I’ve been a long time fan of Just Kidding Films, but this has got to be by far my favorite of their video productions. I was laughing until I was wiping away tears. From research into APIA history in the Old American West for my own APIA Western series Cowboy Ninja, I’ve learned about and criticized the lack of the Asian American story in the Old West (Hell on Wheels), so there was SO MUCH [...] Continue »
The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive Earlier we presented opinions both pro and con on #CancelColbert. The Nerdist has shared Stephen Colbert response, and the first part of his response is shown above. While you would expect Colbert to answer in some way, also adding his opinion is someone whom I never expected would want to talk about this subject.
Recently, Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney died at age 93. To be honest, I am not sure what movies I had seen him in, but I do remember being incredibly disgusted by his yellow face performance as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His role in that movie was ridiculous. I guess we should blame the director or writer or whoever was responsible for this shameful role.
I hate to share videos that objectify women mainly because it makes me want to throw up. Just watching that video I found above has left me with no appetite for the rest of my breakfast. Nevertheless, I thought the concept I want to explore was important enough, and really, there are so many contrasts in that video that when I watch it I swing dramatically back and forth from completely inspired to thoroughly disgusted. [...] Continue »
Much as been written about how the recent tech boom is transforming San Francisco and the resulting backlash. We hear about protests of Google buses and artists leaving for Oakland (and perhaps pushing out other artists), but this New American Media story talks about less publicized people who are pushed out – the ethnic elderly. Benito Santiago is being evicted out of the San Francisco apartment where he has lived for 37 years, but he’s [...] Continue »
By Timothy Fong I would prefer to resolve disagreements with mutually respectful dialogue. But when that fails, I’ll take fear. On Thursday, the Colbert Report did a skit where the punchline was “I am willing to show the Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The editor of the show’s Twitter account then tweeted the joke. In response, Suey Park, a writer and activist instigated the [...] Continue »
As you may or may not know, Lupita Nyong’o recently won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Patsey in ’12 Years a Slave.’ While millions have watched Nyong’o’s acceptance speech at the Oscars, but many will not have seen her speech prior to the Oscars at the Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. Her words touched me: “I didn’t really understand them until finally I realized that beauty was not [...] Continue »
As debate over SCA5 runs hotly both pro and con, California Asian American State Senators Ted Lieu, Carol Liu, and Leland Yee have asked that SCA 5 be put on hold. Here is their joint statement: “As lifelong advocates for the Chinese American and other API communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children. Prior to this vote, we heard no opposition to this bill. However, in the [...] Continue »
When my brother in-law told me how his fellow Asian realtors were upset about a proposed law to limit Asian enrollment in California colleges, I was initially skeptical. A law to put a cap on Asian students? But after looking at an e-mail (shown below) about that proposal that he forwarded me and doing a little research, there seemed to be something to this. State Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA5) looks to change California’s Proposition 209, [...] Continue »
When Number One Son took an SAT prep course in Fremont last summer, I looked at the kids coming out of the class and saw nothing but Asian kids. Curious, I asked him some questions: “Do any white kids go there? “Yes. David.” “Where do most of these kids go to school?” “Mission San Jose.” It turns out that Mission San Jose, a majority Asian high school in Fremont, California, made it on a list [...] Continue »
To view and access the video index of the program, view the video directly online at YouTube here (in the About section). Last month, I had the honor to attend the annual Korematsu Day Celebration organized by The Korematsu Institute held on the campus of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. I’ve tried to attend the past few years, having attended the inaugural event back in February 2011 with Jessie Jackson at Berkeley, [...] Continue »
I totally judge books by their covers. When I first saw the Harry Potter series, I was so repulsed by the cover art that I would hold up a hand to block my view of them as I walked into book stores. They were always prominently displayed, and in my opinion, a real eye sore. It was not until after it was shoved forcefully into my face by a passionate 5th grader who simply would [...] Continue »