Sometimes I like to be my own worst critic and read my column through the lens of a conservative white YouTube video commenter.
Man, 2018 was a fun year for Asian-y stuff. I feel like there’s been a shift. It used to be that we’d featured the same ol’ entertainers year after year — like Bai Ling, who was a hot mess that we constantly had to talk a lot about at one point — because there were so few API entertainers.
Hi, guys! This month in pop culture news, we have it all. We have research that flies in the face of decades of racist conventional wisdom. We have an Asian dream team coming together to make what will hopefully be the best romantic comedy there ever has been. We have sex cult stuff. And we also have a Vietnamese American actor who was driven off of social media because — guess why! — people were racist dicks to her.
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Yo, guys, how do we feel about the word “Oriental”? I know we’ve mostly decided to stop calling human beings this, unless you are like, over 60 years old — then you get a pass, I guess. But are we still okay with calling rugs and Top Ramen Oriental? […]
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly My very first interaction with Assunta Ng was when I had to interview her for a Northwest Asian Weekly story on Rainbow Bookfest, a program that she had started. It was in March of 2008, and I am positive Assunta doesn’t even remember this conversation ever taking place. I […]
By Mari Yamaguchi Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — Sumiteru Taniguchi, who devoted his life to seeking to abolish nuclear weapons after he was burned severely in the 1945 atomic bomb attack on his hometown of Nagasaki, died on Aug. 30 of cancer. He was 88. Taniguchi died at a hospital in Nagasaki of cancer of […]
By Stacy Nguyen Northwest Asian Weekly Haikus With Hotties, a website and Twitter feed that brings you poetry you can read in two seconds from scorching Asian men, declared August as Hot Asian Men Awareness Month. Please keep that in mind as you read this column. And also, now you know why your summer was […]
ESPN is being blasted for political correctness after pulling announcer Robert Lee from play-by-play duties for the Sept. 2 University of Virginia (UVa) football game, in case some people might be offended by his name. Robert Lee is Asian. And UVa is in Charlottesville. The same Charlottesville where on Aug. 14, a group of white […]
By Staff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY Seattle mayoral candidate Jenny Durkan issued a statement on Aug. 22, on her continued opposition to Cary Moon’s proposal to tax “foreign buyers” after a Seattle Times story came out, which revealed that the Seattle City Attorney’s Office declared the proposal “illegal” and the “King County assessor has denounced the […]
By Staff NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY A coalition of Asian American service and advocacy organizations want Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to start supporting people of color, or resign. In an Aug. 17 news release titled, “Secretary Elaine Chao: Stand with Our Immigrant Communities or Resign,” the groups called on Chao, an immigrant from Taiwan and woman […]