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.

Check out these viral photos from Japan

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Now, these photos don’t all originate from Japan, but they’ve gone viral on many Japanese social media sites. Some of these photos are actually quite old and have been floating around the ‘Net for years, but there’s a a revolving cycle for many things in the Internet nowadays (the GAME OF THRONES VHS intro, for example, has been getting major traction this past week, but it popped up on the Internet months ago as the 1995 intro).

Anyhoo, here’s what’s popping up in other social media feeds from the Land of the Rising Sun:

Straight White Boys Texting

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So a couple of folks sent me this link to the tumblr site Straight White Boys Texting and as the name suggests, it’s a site with a collection of texts and social media postings from straight white boys.

So if you’ve ever wondered what straight white boys text about, here’s a sampling:

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Check out Kevin B. Lee’s TRANSFORMERS: THE PREMAKE

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I first met Kevin B. Lee at the Berlin Film Festival a few years ago, through friends Karin Chien and Brent Hall, who had started a distribution company for indie and underground Chinese films called dGenerate Films. Kevin was also on board as a programmer and advisor. He would later relocate to Chicago to further his studies in media arts, but continued his work as a film critic and journalist as one of the late and great Roger Ebert’s far-flung correspondents.

Yes, Stephen Colbert is Replacing David Letterman but Stop with the #CancelColbert Quips

NAMEThe announcement came this morning that The Colbert Report host has been named as the replacement for David Letterman when he retires from The Late Show next year. And already, I’ve been seeing dozens hundreds thousands millions of posts on social media like this:

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And this:

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And this:

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Racist Twitter Watch: Julie Chu Edition

The closing ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics was tonight and the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team forward Julie Chu was selected to carry the American flag. And surprise, surprise! Once again our good ole racist social media friends came out of the woodwork with tweets like this:

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And this:

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To which my reaction is…yawn.

Perhaps the greatest photo meme ever

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Ah, you unsuspecting young parents who post baby photos on social media. That’s what exactly happened in the case of the photo above, where a young dad posted this photo on his Facebook feed. He also made a joke by adding the caption, “Look, tell Clyde that he’s a dumbass… and then fire him!”

Soon enough, one his friends posted the photo on Reddit and the rest his history. People laughed and caused a meme barnstorm. Business Baby was born! Some of the captions are priceless, like the following:

Chinese Singles Prank Valentine’s Day by buying movie tickets so that couples can’t sit together

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Talk about a lump of coal in place of a heart when it comes to the big V day in China…. According to Time Magazine, in what might be the biggest Valentine’s Day prank ever, a group of Shanghai singles purchased every odd-numbered seat for a Feb. 14 showing of BEIJING LOVE STORY, the movie version of a popular drama from 2012 that is reminiscent of LOVE, ACTUALLY. The prankster’s sole purpose: To disrupt romantic dates, but of course!

With a population of 1.3 billion people, China definitely has a sizable group of single people. And with the one-child policy, where males are revered, there is a ‘surplus’ of single men, estimated at 34 million! Hmm, that’s a lot of lonely hearts out there, ladies.

Let’s Hate on the Super Bowl Coke Ad But Not ‘Cause It’s “Un-American”

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Coca Cola ran this ad during the Super Bowl:

And I’m sure to the surprise of no one reading this blog, the ad was immediately met with the creation of a #boycottCoke hashtag on social media and xenophobic responses such as the following:

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An Open Letter to the Racist/Sexist University of Illinois Students who Won’t be Having a Snow Day

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Dear Racist/Sexist University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Students:

So apparently this polar vortex thingie is going to be hitting you hard today dropping temperatures to below zero. I live in Los Angeles where the sun is currently out and I’m pondering whether or not I should trim my toenails before I got out in my sandals so I get that I’m coming from a position of temperature privilege, but I’d still like to give you a bit of free advice.

I don’t know how this whole “snow day” thingie works because, again, I live in L.A., but I get you’re upset that your Chancellor Phyllis Wise has decided to not a call a snow day and classes will continue as usual today.

Yes, You Jealous and Racist White Bitches, Miss America is Indian American and Hotter Than You!

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So Nina Davuluri a.k.a. Miss New York was crowned the new Miss America tonight becoming the first person of Indian descent to win the title. And regular readers of this blog should not be surprised that some of the immediate reaction to this news included comments such as these:

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An Open Letter to my Fellow Asian Americans on Giving Too Much Racial Credence to White People

Dear fellow Asian Americans:

So many of the folks who happen to inhabit my social media feeds are fellow Asian Americans and this past week, I’ve noticed you’ve been busy sharing two news items involving our community/racism/Hollywood.

The first is a piece that ran on Jezebel entitled “Why Aren’t Asian Actors Getting Leading Roles in Hollywood” (click here to read in full) and the other are the stories about the racist tweets that have been flying around in the wake of the new film Olympus Has Fallen which once again features North Koreans as the baddies.

And all I have to say is—this has to stop! Now! Why you gotta be kissing the white man’s ass when it comes to anti-Asian racism? Let me explain: