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.

Re: Travel Ban From Above...NPR, Fred Korematsu, And Just...Damn

Thursday, June 28, 2018

We all know it's bullshit. And while I have a rant deep inside...I've been busy trying to get the lint out between my toes (cause I'm a bad Asian MF's) so here's at least one link to a story on NPR...

And yes...WTF indeed.

In Travel Ban Ruling, High Court Repudiates Notorious Japanese Internment Case

In the sharply divided decision over President Trump's travel ban, the Supreme Court repudiated a notorious case from the last century: one that justified the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor pointed to what she called "stark parallels" between the 1944 Korematsu decision and Tuesday's ruling, which upheld Trump administration restrictions on would-be visitors from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Somalia and Yemen.

In both cases, "the Government invoked an ill-defined national-security threat to justify an exclusionary policy of sweeping proportion," Sotomayor wrote in a dissent joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "As here, the exclusion order was rooted in dangerous stereotypes about ... a particular group's supposed inability to assimilate and desire to harm the United States."

Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote for the majority in the travel ban case, dismissed the comparison. While the forcible relocation of Japanese-American citizens to concentration camps was "objectively unlawful" and "morally repugnant," Roberts argued, "it is wholly inapt to liken that" to the travel ban, which he described as a "facially neutral policy denying certain foreign nationals the privilege of admission."

Even as he rejected the parallels to the travel ban, though, Roberts took the opportunity to expressly disavow the high court's 74-year-old decision.

"Korematsu was gravely wrong the day it was decided, has been overruled in the court of history, and — to be clear — 'has no place in law under the Constitution,' " Roberts wrote, quoting from Justice Robert Jackson's 1944 dissent.

People Suck AKA Kelly Marie Tran Deletes Instagram Account Because Of Racist Assholes

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Well...I guess this isn't surprising...but yet it is because you would think in some ways that we could get past this in the name of sci-fi...but then again it's not like sci-fi doesn't have it's own issues.

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" actress Kelly Marie Tran has deleted all her Instagram posts.
Tran has faced racist and sexist attacks online since her casting [...] Tran faced racism and sexism online surrounding her casting in "The Last Jedi." For instance, in December, someone edited the Rose Tico Wookieepedia page so that her name was "Ching Chong Wing Tong" and her home was "Ching Chong China."

Here's to hoping we see KMT kicking ass for a long long time and one day opening her account back up.

This Is Why We Need An All Asian American Boy Band AKA Backstreet Boys Have A New Single?

Sunday, May 20, 2018



Since what was once around, always seems to come back around, it just belies the importance of making sure we have people from our community in all areas of entertainment, and especially for the youngins...because one day, they too might want to move their feet to a new single from an aging boyband...

Damn Jackie Chan...

Friday, May 18, 2018

I knew things were bad for you, and to be fair this was 2016, but since I just saw the listing in Netflix...wow...

How does this happen?



Fan Bingbing?

And Johnny Knoxville?

Truly the end of the world is coming...

White Women: You Have Some Work To Do!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I'm just going to use excerpts from an article down at Yahoo Finance.

But Siyonbola’s experience highlights the fact that white women play a role in encounters between the police and black Americans, too. Again and again, the news cycle highlights stories of white women who felt threatened by the mere presence of a black person in a public space, and called the cops [...]

Jessie Daniels, a professor at The City University Of New York, notes in the Huffington Post that these incidents follow a well-established blueprint in the US. When the Starbucks employee called the police, Daniels writes, “she was deploying a technology that was designed to protect white women from men like Nelson and Robinson ― one that relies on the constant surveillance, threatened incarceration and oppression of black men.” [...]

White women’s recent choices in the voting booth have also demonstrated how they prop up racial injustice. Exit polls showed that 52% of white women backed Donald Trump [...] Republican Roy Moore, who was accused of child molestation, white women voted overwhelmingly for Moore.

Like I said...

You have some work to do...

Start Your Engines: CAAMFEST36

Thursday, May 10, 2018



Get your tix down @ https://caamfest.com/2018/

White Guy On Train Goes Fucking Mad

Monday, May 07, 2018

This is just crazy that the guy - who has headphones on and shouldn't be bothered by you know - other people on the train (because that's just normal as fuck) goes this insane.

Sure his language is racist as fuck - but just the fact that he's got a hair trigger - that already tells us a lot too and apparently he also got in their face as well.

