Damn I'm A Shitty Blogger This Month (AKA So Here's Some News)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Well, since I haven't been blogging much this month--can I blame that on fake news and Trump?--instead I give you the news of people better than me.

Reappropriate - Oakland Unified School District Votes to Cut Program Serving Asian American and Pacific Islander Students

With reporting from Reappropriate intern V. Huynh.

“Today is a historic day in the city of Oakland where teachers, educators are united with parents, students, and we are demanding that we have schools that our students deserve here in the city of Oakland,” said Keith Brown, President of the Oakland Education Association last month at a gathering of over 3,000 educators, students, and parents at Frank Ogawa Plaza in Oakland. The activists represented over 87 schools in the Oakland United School District (OUSD), and later marched to OUSD headquarters chanting phrases like “Education Not Incorporation” and “Invest in Equity”.

The educators were marching to demand better wages, better support for students, and the better allocation of educational resources to schools who share histories of disproportionate funding and attention. Pithily put: This one’s about the kids.
National Review - Wesley Yang’s Asian-American Experience
Yang’s The Souls of Yellow Folk articulates the struggles of a ‘model minority.’

The word “coolie” comes to us from a Chinese term for “bitter labor,” and in Park Avenue law firms to this day there is an assumption that the heirs of these immigrants are the ones to be given the grunt work. White people in the same firms, says law professor and writer Tim Wu, manage to float above that, to seem like officers rather than cannon fodder, managers rather than minions. Guess who gets promoted to partner and who doesn’t? “The loudest duck gets shot,” is a Chinese proverb. “The nail that sticks out gets hammered down” is a Japanese analogue. In English, we say, “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”
As the Harvard Admissions Case Nears a Decision, Hear From 2 Asian-American Students on Opposite Sides
Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a group led by conservative anti-affirmative action activist Edward Blum, has alleged that Harvard discriminates against Asian-American students by holding them to a higher standard than other racial groups. SFFA lawyers have focused on a statistical analysis showing that Asian-American applicants on average were given a lower “personal rating” by Harvard’s admissions office than applicants of other races. Harvard has said that analysis is flawed and has denied it discriminates, arguing that race-conscious admissions policies are necessary to maintain a diverse student body.
8 Badass Asian-Americans We Can't Overlook This Women's History Month
Not only do Asian-American women have to contend with the glass ceiling, but we also have to worry about the “bamboo ceiling”: an invisible barrier that systematically keeps Asians out of leadership positions in spite of success in the workplace and in school. Below ― to mark Women’s History Month ― we give props to eight Asian-American pioneers who became heroines in their respective fields. This is by no means a comprehensive list, so feel free to share who would have made your list in the comments.
Head of Warner Bros. Resigns Over Alleged Quid-Pro-Quo Relationship With Actress
On Monday, Warner Bros. announced that chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, the first Asian American man to run a major Hollywood Studio, had resigned amidst an investigation into alleged misconduct. The news follows a report in the Hollywood Reporter last week featuring leaked text messages dating back to 2013, allegedly sent between Tsujihara and actress Charlotte Kirk. The messages seem to show Tsujihara offering to help with her career while the two had a sexual relationship.
GenAPA hosts cultural show ‘Technicolor: Vivid Past. Vibrant Future.
On Friday night, about 200 University of Michigan students, families and alums lined the halls of the Michigan League eager to enter the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre for the annual Generation Asian/Pacific American’s cultural performance. The event, advertised to be the largest Pan-Asian cultural show in the Midwest, has been a tradition of GenAPA since the group’s founding in 1995.

Asian Women On Asian Women Who Color Their Hair Blond...

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

I'm just going to break this one down because I feel like it should be broken down, even if not all the way, because I just have to roll this one up and smoke it - even if I come back to it later on ('cause sometimes you just have to save a little).

Maybe I'm wrong and generalizing on this one but I feel like Asian women, on Asian women, can sometimes be the harshest of the harsh, on Asian women.

I'm not saying that's wrong - because of anyone gets to be harsh on Asian women, it's Asian women - I'm just saying.

Sometimes I do hear the "Why does she have to be blond? Why's she trying to have the White Woman hair? Why can't she just be who she is?"--and I'll concede that at times, I can ask this question myself - but honestly - only in some cases, and usually, only after I hear an Asian woman comment on it.

My take is that White Women get to color their hair all the time. Why can't Asian women color their hair too?

Just because it's blond does that mean it has to be bad?

I mean I get it too and I love the beautiful black and brown hair of my people, and I understand the ropes of colonization we must unwrap ourselves from, but sometimes, I feel like the hair color is just a little difference.

