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Japanese director Takashi Miike is set to take on the live action film adaptation of Ace Attorney, the popular video game series about defense attorney Phoenix Wright and his courtroom shenanagins. Capcom has even released the latest casting news with Hiroki Narimiya playing the lead role and Takumi Saito as his rival, Miles Edgeworth.

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From time-to-time, I make an effort to turn to C-SPAN to catch if there are any interesting hearings going on in Washington, D.C. As I had blogged back in March, current Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke was nominated to replace the outgoing ambassador and possible Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has finally gotten around to the confirmation hearings which you can watch here; Locke got a very, very friendly reception and should have no problems sailing through a confirmation vote – though no date for that has been set yet.

This link is old, but it’s new to me, so what the hell: Meet Paul Fanelli and James Minger, two Korean adoptees interviewed on camera as part of HBO’s Asian’s Aloud East of Main Street series last year. While both are Korean adoptees, the interview is fascinating in how completely different in how they look, how they interact with each other — think an adoptee Abbott & Costello — and how they identity as Asian American. (Paul is especially entertaining to watch, as he’ll probably be the closest thing to a Korean guido you will ever meet.)

I’ve been seeing this Verizon Tablet ad starring Jared Asato all over the network television, but imagine my surprise when I was flipping through the foreign language channels and caught the exact same ad in Mandarin. Even though I know Jared doesn’t speak Chinese, I was almost fooled into thinking he did the voiceover especially given the lines the actress “speaks.” Then I realized that this ad was brilliantly cut so that the V.O. could be done in any number of languages– including Cantonese and Korean.

8Questions with the Poreotics

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Dance Group Poreotics

By Keesa Ocampo

The Poreotics are MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 5 winners, an Asian American all-male dance crew from Westminster, California. The crew was formed in 2007 and specializes in popping, choreography, and robotics, hence the name po-reo-tics. They are known for their shaded, dark glasses, which they wear for all of their performances and will be featured in the first ever K-Pop dance convention, K-Pop TaKeover by MYX TV. Here are 8Questions with Lawrence, Matt aka Dumbo, Can, Chad and Charles! Continue Reading »

Having been a game reviewer for ages who hasn’t found a genre of video games that I didn’t like, I’m not surprised when I read that China had gold farming prisons. I actually have participated in gold farming in games like Second Life when it was still legal.  Gold farming, if you’ve never heard of the term before, is basically the process of doing tedious work in a virtual world for items that you then sell for real currency. While most game operators expressly forbid the exchange of money for virtual items, there are multiple black markets for these sort of things and the ideal really comes from the fact that if the game operator can make you pay for it, then there’s some sort of economic means to sell those items too.

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A new study in Organization Science found some interesting differences in the way Americans and Chinese perceive what is considered cooperation. In many cases the American respondents and Chinese respondents selected exactly opposite actions as examples of “cooperation.”

On one question about the willingness to drop one’s own activity to help another group member with a different task, Americans said the faster that people do that, the more cooperative they seem. But the Chinese said a situation in which several members of the group help with the other’s task as soon as they’re done with some of their own — rather than putting their own tasks aside immediately — showed greater cooperation.
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By Ken

Not many people realize that James Dean only starred in three movies, two released after his death. And yet his legend remains. There are few people who can have such a mesmerizing hold on people.

In just a few So You Think You Can Dance audition highlights, Alex Wong became “freaking Alex Wong” without even making it to the live competitive phase. Alex didn’t make it through, not because he wasn’t selected, but because he was held back by a piece of paper. As you may know his “legend,” the Miami City Ballet wouldn’t let him out of his contract to compete on the show. Alex returned two seasons later, and already a superstar, was a sensation. Until he got injured.

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Last week, the House of Representatives and the Senate introduced a resolution calling on Congress to formally acknowledge and express regret for the passage of a series of laws during the turn of the 20th century that violated the fundamental civil rights of Chinese American immigrants. This is a long-time coming, considering the Chinese Exclusion Act passed in 1882. Back in July 2009, I had blogged that the State of California officially apologized for discriminatory laws against Chinese immigrants during the Gold Rush.  

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A variation of this piece was originally written for AsiansOnYouTube and has been reposted here with permission.

By AsiansOnYouTube

When creating this list of the Top 5 Hottest Asian Female News Anchors On YouTube, I do not mean to demean these obviously intelligent, hard working and successful women in journalism, but you have to acknowledge the fact that they are also highly attractive. Here’s some criteria I had to follow:

  1. Must be or have been an anchor, not just the roving reporter
  2. English speaking
  3. Must be hot.

This list will be updated constantly, so please let me know if I am missing anyone. On with the show:

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Are Asians the Smartest Race?

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I have to be honest, I didn’t want to write this article. It’s such a touchy subject but the more I looked into it the more I realized that it is something we SHOULD talk about. I promise that I’m not going to make jokes. In fact, I’m going to cut and paste most of the article and cite/link as much as possible. I’ll offer my opinion in the end and I welcome your thoughts as well.

Where do I begin? The first thing I did was ask Google who was the smartest race. And apparently the entire Internet universe thinks Asians are the smartest.

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Brian Wong, Founder and CEO of Kiip.me

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Who’s that baby-faced guy up there? Why, that’s Brian Wong, the youngest entrepreneur ever to receive funding from a venture capital firm. $4.3M from True Ventures at 19 years old, to be exact. What were YOU doing when you were 19?

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