A new Nielsen report released today confirms what most of us already knew—Asian Americans spend a lot of money buying shit stuff.
According to the study, Asian Americans outspend the average American household by a whooping 19 percent. And if you’re talking about the internet, Asian Americans are #1 when it comes to online shopping—77 percent of us have made an online purchase in the past year as opposed to 66 percent of the general population. The percentage of Asian Americans who have spent $2500 or more a year online is at 12 percent—double the average. And considering the rate the Asian American population is growing, this is clearly only the beginning.
So what does this mean for an “Asian American” online entity like YOMYOMF? Read more...
Compelling movies this year are proof against the myth that a good movie requires a villain. Good movies can be made without a villain or forced antagonist. Bell Hooks once said that she preferred “difference” over “conflict” and cited A Dry White Season as an exemplary film that accomplished that. Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are examples of compelling and meaningful movies completely bypassing the need for a conventional villain.
Apparently in China, they have found a hidden meaning in the upcoming Marvel film Thor: The Dark World. Everyone else may think that Thor and Loki are sworn enemies—two brothers on opposite sides at war with one another. But in China, at least if this poster is any indication, Thor and Loki share a much closer—dare we say—forbidden relationship:
And where did this provocative image come from?
It turns out it was photoshopped by a fan from this official poster: Read more...
Dear Love-Sick Depressed Dude Considering Chopping Off Your Penis:
I just read about 26-year-old Yang Hu from Jiaxing, China, who was so depressed by his lack of a love life that he chopped off his own penis. Realizing his mistake, he rode his bicycle to the hospital to get his penis reattached only to find that he had forgotten to bring along his penis and therefore had to ride back home, retrieve the penis and return to the hospital. By that point, it was too late and doctors were unable to reattach the penis.
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this story is tragic on a number of levels, but in case you’re too depressed about your love life to think clearly, all you need to do is remember this—if you think your love life sucks now, I guarantee it will be much worse if you don’t have a penis. Read more...
Our New Media Camp at Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) ended with a screening and panel this past Sunday. The six shorts that our talented filmmaker participants made over the course of the two-days of the camp were screened (we’ll post them online soon so keep an eye out) followed by a panel on the state of new media moderated by me and featuring our guests director John M. Chu (GI Joe Retaliation), YouTuber Lana McKissack and from Intertrend—Jon Yokogawa, James Kulp and Neil Sadhu.
The gang’s all here!
I can babble on about this topic but probably better to let the images do the talking so check out the pics from our final panel by Jason Soeda.
Final group pic post-panel
L to R: Phil, Lana, Jon Chu, James, Jon Yokogawa, Neil Read more...
You call it spam, I call it avant garde wordplay. Bowie did it, Burroughs did it, third graders do it.
In the space of one day, these four comments arrived which stretched my mind nearly to its breaking point. The first two were in response to a piece about crazy California drivers:
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“Merely” implementing? I don’t think you’re giving yourself enough credit, dear reader! Implementing is no small thing. Most people talk about it, but never actually get around to doing it. Read more...
Back in paradise. We kicked off our New Media Camp for the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Creative Lab yesterday with an orientation for our six selected participants and mentors followed by a group dinner at Little Village Noodle House in Honolulu’s Chinatown.
And today the real work began. The six participants have to shoot and edit their videos over the course of two days (today and tomorrow) with the guidance of their mentors so they can screen at the New Media Camp event this Saturday. So break a leg to our chosen six: Kimee Balmilero, Julia Nakamoto, Aaron Ng, Victor Nhieu, Startlet Shay and Grant Uchida. And to our mentors for providing guidance and support: Luke Aguinaldo, Gerard Elmore, Anson Ho, Ryan Kawamoto, Lana McKissack, Neil Sadha, Ty Sanga and Brian Watanabe. Let the games and lack of sleep and abundance of stress commence… Read more...
I’ve arrived in Hawaii with my fellow Offender Anson to oversee the New Media camp for the Hawaii International Film Festival (come to our FREE panel/screening this Sunday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 PM, info here) and as regular readers of this blog know—when we travel, it’s really all about one thing—food. And if you’re staying in Waikiki as we are, then the first and most important stop is Marukame Udon.
I had my first taste of it when I attended last year’s fest and to say that I have been anxiously waiting one year to once again partake of its delicious deliciousness is, well, accurate.
I didn’t know there was such a thing as a food artist, but apparently there is and one of them is Taiwan’s Huang Mingbo. And here are some lobstercycles he created for a cooking art show in Fuzhou, China made from…you guessed it—lobster shells: