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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

When a beatboxer in a Japan and a freestyle dancer in the US meet (where else?) online, it makes for vival video magic. [boing boing]

“What I like about women is always strength, but Chinese women are even stronger. It’s like strong women on steroids.” Diane von Furstenberg talked to the Wall Street Journal about bringing her goods to the Chinese luxury market, and what might be “the China century.” [WSJ]

Seems like everybody is excited about getting some of that Chinese luxury dollar, as U.S. real estate developers are building properties with the Chinese buyer in mind. [WSJ]

While many victims of last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan are still seeking compensation for their injuries, they’re not turning to the courts for assistance. [Washington Post]

Some folks in Iran are developing a video game called “The Stressful Life of Salman Rushdie and Implementation of his Verdict,” which would show what life is like threat of a death fatwa. [Wonkette]

We’re saving our pennies and counting down the days until the clothes that artist Yayoi Kusama created for her collaboration for Louis Vuitton are available. [Fashion Copious]

New York State Assemblywoman (and Queens native – holla!) Grace Meng could be New York State’s first Asian-American congresswoman. [NYT]

Apparently in China there is not one but FOUR restaurants staffed entirely by robots. One question: how much do you tip? [Eater National]

You guys, The Man With The Iron Fists, the directorial debut of Rza of the Wu-Tang Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

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How Much Did NBC Pay Kosuke Kitajima To Troll The US Olympic Trials?

Reigning breaststroke gold medalist Kosuke Kitajima of Japan showed up at the U.S. Olympic Trials this week, presumably because he’s training in the US and wants to scout his rivals. But this is how I’m picturing things really went down:

Bob Costas appears at Kosuke Kitajima’s pad, dressed as a tiny valet-slash-baby penguin. He’s holding an overstuffed envelope of cash, a list of instructions and a hat box. Inside the hat box is a trucker cap–yes, a trucker cap–bedazzled with a number “1″ in gold sequins.

Yes, gold.

Yes, sequins.

The instructions, which Costas goes over with Kitajima in flawless Japanese, are as follows:

  1. Show up at the 100 M Breaststroke Final wearing the hat.
  2. Keep the hat on at all times.
  3. Sit in the nosebleed seats like you’re just there to chill with your bros. (Hence the trucker cap.)
  4. Clap at the appropriate times. If you’re confused as to what constitutes “appropriate” Continue reading How Much Did NBC Pay Kosuke Kitajima To Troll The US Olympic Trials?

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DISGRASIAN’s Extracurricular Activities: Ping Pong, Pinoy Music, A Festival And A Celebration

Filmmakers Mina T. Son and Sara Newens are raising funds to finish post-production on TOP SPIN, their documentary about three American teen table tennis players with Olympic aspirations. Two of their subjects, Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, have already earned spots on Team USA [Kickstarter]

Hyphen Magazine is celebrating the release of their 25th issue and their 10th anniversary with a party in San Francisco on Saturday, July 7. Tickets are on sale now. [Hyphen Magazine]

A veritable who’s who of Pinoy music will be at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, July 8 for Apl.de.ap Takes You to the Philippines – Celebrate Global Filipino Music. The show will feature Pinoy pop, hip-hop, and original Pinoy music. Among those joining Apl.de.ap are fellow Black Eyed Peas Taboo and will.i.am, Legaci, and Nicole Scherzinger, with hosts Vanessa Hudgens, Jo Koy, and Anthony Valadez. [Hollywood Bowl]

The Seattle Asian American Film Festival is accepting submissions, looking for “films and videos that are made by or about Asian Americans and Asians of any nationality.” The deadline for submissions is August 30. [seattleaaff.org]

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How To Make Friends With Asians: Don’t Try To “See Like Asians Do”

So this is an actual ad campaign out of Ukraine promoting travel to Asia, created by the Tabasco agency for the Multipass travel company:

The ad agency explained what they were going for on Ads of the World, where the offensive ad was spotted by copyranter:

Continue reading How To Make Friends With Asians: Don’t Try To “See Like Asians Do”

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Sorry But Criticizing A TV Show For Its Lack Of Diversity Does Not Equal “Woman Hate”

I’ve heard this argument in discussions about the lack of diversity on HBO’s Girls and I’m hearing it again now with ABC Family’s Bunheads. The argument is: If you’re criticizing this show, which is for, by, and about girls/women, you’re misogynist.

