-A Min. As The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan writes:

The most notorious double standard is that women can’t break into important jobs unless they advocate for themselves and command respect. But they’re also reviled unless they act like chipper and self-deprecating team players, forever passing the credit along to others. Laurie Rudman, a social psychologist at Rutgers University, said the “poster woman” for this predicament is Hillary Clinton, who, according to surveys, was more popular when in office than when she was vying for office.


Monday, December 31, 2018


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B419 Ketchup #15: BuzzFeed Eating A 3-Course Meal At 7-Eleven

Monday, December 31, 2018

B419 Ketchup #14: More. 빅 포니 Big Phony - "All Bets Are Off (OST Version)"

Monday, December 31, 2018

B419 Ketchup #13: 빅 포니 Big Phony - "Ready Or Not (FYKE Remix)"'

Monday, December 31, 2018

One of my favorite tracks off the album.

2018 In Review: Always Be My Maybe (AKA Looking Forward?)

Monday, December 31, 2018

You might be thinking that this should be in a 2019 (Year) In Review post, but that would be impossible because that hasn't happened yet, and even if it weren't impossible, it still wouldn't be the right answer.

Because it was filmed in 2018...

Teased in 2018...

Without 2018 - there would be no Ali Wong and Randall Park or DDK and Keanu to look forward to in 2019.

And I'm absolutely looking forward to this.

B419 Ketchup #12: More Representative Mark Takano

Monday, December 31, 2018

B419 Ketchup #11: Retro Arianna Quan

Monday, December 31, 2018

B419 Ketchup #10: Representative Mark Takano On The Deaths Of Children In Immigration Detention Centers

Monday, December 31, 2018

B419 Ketchup #9: diaCRITICS Review Of Vietgone

Sunday, December 30, 2018

I went to Denver in late August for Vietgone, a play by Qui Nguyen, at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, invited by my niece Valérie Thérèse Bart, the show’s costume designer and only Vietnamese in the production team. I went with Valérie’s mother, my sister Marie. What I gained from the experience was more than I had expected I would.

To ensure that her mother and aunt could follow the play’s storyline, Valerie made us watch the show twice: one preview (dress rehearsal) and again on opening night. She was concerned the story’s fast pace might confuse us, and also wanted us to get answers to any questions we might have beforehand.

Vietgone had its world premiere in late 2015 at the South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, Calif., and has since been produced by various groups around the country, receiving much praise. The Denver-based Vietgone production touched me deeply, despite the unfamiliar-to-my-ears rap music (with several words escaping my slowly aging hearing), and the equally unfamiliar profanity (to an elderly Vietnamese of moderate background) peppered throughout the play’s dialogue.


2018 In Review: The Asian Bachelorette 2

Sunday, December 30, 2018

I just feel like this should be a yearly occurrence because it brings joy to everyone and I feel like the cameos can just get better and better every year.


B419 Ketchup #8: Spoiler Killing Eve Mashup Music Video One Way Or Another

Sunday, December 30, 2018

B419 Ketchup #7: Sandra Oh On Shooting Killing Eve From An Actor POV

Sunday, December 30, 2018

It's a little weird as the interviewer isn't spectacular - but definitely worth the watch.

2018 In Review: #MeToo + Julie Chen

Sunday, December 30, 2018

I'm not saying the above screen capture has anything to do with anything - but I think about it. It doesn't mean I can't have compassion - or that I don't. It just means when you think about #MeToo in 2018, you think about Julie Chen standing behind Leslie Moonves. How she has to leave shows she's on, because she's standing in solidarity with her husband - a White Man who's been accused of 12-14 infractions of sexual misconduct - abusing his power as a White Male.

Shows btw, that she worked hard to get to.

That she got eye surgery for - and you can take the attitude that it's just a little surgery no big deal everyone does it --- or the complete opposite.

Is she someone who should be applauded because she did what she needed to do to get APIA representation on TV (regardless of her own perspective on it)?

Or is it internalized racism?

Maybe a mix?

Fair or not - it can be seen as an Asian American woman who got eye surgery to look more Western, who erased some of her Asian features, standing behind her White Man, who abused his power as a White Male.

Some might argue the image alone contributes to inequities.

True or not.

Real or perceived.

No matter what though, when you think of #MeToo in 2018 you have to think of Julie Chen, and maybe in some dynamics - on both sides.

B419 Ketchup #6: The ROCK + TITAN GAMES

Sunday, December 30, 2018

B419 Ketchup #5: Random Gina Darling "PC Build. I’m Streaming Video Games Now!"

Sunday, December 30, 2018

B419 Ketchup #4: Random Lucy Liu Tweet

Sunday, December 30, 2018

B419 Ketchup #3: Better Now (Post Malone) - Sam Tsui & Macy Kate Cover

Sunday, December 30, 2018

B419 Ketchup #2: Sam Tsui + "Shine" Acoustic Performance Surprise

Sunday, December 30, 2018

B419 Ketchup #1: Kina Grannis - For Now (Reimagined) - Official Lyric Video

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 In Review: "Searching" + John Cho Should Get A Best Actor Nod

Sunday, December 30, 2018

The first post looking back at 2018, as well as the start of hopefully a run of posts up until the end of the year - this one just feels right.

I absolutely loved "Searching" with John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Sara Sohn, Alex Jayne Go, and Michelle La - and although I did think the weakest link while watching the movie was Debra Messing - it kind of made sense at the end of the film and maybe that was exactly the way she needed to be - although with the strong performance of John Cho, who anchored and made that film believable (along with a really strong performance by Joseph Lee) - her performance didn't need to be great - just believable.

Written by Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian, and directed by Aneesh Chaganty - it did keep you on the edge of your seat and I thought the vehicles they used to show the main parts of the film - like using the YouTube channel of a news agency - were incredibly innovative and kept you guessing not just about the plot, but how the story was going to be unfolded from a completely operational view.

Generating around $75 million at the box office (off a reported $1 million budget) not counting revenue from On-Demand or other services - and having 90%+ ratings on a number of different review platforms - it's just more proof that an Asian American Lead can anchor an innovative film that people want to watch, and that's hugely profitable as well.


I'll be honest though too in that I think Cho's performance will be overlooked and that if he was a non-Asian actor - and a White actor - he'd probably get more accolades for the film. His acting when you compare it to other films this year, it was undeniably a great performance that deserves recognition.

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.

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.


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?


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?



But do I say that?

Not like that.

Is what works for one person different than another?



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.”


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.


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Lit: Isako Isako

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

We Knew That: Asians Stream YouTube

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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 (?)

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?

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

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

Shoplifters, Killing Eve, The Globes

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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

I've been slowly getting into this more.


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 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

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? 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 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 @ 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.


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 tonight I find myself listening to it.

I want to remix it with some music...

Get the original and post AND


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

Thursday, November 08, 2018

What? DAEWON SONG Leaves Almost...

Friday, November 02, 2018

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!" 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.


Monday, October 22, 2018

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.

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'.....