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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!]
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Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard is in China this week promoting two preseason games the Magic and the Cavs will play there this fall. In an attempt to impress journalists who were following him on this PR-junket, Howard tried to speak Chinese.
With coaching from a handful of Chinese journalists, Howard needed eight tries to master: “Wo ai lanqiu,” which is Chinese for “I love basketball.”
“Do it again with more conviction,” said Cheong Sau Ching, who heads up the NBA’s media office in Beijing.
Forced to speed up, Howard stumbled.
“Wi-Fi – oooh, la, la,” he said, breaking into a laugh, which drew smiles and applause.
“Wi-Fi Ooh La La”? For serious? That’s the best you could do, Dwighty? I was damn sure that LeBron was going to smoke you on the hardwood in the old country but now I’m also positive he’s going to crush you in a head-to-head Ka-Ching-Chong rap battle. Good fuckin’ luck.