One weekend evening when I was home, I remembered I wanted to see and wound up watching To Be Takei via Comcast On Demand and thoroughly enjoyed the film. After viewing the documentary, I thought about what a remarkable life Takei has had, experiencing life as a child growing up in a World War II Japanese internment camp, to becoming a breakthrough and iconic Japanese American and Asian American actor (and in the closet) in [...] Continue »
Miss @geneluenyang in Mt. View last week? Have no fear-He'll be sharing #ShadowHero 8/16, #SanMateoLibrary, 2PM! pic.twitter.com/JeBvZheMG4 — Books Inc. (@BooksIncEvents) August 15, 2014 As featured on NPR’s Code Switch, Illustrator Sonny Liew and accomplished writer and graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang collaborate to bring the “Green Turtle” back to life in The Shadow Hero, and with an Asian American based origin story no less. Me and the Green Turtle at #ComicCon2014! pic.twitter.com/JT43YkLgEM — Gene [...] Continue »
If you haven’t heard, actor John Cho is starring in a new show this Fall on ABC titled ‘Selfie’ and NPR highlighted Cho’s unique position on being a romantic lead for the show: “John Cho wasn’t supposed to star in the My Fair Lady-like ABC sitcom Selfie. (The pilot, which premieres Sept. 30, is much better than its not-very-good name, sort of like the ’90s Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.) The producers of the show were looking [...] Continue »
I saw a few weeks ago that my fellow Cornell alum, Jenny Yang, will be leading the Equal Employment Commission: “As a child, Jenny Yang says that she found inspiration in her mother who challenged discrimination at her workplace. Now, Yang is the new Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all Americans. She is also the first Asian American to serve in that [...] Continue »
In Hawaii, they’ve got that Polynesian Cultural Center, which on the one hand is a way to educate people about some of the culture and history of the various polynesian people, but at the same time, it reeks of colonialism. There’s just something about putting a people’s way of life into a living museum that’s just too much like a zoo. I mean, can you imagine coming to Los Angeles and visiting a Los Angeles [...] Continue »
Actor and writer Joy Regullano takes the “Asian fetish” dialogue that usually is directed at Asian/Asian American females and turns directs it at a white man for “White Fetish.” It’s nice to see someone do a funny take on “yellow fever” in the dating scene and it kind of reminds me of the super popular “If Asians Said The Stuff White People Say” video that came out a little while back. But don’t forget: everyone [...] Continue »
Like everyone else this summer season, I’ve been listening to the Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and quoting one-liners from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. One of my favorite lines to recall is from Drax the Destroyer: “NOTHING goes over my head!… My reflexes are too fast, I would catch it.” So I’ve been seeing a few comments here and there about there not being any Asian American representation on this summer blockbuster hit, and [...] Continue »
While we’ve written about how Filipinos have been affected by the San Francisco Tech boom, this story from Boom (summarized here by New America Media), talks about the effects of the boom on small Chinese American businesses like these on Clement street. I liked how in addition to talking about broad trends, it talks about individuals like Big Sister, who despite crowds eating at her restaurant, is closing her Geary Street restaurant and moving to [...] Continue »
With the tabling of SCA5, the Fisher vs University of Texas decision, and the lawsuit over admissions to New York’s selective high schools, non-race based alternatives to diversifying campuses are increasingly being discussed. Some of these discussions, like this one on the book “The Future of Affirmative Action: New Paths to Higher Education Diversity after Fisher v. University of Texas”, this one on place as a better emphasis than race, and this paper on affirmative [...] Continue »
The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook Actor and activist George Takei was on The Daily Show the other day to promote the documentary, ‘To Be Takei,‘ about his life, about being an actor, activist from his early childhood to present day. What captivated the host, Jon Stewart, the most was Takei’s experience as a child being forced with his family to be imprisoned into a Japanese [...] Continue »
I saw this blog posting on Facebook the other day by NPR, and their series on ‘Code Switch’, discussing race. This particular post discusses the one the earliest uses of ‘ching chong‘ as a racial slur against Asians (and specifically the Chinese): “But “ching chong” hurled as an insult at Asian folks in the U.S. stretches back all the way to the 19th Century, where it shows up in children’s playground taunts. … A book [...] Continue »
Drake did the above spoof of Manny Pacquiao singing Let it Go on the ESPY awards show. I personally thought it was funny and was not at all offended. As this Buzzfeed article points out, some Filipinos agree with me while others thought it was racist. The comments on the above video also divide along these lines. What do you all think? Is it a case of brown-face that insults all Filipinos or just satire? [...] Continue »
Paulus Magus: Liberals like to look for reasons to be offended. It's hot they find purpose in life. – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Paulus Magus: Asians produce a type of melanin called phaeomelanin. Phaemelanin is yellow. Just as white people are not ivory, but peachy-to-bronze, so Asians are not crayola... – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Azus: From a Chinese perspective, the term 'yellow' was actually self-imposed when Westerners, primarily European, were carving out spheres of influence across the country. The Chinese... – Why Are Asians Yellow?