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PAGE TURNER: The Third Annual Asian American Literature Festival, is happening Saturday, October 29 in Brooklyn. No time to rub elbows with authors like Jessica Hagedorn and Junot Diaz, but still want to show your support? Pledge to their Kickstarter fund instead! [pageturner.org]
Awesome Asian good guys alert! Patrick Epino and Stephen Dypiangco are the Fil-Am filmmakers behind our new favorite YouTube channel, the National Film Society. Check out their video, “Awesome Asian Bad Guys.” [National Film Society]
Asian Crew Inc. has one simple mission in selling t-shirts with anti-stereotyping messages: to “fight stereotypes, one obnoxious statement at a time.” [Asian Crew Inc.]
Filed under: Asian Crew Clothing, Asian Crew Inc., Awesome Asian Bad Guys, DISGRASIAN's Extracurricular Activities, Kollaboration, Kollaboration 11, National Film Society, Page Turner, PAGE TURNER: The Third Annual Asian American Literature Festival, Patrick Epino, Stephen Dypiangco, YouTube
Check out this video of two toddlers dancing and singing “Hey Ya.” You’re welcome. [YouTube]
Actor/comedian/doctor and all-around Amazian Ken Jeong might be the best dressed photo-bomber of all time. [GQ]
Gawker’s compiled the best memes inspired by the Murdoch Bitch-Slap Hearing. [Gawker]
Wonder how Wendi Murdoch married a billionaire? Wonder no more, as the Beijing Moral Education Center for Women is teaching Chinese ladies the “morals” of marrying rich. Or something like that. [Yahoo!]
Filed under: Beijing Moral Education Center for Women, David Sedaris, GQ, Intern Jasmine's Links of the Daysian, Jeff Yang, Ken Jeong, Nissan, Nissan LEAF, Rupert Murdoch, U.K. Guardian, Wendi Deng Murdoch, Wendi Murdoch, YouTube
But you already knew that, right? Because if Ms. Wallace had any understanding of how the Interwebz works, she might have anticipated the overwhelming and overwhelmingly negative response her video “Asians In The Library” would receive and nipped–no pun intended–the idea in the bud, continuing her college career instead in the usual quiet, polite, epiphanic-manner in which she’s clearly always conducted herself.
Further evidence of her ignorance–web-related and otherwise–surfaced today in Wallace’s hometown paper, The Sacramento Bee, in which it was revealed that Wallace’s father had written on his Facebook page last Friday morning, around the time Wallace posted the video:
“My daughter wants to start a blog. She’s asking for domain suggestions for ‘Asians on their cellphones in the library!’ She’s shooting videos as I write.”
“ASKING FOR DOMAIN SUGGESTIONS”???
Okay, look. I’m not even taking issue with the fact that she at some point thought making “Asians In The Library” into some kind of serial thing was a good idea or that she thought her dad would be the most appropriate counsel for matters pertaining to the youngs or even that her dad didn’t judge her blog idea to be totally racist and wack and think to intervene with a little fatherly advice–but, while we’re on the subject, what up with that?–I’m taking issue with the fact that THE DOMAIN SUGGESTION WAS RIGHT UNDER HER GODDAMN NOSE AND SHE COULDN’T SEE IT.
Filed under: Alexandra Wallace, Alexandra Wallace Racist Rant, Asians In The Library, Asians in the Library Remix, Ching Chong Ling Long Ting Tong, Draculo, Draculo Asians in the Library Remix, Internet Fame, Memes, Racist Rants, Really Dumb People, UCLA, UCLA student Alexandra Wallace, UCLA Student Racist Rant, Viral Videos, We're Taking Over Everything, YouTube
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 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.
Filed under: Alexandra Wallace, Asians In The Library, Assholes, Cheesedicks, Ching Ching Ling Long Ting Tong, Chinglish, Dickburgers, Dickfaces, Dumbasses, Earthquake, Gnomes, God Is So Good, Hangovers, Idiots, Internet Memes, Japan, Racists, Trolls, Tsunami, Twitter, UCLA, YouTube
A Vancouver (Not Whistler Mountain Vancouver, but the Vancouver, WA near PDX airport) dance company from Groove Nation studio entered a competition last month–with a routine that choreographer Julio Fuentes set to 8 minutes of K-Pop music.
Not a common choice for an American high schoolers’ dance troupe! Fuentes even posted a video of the performance on YouTube. And as you can see, it’s sassy and adorable.:
What Fuentes didn’t expect is that the little video of his teens dancing their hearts out in a gym would suddenly take off globally. It quickly went viral in South Korea, and currently has 515,143 views.
What’s more, YouTube’s trendwatchers report that Groove Nation’s second performance, posted two days ago, was among the Most Shared Videos in South Korea, as well as one of the most watched videos among South Korean girls ages 13-17. It already has nearly 22,000 views.
