Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dormroom

You can throw all the gadgets you want into a UC Berkeley dormroom. In the end though, its the same damn room and furniture we used 14 years ago and the same shit 40 years before us. That being said, this is pretty slick, especially PARTY MODE with AVICII on blast.

Grace Lee Boggs Double Header in the Bay Area

Can’t make today’s Grace Lee Boggs event in Berkeley that we posted a few days ago? Well then, lucky you, cause the Chinese Progressive Association is holding another GLB event on Saturday, March 3rd:

March 3, 2012 | Building the Next American Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs

Building the Next American Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Chinese Culture Center
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor (in the Hilton Hotel)
San Francisco, CA 94108

Ticket price:  $5-$20 sliding scale. Purchase tickets in advance online.

As CPA celebrates our 40th anniversary this year, we are excited to begin 2012 by honoring the legacy of an Asian American movement shero, Grace Lee Boggs. We will co-host a very special event, “Building the Next American Revolution: A Celebration and Tribute to Grace Lee Boggs,” which will take place on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 at the Chinese Culture Center in San Francisco Chinatown from 1-4 pmwith a reception and book signing.

This event will feature Grace Lee Boggs, who will reflect on Asian American activism and our movement during the current political times and key issues affecting the world today.

Born in 1915 to Chinese immigrants, Grace is a long-time activist and writer who has committed over 70 years of her life to building a movement for social change. She is a legendary figure in the civil rights and Black power movement. Now 96, she continues to devote her life to developing new young leaders and a vision for the 21st century.

The program will also include cultural performances, long-time friend and actor Danny Glover and Scott Kurashige, Professor of American culture and history and co-author of her book, “the Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century.

Learn more about Grace’s work at:

Grace Lee Boggs Speaking in Berkeley Friday March 2nd.

Grace Lee Boggs speaking in Berkeley on Friday March 2nd. What more do you want? Just GO.

For the first time in history, iconic activists Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis will share the stage for a conversation entitled “On Revolution: A Conversation Between Grace Lee Boggs and Angela Davis” on Friday, March 2nd at Pauley Ballroom, University of California, Berkeley from 4pm-6pm. More info here.

21st Annual API Issues Conference at UC Berkeley

Come out to UC Berkeley on Saturday March 12, 2011 for the 21st Annual API Issues Conference at the Pauley Ballroom. AzN will be on a panel with Asian Pacific Environmental Network to talk about community development and planning. I’ll buy you a diet coke afterwards if you ask thoughtful/thought-provoking questions.

Click here to register.

Dear UC Regents,

First of all, thanks for only charging me $x,xxx a year when I was attending Cal. I appreciate it, xoxo! I didn’t want to write in what I paid for undergrad in case this letter gets published, cause then I would anger folks going to UC schools nowadays. Whoops, did I only write in 4 digits? Damn, that gives it away huh?

The UC Regents, back when they were more diverse.

I also appreciate you finally not treating Architecture, Urban Planning, and Social Work as second rate grad degrees and finally making them “Professional” degrees alongside the Law, Business and Medical Schools. Wait, the only thing changing about a degree from the College of Environmental Design that makes it equivalent to one from Boalt, Haas, or UCSF is its name? You’re only changing semantics so you can increase the UC graduate student fees for the good folks at Wurster Hall by 230%? Does this mean it’ll be THAT much harder to go to grad school, especially low income folks, and obtain a “public” education? And now, if you want to get a graduate degree in Social Work, you’re gonna have to somehow find a six-figure job in… social work, to afford the degree?! Well its a good thing the UC system has a great loan forgiveness program like other private schools. Wait, you’re a public school system that costs almost as much as a private school!? Mother#*&(*@#&!*! Well, at least a PAC-10 team made it into the Rose Bowl this year… no?! DAMN!