Life must really actually kind of suck to be that angry.

But you know - fuck him because if that's the way you want to live your life I'm guessing a heart attack is waiting around the corner...


Pioneers: Holy Shit. Wong Fu. 15 Years. Damn. That's Staying Power

Friday, May 04, 2018



I hope they get to their goal of 5000.

Pioneers.

VIDEO'D: Slant'd - Making of an Asian-American Magazine | Talks at Google

Friday, May 04, 2018

I'm Gonna Beat You NYT Like I Beat My Grandma Because Who Cares That China Could Care Less About Cultural Appropriation In the U.S.? We're Asian American. Fuckers.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

With the headline "Teenager’s Prom Dress Stirs Furor in U.S. — but Not in China" from this crap ass article from the NYT's -

it just washes over everything ASIAN AMERICANS have gone through.

Like we don't exist.

In a lot of ways it's the same mentality that was used for internment. No separation between US here in the US and not US in the Motherlands.

Why is it that no one does this shit to Norwegians?

Or the Dutch? Cause the Dutch are f-u-ck fucked up! I think if you have some Dutch ancestry in you - you gotta go! I don't care if you're a U.S. citizen.

We don't know about those Dutch and we shouldn't find out if we gotta worry about you too!

Which all leads me to believe that saying "Fuck You" to the NYT on this - especially because they had a writer of Chinese decent write it - is completely justifiable.

What? A $68 Bowl Of Phở? Dropping Knowledge With Justin Yu + More

Wednesday, April 25, 2018



Khai Vu www.districtonelv.com/home/

Andrew Le thepigandthelady.com/

Justin Yu https://trexhouston.com/

Kevin Pham www.phobinh.com/by-night

In Case You Missed It: Crazy Rich Asians Trailer

Tuesday, April 24, 2018



I want to see this. But I'm also thinking about the movie overall and I have expectations and I hope those don't ruin what could be a really fun film that I could really like, because I'm going to be nitpickery for lack of a better phrase.

I hope I can just sit back and enjoy it and take it in for what it is.

Nice Ellen spot btw.

Sometimes I Joke I Can't Tell White Women Apart From Each Other. Is That A Little Racist?

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Not all White women of course, but sometimes those platinum blondes - like stand them up side by side and who knows who's who?

I was even watching The Voice and they had these two blonde women on them, and we were trying to figure out who was the famous one and who was the contestant, and I just couldn't help but think they looked a lot a like and it just gets tough to tell 'em apart.

I know - it sounds a little laterally racist (maybe? maybe not?) - but you know - I'm all about starting the dialogue?

88rising + The New York Times

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Most likely you've heard of 88rising (if you haven't, I feel for you).

Anyway - there's a really good on article down @ the NYT on them:

In just two years, 88rising, which also has an office in Los Angeles and a small team in Shanghai, has become an authority on how to create Asian and American pop-culture crossovers. The company understands how to sell Asian artists, like Wu, to American audiences. Similarly, it offers a vision of Asian cool to industries—music, advertising, fashion, television—that are desperate to be cool in Asia. Jonathan Park, a Korean-American rapper who performs as Dumbfoundead, has been associated with 88rising since its beginning. “Everybody wants to get into Asia,” he told me. Miyashiro, he added, had been “pulling that card early on and selling people on that Asia dream.”

Probably one of my favorite passages from the article was this:

Miyashiro believed that Wu had a rare chance to penetrate the American rap charts, as long as he was careful. Wu’s team had initially wanted him to appear on shows like “Good Morning America.” Miyashiro told me, “I’m, like, ‘Bro, that’s not gonna mean shit. That’s not gonna do a goddam thing for you, bro.’ ” Instead, he had a strategy for getting Wu all the “dope press looks” at hip-hop-oriented outlets like XXL and Complex.

Because that's what killed Utada's English release (or at least that's what I keep saying to myself).

Finally - more people who agree that going on Good Morning America won't really do much for you.

TV Shows + South Asian American Representation

Saturday, April 07, 2018

But while several South Asian-American actors have been cast to play sidekicks on this year’s crop of pilots—and even more of them are playing doctors, another stereotype—other roles are breaking the mold. Mouzam Makkar is a lead on ABC’s The Fix, a traditional law drama from the mind of Marcia Clark. Sarayu Blue leads an NBC sitcom about a video-game storyboard artist trying to “have it all.” Vinny Chhibber plays a gay teacher in CBS’s Red Line. Kosha Patel was cast as a lead in ABC’s “comedic soap” False Profits, alongside Vanessa Williams, Bellamy Young, and newcomer Kapil Talwalkar.

