Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 10: “Do You Hear What I Hear?” Original airdate December 12, 2017. Synopsis: Deirdre’s college roomie Holly (it’s Paula Abdul!) is visiting, and since she’s a “performance and movement” instructor, she offers to coach the homeowners’ association carolers. Jessica (who still takes Christmas very seriously) doesn’t think most of her neighbors sing very well, so she insists that Holly conduct tryouts, limiting this year’s group to six participants. […] Continue »
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…. …Asians finally became a key part of the STAR WARS saga. TL;DR: The Tico Sisters rock my galaxy. STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI opens in U.S. theaters on December 15, and in this installment of “Episode VIII,” we finally get to meet mechanic Rose Tico, played by actress Kelly Marie Tran. I say “finally” because it has been more than 2 years since the infamous […] Continue »
During opening weekend, I took my daughter to see the new Disney/Pixar movie, Coco. It’s a movie she’s been looking forward to seeing for almost a year, since the trailers for the new movie came out quite some time ago. I didn’t have much expectations for the movie, as I figured it would be similar to a previous animated film, Book of Life, another film centered around Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. But the movie […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 9: “Slide Effect” Original airdate December 5, 2017. Synopsis: Eddie’s friends each sign up for school activities. Trent’s the newest member of the Safety Patrol, while the others get into the school play, the book club, and the cheerleading team. Eddie doesn’t like the image they project, and when Trent writes him up for breaking the dress code, he pushes back in order to cultivate what he hopes […] Continue »
Maggie Shen King’s debut novel An Excess Male is a thrilling ride through a dystopia future where there is many more than one excess male. Some time in the not so distant future, China has so many men, that families include multiple husbands–husbands who must compete in an ultra-competitive, dowry-driven market to ever get married at all. The novel follows four main characters, shifting perspectives with each chapter. The first is Wei-guo, a bachelor who has […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 8: “The Vouch” Original airdate November 21, 2017. Synopsis: Jessica finally completes her novel, A Case of a Knife to the Brain, and Louis hates it but doesn’t want to hurt her feelings or discourage her. She puts him in a difficult spot, asking him to pass her manuscript to Kenny Rogers, who will be in Orlando to visit Kenny Rogers’s Michael Bolton’s Cattleman’s Ranch. Eddie and his friends […] Continue »
Stolen Oranges, a new novel by Max Yeh, is a whirlwind of a historical tale, recounting a series of letters written between Miguel Cervantes (of Don Quixote fame) and a Ming emperor as told by their discoverer–a Chinese American historian. I was first drawn to this novel by the back cover description: “this dazzling meditation on the intricacies of memory, language, and time.” And when it showed up at my doorstep, by the small size […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 7: “The Day After Thanksgiving” Original airdate November 14, 2017. Synopsis: Grandma: still taking an ESL course. Louis: invites the ESL teacher to Thanksgiving dinner. Jessica: agrees to host Thanksgiving dinner so she and Honey can use Grandma’s chair on Black Friday. Eddie and Emery: take Evan to his first R-rated movie (I Know What You Did Last Summer). Evan: gets spooked and takes a little trip to […] Continue »
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani is a delightful graphic novel about a young girl looking for herself, navigating two worlds and two cultures. Priyanka is your average Indian American teenager until she finds a magic pashmina in her mother’s closet. Her mother won’t ask questions about the India she left behind or about Priyanka’s father, but the pashmina opens a new window. The story follows Priyanka’s eventual journey to India and back again, all along insightfully […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 6: “A League of Her Own” Original airdate November 7, 2017. Synopsis: Nicole comes out to Honey and Jessica, sort of by mistake, but Honey handles it admirably, as do the other patrons of the Denim Turtle where it happens. Jessica handles it well too, although she’s adorably mystified that lesbianism even exists. Now she’s stressed about telling her father. Louis is amped about the start of another […] Continue »
Over the last year director/writer/producer Quentin Lee and I have been working hard on a new company, CHOPSO, the first video streaming platform featuring English-language Asian content in the world. As a filmmaker/writer and as a former Vice President at the Japanese American National Museum, I had the unique perspective of being on both sides of the art world. Looking back now, I can see that together they led me toward the path of creating CHOPSO. […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 5: “Four Funerals and a Wedding” Original airdate October 31, 2017. Synopsis: Louis is determined to help Jessica and her father establish a closer relationship before it’s too late. Emery continues to deal with his bad luck. Evan amends his will. Rad: There are some laugh-aloud throw-away lines here. I thought for a moment I was watching The Simpsons instead. The paper-thin B and C stories mean there’s really only […] Continue »
MoDare: Having lived in mainland China for nearly 3 years, I can tell you that I've never seen a place so full of absolute morons. The... – Are Asians the Smartest Race?
Lucius Clarus: I never said Asians didn't invent anything. That's your hallucination. Agree that the middle east contributed zero, algebra, arabic numerals. Those are real and valuable... – Are Asians the Smartest Race?
لا أحد مهم: Actually not 'could have been' but it definitely was. Lucius, please search the origin of 'shampoo' and 'bath' Even standards of basic hygiene were plagiarized... – Are Asians the Smartest Race?