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"I get up on stage and talk about my butt."



Hey, everybody! It is time, once again, 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 Joel Kim Booster.

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Nets guard suffers ruptured patella tendon during Brooklyn's season opener.



Noooooooooooo! Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin has been diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee and is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-18 season, the team announced Thursday.

The injury occurred Wednesday night during the fourth quarter of Brooklyn's season-opener against the Indiana Pacers. Lin landed awkwardly on a drive to the basket and crumbled to court in obvious pain. His immediate emotional reaction seemed to indicate he knew the injury was pretty serious.

"I'm done," he said, shaking his head, before doubling over in anguish. It's painful to even watch.

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Yesterday, Vampirella #7 came out, my last issue on the title, which is now going to continue in the very able hands of Jeremy Whitley and current artist Andy Belanger.  I feel good about how the series landed, and the reviews seem to be saying that, now they’ve seen what we were aiming for, people have enjoyed it.  I wish the new creative team all the best.

Vampirella 7

(Cover by Andy Belanger, and such a great one too.)

On the television side of things, there was a little bit of potentially exciting news this week: here’s Variety announcing executive producer Vanessa Piazza’s new deal with eOne, including shows from Gail Simone, Zoe Whittall, and an adaptation of Masked, the super hero prose anthology edited by Lou Anders.  If that goes to series, I’ll be adapting my own story, I’m pleased to say, so fingers crossed.  Here’s executive producer (and an author from that anthology) Joseph Mallozzi, talking more about the project.

I’m currently in the middle of a new novel, and finding it tremendously liberating.  More news on that when and if.  Cheers.

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Upcoming live action TV series based on the DC Comics title.



Looks like we have a Beast Boy! Ryan Potter has been cast in the series regular role of Beast Boy in Titans, the upcoming live-action TV series adaptation based on the popular DC Comics title.

'Titans': Ryan Potter Cast As Beast Boy In Live-Action Series For DC Digital Service

Titans follows a group of "soon-to-be superheroes from every corner of the DC Universe." Recruited by Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), this fearless band of new heroes includes Starfire (Anna Diop), Raven (Teagan Croft), and of course, Garfield "Gar" Logan, aka Beast Boy.

As a child, Gar contracted a lethal disease on an African safari with his geneticist parents, only to experience some "bizarre side effects" after being treated with an experimental drug. In addition to his skin and hair turning permanently green, the wisecracking, fun-loving Beast Boy is able to transform himself into animals of any size.

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By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.



Charlyne Yi -- the award-winning actor, comedian, writer, and musician best known for her role as a series regular on House, her voice acting work on Steven Universe, and her starring role in Paper Heart which she also wrote -- took to Twitter earlier this week to describe her first encounter with writer, director and actor David Cross.

In a series of four tweets, Yi -- who is mixed race Filipinx and Korean American -- describes how when she first met Cross, Cross made fun of Yi for her appearance. When she didn't respond, Cross reportedly said: "What's a matter? You don't speak English?? Ching-Chong-Ching-Chong." Cross went on to mockingly challenge Yi to a karate match.

At the time of the encounter, Cross was over forty years old, and already an established comedian, writer and TV and film actor with several stand-up comedy specials already under his belt. Yi was a veritable newcomer to the comedy and acting scene, and was only about twenty years old.







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Celebrate 18MR's five years of organizing Asian Americans online.



Just wanted to point your attention to this awesome t-shirt design from our friends at 18 Million Rising. To celebrate five years of organizing Asian Americans online, as well as fundraise to keep it all going for the future, they're offering these super-cool limited shirts and hoodies.

Designed by Karl Orozco, the shirt is a re-imagining/inversion of the old political cartoon about the "yellow peril" tiger attacking the globe. According to 18MR, "we wanted our tiger to protect the globe as our communities increasingly find ourselves on the frontlines of state violence, gentrification, and climate change."

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Travel ban "plainly discriminates based on nationality" in a way that is "antithetical" to American principles.



Trump keeps trying to make this shit happen. And Hawaii keeps knocking it down. A federal judge in Hawaii has issued an order blocking major parts of Trump's newest travel ban, suggesting it violated immigration law.

The decision, ordered by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu on Tuesday, stopped the administration’s travel restrictions nationwide, hours before they were scheduled to take full effect Wednesday.

The newest travel rules, which Trump signed September 24, indefinitely ban entry to the U.S. by most nationals of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. They also restrict travel by certain Venezuelan government officials and their families.

Watson wrote that the ban goes against the Immigration and Nationality Act and "plainly discriminates based on nationality" in a way that is "antithetical" to American principles. He also said the order "lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries" would harm U.S. interests.

More here: Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump's new travel ban

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"Chinatown lives are not poverty porn!"



On Sunday afternoon in New York, dozens of protesters from the Chinatown Art Brigade and other local art and anti-gentrification activist groups converged in the front room of James Cohan Gallery's Chinatown location, demanding that the gallery take down what the group is calling "racist art."