The crop also includes CBS’s Pandas in New York, the rare domestic comedy about an Indian-American family—yes, they’re all doctors—and ABC’s The Greatest American Hero reboot, which has been rejiggered to feature TV’s first female Indian-American superhero, played by New Girl’s Hannah Simone.

Read it in full here.

Random News To Read: Asian American Monuments, Jenny Yang, And Sex Selection

Saturday, April 07, 2018

From my news readers to yours:

Asian-Americans, a Sleeping Political Giant

In the last midterm election, in 2014, the nationwide turnout for Asian-American citizens was dreadful — just 27 percent, according to the census. That’s far below the rates for whites and blacks and virtually identical to the Latino rate. In Virginia, however, turnout has been significantly higher — the highest Asian-American turnout in the nation, Desai writes — thanks to a deliberate strategy that has included...

Missouri’s Quiet, Racist Battle to Take Reproductive Rights From Asian American and Pacific Islander Women

Sex-selective abortion bans operate on the racist assumption that Asian immigrants in the United States will exhibit the same sex preferences for male children that may have existed in their countries of origin. The impetus behind this legislation is that Asian American women—in particular, immigrant Chinese and Indian women—will prefer sons over daughters and make reproductive care decisions based on the sex of their child. Not only is this an outdated and dangerously xenophobic belief, it is downright false. In fact, analysis from the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum has shown that foreign-born Chinese American, Korean American, and Indian American women are having more daughters than white American women, on average.


How one Asian-American woman’s comedy dreams came to be

In her comedy, Yang asked the audience two questions. In the first, she asked audience members to consider their typical response when someone asks what career they would like to pursue after finishing college. Second, she asked what they would pursue after finishing college if they felt no worries regarding money, skill sets, the expectations of others or time [...] “She brings a very unique Asian-American, female perspective to comedy that you don’t typically see,” said Asian-American studies professor Gena Lew Gong. “I think it’s good to put voices like hers out so more people – like students – can hear from other voices.”

Trump Administration Backs Asian American Students In Lawsuit At Harvard?

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Honestly, I'm not sure what to think about this, or what it could mean ultimately for anyone (because don't you think just a little bit that there could be something else behind this?) - but I'll at least throw it out there for the sake of news:

The Trump administration threw its weight Friday behind a student group that says Harvard University discriminates against Asian-Americans in its admissions process, urging a federal judge Friday not to keep years' worth of admissions records under wraps.

The move by the Justice Department forecasts the emerging fault lines in what could serve as the first major affirmative action case of the Trump administration.
The fight surrounding the secrecy of the Harvard's competitive admissions process stems from a 2014 lawsuit brought by Students for Fair Admissions, a nonprofit organization that argues race-conscious admissions policies are unconstitutional. The group includes over a dozen students who claim they were rejected from Harvard because the it engages in "racial balancing" by capping the number of Asian-Americans it admits each year.

Something to ponder?

Fiction & Other Realities + Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

Saturday, April 07, 2018



While I can't be there this year to attend the LAAPFF, you can, and you should get your tickets early so you can check out Bobby Choy AKA Big Phony's new film and music "Fiction & Other Realities".

From the Kickstarter PR:

Hi Everyone,

It’s Springtime and we are in the final days of completing our film. I want to thank everyone for your incredible patience and understanding over the past year. I’m sorry it’s taken so long to get here, but I’m happy to report that we have created something extremely unique and special together. I cannot wait for you to see this film...

I’m thrilled to announce that we will be having our World Premiere of Fiction & Other Realities on Saturday, May 5th in Los Angeles - presented by Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (LAAPFF). They’ve chosen Fiction & Other Realities to screen as their Saturday night Centerpiece Presentation, at Aratani Theatre. A beautiful 880 seat theater in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles. We hope you can join us.

General Public Ticketing will start on April 6th at 5PM PST - After Party venue TBD.

I’ve reached out to our backers with the option to attend a premiere in Los Angeles, New York, or Seoul. Please do check your Kickstarter inboxes if you haven’t yet. We’ve also added San Francisco as we will be screening at CAAM Fest Friday, May 11th - two screenings (time & venue TBA).

