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 »
A short documentary by Matthew Hashiguchi People Aren’t All Bad is a finalist for Smithsonian Magazine’s In Motion Video Contest. This film reveals 89-year-old Yutaka Kobayashi’s experience as a Japanese American before and leading up to WWII. There’s an Audience Choice Award that will be determined by votes. If you’d like Smithsonian Magazine to recognize an Asian American story, you can vote daily for People Aren’t All Bad is at the bottom under the “American [...] Continue »
The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is now accepting submissions for CAAMFest 2015, March 12-22, 2015. CAAMFest is the nation’s largest showcase for new Asian and Asian American films, presenting approximately 130 works in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland. Since 1982, the annual festival has been an important launching point for Asian American independent filmmakers as well as a vital source for new Asian cinema. Competition categories include the Comcast Narrative Competition, the Documentary [...] Continue »
Actor, writer Aaron Takahashi is at the tail end of this Kmart commercial. It’s crazy to think that we’re in the middle of summer, and we’re already talking about back-to-school. Usually, when I think of “layaway,” I think of the Christmas holiday season for saving up money for gifts. I most recently saw Takahashi in this Progressive Insurance commercial.
From The Hollywood Reporter: The Vampire Diaries is adding a new character who may not be who she seems. On the heels of Eureka star Colin Ferguson joining the sixth season, The CW drama will be introducing the recurring character of Ivy, described as sweet and sincere. Actress Emily C. Chang, whose credits include Days of Our Lives and Total Recall, has booked the role. Not much is known about Ivy, only that she’s “the [...] Continue »
Season 3, Episode 4 (originally aired July 8): “Sexual Healing” Microsynopsis: Kunal Nayyar as Sanjay, also known as Neil from a Season 2 episode, returns to the bar to make amends as a recovering sex addict. Melanie is quick to forgive, but Steve thinks sex addiction is a sham, believing this to be another sleazy move on Sanjay’s part. The other regulars ask Sanjay for advice in picking up women. Good: There are some brief [...] Continue »
Season 3, Episode 3: “About a Boy, His Mom, and the Man They’re Dating” (originally aired July 1, 2014) Microsynopsis: Carol is at first shocked and then pleased to realize that Daryl (Charles Shaughnessy) has become her boyfriend. Owen is initially uncomfortable with Daryl, but after they spend the day at a ballgame together, Owen realizes he may have found the father he never had. Soon, Carol and Owen are arguing about who should get [...] Continue »
Sullivan & Son is now in its third season, and it’s time to admit that it’s just not very good. It doesn’t suck most of the time, but it has sucky pieces in sufficient numbers to make it never as good as it could be, which saddens me, because, as I wrote last year, I so very badly want for it (and its hapa main character) to succeed. Last summer, I set out to do episode [...] Continue »
Well, this video starring Jenny Yang and Eugene Yang was posted on YouTube by Buzzfeed Yellow back in the first week of June, but I still think of the video from time-to-time. I just took a look, and the video has had over *4 million* views! A lot of the stuff that “white people say,” I can relate to. Thought I’d post for posterity’s sake. I remember when I started my first job out of [...] Continue »
If you live in the Bay Area or in other urban areas, you may notice that periodically, advertisements go up for a “Shen Yun Performing Arts.” These usually have a picture of a Chinese woman doing some sort of traditional dance like the ones shown (the image shown shown here is not from Shen Yun, though). Sometimes people will be handing out flyers or cards advertising these performance in various public places. Having known nothing [...] Continue »
In the latest Wendy’s commercial, the fast food restaurant chain is promoting its latest creation: their new strawberry fields chicken salad. Not too surprising that the Asian American IT guy (full of IT equipment) is kind of dorky, much like how Jeff blogged about regarding the Asian guy in a recent AT&T commercial. I’d much rather see Asian American men in commercials as depicted in this more recent Old Spice commercial.
By Eugene Hung This post is part of a series that will introduce 8Asians readers to some of this year’s V3 Digital Media Conference (V3con) honorees, speakers, panelists, and performers. The V3con Opening Awards Reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 and the V3 Digital Media Conference will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Downtown Los Angeles. The first time I heard of [...] Continue »
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