Their target: Omer Fast's new exhibition, August, which has transformed the space to appear like a poorly maintained Chinatown business. Visitors walk through the space to see the artist's video work in the backroom.

In a letter sent to the gallery last week, CAB called the exhibition a "racist aggression towards the community of Chinatown," and added "this show reifies racist narratives of uncleanliness, otherness and blight that have historically been projected onto Chinatown."

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Watch Kumail Nanjiani's opening monologue from 'Saturday Night Live.'



Hey, racists! Kumail Nanjiani would take you a little more seriously if you could just get it right.

Over the weekend, the Pakistani American comedian, fresh off the summer success of his indie romantic comedy The Big Sick, performed hosting duties on Saturday Night Live. During the opening monologue, he delivered a hilarious, timely standup set, taking on racism and... more racism.

Among other things, he pointed out the very real fact that Sikhs are often targeted with Islamophobic violence, mistaken for Muslims. This is a challenging thing to joke about, but Kumail just slays it. He also clarifies what bothers him most about racism: the inaccuracy. Racists, you're just not coming at this with correct information -- and it's not working out for you.

"I'm like, do the research," Kumail says. "Put in the work. You will see the benefits!"

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She Was Told Internment Didn't Happen. Now, Her Family's Story Is in School Books. Starting this semester, students in the U.S. will be able to learn about the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans from Katie Yamasaki's 2013 children's picture book, Fish for Jimmy, which was selected to be included in the newest version of McGraw-Hill Education's anthology textbook for fourth grade students.

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29 Things That Are Too Damn Real For People Raised By Asian Parents: "If at first you don't succeed, don't come back home." Yet another one of these BuzzFeed lists so many of us can relate to...

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Chinese immigrants in Philly still recovering from home-invasion terror: More than a year after masked gunmen burst into their homes and robbed them, the terror remains vivid for Philadelphia-area Chinese business owners and their families.

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Definitive For Americans: A Refugee's Review of 'The Vietnam War': Beth Nguyen watched Ken Burns' documentary series The Vietnam War, which strives to give some Americans a sense of healing, but gives little perspective from the Vietnamese or Vietnamese Americans who were also there.

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A New Generation Of Therapists Is Fighting Asian-American Mental Health Stigma: When it comes to mental health, research shows Asian Americans are three times less likely than white Americans to seek help.

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Cyberpunk Cities Fetishize Asian Culture But Have No Asians: The Blade Runner universe is visually Asian -- a visual cue for the future. But if Asians shaped this cyberpunk future, where are they?

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Asian American TV Producers Speak Out About Making the Shows They Want, Whether or Not Networks Are on Board: TV producers Mindy Kaling, Daniel Dae Kim, Alan Yang, and more on creating a more inclusive storytelling landscape.

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Asian American TV Actors Expose the Difficulty of Landing Parts - With or Without an Accent: Daniel Dae Kim, Kal Penn, Jamie Chung, and more on role models, problematic auditions, breakthrough gigs, and the changing face of TV.

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Asian-Americans Are Disrupting An Unwelcoming Music Industry: "It's a different world now" - and one that's leveling the playing field for Asian American pop artists, who've traditionally been shut out of the American music industry.



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"I'm a lover of pandas, plaid clothing, and good eats."


Photo: Erin O'Brien

Greetings, internet friends. You know what time it is. It's 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 Alice Y. Hom.



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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 episode, we welcome our good friend, actor Randall Park, aka "Asian Jim." He reflects on the fourth(!) season of Fresh Off The Boat, shares almost nothing about his role as Jimmy Woo in Ant-Man & The Wasp, and considers the Good, the Bad and the WTF of being "Asian Famous."

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A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

In this episode, we discuss Perm Boy's mom's spy games, surprise pizza trucks, and how Pottery Boy sucks now, but Ringo is still keeping it real. Also, we explain the strange, punitive world of Stupid Korean Games.

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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 episode, we discuss Jeremy Lin's hair. Yes, his hair. Specifically, the recent dustup over our favorite Asian American point guard's decision to sport dreadlocks, and where it's situated in the larger conversation about cultural appropriation.

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A K-Drama re-watch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.



Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Then this podcast is probably not for you. The Korean Drama Podcast is the K-Drama rewatch podcast by (and for) people who don't watch Korean dramas.

In season one, host Will Choi (founder of Asian AF) and I -- both self-professed Korean drama beginners -- with help and hand-holding by our resident K-Drama expert Joanna Lee, attempt to watch and discuss the 2009 megahit drama Boys Over Flowers in its entirety, episode by episode.