Bullshit.

This week, Bunheads creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, of Gilmore Girls fame, responded to criticism made by Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes about the lack of diversity on Sherman-Palladino’s new series about ballerinas with this exact argument:

“I’ve always felt that women, in a general sense, have never supported other women the way they should…I think it’s a shame, but to me, it is what it is.”

Sherman-Palladino, who says she has never met Rhimes before, went on to say that with the increased demands on showrunners — particularly while getting a new program on the air — there’s no room for criticism among peers. “I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t go after another woman. I, frankly, wouldn’t go after another showrunner,” she said.

Showrunner-to-showrunner professional courtesies aside–think how awkward running into each other in the ladies’ room at the Emmys will be!–Sherman-Palladino’s assessment of the situation, not to mention her assertion of victimhood, is utterly facile and self-serving.

Here is Rhimes’ actual tweet:

It’s important to note here that Rhimes directed her criticism at @abcfbunheads, the official Twitter for the ABC Family show. ABC Family is a subsidiary of Disney-ABC, which owns all of the shows Rhimes has developed, created, or had her name attached to since her TV career began. In reality, her tweet is less an attack on Sherman-Palladino than a calling-out of the network Rhimes has made richer. The people who resent the lack of diversity criticism directed at shows like Girls and Bunheads will be the first to tell you that the lack of diversity on TV is a systemic problem. Which is why Rhimes being called a woman-hater for pointing out that there isn’t even one non-white ballerina on Bunheads Continue reading Sorry But Criticizing A TV Show For Its Lack Of Diversity Does Not Equal “Woman Hate”

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Is Ann Curry Getting Fired From “The Today Show” Because She’s Too Asian?

There’s no shortage of theories as to why Ann Curry will be imminently fired, er, “replaced” as co-host of “The Today Show” after only a one year-stint, a fact first reported by the NY Times’ Media Decoder blog this week. The theories range from the timeless Ann Is Awkward to Ann Is A Bad Actor to the widely-acknowledged but still news-to-me Ann Prefers Hard-Hitting News To Fluff–I guess I’ve always been better-acquainted with this side of her work–to perhaps the least-relevant but still sorta-funniest theory of them all,  Ann Has Terrible Fashion Sense.

The Unfortunate But Perhaps Not Totally Unintentional Chyron That Appeared Under Ann Curry The Day After News Spread Of Her Getting Canned

It’s not just, as Gawker pointed out, that everybody hates Ann Curry, it’s that everybody loves to hate Ann Curry. And though we’ve partaken of this pastime considerably over the years–see Ann Is Making This All About Her or Ann Is An Idiot For Not Letting Ryan Gosling Put His Hands All Over Her or Ann Can’t Dance For Shit or the general Ann Is A Robot category–this latest national piling-on in anticipation of her firing just feels too mean.

Perhaps the most interesting theory put forth as to why Ann Curry’s failed to connect with her audience is that she’s Asian. The NY Times’ Mike Hale, who is himself of Asian descent, called Curry “The Today Show” family’s “stepsister,” musing:

I don’t know what personal factors might come into play in creating an on-screen distance. You could speculate about certain things. Ms. Curry is biracial (Japanese-American) and spent part of her early childhood living overseas, a situation that has been known to generate self-reliance and reserve. (Barack Obama probably wouldn’t make the warmest of morning hosts.)

Funny thing is, I never really think about Ann Curry’s Asian-ness. Except when contemplating her flawless, 55 year-old(!) skin. (Bitch, give me the name of your derm.) Then again, descriptors that have been used to describe Curry time and again and especially of late, descriptors like “robotic,” “awkward,” and “unable to emote,” are pretty much code for “Asian.” I mean, hug one of us if you don’t believe me.

Or better yet, save that hug for Ann Curry. She needs it, y’all, poor thing. And while you’re there, lightly feel around, between the shoulder blades I’m guessing, to see if you can make out the almost-imperceptible outline of a control panel. Won’t hurt to look, and it could potentially explain everything.