Sometimes a rock is just a rock.

I like pink and red too btw - or steaks, or tips.

And--is it okay for an Asian woman, to like a White Woman's style, and emit portions of that, or make it their own?

Is it being colonized?

Or is it appreciation?

Or - does it have nothing to do with them anyway?

I should also say - you hear Asian guys rap on this (myself included) - so it does cross over - and then that gets me thinking about how I don't hear the same criticism of Asian guys who do a little blond in their hair, and that begs the question of why do we question one more than the other?

Hmmm....more to think about.

3X DUMBFOUNDEAD (Cafe Bleu)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

A little behind putting these up - but you know - just vibe...





Daylight (Music And Music): Year of the OX - Seven Rings (TRAKTIVIST Radio mashup), G2 - I Don't Know (feat. Lyricks)

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Year of the OX - Seven Rings (TRAKTIVIST Radio mashup)




G2 - I Don't Know (feat. Lyricks)


Some Awesome Videos From Vietnam's WeChoice Awards

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

While there can always be some rumblings whenever you have any awards show - this year was pretty good. Here're some of videos of some of the musical numbers.

So.Good.





I Still Feel Like Jeremy Lin Doesn't Get As Much Respect Because He's Asian

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Listen - I get it - his Brooklyn days were more of a "could a" - we'll never know what might have been - injuries and two years later though - he's playing pretty damn good and now he's going to a contender.

And he's getting paid - $13 million this season - so I'm not saying he's not getting his due and in that way he gets respect - I'm not saying he doesn't.

I just feel like he'd get more respect if he wasn't Asian American - and no I don't want him to not be Asian American - because we want our people there - but I'm just saying that even now, even though he's proved himself and been just like a lot of players, who've had an injury (although not plagued) - his career isn't unlike a lot of good players - it's just the case of an Asian American man having to do twice as much to get the same amount of respect.

It gets tiring.

Housecleaning: Twas Tweeted

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Some general housecleaning...as I end up tweeting a little more organically versus sending out links (which I'll still do) I still want to archive that content versus just on twittersphere, even if just embedded content (that can still go away), so every week or so, I'll look to make a post with the weeks tweets (or maybe 2 weeks...cause I'm lazy).

Variety's Review Of "The Farewell"

Monday, January 28, 2019

From Variety on the recently picked up film "The Farewell":

Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell” begins with the words “Based on an actual lie,” which is a pretty funny way to present a true story about how the Chinese-American filmmaker’s family decided to spare their grandmother a terminal diagnosis. They don’t want to spoil the limited time she has left, and so they conspire to carry on as if everything’s normal — except that each of them is saddened by the news, and so they engineer a plan to throw a fake wedding celebration for one of her grandsons in China, allowing everyone to say their goodbyes together. And so, what began as a small lie — “a good lie,” in the doctor’s words — snowballs into a much more elaborate deception [...]

But “The Farewell” doesn’t aim for the kind of big laughs a film such as “The Big Sick” strives to inspire, not does it lean quite so heavily into its more tearjerky elements. Frankly, there are a hundred ways that Wang could have spun this into a more broadly appealing mainstream comedy, and yet she prefers to play it closer in tone to an independent drama like Ang Lee’s “The Wedding Banquet” — which also involved staging a fake nuptial feast in order to keep relatives in the dark, albeit for far different reasons.

I'll definitely have to check this out when I can as I hear it got a standing ovation and stars some great people in it including Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin.

Listen to the Silence: Asian American Activism

Monday, January 28, 2019

Over 400 people attended this year’s Listen to the Silence (LTS) summit, a conference focused on issues facing the Asian American community, on Saturday. Hosted by The Stanford Asian American Student Association (AASA), this year’s conference focused on leaving its attendees with tangible ways to enact change in their communities. Now in its twenty-fourth year, LTS is one of the largest college Asian American conferences in the United States.

A day-long event featuring speakers, panelists, workshops and a concert, LTS brings together undergraduate students, high schoolers, community organizations and educators. This year’s LTS was themed “Avenues to Activism: A Collective Call to Action” and drew students from UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, other universities and local high schools.

Read about the conference more here.

Community Comes Out In Support Of Seaport Buffet After Deadly Attacks

Monday, January 28, 2019

I'm not trying to be callous, but I would think the local community SHOULD come out after three people were bludgeoned with a hammer and killed (the two men in critical condition ended up dying days later).

People should show support when a White Man killed THREE ASIAN AMERICAN MEN because HE BELIEVED IN STEREOTYPES.

But where does this go?