David Chang/Anthony Bourdain vs. The Bay


I’m a little late to this, but I’ll post it anyway. This comes from a post by about Anthony Bourdain and David Chang of Momofuku. All you really need to know are the two following quotes:

David Chang on San Francisco restaurants: “There’s only a handful of restaurants that are manipulating food,” and “every restaurant in San Francisco is serving figs on a plate with nothing on it”

Anthony Bourdain referring to Alice Waters (of Chez Panisse) as “Pol Pot in a muumuu” and saying “Alice Waters annoys the living shit out of me. We’re all in the middle of a recession, like we’re all going to start buying expensive organic food and running to the green market. There’s something very Khmer Rouge about Alice Waters that has become unrealistic … I’m suspicious of orthodoxy, the kind of orthodoxy when it comes to what you put in your mouth.”

All I gotta say is I respect all the above chefs, and love the food at Chez Panisse, all the Momofukus, and even Les Halles (to a certain degree). But damn, hating on an entire city’s cuisine? WTF? I knew you were a DOUCHE Chang, but you really are a bigtime douche. You, with your backpack running out of Momofuku Milk Bar that one time I was eating your delicious cookies and needed to shit so bad cause it was so rich with yummyness. I shoulda stepped up to you for what you said about SF, except I was busy desecrating your bathroom (as well as my other two friends messing up the Ssam Bar bathroom, don’t worry, I won’t out you, *cough* cheezu *cough* JiP).

And to Bourdain. You can do no wrong after you said you were gonna move your family to Da Nang, the most gangsta of all of Viet Nam (IMHO), so I’ll give you a free pass for hating on Berkeley cuisine. Just this one time.

Tuan Luong and His Love of America’s Best Idea

For those of you addicted to Ken Burns’ latest series of documentaries, The National Park’s: America’s Best Idea, like I am, you would know many facts that no one else would care about like Rockerfeller’s purchase of the Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho land that would become Yellowstone. You would also learn about Tuan Luong, a Vietnamese Frenchman who visited America and fell in love with the National Park system. He would end up at UC Berkeley doing a post-doc so he could be close to the California park system and is the only person to have photographed all 58 American National Parks. He also takes pics on an old-timey camera. What’s there NOT to like about this dude? And PEEP the French accent too. What a badass.


“CHU ANGRRY!” on The Daily Show with John Stewart

Not sure if we mentioned this when Chinese American(!) Dr. Steven Chu first got appointed Secretary of Energy back in January. But I wanted to give this fellow Golden Bear big ups (and no Stanfurd, you can’t claim him just cause he taught at the Farm). Not only is he smart (come on, what Berkeley grad student ISN’T, right?), progressive (YES! The world is getting warmer!), a nobel laureate (which means he had a coveted parking space ON CAMPUS at Cal), but he’s also pretty damn funny in a “I spent a little too much time in lab on the northside of campus and ate Gomnaru’s chicken plate for lunch AND dinner… daily… for 3 months” (See him on The Daily Show below).

On a similar note, AzNHeartThrob is now officially back in the Bay (East Bay to be exact). I have taken up a job in a non-profit working on, you guessed it, green house emission legislation and making sure when Schwarzenegger and the boys in Sactown tie it to land use planning locally, it doesn’t adversely harm low income communities of color. BORING stuff, but exactly the kind of stuff I wanted to do (to impress people at cocktail parties). Yea ladies! Line up single file to my right! Fellas! Line up to my left for high fives!

Remembering Professor Ronald Takaki


Although I spent 6 years at Cal taking Ethnic Studies and AsAm classes and never had the pleasure of taking a class under Professor Ronald Takaki, his books, curriculum, and guest lecturing had a significant impact on me. The program is arguably the best Ethnic Studies program in the nation, and that is due largely to this man. Strangers from a Different Shore is required reading for most Asian American Studies programs in the nation, so its no surprise that the Professor’s teachings have gone past the hallowed walls of Barrows Hall… The last time I saw the man, I was walking from the west entrance of campus to the south entrance in 2003, and the man had three separate fans come up to get autographs on their textbooks. What an f’n badass. If only all schools could have an Ethnic Studies professor like Ron Takaki, because today, the Cal community mourns the loss of a great man. The following obituary piece is from Asian Week

It is with great sadness to announce that Professor Emeritus Ronald Takaki passed away on the evening of May 26th, 2009. He is survived by his wife, Carol Takaki, his three children Dana, Troy, and Todd Takaki, and his grandchildren.

