Bamboo Blade is basically a sports anime. Sports anime are ones that focus on a sport or activity through which a main protagonist, with a cohort of friends providing plenty of back stories to explore, works on improving in that sport over time with lots of drama and conflict to make things interesting. Generally, I tend to like these types of anime because they get pretty technical about the sport or activity the story revolves [...] Continue »
Extra Sensory Perception (ESP) stories are pretty common, but of course, not all of them are done well. A Certain Scientific Railgun is done pretty well. Masaka Mikoto is a young girl who goes to school in Academy City where 80% of the population are students trying to gain or develop different types of ESPER powers. Some can control fire, others can teleport, and there are mind readers and telekinetics to boot. Mikoto is an [...] Continue »
As a filmmaker, I am a big believer in the importance of API film festivals. I believe they are the incubator of API talent and help get our stories on the big screen. One of the first people to believe in me and my writing were the good folks at Visual Communications, who put on the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival every year. Through their Armed with a Camera (AWC) fellowship, they helped me [...] Continue »
Thank you Japanese anime land for yet another story based on a really weird premise that somehow still works. The Devil is a Part-timer is basically about a demon lord named Satan, of course, who wreaks havoc while conquering the world of Ente Isla. However, a hero fights back against him and his minions of demons, and Satan is defeated and must retreat to…yep, you guessed it, our world. Specifically Tokyo, Japan. Stripped of his [...] Continue »
President Obama delivers remarks an the Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration at the White House earlier this week. What got the most attention from Obama was his remarks on the lipstick on his collar. One of the honored guests attending, former runner-up American Idol contestant, Jessica Sanchez – her guest, her Aunt, had embraced Obama when meeting him and accidentally got some of her lipstick on her collar. Obama wanted to clear [...] Continue »
When I saw the title of this YouTube video, I was wondering what it was all about? (like, Model Minority Asian? Hipster Asian?) When I saw a white guy approaching the Asian American woman, I thought this video might be about yellow fever. But the question comes up from “Where are you from?” (as in the micro-agressive question – “Where are you *really* from?”) a question many of us can relate to. This smartly written [...] Continue »
As you know, the month of May is American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and thus it’s no surprise that the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, the First Lady’s Let’s Move! Initiative and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have joined up to not only celebrate but also educate how to cook traditional AAPI dishes in a healthy yet also tasty way: “To promote healthy eating among Asian Americans and Pacific [...] Continue »
Lucy Liu recently discussed racism in Hollywood, the problem with not being American enough and not being Asian enough–the classic paradoxical existence every Asian American lives in. She’s tired of being the emotionless Asian girl or the Asian girl that kicks your butt. But her role in “Elementary“, a contemporary re-imagining of Sherlock Holmes in New York, throws a sizable wrench in the Asian female stereotypes by casting her as Dr. Joan Watson. What’s cool [...] Continue »
Filmmaker Grace Lee is making a documentary on Asian American food, and she wants your stories and ideas. “Asian Chops” (the current working title) will look at Asian America through the lens of food. A kickoff party, food panel, and brainstorming session for the film was held at CAAMFest for the joint Center for Asian American Media and PBS production. You can listen to the audio from the meeting, including an overview from Grace Lee [...] Continue »
Watch Coming to Independent Lens: Seeking Asian Female on PBS. See more from Independent Lens. Both Dino-Ray and I have seen and reviewed Seeking Asian Female, the documentary. For those of you living in the United States, you can catch the documentary on PBS’s Independent Lens’ series this Monday, May 6th. Be sure to check you local listings for the exact time (as well as possibly slightly different date).
HTC’s latest Android smartphone, the HTC One, has been getting a lot of fantastic reviews and is about to launch in the United States. So it’s nice to see that one of their latest commercials features hip hop band Far East Movement, to highlight the HTC One’s superior sound quality with “Turn Up the Love” playing.
Have you seen the Sears commercial featuring Jeanne Chinn, Lorenzo Lamas, and a monkey? Cute commercial, but if that didn’t sound like the start of a bad joke, I’m not sure what does. Screenshot courtesy: ispot.tv