What happens next? I know it's too soon to ask that question in some ways, but how do we change the mindsets so this doesn't happen again?

Can we?

I don't know.

Up North: Asian Canadian Told To Go Back To Her Fucking Coutry

Monday, January 28, 2019



Hmmmm - apparently if you park your car as an Asian woman, you get told to go back to your fucking country.

How quaint huh?

On Jan. 21, Lisa La was heading to the Sobeys on 50 Street and 23 Avenue in south Edmonton. She backed her small car into an empty parking space as another vehicle pulled into the empty space behind her. As she got out of her car, she noticed the man was still sitting in his vehicle. She went into the store to do her shopping. When she came back out about 15 minutes later, she found a note under her windshield. It read, “Back to your f***ing country Asian.” “I must have pissed him off by parking in that spot because he was intending to drive through and use it,” she said. But who’s to know?

Good Reads: “AAPI Women Lead” Takes Back AAPI Womxn’s Identity with #ImReady2018

Monday, January 28, 2019

http://reappropriate.co/2019/01/aapi-women-lead-takes-back-aapi-womxns-identity-with-imready2018/

What does Asian American feminism and then feminism as a whole mean to both of you?

Connie: We’ve been taught to be very appreciative to be here, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get to resist fucked up things. For example, we’re supposed to be appreciative that our parents took care of us, but if they’re abusive, I’m not going to take the abuse. I’m going to fight back.

Jenny: A lot of the women that we’ve met don’t even recognize their own power or even acknowledge that they come from the legacies of kings and queens.

Connie: They forget because it’s so traumatic to remember. And the reality is: trauma will always catch up to you. So you should sit with it and take its reins when you can. I think because we’re immigrants, we’re busy just trying to make ends meet. It’s so difficult to feel as though we have the capacity to feel powerful in this country or this world because we’re busy surviving. But survival should also mean claiming our positions, claiming who we are, claiming our history, and claiming our power.

Claiming who we are has to be a part of it. When you see all these white acupuncturists — that shit is Chinese as fuck! Like, hold up! We’re going to reclaim acupuncture! You see yoga classes, or these crystals shop, or a Korean spa — all of these things are from Asian cultures; and yet somehow we’ve become removed from that as a part of how we’re surviving trauma. It’s about reclaiming things that are so trendy; yet, they’re ours.

Jenny: We have to recognize that those things are ours. We have to move that to the forefront and take it back.

Connie: We also have to think about what’s happening in Vietnam now, and to wish for more. We don’t just have to be grateful for our histories; we also are upset about slavery, about genocide, about ongoing anti-immigration stuff.

Celine: Feminism as a whole is a bare minimum of cognizance that I think we’re obligated to have. I think we’re obligated to do emotional labor for others and the world and just work for others. It just seems really toxic to not do that.

Feminism means constantly challenging and changing and actively breaking down all the implicit and toxic understandings you have. I’s constantly working to change yourself so that you impact others more equitably. It’s always working, and it’s knowing you can’t be doing anything else. But it’s also all self-love at the same time. It’s healing to others. It’s a commitment to being your best self. I think that’s how I hold it.

Read it in full @ http://reappropriate.co/2019/01/aapi-women-lead-takes-back-aapi-womxns-identity-with-imready2018/

Accidental Star Trek Cosplay + Re: The YOMYOMF Blog

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

As I still haven't done my own write-up of the YOMYOMF blog (it's on my docket), below is a link and a couple paragraphs from Jimmy J. Aquino who gives an overview of the blog, his likes, dislikes, and ultimately the closing of the site. While I can't subscribe to everything he says about it (I liked a lot of the later content and especially some of the more feministy POVs--but I also don't mind listicles xD and I do wish the content was still up) it's still a good read, and I wonder how come I haven't seen more posts on the closing--because it definitely gave voice to a lot of great people.

http://accidentalstartrekcosplay.tumblr.com/post/182036709742/a-prada-sweater-model-left-a-soong-android

Nobody who follows this Tumblr blog will give a shit, but in mildly sad news, the Asian American online content studio YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family)—whose blog was the only site that gave a plug to Accidental Star Trek Cosplay—shut down its blog. The staffers at YOMYOMF (pronounced “yawm-yawm-eff”), who nicknamed themselves the Offenders, said farewell to the blog’s readers at the end of an eventful year that, as Vulture writer E. Alex Jung noted, saw Asian American art coming into its own.