All other Kickstarter backer rewards have been sent except for those who have yet to respond to reward surveys. I’ve only heard recently that some backers were finding their KS emails in their junk mail folders. Please do check your Kickstarter accounts for messages and surveys. The only other outstanding reward should be the Original Soundtrack download. Sorry for the delay on this as we are finalizing details/dates for when best to make available based on our film's eventual worldwide release.

More news to come soon, including the release of a new Big Phony EP & 2 new music videos this month. Thank you for your time, everyone. Hope you enjoy your weekend and till next time.

All the best,

Bobby Choy

This Is Why I Won't Watch Roseanne...(Pot Shots At Fresh Off The Boat And Blackish)

Thursday, April 05, 2018

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/roseanne-showrunner-explains-that-black-ish-and-fresh-off-the-boat-jokeL

"What time is it?" Dan says. "Did we miss dinner?"

"It's 11 o'clock," Roseanne says. "We slept from 'Wheel' to 'Kimmel.'"

"We missed all the shows about black and Asian families," Dan says.

"They're just like us," Roseanne responds.

She's a Trump supporter, so you can say what you want, but I'll take it the way I'd take it from Trump supporters - of which Roseanne actually is.

Just like anyone else she has the right to make her show - and I have the right to not watch it.

And forbid it in my household.

Yup. I'm Selling White People On The Internet. Word. #GetYourWhitePeople.com

Thursday, April 05, 2018

That's it.

Get Your White People.

Jeannie Mai Shows Off Her Breast Workout Tricks

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

So this happened a couple months ago, and just the fact that Jeannie Mai has come up so far - definitely putting in her dues - has been awesome enough, but seeing her
doing some workout tricks with the boobs - and getting everyone else to do the exercises?

Priceless.



Let my Viet peoples shine in all their glorious ways!

Cause you know - we down like that.

P.S. Happy 20th Pork Filled Productions!

Monday, March 05, 2018



I didn't get a chance to get this up before but wanted to make sure and post up and wish the Pork Filled Productions a Happy 20th!

Pork Filled Production celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a special, free anniversary party for PFP and a few hundred of their closest friends, March 25, 2018, 2 to 4 pm, at the upper level of the Theatre Off Jackson (409 7th Ave. S., in Seattle’s historic International District.

From its sketch comedy origins as Pork Filled Players to its current incarnation as a geek genre theatre, Pork Filled Productions will showcase its status as one of the oldest Asian American theatres in the Pacific Northwest with a celebration saluting both new and old.

“We’re unveiling a spiffy new mission statement and a new set of producers,” says Executive Producer (and co-founder) Roger Tang. “As well, we’re taking time to celebrate Maggie Lee as outgoing producer, who’s been such a major part of PFP as a producer, head writer for our sketch comedy shows and scripter and playwright for our award winning steampunk plays.”

Admission for the party is free, but RSVPs for the snacks, drinks (hosted by Theatre Off Jackson)) and entertainment is appreciated (oink@porkfilled.com and https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3353343).

Pork Filled Productions produces and develops genre plays, promotes Asian American and POC artists, and imagines fantastical, inclusive, and FUN universes. PFP envisions a bright universe informed by diverse experiences and perspectives populated by larger-than-life characters in worlds where everyone’s story can be told.

Been A Bad Blogger...But I'm Releasing Cool Projects?

Monday, March 05, 2018

So many great projects I'm working that I've been a bad blogger - and maybe I'll talk about some of them here, but for now - slowly getting my head out of the woodwork with more posts to write.

From Frances McDormand To Chloe Kim

Monday, March 05, 2018

Are you kidding me?

One of the best parts of the night (outside Jordan Peele and all the great speeches from so many great actresses taking center stage) was McDormand's speech which in part had this in it:

“I think this is what (Olympic snowboarder) Chloe Kim must have felt like after she did back-to-back 1080s.”

Chloe Kim mentioned on the Oscars.

Drop the mic.

Err...Senate Staffers Shouldn't Mock Us

Monday, February 05, 2018

Well - this is what happens when you mock multiple groups on your Insta:

“The staffer’s photos are unfortunate and disappointing,” said Jo-Ann Yoo, executive director of the non-profit Asian American Federation. “I hope that he has matured and understands why these posts are harmful, and he will evolve into a more thoughtful leader.”

