This Week in Phuc’ed-Up News: Phuc Dat Bich is a Lie

Bich or not?

Bich or not?

Last week, a Facebook post by an Australian Vietnamese dude named Phuc Dat Bich, accusing Facebook of being racist for continually shutting down his account because of his name, went viral—with major media outlets reporting on the story and folks all around the country standing in solidarity with Phuc Dat Bich. But as it turns out, the whole thing was a phuc-ing lie—Bich was trolling everyone all along.

A former classmate of Bich’s has revealed that the dude’s name is actually Thien Nguyen.


Basically, the Caucasian equivalent of this story would be if some white dude claimed his name was Harry Dick, but it actually turned out to be John Smith.

Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD — Season 3, Episode 8 — “Many Heads, One Tale” Recap


(No new episode this week, so this afforded me the time to recap last week’s episode, which I was too busy to write about. The show resumes with new episodes next Tuesday.)

Spoilers ahead…. 

Dangerous facts about the ATCU are discovered by the team; Ward’s plans to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. do not go as expected.  MANY HEADS, ONE TALE brought the show back to tip top form last night’s episode was jam packed with the right dose of action and comedy. When you have Powers Booth as a bad guy, you know there will be some scenery chewing and his new alliance with Ward, even though he tried to get him killed throughout the entire episode, brings a new threat to Hydra. We also find out that Hydra is as age old as human civilization itself, an Illuminati-sort of organization that has lived on in many iterations over millennia. Plus, it’s tied in with the Kree and all things alien.

Taking Responsibility for Other’s Farts and Getting Paid For It (Japanese Edo Period Edition)

During Japan’s Edo Period (1603-1868), one career option for women to pursue was to become a heoibikuni. Basically, the heoibikuni worked for a noblewoman and acted as her lady-in-waiting or chaperone. But apparently, one of the main duties for this position was to take the blame for her noblewoman’s farts.


Whenever the noblewoman farted, it was the heoibikuni’s duty to verbally announce to all who were present that she was the one responsible for the deed. “You smelt it, but I dealt it,” now give me my money ‘cause I gots me a new kimono to buy.

Fighting ISIS

I think it’s safe to say we’re all pretty mad at ISIS these days. But what to do about it?

We can vote for politicians whose terrorism policies are to our liking.


We can secretly funnel money from our Cayman Islands bank accounts to help arm Syrian locals who are also disenchanted with Isis.


We can curl up on the floor and watch Sponge Bob Square Pants reruns until we get back to our “happy place”….


or…or….we can look for stores with the word “Isis” in their names and vandalize them.


INTO THE BADLANDS: Episode 2 “Fist Like A Bullet”


Dude, this is the most Chinese American show ever. I mean, of all the American shows currently on TV, to my knowledge, this one is the most Chinese.

First, let’s talk about that fight choreography. One part of the ITB world we must accept is that it’s not really fighting, or rather, it’s not JUST fighting: it’s in the tradition of Chinese wuxia films, where the action is theatrical, exaggerated, and acrobatic. It’s not the efficient knockdown strategy with which Holly Holm surprisingly dismantled Ronda Rousey. A lot of the moves are for beauty, or as Jackie Chan might say, “prettiness,” and I’d say Daniel Wu/Sunny looks pretty doing it.

Around The Horn: Seriously, Where Are You From?


Refugees in the news a lot this week. Also, I had my once-yearly encounter with a guy in a bar who was surprised that I speak English (these are about as regular as a doctor’s check-up, some years there’s a flare-up).

The ritual of being quizzed by idiots on “where are you really from” is well-known to people of color, particularly Asian-Americans. It’s not the question itself that is “offensive”: “Where are you from” is one of my favorite conversation starters, as long as it is not a) on a dark street in Los Angeles or b) said with the usual implication of “I know you’re foreign, I bet you’re some kind of Asian, you clearly aren’t from here, and I have no interest at all in what the answer is because I’ve already made up in my mind that you’re an alien.”

The Perfect Sleeping Bag for Hibernating This Winter


If you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift this year that will keep your loved ones nice and warm as they hibernate away the cold winter nights, Japanese artist Eiko Ishizawa has created this bear-inspired sleeping bag:


Actually, it was inspired by one particular bear: Bruno the Italian bear who was “put to sleep” when he wandered down from the Alps into Bavaria and was labeled a “problem” bear.

A Very Asian American Thanksgiving

As writer Jeff Yang pointed out on social media, this week sees not one, not two, but three prime-time network TV series with Asian American-themed Thanksgiving episodes.

A DR. KEN Thanksgiving.

A DR. KEN Thanksgiving.

On Monday, we saw a Filipino American Thanksgiving on CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. On Tuesday, ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat celebrated a very Taiwanese American Huangsgiving. And finally, on tonight’s Dr. Ken, we get a Korean American vs. Japanese American Thanksgiving.



Three Asian American Thanksgiving episodes in one week is not only the most Asian American Thanksgiving episodes we’ve seen in one week, but it may very well be the most we’ve seen ever…in all of TV history. Maybe we are living in that bizarro world after all.

I Stand with Phuc Dat Bich!

Yes, as you can see from the passport photo below, “Phuc Dat Bich” is this Vietnamese Australian brotha’s real name:


And as you can probably surmise, that name has been the source of some headaches for the 23-year-old including Facebook shutting down his account multiple times and asking him to use his “real” name which prompted him to post this message which quickly went viral:

Throwback Thursday: Pre-1906 Earthquake San Francisco Chinatown

We’re throwing it way back this Thursday to the turn of the 20th Century and San Francisco’s Chinatown. The following pics were taken by photographer Arnold Genthe who opened a photography studio in the City by the Bay after immigrating from Germany. Luckily the photos were stored in a bank vault and survived the great 1906 earthqauke and fire.

The street of the gamblers (by day), Chinatown, San Francisco 18

You can see all of the images here, but check out some of the pics below for a blast from the distant past.

In front of the Joss House, Chinatown, San Francisco 1896-1906

Throwback Thursday: Do You Know Andrew Martinez, the Naked Guy?


Or perhaps I should say, “Did you know Andrew Martinez, the naked guy, who went to Berkeley in the 90s?” I missed him just before he started appearing naked in the Fall of 1992, the year I went to grad school at Yale. However, I was at Berkeley when he was a freshman and bumped into him several times since I returned to the Bay Area after he officially became the naked guy.

He was eventually kicked out of school due to Berkeley’s policy banning public nudity. Later, in the mid 2000s, he suffered mental issues and was eventually placed in custody where he committed suicide.

How to Survive a Long Distance Relationship

If you’ve ever been in a long distance relationship, you know how tough it can be. Well, one long distance couple—Danbi Shin of New York and Seok Li of Seoul—have found a creative way to help make their relationship work.


Known as the artistic duo of ShinLiArt, the couple have embarked on a project called “Half and Half”—they take photos simultaneously while on video calls and create the “half and half” collages from those images. Check them out below:

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