[NYT: Morning TV's Stepsister Feels the Ratings Heat]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

Saturday, June 23 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Vincent Chin. Asian Americans for Progress have organized Vincent Chin 30: Standing Up Then and Now, a nationwide townhall on hate crimes and bullying. Hosted by Angry Asian Man’s Phil Yu, viewers can attend the townhall via Google Hangout. [APAP]

Dharun Ravi, who was sentenced to 30 days in jail for using a web cam to spy on his late roommate, Tyler Clementi, was released early from jail [NYT]

Like student Oumou Troure, the subject of her article “The Thing Is, I’m Undocumented”, journalist Grace Talusan was once undocumented, too. [Boston Magazine]

Trophy wife? Gold digger? Pie deflecting Tiger Mom? The New York Times profiles Wendi Deng Murdoch. [NYT]

Asian George Burns? Adorable! Asian Dolly Parton? Kinda creepy. [Laughing Squid]

A five judge panel convened by the World Boxing Organization unanimously ruled in boxer Manny Pacquiao‘s favor after reviewing video of his recent bout with Timothy Bradley. Their scoring can’t overturn the results of the match however. [NYDN]

Attention all you non-Asian ladies who are looking for an Asian dude to get smoochy with: this guide was written for you. [The Love Life of an Asian Guy]

Yoko Ono collaborated with Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon on “Early In The Morning”, a 14-minute track to benefit Ashinaga Rainbow House and their work with tsuami victims. If this appeals to you, then you’ll be glad to know that a six-track album called “YOKOKIMTHURSTON” will be released in September. [A.V. Club]

Is the “chop suey” font used by Fresh Direct to advertise ready to cook Chinese meals racist, or just kind of tired and old fashioned? [Tao Jones/WSJ]

Just call it “Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony’s Excellent Chinese Movie Adventure”. Or, it seems the NBA is working with the Shanghai Film Group to release Amazing, a Chinese basketball movie that will star NBA players Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, and former NBA star Scottie Pippen. [Grantland]

Congratulations, Conrad Hotels, you are the most recent offender when it comes to the crime of using people of color as props in your advertising. [The Society Pages - thanks, Steve!]

The House of Representatives passed a resolution issuing a formal apology for the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred Chinese people from immigrating to the United States. [Angry Asian Man]

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Angry Asian Man + DISGRASIAN: Oh The Sound And Fury!

Phil and Me: We were both doing our Angry Faces but somehow I ended up giving Duck Lips instead

Angry Asian Man and I sat down recently for a blogger-to-blogger pow-wow on his newly-launched podcast, Sound and Fury. In this ep, we talk about how DISGRASIAN came into being and where it’s going, what’s cool and what sucks about blogging about our people, and how judge-y Asians are in general. We even revisit a beef Diana and I once had with an Asian American celebrity. Which one, you ask? And about what? Find out here.

[Angry Asian Man: Sound and Fury podcast: Jen Wang, DISGRASIAN]

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Can't read my, can't read my, no you can't read my yellowface

Racialicious talked to burlesque expert Chicava HoneyChild and burlesque performers Shanghai Pearl, ExHOTic Other, and Essence Revealed about Dita Von Teese’s “Opium Den Show.” Aw, Dita — I don’t think we’ve seen yellowface this good since Mickey Rooney in Breakfast At Tiffany’s! [Racialicious]

Journalist (and undocumented immigrant from the Philippines) José Antonio Vargas poses on the cover of TIME this week and pens the much-discussed story behind it, “We Are Americans, Just Not Legally,” about the plight of the U.S.’s 12 million undocumented immigrants. [TIME]

Keeping the DREAM alive: The Obama administration will stop deporting younger undocumented immigrants and begin issuing them work permits. [Huffington Post]

Barack Obama: The Story traces “the young Obama’s arc toward black identity.” The book, which will be published on June 19, is excerpted in the Washington Post. [Washington Post]

New America Media finds that “media depictions of Asian-Americans lack important depth,” and got a few quotes from DISGRASIAN™ editor/founder Jen on the myth of the model minority and how it’s still used in the mainstream. [New America Media]

To be a female taikonaut in China, you’d better have perfect skin, teeth, and be odor-free. Even at the expense of having much less training than their male counterparts. Thanks, China, but if I need a ride to space, I’ll wait until Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is ready to go. [The Globe and Mail]