YOMYOMF was founded in the late 2000s by Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin to promote his 2007 indie movie Finishing the Game, an alternate-history mockumentary about a ’70s casting call for the next Bruce Lee. (The blog’s name comes from a frequently repeated line during Finishing the Game’s kung fu flick audition scenes.) It evolved into an often enjoyable blog full of posts from the likes of Tony Award winner David Henry Hwang; occasional insights into being an Asian American actor that were written by performers Lin frequently casts in his movies, particularly Roger Fan and Sung Kang, who was concise in his words just like Han, his Fast and the Furious alter ego; and great pieces about film, screenwriting and racism against Asians by filmmaker Quentin Lee and playwright Philip W. Chung, who co-wrote “Seconds,” an episode of Lois & Clark’s much-maligned Clone Lois arc in 1996, and the 2015 Vicki Zhao comedy Hollywood Adventures.

3X: Monstar (AKA V-Pop Is The New K-Pop)

Monday, January 21, 2019






The MAGA Kids Did What They Did To Nathan Phillips Regardless Of Anyone Else And ALL The Other Videos

Monday, January 21, 2019

I don't condone what the other group was spouting - I've seen all the videos - but in every single way it's a completely different area I was NEVER FOCUSED ON.

It was about the MAGA kids and their dealing - and Nicky boy's dealing, with Nathan Phillips and the other people in his group.

Does the group of people from the BHI change anything about the narrative?

About what we already know what happened?

No.

Nothing changes.

Getting in a fight on a way to a murder doesn't make the murder go away.

But we all know what's going on - we know it because we've seen it before.

It's not the White Kids' fault because they were just defending themselves, and it's the same narrative of every racist White Person: We were just defending ourselves, making sure our "community" is okay. It's just an app about the "neighborhood."

Fuck. You.

People can defend these little MAGA kids all they want - and don't think the older race pimps and structures don't know what they're doing.

Get a kid to do your dirty work.

Have them pass that hate in a bathroom 24 hours later.

So they get caught?

What's the worst that can happen? Emboldens the base...


Fuck. You.

Asian Australian Doesn't Win But People Love It?

Monday, January 21, 2019

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-27/asian-food-fine-dining-good-food-guide-gourmet-traveller/10427934

Every year the Gourmet Traveller and The Good Food Guide, two of Australia's most influential food publications, announce a chef of the year. The awards recognise creativity, technique and those individuals pushing the boundaries of their industry.

Since 2013, every winner has been white. It's a similar story in Australia's restaurant awards. Most restaurants awarded a hat by the Good Food Guide or a star by Gourmet Traveller have white head chefs and white owners.

Even among the Asian restaurants that received hats in the Good Food Guide released this month, 48 per cent had white head chefs and 60 per cent had white owners.

Truths To Know: Nathan Phillips

Sunday, January 20, 2019



Also make sure and visit Heavy.com to make sure and read a longer and more in-depth article on Nathan Phillips.

WTF: People Are Defending The MAGA White Kids Who Tried To Fuck With Nathan Phillips? We All Know That Stare...

Sunday, January 20, 2019



Are you fucking kidding me?

If you're a POC, immigrant - anyone else who isn't a White Male - who's been taunted or threatened or who's had racially charged language thrown your way by White People - you know that stare that kid is giving.

It's not a "I was enjoying everything I mean no harm stare".

That's the stare of a little racist MF with racist MF parents (apparently he was innocent as can be and meant absolutely no harm).

But if you say that you're just some left wing nut who's furthering fake news!

Well - call me a left wing nut who's furthering fake news...

In REAL FAKE NEWS - I'm sorry - let's just call it what it is - real op-ed news of the racist right - you have this site giving some awesome misdirection quoting and writing:

"We are an all-male school that loves to get hyped up," said this student. "And as we have done for years prior, we decided to do some cheers to pass time. In the midst of our cheers, we were approached by a group of adults led by Nathan Phillips, with Phillips beating his drum. They forced their way to the center of our group. We initially thought this was a cultural display since he was beating along to our cheers and so we clapped to the beat." According to this student, the smiling student was grinning because he was enjoying the music, but eventually became confused, along with everyone else. (Indeed, multiple people can be heard to shout, "what is going on?")

Again - are fucking kidding me?

This is why we can't have nice things.

Because racist people support racist people.

Trailers Of Awesome: John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

Friday, January 18, 2019



More action.

More killing.

WTF.

Halle Berry!

Fuck yes!

And of course....a dog.

P.S. - And a horse!

Lana Condor On The Tonight Show

Friday, January 18, 2019

Probably Already Heard But For Posterity: It's A Sequel (AKA To All The Boys)

Friday, January 18, 2019



I wonder if she'll get an Asian guy in the sequel?

WTF: Hasan Minhaj Banned In Saudi Arabia. With Help From @Netflix. You Worthless Censoring Fuckers.

