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CONTEST! V3Con 2012 Ticket Giveaway

August 16th, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

The V3 Digital Media Conference (V3Con), which brings together AAPI journalists, social media folks, bloggers, and other people in the digital world, is right around the corner! And DISGRASIAN’s offering both a discount code and a way to get there for FREE! Wheeeeeeeee!

The conference takes place on Saturday, August 25 in Los Angeles at the Japanese American National Museum. Panels will cover a range of topics, from Asian American domination of YouTube to learning how AAPI non-profits can take advantage of the web. A full schedule of the day’s events and panels is available here.

You can register for V3Con here, and if you use the code V3-Disgrasian, you’ll get 10% off of the discounted pre-registration general admission or $10 off full-price general admission (when available). Please note that on-line registration closes Sunday, August 19.

But if you and a guest want to attend V3Con for FREE, you’re gonna have to do a little work!

  1. Follow @disgrasian on Twitter.
  2. Tweet why you deserve to win free admission to V3Con with the hashtag #V3disgrasian.

The deadline for #V3disgrasian tweets is Friday, August 17, 11:59PM Pacific time. We’ll pick the best three tweets and notify the winners via Twitter by Saturday, August 18. Winners are responsible for their own transportation and accommodations.

Hope to see you all there!

[V3 Digital Media Conference]

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

January 6th, 2012 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

If this is what it is like to work for the legendary restauranteur Mr. Chow, sign me up for Camp Chow. [Nowness]

All the way with George Takei! Our favorite Star Trek cast member (original flava, of course) is going to be on the next season of “Celebrity Apprentice.” [Crushable]

This produce packs a punch! Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao now has his own line of vegetables called, fittingly, Pacquiao Produce. [YouTube]

Congratulations, Matthew Fox! You’re the latest White dude to save Japan on the big screen. We’ll be sending you a floral arrangement in the shape of Tom Cruise’s character from The Last Samurai. [Movieline]

The Japanese National Tourism Organization really wanted to fly 10,000 folks to Japan for free, but, alas, they cannot. [The Savvy Stews]

Our dreams of being Twitter besties with the one and only Wendi “Mrs. Rupert Murdoch” Deng have been dashed. The Twitter account @wendi_deng, which took Twitter by storm a few days ago was run by an imposter.[Gawker]

TWIN BABY POLAR BEARS!!! [The Awl]

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AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! @ReallyVirtual, The Man Who Unwittingly Live-Tweeted The Raid On Osama bin Laden

May 2nd, 2011 | 2 comments | Posted by Jen

Meet Sohaib Athar–@ReallyVirtual on Twitter–a Pakistani IT consultant from Lahore who, up until a day ago, was “taking a break from the rat-race by hiding in the mountains with his laptops.” And the name of the mountain town where Mr. Athar had taken refuge?

Abbottabad.

Turns out Athar wasn’t the only man who found the Sarban hills surrounding the city to be the perfect hideaway. But Athar is, however, the only man who live-blogged the raid on that other guy’s mountain retreat. And unwittingly, at that!

Though now “the rat race” Athar had been trying to escape in Lahore has come to him–with journalists the world over scrambling to land an interview with Athar–the Pakistani man just trying to get away from it all hasn’t lost sight of his core values–or, for that matter, his appealingly wry sense of humor:

[WSJ: From Abbottabad, Live-Tweeting the Bin Laden Attack]
[@ReallyVirtual on Twitter]

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Bigotry ‘n’ Japan, Post-Tsunami

March 18th, 2011 | 10 comments | Posted by Jen & Diana

As you all know, a week ago, an 8.9 earthquake hit off the eastern coast of Japan, unleashing a 23-foot tsunami that so far has claimed 7,000 lives, with another 10,000 still missing (and feared dead). Nearly 400,000 people–a good number of them elderly–have been displaced and are living in shelters. Meanwhile, the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant raised its crisis level from level 4 to 5 out of 7, which, according to CNN, “indicates the likelihood of a release of radioactive material, several deaths from radiation and severe damage to a reactor core.”

In the outpouring of sympathy and support for Japan that came from all quarters, there were those who thought what was happening in Japan was…HILARZ.

There were those who thought what was happening in Japan was from God.

There were those who seemed more concerned with the fate of the Japanese Yen than the Japanese people, and then there were those who felt very strongly that Japan finally got what was coming to them. They took to Twitter with their talk of “payback” and “karma” for Pearl Harbor, atrocities committed against other Asian countries during WWII, the killing of whales and dolphins.

And the people expressing these sorts of sentiments haven’t just been randos with too much time on their hands, they’ve been well-known and famous, with huge followings on Twitter, radio, and TV.