Worst show-and-tell ever: A Montreal teacher is suspended after he showed a video of Luka Rocco Magnotta allegedly killing Chinese student Lin Jun. [The Star]

A creationist group in South Korea lobbied the government to have the theory of evolution removed from high school textbooks, and guess what? They actually won. [Huffington Post]

Listen in: San Francisco public radio station KALW has begun a series focusing on Asian American mental health. [KALW]

Blogger and friend Jim “Busy Dad” Lin reflects on the recent passing of “Goodfella” Henry Hill and the life lessons of the movie that immortalized him. [MamaPop]

The folks who made Shanghai Calling, which stars my fantasy celebrity boyfriend Daniel Henney, are asking for videos about your best story from living or traveling overseas. The prize? Oh nothing, just a little trip for two to see the movie at an upcoming film festival. [Angry Asian Man]

Our pals at You Offend Me, You Offend My Family, just launched their new YouTube network YOMYOMF. We are especially digging the trailer for their high school girl webseries “BFFs.” [YOMYOMF]

We know summer’s only just begun, but can it be fall already so we can already start watching (and loving) Mindy Kaling’s Fox comedy “The Mindy Project,” which is already being touted as one of fall’s “most exciting” new series-es? [Reuters]

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Good For You, Guy: Bruce Chen “Not Offended At All” By Teammate Giving The Chink-Eye

So, Saturday night during a game between the Kansas City Royals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, this happened

Bruce Chen, who was being interviewed by FOX at the bottom of the 4th, is Panamanian of Chinese descent and a pitcher for the Royals. Humberto Quintero, who was giving the chink-eye, is Venezuelan and catcher for the team. Chen commented on the incident later when he saw the video and didn’t seem bothered by it:

“I’m not offended at all,” Chen insisted. “I’m proud of my heritage and being Asian. I really like the way my eyes look. It makes me look sexy. It’s just joking around. I’m definitely not offended, and I hope other people don’t get offended.

“I don’t think, by any means, was he trying to put my race down. He was doing it to me, and I like the way my eyes look.”

I get that Chen’s a pitcher and Quintero his catcher, and they have a close relationship that lends itself to them giving one another shit of this sort, like, all the time. But when Continue reading Good For You, Guy: Bruce Chen “Not Offended At All” By Teammate Giving The Chink-Eye

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What Is This Thing The Youngs Call A “Promposal” Exactly?

  1. Let’s just say that word again: “promposal.”
  2. Now that we’ve gotten over how ridiculous it is, let’s ask: Why are these “promposals” so elaborate?
  3. When did they start getting so elaborate? I went to school in the early mid 90′s, and I don’t remember anything like this happening. But then I went to an all-girls school in a city so maybe this was happening elsewhere? Also I knew practically no boys and I went to prom stag (twice!).
  4. How much did he have to pay his friends to help him with this? Or is this just how high school bros help other high school bros out?
  5. Is this a suburban thing?
  6. Is this just an American thing that I’ve somehow managed to be completely ignorant about, like NASCAR? Update: Jen’s totes adorable Canadian cousin Annie confirmed that this is her old high school so apparently this isn’t just an American thing after all.
  7. Clearly these two very adorable teenagers are dating, and are pretty smitten. So who else would Tina have gone to prom with? What if somebody else had come in with 1,501 balloons before her boyfriend did? What if he’d proposed with some wilted tulips and a Ring Pop?
  8. Mmm, Ring Pop.
  9. If a “promposal” isn’t recorded on video and then uploaded to YouTube, does it exist?

[via viralviralvideos]

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Crouching Coldplay, Hidden Rih Rih: “Princess Of China” Video

I was out of town for most of May but I’m baaaaack! And sick in bed. So I have nothing smart to say today about this Coldplay ft. Rihanna video for “Princess of China.” (If you do want a clever breakdown of all the song’s possible meanings, read my pal Molly Lambert’s Grantland post here.) The video’s just a hot mess of Orientalist imagery and a couple of terrifying manicures. And when they start fighting in the air a la Crouching Tiger, I had to laugh. The hurty nose-snort kind of laughter. Because that there was some seriously dorky shit. Like, the white man’s overbite version of kung fu fighting. I’m actually embarrassed for all parties involved:

And what does this song have to do with China anyway?

Never mind. I don’t care. Someone bring me some soup.

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