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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian: Hurricane Sandy Edition

November 3rd, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

CAAAV has been working tirelessly to help Chinatown residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. If you are in New York, they could sure use donations of food, water, batteries, flashlights, and blankets. If you’re not in New York but would like to help, consider an online donation. [CAAAV.org, @caaav]

BuzzFeed outed twitter user @ComfortablySmug, who tweeted false and scary information about conditions in New York City during Hurricane Sandy, as Shashank Tripathi, a former banker and current campaign manager for Republican congressional candidate from New York Christopher R. Wright. [BuzzFeed]

If you’re in New York City and without power or water due to the hurricane, stop by any New York Sports Club location. They are open and free to anyone who needs to take a shower, charge their cell phone, or just get in some stress-busting exercise. [well+good]

Open City discusses the impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City’s Asian immigrants. [Open City]

A picture of New Jersey governor Chris Christie and President Barack Obama comforting a woman devastated by the aftermath of  of Hurricane Sandy has gone viral on Twitter after journalist Jeff Yang captioned it with “If enough people see it, this is the photo that singlehandedly re-elects @BarackObama.” [Twitter]

Anti-China sentiment has been so pervasive in this election cycle that the Ohio Republican Party used images of Chinese food containers and chopsticks in their mailers. [Huffington Post]

The New York Times takes a look at affirmative action and its impact on Asian Americans… [New York Times]

… and the importance of admissions tests to elite New York City high schools for Asian immigrant students. [New York Times]

I was down with the wenqing, or Chinese hipsters, before they were cool. [The Atlantic]

Honda made a car FOR THE LADIES, y’all! It’s called the “SHE’S”, it’s pink (obvs), and it’s the official car of DISGRASIAN™ interns. [BuzzFeed]

A man won $120,000 in damages when he successfully sued his wife for giving birth to what he considered an ugly baby. It seems that before they were wed, the mother had undergone extensive cosmetic surgery to change her facial appearance. [Irish Examiner]

In honor of LGBT History Month, which just ended, The Huffington Post put together a slideshow of their most influential Asian LGBT icons. [The Huffington Post]

Taipei’s tenth annual gay pride event was colorful and awesome and looked like a lot of fun. [The Huffington Post]

If you speak Korean, there is a Korean-speaking elephant who’d like to talk to you. [New Scientist]

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Tuesday, November 6 is Election Day!

  • Depending on what state you call home, you may still be able to vote early! [National Association of State Secretaries]
  • President Barack Obama has a page dedicated to AAPI voters and issues [BarackObama.com]
  • So does Mitt Romney [MittRomney.com]
  • 18 Million Rising wants to see more Asian Americans voting [18MR]
  • If you’re voting in New Hampshire, Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) made a video to help with any questions you may have [BarackObama.com]

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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]

Here are some stills and a teaser for Chink, a movie about an Asian American serial killer Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

November 19th, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine



Kate Middleton and Olivia Munn – separated at birth? Or do all hot brunettes just look alike? [TMZ]

The monologue of last night’s Conan went out the window when Coco became transfixed by a totally adorable (26-year-old) Asian Harry Potter fan. [TBS]

Dan Choi took to Twitter to call Barack Obama “the worst POTUS in #LGBT history.” [Joe My God]

Meanwhile, Kal Penn is back to work at the White House with the POTUS after filming A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas, likely bearing the best bag of munchies EVAR. [ABC News]

Fei Lam made $130,000 for selling the parts to make a white iPhone, aka the Moby Dick of smartphones. [Gawker]

If Kate Gosselin re-packs her kids’ uneaten school lunches the next day (waste not, want not!), does that make her a Hardass Asian Mama or just lazy? [MSNBC]

Privy helps you casually copy the dining habits of your favorite Asian celebs. “Oh yah, Kelly Hu and I dine here all the time.” [Privy.net]

This sad story of a six-year-old AIDS orphan living alone in China has a happy ending – he’s being adopted! [China Smack]

Baby panda! Baby panda! Baby panda! [Zoo Atlanta]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! The Month Of May (Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month)

May 3rd, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Diana

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.

Norman Mineta

Or beautiful family friends that you wish would adopt you away from your Hardass Asian Parents.

Tamlyn Tomita

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)

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Vacancy In The White House?

April 5th, 2010 | 7 comments | Posted by Diana

If Kal Penn leaves the White House Office Of Public Liaison to be in the next Harold and Kumar


POTUS and Penn

…it means there’s an open spot available in the Obama Administration for a person who can maybe get an hug from President Obama OMG OMG OMG!!! be the go-between for the White House and the Asian American community (whatever that means).

