David Mura x Guggenheim Fellow

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

A post and congratulations to David Mura who was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship earlier this month. David Mura has been at the center of so much in the Asian American community and it's great to see him continue to push new ideas and thoughts about race and culture into mainstream narratives, and to be recognized for that work.

For the fellowship here's what he said via an MPR news article:

[Mura said that he plans to create a new memoir inspired, in part, by his parents, who were interned during World War II.]

“Both my parents passed in the last two years, and all of their generation of second-generation Japanese Americans have passed in the last few years. So as the oldest in the extended family in the one writer, I feel like I'm a vessel and a voice for our whole family history.”

Read it in full here: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2024/04/11/three-minnesotans-announced-as-guggenheim-fellows

WWW @ https://davidmura.com/


Tuesday, April 30, 2024


book & lyrics by JESSICA HUANG

May 4 - 26, 2024
co-produced with HISTORY THEATRE

Get More Info At https://www.theatermu.org/blended-harmony

Justin Min, Lucy Boynton, Max, And The Greatest Hits

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

It has a great soundtrack. There's some great chemistry between Justin Min and Lucy Boynton. The story is original. Definitely sucked me in from the trailer to the Max to the end of the show.

And I'm gonna say that Justin Min, for the Asian American males out there--the character is what we know we are and have been and I'm glad to see them show this on screen--as well as the family and friends--which includes more BIPOC and Asian American awesomeness.

Also features, Andie Ju, Austin Crute, David Corenswet, and Retta.

Rest In Power: Roman Gabriel The First Filipino-American quarterback

Sunday, April 21, 2024

From the Eagles site @ https://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/news/eagles-mourn-the-passing-of-pro-bowl-quarterback-philanthropist-roman-gabriel 

The Eagles mourn the passing of former quarterback Roman Gabriel on Saturday, April 20, at the age of 83. Gabriel's son, Roman Gabriel III, announced his father's peaceful passing in a post on X. Selected with the second-overall pick in the 1962 NFL Draft by the Los Angeles Rams, Gabriel became the first Filipino-American quarterback in league history. Before spending the last five years of his career with the Eagles (1973-77), Gabriel played his first 11 seasons with the Rams. 

During his time in Los Angeles, Gabriel was a three-time Pro Bowler, first-team All-Pro, and 1969 AP NFL MVP. Various injuries in his final few seasons with the Rams led to Gabriel becoming available in trade talks, and that's when the Eagles swooped in before the 1973 season. The Eagles dealt star receiver Harold Jackson and two first-round draft picks to the Rams to acquire the former MVP. 33 at the time, Gabriel's move to Philadelphia rejuvenated his stellar career. In 53 games with the Eagles, Gabriel threw for 7,221 yards and 47 touchdowns, made his fourth Pro Bowl, and won PFWA Comeback Player of the Year. During his Comeback Player of the Year season in 1973, Gabriel, standing at 6-5, threw to a trio of pass catchers known as the Fire High Gang that towered over defenders. Wide receiver and Pro Football Hall of Famer Harold Carmichael (6-8), tight end Charle Young (6-5), and wide receiver Don Zimmerman (6-4) helped Gabriel establish career highs in completions (270) and passing yards (3,219). 

While leading the league in those categories, Gabriel also led the league with 24 passing touchdowns. "That was a fun year," said Gabriel during a 2019 interview with Philadelphiaeagles.com. "I was pretty much written off after my last year with the Rams. But the Eagles took a chance on me, and I was so grateful. It was a young team that was trying to build something, and they wanted me to be a part of it. I loved Philadelphia. It's a great city with great fans. It's still a great memory.". Gabriel retired with the Eagles in 1977, his 16th and final season in the NFL. In Eagles history, Gabriel is currently ninth in completion percentage (55.8), 10th in passing attempts (1,185), and 13th in passing yards (7,221). In 1989, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. At North Carolina State, Gabriel was named Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year in 1960 and '61, became the first ACC quarterback to throw for over 1,000 yards in a season, and was a member of NC State's inaugural athletic Hall of Fame class in 2012. Off the field, Gabriel was heavily involved in local charities. In 1974, Gabriel's second season with the team, his teammate, tight end Fred Hill's daughter, Kim, was battling leukemia. The Hills and other parents were camping out at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia while their kids underwent treatment. This is when the Hills realized that there needed to be a housing solution for families that traveled long distances and couldn't afford hotels. 

The Eagles partnered with CHOP and McDonald's to start a promotion where all proceeds from Shamrock Shakes sold would go toward buying an old house near the hospital for families. Gabriel was one of the faces of the charitable promotion, and the house he helped raise funds for became the first Ronald McDonald House in the country, located at 3925 Chestnut Street. Inspired by the opening of the first-ever Ronald McDonald House, Gabriel later opened the first Ronald McDonald House in his home state, North Carolina.

On The Re-release of Chink: The Serial Killer Thriller

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

I was checking something out and came across this article down at Chopso. Loved this film and the team behind it and just thought it was amazing because it said so much about the Asian American and Asian American male experience.

To me, while the title I know is controversial--I think it's dead on. It speaks to harsh reality of the Asian American experience, self hate, and the way we can be looked at, and how we look at ourselves.

It embodies so much and great to hear some more information on the evolution and distribution.

A snippet from the article:

QL: In its original reincarnation, Eddie was a rapper and anarchist and MC Jin was attached to play the role. And of course we couldn’t raise the money and MC Jin moved to Hong Kong to launch his Asian career. Jason Tobin, whom I befriended from Better Luck Tomorrow days, visited me and said he wanted me to make a film with him playing a transgender character. I was like, “I don’t have that movie yet… but I have Chink which is about the first Asian American serial killer.” And Jason came on-board. Stanley pulled Eugenia Yuan and Tzi Ma into the project and we crowdfunded to raise the initial budget of Chink.

Read it in full here: https://www.chopso.org/the-evolution-of-chink-the-re-release-of-the-controversial-serial-killer-thriller/

Reviews Of HBO's The Sympathizer

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

I watched the premiere and I loved it. Can't wait for the next episode and I will write about it more. For now here are a few reviews from the interwebs...

The Collab Made In Heaven: Mika x Ailee

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

What a fun collab with Mika Nakashima--queen Mika to you that is--and the indomitable Asian American Korean pop startastic Ailee.

Love it.