Friday, January 18, 2019

A little late - but I think the title of my post pretty much sums it up.

https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/netflix-saudi-arabia-pulls-episode-patriot-act-hasan-minhaj-1203097580/

Netflix yanked an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” in Saudi Arabia after the government there leveled a legal threat over a segment in which the comedian criticizes U.S. ties to the regime and ridicules Saudi attempts to explain the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Netflix defended their decision by citing legal local laws, blah blah blah.

Give a Brown Man a show but then you ...

P.S. Fuck You #Newsweek For Ranking Woody Allen's 20 Best Movies - Bury Him.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

https://www.newsweek.com/woody-allen-best-movies-annie-hall-manhattan-hannah-and-her-sisters-1290340

Assholes.

#SurvivingWoodAllen: That Needs To Happen (AKA Do Asian Girls Matter?)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I get it - sex, power, knowing one's body, etc., etc., etc., what's the age of consent in the U.S. and in other countries (isn't Canada 16?)--all play into the arguments.

And while I may not subscribe to all those sides of those arguments - definitely with sex, let's make sure we aren't siding on the side of puritanism--hey I get that part because dirty sex is dirty sex.

But Woody Allen?

His adopted daughter?

We're not talking about sex between two consenting adults-and we never have.

I argue, as I always have, that because she was Asian (and then secondarily also adopted) - she didn't matter.

No one gave - and no one gives - a shit about her.

White men have been pillaging girls and women of color for centuries.

And no one gave a shit about them.

So what's the difference right?

And yes - I have gone into all this in detail before - this is a gut post.

Kiss my ass MF's.

Polygon's 20 Best Films Born From The Asian Diaspora

Tuesday, January 15, 2019



From writer Siddhant Adlakha:

The task of exploring “Asianness” in cinema falls on a variety of shoulders. In America, “Asian” usually means you’re Chinese or Japanese, or occasionally Korean, regardless of where in East Asia you’re from. In the U.K., it means you’re Indian or Pakistani. In reality, it’s a much wider umbrella, yet at the same time, a reductive pigeonhole. Such is the burden of post-colonial identity, the idea that even as filmmakers, one’s outlook as an immigrant — or as the child or grandchild of immigrants — must, at once, adhere to certain ideas of what constitutes “Asian” while simultaneously transcending them.

“You are not Asian; you are Other,” I remember being told as a teen in Mumbai, India, Asia, while filling out an SAT form. At the time I was called this thing, this “Other” — a mere category on paper that now feels insidious — I hadn’t even made my way to America to study yet, and I was already feeling an imposed contortion on my identity. But to what degree, I wonder, do I or my American-born cousins overlap with what is largely described as Asian-American culture? We work with the language (and within the boxes) prescribed by a white, English-speaking status quo, and whether we want to or not, our work in media constitutes a tapestry of what it means to be Asian in the rest of the world. And what a year it was to make a film that would inevitably be brought under the label of Asian, regardless of intent.

In America, “Asian August” was a watershed moment, wherein the teen rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, the Kevin Kwan adaptation Crazy Rich Asians and the screen-life thriller Searching were simultaneously on screens. Yet America’s year of Asian excellence arguably began in January: Cathy Yan’s yet-unreleased Dead Pigs made waves at Sundance, leading to her being tapped to direct DC’s Birds of Prey; ChloĆ© Zhao’s monumental Native American Western The Rider finally hit screens in April, and she was subsequently hired to make Marvel movie The Eternals. In June, Chinese-Canadian empty-nest-syndrome short Bao by Domee Shi was seen by audiences worldwide before Incredibles 2, leading to her being hired for her first feature. Chinese-American Dave Callaham is all set to write Marvel’s Shang-Chi. And while superhero movies are by no means the only indicator of cinematic success, they’re a barometer of the ways in which Hollywood is slowly but surely widening its scope.

Read the full list @ https://www.polygon.com/2018/12/20/18139166/best-asian-movies-filmmakers-2018?fbclid=IwAR0xtlaRhQDmZbIDzgtho-QlUu71aNQ2bXuJWwsv-hiY4_TDd3MQhWlzpRQ

R. Kelly Is Off The Playlist (AKA Surviving R. Kelly AKA That Was Needed)

Monday, January 14, 2019



The relationship someone has with music and film, the arts - and themselves and their lives - it can be complicated. It's personal. One of the questions brought up early in literature is whether you should disassociate the author's personal life - know nothing about them - before reading their works. That this will influence you and how you see them.

It permeates outside the sphere of literature as well.

