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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.
There’s been a lot of talk this year about how America’s schools are failing its children. That talk has focused primarily on two separate issues: 1) the quality of education and 2) bullying in schools. In the case of South Philadelphia High School in the Philadelphia School District, however, the school and its district failed on both fronts.
The following is a timeline of events that transpired over the last year at South Philadelphia High School and in the Philadelphia School District. Most of the links direct to posts by Angry Asian Man, who was our main source–and probably many others’–on these events:
On December 3, 2009, 26 Asian students were attacked and beaten by a large group of their peers, mostly African American, throughout the school day at South Philadelphia High. 13 of the students who were attacked wound up in the hospital. There was already a history of violence against Asian students–many of them immigrants–at the school, whose student body is, according to current stats, 64.6% African American, 22.4% Asian American, 6.3% White, 5.8% Latino, and .8% Other, yet district officials were quick to dismiss that the December 3rd attacks had been racially motivated.
After meeting with district officials following the attacks, a group of over 60 Asian students from South Philadelphia High remained unconvinced that their safety at school would be ensured and organized an eight day-long boycott. Wei Chen, a senior at the time, made this statement for the group:
Filed under: America's Schools, Angry Asian Man, Anti-Immigrant Sentiment, Anti-Immigrant Violence, Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Asian Americans United, Asian Students Attacked South Philadelphia High School, Bias Intimidation, Bullying in Schools, FAIL, Helen Gym, Institutional Failure, Philadelphia, Philadelphia School District, Shameful Shit, South Philadelphia High School, The School DIstrict of Philadelphia, This is Bullshit, Violence in Schools
Name: Phil Yu, aka Angry Asian Man
Hails from: NoCal
Occupation: Blogger, Community Leader, Full-Time Mensch
Why He’s a Babe: Our friend Phil is on the cover of this month’s KoreAm Journal lookin’ hella hawt. His scruffy good looks aside, however, it’s what Phil reveals in the the accompanying Q & A–conducted by our other pal, Jeff Yang, in what is probably Phil’s most candid interview to date–that explains why everyone crushes on Angry Asian Man. Dude’s a total rock star–we’ve spoken at packed conferences where people line up just to get a whiff of his Angry Asian Man Essence–yet he couldn’t be more humble, self-effacing, and dedicated to his readers, his community, and the things he writes about.
But the KoreAm interview also reveals some bad news for all of us AAM groupies: Continue reading BABEWATCH: Phil Yu, aka Angry Asian Man
Since you’ve got your cameras and editing systems out, why not try to win some more kool shit? We learned via Angry Asian Man that our kickass friends at KoreAm have extended the deadline for their Krazy K-Pop Music Video Battle to November 10!
Which means: if you can shoot a killer response to this video (and by the way, we wanna see you muthafuckin’ DANCIN’):
…you can win a trip to NY. And get mad props. And earn our mad respeck.
Contest rules are all here. Step up, K-poppers!
Asians And Journalism Go Together Like Ramma Lamma Lamma Ka Dinga Da Dinga Dong [We're Headed To The #AAJA Convention]
Angelenos! Where U at?
The Asian American Journalists Association will host its 21st Annual AAJA National Convention at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles from August 4 to 7. We will have the pleasure of speaking on two panels on Thursday, August 5 as part of the “Diversifying Your Coverage” series with some of our favorite and most esteemed colleagues. Please join us if you can!
“Diversity in the New Media”
11:15AM TO 12:15PM, Los Feliz, 3rd Floor
PRESENTERS: Gil Asakawa (Medianews Group Interactive), Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man), Jocelyn Wang (8Asians), Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen (DISGRASIAN)
The Internet offers a mixed bag of voices, but the success of ethnic outlets is still developing. Experts and experimenters alike gather to talk tips, hurdles and highlights of how to make diversity in new media work for you and your readers.
“A Hyphenated World”
2:30PM TO 3:30PM, Los Feliz, 3rd Floor
PRESENTERS: Jeff Yang (SF Chronicle), Bernice Yeung (Hyphen Magazine), Cynthia Wang (People Magazine), Oliver Wang (CSULB), Kai Ma (KoreAm), Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen (DISGRASIAN)
Journalists, every day, are challenged to report on a diverse and multicultural world. This panel discussion shines a light on some of the stereotypes most prevalent in media today — with a focus on Asian-Americans in Hollywood – and offers insight into covering the subtleties of a world rich in nuances and culture.
