From what I recall, I first heard about Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA) (“…a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation”) when I had attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and met Christine Chen, the Executive Director. Since the November 2014 mid-term elections are coming up, APIA is spreading the word about voting. As part of that effort, APIA is [...] Continue »
You may or may not have heard of Asian American activist Grace Lee Boggs. PBS is making the documentary about Boggs available for free online viewing from Oct. 16th – Nov. 15th, 2014. I saw the documentary earlier this year when it was broadcasted and Boggs was definitely an activist ahead of her time, battling for civil rights and particularly active in the African American community in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. To be honest, I [...] Continue »
Last year, I had the honor of conducting a number of interviews of notable figures for a documentary celebrating East West Players’ 50th anniversary. One of the interviewees was Sumi Sevilla Haru, who came with a copy of her book, Iron Lotus: Memoirs of Sumi Sevilla Haru, and stacks of notes and historical archives in tow. I learned a lot about her groundbreaking work in support of Asian Americans and people of color in Hollywood. [...] Continue »
Living in California, I almost forgot that there is an Asian American running for governor for the state – Indian American candidate Neel Kashkari. If his name sounds familiar, it’s most likely that you’ve heard of Kashkari due to his involvement in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), where he administered the funds. If you ever want to see someone grilled in a Congressional hearing and take a lot of heat, you need to [...] Continue »
Loading Just an #ordinary #family pursuing the #American #Dream… #FreshOffTheBoat is coming soon to ABC! View on Instagram NPR released a list of shows this fall that feature Asian Americans. Check them out: 1. ABC’s “Selfie” – John Cho 2. CBS’s “Battle Creek” – Kal Penn 3. CBS’s “Stalker” – Maggie Q 4. CBS’s “Scorpion” – Justin Lin 5. ABC’s “Fresh of the Boat” – Eddie Huang, Randall Park, et al.
Part 1/3 I had the privilege to attend the only debate (at least in the press pool at NBC Bay Area) this fall between candidate Ro Khanna and Congressman Mike Honda, who is running for re-election for California’s 17th Congressional District in November. Due to California’s new open primary season, these two Democrats are facing each other after the June primary. For those into Democratic politics, this is the debate that politicos are watching. The [...] Continue »
If you haven’t heard, actor John Cho is starring in a new show this Fall on ABC titled ‘Selfie’ and NPR highlighted Cho’s unique position on being a romantic lead for the show: “John Cho wasn’t supposed to star in the My Fair Lady-like ABC sitcom Selfie. (The pilot, which premieres Sept. 30, is much better than its not-very-good name, sort of like the ’90s Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.) The producers of the show were looking [...] Continue »
Tatsuya and his sister Shiba enter into the Private Magic University Affiliated High School where they will train to utilize and maximize their magic powers using technological enhancements and tools. Upon entrance, though, they have to take an examination that sorts into the Honor Students and Irregulars, or as the students call them, Blooms and Weeds. The categories create classist social system at the school, and the conflict that comes with that along with the [...] Continue »
Another shonen (boy’s) series, Fairy Tail is action packed with a lot of competition, camaraderie, and tragedy. A young wizard named Lucy joins this guild called Fairy Tail, and the story revolves around the trials and tribulations she and her teammates have to face as guild members.The characters are pretty much classic anime archetypes, dark cold guy, rambunctious hothead, strong female warrior, girly girl with a lot of heart, etc. Although there are a lot [...] Continue »
Hunter x Hunter is totally a shonen (stereotypically boy’s) anime. The story primarily revolves around two young boys who want to become Hunters, a sort of strong arm professional, highly skilled mercenary. There are a lot of characters that come in and out of the story, and with hundreds of episodes, there are some pretty long story arcs. There’s a lot that’s reminiscent of DragonBallZ and Naruto in this series, but Hunter x Hunter takes [...] Continue »
Season 3, Episode 10 (originally aired August 19): “Monkey Plate” Microsynopsis: Steve and Susan secretly invite Jenny (Margaret Cho), the daughter of Ok Cha’s estranged sister, to a surprise birthday party for Ok Cha in the hopes of reuniting the family. Jenny arrives bearing gifts and good wishes, but Ok Cha is sure she’s only there to retrieve a family heirloom Ok Cha stole from her dead grandmother. Roy comes into possession of two field [...] Continue »
Season 3, Episode 9 (originally aired August 12): “Owenbrau” Microsynopsis: Owen brews his own beer, and to the astonishment of everyone in Sullivan & Son, it tastes really good. Dubbing his brew Owenbrau, he goes into business with Roy and Ahmed, while Steve, following the advice of his father, declines to mix friendship with business, telling Owen that his bar won’t sell the beer. This temporarily causes a tiny rift in the friendships, but Steve [...] Continue »
Paulus Magus: Liberals like to look for reasons to be offended. It's hot they find purpose in life. – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Paulus Magus: Asians produce a type of melanin called phaeomelanin. Phaemelanin is yellow. Just as white people are not ivory, but peachy-to-bronze, so Asians are not crayola... – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Azus: From a Chinese perspective, the term 'yellow' was actually self-imposed when Westerners, primarily European, were carving out spheres of influence across the country. The Chinese... – Why Are Asians Yellow?