The Obligatory Jeremy Lin Lakers Blog

If you’re Asian American and spend time on the internet (i.e. everyone reading this blog), then you already know Jeremy Lin will soon come to L.A. as a Laker.

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And…well…yeah…that’s about it. I really have nothing to add to this topic that hasn’t already been said over and over and over again since word broke Friday, but figured I should blog about it in some way ‘cause it seems like every Asian American online is required to acknowledge this news or lose their membership in the Asian American club community.

SAF Seeking… New F* Buddy, part 1

guest_offendersANNIKA

Annika is a 20-something year old newly single divorcee who recently returned to school to complete a bachelor’s degree in computational linguistics. She spends her time baking, cooking, swimming, hanging at pubs, trying different foods and restaurants, and inappropriately staring at the asses of unassuming men. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

"I'm moving to London." (NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!)

“I’m moving to London.” (NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!)

“Getting together again sounds good, but I am moving to London in two weeks. My company gave me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

WHAT.

My lover, “Tor,” of the last four months drops this bombshell on me a week ago and I feel a moment of sheer panic at the prospect of having to find a replacement. He also just left my apartment (it is 5:09 AM as I write this) for what seems like the last time ever. I was kind of sad. He was my favorite – and only – booty call. He was younger, filled to the brim with stamina, lived fifteen minutes away, and was always willing to come to my place. By LA standards, that’s a perfect booty call! And whatever it was that we did was also perfect: he’d come over once a week, we’d talk for fifteen minutes, do our thing for a half hour, then he’d leave. It was AWESOME.

The City of Angels by Night

Sometimes you have to make an effort to remind yourself of those unique and/or special things that might be right under your nose.

And one of those things for me is Griffith Observatory.

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Located atop Griffith Park with what is probably the best view of Los Angeles, the Observatory is only about two miles from where I live, but before this evening, I couldn’t remember the last time I had visited.

But tonight, I met a friend for dinner and afterwards, I wanted to take a short walk before heading home and that’s when I thought, “Damn, I haven’t been up to the Observatory in ages.”

When the Big One Hits!

Post-Loma Prieta earthquake. Santa Cruz, 1989.

Post-Loma Prieta earthquake. Santa Cruz, 1989.

Yes, there was an earthquake in Los Angeles this morning, thus ending what has come to be known as our long “earthquake drought.” Typically, a quake of magnitude 4.4 (which today’s was) should happen every year in the L.A. basin, but we’ve been spared that in recent years. According to scientists, that may soon change with quakes coming with more regularity, but that’s a different story.

This drought may partially explain today’s post-earthquake freak-out that happened on social media. By some of the twitter and facebook reactions I’ve been seeing, you’d think the big one had hit us. Have we become that wimpy unaccustomed to a little shaking that a mere 4.4 is met with such fear and surprise? Come on, we’re Angelenos, this is just another inconvenience to shrug off before returning to sleep (or whatever else you were doing at 6:30AM).

L.A. Rainpocalypse & Pho

Yes, it’s raining and raining hard here in L.A. and as we’re in the midst of this bad drought, any sort of wetness is welcome.

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But you know what—all those stereotypes of Angelenos and rain are pretty much true. Everything from how we can’t drive in the rain (yes, I saw at least three accidents coming into the YOMYOMF office) to how even a little bit of rain leads to major freak-outs:

Around the Horn: Buying a Home

My fiancé and I went house hunting last year.  We considered bidding on a few places, but the mortgage amounts seemed too high for our budget.  Two weeks ago, we resumed the search and found that home prices had risen 26% since we’d last looked (oops).

I’m curious about your thoughts on home or condo ownership.  If you own a place, how do you feel about it – financially, emotionally, etc.?  If you don’t own, would you like to?  On one of our early dates, Michael mentioned that he’d always looked forward to living in his own house.  I replied that the idea of home ownership made me feel trapped.

(but I wouldn’t feel trapped in here:)

The Short List: BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN

As part of the YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 questions to director Veena Hampapur about her short film, BASKETBALL, MERI JAAN.

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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

Original Offender: David Tran, Inventor of Sriracha

The LA Times has a great profile on David Tran, a Vietnamese refugee who epitomizes the American dream and became a multi-millionaire, thanks to his need to fill the void of a good hot sauce to add to his food in his new adopted U.S. homeland after escaping Vietnam on a Taiwanese freighter after the fall of Saigon. Setting up a company called Huy Fong Foods, named after said Taiwanese freighter, his homemade concoction took off in San Gabriel Valley (east LA) and he would make deliveries to supermarkets and restaurants.

Tweet to Win Free Ticks to Our YouTube Adaptation of ‘Yellow Face’ at LAAPFF

Regular readers of this blog already know that the YOMYOMF Network is producing the first-ever play to YouTube adaptation of a major theatrical work—our fellow Offender David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face.

David is a Tony Award-winning writer (for M. Butterfly) and Yellow Face brought him a prestigious Obie Award and was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play follows an Asian American playwright, conveniently named DHH (Ryun Yu), who casts Marcus (Covert Affairs’ Christopher Gorham), a Caucasian actor, in his new show mistakenly believing that Marcus is part Asian and tries to cover up his mistake once he learns the truth.

Our friends at Visual Communications will be hosting a work-in-progress screening of Yellow Face during this year’s Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on Sunday, May 5 at 5PM. The screening will be introduced by YouTube’s Bing Chen and will be followed by a discussion with YOMYOMF Creative Director Philip W. Chung, director Jeff Liu and cast members Ryun Yu, Linda Park and Sab Shimono. If you want to be the first to get a sneak peek of this unique project before it’s released on YouTube in late May, purchase tickets here before they’re all gone. You can also enter for a chance to win a FREE pair of tickets from YOMYOMF by simply sending us a tweet. Here’s what you need to do:

The Short List: VIA TEXT

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 questions to director Abe Foreman-Greenwald about his short film VIA TEXT.

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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

The Short List: THE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we feature a holiday-themed short film from one of our own, Offender Alfredo Botello (who is also the writer-director of the YOMYOMF web series REALITY REBOOT starring Chester See). Below are 5 questions we asked him about the making of this short film.
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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

The Short List: THIS WILL ALL MAKE PERFECT SENSE SOMEDAY

As part of our new YOMYOMF Network series, The Short List, where we present short films we love every Friday at Noon EST, we’ve reached out to the filmmakers with 5 Questions to see what’s up since the production of their short film. It’s a way for them to revisit their film and get an update on their next projects. You can view all The Short List films here.

This week, we ask 5 questions to director Long-Cuu Phan, regarding the making of his short film, THIS WILL ALL MAKE PERFECT SENSE SOMEDAY.

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1. How did you come up with the concept for this short?

I read 100% women, the Haruki Murakami story which the film is based on, my freshman year in college and it changed my life. I loved it and was determined to make the story into a film the first chance I got. The idea to use stop motion for the montage sequence was foremost a practical decision. It would have been impossible to shoot it on film for logistical and financial reasons. Artistically, the use of photos to represent the past was almost a given.