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Comic artist Laura Park was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. After having surgery in June, she drew this panel to commemorate opening the $67,373.81 bill she received in July. [boingboing]
DISGRASIAN™ co-founder and editor Jen moderated the fashion blogging panel at V3Con last week. Panelist Tommy Lei of MY BELONGING blog recapped the session. [MYBELONGING]
Software engineer and long time Google employee Chade-Meng Tan talked to The Economist about Search Inside Yourself, a meditation program he has been running at the company since 2007. [The Economist]
First Lady Michelle Obama visited with Sikh American families affected by the tragic shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 24. In addition to offering her condolences, the First Lady “underscored how strong those who died were, and how strong the Sikh community continues to be.” [WhiteHouse.gov]
The man known as Kenji Fujimoto, who wrote a tell-all about the lavish lifestyle enjoyed by the late Kim Jong-il, was surprised to be welcomed back so warmly by Kim Jong-un on a recent trip to North Korea. [New York Times]
While Psy’s “Gangnam Style” continues to amaze and delight here in the US, people back in Korea are confused by its success. [WSJ]
Congratulations are in order for Lydia Ko, who became the youngest winner in LPGA tour history last weekend. [Yahoo! Sports]
If you want to be down with Asian American culture, you need to be in the San Gabriel Valley in Southern California. It’s an exciting time for those Chinese-Americans who are coming of age in ‘the 626.’ [Los Angeles Times]
Tiaras! Infected makeup! An amorous emcee! The Miss Hong Kong 2012 pageant had Continue reading Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian
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DISCRIMINASIAN alert! A karaoke bar in LA’s Koreatown is looking for hostesses, and only “FRAGILE” lady candidates need apply. How do you say “This is some tall bullshit!” in Korean? [Jezebel]
Occupy Wall Street: now with more zombies! [AJC]
You down with OFC? A restaurant called “Obama Fried Chicken” has been spotted in Beijing. [Shanghaiist]
The next designer to collaborate with Target is Jason Wu (hurray!). The collection of clothing and accessories will be available next February, leaving plenty of time for Target to figure out how to avoid the shit show that happened with their Missoni collection. [New York Magazine]
Margaret Cho writes candidly (and humorously, of course) about her queer identity. [HuffPo]
Mindy Kaling’s awesome blog is back! [The Concerns Of Mindy Kaling]
Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney were able to “Come Together” (requisite Beatles reference!) for a friendly photo at the premiere of George Harrison: Living in the Material World. [HuffPo]
What’s the bigger scandal concerning Kim Jong-Il’s grandson’s Facebook profile? That there’s a photo with him with a cute girl who may or may not be his girlfriend, or that he’s apparently a fan of democracy? [Gawker]
Rachel Lee, leader of the “bling ring” that stole jewelry and luxury goods from Hollywood celebrities like Brian Austin Green, Paris Hilton, and Audrina Partridge, pleads “no contest.” [LAT]
[Photo via NYDN]
Filed under: #occupywallstreet, Beijing, bling ring, discriminasian, Facebook, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Jason Wu, Karaoke, Kim Han Sol, Kim Jong Il, Koreatown, Margaret Cho, Mindy Kaling, Obama Fried Chicken, Occupy Wall Street, OFC, Rachel Lee, Target, The Concerns of Mindy Kaling, Yoko Ono, Zombies
TMZ, which operates under the auspices of AOL News, definitely serves a purpose. In life, there’s always somebody that has to reside in the murkiest layer–the person that denies insurance benefits to cancer patients, the defense attorney that attacks victims in order to save her guilty defendant, the jerk that has to tell little kids that there is no Santa Claus. TMZ is like that person. The supergossip team’s shamelessness allows them to dig deep into the wounds of Hollywood to tell us who’s crazy, who’s dead, who has anal sex with prostitutes instead of their wife, who’s suing their ex, who’s blown all of their money on 8 balls. Without them, we wouldn’t know such things, at least not so quickly and with no tactful filter. It’s questionable whether or not we’d ever want to, but that’s not the point. Bottom line, as I said before: TMZ has a purpose, I guess.
Yesterday, the site posted a segment featuring an on-the-fly “interview” with Sung Kang, one of Jen’s many hot boyfriends and familiar sexyface from the Fast & Furious franchise (You can see him alive again in the upcoming sequel, Fast Five). See below:
Filed under: AOL, April Fools, Ask The Asian Dude, Clowning, Fast Five, Georgia, Harvey Levin, Jackie Chan, Karaoke, Racist Shit, Stupid Ideas, Sung Kang, The Fast And the Furious Sequels, This is Bullshit, TMZ, TMZ Racist, TMZ Racist Video, Toyota, Translation
Happy birthday to honorasian Elton John, who turned 63 today!
Why Hardass Asian ladies love Elton:
* He, like all grownup Asian ladies, loves bedazzled evening outfits.
* File Under: Easy Listening
* 5 Grammy awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Tony Award. (Who cares if you don’t watch the Tonys? It’s an award!)
* A distinct love for tiny dancers.
* Five important words: Was friends with Princess Diana.
* He turned those piano lessons into somethin‘!
* Guaranteed to rally for karaoke.
* He gives songs as gifts. And by jove, H.A.L.s love presents!!!