Ya gotta hand it to South Koreans–they know how to give ‘net love. Which has me thinking… JEN, GRAB YOUR LEOTARD. WE’RE MAKING A K-POP DANCE VIDEO!
Filed under: Dance Companies, Dancing is Fun, Going Viral, Groove Nation, Homage?, Julio Fuentes, K-Pop, K-pop Till You Can't Stop, South Korea, Teens, Viral Videos, YouTube, YouTube Sensations, YouTube Trends
So my latest troll down YouTube lane began with a link from my friend, Doug. It led to a video (removed from YouTube today) posted by an American gent in his fifties (and bearing an uncanny likeness to Captain Kangaroo). In it, he wears a custom hachimaki and dances wackily in front of the screen projection of a music video from the J-pop band Perfume. The man, who goes by the YouTube handle Perfume444, gleefully professes his longstanding love for Perfume–particularly his favorite member of the trio, A-Chan, as he makes kissing motions to her video lips. He smiles the biggest grin I’ve seen on a human being in weeks. The piece ends with a scrolling caption: “I really, really, really LOVE Perfume!!!”
I thought, instantly: DISGRASIAN. A snap judgment, yes, but I doubt I was the only one who would have made it.
But I needed to see more. So I clicked through to his YouTube channel. Quickly, I saw that Frank (Perfume444) had something to say for himself in the “About Me” section:
PERFUME 444 CHANNEL IS NOT ABOUT PEOPLE SEEING ME…ITS ABOUT ME THANKING PERFUME FOR ALL THAT THEY HAVE DONE !!!
I have been to Japan in 2003 and 2005.. I play Drums so did 2 small tours in Japan. I LOVE JAPAN !!!! I miss it so much. The Japanese People are so kind and wonderful. I really feel like my soul is Japanese. About Perfume… I got into Perfume in early 2006. I was looking for Japan stuff on youtube, all kinds of music from Japan and I found Perfume. The song Akihabalove was the first one I heard. I fell in love with that song and the girls. I watched the beehive cam on youtube and watched them grow up. So my love for them is like a father daughter love. Not sex because they were so young at the time. Even now I still see them as big kids, NOT sex objects. Anyway…about the Music… I was hooked, It was so different then anything I heard before. my all time favorite song is Seventh heaven…It all ways makes me cry. I also love Secret Secret , Foundation, computer city, Macaroni, Edge , ” jenny in a bad mood ” wonder 2, Polyrhythm,Baby cruising love , Vitamin Drop, yes Its heard to pick just one song. A-Chan is my favorite. If I was 20 yrs old I would want to marry her. But Im not ! Im 55 yrs old. But perfume music makes me feel happy and young I wish I could find some one like A-Chan. She is the most beautiful person I have ever seen. her heart and sole are heaven ! The person that marries her will be the luckiest person on earth.
Well, shit, the words were sweet as perfume. AND LITTERED WITH RED FLAGS. (Quick, another snap judgment: Frank is a full-on Nippon perv who clearly thinks of the 21 and 22-year-old members of Perfume as sex objects. I mean, hello, read the “About Me” excerpt!)
But first, more proof. More videos. Needed to see more creepy, pervy, proofy videos. But my eyes slid to the right and glimpsed this user comment:
Continue reading He Really, Really, Really Loves Perfume
Filed under: 4Chan, A-Chan, Captain Kangaroo, Creepy Old Dudes, Frank Evins, Happy Birthday Kashiyuka Video, Internet Memes, J-Pop, Japan, Kashiyuka, Nippon, Nocchi, Perfume, Perfume444, Pervs, Snap Judgments, Squirrel Glider, Wormholes, WTF?, YouTube, YouTube Is a Sordid Place
The story could’ve seemed a little sketchy. An Aussie named James West was cc’d on an American Tran family’s emails for three years (there is, in fact, an American “Jimmy” West related to the family). And though he generally trashed the emails as SPAM, this year, he got interested. He read through a thread as it built up to the Thanksgiving holiday–intrigued by talk of famous deviled eggs, “hoppy” beer and cheese broccoli casserole–and realized something: he wanted to attend the Tran family Thanksgiving. More importantly, he had to track down the Trans, and fast.
But he couldn’t just creepily stalk the family, he had to come clean first. If you’re going to pursue a strange family, you have to do it out in the open. So he took to YouTube:
In one of the most interesting social experiments of recent times, West documented his search for the family as he raced against the clock in order to hop on a plane to Florida in time for Turkey Day, if only to figure out what “Stove Top” was–all while building a supportive groundswell among the YouTube community.
Not only did he find them, but they welcomed him into their home for what seemed like a truly lovely Thanksgiving dinner. A happy ending indeed!
