The Best Way to Learn Mandarin? Wake up from a Coma.

Mandarin is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. But for Australian Ben McMahon, apparently all it took for him to master the language was to wake up from a coma following a serious car crash.


That’s what allegedly happened—McMahon woke up from his coma and discovered that he was able to speak fluent Mandarin and even temporarily “forgot” how to speak English. His newfound Chinese language skills were triggered after seeing an “Asian looking” nurse.

The Mandarin ability didn’t completely come out of the blue—McMahon did take language classes in school, but never approached the level of proficiency he displayed post-coma. McMahon’s Mandarin is supposedly so good that he has moved to Shanghai and even co-hosted a Chinese show.

Around the Horn: Teacher, Teacher


As my fellow Offenders know, I’m starting this week as the new Head of Playwriting at Columbia University. Not surprisingly, I’m excited and nervous about my new responsibilities, and obviously want to do as well as I can for my students. Way back when I was an undergraduate, I decided to try playwriting, but my university didn’t offer any playwriting classes. So I found a professor in the Creative Writing Department who was a novelist, but taught a class in dramatic literature, and asked him to read my fledging efforts. He told me my plays were really bad, which they were — that I had the desire to write plays, but didn’t actually know anything about the theatre. This same professor, John L’Heureux, then went on to help me design a playwriting major, and became my advisor for the next three years, leading to the writing of my first full-length play, FOB. John was my first important mentor, and we’ve remained friends to this day.

How about you guys? As advice to a new faculty member, what’s the best experience you had with a teacher? Or, as a cautionary note, you could also share your worst ones.

Is it finally the end of Glenn on THE WALKING DEAD?


Huffington Post has already started the rumor mill today that our favorite Asian American zombie killing machine and romantic hero Glenn (Steven Yuen) may finally meet his Maker during the start of Season 5 of the epic series, which kicks off October 12th on AMC. Their evidence is this photo, which has Glenn in a pickle so to speak, surrounded by walkers and the fact that a shot of Glenn in the Season 5 teaser is reminiscent of what happens to the character in the graphic novel series…

Fried Chickenize Your Computer

I’ve had fried chicken on my mind recently (don’t ask) so seeing this put a little smile on my heart (yes, it has been scientifically proven that hearts can smile):


It’s a KFC fried chicken keyboard. And even cooler—the only letters visible on it are “f,c and k” (think they forgot the “u”).

And if that weren’t enough, there’s also a matching drumstick mouse:


And USB stick:

Guys, I Haven’t Watched Lifetime’s ‘Saved by the Bell’ Movie Yet but I’m so Excited, So Scared and Asians are Bad


Regular reader readers of this blog know that I was looking forward to watching Lifetime’s creatively named The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Movie, which aired on Labor Day. But unfortunately, things are very busy here at YOMYOMF world headquarters and I still haven’t had the chance to ring the BELL get my BELL rung watch and while I’m still so excited, I’m also so…scared.

I don’t care that critics and audiences tore the movie a new one. I don’t care that it totally bombed in the ratings. What I’m still so excited about is to see classic moments like this recreated before my eyes by actors who look nothing like the original Saved by the Bell cast:


And the movie’s awesome factoids clearly showing that Asians had a significant part in the series’ rich and varied history from Zack Mark-Paul’s Indonesian heritage:

Around the Horn: Time Oh Give Me Time



Loving what you do even when you’re not doing it all that much.

Times in the film industry are tough in LA.  So, I’ve made the decision to go from freelance videographer and visual effects artist to doing corporate work for the litigation industry.  Seems sad that I wouldn’t be doing what I love on a day to day basis.  Now, that I’m starting my journey into the corporate work force, I find myself more… creative?  What?  How can that be?

Funny how when you know you have a lot of time to do something, you don’t utilize that time well, for me anyway.  I sit in my office and say, “Look at all this time I have to be creative, I’ll make something awesome… one day.”  For years, I’ve been saying that, but all I do is prep the ideas and leave things undone.  But, now my time is limited and I see only short windows opportunity to do something… anything creative.  So, I went back to my roots as a graphic artist and did something I loved within films and the poster art arena… so, that’s what I went with.  Finally, I made something I liked and that I knew I could finish within the time allowed.  I definitely felt my love of creation more because I made time for it.

YouTube: Now a Deterrent for Public Urination

Web designer Marek Sotak found this street sign while traveling in the Czech Republic:


Whether it’s real or a prank, it’s always nice to know that if you really need to go that there may be someone lurking in the shadows on a cameraphone ready to shoot and upload a video of you doing the deed onto YouTube.

Filipino Girl Group does the best rendition of LET IT GO Ever


I know, I know, we don’t need another “Let It Go” cover like another hole in the head. But, this one, done by the girl group MICA (from the Philippines) takes the cake. The 4 girls, all sisters, were chosen to audition for a K-Pop star search show called “Superstar K.”

Check out their amazing, breathtaking performance:

Dethroned Miss Asia Pacific World Absconds with $100,000 Crown & More Power to Her

This is May Myat Noe:


Back in May, the 18-year-old Burmese beauty queen was crowned Miss Asia Pacific World in Seoul, Korea. But she was stripped of her title this past week for being “rude” and has allegedly left Korea for Burma without returning her $100,000 jewel crown.

And what was this horribly rude offense that led to her dethronement?

She refused the breast enlargement surgery the pageant officials forced wanted encouraged her to get.

Chill, Internet, Hello Kitty is Still a Cat. Uh…Probably. Maybe.

When the news broke this week that the 40-year-old icon of all things loveably cute aka Hello Kitty was not a cat, the internet did the only thing it could collectively do under such circumstances—freak out. But I’m here to say, chill, internet, take this virtual valium because this may turn out to be one of those rare instances when information posted online may actually be incorrect and Hello Kitty is indeed a cat after all. Well, sort of.

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But first some background—Sanrio, the company behind Hello Kitty, told Christine R. Yano, who is curating a Hello Kitty exhibit scheduled to open this fall at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, “Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.”

Furthermore, Hello Kitty is actually British and her original name is Kitty White—the daughter of George and Mary White (see the full whacked-out bios here).

Ladies, Dry Your Eyes: William Hung is Off the Market

News broke last week that ex-American Idol reject William Hung who went on to a little more than 15 minutes of fame for his…uh…particular set of singing skills has tied the knot. On June 18, Hung married Jian Teng in Alhambra, California.


I could not let this occasion pass without conveying my warmest congratulations to the happy couple especially considering how much blog material Hung has provided us with over the years. Although considering Alhambra is just a few minutes from our offices in South Pasadena, I am a little disappointed that I did not receive an invite to this joyous event. I mean, come on, William, I’ve had your back for all these years, I think an invite with a plus one and a free drink ticket wasn’t too much to ask for.