This episode is just another episode of Boys over Flowers: innocent misunderstandings, Ringo fighting fools, Jun Pyo realizing that he's a jerk... wait that's new! Perm Boy finally learns that he's been a dick for the past 17 episodes and tries to make good, by learning to eat ramyun! Ramyun so good that we go off on an extended discussion on the goodness of ramyun.

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'Portlandia' star learns some startling family secrets on the PBS ancestry series 'Finding Your Roots.'



After playing a cavalcade of memorable characters for years on Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen has discovered he is not who he thinks he is. The Portlandia star recently appeared on the PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. to find out some pretty damn earth-shattering truths about his lineage, including the fact that he is not a quarter Japanese, as he has believed his whole life.

He's actually Korean.

Appearing on season four of the acclaimed ancestry series, Armisen learns that his paternal grandfather, dancer and choreographer Masami Kuni, was actually quite famous. There's even a whole museum exhibit dedicated to him in Japan. But Armisen also seems unsettled to learn that in the 1930s and 40s, Kuni was employed in Germany (where he eventually met and had an affair with Armisen's grandmother) as a performer for the Nazis.

But wait, there's more. A 1944 report from the U.S. Office of War Information suggests that Kuni was actually leading a double life, moonlighting as a secret agent for Japan during his stint as performer among the Nazis. The perfect cover. Oh, the intrigue! This is the kind of stuff they make movies about.

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Guest Post by Patrick Lee



Growing up queer is rarely easy. Throw on a heaping load of immigrant family sacrifice, cultural conflict, and language barriers, and you have something that starts to approximate how I felt coming of age in a very white suburb of Chicago.

I didn't know whom to talk to or confide in; I didn't even really know why I felt so different from other people around me. I just knew that I didn't see myself in any of my friends or classmates.

But now I know I'm not alone: As an adult, I moved to New York and started seeking out community. I met a handful of queer and trans Asian Pacific Americans, and then another handful, and then another. Our experiences are never the same; our families all unique. But we share some common threads and frustrations, and for the first time in my life, I felt like someone was hearing me.

I decided to make a film to document some of the stories of our community, and the struggles we have communicating with our immigrant parents about queerness, gender identity, and sexuality.

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Saucer Country on ComiXology

Oct. 11th, 2017 12:10 pm
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I really should have mentioned this in yesterday’s A Long Day in Lychford is out now blog post, but today IDW’s lovely complete Saucer Country collection is out digitally on ComiXology UK and US.  It’s a thing of beauty, and would make a lovely addition to your tablet.  Just saying.

Saucer Country cover

Also since yesterday, Claire Rousseau posted this, her five favourite books about witches, which flatteringly includes Witches of Lychford.

Thanks, Claire!

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A Long Day in Lychford… is today!

Oct. 10th, 2017 08:21 am
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Out worldwide in both ebook and physical form is my third Cotswolds fantasy novella for Tor.com Publishing, A Long Day in Lychford!

A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell

This is the controversial one, the Brexit one, where I deal head-on with the divisive stuff in small British towns, how it effects the people and the magic of Lychford.  It’s a tough book for Autumn, who takes the lead, and goes through a severe test of her abilities and character.  She’s the only person of colour in the town, and the focus on her experiences led me to consult with sensitivity reader Dee Mamora, who did a wonderful job.  (You can hire too!  Just follow that Twitter link!)

There’s also the usual mix of gentle humour and serious magic, as Autumn goes looking for a missing truck driver, Lizzie goes looking for the source of some repetitive music that’s annoying the townsfolk, and Judith… well, things get pretty dark for her too.

A Long Day in Lychford is available in all good online book stores, including Amazon UK and US.

Talking of Lychford, here’s an excellent article by Natalie Zutter that talks about several recent literary witches, my heroines included.

And this Saturday, 14th October, I’ll be launching A Long Day in Lychford at Bristol Horror Con, with a reading and a contest to win copies.  I’m very much looking forward to it.

Bristol Horror Con

In other news, I had a quick chat with these guys about my first comics experiences.

I hope to see some of you on Saturday, and I hope you enjoy A Long Day in Lychford!

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Stand up, fight back and join the conversation, October 7-14



The Trump administration continues its attacks on immigrant youth and families. A rising wave a xenophobia, Islamophobia, hate speech and racial violence goes unchecked. Neo-Nazis, KKK and white supremacists march on Charlottesville. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders do not live in a bubble -- these acts affect us other marginalized communities. Will you stand up and fight back?

This week, October 7-14, is the AAPI National Week of Action. This is an opportunity to break the silence and make our voices heard in the public discussion on what is happening in our nation.

The primary focus right now is action around immigration, particularly in consideration of Trump's elimination of DACA and the proposed RAISE Act, which would significantly reduce legal immigration over the next decade and would have a devastating impact on family reunification -- particularly for Asian Americans.

AAPI Voices is partnering with dozens of community group around the country to organize events in 15 cities and online. To see the full updated list of organizations and actions, go to AAPI Voices.



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