Below is a list of the last week’s most notable offenders:

50 CENT

Tweeted last Friday by the rapper to his 4 million+ followers:

Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Bigotry ‘n’ Japan, Post-Tsunami

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‘Asians In The Library’ And ‘God Is So Good,’ DISGRASIAN-style

March 15th, 2011 | 12 comments | Posted by Jen & Diana

As some of you know, our site was down yesterday.

And unlike most Monday mornings, where the most disturbing thing greeting us first thing is our weekend hangovers, there was so much bad shit going on in the world.

In other words, so much bad shit to blog about.

There was the ongoing tragedy taking place in post-earthquake, post-tsunami Japan.

There was the ongoing tragedy taking place on Twitter, enacted by randos and well-known players alike–50 Cent, Gilbert Gottfried, the WNBA’s Cappie Poindexter, Family Guy writer Alec Sulkin–that made fun of the ongoing tragedy in Japan.

And, of course, there were also those two viral videos. The one about Asians in the library from UCLA student Alexandra Wallace, and the one about God punishing Japan with the earthquake because it’s a country of atheists (which has since been revealed as a hoax and the work of a troll).

Like we said: SO MUCH BAD SHIT.

So how, in a moment like this, could the Internet betray us and leave us without a forum to air out our grievances? Normally, we’d blame evil gnomes–which a friend suggested look exactly like Arcade Fire–but this was different. This was bigger.

Continue reading ‘Asians In The Library’ And ‘God Is So Good,’ DISGRASIAN-style

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If You Hate ‘Glee,’ Then You Hate Children Too, Apparently

January 26th, 2011 | 4 comments | Posted by Jen

I am not a fan of Glee. You’d think I would be, since I love to sing, I love me a high school drama (past and present faves include Buffy, the oridge 90210, Freaks and Geeks, Friday Night Lights), I was once in an a cappella singing group–I was even in a choir with Jane Lynch for two seconds–and I watch shows like American Idol and The Sing Off without irony, not a lick of it. But a Gleek I’m not. The show lacks any likable female characters–Lynch’s Sue Sylvester is the closest thing, and she’s a monster, albeit a funny one–and the teacher guy creeps me out for some reason, probably owing to the fact that he looks like a Chia pet. And the fact that he couldn’t tell his wife wasn’t really pregnant WHICH IS JUST TOTALLY PREPOSTEROUS. But I’m not going to harp on it further, because it makes people happy for some strange reason, and it’s done some good things for the world, like introducing millennials to music that was popular when forty year-olds were young like them, which probably seems just as preposterous as Glee‘s fake pregnancy.

I guess the Kings of Leon feel the same way I do (as does Slash), because the band refused to give Glee the rights to its songs. And you’d think they’d be flattered, right, because who the fuck are the Kings of Leon again? One day they’re a Skynyrd-type outfit, the next they’re arena rockers with fancy haircuts requiring lots of “product” or something? I couldn’t name a single song of theirs because it all sounds like generic radio to me.

Continue reading If You Hate ‘Glee,’ Then You Hate Children Too, Apparently

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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! ABC News’ Sr. White House Correspondent @jaketapper

January 18th, 2011 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Chinese president Hu Jintao arrived in the U.S. Tuesday for a three day-visit that will also include a White House state dinner, the first dinner of its kind for a Chinese leader in 13 years.

CNN reports that the Chinese media has stated Hu “will stress how a constructive, comprehensive partnership between the powers could be mutually beneficial and help ensure stability in Asia and worldwide, despite differences between Beijing and Washington.”

The American media, meanwhile, is heralding this important visit with…CHINESE FOOD JOKES!

At least ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) is. As President Hu’s plane arrived, Tapper authored this tweet, which has since been deleted:

Continue reading DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! ABC News’ Sr. White House Correspondent @jaketapper

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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Kenneth Tong And The Size Zero In The Room

January 14th, 2011 | 1 comment | Posted by jasmine

Dear Mr. Kenneth Tong:

Earlier this week, I started reading stories about you and this idea of “managed anorexia,” a Twitter campaign you launched then claimed was a hoax, but only, it seems, after a journalist mentioned the possibility of legal action against you because of it.

I sent a few links about this story to Jen and Diana, the editors of this blog. As their intern, it’s part of my job to look for stories they may want to write about on the site.

I figured you were a shoo-in for “DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK,” a weekly dishonor given to someone or something that has done something so foul and terrible that we may all be worse off because of it. Something so bad it’s almost worth not writing about but for the fact that we have to warn others about the bullshit you’ve perpetrated.