In this case--specific to the music of R. Kelly, or for instance in the case of Woody Allen in film, I don't think you can. I don't think those two questions are quantitatively the same.

One just holds more weight than the other.

Watching "Surviving R. Kelly"--I just can't forget about the person, and only live with the artist. I can't.

And I've been guilty of using the "Well...I don't really listen to him anymore, it's just those old 'classics'. And I never watched the film, I heard both parties said it wasn't them." and I think like others in a lot of communities--and thinking about the relationship to the projects, people, the films, the churches, the pop culture--we did turn a blind eye at worst, or at best claimed not having all the knowledge giving benefit of the doubt, and maybe at times saying "Trying to bring another man of color down..."

And that could be steeped in culture, community, faith, race, structures that already existed because of all of them combined. Listening to all the interviews in "Surviving R. Kelly" you can draw the lines and connect the points.

It's that much harder--and I'll say impossible, to refute anything as rumor or conjecture.

I just can't have it.

And it is complicated--those are some songs from the soundtrack of my and many other people's lives...when life is good you hold on to all of it because you don't know if it happens again. You don't know what the next day holds. So you keep a piece of that memory. That vibe. Because it may soothe you later on.

But when it really comes down to it--should that take precedence?

In the end, I should be able to choose the safety and well being of Black Girls and Black Women easily over the songs of R. Kelly.

I should be able to say no to a system that in some ways values the lives of Women of Color as less then those of White Women.

And there're other songs.

Other memories.

Just like there are other movies and other films to take my time versus a Woody Allen movie, there are other songs to take my time other than R. Kelly's.

"Surviving R. Kelly" was needed. It shed light on so much that someone like myself didn't know (and I say that in a somber way because I still knew enough). I didn't know he hung out at high schools and malls like that. I didn't know he was even married or that he had kids. Or what his wife went through. Or that the girl in the video was that young (I thought she was older/of age when it all happened and I didn't follow everything at those times--at least that's my memory now). Or that to this day he's still a predator, legal or not. All of these stories, all of these conversations, it's almost so mind boggling how truly long it has been able to go on for (and is still going on in different permutations)--but that's also what the documentary did--it delved into the deep relationships we have with music and art, those who make it, and how it affects us on a very personal level and the reasons "why".

I wish I had come to this conclusion earlier.

That somehow I would have paid more attention, that I didn't gloss over the court cases.

That I didn't try to X out the bad with the good and give benefit of the doubt, thereby sanctioning his actions for a good vibe--even though there's more to that statement, when boiled down that's what it is.

That I didn't give myself excuses.

But I am here now and I think that's important, and I think it's important as an Asian American POC that if I think about other stands I take--how can I not stand where I am now?

Retro Interviews: Publisher Nghi Huynh

Tuesday, January 08, 2019


Interview with Nghi Huynh, Asian American Press from Peter B. Myers on Vimeo.

It's That Time: The 100 AZNS List Of 2018!

Tuesday, January 08, 2019



Just like for 2017 - it's time for the list of awesome 100 AZNS for 2018!

In case you needed refreshing on where this list came from and why it was created here's the mission (from the inaugural season in 2017).

100 AZNS is here to document and showcase the immense talents, creativity, and leadership among Asian-Americans [...] Heavily influenced by The Root 100, 100 AZNS was born out of initial skepticism that enough Asian-Americans could even fill a list. The result was the compilation of a wildly long list of many hundreds. The following represents only a selection of many who are putting in the work, livin their best lives, and inspiring positive change. Congratulations to this year's 100!!

Created & Designed by Leah Nichols
Contributors: Vicky Chao, Elisa Gyotoku, Suejean Kim, Lindsay Meyer, Binh Nguyen, Maddie Raffel, Andrew Stenson, Diana Wu

This year - for 2018 - here's a little more from creator and designer (and award winning filmmaker) Leah Nichols from "Notes from 100 AZNs":

100 AZNs reclaims “Asian American” on our own terms. The widespread dissociation from “Asian American” on an individual level is a subconscious f*ck you to the uninspiring, at best, and dangerous, at worst, dominant narrative about Asian American identity. White supremacy’s historic perversion of “Asian American” lumps together all Asian subcultures in order to encourage a pro-model minority/anti-Black agenda as well as further inequality between East Asians and Southeast Asians. Overshadowed is the initial intentions of “Asian American” set by Chinese, Filipinx and Japanese students to unify Asians across subcultures during anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement organizing. Similar to the first call in 1968, this is a time for pan-Asian solidarity.

