I’ve been a long time fan of Just Kidding Films, but this has got to be by far my favorite of their video productions. I was laughing until I was wiping away tears. From research into APIA history in the Old American West for my own APIA Western series Cowboy Ninja, I’ve learned about and criticized the lack of the Asian American story in the Old West (Hell on Wheels), so there was SO MUCH about Gun Fu that I just absolutely adored. I was particularly impressed with the balance struck between comedy and seriousness, which really embodied their slogan “Teaching good things in a bad way”. It has exquisitely timed jumps back and forth between the totally ridiculous and the totally true that was just genius. And there’s actually an incredibly deep moral to the story. How DID they do it? I can’t wait for part 2!
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Earlier we presented opinions both pro and con on #CancelColbert. The Nerdist has shared Stephen Colbert response, and the first part of his response is shown above. While you would expect Colbert to answer in some way, also adding his opinion is someone whom I never expected would want to talk about this subject.
Recently, Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney died at age 93. To be honest, I am not sure what movies I had seen him in, but I do remember being incredibly disgusted by his yellow face performance as Mr. Yunioshi in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. His role in that movie was ridiculous. I guess we should blame the director or writer or whoever was responsible for this shameful role.
The Lungshan Temple located in Taipei, Taiwan, was built in 1738 by immigrants from the Fukien (Fujian) province of China who settled in Taiwan. It is primarily a Buddhist temple but has incorporated Daoist and Matzu tradition, a Goddess of marine voyage (helpful for island dwellers). This temple is regarded as a masterpiece of Taiwanese, Chinese, and Buddhist architecture. In 1945, the United States bombed the temple in our conflict with the Japanese, who had taken Taiwan as a colony from China for about fifty years, and much of the temple and many irreplaceable artifacts and works of art were destroyed. Nevertheless, the temple was rebuilt and designated a historic site, and really is a historic and beautiful must-see for anyone visiting Taipei.
However, I think this commercial sends the wrong message – you should always be thinking and investing in your financial future, even if it is only a little bit at a time. It’s never too early to start thinking, saving, investing, and making good financial habits.
I hate to share videos that objectify women mainly because it makes me want to throw up. Just watching that video I found above has left me with no appetite for the rest of my breakfast. Nevertheless, I thought the concept I want to explore was important enough, and really, there are so many contrasts in that video that when I watch it I swing dramatically back and forth from completely inspired to thoroughly disgusted.
From the moment I discovered this happa female MMA fighter, Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson, I was conflicted. As I posted before, I started with an aversion and disgust at even her name “Karate Hottie” but now I find the name endearing because it embodies the struggle of being what and who she is: a female American martial artist of mixed heritage.
Waterson completely fits into the stereotype of The Submissive Asian Girl and at the same time doesn’t fit them AT ALL.
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Visit Asian America. Asian America is not just an identity or an idea, it’s a place as well. It is America, and certain parts of America distinctly embody the Asian American homeland. Join us as we highlight different Asian American destinations that you can add to your next travel itinerary.
Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College is a resource organization to help Asian American students fulfill their fullest potential as people, leaders, and community members. They carry out this primarily through supporting the students of Asian descent and heritage at the Claremont Colleges.
Mailing Address: 170 E. 6th Street, #240, Claremont, CA 91711
Asian Pacific American heritage Month, Asian American Mentorship Program, Asian Pacific Islander Arts Initiative, etc.
Director: Sefa Aina 909-621-8639
Program Coordinator: Karin Mak 909-621-8639
Remember that kid in class that seemed to always be goofing off and not paying attention to the teacher? Well, that kid has got nothing on Seki-kun. Seki is the desk neighbor of Rumi in class. They sit in the last row in class, about as far away from the teacher as you can get. Rumi is a really studious and responsible girl who is scandalized by her neighbor Seki because he’s always goofing off in an extravagant manner. Whether it’s building a volcano or running a working post office or playing a dramatic game of chess with himself, he’s always doing something incredibly elaborate to waste time in class. Rumi finds herself in a constant state of stress, wanting so much to tell him to stop his antics and get back to work, but instead, she is always getting pulled into whatever it is Seki happens to be concocting for his waste-time project of the day.
Each episode of this anime is really short, just about 8 minutes each, but they’re fun and entertaining to watch. It’s a nice end of the work day wind down series to watch that’s not too much commitment, not too complicated, but still puts a smile on your face.
