After a fender bender on the road (in which a biker cut off the SUV and was accidentally hit), 33 year-old Manhattan resident Alexian Lien, his wife Rosalyn Ng, and their baby were chased in their black Range Rover by a group of motorcyclists. Alexian was eventually dragged out of his car and assaulted by multiple bikers on the pavement.
The original video, which was also uploaded to LiveLeak, is evidently from another one of the bikers.
From NY Daily News:
Alexian Lien’s Range Rover was surrounded by several bikers on the West Side Highway on Sunday. One biker apparently cut the driver off and slammed on the brakes just before the SUV bumped his rear tire. But when Lien — who was driving his wife, Rosalyn, and their 2-year-old child — stopped, several bikers began to damage his SUV. Lien fled, striking one biker. But the group caught up to him and pummeled him before cops arrived.
h/t: Anonymous 8Asians reader
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Puerto Rican-Japanese American reporter Sabrina Rodriguez was doing some hands-on reporting at the zoo, when a baboon decided he needed to get his hands into the action.
UPDATE: This project successfully raised its funding goal on 11/2/2013
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WHAT: Kickstarter project: Strength in NUMBERS: Asian American urban music project
WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Saturday Nov 2, 1:15pm PDT.
Growing up Asian American, it was hard to identify with pop culture: music, TV, movies. My generation watched The Simpsons and Spongebob just to see some yellow faces. Years ago, me and two good friends broke barriers as the Mountain Brothers, the 1st Asian American rap artists signed to a major label, releasing two albums & getting video play on the big networks before taking separate paths…
… I spent the past TWO YEARS making music with over 30 Asian American artists who I consider among the best out, with special appearances from Japan and Korea. Even the guys from MBs got back together for a couple songs (and a fantastic new video by award-winning director Chris Chan Lee, who co-directed our “Galaxies” vid back in the day)!
Here’s more names than you can fit in your homie’s Honda Civic: Ann One (LA), Baiyu (NYC), Bambu (LA), Catzie of Yellow Rage (PHL), Connie Lim (LA), Decipher (PHL), DJ Bonics (PHL/PGH), DJ Neil Armstrong (NYC), DJ Roli Rho (NYC), Dumbfoundead (LA), El Gambina (NJ), Erika David (Bay Area), Hopie (SF), Hoya (NYC), J-Key (NYC), Joanlee (LBC), Kiwi (LA), Lil Crazed (MN), Matt Cab (Tokyo), Mic Barz (ATL), Mountain Brothers (PHL), Nikko Dator (LV), Paul Kim (LA), Prometheus Brown (SEA), Rekstizzy (NYC), Rocky Rivera (SF), Ruby Ibarra (Bay Area), Tasha aka Yoonmirae (Korea), Thai (PDX), Tiger JK (Korea), Timothy Flu (ATL), Verbal of M-Flo / Teriyaki Boyz (Tokyo), and Yellow Boyz (ATL)
Samsung is not only the leader of Android smartphones, but of HDTV’s in the United States. From this commercial that I saw recently, it looks like Samsung is really starting to push ther “Smart TV’s” and their recommendation engine.
It looks like another familiar mixed couple coupling, an Asian American wife coming home with the kids, seeing her white husband (and father-in-law (?)) binge TV watching.
I’m hoping to see an Asian American husband with a white wife coupling from Samsung in the near future, but I won’t hold my breath….
The Interview, an upcoming comedy by actors/directors Seth Rogen and James Franco, is about to start filming and Asian American Commercial Watch favorite Randall Park has been cast to play Kim Jong-Un.
According to PolicyMic, the “plot centers around two fictional journalists who go to the hermit State of North Korea to talk to Kim, but are tapped by the C.I.A. to terminate the 29-year-old autocrat.”
Yes, you did read that correctly, this is a comedy about North Korea and assassination.