For the full read go to the Medium post.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE ON THE 2018 100 AZNS LIST

Take it in. Feel honored. And definitely check out the official page here where you can download the PDF in full and view some other great info.

Sweet!

I Want More: Theater Mu And Its Split With Its Artistic Director Randy Reyes

Monday, January 07, 2019



First, here's the text from the message from their site:

Dear Theater Mu Community,
From its inception, Theater Mu has been dedicated to producing performances born of arts, equity, and justice from the heart of the Asian American experience. We aspire to celebrate and empower Asian Americans through theater. In doing so, Theater Mu is committed to maintaining a welcoming and equitable environment.

A few months ago, Theater Mu received complaints about its artistic director. While our investigation into the matter did not find that any unlawful conduct occurred, we discovered conduct that did not reflect the culture we strive to achieve at Mu and did not reflect the high standards to which we hold Mu leadership. After reflection, the board has concluded that Mu must end his employment with the organization. We are grateful for all that he has brought to Mu over the years, and are disappointed that it has come to this conclusion.

Theater Mu remains, more than ever, dedicated to its mission, to the Asian American actor’s community, and to the Asian American community in the Twin Cities. Though this is a difficult and disappointing time, we believe that Theater Mu has the ability to learn, grow, and change from this experience. We hope to have the opportunity to demonstrate this over the next few months.

Sincerely,

Theater Mu Board of Directors
board@theatermu.org

I can understand the reasoning with some things needing to be "behind the scenes" and go from there. What people don't know, they don't know, and in a lot of cases - they don't need to know.

It's none of their business.

And I can relate in that way, especially if there are "skirmishes" in the community (whatever portions of those communities you belong too), or everyone wants to save some face (and I think everyone gets that from an Asian perspective).

Keep it on the DL (or as much as you can) and move on.

I get it.

I understand the need for privacy in some cases.

I understand that less is more and sometimes that's better.

But...

In this case though - I just feel like, the statement they put out, it leaves too much open to question - and I think you can ask questions on both sides.

Who were the complaints from?

What were they?

What was the conduct that did not reflect the culture Mu strove to achieve and did not reflect the high standards to which they held Mu leadership?

I think it's fair game to ask those questions - and note I don't know Randy Reyes personally per se - even though we are located in the same city. I have met him (1-2 times), and I did do an interview with him, and have seen plays that he's directed/starred in (I think maybe two). At the same time, I've also been to Theater Mu. I've seen plays there. I've met founder Rick Shiomi (1-2 times). We talked for a bit about myself possibly being on a media committee they were thinking about having (albeit nothing came out of that).

So in that way I don't have skin in this game. I'm not pulling for one or the other.

In that way - from an outsider's POV - I feel like both have done good things for the AAPI community and I feel like - in this era - it just leaves too much open up to question.

On both sides.

If one can ask themselves - as they will - what type of complaints there were against Randy Reyes (which could be all over the board) it's fair to ask if the culture at Mu played any part in allowing that conduct - doesn't it?

Was there an internal investigation into the organization itself, after the investigation into their own artistic director?

And who did the investigation?

Was it external or internal?

For a company like Theater Mu - which is a non-profit who gets tax breaks and donations and is a visible organization and community player - versus say a smaller group or one just getting started, etc. - I feel like it should be more transparent because it has a responsibility to do so (and I can certainly be taken to task for thinking size/reach, etc. plays a part in what gets disclosed).

But In The End

Maybe it's better this way for everyone.

Maybe it's okay to not say anything so Reyes can defend himself in private and move on in his career.

Maybe it's okay to not say anything so Mu can move forward and people can keep donating to their organization.

Maybe it's okay to not say anything so it can all get pushed under the rug for the sake of the Asian American community so that the community can move forward, because it's the Asian American community, and an organization in the Midwest, and why make anything harder than it needs to be?

YES! Sandra Oh WINS Best Performance By An Actress In A Television Series Drama (AKA KILLING IT)

Sunday, January 06, 2019



How do you follow up being the first Asian American woman to host the the Golden Globes?

Oh yeah....

Just win Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series ― Drama for your show "Killing Eve".

DROP.THE.MIC.AND.CROWN.THE.QUEEN.

The GOAT: Sandra Oh Takes On "Ghost In The Shell" And "Aloha" In Golden Globes Opener

Sunday, January 06, 2019

I loved the fact that Sandra Oh took on Ghost In The Shell And Aloha - and the whitewashing of Asian roles.

"Crazy Rich Asians is the first studio film with an Asian American lead since 'Ghost in the Shell' and 'Aloha.'"

My jaw literally dropped.

And what makes it even more AMAZING is that Emma Stone was on the stage fairly quickly afterwards presenting.



