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Award-winning children's book publisher is accepting manuscripts for picture books.



Hey authors! Do you have a story to share with young readers? Want a chance to get published? Lee & Low Books, award-winning publisher of children's books, is now accepting submissions for the eighteenth annual New Voices Award. The Award will given for a children's picture book manuscript by a writer of color.

Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent. Past New Voices Award submissions published by Lee & Low include The Blue Roses, winner of the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People; Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story, a Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist selection; and It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award Honor.

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California Supreme Court grants posthumous bar admission to Sei Fujii, who was denied because of his race.



Law school is no joke. Imagine busting your ass, making it through and graduating from law school, only to learn that you are ineligible to practice law because you're not white.

That's what happened to Sei Fujii, a Japanese immigrant who was denied a license to practice law in California in 1911 because of his race. He received his license this week from the California Supreme Court -- over sixty years after his death.

Fujii immigrated to the United States in 1903 and received a law degree from the University of Southern California. At the time, California law barred legal licenses for immigrants who were ineligible for citizenship, and naturalization, according to federal law, was limited to "free white person" and those of African descent.

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Asian American Advancing Justice is accepting applications for the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit.



Hey, Asian American and Pacific Islander student leaders! Heads up. Are you an organizer on campus? Are you passionate about serving your community? Do you want to elevate Asian American and Pacific Islander issues to a national level? Asian Americans Advancing Justice is currently accepting applications for the Youth Leadership Summit, happening September 14-16 in Washington DC.

The Youth Leadership Summit is a three-day leadership development program for high achieving college students. The Summit brings a group of student leaders to D.C. for advocacy trainings and leadership development workshops focused on civic engagement, providing a unique opportunity for young advocates from across the country to both interact with their peers as well as learn from and network with national leaders.

But get your application together today -- they're due on May 31.

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Casting call seeks Chinese American women to participate in research for the show.



There's apparently a Joy Luck Club television series in the works. Whaaaaaaat. Somebody -- Ellen DeGeneres, possibly(!?) -- is developing a new television series based on Amy Tan's widely-read 1989 novel, and they're putting the call out to Chinese American women to be part of a discussion as research for the show.

According to this casting call, producers are seeking a "professionally diverse group of Chinese American born women," ages of 26 to 34 years old in the San Francisco area, to "discuss their lives as a Chinese American female in today's society." The project will take place on June 20 in San Francisco.

Here's the casting call:

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Asian AF Goes to New York!

May. 24th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Tuesday, June 27 at UCB East Village.



New Yooooork! Asian AF is making its way out east! The landmark, acclaimed, kind of sort of famous Asian American variety show travels from the west coast to New York City, bringing its special brand of shit-talking Asian as F comedy to the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, hosted by Keiko Agena and Will Choi. This is your chance to see the show that's been selling out every single month in Los Angeles.

It's happening Tuesday, June 27 at UCB East Village. Here are some more details:

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Vanity Fair celebrates the Star Wars saga's 40th anniversary with four 'Last Jedi' covers.



As the Star Wars franchise prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary this week, the latest issue of Vanity Fair features not one but four different covers from the set of Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz. One of the covers includes the saga's newest character, Rose, played by Kelly Marie Tran, alongside Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron and John Boyega as Finn.

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Saturday, June 10 at UCB Sunset



Los Angeles! Get your ass ready for some laughs. Asian AF returns! The first monthly Asian American variety show at the famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is back, with special guest Suzy Nakamura from Dr. Ken, and maybe some other rad guests. It's happening Saturday, June 10 at UCB Sunset in Hollywood.

Here are some more details about the show:

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"...insightful, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking glimpse into activism, social justice, and nonprofit life."



Here's a fun-looking project that could use your crowd-funding support. Created by Luann Algoso, Nonprofit is a webseries that follows Gabby, "a spunky, idealistic Filipina organizer as she navigates relationships, friendship, family, and the realities of activism in and out of nonprofit." It's a story about finding love, searching for fulfillment in work, and navigating our life purpose.

If you recognize the ups and downs of the nonprofit hustle, this series is for you.

25-year-old Gabby Antonio just started as a community organizer at APIISA (Asian Pacific Islanders in Solidarity Alliance) a social justice nonprofit in Portland. The pilot follows Gabby as she stumbles through the planning of her first major community event, while also dealing with an incompetent boss, white savior canvassers, and all while managing her panic attacks through use of her favorite hot pink vibrator.

