by Tim Lounibos It’s an amazing time The past several weeks have been absolutely amazing for the Asian American entertainment industry. Crazy Rich Asians blew past $100 million at the box office in less than three weeks, becoming the most successful rom-com in almost a decade on its way to surely cracking the top ten all-time list for that genre. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is a huge success on Netflix to the […] Continue »
By Nako Narter What does it mean to be an Asian American child in Trump’s America? New episodes are still rolling out for comedian Kristina Wong’s Radical Cram School, a web series featuring not merely a cast of Asian kids, but a diverse cast of Asian kids, with one identifying as gender fluid, and nearly half of mixed race. This series is this generation’s (and for lack of precedent, every generation’s) answer to how to be […] Continue »
By Tim Lounibos Major strides (25 years ago) Twenty-five years ago, an Asian American industry movement seemed imminent. I was young and returned from Hong Kong as the lead in Clara Law’s Wonton Soup. Major strides were being made with the successful releases of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story, Map of The Human Heart, The Joy Luck Club, All-American Girl (highest-ranked new series of the season), and Vanishing Son. My acting success was directly entwined with this movement. From summer ’93 to spring […] Continue »
It’s not the ’90s without the Huang family. #FreshOffTheBoat is returning for Season 5! 🎊 pic.twitter.com/IKGpOZK9bD — Fresh off the Boat (@FreshOffABC) May 11, 2018 Aaaaaaaaand EXhale. I’m often optimistic to a fault. A Pollyanna. An extreme benefit-of-the-doubt-giver. Yet if I’d had to bet, I would have lost this one. I thought things were looking horribly grim for Fresh Off the Boat’s chances at a fall return. First there was an uncharacteristic lack of advance late-season […] 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 »
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 »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 17: “Let Me Go, Bro” Original airdate February 27, 2018. Synopsis: Eddie stuns his family when he announces he’s to be inducted into the National Honor Society. Evan isn’t surprised, but he’s furious with Eddie for not thanking him. Evan has secretly been supporting his brother’s good efforts because he’d like to visit him “at Stanford, not prison.” When Eddie says he doesn’t need Evan’s help, Evan schemes […] Continue »
I’ve blogged about my favorite Taiwanese American Congressman, Ted Lieu. I’ve never watched The Jim Jefferies Show on Comedy Show, but I saw this interview with Congressman Lieu I think on Facebook. The last time I saw Congressman Lieu on TV I think was on 60 Minutes. This time around, Lieu is interviewed by comedian Jim Jefferies about Lieu’s infamous trolling of President Donald Trump on Twitter, as reported in this Washington Post article this […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 16: “Ride the Tiger” Original airdate February 6, 2018. Synopsis: In celebration of Chinese New Year, the Huangs have a contest to see who can go the longest speaking only in Mandarin. Grandma is apparently exempt, and the game comes down to Evan and Jessica. Their dialogue through nearly the whole episode is in Mandarin. Emery is pleased that his year of bad luck is over, and he’s […] Continue »
Oftentimes, many Super Bowl advertisers will “leak” their TV commercials on the Internet prior to the Super Bowl to generate some buzz. NBC is no different. Well, NBC posted recently a TV ad for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, which they will be airing as well as the Super Bowl, so it makes sense for them to inform the U.S. public that during the Super Bowl. And one ad that caught my eye is with […] Continue »
Fresh Off the Boat, Season 4, Episode 15: “We Need to Talk About Evan” Original airdate January 30, 2018. Synopsis: Evan and Jessica notice a Student of the Week at Abraham Lincoln Elementary bumpersticker on someone else’s minivan. Shocked that such a thing would exist and not go to Evan, they are determined to ramp up their Good Student game. Evan joins the School Dance committee and the French club. He organizes a school garden. And […] Continue »
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