Google I/O 2015, ‘Help’ and How Does This Help Make my Porn Viewing Experience Easier?

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I’m up in San Francisco for Google I/O 2015—the company’s annual developer conference where all that is new and innovative in the world of Google tech is presented and discussed and much geeking out occurs.

This is a world I’m not familiar with, but I’m here to support the launch of Help, our 360 degree action film directed by Offender Justin Lin (and starring Sung Kang) which is a project we’ve been working hard on at YOMYOMF over the last year-and-a-half alongside Google ATAP and Bullitt. You can read more about it here and the short is available for free right now as an app for select Android devices (click here) and will soon roll out in a version that will be compatible with all Androids, ios devices and also on the YouTube app so watch for that.

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Our presentation will be tomorrow at 9AM PST and you can watch the live stream at that time here or follow Wired Magazine’s Live Blog.

Who Knew ‘Kinky Boots’ was a famous Christian and Jewish Holiday Hymn?

Jeopardy! champ Choyon Manjrekar was faced with this Final Jeopardy question on last night’s show:

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And while it’s understandable that one might get the answer wrong (the correct response was Rock of Ages), you would think the reply would be somewhat in the neighborhood like, say, Godspell or even Book of Mormon, but nope, he went all in with:

KFC Japan Really Wants You to Ogle…er…Buy Its Breasts

KFC Japan has created a mascot to promote its new line of boneless chicken pieces which appears to basically be a piece of female chicken meat with big boobs:

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You know ‘cause breasts sell…breasts, right?

And I always thought there was something a little off about the Colonel and seeing this marketing artwork, I finally figured out what it is…the Colonel is a perv:

YOMYOMF Investigates: Where are the Asian Pacific Islanders in the New Film ‘Aloha’?

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Director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous) has a new movie coming out next week called Aloha that some folks are already upset about. Check out the film’s trailer and see if you can figure out why:

Yes, it’s a rom-com set in Hawaii that at least judging by the trailer is pretty damn white. And if you’ve been to Hawaii, you know that the one thing it is not is pretty damn white. Apparently, the majority of the folks in Hawaii do not look like Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, John Krasinski, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride, etc… I’ve heard the argument made that since the story takes place in a military setting, it doesn’t need to reflect the diversity of Hawaii, but if you’ve been to any military base on Hawaii or, frankly, anywhere else, there’s a lot of non-white people there so I don’t think that argument flies either.

YOMYOMF Rants: Can We Please Start Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Properly?

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As I’m sure most of our readers know May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month or APAHM—the time of year when everyone pays tribute to our communities and our rich history. Now, I personally have nothing against APAHM, but I do have a beef with how it’s celebrated by many people.

This month is known as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month—notice that the word “American” is prominent in the title. What that means is that this is a time to celebrate the Asian Pacific American community—our history right here in America, as Americans. Which is why it’s annoying to get invites and see notices for APAHM events that includes such things as dim sum, geishas, cherry blossoms, lion dances, tea ceremonies, how to easily make kim chee in the comfort of your own home, Bollywood, fan dances, Akira Kurosawa films, taiko, Hayao Miyazaki films, acupuncture, kimonos/hanboks/cheongsams/ao dais/barong tagalogs, sushi, lotus blossoms and so on.

These are Asian Pacific things, not Asian Pacific American things. Big difference.

Around the Horn: TV Memories

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MAD MEN came to a close last night. With the exception of maybe BREAKING BAD, the show and its characters resonated with me on a personal level. It wasn’t always the easiest show to watch–not as purely entertaining as something like HOUSE OF CARDS or WALKING DEAD–but the world that creator Matt Weiner has given us is so detailed, real and emotional that it feels like more than the loss of just a TV show.

It may be a weird comparison but it’s similar to how I felt about GILLIGAN’S ISLAND when I was a kid. As sitcom-y and often stupid as that show got, as a child, there was something about the premise of these people being stuck on an island and not being able to get off as hard as they tried that really struck a chord (and to give credit to the actors, they did a great job of really breathing life into the characters who could’ve easily been complete caricatures). At some point, I realized I had watched all the episodes and there were no new ones and it felt like I was losing a connection to characters that had become a part of my life. It was the first time I realized how invested you could get in a work of fiction.

What’s the TV series that you’ve had the most personal investment in–good or bad? It’s not necessarily your “favorite” show but the one that really impacted your life on a level that made it more than just a TV show?

Movies That Should Have Starred Asians (TV Edition): Mad Men

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Around the time Mad Men was making its debut on AMC eight years ago, I was coming off my first “business” trip to South Korea (the place of my birth) and experiencing the very different work culture I encountered—the drinking, smoking, carousing, casual sexism. Not that those things don’t exist here, but there was more of an openness about those things over there that felt a little…for a lack of a better word, retro.

I didn’t start watching Mad Men until its fourth season, but the world of the show very much reminded me of the time I had spent with my Korean business colleagues. I had met Korean versions of characters like the confident but conflicted Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the weasel-y Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and the ambitious Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss)—in fact, they felt more stereotypically “Asian” to me than the white folks I knew. Which isn’t to say that’s the only reason why I’m writing about it for this series though I think its popularity in Asia has a lot to do with it being so identifiable.