Yoo said she spoke with Benjamin, who “pledged to work with AAF to make this a teachable moment for all our young people.”

Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Queens) attacked the posts as “immature” and “insensitive.”

“We’ll try to work together in making sure that there’s no misunderstanding between the two communities — Asian-American and African-American — and that our staff members don’t reflect the wrong type of values,” Kim said.

Just remember that you don't have to just be White to not like us.

I'll get that ladder now.

Aziz, Aziz, Aziz + I Just Don't Know + But I Do + But I'm Thinking

Sunday, January 21, 2018



I don't know what to think about everything on Aziz Ansari, the article down at babe.net, and the ensuing conversations that have been happening. I think there's a lot to this - and there's a lot that's valid - for and against Aziz Ansari and what happened that evening. I do know this though (as I'm still thinking through some other things).

1. The story is triggering for a lot of women - of all ages - and that should tell us something - and it is telling.

2. This wasn't sexual assault or rape. To say so denigrates victims of rape, sexual assault, and abuse. Period. If you feel defensive or angry at that statement, I understand, but it's true.

3. I'm not standing up for Aziz Ansari. I wasn't there. Not knowing, or trying to figure things out in my own mind (or for anyone else for that matter), doesn't equate to standing up for, or condoning anyone's actions.

4. If someone tells you no and that they're uncomfortable - that's the line. That's the limit. End of date - well - maybe?

5. There's personal responsibility we have to take. If we're uncomfortable we have to leave. In many normal cases and scenarios, we have the right to opt out.

6. As a man, is it right for me to say #5 in this context giving the pressures of society and patriarchy? I don't know - but I know I'm still thinking about this.

EDIT: Adding In Aziz Ansari's response here:

"In September of last year, I met a woman at a party. We exchanged numbers. We texted back and forth and eventually went on a date. We went out to dinner, and afterwards we ended up engaging in sexual activity, which by all indications was completely consensual," Ansari wrote in a statement obtained by CNN on Sunday.
"The next day, I got a text from her saying that although 'it may have seemed okay,' upon further reflection, she felt uncomfortable. It was true that everything did seem okay to me, so when I heard that it was not the case for her, I was surprised and concerned," Ansari's statement continued. "I took her words to heart and responded privately after taking the time to process what she had said."

On Stephane Gauger...

Sunday, January 21, 2018



Last week I had heard the news that Stephane Gauger - Asian American and Vietnamese American filmmaker - had passed away in Saigon and while I didn't know him well, I did have the pleasure of corresponding with him in the past - and I just know he is and will be missed by so many people in the communities here and abroad in Vietnam. Anderson down at YOMYOMF wrote up a great post on his legacy and their friendship.

It's a beautiful read.

If you never have, I urge you to check out Stephane Gauger's work and his contributions to the Vietnamese, Asian American, and films communities.

You will be missed.

Hope you are kicking it in the Saigon above relaxing and having a beer.

You're A First: Aziz Ansari Gets Best Actor For Master of None (And Gets Bleeped Out)

Monday, January 08, 2018

Netflix email drop:





People:

Ansari, in disbelief, took home the statue for best comedy actor in a television series during Sunday night’s award show for his role in Master of None.

“I genuinely didn’t think I was gonna win cause all the websites said I was going to lose,” Ansari, 34, said in his acceptance speech. “That would’ve been s—-y if I had lost two years in a row.”

The actor — who also created the show with collaborator Alan Yang — went on to talk about his acting skills.






Viet Goodness #8: Sambi + Như Cái Lò + DreamSteady

Thursday, January 04, 2018



More dislikes than likes on the video (52K to 62K), but the reaction videos were the best.

Original



Overall I liked it.




Viet Goodness #7: Kevin Minh Allen’s "Go In Clean, Come Out Dirty"

Thursday, January 04, 2018



No better way to say it than the publisher:

Clean, dirty, transformed—Kevin Minh Allen’s Go In Clean, Come Out Dirty puts a magnifying glass on what seems to be mere minutiae, elevating the smallness of details that build up into larger territories of home, belonging, and liminality. Allen paints pastoral landscapes in the U.S. and in Viet Nam on a canvas of clay, grass, trees, wind, roots, hilltops, and holes. The scenes frame a dual and fragmented identity for the Amerasian adoptee poet, who breathes urgency into the transience and legacy of war and resettlement. Allen brings the reader into the bellies of bomb craters and the mouths of rivers East and West. Grouped into three parts, the poems reveal the expectations and realities underneath the fossils of memory and mystery.

