A variation of this piece was originally written for AsiansOnYouTube and has been reposted here with permission.
Please read this list with a sense of humor: I am not condemning any of these videos, but after watching them, it does make me shake my head and wonder what they were thinking. Watch the slow-motion car accident, after the jump!
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Darren Criss, that A Very Harry Potter Musical wonder who parlayed being viral into a series regular on Glee, will come one step closer to being Harry Potter: He’ll step in the shoes of Daniel Radcliffe for three weeks on Broadway for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Criss is expected to take over the role in January when Radcliffe leaves the show at the Al Hirschfeld Theater.
It was just one year ago that a shaggy haired Criss appeared at Comic Con 2010’s Harry Potter fandom panel to the screams of adoring fans. True to his nature, he put on a show, charming the audience with wit and song. Fast-forward a year later, and Criss was again strumming his guitar, but this time at a Screen Actors Guild event. And on the Glee panel this year at Comic-Con, he fielded most of the questions from the audience. Criss suggested that his character has daddy issues and wondered if his parents would appear on the show. (We here at 8asians wonder if one parent would be Filipino.)
See video. See video of an udon bowl with a squid. See video of udon bowl with a squid that flails its legs when soy sauce is added. Get a million hits on YouTube. Good video.
What you don’t want to do is read some of these comments, one in particular attributing that this dish to how Japanese people are inherently sadistic judging by their actions from WWII. Oh, Internet.
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Scarily enough, it’s already time to think about shopping for back to school, as much as my own soon to be first-grader wants more play and vacation time. It turns out if you’re an Asian American parent, your kids tend to spend more than the average teenager on clothing for back-to-school. According to a survey by YPulse, Asian American teenagers spend on average around $140.97 per month on clothing, compared to $111.58 for the average white teenager.
With San Francisco’s HIV community at endemic levels rather than pandemic levels, San Francisco’s HIV director has re-allocated the community-based agencies it funds and has left APIs out of a HIV Prevention Plan which targets Caucasian, African American, and Latino gay men, transgender women, and intravenous drug users. The new plan will redirect funding from API outreach to the newly targeted groups.
While the news is disconcerting – to say the least – an anonymous tipster found the news not surprising: “[The API Wellness Center, the de facto API HIV group in San Francisco] has had a very long history of burning bridges with other API HIV organizations […] and they made a lot of enemies, including former staff and potential allies … Honestly, it was only a matter of time before the San Francisco Department of Public Health found out about their bullshit and doubletalk–and withdrew their funding. It’s honestly very breathtaking that this happened, because they had a lot of friends in SFDPH and City Hall, so there must’ve been some major shit that went down for this to happen.”
Meet Bay Area Filipino twins Justin and Jeremy playing Just Dance 2 on the Nintendo Wii. Justin is the one with the white Wii remote singing along, Jeremy is the one with the black Wii remote with the hip-shaking swagga. (Or it may be other way around. What? They’re twins.)
From the Honolulu Star Advertiser: This past weekend witnessed Hawaii’s first intergenerational Hanafuda card game tournament. For the first time, children were allowed to participate, because as the organizer said, “This is a cultural treasure…. A gift from the issei to us. It’s our duty to pass it on to the next generation.” Hanafuda was originally brought by the Japanese plantation workers to Hawaii, where it has “evolved…becoming a pastime for families during get-togethers.”
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).
Don Nose is the president of the Go For Broke National Educational Center. Most recently, Nose was Director of Major Gifts, Planned Giving and Gifts in-Kind for the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles. He has also led and built sustainable high-growth organizations, spearheaded global business development, operated his own business and directed marketing for leading brands.
Nose created a successful nonprofit and public-sector practice group for The Staubach Company in Los Angeles and was a Director of Business Development in the global corporate service group for CB Richard Ellis, both leading international commercial real estate companies. He came to California as Director of Marketing for Starbuck’s Coffee Company where he was responsible for a multi-state region that is that corporation’s largest market-development zone.
For all you up-and-coming Asian Pacific American filmmakers: as posted before on this site, Visual Communications is accepting applications for its prestigious Armed With a Camera fellowship. Lucky for you, the DEADLINE’S BEEN EXTENDED by one week to August 5th. As part of the program, ten fellows receive training, mentoring, resources and $500 to each create a five-minute video over a five month period; completed works get shown at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. If you are a filmmaker of Asian Pacific descent under 30, don’t miss this opportunity.
You may have heard Priscilla Ahn’s songs featured on Grey’s Anatomy or Dancing with the Stars, but the youthful singer-songwriter is back with a new album, When You Grow Up. We caught up with Priscilla to learn more about how the album came together, being a female musician in today’s over the top pop culture style and her Asian comfort food.
“When You Grow Up” marks your second album; is there anything that sets this apart from your other albums that fans can look forward?
I think I’ve grown as an artist a little bit over the years. My singing has changed a little, and some of the songs I write have a different feel to them. It’s not a drastic change, but there’s definitely some growth in there. Half the songs on the album are co-writes with my friends. So that was definitely different for me! I’m so used to writing on my own. But I wanted to branch out a little, experiment with different writing styles. And I discovered that everyone writes so differently! It was a great learning experience for me.
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Back this May, former Governor of Washington and former Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke went through Senate confirmation hearings for his nomination for Ambassador to China. In the midst the of increasing the debt limit, the Senate unanimously confirmed Locke, making him the first Chinese-American to be U.S. ambassador to China. (All the more amazing that the Senate can agree on anything these days.) Congratulations to Locke on this historic event, and let’s hope he can convince the people of China — the largest foreign creditor of US debt — that our country isn’t going to default on our debt obligation.