Jen and I went to see Twilight: Eclipse this week at a matinee screening, flanked by squealing/clapping/giggling/screaming little girls. We were like the cackling old ladies in the back, clicking our clogs (that was Jen) and quietly whispering pervy remarks (that was me) every time some young buck with a killer instinct and lots of issues appeared on the screen.
Wait, we weren’t like the cackling old ladies. We were the cackling old ladies! Wuh oh.
I can say with confidence that Eclipse was better than the first two Twilight movies. The only thing is that my gauge for greatness is based entirely on the number of times Taylor Lautner appears onscreen without a shirt on (I was keeping tally marks, but lost count after becoming completely enveloped in raging fantasies mid-flick). Sigh. That’s a little sick, right? But you GUYS, he’s EIGHTEEN!
Since the matinee, I’ve been in a bit of a TayTay frenzy (Please don’t check my Firefox history to see how many times I’ve Googled “Taylor Lautner shirtless” in the last few days. Okay, 12.). So when my friend Yennie linked me up to something called “Twilight Eclipse Interactive,” of course I quickly clicked through (hell, I want to “interact” with you-know-who)…
Continue reading Twilight: Eclipse Interactive–Even In 8-Bits, TayTay’s Body Don’t Quit
Filed under: Bella, Cougars, Edward, Hotness, Interactivity, Jacob Black, Kristen Stewart, Nintendo, Precocious Teens, Ripped Bodies, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Twilight Eclipse, Twilight the Movie, Video Games, YouTube, Zelda
Name: Freddie Wong
Hails from: LA (via Seattle)
Occupation: YouTube star, budding filmmaker, video enthusiast, Guitar Hero pro
Known for: Well, he actually says it best…
“Most people know me from my brief stint as a professional Guitar Hero/Rock Band player.
When I am not rocking faces with plastic, I am a filmmaker and musician in Los Angeles.”
Like 7,166,489 other people, we first encountered Wong when he released a sick video of himself rocking Rush’s “YYZ” on Guitar Hero’s expert level, and watched with nodding approval as he rose quick as crème fraîche to the top of the pro GH ranks.
But Wong’s real gifts, as highlighted by NewTeeVee’s Liz Shannon Miller this week, lie in Continue reading AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! Freddie Wong
Filed under: Angelenos, Bloggers, Film Geeks, Filmmakers, Freddie Wong, Guitar Hero, Musicians, OK Go, Rock Band, Rocking Faces, Rush, Seattle, So Nerdy It's Fantastic, YouTube, YouTube Sensations, YYZ
Name: Michelle Phan
Occupation: Makeup artist, YouTube sensation, and Lancôme spokesperson
Why She’s a Babe: Because as YouTube’s #1 beauty vlogger–her videos have been viewed over 150 million times–Michelle Phan is helping other chicks look like babes, and that’s a beautiful thing. Also, it takes courage to face millions of viewers without a lick of makeup–you may not know it, but we wear a shit-ton when we vlog–and au naturel is how she begins each video. (It helps, of course, that Michelle’s skin is flawless and seems to be utterly lacking in pores. Bitch!) While some of the Vietnamese American makeup artist’s tutorials are cute gimmicks–like the Barbie doll one, a look she demo’ed without using a mirror–and some verge on the clichésian, like the Geisha Halloween or Anime Eyes videos, many of her videos are just plain useful, which explains why Lancôme recently signed her as their official video makeup artist in an unprecedented contract for someone who got their start on the interwebz. Peep our favorites below. Even if you’re not into makeup, you may find yourself mesmerized by Michelle’s eerily calm demeanor and soothing voice.
Makeup For Glasses (aka Makeup For Diana):
5 Minutes Makeup (aka Makeup For Really Fucking Impatient People, aka Makeup For Jen):
Filed under: 1, Beauty Bloggers, firsts, Geisha Makeup, Lancome, Makeup, Makeup Artists, Michelle Phan, Number Ones, RiceBunny, Vietnamese-Americans, Vloggers, YouTube, YouTube Sensations, YouTube Tutorials
Am I the only who thinks that a YouTube video called “Apolo Ohno Crotch Shot” should have far more than 7,601 views?
Filed under: Apolo Anton Ohno, Apolo Ohno, Bathing Suit Areas, Crotch Shots, Dicks, Extreme Closeups, Numbers, Packages, Penises, Small Penis Jokes, Speed Skaters, Surprises, Weiners, YouTube, YouTube Gems
How To Draw Asian Women…Or Cracked-Out, Leathery, Plastic-Surgeried Italian Designers, As It Were [VIDEO]
There are so many things wrong with this little one-and-a-half-minute how-to video, “How to Draw Asian Women”:
But I’ll just name two.
- The premise
- The fact that the end result is a dead ringer for Donatella Versace