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The Hunger Games Finally Casts An Asian!


It looks like the Gods of The Hunger Games have answered my blog prayers: according to The Hunger Games Facebook page, they have cast martial artist/actor Chris Mark as a “Tribute Boy” in the highly anticipated film adaptation.

Seeing as how I have named myself as the official 8Asians.com “Hunger Games Ambassador of Goodwill” I felt that I need to keep everyone (whether you care or not) in the loop about casting updates of the next young adult novel-turned-tween movie franchise. Since Twilight and Harry Potter are bowing out of the pop culture forefront soon, this new series is going to be the next big thing to eclipse all of them (pun intended).

Sure, Chris Mark’s role as “Tribute Boy” is a very generic role (probably the equivalent of being a bit player in Scream) but this is very exciting news. It also shows the power of blogging. I am SURE my blog post about “No Asians Cast in ‘The Hunger Games’ Film” had EVERYTHING to do with Chris Mark being cast in what will be the most AWESOME movie of 2012. And to that I say, “You’re welcome Chris Mark.”

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What do you get when you have Asians who love to sing a capella with Asians that are well represented at US institutions of higher learning? College Asian American Acapella Groups! Here are seven awesome collegiate Asian a capella groups on YouTube worth checking out, after the jump.
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This week, the fifth installment of the automobile frenzy franchise Fast and the Furious opens in theaters. Supposedly, it is so cool that they dropped the “furious” and simply called it Fast Five.

The movie brings us back to the original trifecta of Fast & Furious alums: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster. Director Justin Lin picks the story up where he left off with Fast & Furious. Brian (Walker) and Mia (Brewster)–who are now a happy couple–have managed to break Dominic Toretto (Diesel) free from a life in prison. As a result, they are on the run from the law with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a hardcore, super-rigid cop with biceps the size of canned hams, leading the hunt–and he is hell-bent on claiming the scalp of Dominic.

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Angry Asian Man reported on this Craigslist personal ad (which has since been removed):

puzzled disabled lady (Alhambra, CA)
Date: 2011-04-17, 5:35PM PDT

Doing business and have a new relative that is Chinese. I’ve lived in Alhambra since 1993, and I totally don’t get them. Willing to take you to dinner, if you can give me a crash course on Chinese people. Please no men, just another woman and we’ll meet in a public place. I have a pretty open schedule except for Easter and Wednesday, all day.

Some of the noble peoples of Zhong Guo* were offended or at the very least thought unkind thoughts of our dear Puzzled Disabled Lady from Alhambra. Aw come on now. The Chinese people are quite difficult “to get,” especially since Westerners think the Chinese are one giant glob of human race homogeny when really they are comprised of many ethnic groups, have a crazy long history of changing borderlines, currently have two forms of the Chinese written language (simplified and traditional), and a daunting many more forms of spoken languages all of which are referred colloquially and confusingly as “Chinese.” To date, not everybody even agrees on what parts are “China” and what parts are not. So it’s natural to be puzzled. That’s lesson one of Professor Akrypti’s crash course: Chinese people themselves are puzzled by who they are, so do not worry if you are too.

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Oh, 3D Taiwanese CGI company, how dependable you are for Asian American blogs: Next Media Animation just released a video to illustrate that Panda Express — Americanized Chinese fast food chain of talking panda commercials and fried, breaded meats in candy-sweet sauces that would get mocked overseas — will be expanding their chain to China. Can you believe that? It’s like Taco Bell expanding to Mexico! (Oh, wait.) Continue Reading »

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Whether you love or hate author and Yale law professor Amy Chua, better known as ‘Tiger Mom,” she’s definitely become a cultural icon, and has recently even made it on The 2011 TIME 100! (Pretty crazy huh?)