Also, I figured that having DOTW on your resume would be a natural fit for someone whose only previous claim to fame was as a contestant on “Big Brother UK”.

They asked if I could write a response to you and to your story. They asked me to do this because I first alerted them to it, and because I seemed pretty well invested in taking you down.

I also wonder if they asked me to do this because I’m fat.

So, Mr. Kenneth Tong, I want to thank you.

Thank you for causing even a fraction of a millisecond of a doubt in my mind about the reason behind Jen and Diana asking me to write this story.

Thank you for taking it upon yourself to use Twitter to bully and harass the women who were unfortunate enough to read your posts.

Thank you for showing the world the truth of the hate that you have for fat people, for women, for people with eating disorders, for the people who love them, and for pretty much every decent person on earth.

Thank you for using anorexia, an eating disorder, and exploiting it for the sake of an experiment “to go from nowhere to be a globally recognized figure within a week harnessing the power of the internet and specifically Twitter.” I’m sure that people suffering from anorexia and other eating disorders were happy they could lend a hand in the effort to promote you.

Thank you for using the interviews you’ve given to the press since you began this awful game (because it’s just a game to you, isn’t it?) to promote yourself instead of clearing up any assertions you made about anorexia, or to offer real apologizes to anyone you may have offended or harmed.

Thank you for re-tweeting every single negative message you received on Twitter in response to “managed anorexia”, because it shows you really only care about yourself.

Thank you for showing me that when I thought I’d heard every insult and every bad word you could hurl at a fat person, you came up with even more.

Thank you for making me think about you, and how much I hate what you have to say, when really I would have been much better off focusing on more important things like who I think is going to win big at The Golden Globes on Sunday, or cleaning my bathroom.

Thank you for making me fearful of posting a picture of myself on-line, of writing this post, of showing people who I am, because now all I can think of is being judged or, even worse, being ignored, because I am fat.

Yours,

Jasmine (aka, Fatso, Fatty Fat Fat, Fat Bitch, and so on and so forth)

[Evening Standard: A size zero pill, reality TV celebrity Kenneth Tong and a perfect storm on Twitter]
[Kenneth Tong on Twitter]

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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! The Yao Ming “Made In China” Meme

December 17th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Yao Ming has suffered yet another foot injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season and has some people wondering if this doesn’t signal the end of his NBA career.

So what do you do when the career of one of the NBA’s good guys is in jeopardy?  Cue the Yao Ming-Made In China jokes!

Is this meme “racist or stereotypical”?  Good question, “Joey”!

And the answer is: No! It’s racist and stereotypical!  Stay classy, Tweeps.

[NY Times: Yao Ming's Fragile Feet Could End Career]

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DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! Newt Gingrich’s Pearl Harbor Values

December 7th, 2010 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

Today marks the 69th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. And nothing says “honoring the dead” or “remembering the fallen” quite like… “BUY MY CRAPTASTICALLY WRITTEN HISTORICAL NOVELS.”

From the Twitter account of family values-valuer and one-man America-saving machine, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich:

(And, hey, you can currently buy both of these books at the special discounted price of $10.09 at Newt’s Official Online Store! Take that, Radical Secular-Socialism!)

Gawker reports that Newt’s heartfelt Pearl Harbor remembrance has since been deleted. Now if only Newt, who’s considering a presidential run in 2012, could disappear as well.

[via Gawker]
[NY Times: An Assault on Hawaii. On Grammar Too. (Review of Gingrich's 'Pearl Harbor')]

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DOUBLE DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! Alicia Machado & Paulina Rubio

December 1st, 2010 | 1 comment | Posted by Diana

If Alicia Machado, actress/singer and former Miss Universe, hadn’t quit Twitter, perhaps she would’ve continued to chat with her pal, Mexican singer/actress Paulina Rubio, about the recent public outcry against her prayers for The Chinas. We imagine it might have gone something like…

YoSoyMzUniverse96* Alicia Machado
Me encanta @paurubio, thx 4 ur support w/ all the china drrama! ppl r stoopid

paurubio Paulina Rubio
@yosoymzuniverse96 Hay girl! Dont let haterz hate. All thoz Japanes look the same!

YoSoyMzUniverse96 Alicia Machado
@paurubio wut ppl dont understand is i’m really a good person, jus wanted every1 to pray for those chinese ppl that are being attacked, not the 1s who attacked or nuthing

paurubio Paulina Rubio
@yosoymzuniverse96 besos chica! ppl should be proud that such a hot mama knows so much abt current news affairs. n korea is same place as n asia/s japan, etc. all look same N E wayz Continue reading DOUBLE DISGWITTER OF THE WEAK! Alicia Machado & Paulina Rubio

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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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