Filed under: 21st Annual AAJA National Convention, 8Asians, AAJA, Angelenos, Angry Asian Man, Asian American Journalists Association, Bernice Yeung, Come Hang With Us, Cynthia Wang, Gil Asakawa, Hollywood, Hyphen Magazine, Jeff Yang, Journalasianists, Journalists, Joz Wang, Kai Ma, KoreAm, Los Angeles, Medianews Group Interactive, Oliver Wang, People Magazine, Phil Yu, Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, San Francisco Chronicle
Happy birthday to Tim Lincecum, pitcher for the SF Giants, who turned 26 this week!
Qualities to love about Lincecum:
1. Early career excellence
2. Pacific Northwest roots (What’s up, U Dub!)
3. He’s got a mean-ass fastball
4. Laugh lines, goofy grin, lanky stature
5. He’s got Angry Asian Man’s love (he’s a Giant after all, which stacks the deck in his favor). ‘Nuff said.
Time to celebrate with a nice microbrew and some fresh market seafood! Woot!
Filed under: 2008 Major League Baseball Starter of the Year, Angry Asian Man, Angry Asian Man's 30 Under 30, Big Time Timmy Jim, Birthdays, Filipino-Americans, Hardass Asian Pitchers, Microbrews, Pacific Northwesterners, Pitchers, San Francisco Giants, The Franchise, The Freak, The Giants, Tim Lincecum, University of Washington
Angry Asian Man posted this fabulous instructional video, which is part of a series that aids grownup Korean speakers in pronouncing the more, er, important words of the English language: the bad ones!
Nothing warms my heart more than hearing a Hardass Asian Grownup drop an f-bomb or call someone “you fucking bitch”–or reach my father’s apex of frustration: “Oh, shit” (it only happens when he makes an anomolous mistake, like losing his keys).
And so my only hope is that more Koreans will immerse themselves into this line of study. And that such tutorials will soon be created for ma peeps the Vietnamese, Jen’s peeps the Chinese, and all of y’alls peeps as well!
I also see this tutorial as a bit of a backdoor guide to reading DISGRASIAN, properly prepping little old ladies using umbrellas as parasols and friends from our parents’ singing groups to join us in a dialogue about fucking burritos and declaring the world’s biggest asshole–and, if we’re lucky, helping us cut a few fuckers’ dicks off. That’s the fucking shit!
It’s a generasian bridge, so to speak. And a damn fine one at that.
Filed under: Angry Asian Man, Assholes, Awesome Korean Behavior, Awesomeness, Chalkboard, Chopping Dicks Off, Cursing, Dicks, Foul Language, Fucking Bitches, Hardass Asian Parents, Hardass Asian Parents' Friends, Korean English Curse Word Tutorial, Korean Grownups, Koreans, Koreans Who Rules, Singing Groups, Study
There are an infinite number of reasons that we love Phil over at Angry Asian Man. But today, the primary reason is that he posted this photo (large version here) of the Japanese World Cup Soccer Team (affectionately known as “Samurai Blue“) in slim-fitting SUITS. It comes from an ad featuring the athletes, slickly peddling a a team-inspired blue tie:
I’m an enthusiast and/or stickler about most sports… but I really don’t know shit about soccer, except that soccer players are fuzzin’ HOT. I love their endurance, their swagger, their abs, the strength of their broad shoulders, the speed of their sprint, their perfectly muscled and meaty legs, the fact that they don’t so much as take a timeout to get an eye gushing with blood stitched up on the field sidelines. I am to soccer players as my dog is to bully sticks. Add a well-tailored suit into the mix and I might just pass out from the hot, hot heat.
And hell, if it got TOOOOOO hot, we could just get some burly Asian firemen in the mix to wave their big water hoses all around and cool us all down! Water everywhere and no shirts on!! Everybody’s chiseled physiques just firm and warm and moist to the touch!!!!!!! And while we were at it we would film everything!!!!! Multiple camera angles!!!!!!!!!!!! The footage would live on forever!
…Wait. Am I talking about this photo or my pervy dreams? Both?
[via Angry Asian Man]
Thanks, Joanna and Cindy!
Filed under: Angry Asian Man, Blue Samurai, Firemen, Heat, Hot Bodies, Hotness, Japanese Samurai Blue Team, Japanese Soccer Players, Japanese Soccer Team, Japanese World Cup Soccer Team, Killer Abs, Men that Make Suits Look Good, No Timeouts, Pervy Dreams, Ripped Bodies, Samurai Blue, Soccer Players, Soccer Players Are So Hot, Sports, We Love Angry Asian Man
You may or may not already know that May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. It’s a month meant to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States, all of us! We at DISGRASIAN like to look at this time as an opportunity to take a collective hating break, and to really take note of the wacky and diverse population of AAPIs in this country–AMAZIANS and DISGRASIANS alike! Love or hate, we’re all brothers and sisters.