You know you are a corrupt politician when you are skewered by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. On Monday, in a segment at minute 3:10 entitled Innocent Until — Who Are We Kidding, Stewart summarizes the charges against California State Senator Leland Yee.
Stewart also highlights Lee’s co-conspirator Raymond “Shrimp Boy” and his past criminal charges which he served time for, including: murder for hire, drug trafficking, arson and racketeering. Obviously, even if Yee is 100% innocent of the charges against him, his reputation is pretty tainted!
Much as been written about how the recent tech boom is transforming San Francisco and the resulting backlash. We hear about protests of Google buses and artists leaving for Oakland (and perhaps pushing out other artists), but this New American Media story talks about less publicized people who are pushed out – the ethnic elderly. Benito Santiago is being evicted out of the San Francisco apartment where he has lived for 37 years, but he’s fighting back.
By Greg Watanabe
Regarding the #cancelColbert kerfuffle.
So, there’s two things:
The first being the sketch itself, which is about the Washington Redskins’ owner creating the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation” to mitigate the pr damage from having such a fucked up name. In the segment Colbert uses the following joke:
“Folks, this move by Dan Snyder inspires me, because my show has frequently come under attack for having a so-called offensive mascot, my beloved character Ching Chong Ding Dong….Offensive or not — NOT — Ching Chong is part of the unique heritage of the Colbert Nation that cannot change. But I’m willing to show the Asian community that I care by introducing the Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitive to Orientals or Whatever….I owe all this sensitivity to Redskins owner Dan Snyder. So Asians, send your thank-you letters to him, not me.”
So, this is awesome satire to me. It’s a clear send up of Dan Snyder and his “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation”.
The second thing is Comedy Central (apparently separate from Colbert and his writing staff) tweeting out part of that segment via the Colbert Report Twitter account:
“I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.”
I understand how it could be interpreted to be fucked up and racist if you didn’t know the context of the rest of the joke.
I think it’s good that Comedy Central took it down.
So, they took it down because Suey Park of #NotYourAsianSidekick fame weighed in and created #CancelColbert, which basically accuses Colbert of anti-asian racism and calls for twitter followers to “trend” the hashtag and call for cancellation.
It gets crazy from here. But before going forward, I’ll say this: The accusations of the racism of this bit, and therefore of Colbert, are totally off the mark. The tweet was inexpert and ill-advised and it was good that it was taken down, but seeing that it was clearly derived from the complete segment, it was not racist.
I’d leave it at that, but accusing a celebrity of racism means controversy and backlash. If Suey Park was right, I’d totally be with her, especially in the onslaught of racist and misogynist backlash on Twitter (which, honestly, is constantly awash in racism and misogyny).
But, she’s not right, not in this case. And I feel like there’s a conversation to be had on why I think that and an explanation of why she and others think it is true.
But here’s what’s frustrating to me: it seems like the negative backlash is given as a reason why she’s right. For sure, racism and misogyny abound, and all the fucked up shit directed at Suey Park is a flagrant example of that, but that isn’t proof that her original accusation is well-founded or true.
The same can be said for some of the arguments brought up in defense of Colbert and the joke (again, from the wisdom of the internets): the fact that those arguments are false is not proof that you’re right.
I recommend that upon arrival in Taipei, Taipei 101 should be the first place you visit. This recommendation is not because this building is a feat of human engineering and a major tourist must-see in Taipei.
Going to Taipei 101 first is probably the most practical first stop of your visit because from the top most floor’s viewing lounge, you can see practically all of Taipei in one leisurely stroll and really get a sense for where everything is in the city. This is excellent for developing a mental map of the whole place before you descend upon it. We didn’t get to Taipei 101 until about midway through our trip, so as soon as I got to the top of this colossal building and saw the resources available in the viewing lounge, I immediately regretted not making it our first stop.
What makes the viewing lounge an excellent area recon center is that it’s not just a look out of the window. The lounge itself is like a mini-museum, and they have audio guides in multiple languages that take you around to all the points of interest in this sprawling metropolis along with a history lesson of the construction of Taipei 101. And that’s not even the best part–there are massive touch screen screens all over the place that have time lapses of the view outside with floating buttons of all major points of interest.