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When Worlds Collide, Dreams Are Made: Gabby Douglas And Her Coach Liang Chow

August 3rd, 2012 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

[via RAMA on Facebook]

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We Are The 99%: Chinese American Youth Edition

October 24th, 2011 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

The Chinese Progressive Association organizes low income and working class Chinese immigrants in San Francisco. Some of their youth members have come together to tell their stories in solidarity with the Occupy movement, and I keep seeing their photos shared on Facebook. Their stories are heartbreaking, enraging, depressing, and, at the same time, inspiring. These kids should be wallowing in despair but instead they’re still fighting for a better future for themselves and their families.

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Rep. David Wu Resigns To Begin Life As A Furry In Earnest

July 26th, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by Jen

It’s been a rough 6 weeks for Democrats trying to keep their dicks in their pants in the House. First we lose a Weiner, and then a Furry to sex scandals.

Wu in a photo he sent around to staffers last October

Meanwhile, isn’t there a debt-ceiling crisis going on?

[LAT: David Wu to resign in wake of sex allegations]

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Michelle Kwan Wins (In) Gold

January 20th, 2011 | 5 comments | Posted by Jen

After the 1998 Winter Olympics, Michelle Kwan famously told Bob Costas:

“People ask me how it feels to lose the gold. I tell them, I didn’t lose the gold; I won the silver.”

Which, like, does not compute for those of us raised to believe that second place is First Loser and is typically grounds for revoking somebody’s Asian card, only it’s Michelle Kwan we’re talking about here, who’s, like everybody’s favorite little sister.

But Kwan’s 30(!) now, if you can believe it, and judging by her appearance at last night’s White House state dinner held in honor of Chinese President Hu Jintao, everybody’s favorite little sis is all growed up.

And she finally took the gold! I mean…DAYUM.

[WaPo: Guest list for the Chinese state dinner]


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DISGRASIAN’s Summer Reading: Francis Lam’s Food Column At Salon

August 19th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

We’ll be away from our desks the month of August, carrying on with the non-bloggy aspects of our lives, watching mindless movie blockbusters, and indulging in summery drinks made with generous pours of bourbon. During this month, we’ll be linking each day to a different website that we ♥. Hopefully you’ll discover something delightful and new while we’re gone. If not, you are a serious Captain Crankypants and are probably in dire need of a summery drink made with a generous pour of bourbon.

‘Til September, lovelies.

Francis Lam and one of my reasons for being: The Chicken Fried Steak

Francis Lam’s column over at Salon is, in many ways, the anti-foodie food blog. It’s unpretentious, informative, fun, and a little bit random. (Take, for instance, this post Lam wrote on the anniversary of Biggie’s death, a collection of the late rapper’s best food rhymes.) Lam mixes the high–professing his admiration for French master chef Michel Bras–with the low–taste-testing KFC’s heartstopping Double-Down sandwich–while maintaining the same casual tone, as though he were just a buddy you were having a beer with. My favorite posts of Lam’s are the ones where he uses food to serve up a little slice of personal or cultural history, like this one where he gives out his Hardass Asian Grandma’s coffee and banana pudding recipe only to reveal how mean she is (“quick with a lashing with her tongue, sticks or an open hand”), or this one where writes about how, as the child of Chinese immigrants, all he ever wanted for Thanksgiving dinner was turkey, but, in the end, it was Pizza Hut that saved the holiday.

[Salon: Francis Lam Food Blog]


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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Ed Wang, First Chinese American In The NFL

April 26th, 2010 | 27 comments | Posted by Jen

Name: Ed Wang

Age: 23

Hails from: Virginia

Occupation: Professional football player

So, first the good news: Over the weekend, 6’5″, 309 lbs. (no, that is not a typo) offensive tackle Ed Wang became the first Chinese American player drafted into the NFL.

As a Chinese American, a Wang, and a lifelong football fan, I weep for joy.

Now, the bad: He’s going to the Bills.

As a Chinese American, a Wang, and a lifelong football fan who’s always considered the Bills the whipping boy of the NFL–they last went to the playoffs in ’99, they’ve never won a championship, and they hold the dubious distinction of being the only team who’s gone to (and lost) four consecutive Super Bowls–I just weep.

Ah, well…two steps forward, one step back!

