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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

September 9th, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Oh look, it’s just my top two celebrity boyfriends, Kal Penn and John Cho, hanging out and taking calls from the President. [YouTube]

Did you know a white Harvard dropout from the Upper East Side of NYC started one of the first Asian American studies programs in the country? Alexander Saxton, who helped establish UCLA’s Asian American studies program in the 1970s, died last week at the age of 93. [NYT]

Why does Xinhuanet list Heath Ledger as one of their super movie villains of all time using the poster from Brokeback Mountain? [Xinhuanet via Beijing Cream]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

July 24th, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by jasmine

How long should you “ooh” and “aah” over a panda stuck in a tree (oh no!) before you do the right thing and rescue it? [BuzzFeed]

This gemstone mosaic portrait of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her daughter Chelsea, based off a picture of them during a 2000 visit to Vietnam, might be the greatest wedding present EVER. [Huffington Post]

The Hangover 2 is heading to Asia, and shooting is expected to begin in Thailand this fall. Is it too much to hope that there won’t be any “ME RUV YOU RONG TIME” jokes in the script? [Celebuzz]

Takeru Kobayashi says that if he hadn’t, y’know, squabbled over his contract and gotten thrown in the clink, he totally would have won this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest! [AOL News]

Kim Jong Un may succeed his father Kim Jong Il as the “Dear Leader” of North Korea as early as September. Will he sport the perm, wraparound sunglasses, and tracksuit that made his father a fashion legend? Or develop his own signature look? [The Daily Beast]


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Caption This: Hillary Clinton’s Crazy-Faced Namaste

November 25th, 2009 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

HRC busting with the anjali mudra before the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House, November 24, 2009:

US India Obama Singh



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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Myanmar’s Military Junta

August 14th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

A court in Burma sentenced pro-democracy opposition leader and Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional 18 months of house arrest (dialed down from a sentence of 3 years hard labor) earlier this week, for violating the terms of her original house arrest agreement. The violation occured when 53-year-old American John Yettaw swam uninvited across a lake to her villa, in attempt to “save” her from assassination–he has since been slapped with seven years of prison and hard labor for “breaching the rules of her house arrest and for violations of immigration law and local ordinances.”

Sadly, despite her lack of volition in the incident, Suu Kyi is still paying the price for Yettaw’s white knight moment.

We think the statement from President Obama says it best:

“The conviction and sentencing of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today on charges related to an uninvited intrusion into her home violate universal principles of human rights, run counter to Burma’s commitments under the ASEAN charter, and demonstrate continued disregard for UN Security Council statements. I join the international community in calling for Aung San Suu Kyi’s immediate unconditional release.

Today’s unjust decision reminds us of the thousands of other political prisoners in Burma who, like Aung San Suu Kyi, have been denied their liberty because of their pursuit of a government that respects the will, rights, and aspirations of all Burmese citizens…”

But we are perhaps most encouraged by one particular voice of condemnation, which spoke loudly against the conviction from a tour through Africa:

“[Suu Kyi] should not have been tried and she should not have been convicted.”

…and we encourage the junta to take Sec. Clinton’s firm words to heart. Our advice to those assholes—don’t keep this bitch mad for long. Rest assured that she can and will fuck your shit up. And we certainly hope she does.

[Boston Globe: Nobel Peace Laureate Sentenced in Burma]
[TWH: Statement by the President on Aung San Suu Kyi’s conviction and sentencing ]

Thanks, Cindy and Dave!

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Free Roxana Saberi

March 5th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Freelance journalist Roxana Saberi, 31, has been imprisoned for over a month in Iran. The former Miss North Dakota, who is of Iranian and Japanese descent and holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Iran, was detained at the beginning of February, which is the last time anyone has heard from her. At that time, she phoned her father, Reza Saberi, to tell him that she had been arrested for buying a bottle of wine, which is illegal in Iran. She is currently being held in the Evin jail in northern Tehran, and the Iranian government refuses to disclose what she’s been charged with, saying only that Saberi had been working without a press permit for the last two years.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Saberi’s release. This was a day after she told reporters following a trip to the Middle East that Iran poses a threat to Europe and Russia and it “intends to interfere in the internal affairs of [other countries in the Middle East] and try to continue their efforts to fund terrorism.”

Damn, Iran, do you really want to fuck with HRC (the “H” is for Hardass)? I sure wouldn’t.

Free Roxana Saberi!

Thanks, Bjorn!

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Secretary of Stasia

February 16th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Many of you were probably pleased to see that Hillary Clinton bucked tradition and made Asia her first overseas trip as Secretary of State.

