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Finally! More-o of Maya Soetoro-Ng!

April 2nd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


Do you think Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng reads DISGRASIAN? Did she happen upon your quiet pleas that she channel her beautiful prose into a tome?

Because Politico just leaked the news that the babe just signed a book deal with Candlewick Press. And even the concept is gorgeous:

‘Ladder to the Moon’, Maya Soetoro-Ng’s first book, is inspired by Maya and Barack’s mother as well as by Maya’s four-year-old daughter. What lessons, the author wonders, might her daughter have learned from her grandmother had the two ever met? In ‘Ladder to the Moon,’ Maya Soetoro-Ng pays homage to her mother’s tradition of storytelling — and celebrates her mother’s enduring legacy of service — with an unforgettable story of love and compassion being passed along generations. Brimming with the beauty and magic of the night, Ladder to the Moon is a modern-day fable that will charm readers of any generation with its lush prose and timeless message about discovering one’s own strength. Illustrator and publication date are to be determined.

While–as the product of a fairly stoic, left-brained, Hardass Asian Family– I don’t quite understand how one can be inspired by their relations towards such gentle images of ancestry and beauty, I certainly do appreciate it.

Freakin’ fly me to the Moon, Jen! Can we get on some pre-order action?? Where is this book!!?!?


Thanks, Catherine!

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ROCK OF ASIAN: Fujiya & Miyagi

October 8th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Jen found this Fujiya & Miyagi music video on Buzzfeed last week and I have been obsessed with it ever since. First of all, I love the dope lo-fi synth track, but I’m also enthralled with the animated dice. Maybe it’s because dice remind me of gambling, and gambling reminds me of my aunts, and my aunts remind me of egg rolls, and I love egg rolls. Egg rolls are so delicious.

Just a theory.


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BABEWATCH: Cheyenne Woods

September 23rd, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

Name: Cheyenne Woods

Age: 18

Occupation: Student and NCAA Golfer

Hails from: Phoenix, Arizona

Why She’s a Babe: When somebody says, “She looks an awful lot like her uncle Tiger Woods,” images of the toothy pro’s head on a frumpy female body jump quickly to mind. But while Cheyenne, a freshman at Wake Forest University, may have her relative’s smile and a bit of his swing, she’s far, far, from frumpy. She’s gorge! And when it comes to golfing, she’s also good.

Yes, we’re biased because she’s part Chinese (granddad Earl was Black, Chinese, and Native-American), but surely you agree.

Thanks, Jen!

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February 20th, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

The Beatles are big on my mom’s side of the family. I have one uncle who definitely believes he is the Vietnamese incarnation of John Lennon, who named his first daughter Michelle about ten years before she was born, and rocks out tracks from Rubber Soul on an electric piano every time we get together for holidays. He’s got both a son and daughter, both of whom are pretty weird and rad, but noticeably not musically inclined (or Beatlemaniacs for that matter).

I try not to bring that little factoid up, because unlike most of my relatives I think he’s actually a little disappointed that his kids will probably end up in medical school instead of playing the guitar too high up on their chests on top of the Capitol Records building. And I am DEFINITELY not going to send him this video…

…of a ridiculously cutey cute cuterson Amazian Jr. who isn’t even out of diapers but can rattle off a baby version of “Hey Jude” faster than you can say “Hokey Pokey.” I swear, if anyone sends this to my uncle, he’ll try to return his kids for a refund. So don’t!

Thanks, Pete!

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Is My Aunt Mai Working At AP?

January 31st, 2008 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

This afternoon’s phone conversation between Diana and her Aunt Mai:

DIANA: (in botched Vietnamenglish) Hi, Co Mai!

AUNT MAI: Hi honey. How you?

DIANA: I’m good! I’m good! Just catching up on the news.

AUNT MAI: Me too, honey! I read in newspaper today that Tiger Wood do wery well in golf show!

DIANA: I think it’s “Woods,” Co Mai. Which golf tournament? The Dubai Classic? Is that happening right now?

AUNT MAI: Yes. In newspaper it say Tiger Wood win Dubai Classic.

DIANA: It’s “Woods.” That’s great!

AUNT MAI: What you mean, “it Woods.” It Wood!

DIANA: Co Mai, I think I know who Tiger Woods is.


DIANA: Calm Down! How’s Grandma!?!?!

AUNT MAI: DON’T TELL ME TO CALM DOWN. You just like your mother says, so mát dąy, so disrespectful!

DIANA: I am not disrespectful! I’m just trying to help you.


DIANA: Fine, I will look it up. Okay? I will look it up. [Googles "Tiger Wood Dubai Classic and finds...]


AUNT MAI: Now what you have to say?

DIANA: Um, I guess it is Tiger Wood, Co Mai. How’s Grandma?


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A Little Personalizasian

August 30th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

I know sometimes it feels like we only talk about very distant, impersonal things– celebrities, politicians, people we don’t know that make ignorant TV shows or do stupid things to earn them a spot in the news. You know what I mean. Sigh.

So today I’ve decided to start letting you into my real, personal life. I’ve got a job. I’ve got dreams. I’ve got a family.

Below is a picture of my Aunt Sharon. She is an immigrant, a hard worker, and a good person. She walks the streets on foot in the clothes she’s collected from her children and her refugee sponsor, ignoring the creaks in her bones to peruse the local Asian market for leechees and beef shanks–which she stores in her reusable plastic grocery bag. She does all of this while carrying an umbrella to shield her precious porcelain skin from the evil sun. Her mother never allowed her to tan–she would look like a peasant–and she has carried that advice with her for her entire life. She is a good woman. She is my family.

Ohhh. Shit. Wait. Forget it. No. That’s Lucy Liu on the set of Cashmere Mafia. Ignore everything I said.


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