And Other Things to Know From Angry Asian (North) America.
Asian Woman Punched in Face at Vancouver Bus Stop
In Vancouver, police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man who punched a young Asian woman in the face in an unprovoked attack last month. Surveillance footage shows the victim was standing at a bus stop when the suspect approached her and punched her in the face. And that’s it. They apparently didn’t know each other, and nobody said a word. He sucker punched her and then ran away. What the fuck.
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Annual TV Report Card Shows Asian American Representation At Standstill
The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition released their annual TV report card, grading the top four television networks for the 2018-2019 season assessing their progress toward diversity and inclusion of Asian Pacific Americans onscreen and behind the camera and although there was some progress, it wasn’t enough to make the needle move dramatically. In fact, it barely moved at all.
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Sewing in the Time of Coronavirus
The Asian American Documentary Network just launched a new series of short clips as part of its Storytelling Initiative, with the documentary short Sewing In The Time of Coronavirus, directed by Valerie Soe, highlighted as its first featured microdoc. This piece explains how Soe has been spending her time since the shelter-in-place order in California took place almost two months ago. “Sewing masks pushes back against the Trump administration’s cynical manipulation of the COVID-19 crisis,” Soe says, .”I reject the idea that humans are expendable cogs in capitalism’s machine. We all deserve a chance to live and to be healthy. This is to ensure that more of us have that chance.”
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CM’s 30th Anniversary Issue: COVID-19 and the AAPI Community (FREE)
Character Media (formerly KoreAm Journal, Audrey Magazine and Kore Asian Media) is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special edition print issue covering what’s been happening in our country, specifically within our Asian American community, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For a limited time, they’re mailing out complimentary copies of the print edition, free of charge. All you have to do is fill out the form here. (You can also read the digital version here.)
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Lucky Grandma Trailer
Check out the trailer for crime comedy Lucky Grandma, starring the legendary Tsai Chin. In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck… suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war. Lucky Grandma, directed by Sasie Sealy, will be released in virtual theaters on May 22.
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