Wilson Tang was getting ready to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his restaurant, Nom Wah Tea Parlor, last winter and launch his first-ever cookbook.
Eric Roman struts onstage in his torn jeans and grasps the microphone.
It has been a year like no other in sports. With the pandemic ravaging across the world, sports have had to adjust to the closures. Sports leagues shut down in the spring and its return has come with caution and without fans for the most part.
Well readers, another year has gone by and goodness, what a year it’s been. With most of our regular day-to-day activities now confined to our homes, escapism took on a whole new meaning. So here are my top 10 reads (in no particular order) that helped me — and hopefully, you — take a break from the reality that was 2020.
I had to laugh at the first review I found of this latest installment of the “Ip Man” saga, available from Magnet Releasing on Dec. 11. The reviewer suggested that nobody in the film looked like a real fighter.
Man, I can’t wait for 2020 to be over, too! Writing this roundup was kind of hard because the high points were hard to come by, the low points were plentiful, and everything—when it comes to Asian popular culture, constantly revolved around the pandemic and how every white person thinks that Asians are the problem. (Instead of white people’s pervasive racism being the problem.)
In one scene from the Lifetime TV movie, “A Sugar & Spice Holiday,’’ a co-worker says to Suzy, an Asian American architect in Los Angeles: “I didn’t know if Christmas was a big deal where you’re from.’’
In a 2003 Sports Illustrated article, Kim Ng, then an assistant general manager with the New York Yankees, was tapped as an individual that would one day be hired as a general manager in Major League Baseball.
“Well, this is a déjà vu from nine months ago,” says Jesse Tiamson, as he surveys the plant-filled room. Musang, the Beacon Hill restaurant Tiamson manages, is entirely empty, save for the staff. Chairs are stacked on top of tables legs up, flipped upside down like the restaurant industry.
As the flame grew, I stretched out my legs under the table, leaned back, and without saying a word, anyone observing could see that I was pretty proud of myself. I could see the headlines: Man conquers the elements.