We know that Randall does comedy well, but will anyone buy someone so handsome as the “supreme leader?” Oh well, it is Hollywood, so it’s to be expected that they “upgrade” the look of KJU (even if he already is the sexiest man alive). I guess we should just be grateful they didn’t turn it into a role for a white guy, right?
Image credit: Randall Park Place
The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi explains how Indian Americans are getting the last laugh in America despite such incidents as racists tweets after the crowing of an Indian American for Miss America.
The one thing I was surprised was that Mandvi didn’t even bring up elected Indian Americans such as Bobby Jindal and Nikki Haley. I’m just hoping one day, The Daily Show has an “Asian” correspondent one day, as it has black and Latino correspondent. (Olivia Munn’s brief tenure on The Daily Show doesn’t count for me.)
UPDATE: Apparently, Quin Woodward Pu lied in her blog post about forwarding the sexts to the guy’s boss. “Pu tells HuffPost she did not, as initially claimed, actually forward the texts. ‘He is safely and soundly still employed,’ she says. He’s also been back in touch.”
Here’s one woman I wouldn’t want to cross.
Quin Woodward Pu, a self-styled “memoirist” based in DC and author of “Type A+”, recently blogged about how she was dumped by text message by some “rando” guy.
Not letting him get off the hook for treating her like this, she took screenshots of the “sexts” that he sent her from his “tax-payer funded” phone and sent them to his superiors at work. And of course, she went forth and shamed him publicly on her blog.
Personally, I thought this was ultra-vindictive for an admittedly jackhole move by the dumb guy. Hopefully she doesn’t think I’m talking too much shit about her in this blog post and she doesn’t try to call me out or something cray cray. (Only half kidding. But still, if you’re reading this, please don’t come after me, Quin. I know you can’t take getting dumped by text message, but I hope you can take some friendly ribbing from me!)
I caught this Target ad the other day while watching a past episode of The Big Bang Theory via Comcast / Video-on-Demand (VOD). What caught my eye was the pairing of an Asian woman and an African American male. At first I thought the actress might have been Korean, but in the YouTube comments, someone had noted that the actress is Japanese model / actress Tao Okamoto, who made her film debut in as the female lead, Mariko Yashida, opposite Hugh Jackman, in The Wolverine. She is also the face of Ralph Lauren.
A hybrid throwback to the educational after school specials of the 90s and the Japanese Tokusatsu genre, director Jon Truei presents this short film on the YOMYOMF Network.
Both the star of the film, Eric Lim and myself are Asian Americans, and we created the role of the well meaning high school Chemistry teacher Mr. Yamamoto to be a rare example of a likeable and relatable Asian American in a leading role, and to utilize this role to reclaim the imported Japanese genre of Tokusatsu.
We just premiered this week on the YOMYOMF Network, Justin Lin’s (of The Fast and the Furious Fame) youtube original premium content channel, and we’re fighting as hard as we can to make sure that the film makes it out to the internet public.
Here’s another Thai TV commercial from that’s going viral.
I have seen it shared by people as diverse as my niece in the Philippines to friends all over the US. This Gawker article gushes about how it is much more moving than standard Hollywood fare. While I’d say that’s true, I did see the end coming. Maybe I have seen too many of these.
The Gawker article points out that the commercial’s sponsor True Move Mobile doesn’t give away its services for free, but I would say that they have given away something for free, making an inspiring short for people around the world who have no intention of ever buying their products.
The season has indeed ended and Kenichi defied the odds to come out on top, but it seems like you can’t be of Asian-descent and win a talent show (or win the Miss America pageant, for that matter) without the racists coming out to tweet.
Inspired by Natalie Portman’s SNL rap video, Susane Lee says:
My latest project DREAM BIG is a comedic rap music video that highlights my journey as an Asian-American actress in Hollywood. It pokes fun of the common stereotypes and draws a lot from my own personal experiences. It is my greatest desire to see leading roles in TV and Film more diversified and thus a closer representation of how our world really is!