Here's a preview:

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'Snowpiercer' auteur's latest film premieres on Netflix on June 28.



Fresh from its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, here's the crazy new trailer for Okja, the story of a little girl trying to reunite with her genetically engineered super-pig pet.

Director Bong Joon Ho, the Korean auteur behind such films as The Host and Snowpiercer, has assembled an international ensemble that includes the likes of Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Seo-Hyun Ahn, Steven Yeun, Lily Collins and Jake Gyllanhaal, who all cross paths in the battle to control of this monstrously giant pig.

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Casting call seeks Chinese actor to play teenage Bruce in 'Little Dragon.'



I'm not sure how legit this is, but this flyer, recently spotted in a tea shop in Los Angeles' Chinatown, appears to be a casting call for the upcoming Bruce Lee biopic Little Dragon.

According to the flyer, Betty Mae Casting is searching a 16 to 18-year-old English-speaking Chinese actor "with a winning smile and wonderful sense of humor." Previous reporting stated that a worldwide search was underway to cast the role. If they're really posting flyers in tea shops, it looks like they're really are searching high and low to find the right guy to play the young Bruce Lee.

Here's the full flyer:

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June Chu, Dean of Pierson College, wrote controversial remarks on Yelp reviews of local businesses.



At Yale University, a dean has been placed on leave after writing controversial remarks on her Yelp reviews of local businesses, including calling people who dined at one restaurant "white trash."

Yale dean placed on leave after calling people 'white trash' on Yelp

June Chu, Dean of Pierson College, has been reportedly restricted from her duties at the residential college after several of her past Yelp postings came to light. In one review for a Japanese restaurant, written seven months ago, Chu wrote that going to the restaurant is the "perfect night out for you" if you are "white trash."

"This establishment is definitely not authentic by any stretch of any imagination and perfect for those low class folks who believe this is a real night out," she wrote.

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The story of how the footage made its way to CAAM, into 'The Chinese Exclusion Act' and back to its family.



In November 2014, the Center for Asian American Media published a blog post asking for help identifying a "mystery film" that had come to CAAM's Memories to Light: Asian American Home Movies initiative.

The footage shows a birthday party for a family elder in either the 1940s or 1950s. It is entirely in black and whtie and shows many family members in attendance. The family is made up of people of all ages, with the women wearing cheongsames (qipaos) and the men wearing Western suits. The family elder wears a dark suit and is frequently shown holding a framed golden peach, a symbol of longevity.

The blog post was shared by this blog and other outlets, but nobody stepped forward to claim the footage. It seemed to remain an eternal mystery, just another unclaimed home movie languishing in an archive. Now, in the PBS and CAAM co-produced documentary The Chinese Exclusion Act, that footage has been used and incorporated into a larger history -- and as a result of it, the footage has been reunited with its family.

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May. 21st, 2017 07:53 pm
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Basically Nobody Knows Who Counts As An Asian Person: According to new research from the National Asian American Survey, many people don't know who exactly can be technically considered Asian... including some Asians themselves.

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The Slavemaster's Son: How do you tell a story of modern-day slavery? Illustrator Sukjong Hong breaks down some of the controversy of Alex Tizon's Atlantic piece about his family's slave, Eudocia Tomas Pulido.

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3 Filipina-American Journalists Discuss 'My Family's Slave' And Who Gets To Judge It: HuffPo journalists Carla Herreria, Danielle Datu, and Dzana Ashworth discuss Tizon's piece. In this group chat, they grapple with race, class, and who gets to tell what stories.

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Indian Americans Reckon With Reality Of Hate Crimes: Srinivas Kuchibhotla was a 32-year-old Indian engineer was tragically killed in a hate crime. How has Kuchibhotla's death generated an unusual degree of alarm in the Indian community, including segments that have not otherwise been politicized?

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The Case for Renaming Boalt Hall: UC Berkeley's School of Law's Boalt Hall is named for John Henry Boalt, who helped get the Chinese Exclusion Act passed.

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On Star Trek: Discovery and Michelle Yeoh's accent: "This article is about one specific moment in the trailer: when Michelle Yeoh's character, Captain Philippa Georgiou, speaks for the first time."

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For the poet Bao Phi, a violent past is never far away: Bao Phi's new book of poetry, Thousand Star Hotel deals with the legacy of that trauma, and what it was like to be a working class kid of color growing up in the Philips neighborhood of Minneapolis.