CNN reports:

Speaking at the New York-based Asia Society last week, Clinton said the Obama administration wants to “develop a broader and deeper” relationship with Asia, a region that has felt overlooked by the United States despite its growing global importance.

Talk about reprzentasian! We’re glad to see that this administration doesn’t have their head up their collective asses, and realizes that Asia is currently world’s top contender–if they’re taking over everything, we better be on the inside (or at least real close) when it happens.

Moreover, we’re just pleased as punched to see yet another sign that weird phrases/words like “rational thought” and “common sense” and “diplomacy” might actually getting utilized again in Washington. We are psyched! And Hills…

Clinton speaking at the Asia Society in NY on Friday

… seems… thrilled…about it all, um, too.

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Thanks, Dave!

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Keep Your Friends Close and Your Frenemies Closer

November 17th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
“Obama meets with McCain at transition office”

Post-election politics have begun to resemble an episode of The Hills lately, with Obama–who is obviously Lauren Conrad–reconciling with bitter rival John McCain Monday while currently vetting best frenemy Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State. McCain is this drama’s Heidi Montag, Lauren’s former friend who started out likable and sweet but wound up, over time, becoming a lying deceitful bitch. (Heidi spreading rumors about Lauren’s alleged sex tape = The McCain camp’s allegations that Obama palled around with terrorists.) We’ve got Hillary, meanwhile, pegged as Audrina Patridge, Lauren’s on-again, off-again friend whose Significant Other always seems to be stirring up trouble between them. (Monosyllabic Justin Bobby = Overly-loquacious Bill.) Will Hillary turn down the position as Secretary of State, the way that Audrina recently turned down living with Lauren and Lo (BFF/gatekeeper Lo = Rahm Emanuel) to move out on her own? Will Bill’s ties to oil sheikhs compromise the already-tenuous friendship between Hillary and Obama the way that rumors about a Justin Bobby hook-up with Lauren hurt Lauren and Audrina? Will McCain and Obama really be able to put aside their differences to tolerate being in the same room together or–dare to dream–to be friends again, even?

Stay tuned!

BFFs = Best Frenemies Forever


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Yes She Can

August 29th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Senator Obama’s speech last night at Invesco field–as it must have appeared on TV and the web–was surreal, historic, and glorious from start to finish. I watched in almost silent awe, blubbering like a baby, my flag waving furiously in my right hand… taking my eyes off of the most eloquent speaker of our time only to turn around and periodically gauge the reaction of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who was sitting about four feet behind me (So was Madeleine Albright, Gov. David Patterson, Mayor Villaraigosa… nyyyeah, I had some okay seats).

Clinton–who looked radiant, rested, and redeemed nn a chic, ivory suit–was both gracious and warm for the speech’s duration, clapping the “Yes We Can” beat longer than all of the others in her private box, listening seriously and then grinning like a beauty queen when all was said and done. The display was so warm and fuzzy that it had me singing Operation Ivy’s “Unity” in my buzzy brain all night, and imagining that everyone in the stadium was like, totally holding hands and forgiving each others’ differences and stuff.

With all of these feverish, giddy, magical feelings swirling through the stadium of 70,000 (or so) chantin’, flag-flyin’ Democrats, it suddenly seemed that everything looked more beautiful than they ever had before: the fireworks’ spectacular red glare was so very red that it made us bleed American, Stevie Wonder’s sweet voice lingered in the air as if played by a magical, silvery, lyre, and Michelle Obama gleamed like a goddess, looking her most stunning and beautifully-dressed.

I know, I know. I thought it was the wine and fervor, too. Until I found out today that our potential future first lady was dressed–not in Armani, not in Chanel–but Thakoon.

Dressed by an Asian and looking her most-ever fly? Well, that’s no surprise whatsoever.

And that’s not just the wine and fervor talking.

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Thanks, Jasmine!

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If Tyra Is Michelle Obama, Then…

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

In the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar, there’s a full fashion editorial featuring Tyra Banks as Michelle Obama. You know, because they have so much in common. Like, they’re black. They’re both on TV a lot. And they’re both…um…let’s see…Michelle went to Princeton and Harvard Law School, while Tyra went to…Columbus University in the movie Higher Learning…and…uh…

Anyway, the preposterousness aside of, say, Tyra in a Harvard sweatshirt reading in bed while holding a pencil to her chin, arrested by her own profound thoughts, the concept is pretty clever, don’t you think? Let’s take a look at other powerful female political figures and their model doppelgangers:

1. Cindy McCain/Helmut Newton Icon Nadja Auermann

Common traits: Blond, icy-looking, vaguely dominatrix-y

2. Condoleezza Rice/18 Year-Old Rising Star Chanel Iman

Common traits: Chanel is one-quarter Korean and blowing up in the biz, while Condi makes it her business to keep North Korea from blowing up the world; unusual first names that begin with “C”

3. Ruth Bader Ginsburg/Indie Darling Irina Lazareanu

Common traits: Lazareanu makes a living because of her bangs, Ginsburg bangs a gavel for a living

4. Nancy Pelosi/Last of the Supers Christy Turlington

Common traits: High cheekbones, dazzling white smiles, being the best in the business (and, frankly, knowing it)

5. Hillary Clinton/Jessica “Marc Jacobs Named a Bag after Me” Stam

Common traits: Being a bit dough-faced, sad-eyed, and like yesterday’s news

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June 9th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Reasons why RZA should be an honorary member of the tribe:

  1. He already belongs to a Chinese clan
  2. He’s obsessed with kung fu
  3. He supported Hillary Clinton like so many other Asian-Americans
  4. He loves him some Prayer Hands
  5. A lifelong chess player, he started an online chess website ( last week for fans to simultaneously play and get news about the Wu
  6. Dude is foiiiiiiiiine!


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When in Doubt, Blame Hillary

April 4th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

On Thursday, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton found herself at the center of a new controversy, and I found myself saying, enough is enough.

Authorities in Florida arrested 20 year-old Calin Wong for allegedly threatening over the internet to re-enact the Virginia Tech mass shootings. When police raided the home Wong shares with his parents, they discovered 4 AK-47s out of 13 firearms in all and 5,000 rounds of ammo “stacked on shelves in plain view.”

Detective Antonio Aquino told the AP that, upon questioning, Wong denied he was planning a killing spree:

“He says it’s a lucrative business,” Aquino said. “He said if Hillary Clinton wins she’ll put a ban on assault rifles, and these assault rifles will be worth more in value.”

Is Wong secretly working for the McCain campaign? The NRA? Ya gotta wonder. As for Hillary potentially banning assault rifles when President, could you blame her? Especially after her harrowing experience in Bosnia, when she narrowly escaped sniper fire on the tarmac?

Poor Hill. Taking one on the chin for someone else’s homicidal tendencies. Girlfriend can’t catch a break!

Thanks, Karen!

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The Importance of Preparasian

March 19th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Oh, how I hated Dickens as I was growing, or rather, tumbling up. I remember the Signet Classic version of A Tale of Two Cities sitting on my desk during the fall of my freshman year of high school, taunting me with its archaic language and hateful characters and seemingly convex plot. I didn’t want to read it. Hell, I didn’t even want to smell it. Dickens didn’t “get” me, and I simply refused to “get” Chuck.

This proved to be a problem on the day our first Accelerated English book reports were due. My teacher (who was–completely unrelated to this story, but fascinatingly–fired the following year for sleeping with a varsity cheerleader) expected three to five pages on A Tale of Two Cities. My friend Margaux had printed and bound hers eons before we needed to turn them in. But I hadn’t read the book three weeks before the due date. Or two weeks before. Or two days before. The afternoon before it was due, I bought the CliffsNotes and read only through the general synopsis before I fell asleep staring at the black-and-green screen on my PC.

When I got a C-minus on my report, which made such groundbreaking statements as, “A Tale of Two Cities is a truly historic piece of literature,” and “Not surprisingly, Dickens shows a magnanimous sentiment of disdain for the established aristrocracy, which he brilliantly shows in the tumultuous story plunge of Darnay,” I wasn’t surprised. But I was especially sickened to see the comment, “You didn’t read the book. See me after class,” scribbled on the back of the last page. Thankfully, my teacher was a sucker for a sweet girl (see above) and eventually agreed to let me re-do the report for a chance at a whopping A minus–But not without teaching me a lesson: ALWAYS BE PREPARED.

I was surprised today when I saw comments from Hillary Clinton–who has been documented as such a perfection-driven, ambitious student of excellence that I’ve always considered her to be Asian–regarding Barack Obama’s hotly-discussed, highly-televised, much-anticipated speech regarding race, religion, and his Reverend:

I did not have a chance to see or to read yet Sen. Obama’s speech but I’m very glad that he gave it. It’s an important topic. Issues of race and gender in America have been complicated throughout history and they are complicated in this primary campaign.”

Either m’lady was the day’s biggest liar or supremely ill-prepared, but something about today’s statement gave me flashbacks of my poorly executed five-paragraph expository essay. If any of you know Hill, can you please remind her of the section in the DISGRASIAN sidebar: “DO YOUR HOMEWORK?” It’s also very important.


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