To learn more about Ed Wang, watch the video below. His parents Robert and Nancy are former Chinese Olympians–dad was a high-jumper, mom was a hurdler–and they’re cute as all get out. In that Hardass Asian Parent way, of course. Choice quote from Ed’s dad:

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March 1st, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Maya Lin

Age: 50

Hails from: NYC

Occupation: Artist, Architect

Known for: Making visual impact. Early success. Lasting Impressions.

Lin was among the 19 artists honored by President Obama on Thursday with the National Medal of Arts. The minimalist artist, who grew up amidst mostly white folks in Ohio and “didn’t realize [she] was Chinese” until her twenties, also designed the Museum of Chinese in America, which opened in NYC last September.

But what’s next for Lin? “What’s Missing?“–her new multimedia exhibit depicting our planet in peril, which will debut at MOCA on Earth Day, April 22. The accompanying site will also Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Maya Lin

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January 11th, 2010 | 2 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Ha Jin

Hails from: Boston, MA (born in Liaoning, China)

Occupation: Writer

Ha Jin

Known for: Telling the stories that no one else does (or can). Jin has published five novels, three books of poetry, and multiple collections of short stories–allowing him to stack up a gobsmacking collection of literary honors, from the National Book Award to the PEN/Faulkner Award.

The author just released a new story collection, A Good Fall, which explores Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Ha Jin

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October 27th, 2009 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

In honor of our site redesign, we present a new, semi-regular feature on dumbassery we’re calling “DISGWITTER of the Weak.” Disgwitter, as in the stupid Tweets people who should know better end up posting anyway. Our first victim perpetrator? UCLA freshman football player, Randall Carroll.

norm chow v. randall carroll
Over the weekend, wide receiver Carroll got busted for bitching on Twitter about his offensive coordinator, Coach Norm Chow, to a top high school recruit. It was reported by the LA Times that Carroll, who was heavily recruited himself, used a “racial epithet” to describe Chow.  The Times reposted this edited version of Carroll’s Tweet (after his account was quickly deleted):

“man oregon, stanford and cal should have been easy wins ,, but [expletive] thys [racial slur] norm chow dnt be trustin us ,, so it is what it is.”

We kinda naturally assumed that the slur Carroll, who is black, directed at Chow, who is of Chinese descent, was “chink.”

Well, not exactly.

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AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! Assemblymen Paul Fong (D-Cupertino) and Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles)

July 27th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Names: Paul Fong and Kevin De Leon

Occupation: California State Assemblymen

Known for: Co-authoring a historic piece of legislation that resulted on Friday in the state of California recognizing the role Chinese immigrants and Chinese-Americans had in building the Golden State and apologizing for denying them the right to vote, the right to own property, the right to intermarry, the right to testify in court, and the right to attend public schools at one time. While California today is seen as a haven for Asians, where we account for 12% of the total population, it was hard out here for a pimp for about 100 years, from the mid-19th century, when the Chinese arrived for the Gold Rush and were forced to pay racist taxes, to the mid-20th century, when the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was repealed in 1943. The bill passed by the State Legislature doesn’t seek financial compensation, although Fong and De Leon intend to ask Congress to pass a similar piece of legislation.

All we can say is it’s about damn time, California.

A Chinese miner in California, 1850

[via LA Times]

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June 15th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Historian Him Mark Lai passed away at the end of May at the age of 83. Educated as an engineer, Lai taught the first course in Chinese-American history in 1969 and was known as “the dean of Chinese-American studies.” Bi-literate in English and Chinese, he wrote over 100 essays and 10 books, including A History of the Chinese in California, a Syllabus and the sometimes heartbreaking Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island, 1910-1940, a translation of poetry written by Chinese immigrants found scratched on the walls of the detention barracks there.

Being Asian-American is a funny thing. A lot of people talk about its “in-between-ness.” Then there are those who don’t seem to get that where we’re really “from from” is right here in America. Lai’s work, which included saving documents, newspapers, and letters from trash heaps and dumpsters and archiving them, was devoted to showing just that–how we got here, stayed here, and made “here” our home.

To order some of Him Mark Lai’s works, click here.
To read Lai’s LA Times obituary, click here.

Thanks, Kyle!

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June 4th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Happy birthday to Jin, who turns 27 today! We haven’t heard a lot from the Asian-American rapper–the first to be signed to a major label in 2002–since his song “Open Letter 2 Obama” went viral and became something of an election anthem, and the native Miamian moved to Hong Kong, but there’s recent talk on his official website that a new English-language album is in the works.

That news, naturally, is music to our ears. (And Jin’s revamped geek-chic look? Candy to our eyes. Purr.)


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