SNL’s ‘Asian American’ Doll Commercial

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During last night’s Saturday Night Live, one skit stood out as being bitingly funny when it came to racial politics, which SNL has been taking a lot of heat over its 40 year history as being predominately white (aside from the likes of Eddie Murphy or Chris Rock to name rare examples). One thing that SNL has never had has been any Asian American representation, aside from part Filipinos Rod Schneider and Fred Armisen.

Western Fairytales Get Korean-ized and It’s Pretty Awesome

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With the recent news related to North Korea not being so good (read my fellow Offender Anderson’s recap of the events here), thought it’d be a good time to share something Korean that’s both artistic and, frankly, pretty damn awesome.

Illustrator Na Young Wu created these drawings of iconic Western fairy tale figures in a Korean setting. Check them out below:

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3000 Post It Notes of Art

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We all have Post-It Notes somewhere in our lives, whether it’s at work or at home. Most of them are used exactly per their intention – for tiny messages to be temporarily affixed to an object. Post-It Notes have tremendous unintentional uses ranging from being “pixels” in viral-video animations, stashing chewed gum, and cleaning dirt from fingernails yet everyone has doodled on Post-It notes, usually to mindlessly kill time or to simply mark a blank, ripe yellow piece of 3″x3″ paper.

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Was the Mona Lisa Chinese?

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In what may sound like something out of a Dan Brown airport novel (The Da Vinci Code 2: Chinese Puzzle), there’s speculation by an Italian historian that the famous Mona Lisa painting, by Leonardo Da Vinci, was in fact a portrait of his mother, who may have been a Chinese slave.

According to Complex, historian Angelo Paratico isn’t 100% sure, but according to South China Morning Post interview he gave, Paratico says, “”I’m sure to a point that Leonardo’s mother was from the Orient, but to make her an oriental Chinese, we need to use deductive method.” Um, okay.

Sushi, Egg Roll & Tortilla Swaddles for your baby will make you want to eat them

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And now for your “awwwwwww” moment on this Friday, check out these swaddles that can wrap your babies in three, delectable options — Nori (seaweed wrap), Egg roll, and Tortilla. First We Feast reports that these adorable swaddling sets are made by San Francisco-based Bon Vivant Baby. This definitely gives the definition of the “food baby” a new meaning.

Tura! Tura! Tura!

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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).

Cliff Curtis (aka the best actor working today) will star in THE WALKING DEAD spin-off

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Now this is promising news. Although we’re huge fans of THE WALKING DEAD (resident geek David and I write about the show on a weekly basis in the YOMYOMF TV Showdown), we were pretty suspect of the long in the works spin-off show. Sure, it’s a cash grab for AMC with the current series generating monster ratings as the top show on TV, even beating Sunday Night Football.

Then news started to trickle this week with two actors signed on-board and the working title of “Cobalt.” Blah, blah, nothing major or enticing to whet our appetites. Even though we love THE WALKING DEAD, it is one of the most depressing shows ever. Who wants a double whammy of zombie apocalypse on a weekly basis? The show, at it’s best, can be so tense that our blood pressure rises because of all the stress!

The Crossing

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Yesterday, John Woo’s latest epic, The Crossing, opened in China. They even opened the movie ahead of Hong Kong, so my film critic friend had to make a trip to the neighboring city of Shenzhen, one of the youngest cities in China rivaling Hong Kong in both its economic progress and bustling population, to watch the movie in the theater. Naturally I had to tag along.

The Trouble with ‘Interstellar’

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While there is no debate that Interstellar is a well-made film that’s entertaining and thoughtful, I do find it troubling that the film envisions a future that’s extremely homogenous and white. Ironically, some of the world’s greatest films also end up to be the most racist films like D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of the Nation. There is no debate that The Birth of a Nation is a great cinematic achievement, yet is it not equally racially troublesome?

In Interstellar, there are virtually no people of color other than the token black astronaut (somehow a token black guy always gets cast in these Hollywood space sagas), the black principal and Latino teacher who try to block the main character’s son from going to college, and an Asian extra in the baseball game.

To See And Be Seen: Twenty-Six Asian Films Of 2014

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Adam Chau is a blogger from the Midwest. In his spare time he likes to help publish books, post random musings, and consume as much media as he can.

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A quick dab of films from this year that I’ve seen, or still need to see, that I now share in an old school non twitteresque type of way.

Buyer beware and no, I won’t do that because it’s my list.

Get your own list.

1. Aberdeen
Directed By: Pang Ho-cheung


Sometimes I just get attracted to a family drama with a darker edge and this seems to fit the bill. With Louis Koo, Eric Tsang, Miriam Yeung and Gigi Leung. Gives me kind of a Lost In Beijing feel when I watch the trailer even though I don’t think it’s going to be that dark.

Daikichi Amano brings tentacle erotica to life

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Japanese photographer Daikichi Amano explores the gruesome connection between Japan’s metaphorical and literal consumption of both the female form and creatures of the sea. Octopus carcasses embrace women’s naked bodies, dripping across their skin and morphing into weird appendages that blur the line between woman and animal. Or in other words, Amano loves to depict live action tentacle porn (another mainstay of Japanese anime).

Here are some photos that are borderline NSFW. For the real hentai stuff, you can head over to Juxtapoz to check out the rest of the photos.