Watching Justice League this last week was my first exposure to Ezra Miller, the actor that played the superhuman speedster Flash on the iconic superhero team. Continue reading “What is Ezra Miller’s race? Is the young actor part-Asian or multi-racial?”
In this past weekend’s Run Barbados Marathon, a surprising video has surfaced that captured Tonya Nero of Trinidad & Tabago surpassing two competitors in a photo finish. Continue reading “The story behind the ‘Run Barbados’ marathon surprise finish and Facebook video”
Even if you’re not an NBA fan, there’s no escaping Stephen Curry. If he isn’t already, Curry is quickly becoming a household name.
It’s been a long time coming for Asian American male characters in the major comic book universes. We’ve had to be content with super-powered stereotypes Shang Chi, Sunfire and Collective Man, but we’ll finally have the first-ever Asian American lead character. Continue reading “Marvel finally has a major character that’s an Asian American male.. and it’s the Hulk!”
My problem with Rachal Dolezal isn’t that she identifies with the African-American community, it’s that she lied on several occasions. Continue reading “It’s not that Rachel Dolezal can’t be Black, it’s that she’s been willfully deceptive”
Another month, another Hollywood whitewashing of an Asian character. This month’s episode: Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’. Continue reading “Why Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’ apology matters (and it’s not because he’s sorry)”
I recently came across a passage that really resonated with me: Continue reading “The old Chappelle Show conundrum explains why race jokes are almost always a bad idea”
> NS;LX: Traditionally, the phrase not surprised; low expectations (abbreviated ns;lx) has been used as a concise manner to express how one is no longer amazed or shocked by behavior due to the historically predictable actions. Continue reading “Not Surprised; Low Expectations”
Love Vice’s Noisey Music article on M.I.A. – the piece argues how M.I.A. takes traditional imagery from South Asia, and other parts of the under-represented world, and forces it onto the world stage — to the confusion of Western journalists and sensibilities. Continue reading “Vice: M.I.A. pulls South Asia onto her world stage”
As Asian Americans who grew up playing basketball, my sister and I have a keen interest in the Jeremy Lin phenomenon. We identify with Lin in many ways, so we’ve found ourselves deeply-invested in his journey — so much so, that we cheer for him as if he were a part of our family.
Recently we went to the local pub to watch the Knicks take on the New Jersey Nets. We sat down next to an Asian family, who was also there to watch Jeremy Lin.
As the game went on, a man at the bar began cheering for the Nets. He exploded with a “YES!” and clapped intensely each time the Nets made a big play or went on a run. He ended up cheering a lot that night — it was clear that the Nets had the momentum and the Knicks couldn’t find a flow.
The Knicks would ultimately fall to the Nets, a disappointing loss after their triumph over the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks – a game that was nationally-televised the previous day.
Right as the game ended, the Nets fan stood up from the bar, faced our tables, and blurted out, “You chinks can’t win two straight!” before turning and walking toward the front door. Continue reading “Jeremy Lin Forces National Discussion on Asian Americans”