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Comic Hasan Minhaj On Roasting Trump And Growing Up A 'Third Culture Kid': In his one-man standup show Homecoming King, Hasan Minhaj talks about growing up caught between cultures.

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Bambu: 'My Music Is Here To Push People To Organize': Jonah Deocampo, aka Bambu DePistola, talks to NPR about his youth in Los Angeles, why hip-hop appealed to him as the child of immigrants and how he's responded to critics who say his music is too negative.

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Life Hacks: An Interview with Yumi Sakugawa: Yumi Sakugawa's latest book, The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful, is a gorgeously illustrated manual of tips and tricks and DIY projects, designed to make your life, well, happier, healthier, and more beautiful.

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How Milck's Women's March Anthem "Quiet" Went Viral and Changed Her Life: Singer-songwriter Connie K. Lim, who performs under the name MILCK, released her empowerment anthem "Quiet" three days before the Women's March on January 21st. She had no idea that it would go so viral.

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Nonprofit Web Series: Itching for more women of color narratives in media? Luann Algoso needs funds to produce episodes of the web series Nonprofit, which follows Gabby, a Filipina organizer as she navigates relationships, family, and the realities of activism.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Reading Rich People Problems: The final chapter of Kevin Kwan's trilogy comes out May 23. Here, a cheat sheet to help you sort out some of the major players and storylines from the first two books before you settle down with the third book, Rich People Problems.

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The "Asian Whole Foods" Is Expanding Across The San Gabriel Valley: LOHAS Fresh Mart is a boutique Asian grocery store chain with four locations in the San Gabriel Valley. They call it the "Asian Whole Foods."



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Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.



What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

This week, we welcomed actor/writer Kelvin Yu, who talked about being inspired by Ben Vereen, escaping the trap of the TV legal drama, and his newfound status as a hottie on a "top tier" streaming series.

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"You can rule the world with a community of fierce sisters at your side."


Photo Credit: Reflections by Stephanie

Hello, good readers of this website! You know what time it is. Time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Priscilla Huang.

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Watch the new trailer for 'Star Trek: Discovery.'



Hell yes. Fellow Trekkies, rejoice. The first-look trailer for the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery has dropped, and the latest foray into the final frontier looks pretty damn awesome, not least because of one badass looking starship captain in the form of one Michelle Yeoh. MICHELLE FRICKIN YEOH.

The newest entry in the long-running sci-fi franchise, set ten years before the original series, follows "the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself."

That one Starfleet officer is Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham, who we see with Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou, captain of the USS Zhenzhou, in the opening moments of the trailer:

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An interview with Dinh Thai, writer/director of the HBO award-winning short film.



Writer/director Dinh Thai's film Monday, first place winner of the HBO's inaugural Asian Pacific American Visionaries short film competition, started as a funny idea about a guy who could transform himself into different individuals and adapt his language and behavior, depending on the situation. It eventually evolved into a dramatic short about Kwan (Kevin David Lin), a young hustler who navigates through various Los Angeles cliques while facing racism, danger, and a moral struggle with his illicit occupation.

Monday is currently available for viewing on HBO platforms throughout this month, along with the other winning films, Tiffanie Hsu's Wonderland and Jingyi Shao's Toenail. I recently chatted with Dinh about the origins of Monday, the art of code-switching in film and real life, and one of the major creative influences on his film.

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By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.


Zach McGowan (left), who is not Native Hawaiian, has been cast to play Ben Kanahele (right) in the upcoming "Ni'ihau" film.

Last week, Deadline broke the story that writer/director Gabriel Robertson (EastEnders, Bucket, The Gift) was attached to write and direct a feature film based on the infamous so-called "Ni'ihau Incident." Deadline further reported that actor Zach McGowan (Dracula Untold, Terminator: Salvation, Black Sails) -- who is not Native Hawaiian -- had been cast in the leading role of Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele, a historical figure and Ni'ihuaian who was awarded a Purple Heart for his role in the incident.

News of McGowan's casting triggered immediate backlash from Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander activists, who accused the filmmakers of using "Polyface" to whitewash the character of Ben Kanahele. In addition, Asian Americans criticized early buzz surrounding the planned "Ni'ihau" film, which described the incident as a "catalyst" for Japanese American incarceration (Editor's Note: see JACL's Power of Words handbook).

