As if it weren’t awesome enough that we’re going to have a major showdown between Karate Hottie Michelle Waterson and Yasuko Tamada from Japan in Invicta 8, We were supposed to get another fight card featuring another run for the title between a major bout between two Asian American female MMA fighters, Jenny Liou Shriver and Katie Howard. Unfortunately, Howard was injured and had to pull out of the fight, but hopefully this fight is scheduled again for when the two of them are ready to rumble.
Shriver was a top hopeful for Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) reality TV show, season 20, and she made it as the first alternative despite competing against many other fighters who had much longer pro records. She fights out of Lewiston, Idaho with a pro record of 2 wins and 0 losses.
Howard fights out of Portland, Oregon with five pro fights under her belt, 3 wins, and 2 losses. I only just discovered Howard through this bout with Shriver, so I checked out the Youtube of one of Howard’s fights, and it looks like she may have a preference for ground game based on the outcome of that fight. Shriver, too, works from a BJJ foundation, but since she’s been winning with TKOs, it’s safe to assume she’s been working on her stand up game.
So will these two ladies be taking each other out with joint-ripping submissions on the ground or will the preference on both sides for ground game lead to a stand up battle? I’ll keeping tabs on whether or not the fight will be scheduled again later.
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SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was arrested after police say he broke into a woman’s home, took off all his clothes, and climbed into her bed while she was in it sleeping.
According to police reports, the incident happened [in July 2014] in Santa Ana, California.
The victim told investigators that she screamed when she awoke to find the man, identified as 29-year-old Jonathan Phan, in her bed. Phan fled through a window.
Officers were able to identify Phan because he left behind his pants, cell phone, and wallet, which contained a driver’s license.
29-year-old Phan faces burglary charges after the incident.
Season 3, Episode 7 (originally aired July 29): “Open Mic Night”
Microsynopsis: Steve is determined to get his bar mentioned in a local hipster magazine in order to gain more customers. He invites a writer from the publication to attend the bar’s open mic night, for which the bar’s regulars have signed up to perform uncomfortably bad acts.
Good: There’s plenty of Susan here. She wins an award at work, and armed with the confidence it brings, she mimics her mother’s accent and character in a way that leaves bar patrons in stitches.
Bad: The excitement generated in the bar for open mic night is simply ridiculous. The whole “let’s put on a show” vibe feels like a summer camp where nobody has any talent. You know that summer camp gag where one person wraps his arms around another from behind, while the person in front puts his arms in a pair of pants and the pair acts like one bizarre little puppet? They actually do that in this episode. And that’s only the second-creepiest, second-most infantile performance on open-mic night.
Hapa moment: Susan gives her mom a hint about what her open-mic act is going to be. In her best impression of Ok Cha, Susan says, “It’s a-not my fadda!”
Overall: This may be the worst episode in Sullivan & Son’s three-season run so far.
Final grade, this episode: D minus.
The average white American has one Asian friend (and probably more than a few Chinese character tattoos). [The Washington Post]
I’d like to point out that long before Cary Joji Fukunaga won an Emmy for directing “True Detective” and became the crush of everybody who watched the Emmys this week, he was my (fantasy) boyfriend. [Yahoo!]
Folks in India, where 100 million people lack access to clean drinking water, are eschewing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in favor of the Rice Bucket Challenge — simply give a bucket of rice to a person who is hungry. [NPR]
In August, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) had their annual convention, which was in Washington, D.C. this year. As part of that convention, the AAJA had organized a panel discussion titled ‘Race and the 2014 Midterm Elections.’
One of the panelists is Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, and someone I had first met back in 2012 at the Democratic National Convention. The panel discusses the ways Democrats and Republicans are “trying to appeal to different ethnic communities, immigration reform, and engaging in the election process.”
The big battle that politicos are watching is whether or not the Republicans can win enough seats in the Senate to take over and control both houses of Congress. Immigration is one specific topic that Asian Americans are particularly interested in, though Asian American voters are not necessarily swing voters in key battleground states where Senate seats are potentially up for grabs.
