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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

August 31st, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

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.” []

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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Dumplings Can Make People Do Crazy Things

October 20th, 2010 | 4 comments | Posted by Diana

Let me just begin by saying that some dumplings can be extremely powerful. The famous dumplings from San Gabriel Valley’s Din Tai Fung have compelled me to do things I would never have imagined, like break my L.A. driving rule (never motor more than 5 miles from home unless somebody’s paying me) countless times–once to see our pals The Good Asian Drivers, most times simply to experience the gingery-vinegary-broth-filled goodness inside their perfect pork soup dumplings. You have to understand, they’re too special for words, almost too special to eat. They make you not want to share. In fact, I believe that a very good friend once tried to poison me just so he could swipe my chicken soup dumpling take-home box. Rest assured, he didn’t get the box.

So am I surprised that the crazy saga that inspired last week’s DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK honoring of San Gabriel’s mayor, Albert Y.M. Huang, apparently started with some sort of hurly burly that had to do with…DUMPLINGS? Eh. Not so much. Not at all.

From the SGV Tribune:

Bao Gang Li, owner of New Taste Dumpling House, said Huang and the alleged victim had been arguing after the couple arrived at the restaurant at about 1 a.m.

“They started arguing a lot and at that time there were about 20 people at the restaurant,” said Li. “The woman grabbed a dumpling container and threw it at the gentlemen’s chest.”

Huang then threw vinegar at the woman, Li said.

At that point, the woman went to a nearby ATM and took out what appeared to be a lot of money. Huang attempted to try to take the money from her and threatened to call the police, Li said.

DUDE. Dumplings can make people do some weird shit. And Jen and I happen to gobble up weird shit like… dumplings (as does his Highness Jonathan Gold)! I’ll assume that you remember the rest of what happened on that ill-fated night, but if you don’t, those geniuses at NMA News have distilled it for you. It is (also not surprisingly) genius:

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April 15th, 2010 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

Happy birthday to Mirai Nagasu, who turns 17 tomorrow!

There really isn’t anything we don’t love about the figure skater, who placed fourth at the Winter Games. We love that she’s from our neck of the woods (SGV, Holla!). We love her face, her crazy-high cheekbones and the way her eyes crinkle when she smiles, which she does a lot. We love how devoted Mirai is to her mama, who’s been battling thyroid cancer. (Of her mother’s prognosis, she’s said, “They say there’s an 80 percent chance of her being cured. But that 20 percent is still something to think about. It’s like getting a B on a test. It’s good but not the best.” We love that, too, OBVS.) And we love that she’s accomplished so much at such a tender age.

Waitaminute. No we don’t.

Because going to your first Olympics, and–despite the naysayers (ahem, Sasha “Bitter Much” Cohen) and the nonstop Queen Yu-Na hype–performing quite beautifully while presenting yourself as the future of figure skating at SIXTEEN when you should be, like, getting wasted on Captain Morgan’s Rum outside a suburban 7-11 or having your thumbs fall off because you’re texting your stupid friends all day long…well, that just makes the rest of us who are much older, much less Olympic, and much more dependent on alcohol look really really baaaaaaaaad.

So maybe there’s one thing we don’t love about Mirai Nagasu. If she were just a little less perfect, she’d be um what’s the word oh right…perfect.

Would you consider working on that in your 17th year, Mirai?

In the meantime, happy birthday, you adorable little showoff!


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An AMAZIAN and His BABEWATCH: David Tran and Huy Fong Sriracha Sauce

May 26th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana

We were off the clock for Memorial Day yesterday, but simply couldn’t stop thinking about one rockin’ Amazian: David Tran, 64-year-old founder of Huy Fong and creator of its “rooster” sauce. Tran was profiled in last week’s NY Times in an article that described the sauce’s ubiquity (from four-star NYC kitchens to college apartment hovels to steamy bowls of Phở), as well as Tran’s incredulity regarding its success. Without him, we would not eat so well–and trust us, we know it.

But moving on, let us not ignore this hot-hot-hot Babe…

Name: Huy Fong Tướng Ớt Sriracha (aka Sriracha Chili Sauce)

Occupation: Hot-Ass Chili Sauce, suitable for everything

Why It’s A Babe: Because Huy Fong’s is the O.G. of Sriracha sauces, and makes everything from rice to soup to buffalo wings to panini to popcorn better. We love the bodacious, feminine bottle shape, the easy-twist green tip–and when we look at the saucy, bold, red coloring, we can only think of one word: yummy.

Most importantly, we find that Huy Fong Srircha makes everyone feel and act spicier; and if constant inspirasian towards spicy action doesn’t qualify one as a Babe, we really don’t know what does.

[NY Times: Hot Stuff In a Squeeze Bottle]

Thanks, Zoe and Jodi!

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Chu’s Zooming Chu? Judy Chu v. Betty Chu

May 21st, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Democratic candidate and AOTW Judy Chu was the top vote-getter Tuesday in the race for the 32nd Congressional District seat vacated by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, winning 32.5% of the vote. But because she didn’t receive a 50% majority, she’ll face off with Republican Betty Chu, who got 10% of the vote, and some Libertarian dude who’ll be a non-factor, in a July runoff.

Judy Chu v. Betty Chu

The drrrama factor of Chu v. Chu is amped by the fact that Judy and Betty are related by marriage (Betty is married to Judy’s first cousin). And they hate each other! Especially after this election, during which Judy’s campaign accused Betty of trying to coattail on Judy’s name–Judy is the more well-known of the two–and of changing her Chinese name characters, which were printed on the ballot, to more closely resemble Judy’s (Mistasian Identity, Betty…that’s some dirty pool!). To which Betty–who, at 72, is 17 years Judy’s senior–replied, “Believe me, my name has been around a lot longer than hers. I was born with that name.”


Well, not really, given that the 32nd Congressional District is mostly Latino, strongly Democratic, and expected to go to Judy, but can you blame us for dreaming?

[LA Times: Two Chus among candidates for San Gabriel Valley seat]


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May 18th, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen
Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Judy Chu

Name: Judy Chu

Hails from: Los Angeles

Occupation: U.S. Congressional candidate, 32nd District

Known for: Running for Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis’s vacated Congressional seat in the 32nd District (which includes East L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley); holding an undergraduate math degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology; working in local and state politics for the last 24 years; earning the endorsements of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (for what it’s worth), the California Democratic Party, and organized labor; having a name that is really fun to say over and over again.

Voters in the 32nd Congressional District…Tuesday, May 19, is the special election. Reprzent, people and make your vote count! For voting information, click here.


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