Someone’s waiting there for me; I know it Meiko released “Back in the Game” March 16. “I wrote this song as a ‘going-out anthem’ for the broken-hearted,” she writes on her website. You know: brush your knees off, get back in there and kick some ass!” I don’t really care if you believe it It’s been a while since I last checked in with Meiko (she pronounces it “Meeko”) and I regretted my being out […] Continue »
Though I Get Home by YZ Chin is an intricate series of short intertwined vignettes following a small host of characters tied to Malaysia. Isabella Sin’s time in a notorious prison. Grandfather’s stories about working for a white man when Malaysia was still Malaya. Howie Ho in Silicon Valley. Howie Ho in Malaysia looking for a wife. Isa at a protest. Bets predicting whether the monsoons will come. Ibrahim on patrol, on a mission. Threads […] Continue »
I used to stand inside the gates Priska premiered her new single and accompanying music video last Thursday, following its launch party and performance the previous Saturday. I became aware of her when I reviewed Voices of Our Vote a year and a half ago. I wrote that among the 32 artists in the anthology, her “Don’t Go Quietly” was “my favorite vocal on the compilation, and my favorite lyrics, too … Think Sarah McLachlan after […] Continue »
I’m a big fan of Stephen Colbert and saw that Jimmy O. Yang, of HBO Silicon Valley fame, was going to be on the show, I was curious as to learn more about him. As I’ve blogged before, I am not a big fan of his character on Silicon Valley, but I was open to learning more about him and was pleasantly surprised that he came to the U.S. at age 13 from Hong Kong, was not […] Continue »
The Prince and the Dressmaker is a delightful graphic novel about friendship and secrets and identity and love. Prince Sebastian is supposed to be looking for a bride. But at night, he secretly dons fashion forward dresses and emerges as the mysterious Lady Crystallia with the help of his friend and dressmaker, Frances. Set in Paris, Jen Wang has created an extraordinary array of imaginative and beautifully drawn dresses and costumes that pepper a story […] Continue »
Boy am I late with this review. Jennifer Zhang’s new EP Escape Emotion was released August 29 last year, and I’m finally getting to it now. It isn’t for lack of enthusiasm. I am still stoked to be sharing this music with you on the seven-month anniversary of its dropping. Zhang’s press release says, “Jennifer Zhang performs each track with a breathless, kittenish sensuality. She is established on the web as a popular content creator and […] Continue »
I don’t regularly watch The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, but I saw that one of my favorite Representative Ted Lieu was on the show recently: “Congressman Ted Lieu makes the case for revoking Jared Kushner’s national security clearance and pushes a bill to rein in the president’s nuclear first-strike capabilities.” Ever since Trump became President, Lieu is most known for being a hilarious Twitter troll to Trump’s tweets: “Through his Twitter account, the Congressman has catapulted […] Continue »
One of the many impressive aspects of the Black Panther movie is its costume design. The look of the Dora Milaje, the elite Wakanda guard, is particularly striking. That said, I was surprised to found out from The Wife about this article about Anthony Francisco, a developmental illustrator for Marvel Comics, where he says that apart from the obvious influence from different African cultures, that there are Asian influences in the Dora Milaje costumes. In […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 19: “King in the North” Original airdate March 20, 2018. Synopsis: Honey needs time away from home to relax and get ready for the baby, so Jessica tricks her into going north to Maine (instead of south to the Keys) in pursuit of a book jacket blurb from Stephen King for A Case of a Knife to the Brain. Louis orders a new sign for Louis Huang’s Cattleman’s Ranch […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 18: “Measure Twice, Cut Once” Original airdate March 13, 2018. Synopsis: Louis has second thoughts about buying Kenny Rogers’s half of Kenny Rogers’s Michael Bolton’s Cattleman’s Ranch. This frustrates Jessica, who’s sure it’s a good deal. Jessica accuses Louis of always overthinking decisions in his life, and she flies her psychic to Orlando from D.C. to spur Louis into action. Evan gives up Live with Regis and Kathie Lee […] Continue »
This is a review for Go Home! a new anthology out from Asian American Writers Workshop and Feminist Press, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, with a foreword by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Ok that was for the SEO. Now let’s begin this not-really review. Why not really? Because 1. I’m mostly stealing from the pages in this book with roman numerals and 2. I’m not going to tell you hardly anything about the book or whether […] Continue »
Krystal Sital’s debut memoir, Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad, is an intimate and powerful memoir about three generations of her family — their stories, their traumas, their secrets, and their relationship to the author’s grandfather. Eloquently written and deeply personal, Sital dives deep into her own history, the contradictions, and the troublesome relationships between men and women that powerfully shaped her grandmother and then her mother’s lives on the island they were all born on. […] Continue »
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