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Something To Be Thankful For: Kamala Harris Wins CA Attorney General’s Race

November 24th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

So what if police-endorsed Steve Cooley declared victory in California’s race for Attorney General on November 2? The ballots kept coming in and continued to be counted, revealing that the person who most Californians punched in for was in fact Kamala Harris.

This morning, Cooley called Harris to concede and congratulate her on her victory. Campaign consultant Kevin Spillane told LAT:

“Frankly the margin is just too great to be made up with the votes that remain to be counted.”

Which means that the state has elected both a Governor and Attorney General who stand fully behind LGBT equality and will refuse to defend Prop 8 in court. Perhaps now, California has a shot at shedding its reputation as one of this country’s most shametarded states. Perhaps.

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Dianne Feinstein

November 22nd, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

Name: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

Hails from: The Golden State

Occupation: Senior U.S. Senator

Known for: Being effective. After forty-one years in elected public office, Feinstein can be recognized for countless benchmark events in her career. But this week in particular, Feinstein should be lauded for her role in preventing student Steve Li’s deportation to Peru with a private bill introduced on Friday.

A quick refresher on Steve Li: The 20-year-old nursing student’s parents, Chinese nationals, fled their home country to Peru in the 1980s to avoid the country’s 1-child policy.  Steve was born in Peru, but at age 12, brought to live on a visa with his parents in the United States. Li’s parents sought political asylum, which was denied in 2003. The family continued to live in the United States illegally, although Steve was unaware of his illegal status. As a result, Steve and his parents were all arrested earlier this year, held for two months in detention facilities, and set up to be deported–his mother and father to China, and him to Peru where he no longer has any family. Steve’s parents were not allowed to accompany him to Peru. Notably, Li, a model citizen and scholar, would qualify for a green card to stay in the U.S. if the DREAM Act were to pass–and with this in mind, Feinstein intervened.

From the Senator’s private bill:

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One Sad Thing About Midterm Elections 2010 [Ironic Headline Alert]

November 3rd, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

If there’s one thing we Californiasians should be bummed about, it’s that Prop 19–the initiative to legalize and regulate marijuana in our state–didn’t pass.

Which means, among many things, that we will not be able to start serving cannabis cookies at family functions in order to force our Hardass Asian aunts into being slightly less awkward, perhaps… almost… warm.

And that California, for all of its Wild West-ness and reputation for progressive mantras, has proven in just two election cycles–by attempting to snuff out gay marriage and recoiling from legal pot–that the state is really just an uptight asshole. It wears a tweed dress jacket from Talbots. It should really smoke some weed.

More importantly, the inability to pass Prop 19 means that we will sadly not be seeing more of Lynn Chen as a stoner:

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Albert Y.M. Huang, San Gabriel Mayor And Bad Asian Driver

October 15th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

The 35-year-old mayor of California city San Gabriel was arrested in the wee hours of this morning after an incident in which he allegedly scuffled with a 33-year-old woman (relationship unknown), grabbed her purse of belongings, and attempted to drive off with her still clinging to his S.U.V.

Here, I’ll stop paraphrasing and give you all of the juicy alleged details. From LAT:

Police said they received a call about 1:15 a.m. Friday about a heated argument between Huang and a woman. Investigators determined Huang was arguing over money with the woman outside a restaurant in the 300 block of West Valley Boulevard.

Huang allegedly took the woman’s purse, which contained her car keys, cash and personal belongings and got into her car, Duran said.

The woman attempted to prevent him from leaving by reaching through the vehicle’s window. Huang then allegedly pushed the woman, got out of her car and entered his own, a Nissan SUV.

The woman then reached through the passenger window of Huang’s SUV and stood on its running boards, Duran said.

Huang accelerated as fast as 45 mph down Prospect Avenue with the woman hanging on, Duran said.

“It’s a 25 mph speed limit zone, and he’s doing 45 with the female hanging on the car,” Duran said.

Huang drove more than a quarter mile with the woman on his car, Duran said.

The woman was apparently unhurt by the incident. But mouths are still agape–each detail of the story more jaw-dropping than the previous.

And I know what you’re thinking: HE DRIVES AN S.U.V.? THAT IS SO NOT “ECO!