And fairy godfathers.
Or beautiful family friends that you wish would adopt you away from your Hardass Asian Parents.
Or crazy aunts that you wish would stop attending family parties. Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! The Month Of May (Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month)
Filed under: Angry Asian Man, Asian Americans, Asian Americans United, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Bai Ling, Kal Penn, May, Norman Mineta, Phil Yu, President Barack Obama, Taking a Hating Break, Tamlyn Tomita, Tila Tequila, We Are Family
Wong Fu Productions has debuted a new video–the first (?) of “Rick’s Man Tutorials”–and it’s a satirical guide to gettin’ fresh for an evening out (We also like to think of it as a proper pre-cursor to sealing the deal at the end of the night).
But let’s talk about “Rick” for a second.
Rick wears muscle tees.
Rick talks about his slutty ex.
Rick sprays himself with Febreze and lotions his face with saliva.
He owns hair gel.
I can’t deal with that guy. But I also… kind of… love him. Maybe because he looks like Phil Wang?
Oh ick, muscle tees.
Filed under: Angry Asian Man, Angry Asian Man's 30 Under 30, Cleaning Up, Exes Suck, Getting Laid, Going Out, Hair Gel, Lame Dudes, Muscle Tees, Phil Wang, Philip Wang, Primping, Production Companies, Rick's Man Tutorials, Ted Fu, The Importance of Cleanliness, Tutorials, Wesley Chan, Wong Fu Production
We’ll have to assume that you’re at least vaguely aware of the hurly-burly surrounding the time slot conflict between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien.
Nope? Have you been living under a rock? An Internet rock?
Anyway. Here’s the lowdown, in 2 minutes of rad Taiwanese animation (this neat little segment was originally produced for something called Apple Action News, shown here with the English translation):
They nailed one thing–everyone quickly jumped on the O’Brien bandwagon (Jen and I cheered watching Jimmy Kimmel tear Leno apart on his own show last week). Not just because Leno is criminally unfunny, not just because–though he’s getting a slow start on The Tonight Show–O’Brien is a beloved underdog. The whole idea of takebacks is totally DICK–it ain’t cool on the playground, it ain’t cool on TV.
And check it out: Asians are totally rallying for Team CoCo! Heck, we knew Intern Jasmine on board, but it’s inspiring to see that our friend Phil at Angry Asian Man has gotten, well, pretty angry about the topic. He spoke out about it, joined by cutie-utie-utie pie actors Karin Anna Cheung and Eddie Kim, as well as… RUFIO! Peep the video:
Filed under: Angry Asian Man, Animasian, Apple Action News, China, Conan, Conan O'Brien, Dante Basco, Eddie Kim, I'm With Coco, Jay Leno, Jonathan Zucker, Karin Anna Cheung, Living Under A Rock, Movements, NBC, Phil Yu, PSAs, Rufio, Taiwan, Takebacks Suck, Taking Sides, Team CoCo, Underdogs, We're With Coco
One of the reasons my father raised the girls in my family to be such sassy broads is that his mother was not one. Raised in northern Vietnam, my paternal grandmother was an extremely passive woman. Throughout her marriage to my rough, domineering grandfather, she dealt with pain, fear and anger with one tool: silence.
The Center for the Pacific Asian Family provides a multi-lingual 24-hour call center, emergency shelter, transitional housing program, counseling services and community outreach programs that focuses on the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Los Angeles area.
To sum up: they help break the silence surrounding violence, for women not unlike my grandma (and maybe yours)–by being just a phone call away.
Here’s the lowdown: The economy shat on CPAF this year. Their budget was cut in half. This won’t affect their commitment to the mission, but it does change their ability to staff all of the people with all of those language abilities 24 hours a day.
What if somebody decides to break their silence and give a call, but there’s nobody to pick up the phone? That’s a scene I don’t want to even think about.
The reason I’m telling you all of this is because CPAF is now part of a major Chase Community Giving Contest on Facebook, and having soared through the first round, is currently in the running for a $1 million grant. We joined a bunch of peeps (from Lisa Ling to Sandra Oh to David Choi to Beau Sia) in a PSA campaign to promote this phase of the contest.
Note: the voting period only lasts for ONE WEEK, January 15 – January 22.