This has been breaking all last week, but in case you haven't heard, Vietnamese immigrant and California congressional candidate Tan Nguyen has been linked to the 14,000 letters sent out to Spanish speakers, warning immigrants that they could be arrested if they tried to vote. Read Chronicle article here. Is it just me, or is this totally sick?
Just a reminder, Bay Area folks, that Michael Kang's The Motel opens tomorrow in San Francisco and Berkeley. And just to tie this into title of this post, let me mention that hottie Sung Kang is in this film, playing Sam, a hard-partying, womanizing rogue who visits the motel with a lady on his arm. (You may remember him as Han from Better Luck Tomorrow where he was likewise getting it on with the ladies.)
Also, this weekend:
Launch party for the Asian Men REDefined 2007 Calendar this Saturday. Proceeds from the calendar benefit Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center, a nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organization.
I'm not sure if this opinion writer for the UCLA Daily Bruin is trying to be funny, but if he is, he's not succeeding. Jed Levine's premise is that the problem with UCLA is that there are too many Asian American students and their numbers should be limited so more space can be given to the real underrepresented groups.
San Diego, get ready! Tomorrow, the San Diego Asian Film Festival kicks off. Our friends there have an impressive lineup. "Journey From The Fall" -- Ham Tran's tale of a Vietnamese American family struggles during and after the Vietnam War is playing tomorrow night and is already sold out. Other great stuff: "Punching at the Sun" and "Colma: The Musical" (By the way, we interview the filmmakers of both these films in the next issue of Hyphen, which is coming out any day now.)
Click here for the schedule. The festival continues through the 19th.
So, suicide has been on my brain lately. Not me committing it personally, but it seems to be popping up a lot. I went last weekend to see "The Science of Sleep" with Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg. See it! It's great. But before we got to see Gael's handsome mug, came the trailers. And I saw a one that I will never forget, for the rest of my life. Warning: This blog entry has turned out to be extremely depressing. and don't hold your breath for a happy ending.
Enjoyed this story about Scott Fujita, who is a linebacker for the New Orleans Saints. Fujita and his brother, who are both white, were adopted by Rod (a third-generation Japanese American) and Helen (who is white).
Dr. Neela Rasgotra (Parminder Nagra) married Dr. Michael Gallant (Sharif Atkins) on ER.
I don't know if this writer got the idea for her article by reading Hyphen's blog, but we touched upon Asian woman-black man TV couplings last year. She's done some research and makes some interesting points.
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