Ron Takaki was one of the most preeminent scholars of our nation’s diversity, and considered “the father” of multicultural studies. As an academic, historian, ethnographer and author, his work helped dispel stereotypes of Asian Americans. In his study of multicultural people’s history in America, Takaki seeked to unite Americans, today and in the future, with each other and with the rest of the world.

He was a professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught over 20,000 students during 34 years of teaching.

Born in 1939, Professor Takaki was the grandson of immigrant Japanese plantation workers in Hawaii. He graduated from the College of Wooster, Ohio, in 1961. Six years later, after receiving his Ph.D. in American history from UC Berkeley, Takaki went to UCLA to teach its first Black history course.

As a Professor, Takaki hoped that his students would learn that skills of critical thinking and effective writing could be used in a revolutionary way. Epistemology, critical thinking, or in Takaki’s words “how do you know, you know, what you know about the America and the world you live in?” was a question Takaki posed to his students to challenge the way they looked at history, current policies, and even life.

In 1972, Professor Takaki returned to Berkeley to teach in the newly instituted Department of Ethnic Studies. His comparative approach to the study of race and ethnicity provided the conceptual framework for the B.A. program and the Ph.D. program in Comparative Ethnic Studies as well as for the university’s multicultural requirement for graduation, known as the American Cultures Requirement.

The Berkeley faculty has honored Professor Takaki with a Distinguished Teaching Award.

Takaki has lectured in Japan, Russia, Armenia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Austria, and South Africa.

He has debated Nathan Glazer and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. on issues such as affirmative action and multicultural education.

Takaki is a fellow of the Society of American Historians; its executive secretary, Mark Carnes stated that Takaki “has re-shaped American history.”

In 1997, Professor Takaki helped President Bill Clinton write his major speech on race, “One America in the 21st Century.”

Professor Takaki was the author of 12 books. Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th Century America has been critically acclaimed. Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans has been selected by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best 100 non-fiction books of the 20th century, and A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America is read on college campuses across the country and has over half a million copies in print.

AsianWeek will be running a series of articles on honoring and remembering Ronald Takaki on If you would like to contribute with written pieces, pictures, or videos, feel free to contact Beleza Chan at

Yoo Sucks

Yoo Suck!


Waterboarding is fun! Its just like Chinese water torture! I should know, cause I'm Chinese! I swear!

The hoebag list keeps on rolling. The latest casualty is a double hurtin’ for AzN himself. AzN dude (yea!), worked for the Bush Administration (boo!), Boalt Law School Prof at Berkeley (Go Bears!), pretty much singled-handedly wrote the justification for waterboardin our enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay (double boo!). Oh, he also wrote an opinion that allowed the Bush administration to wire tap domestically, on citizens! Thank you John Yoo. The Constitution is a great thing to shit on. Torture, schmorture. Waterboardn’ sounds fun, doesn’t it?! Its kinda like what you did with that Florida A&M co-ed during Spring Break ’98. Except it involves tiring you up and throwing a wet cloth down your throat instead of fluffy pink handcuffs attached to a Holiday Inn bedpost, water poured on your face and through your throat until you gag instead of sprayed on a wet T-shirt at Señor Frog’s and your partner wasn’t the head cheerleader for the football team, it was a soldier that probably looked like the Appalachian Peppermint Patty from Abu Ghraib. 

Apparently, Obama’s gonna use our tax dollas to defend you, while also rejecting watahboardn’. I realize that going after Rumsfeld and these folks won’t help you get the right wing to support your shit, but so far electing Pubes to high level cabinet positions and reaching across the aisle for support ain’t helping with getting anything passed. Maybe we should be focused on helping get Stuart into office in Minnesota and sending Rumsfeld’s boys to The Hague as sacrificial lambs. That’ll get us international brownie points, but sadly, won’t get you re-elected in the bucolic red states of the South. But it sho would make a brother happy!