A Letter to Momo (Momo e no Tegami) (2011)
Japanese subtitled version: Karen Miyama, Yuka, Toshiyuki Nishida, Koichi Yamadera.
English dubbed version: Amanda Pace, Stephanie Sheh, Fred Tatasciore, Dana Snyder.
Directed and written by Hiroyuki Okiura.
Twelve-year-old Momo has recently moved with her mother Ikuko from a condo in Tokyo to a tiny, rural island in Japan, where Ikuko grew up and where both try to deal with the recent death of Momo’s father.
They are grieving, each in her own, private way. Ikuko busies herself with trying to find a new job, leaving Momo to spend her days doing homework and making friends with other children on the island. In private moments, Ikuko kneels at the household shrine, looking through photo albums. Momo’s alone-time is often spent staring at a piece of paper, blank except for the words, “Dear Momo,” the beginning of a letter written by her father’s hand shortly before his death at sea.
Momo doesn’t tell anyone, but her last words to her father were shouted in anger, a horrible expression of childish disappointment that she can never take back. As she tries somehow to manage the guilt, grief, loneliness, pain, and adjustment of this new life, mysterious things happen in her house and neighborhood. Small personal belongings disappear. Orchards are raided for their fruit before it is ready for harvest. Snacks disappear from the kitchen with only trash left in their place. Momo sees strange shapes and movements out of the corners of her eye as Ikuko leaves each morning, but nothing’s there when she turns her head to get a better look.
The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) is accepting applications for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship in Washington, D.C. The fellowship is based in the JACL D.C. office and includes the following programs:
Candidates must be U.S. citizens, graduating college seniors or students in graduate or professional programs, and a member of the JACL. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated a commitment to Asian American issues, particularly those affecting the Japanese American community. Communication skills, especially in writing, are important.
Time Period & Stipend:
The term of the fellowship will be for a time period of one year and will begin as early as October 2014. A $2,250 monthly stipend will be provided. Air travel is provided by Southwest Airlines.
Interested applicants should submit a résumé, a sample of writing, and names and contact information for two (2) references to the Washington, D.C. office of the JACL at [email protected] with “Fellowship” in the subject line. Applications for the Inouye Fellowship can be found here.
The deadline to apply for the Daniel K. Inouye Fellowship is August 31, 2014 by 6:00 p.m. EST.
If you have any questions, please contact the D.C. office at 202-223-1240 or at [email protected]
Over the weekend, Yoshi Hayasaki, was inducted into the Class of 2014 USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame as both an athlete and coach.
One of the most decorated and respected coaches in the history of NCAA gymnastics, Yoshi Hayasaki is a former two-time NCAA all-around champion and U.S. national champion as a competitor.
Now the owner and director of Hayasaki Gymnastics Center, he served as Head Men’s Gymnastics Coach at the University of Illinois from 1974 to 2009. He also served as an director of Men’s and women’s program at the University of Illinois.
During his 35-year tenure at Illinois, Hayasaki led his teams to six Big Ten Championships and won NCAA national championship in 1989. He coached over 90 All Americans, 50 Big Ten champions, 12 national champions, and produced 3 Olympians.
He is a two time NCAA all around Champion and a former USA and AAU All Around Champion. He has earned over 20 individual national and international titles.
