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That’s not actually asking much. Last night, during the NFC Championship shootout/battle royale/best game of the season, it was hard to look at anything else. When Fujita wasn’t putting pressure on Brett Favre, he and Anthony Hargrove were tackling him hard.
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One of the reasons my father raised the girls in my family to be such sassy broads is that his mother was not one. Raised in northern Vietnam, my paternal grandmother was an extremely passive woman. Throughout her marriage to my rough, domineering grandfather, she dealt with pain, fear and anger with one tool: silence.
The Center for the Pacific Asian Family provides a multi-lingual 24-hour call center, emergency shelter, transitional housing program, counseling services and community outreach programs that focuses on the needs of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the Los Angeles area.
To sum up: they help break the silence surrounding violence, for women not unlike my grandma (and maybe yours)–by being just a phone call away.
Here’s the lowdown: The economy shat on CPAF this year. Their budget was cut in half. This won’t affect their commitment to the mission, but it does change their ability to staff all of the people with all of those language abilities 24 hours a day.
What if somebody decides to break their silence and give a call, but there’s nobody to pick up the phone? That’s a scene I don’t want to even think about.
The reason I’m telling you all of this is because CPAF is now part of a major Chase Community Giving Contest on Facebook, and having soared through the first round, is currently in the running for a $1 million grant. We joined a bunch of peeps (from Lisa Ling to Sandra Oh to David Choi to Beau Sia) in a PSA campaign to promote this phase of the contest.
Note: the voting period only lasts for ONE WEEK, January 15 – January 22.
Name: Y.E. Yang (a.k.a. Yang Yong-eun)
Hails from: South Korea
Occupation: Professional Golfer
Known for: Despite starting Sunday as a 20-1 underdog ranked #110 in the world, unleashing a shocking performance to ultimately best #1 Tiger Woods (previously 14 for 14 as a closer in majors) for the win in the 2009 PGA Championship.
Since the upset, Yang has been described as an almost mythical hero:
…and we’re totally buying it. Besides possessing one truly astounding great win, Yang really does seem like a pretty great, humble guy–and wouldn’t you know it, also happens to be the very first male from Asia to win a major golf championship.
We can barely avoid tearing up while reading his own words of inspirasian for the peeps:
“’I hope this win would be as — if not as significant, something quite parallel to an impact both to golf in Korea as well as golf in Asia so that all the young golfers, Korean and Asian, would probably build their dreams and expand their horizons a bit with this win,’ he said.“
Can you? Didn’t think so. We’re so feeling the hype!
AMAZIANS OF THE WEEK! California Federal Judge Appointees Jacqueline Nguyen, Edward Chen and Dolly Gee
Occupations: LA County Superior Court Judge (Nguyen), U.S. Magistrate Judge (Chen), and Law Partner (Gee)
Known for: Reprzenting! Traditionally, Asian-American judges have been woefully underrepresented in federal courts. (Which is sooo weird since we’re kind of a judge-y people.) But in the last 10 days, President Obama has appointed four new federal judges for California, and three of them–Nguyen, Chen, and Gee–are Asian. In the wake of Sonia Sotomayor’s swearing in as the U.S. Supreme Court’s first Latino justice, this gives us hope that one day we’ll see one of our own presiding over the highest court in the country. Until then, we’ll keep pretending that Sotomayor’s one of us!
Although no official announcement has yet been made, former Washington Guvna Gary Locke is almost a lock for Commerce Secretary. He would be the third person nominated for this position so far, after Bill Richardson and Judd Gregg, who both withdrew for different reasons.
If his appointment goes through, however, Locke, a third-generation American and the first Chinese-American governor in history, would be the first Chinese-American Commerce Secretary and the third Asian-American in Obama’s cabinet…which is the most reprzentasian we’ve had evarrr.
Did someone say something about being first and making history? Sweet.
I’ve been looking forward to seeing Tim Bui’s new film, Owl and the Sparrow–already being heralded as a critical darling–for some time now. It’s right up my alley (an irreverent love story set in Modern-day Saigon, directed by a Saigon-born OC brat, sign me up!), and I must admit that I’m sliiiiiightly devastated that I missed this week’s Orange County premiere and its ensuing after-party at Vietnamese-America’s Isreal, Bolsa Avenue.
I was suprised to see that Tila Tequila signed up to do a promotional viral video for the film. Wowee zowee, I thought to myself. What does this mean? Does Tila Nguyen really exist? And does she have a heart of gold? And does she want to reprzent for our peeps? And does she love indie films? Maybe we could kick it at the Laemmle Sunset 5 sometime!
I would give my left nut to find some common ground with this bitch. I mean, I hate on her a lot. But I don’t want to have to! I want to find some redeeming quality about my fellow Nguyen and the only Vietnamese sub-lebrity that any blogger gives a hard-on about, so that I can simply rest my hateful, blogging fingertips, knock back some Macallan 12, rock out on Guitar Hero, and call it a night.
I watched Tila’s promotional video with an open mind, if not a bias towards supporting it. Actually–here, you watch:
Guys, I don’t know what to tell ya, but I actually believe that Tila may have the SADIM touch; that is, instead of gold, everything she touches turns to a huge steaming pile of shit. I know that Tila had her heart in the right place when she acted (terribly) in this senseless piece of turd. But it doesn’t matter. She’s terrible to watch. Listening to her robotic speech and disconnected acting gives me awful shivers. Her wretchedness is distracting: What movie was this cross-promoting? I can’t remember; I just slit my wrists to end my own suffering.
I’m not sure how good intentions could go so awry, but they do, especially when someone has the SADIM touch. Think I’m crazy? It’s happened to her before.
