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.

Revisiting 0506HK with Artist Norm Yip


About a decade ago, I made an autobiographical feature documentary titled 0506HK about my feelings for Hong Kong, formerly the country and now a city of China where I was born and raised until a teenager. This week, I got to revisit my friends featured in my documentary and was pleasantly surprised to find out that artist Norm Yip has been painting more than ever. While pursuing his painting, he has also cut down on the commercial photography work that he was doing.

Halloween in Hong Kong


When I was growing up and started trick-or-treating at age six in the 1970s in Hong Kong, no one knew what Halloween was. Flash forward to four decades later, Halloween has become one of the most popular celebrations like Christmas in this city… and the rest of China. Halloween has really caught up in Asia, woohoo! Thanks to Hallmark!

As I was in Hong Kong, the past Halloween, I decided to throw a Halloween party to reconnect with old friends. Indeed, I saw many cool old souls from friends I met in clubs to filmmaking buddies. Sadly, no kids came to my place to trick-or-treat.

Around the Horn: Parenting Advice

HARVESTThis is probably the most selfish ATH, but I really want to ask all of you, as I’m going through surrogacy and am—what they call—“ an intended parent.” Congrats again to Offender Beverly’s baby girl! As some of you are parents already and others have experience with children or have close family members who are parents, what would be the one advice you’d give to an expecting single parent like me?

Offender Beverly, can I steal a baby picture from you for this ATH? Thanks!

Quentin's request is granted.

Quentin’s request is granted.

PHILIP: I’m not a parent so not sure I’d have any practical or realistic advice. Uh…maybe don’t feed them after midnight, don’t get them wet…wait, think that’s the rules to take care of Gremlins. Maybe make sure he or she learns Mandarin to prepare for a future where we’ll be living under our Chinese overlords? Yeah, I got nothing.

Farewell to Wes Craven who has Made the Most Beautiful Nightmares


I rarely stalk people, but last year I successfully stalked Wes Craven online and found his e-mail address. I e-mailed him and told him how I had been a fan of his work since I was a teenager… and was hoping that he would take a look at a project of mine. He wrote back and asked, “My first question would be, where did you get my e-mail address?”

It’s really sad to see one of my favorite filmmakers gone as I’ve been very much looking forward to his next picture. Come to think of it, all my favorite filmmakers are still alive. Wes Craven is the first one to pass.

Mr. Craven has made classic after classic since his first feature The Last House On the Left in 1972. Below is one of the most memorable moments from the movie:

Would You Marry a Robot?

A friend posted on Facebook a Slate article about marrying a robot that stirred my imagination. Will marrying a robot be possible in the future? Even if it were legal, would you marry a robot?

Some lame ass people said that if we opened up marriage to gays, we would go down the slippery road and we might as well open up marriage to robots and polygamists. First, let’s face it–marriage is a human cultural institution however way we define it. Yes, polygamists can get married in some cultures. Yes, some cultures allow people to marry 12-year-olds or younger…

But really… marriage is for humans. And what defines a human?

“Fair is Foul, and foul is fair” at the Chinese Box Office



Just after this weekend, my friend Raman Hui’s debut feature Monster Hunt has become the top grossing Chinese film in China, grossing over 1,277 million RMB (approximately over USD$206 million) and beating the previous box office record set by Lost in Thailand. Ironically, the same movie opened to number 4 with a tepid 3.41 million HKD (approximately USD$43,991) compared to Minions, Ant-man and Terminator Genisys that all opened above Monster Hunt with respective grosses of 24.7 million HKD (approximately USD$318,644), 17.4 million HKD (approximately USD$224,470) and 3.58 million HKD) approximately USD$461,840).

From L.A. to Beijing to Paris with Love; or the Birth of My First Chinese Movie

36 snails can be hard to stomach for a spiritual vegan on his first evening in Paris

36 snails can be hard to stomach for a spiritual vegan on his first evening in Paris

It was 5:55 am. Jetlagged and recovering from a full day of diarrhea (my stomach finally broke down from all the food I’d been eating in China), I was lying awake in my hotel room in Paris. As I was struggling to get more sleep for the full day of meetings ahead with my line producer, casting director and costume designer, I began ruminating about the very first moment that began the adventure to make my first Chinese movie, Morning, Paris!. Has it been all worth it?


Pulling out my iPhone, I scrolled back to the first picture from Shanghai Fashion Week that I posted on my WeChat on April 14, 2013 at 6:10 am. I was probably jetlagged then too. That trip was my first significant trip to China as an adult. Earlier that year, I serendipitously met a young gay activist, J, in Los Angeles while I was invited to speak a workshop for a Chinese gay activist conference. I fell in love with him.

Let’s Get Married Now!


While I am in China, my Facebook has been plastered with news about Supreme Court having ruled in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide in the good old US of A. So let’s get married! Only if I had a partner…

As Canadians, we are proud to have had gay marriage rights since 2005, exactly 10 years ahead of the U.S.A. Having seen gay marriage achieved in Canada, I had no doubt that national gay marriage would eventually pass in the U.S. It was just a matter of time. I guesstimated 10 years, and it was exactly that.

We Chinese Know Better… Getting Married is Not as Peachy as It Sounds?

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After going to an event, sponsored by China’s giant Taobao, where the LA Gay Center invited ten LGBT couples who won a contest from China to get married in LA and threw a reception for them, I received an enigmatic message on a photo that I posted on my Facebook from a friend of a friend, who’s Chinese. gay and volunteers at the LA Gay Center, saying something like, “This is just for show. That’s why we real Chinese didn’t show up… because we know better. (A Tearful Emoticon).” This comment was up for an hour, and the author erased it.

For an event that was so highly publicized, I was surprised that when I showed up there were mostly friends I know and the turn out was low. In fact, my friend’s publicity agency, China Luxury Advisors, was the behind the promotion of it and invited me to attend the reception on Facebook. There were six couples instead of ten, as I was told that four from the Guangzhou area had problems getting visas from the American Consulate. The reception served two-buck Chucks and Costco meat-and-cheese plates and crackers.

Around the Horn: Your First Scary Movie


What’s the first scary movie you’ve seen or the first scary movie that scared you shitless? I have to say it’s THE MANITOU in 1978, the first horror film I saw in a theater as a kid. I was so scared that I ran out of the theater with my friend halfway through. The film starred Tony Curtis as a psychic whose girlfriend was being possessed by an evil Indian spirit that grew from a tumor on her neck to a full size demon. I finished the movie later on video on VHS as a teenager.