Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Importance of Imported Asian Actors in Hollywood

Over the past year or so, there’s been a growing increase of Hollywood films and major television shows using Asian celebrities from their Asian homeland. From Rain in Ninja Assassin,Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid, Charice in Glee, and now Jay … Continue reading

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Ask The Last Airbender’s M. Night Shyamalan A Question!

Upset about the racist casting behind M. Night Shyamalan’s feature adaptation of The Last Airbender? He evaded the issue in a roundtable discussion before, but perhaps this time the director will be forced to address the white-washing of his cast … Continue reading

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Bay Area Giveaway: See ‘Air Doll’ this Weekend; a Romantic Fantasy by Japanese Director Hirokazu Kore-eda

UPDATE: The winner is Cat_D! It might be tempting to lump this movie in with all the stories we’ve shared about men falling in love with their anime body pillows or courting video game characters on their Nintendo DSs. After … Continue reading

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Air Doll, the Japanese Film About a Sex Doll That Comes to Life

Air Doll is a Japanese feature film that will be opening this weekend in San Francisco and Berkeley. It is a story about an inflatable sex doll that comes to life and tries to make sense of the new and often very sad human world around her. Continue reading

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Links: Passport Rejection, Vincent Chin, Indian-Americans

28th Anniversary of the slaying of Vincent Chin and Special DVD Release of the 2009 film VINCENT WHO?. Passport Rejection letter FAIL – Asian Man’s photo is “Too Yellow”. [Buzzfeed] Foreigners are taking on supporting roles in Asia’s Entertainment industry. … Continue reading

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The 8Asians Talk About: Charice, Glee and Anti-Charice Critics

Our internal e-mail lists have us discussing all kinds of stuff: Asian American identity, representation in the media, the experiences of activism in an academia setting and its progression as we transition to the working, adult world. And sometimes, we … Continue reading

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Two Moms: Fighting for Family

I picked up this story about Shirley Tan and her partner Jay off a couple of blogs and I can think of few things that seriously piss me off more. Though I’m a person of faith, and it’s my “job,” sometimes … Continue reading

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Jay Chou Portrays Kato in ‘The Green Hornet’

Fanboys rejoice! The full-length trailer for the comic-to-TV-to-movie adaptation of The Green Hornet movie (out in theaters January 2011) has hit the Internet — and it doesn’t look half bad. I thought it was going to be hard to accept … Continue reading

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The Model Minority Myth applied to Asian-American Health

When I was 34, my doctor refused to biopsy a lump I found in my right breast.  He told me I was too young to get breast cancer and had no family history. Besides, he said, “Asian women don’t get … Continue reading

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Rent a White Guy: China Hiring Caucasians as Fake Businessman

A while ago, I had blogged about how Americans expect their business leaders to be white. When you are a Caucasian male in China, you definitely stand out as a foreigner and probably expected to be a white collar worker … Continue reading

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Marching as a Homefront North Korean Soldier at E3 2010

There was a rather interesting sight at the 2010 E3 trade show (Electronic Entertainment Expo) last Tuesday where North Korean soldiers were marching around in circles inside the convention center and around the Staples center in Los Angeles. No, it’s … Continue reading

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