What a great opportunity for that, ahem, someone ME ME ME ME PLEASE ME ME ME ME PLEASE PICK ME ME ME ME ME ME ME I WANT A HUG!

[via HuffPo]

[Access Hollywood: Kal Penn Leaving White House For 'Kumar' Sequel]
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Thanks, Lara and Leamy!

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Kalpenny for Your Thoughts

July 7th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Is it wrong that I kinda don’t mind if Kal Penn ever returns to acting?

You’re the liaison to Asians? Call us! We’re Asian!

Cuz he looks DAMN GOOD in that suit, baby. DAMN GOOD.

[E! Online: Kal Penn Reports for D.C. Duty]

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Kumar Goes to That White Castle on Pennsylvania Avenue

April 7th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Dude. Duuuuude. I must be high, because I just heard that Kumar is putting his acting career on hold to work for the White House. It was announced today that Kal Penn will be working for the Office of Public Liaison, helping to connect Obama with his “Asian constituents.” That means us, homey!

Barack and Kal having an I Love You, Man-moment at the inauguration

I mean, what actor allows himself to get killed off of FOX’s number one-scripted series to work for the President? And can you think of a better liaisian for us than Kumar? The only way this could be more perfect is if Harold joined him at the White Castle on Pennsylvania Avenue. But dude. Seriously, duuuuuude. This is huge.

Congratu-fuckin’-lations, Kal!

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Rep. John Conyers: Is There Another Doctor in the House?

January 8th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Congressman John Conyers (D-Mich.) has written a letter to his Democratic colleagues in the Hizzle, asking them to oppose Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s nomination for Surgeon General. In the letter, Rep. Conyers wrote that he has “serious concerns” about Gupta’s “requisite experience” and “medical background,” calling the nomination something that is “not in the best interests of the nation.”

We’ve already admitted that we don’t know much about the Office of the Surgeon General. But after a thorough review of Dr. Gupta’s qualificasians (young, handsome, full head of hair, blinding white teeth, Asian) yesterday, we feel pretty durn good about Obama’s choice. So where is this hateration coming from, Representative Conyers?

“Sit your pretty ass down, Gupta!”

Our hunch? Jealousy. Because unlike Dr. Sanjay Gupta, John Conyers…

  1. Is not young (and at 79, is about twice Gupta’s age)
  2. Does not have a full head of hair
  3. Actually remembers Richard Nixon’s presidency
  4. Went to Wayne State and envies Gupta, a fellow Michigan native who went to the University of Michigan, because, c’mon, who wouldn’t rather be a Division I, Wolverine Football fan?
  5. Does not share the same name with a famous Bollywood director
  6. Has a creepy mustache
  7. Could not be played by Kal Penn in his biopic
  8. Does not hang out with celebutards like Lucy Liu and Matthew McConaughey
  9. Has never made People’s Sexiest Men Alive issue
  10. Has never been in close enough proximity to Anderson Cooper to quaff the CNN anchor’s beguiling man-musk

Just a theory!

To read Rep. Conyers’s letter in its entirety, click here.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s Qualificasians

January 7th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

It was reported this week that CNN’s chief health correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is Obama’s top pick for Surgeon General. We don’t know a whole lot about the Office–according to Wikipedia, it’s gotten rather low-pro and unglam in recent years–but we do come from a long line of doctors (well, Diana does…mine are all the academic kind, i.e. “fake” ones), and here are what we consider Dr. Gupta’s outstanding qualificasians:

  1. He’s young (39 years young)
  2. He’s handsome, enough so to play a doctor on TV
  3. He has all of his own hair
  4. He’s already famous, so he doesn’t need the gig as a stepping-stone to something else
  5. He’s the son of immigrants, so he worked his own way to the top
  6. He has big and blindingly-white teeth
  7. He smiles a lot with those teeth, suggesting a terrific bedside manner
  8. He’s a neurosurgeon, suggesting he actually knows what he’s doing
  9. Kal Penn could totally play him in the biopic
  10. He’s Asian!!!

Dude. Confirm this man…stat!

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Things to Do This Weekend

April 25th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


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Kal U. Penn

March 26th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen


The AP reported today that actor Kal Penn will be teaching two classes at UPenn (coincidence?) come spring 2008:

“Penn, 29, will teach two undergraduate courses, tentatively titled, “Images of Asian Americans in the Media” and “Contemporary American Teen Films,” the school announced Monday.

Kumar as a college professor? Hubba Hubba. Any chance I can audit this thing?

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