Thankfully - someone on twitter got it all - even Emma Stone in the crowd saying "I'm Sorry!"




R.I.P: YOMYOMF BLOG (Part 1)

Saturday, January 05, 2019



In Text

2019 will represent new beginnings for YOMYOMF. One of the changes we'll be making is the closing down of our daily blog. YOMYOMF was born from the blog and in the decade since we've launched, we've continued to grow including launching the YOMYOMF Network as part of the YouTube Original Channels program, the Interpretations Film Initiative, and many other projects that encompass both traditional and new media.

Those projects have continued to grow (we recently announced two of them: FAMILY STYLE, our Asian food series for Warner Bros/Stage 13, and our first theatrical feature, MOONSHADOW, which goes into production shortly) and we have over two dozen other active projects. The decision to shut down the blog wasn't an easy one, but we ultimately made it because we want to put all of our focus towards producing content which will help take our mission to support Asian American and other underrepresented communities to the next level. We have ambitious plans for the future and 2019 is the perfect time to kick things off.

If you aren't already, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with our future projects and activities. As always, thank you for your support. We'll have some exciting announcements coming up in 2019 (and beyond) and we hope you'll join us on this next phase of the journey as part of our YOMYOMF family.

More Posts/Later Posts

While the site notice went up (as well as on FB) end of NY - I actually missed it myself until last night/this morning about a week later.

Definitely a lot more to say - so much goodness - and an end of an era - but - I'm also working on making sure I get all of the articles/posts I had written as well (close...maybe about 3 more...).

6 Days Left: Help Make Radical Cram School Season 2!!!!

Thursday, January 03, 2019



If you saw the first season (and isn't it great that you can say "season") - help fund SEASON 2!

They are less than $6K away from their goal and there's about a week left for the fundraising campaign.

Do it!!!

After a successful first season, we’re ready to make more progressive, heartfelt, humorous content for kids! Season 2 of Radical Cram School tackles even bigger issues our children must navigate: consent, gun violence, undocumented immigration, emasculation, and civic participation. We'll create content to encourage young Asian Americans to be allies to social movements like Black Lives Matters and the fight for Gender Justice. We'll take a deeper dive into understanding hate crimes and discrimination with a focus on Islamophobia and kids with (dis)abilities. We'll create content that includes the experiences of South Asians kids; and we'll create content for Asian American boys to be aware of toxic masculinity and learn how to radically support girls and women. We also will invite children who didn’t get represented in Season 1 in our future episodes: Muslim kids and kids with (dis)abilities to share the multiple intersections involving Asian American identity.

More music videos! More puppets! More Aunties, Uncles, and non-gender conforming mentors! We'll keep our fun, colorful aesthetic and add some new surprises! Plus, our curriculum will be meticulously developed with co-producer, Dr. Theodore Chao, Professor of Education at Ohio State University, and his team of early childhood educators.

Help us make a revolutionary web series. Help us make Season 2 of Radical Cram School a reality.

Check out the campaign for SEASON 2 in full at Seed And Spark and help make the production a reality!

Between Festivities, I Missed Andrew Zimmern Is Gone From The Travel Channel

Thursday, January 03, 2019

https://pagesix.com/2018/12/28/tv-chef-in-hot-water-after-horsesh-t-chinese-food-diss/?_ga=2.142497525.611216046.1546087941-336153284.1515845990

“Bizarre Foods” host Andrew Zimmern has been axed from prime time on the Travel Channel amid the controversy over his assertion that Chinese food in the Midwest is being served in “horses - - t restaurants.”

The celebrity chef’s “Bizarre Foods” juggernaut franchise and sister show, “The Zimmern List,” have been bumped by network owner Discovery, Inc. into a graveyard rotation slot on Saturday mornings to run their course, Page Six has confirmed.

Filming has stopped on both shows midseason, sources tell us, and is not expected to continue further.

The move comes after the James Beard Award-winning chef offended the Asian-American community in comments to promote his Midwestern Chinese restaurant chain by saying: “I think I’m saving the souls of all the people from having to dine at these horses - - t restaurants masquerading as Chinese food that are in the Midwest.”

See ya!

Kpop January 2019 Releases + Soompi Poll

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Check out - https://www.soompi.com/article/1286343wpp/january-comebacks-debuts-way for all the new K-Pop singles coming out in the beginning of 2019 as well as all the results from their new release poll.

Top 5 results from their poll.

Which January release are you the most excited about?

iKON 24.18%


ASTRO 19.38%


Chungha 11.7%


GFRIEND 11.31%


Apink 8.09%