Filed under: Bedazzler, Best Kinds Of Friends, Best of the Best, Careers In Piano, Elton John, Honorasians, Karaoke, Musicians, Piano, Piano Lessons Are Required, Piano Players, Presents, Princess Diana, Singers, Tiny Dancers
After Dave Chappelle stopped doing Chappelle’s Show, he did an interview with Oprah to discuss what happened. There’s one quote in particular that has always stuck with me:
“There was a good-spirited intention behind it,” Dave says. “So then when I’m on the set, and we’re finally taping the sketch, somebody on the set [who] was white laughed in such a way—I know the difference of people laughing with me and people laughing at me—and it was the first time I had ever gotten a laugh that I was uncomfortable with. Not just uncomfortable, but like, should I fire this person?”
We laugh a lot here at DISGRASIAN, which can be a challenge when dealing with the arguably touchy subject of Disgrace. Sometimes laughter is the only answer when shit gets really dark–or, more importantly, when shit is just funny. And I’m no stickler for what exactly makes funny things funny, and I know that sometimes the “what” is a grey area.” But like Chappelle, I often find myself looking at tips from readers and thinking, that seems to be funny to everybody, but I’m not sure I’m so comfortable with why.
For instance, when I first saw this Internet gem, a Korean guy doing his rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body”:
…it was too ridiculous to pass up. Ridiculous-funny. So I wrote about it.
But today, when somebody sent me the updated karaoke version of this video on YouTube, which subtitles the poor guy with the garbled nonsense it sounds like he’s saying (because he’s got an accent, and he’s singing in another language), I paused.
Why? Because I didn’t know if people digging this version are laughing with him or at him. At his Asianness. At his Koreanglish.
And that makes me feel funny.
CBS announced today that they will not be airing any more episodes of their new reality show, Secret Talents of the Stars, which first aired on Wednesday.
For those of you who missed the premiere, it featured George Takei singing the country classic, “On the Road Again.”
…But he can’t be faulted for the cancellasian! We don’t know about you, but we found his performance to be incredibly sweet and endearing, in addition to the fact that we loved his shirt and had no idea his voice had such a rich timbre. For what it’s worth, we simply love Takei–he kind of reminds us of our respective dads, who both actually have pretty damn good singing voices, too.
This performance was better suited for a party hosted by DISGRASIAN, set on a dimly lit stage in a K-town karaoke bar, and fueled by vodka and scotch. Don’t blame Takei for the death of Secret Talents. He didn’t art direct the stupid show. He just rocked it!
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) gallery, here in Hollywood, which my friend Carrie first took me to, is one of the better art spaces in this city. And now they’ve “curated” an amazing performance art piece that elevates them to bestest.
I know what you’re thinking. Ugh. Performance art. How very (insert past decade in which you had a traumatizing experience with performance art). But this idea of LACE’s ROCKS. Li-trally.
It’s called the Karaoke Ice project, and it’s housed in an ice cream truck. This ice cream truck will be wandering the streets of Los Angeles for the next 9 days. At its scheduled stops, people will be handing out popsicles, and a makeshift stage will be created for YOU, and by that I mean you and me and Diana, on which to SING OUR LITTLE HEARTS OUT. Songs to choose from will include Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” and the Ramones’ “I Wanna Be Sedated.”
Click here for full schedule of Karaoke Ice cream truck stops.
I think we all knew in our hearts and minds that it was only a matter of time before Kim Jong-Be-Illin’ would be named DOTW. But which offense, exactly, would we nail him for?
All of his posturing over nuclear testing and disarmament?
Or how about when he halted reunions between divided families in North and South Korea, because South Korea imposed food sanctions on NK under international pressure?
Or maybe just because the dude’s steez reminds us of a sad-sack, out-of-work, hardcore porn producer grinding out low-budge movies in his garage with its blacked-out windows in never-beautiful Van Nuys, California?
All of the aforementioned offenses are criminal, but it was this straw that broke the disgrasianamel’s back: “Nation bans karaoke bars, Internet cafes?”
SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea’s security agency has ordered the shutdown of karaoke bars and Internet cafes, saying they are a threat to society, a South Korean newspaper reported Wednesday.
Exqueeze me?!? There are two major muthafuckin problems with this.
1) No one in North Korea can read DISGRASIAN.
2) After everything that Illin’ and Illin’ Sr. have put North Koreans through–war, famine, deprivasian, separasian, and global isolasianism–they’re not allowed to blow off steam comme ça?
bitchin’ karaoke photo by Michael Rababy
Here’s a bizarre story coming out of South Korea, “South Korean tycoon jailed for karaoke assault”:
Prosecutors said Kim Hanwha Group chairman Kim Seung-youn and several bodyguards stormed into an upscale Seoul karaoke bar in mid-March, seeking those responsible for attacking his son earlier that month.
Kim seized several workers, shuttled them off to a remote mountain area and forced them to their knees while he beat them, they said.
Kim has since been sentenced to 18 months in jail for the crime. Kinda stiff when you consider this: “Bush Spares Libby From Prison Term.”
CMT will be earing a very special episode of their series Born Country tonight… KARAOKE MOMS:
WAAAAAAIIT A MINUTE… What? Where is my mom? Why was she left out of this!?!?!?!?!?! She does the most amazing version of “The Rose!” And for the record, we blow it out of the fuckin’ park when we duet on “Islands In the Stream.”
All right stop. Collaborate and listen. Ice is back with a brand new invention:
Like this guy, I’m totally at a loss for words.
(photos taken from the “Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee-aoke” event held today in Beantown)