In truth, the events at Ni'ihau Incident was co-opted by hardline conservatives to provide a veil of legitimacy to obscure the racist and anti-Asian motives behind Japanese American incarceration. History has since confirmed that Executive Order 9066 — which led to the forcible removal of over a hundred thousand Japanese and Japanese American civilians — was not based in significant military intelligence showing that Japanese Americans were untrustworthy; rather, Japanese American incarceration emerged as the latest escalation in a decades-long pattern of legalized anti-Asian and anti-Japanese harassment and criminalization.

Online outcry against "Ni'ihau" was fervent, taking the shape of memes, Twitter threads, and long-form thinkpieces. As it turns out, the filmmakers behind the planned "Ni'ihau" film were listening; and, they weren't very receptive to the criticism.

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By Michelle Lim, Voting Rights Policy Advocate. Cross-Posted from Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA.



My grandpa and me cheering on the Houston Astros -- our last home game before I moved to Los Angeles.

On Monday night, at the dinner table, my 79-year-old grandpa asked my mom if he will be safe driving around since SB4 was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday, May 7th. I was speechless when my mom told me this over the phone. My family lives in Katy, Texas, a city within the Houston metropolitan area. I did not know what to tell her, and I couldn't make any promises that SB4 would not affect our family.

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Read These Blogs

May. 14th, 2017 10:34 pm
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A Letter to My Mother That She Will Never Read: "When does a war end? When can I say your name and have it mean only your name and not what you left behind?"

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'First you make them laugh:' Asian-American performers fight for visibility: In the fight against what Asian-American actors see as their underrepresentation in Hollywood, what better weapon than humor?

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The Blessing (And Curse?) Of Miss Saigon: Miss Saigon has returned to Broadway. When the hit musical was first performed was controversial for its stereotypes and story and casting choices. Code Switch's Kat Chow explores Miss Saigon's journey in 2017.

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Whose Kansas Is it Anyway?: WNYC's Arun Venugopal traveled to Kansas to speak with members of the Indian community about how they're dealing with the recent deaths resulting from hate crime, and with their changing status in America.

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9 Times Non-Asians Completely Screwed Up Asian Food And We Lost Our Appetites: Banh Mi bagels with cheese, banana sushi, chopsticks with Filipino ribs... Why do they keep doing this?

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This Immigrant Found His 'American Dream' In Inspiring Others To Give Back: TV journalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and motivational speaker Toan Lam is motivated to help others in part because of his own immigrant experience.

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The Narrator Of HGTV's "House Hunters" Is Ready To Step Out From The Shadows: House Hunters and its many spinoffs are a pop culture phenomenon, but the iconic narrator has always been heard and not seen -- until now.

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Jeremy Lin details the racism he dealt with while playing at Harvard: On a recent podcast, Jeremy Lin told some disturbing stories about racism that he dealt with during his college career at Harvard.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Turned Mantis Into the Butt of a Joke: Instead of being a kickass cosmic hero in her own right, the Mantis portrayed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was little more than a stereotype and the butt of numerous jokes.

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Aziz Ansari on the Return of 'Master of None' and that 'S.N.L.' Monologue: Aziz Ansari, co-creator and star of the Netflix series Master of None, talks about his obsession with making pasta, among other things.

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'Master of None's' Alan Yang Isn't Laughing at Your Dumb Asian Joke: Master of None co-creator, executive producer and writer Alan Yang talks about new season, dating less white people, and just how political the show's aims really are.

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15 Times Constance Wu Was A Goddamn Gift To The World: Yet another fine BuzzFeed list in appreciation of Fresh Off The Boat star Constance Wu.

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A Radical Universe Of Self-Care: A strange world where women of all colors, sizes, and styles partake in self-care, guilt-free: The Little Book of Life Hacks by comic artist Yumi Sakugawa -- Get this book!

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Interview: Andrew Choi (St. Lenox): Andrew Choi, the vocalist behind St. Lenox, talks about the band's latest album, Ten Hymns from My American Gothic, his background as a classically-trained musician in a Korean American household, and what Choi's plans are for the future.

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From Korea to the NFL: One Rookie's Unexpected Journey to the Bolts: When Younghoe Koo arrived to the U.S. from South Korea in 2006, he had no idea what the NFL was. So how did he end up on the Bolts?



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