Pick it up @ https://www.rabbitfoolpress.com/products/go-in-clean-come-out-dirty.

Viet Goodness #6: Ưng Hoàng Phúc

Thursday, January 04, 2018



Sure - everyone loves them some Sơn Tùng M-TP and some Soobin Hoàng Sơn - and that includes me too.

But I also gotta get me some Ưng Hoàng Phúc.

Silky.

Viet Goodness #5: Thu Thủy's "Hết Yêu"

Thursday, January 04, 2018



*Apparently the video got de-listed already....check it out @ http://us.24h.com.vn/doi-song-showbiz/thu-thuy-trut-het-tam-can-hat-ve-hon-nhan-do-vo-c729a929453.html - keeping the embed up in case it comes back online...

On my playlist. On my playlist. On my playlist.

I mean - can you blame me?

No.

No you can't.

Viet Goodness #4: TOULIVER X LÊ HIẾU X SOOBIN HOÀNG SƠN - NGÀY MAI EM ĐI 2017

Thursday, January 04, 2018



I think this comment says a lot about one of the smoothest vibes from last year:

OMG I love this song so much I will learn how to sing it ...I promise I'm Thai and never listen to Vietnamese song before.. Never expected it is this beautiful Jesus Christsake! Please recommend this type of Vietnamese song for me more pleaseeee

Sleep on us Viets and sleep with the cá - well you know - metaphorically speaking because you'll just miss out on a ton of great music.

Viet Goodness #3: Tóc Tiên (Best Asian Artist Vietnam 2017)

Thursday, January 04, 2018



And why wouldn't she? Yeah - I know I know - but you've gotta make way for the new guard (well you know what I mean). Here's her acceptance speech down at MAMA Vietnam.

Viet Goodness #2: Bitcoin Heist

Thursday, January 04, 2018



Kept me guessing until the end, and I was definitely loving the slick action sequences and comedy along the way - and while I wasn't sure about everything for her character - holy MF - Suboi is so good in this - forget up and coming - she's arrived.

Great cast, fun flick - what more do you want?

Viet Goodness #1: Bring It On 2018 + Made In Vietnam

Thursday, January 04, 2018



I wanted to start off 2018 with some love to my Viets - one of the many great communities I get to call my own - here and all over the world, and do a set of posts about some of the things I've been loving, making me think, or just want to post about (and yeah - maybe a little music heavy here and there - but do your own list as I like to say xD).

So for the first post I wanted to send up some love to the MADE IN VIETNAM project (and hopefully a little more on this) which looks to have been germinating for a little bit, and has been out on Soundcloud:

“Made In Vietnam” là một tuyển tập những bài nhạc rap được sản xuất bởi A.P và Lac Su. Những nghệ sĩ tham gia đều là những nghệ sĩ hip hop đã thành danh và dành thời gian quý báu của họ ra để đóng góp cho album này. Thứ duy nhất Lac gợi ý cho những nghệ sĩ trước khi họ sáng tác là “Made In Vietnam có ý nghĩa gì với bạn?”. Những ca từ và câu chuyện được chia sẻ trên nền beat du dương độc đáo mang nhiều ngọt bùi đắng cay nhưng cũng đầy hi vọng. Những bài hát này giống như những cỗ máy thời gian đáng để hậu thế thưởng thức và nghiên cứu. Nếu thích cứ thoải mái chia sẻ album này. Ko có gì ngoài hoà bình và tình yêu dành cho các bạn.

“Made In Vietnam” is a collection of creative rap songs co-produced by A.P and Lac Su. The artists featured in this compilation are established hip hop artists. They have spared their valuable time to contribute to this album. The only premise Lac provided them for their deliverables was, “What does ‘Made In Vietnam’ mean to you?” The stories the artists shared through melodic and original beats produced by A.P are bitter-sweet, yet full of hope. These cherished songs are like time capsules to be enjoyed and studied by future generations to come. Please feel free to share this album. Peace and Love.

Peep it down @ https://soundcloud.com/lac/sets/made-in-vietnam-a-compilation