Hey, I may never find my common ground with Ms. Tequila, but I do respect the fact that we both gave it the ol’ college try.
View the Owl and the Sparrow official trailer here.
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Anyone that spends enough time with me knows that most of my best friends are dudes that are kind of chick-like. They look male, they smell male… but they’ll, y’know, bitch me out about not being sensitive to their needs. And they cry listening to “Here” by Pavement. And they spoil me with sushi dinners just to have enough time to wax poetic about the complicated structure of relationships.
I love a guy that’s basically a girl, because guys are awesome and look great in soft, old t-shirts (girls do too, but unless they’re Jen, they’ll never let you borrow their soft, old t-shirt if it looks good on you), and they don’t care if you weigh less than them, and they listen without grunting when you’re three O Bans in and shedding tears about how you feel inadequate, maybe because it’s a full moon or you’re hormonal or something.
So yes, it’s a little funny that I tend to poke at Paris Hilton’s little bitch Onch, just because he’s a delicate, rainbow-colored flower with a fascination for useless famous-for-nothings, and cuz he totally looks like a lady. So when Intern Jasmine sent over photos of the little lad-lass at Hilton’s Christmas party…
…and mused, “Wait – Onch is a dude?” and I responded, “Barely,” I started to check myself. What is my real problem with Onch, anyway? Is it because he’s Asian, and because I’m so desperate to have rock-hard reprzentatives that I can’t deal with an Asian that’s also a bit of a femme fatale?
After, all MTV News has begun releasing their top ten picks for Man of the Year, and already included in that tier are the self-anointed queenish king of guyliner, Pete Wentz, and one very dainty, cherub-faced Jonas brother, Nick Jonas.
I mean shoot, if this is what sets the bar for manhood in the new millenium, Onch is like the new Gerard Butler, and I’m just an outdated old fart. Right?
Maybe I’m wrong about Onch. Maybe.
Why She’s a Babe: Because Barack Obama’s half-Indonesian half-sister–whom Barack described as “looking like a Latin countess with her olive skin and long black hair and black bridesmaid’s gown” at his wedding, in Dreams from My Father–is the definition of regal. And she knows how to rock a power suit. She’s married to Canadiasian Konrad Ng and has a Ph.D in Education, and, no, we’re not talking a Player Hater Degree, obviously. Speaking of Players, did we mention that she’s Barack Obama’s sister and she’s out there reprzentin’ for her big bro? And helping out family–that’s hot.
Hails from: Northern California
Occupation: Democratic Party Mover ‘n’ Shaker
Known for: Being the “Godfather” of the Asian-American political scene in Silicon Valley, getting Dems in office through his organization, the Silicon Valley Asian Pacific American Democratic Club, helping his longtime friend, civil rights-advocate and cuddly bear Mike Honda get elected to Congress (Honda is also currently the DNC vice-chair), playing star quarterback in high school, growing up in the barrio and describing himself as a “Silicon Valley homey.”
Fong is up for election in November, and we’re confident that those of you in the 22nd District of California will reprzent for him!
Occupation: Molecular Biologist
Known for: winning the 1987 Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine for the “discovery of the genetic principle for generation of antibody diversity” (Yipes–Though we can’t quite explain it, at least we can spell it).
After making great strides with his scientific research for over 40 years in the U.S., Tonegawa is returning to his homeland of Japan to incite non-Japanese researchers to come and lead new projects. “The level of science is high,” he says, “but it’s difficult to attract a certain caliber of researchers from overseas.”
The prodigal son returns to boost his father country! We love that kind of Reprzentasian.
I must say, I let out a little squeal this morning when I saw this headline flicker in a chyron in the CNN ticker:
“Holy crap!” I thought… are they featuring DISGRASIAN on The Situation Room? Is there a report on some form of long-grain that seems pre-determined to be the best? Is the Asian Student Union at Cal staging some kind of protest? All of these stories seemed plausible, wonderful, and intriguing.
Normally I try not to spend too much time hanging on to the words of this Rice, but I must say I’ve been dying to hear her speak on this particular topic, especially in light of all the “race race race” talk that’s been flooding media outlets of late.
See, I donno if you know this, but Jen and I are women of color and sometimes on this site we try to pipe up for otha ladies of color, and Condee’s a lady of color and we don’t often get to hear her do that very thing. Now here’s a lady that has a very big microphone (or at least the occasional podium) whose boss, according to Kanye, “doesn’t care about black people,” and… I’ve always just been curious about her real story, which includes race perspectives–they take a lifetime to build up (not just a day when “race” is the topic du jour).
The Chicago Tribune‘s ‘The Swamp’ reports:
While saying repeatedly she did not want to discuss the election campaign — “I don’t do politics,” Rice said — and also reiterating her lack of interest in the vice presidential slot, she said the United States had a hard time dealing with racial issues.
“There is a paradox for this country and a contradiction of this country and we still haven’t resolved it,” she said in a detailed reply to questions about Obama and race issues as a whole. “But what I would like understood as a black American is that black Americans loved and had faith in this country even when this country didn’t love and have faith in them, and that’s our legacy.“
She also remarked that she found it “important that [Obama] gave [his speech on race in America in response to the Rev. Wright controversy] for a whole host of reasons,” as well as pointed out her own family’s complicated history in this country. Did George W. care about that?
I may not always like what comes from the mouth of this particular Rice, but what she said about race this week actually sounded pretty darn nice to me.
Congrats to JabbaWockeeZ for steppin’ up, stomping the yard, saving the last dance, breakin’ and all that jazz to win America’s Best Dance Crew!!!
Today, everyone wants to be a dopeass dancing fool who can dance in a creepy mime mask and make it look cool, not least of all this guy:
Click here to see all of JabbaWockeeZ’s performances.