[via @thejgold]
[LAT: San Gabriel Mayor Arrested For Allegedly Taking Woman's Purse, Driving Off As She Clings To His SUV]

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Feeling High About Evan Low

December 3rd, 2009 | 3 comments | Posted by Diana

You probably agree: Evan Low was one of the true highlights of Angry Asian Man’s 30 under 30 list this year.

He is, after all, only 26. He’s also adorably handsome, with the kind of ready smile that somehow seems to denote a firm handshake and kind demeanor. And in 2006, months before the little bugger had even been elected to City Council in the city of Campbell, SF Mayor Newsom had officially declared June 5 “Evan Low Day” for San Fransiscans. The guy has his own day. Seriously.

Mayor Low

Mayor Low

As a city council member, Low quickly racked up distinctions as the first openly gay, Chinese American and youngest person in the Campbell City Council. He was also noted as the State of California’s youngest, openly gay official.

So get this: on Tuesday, Low was promoted from vice-mayor to a one-year term as Mayor of Campbell, which now makes him the youngest gay, and one of the youngest Asian American mayors in the whole freakin’ country. Hot diggity, this country needs more Gayors!

We can barely contain our excitement about a young, hot, gaysian rocking such a prestigious city office–but we will because we’re also reallyreallyreallyreally jealous that he has achieved so frickin’ much with nary a wrinkle around his happy eyes.

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Judy Chu

July 20th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Name: Judy Chu

Hails from: Los Angeles, CA (No, seriously–born and raised, which y’all know is rare!)

Occupation: House Representative for California’s 32nd Congressional District

Known for: After President Obama confirmed Hilda Solis as Labor Secretary in February, Chu entered the special election for her seat in California’s 32nd Congressional District. The crowd of eight candidates was narrowed to three in May, leading to last week’s special runoff election between Chu, Republican (and cousin-in-law) Betty Chu, and Libertarian Christopher Agrella.

Chu definitively won last Tuesday’s election, with 62% of the vote (composed notably of a deep Asian base, strong Latino support, organized labor and females), making her the first Chinese American to be elected to Congress.

Chu is our kind of woman: a longtime wife that shares the good work with her adorbs husband Mike Eng, an unabashed liberal, a veteran public servant, a proud Asian reprzentative and a pioneer.

And let’s face it–she’s also a knockout. But we couldn’t wait until tomorrow to sing her praises.

[LAT: Judy Chu becomes first Chinese American woman elected to Congress]

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Jane Lui

May 6th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


We basically love everything about the Hong Kong-born, California-raised Jane Lui. There’s that sweet, naturally pretty face of hers, coupled with her skinny frame and goofy-adorable aesthetic. And there’s her very familiar immigrant story and too-cute happy energy. But above all things, we love the strong, smoky, sensual voice that emanates from somewhere within the tiny person: a power tool that comes unexpectedly from its host.

Since discovering Lui’s greatness, we’ ve combed through her official site, stalked her on MySpace and Facebook, followed her on Twitter, and subscribed to her YouTube channel–uh, call us superfans (or creeps). What we really can’t seem to get enough of, though, is this collaboration with YouTube star SingingDork888, a cover of The Turtles’ classic “Happy Together” that gives us all kind of sweetheart tingles:

It makes us sigh, like black-and-white pictures of our parents when they were skinny, young, and smiling.

SoCal residents, catch some live Jane Lui action with DISGRASIAN favorites Kina Grannis and David Choi this month (May 14th at 6pm) at the UC Riverside campus Bell Tower. We’re gonna try and be cool in the back, but it’ll be hard.

[Jane Lui - Official site]
[MySpace Music: Jane Lui]

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An "Other" to the "Others"

November 5th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

CNN conducted exit polls yesterday of 2,240 California voters on Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban, breaking down the yes’s and no’s by age, sex, income, education level, et al. Here are the results by race:


Pretty depressing stuff. But, hey, let’s look on the bright side. There’s a new “Other” in town–other than blacks, Latinos, and Asians. (Scientologists? Martians? Crab People?) Anyhoo–sucks for Them! Let’s go kick sand in their faces and pass laws discriminating against the new Other since we’ve climbed up the ladder! Yeah!!!

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Like We Said Before

October 30th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Let’s not start this.

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DISGRASIAN Jr.: 86 Your Parents

October 28th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

[UPDATE: It seems that Irene and Randy's parents have disabled video embedding, but you can still watch the haterasian here.]

