Ever since ABC announced back in May that it was picking up a series entitled Fresh Off the Boat (based on Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name), there have been grumblings about the “offensiveness” of the name. While I get where that’s coming from, I’ve seen the pilot episode and if it’s any indication, I can say folks have nothing to worry about—if anything this has the potential to be the most three-dimensional look at an Asian American family from Hollywood since…well, you get the point.
So when I heard folks were still attacking the show for being racist online (I’m assuming mainly based on the title since the show hasn’t premiered yet) and that it was mainly white people shouting “racism”, I had to check it out myself. Sure enough a simple search on twitter brings up a number of tweets like the ones below.
Is there something about the rain that brings out the racist Asian driver comments? We’ve been getting some much needed rain here in California and the good folks at LAist noticed that with the rain also comes those aforementioned racist comments. Now, I’ve asked the question about whether or not Asians are bad drivers before (click here to read), but I have to say sometimes I’m still surprised by…ah hell, just read a sampling of the collected tweets below and have a safe and dry weekend.
After all the sad and depressing news these past couple of weeks, we’re overdue for a shot of internet cuteness to get us through the day. So meet this 2-year-old Korean golfer who definitely knows how to throw the most adorable tantrum when his second putt fails to make it into the hole.
Ten years ago, I was overcharged 25 cents when I bought a few boxes of Girl Scout cookies. I’m pretty sure it was an honest mistake and not intentional, but damnit, it’s an injustice that haunts me to this day! Instead of doing what I did—just let it go as a minor mistake and continue with my life—I should have followed the example of Harvard Business School associate professor Ben Edelman.
Ben Edelman, righter of wrongs.
When Edelman was recently overcharged $4 on a $53 take-out order from a mom-and-pop Chinese restaurant called Sichuan Garden, he wasn’t going to take this injustice lying down. So he sent a series of emails to Sichuan Garden’s Ran Duan. Did he politely ask for a $4 refund? Hell no, this is a wrong that he had to right–there was much more he needed to do.
So as you’ll see from the emails below, not only does he evoke some obscure Massachusetts law. Not only does he demand that he be refunded $12 instead of the $4 owed him. Not only does he claim he contacted some vague authorities to take care of the problem. But he strikes a blow against injustices on behalf of all privileged, Ivy League white men everywhere who’ve been wronged. Hallelujah, White Baby Jesus! Read more...
You made news this past week by formally applying to the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to have a 1988 “incident” erased from your record. The incident in question involved a then 16-year-old you beating a Vietnamese man, Hoa Thrinh, to the point where he lost sight in one eye and referring to him as a “gook” and “slant eye” (this immediately following another incident where you stole beer from another Vietnamese man, Thanh Lam, and hit him as well).
You said you are seeking the pardon to show other at-risk youth that they can turn their life around and that “since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.” Oh, and something about it being harder for you to get a liquor license to expand your businesses with your past criminal record.
Now, many have attacked you for your request arguing that you haven’t taken full responsibility for your past actions and considering you also chose the worst possible time to ask to be forgiven for beating a man in what’s essentially a hate crime, the outrage is justified. But let me make a suggestion that I think can be the first step toward reconciliation and winning your critics over to your side. Read more...
Shortly after her death in 2011, I blogged about Tura Satana and put forth the notion that the hapa star of Russ Meyers’ 1965 cult classic Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! was as much of an Asian American pioneer and pop culture icon in her own right as Bruce Lee or Anna May Wong. I continue to stand by that statement and anything that helps to cement that status is something that’s worthy of support in my book. That’s why I wanted to give a shout-out about a group art show opening this Saturday night at the Lethal Amounts Gallery here in L.A. entitled Tura! Tura! Tura! III.
Over 50 artists were invited to create work inspired by Tura. You can see some samples of the pieces below but if you have no clue who Tura is, then go out immediately and rent Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!—the film Hairspray director John Waters called “The greatest film ever made. And the greatest film that will ever be made” (and click here to read my Tura tribute blog). Read more...
The first major rainstorm of the season is hitting Los Angeles today and most of us are welcoming the rain with open arms since we’ve been in the middle of a severe drought.
But no one has arguably been happier to splash around in the rain than Gene Kelly in the 1952 MGM musical Singin’ in the Rain. This is one of the most memorable numbers from what I, and many others, consider to be the finest movie musical of all the time. Take a look at the clip and see if it doesn’t make you want to go out and do some frolicking of your own while being pelted by precipitation:
What does making fried shrimp have to do with wireless phone service? Hell if I know or can understand what’s going on in the following commercial from Japanese carrier Docomo, but if they are able to make delicious fried shrimp with the speed and efficiency demonstrated here, count me in:
There’s already been casting controversy brewing around director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings which tells the story of how Moses freed his people from slavery under the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses. Apparently, most of the main characters are portrayed by White actors including Christian Bale (as Moses), Aaron Paul and Sigourney Weaver while actors of color have been relegated to supporting roles or as “slaves and servants”.
Variety asked Scott to respond to the criticisms about the film’s “white-washed” casting to which he replied, “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammad so-and-so from such-and-such. I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question doesn’t even come up.”
Scott’s remarks have further irked those who were already irked by his casting choices, but I’ve decided that instead of blogging about that, I should go straight to the source and talk to the man who Scott has specifically called out as someone that he feels is uncastable: Mr. Mohammad So-and-so from Such-and-such. In this YOMYOMF exclusive, I tracked down Mohammad So–and-so in his hometown of Such-and-such where he was trying to spend a quiet Thanksgiving weekend away from the harsh media glare brought on by Scott’s comments and he have me this exclusive interview: Read more...