The other night, The Daily Show’s Olivia Munn does quite an entertaining “investigative” piece on being raised by a “Tiger Mom” by interviewing her actual mom and contrasting child rearing philosophy versus traditional “Western” child raising methods with author Christine Carter of Raising Happiness and Ellen Dosick Kaufman of Empowering Your Indigo Children.

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APA Spotlight is a weekly interview of Asian Pacific Islander Americans (APIA) community leaders. It is a spotlight on individuals who have dedicated their careers to issues surrounding the APIA community with the goal of bringing much deserved recognition to their work and cause(s).

Gloria Chan currently serves as the President and CEO of Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS). Prior to joining APAICS, Gloria Chan spent over four years working on Capitol Hill advocating on behalf of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Most recently, she served as the executive director of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC), a caucus of 30 Members of Congress, then chaired by Rep. Michael Honda (CA-15).

In this position, Ms. Chan worked regularly with congressional leaders, as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander national and local leaders around the country. Prior to this post, she served as legislative counsel to Rep. Honda, and CAPAC’s communications director. Her portfolio then included justice and commerce appropriations, census, voting, civil rights, and immigration. Ms. Chan came to Capitol Hill in 2006 as an APAICS Anheuser-Busch/Congressman Frank Horton Fellow.

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On this very special episode blog post of 8Questions, we were honored to have the opportunity to do an 8Questions segment with Olivia Speranza — a VJ and Host for MYX TV, the premier music entertainment and lifestyle channel dedicated to the Asian American community, where she hosts a show called MYX-Rated. Find out what Olivia thinks about APA Identity, living in the Bay Area, what’s on her iPod and so much more!

MYX TV can be seen on Comcast’s Digital Preferred Tier in the San Francisco Bay Area, Central California and Chicago, Cox Digital Basic Cable in Orange County and Northern Virginia, MCV Cable in Guam and RCN in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. It’s also available nationwide on DirecTV.

(Special thanks to Olivia and to others for making this video happen: Joshua Padilla and Keesa Ocampo from MYX TV as well as Jackson West)

The Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival sweeps through Toronto once again from now till May 8th to showcase the best in international documentary filmmaking. It is the largest documentary festival, conference and market for documentary filmmakers in North America.

This year special presentation features Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey, Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop and Bobby Fischer Against the World. Out of the 150 documentaries screening at this year’s festival, here are a few of highlights after the cut.

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China is fast becoming a country of great transformation—and that includes its faces. With more than two million operations per year in 2009, China has jumped to take the third spot in the list of countries with the most plastic surgery operations. And this number is only expected to double every year.

So why the sudden rise in popularity? Plastic surgery is now the “fourth most popular way to spend discretionary income in China” according to China’s vice health minister, behind houses, cars, and travel. It seems as if having a certain “look” has become synonymous with wealth—and younger people are striving to get that look.

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Hayley Kiyoko Alcroft, known professionally as Hayley Kiyoko, is an American actress, singer and dancer who plays Stella Yamada from the Disney Channel film Lemonade Mouth. Not being the target demographic of anything on the Disney Channel, I hadn’t heard of Hayley or the film until I saw tweets about her getting kicked out of the Apple Store at the Grove in L.A. for her flash mob with co-star Chris Dupre (and a gaggle of dancers!). While there is speculation that this was some sort of corporate-concocted promotion for the movie, Hayley says to her YouTube followers:

Hey guys! I just wanted to let you all know that the apple store had NO idea we were going to flash mob them….disney had absolutely NO involvement in this video.
We rehearsed THAT day with the dancers and literally walked in, in hopes that everything would go as planned….

Just wanted to clear that up!!! :)

And I also wanted to THANK EVERYONE for watching our video and supporting lemonade mouth!! Turn YOUR world into a dance floor….Love you all!!xoxo

I think if this song had been like 30 seconds shorter, they would have made it out of the Apple Store without getting ushered out. That said, does someone have something that can erase this song from my mind? The hook is annoyingly catchy, which means I have to share the love…

h/t: @MackReed