Dear Little Irene and Randy,

It’s great that you’re getting involved with politics at such a young age. Having not hit puberty yet, I’m sure it can get pretty durned confusing with all of the grownups around ya filling your head with all sorts of “information” and “facts” about important things like, “Why homosexuality is wrong” and “The certainty of you suddenly encountering the confusing situation of your mom being a man and your dad being a woman if Proposition 8 doesn’t pass in California.” So many big words! And not enough playtime or candy, Right? Are ya with me? High fives!

So I wanted to get real simple and tell you a couple of things about your parents. They’re actually GOBLINS. That’s right, GOBLINS! Do you know what a goblin is? A goblin is a monster who has a human brain cut in half and then half again, one that is shriveled up and purple like a prune! Eww! Prunes! They also smell really really bad, mostly because they eat brains for breakfast! YUCK! Don’t forget this, either–goblins have ugly feet, and because they are so stupid, they can’t carry on normal conversations, carry on productive lives, or write two verses that rhyme.

So these goblin parents of yours, they were cursed by a very ugly, wicked witch with a very, ugly wicked nose with a wart on it (Ewww!) a long time ago–a punishment for stealing cookies from autistic babies. Don’t worry if you don’t know what “autistic” means (by the way, it means “awesome.”) ANYWAY, so your goblin parents knew that one day they would have children, and those children would NOT BE GOBLINS! They would be wonderful, sweet, beautiful children named Irene and Randy. But the goblins knew, because of the curse, that those beautiful children would be DISGUSTED if they knew that the goblins were goblins. Maybe those beautiful children would ABANDON the goblins, because they were so icky and stupid! So they went to the witch doctor and asked for a spell… and the spell gave them the power of a hypnotic music. With the gift of one very simple, hypnotic song, they could BRAINWASH their beautiful children, and channel the hate of goblins somewhere, anywhere else! That’s right! They could make their children hate somebody else!!

So they wrote a song, which wasn’t very good (because they’re stupid goblins that can’t rhyme), and they played it for you every day. And you’ve been hypnotized with hatred ever since!

Additionally, your parents have also stolen most of your Christmas presents, killed your dog and goldfish, and eat cake while playing video games every night after you go to bed.

Oh, and also, I have heard that if you sing the “Yes on 8″ song more than 14 times, you also turn into a goblin.

The moral of the story is: divorce your parents. They’re narrow-minded assholes that have exploited and filmed you doing something terrible. When you grow older, I am sure that you will regret this, and on that day, I hope that you consider socking them both in the neckmeat.

And my advice to you is: if you want to get a lot of candy on Halloween, dress up as a sign that says, “Vote NO on Prop 8!” And when you walk around the neighborhood, be sure to chant, “Bigotry is Dead! My Parents are Goblins! Vote No on 8!” And no, it doesn’t rhyme–but that should just make it easier for your parents to follow along.

If you have any questions, just stay in touch!

Love and gummi bears,
Diana

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Yes on H8

October 21st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Close to a thousand people from several dozen Bay Area churches gathered in a Silicon Valley park Sunday to support Proposition 8, the gay marriage ban, in what the Mercury News described as a “largely Asian crowd.” The group turned the rally into a full-blown rager, letting their Jesus Freak flag fly by singing Christian songs, reciting Biblical passages, and blathering on about the sanctity of marriage.

One spokesman for the “Yes on 8″ campaign in attendance disputed the recent poll finding that the majority of Californiasians reject the ban, saying the results were based on old data. Other people there said that marriage between a man and woman was the “foundation of traditional Asian societies.” (And here we thought it was perfect grades, pale skin, a mastery of a musical instrument, and fuel-efficient, economy-size sedans. Huh.)

Then there was one Yuki Ku, who told a reporter:

“God created marriage, and we’re his creations. We don’t have the privilege or right to say anything,” she said. “He’s the author of the universe.”

A sentiment we couldn’t have expressed better ourselves. But here’s our awkward paraphrase: SO SHUT YOUR CRAZY PIEHOLE, BITCH.

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And People Say We’re Bad Drivers

October 6th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


Sad news from northern California: yesterday, a casino-bound charter bus (pictured) crashed, killing eight people and injuring 35. When I hear “casino-bound bus,” I, of course, think “bus full of Asians,” and sure enough, most of the passengers were Laotian. In what can only be described as the epitome of “adding insult to injury,” driver Quintin Joey Watts was arrested today on suspicion of driving the bus under the influence.

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