Thai-Kun, an Austin food truck that serves “O.G. Thai” (meaning Thai food not made blander for Western palates) is one of bon apétit magazine’s hot 10 restaurants for 2014. [bon apétit]
Among the people who have traveled to Ferguson, Missouri to join the protesters seeking justice for Michael Brown — exiled Tibetan monks living in India. [The Huffington Post]
Patrick Rosal sees ghosts from the Philippine-American war when he considers the on-going protests in Ferguson. [Hyphen Magazine]
Jeremy Lin is just one of many, many, many celebrities to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [YouTube]
The New York Times’ T Magazine talked to Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of Kung Fu Panda 2, about redefining what it means to be a woman in Hollywood. [New York Times]
The pilot for “Selfie”, a modern take on “My Fair Lady” starring John Cho, is available to watch for free on Hulu. [Hulu]
Season 3, Episode 6 (originally aired July 22): “Lyle & Son”
Microsynopsis: Billy Gardell returns as Lyle Winkler, Steve’s childhood rival. He opens a bar across the street from Sullivan & Son, not to make a profit, but to drive Steve out of business over some middle-school slight. The new bar, Lyle & Son, is cooler and more exciting, and for a while even Steve’s regulars find it difficult to stay away. Steve and Lyle agree to a loser-leaves-town bartenders’ challenge. Meanwhile, Carol’s hanging out with her new boss (played by Frank Caliendo) who drives her crazy with annoying impressions. She likes her new position but is afraid to express her displeasure for fear of losing her job.
Good: Okay, this is going to sound very subjective, but friends and I have been joking about the Korean mafia in Honolulu for ages, so Ok Cha, who admits to having ties to Pittsburgh’s Korean mafia, is pretty funny when she recommends “sending a message” to Lyle as a means to scaring him away. Steve has a few moments where he gets to be cheered on by his customers, a nice establishment of community in a much less-forced way than is this program’s wont.
Bad: There’s no Susan in this episode. And if there’s one thing that’s worse in a thirty-minute sitcom than a gratuitous guest star, it’s two gratuitous guest stars. I love Frank Caliendo, but I was in pain for him in this episode. There’s also some gratuitous bouncing, as Lyle’s bikini-clad waitresses cheer him on, but for some reason that doesn’t offend my sensibilities quite as much.
Hapa moment: This may be more about personalities than ethnicities, but Steve’s dad’s advice is (at first) not to worry about competition because as long as the best regulars keep coming back, so will the rest. His mom’s advice is to call in “the Association” to threaten and intimidate Lyle.
Overall: It surprises me to say it, but as stupid as some of the plot and direction are (at one point, Lyle actually rubs his hands together in anticipation of winning a trophy; who does that outside of TV and the movies?), there’s an overall fun vibe with this episode and I rather enjoyed it.
Final grade, this episode: B minus.
Grant took to Twitter to share his feelings after the announcement was made:
Thanks @MythBusters for allowing us to teach science in a whole new way. Also, explosions. Now, on to the next adventure!
— Grant Imahara (@grantimahara) August 22, 2014
I guess that’s one less Asian American man I get to watch regularly on TV.
Thank goodness for re-runs.
We had seen a feature of San Xian Tai in a National Geographic travel guide to Taiwan and thought, “Wow, that looks really cool.” Looking it up, though, we saw that it wasn’t exactly right next to a train stop, and it was on the west side of the main Taiwan island, which is harder to get to overall. Nevertheless, Taiwan Tour Bus came to the rescue again, and we were able to charter a very reasonably priced personal driver and tour guide to pick us up from the nearest train station and take us straight to San Xian Tai for an afternoon hike. I gotta say, Taiwan Tour Bus made all of our coolest destinations possible, and it’s nice that it’s government sanctioned so you don’t feel like you’re risking it with a local travel company. In the U.S., it’s a pain to bring up a complaint against a company from another state, so another country just seems impossible. So the peace of mind of Taiwan Tour Bus and the great prices, convenience, and service just makes Taiwan a really easy vacation destination.
So Sanxiantai is an island that basically has a really stylistic bridge that connects the main Taiwan island to the small island not far off the coast. I guess the cool thing is instead of having to take a boat there, you just walk this bridge, which has eight arches complete with stairs going up and down them, adding up to 320 steps (or so we counted as we traversed it). The bridge is actually a little sad looking from the side in its sea-weathered metal state and somewhat clashing colors, but once you get on the thing itself and start crossing it, it’s pretty darn cool-lookin’ and the view is ridiculous as you cross over the ocean.