The Goonies Quote-Along at Central Cinema Seattle

Why don’t you make a whole PNW trip out of it? First, head out to Seatown and check out the Goonies movie quote-along at Central Cinema Seattle: Friday March 5 through Sunday March 7, 2010 (9:30 shows are 21+, so I’m thinking you should pick that one).

Then take the quick 2.5 hour drive down to Astoria, Oregon and check out the location where the movie was shot. Stand in front of the jail the Fratelli brothers escaped from, check out Mikey’s dad’s museum, or better yet, check out Data’s house (which is actually located next door to Mikey’s house. swear).

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Model Minority: Jessica Gomes

This isn't a bikini.

Jessica Gomes is the first Asian model BcB is supporting in our new ongoing series: Model Minorities. Although I don’t believe in the Model Minority myth like any good Asian shouldn’t, I sure think there’s hella hot Asian models out there I wanna google support.

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Friday Fuckery: Voltron Girl!

See, cosplay can be super endearing and super badass, when applied correctly. Namely, with little bitty cute-as-shit kiddies. This is a lesson I wished I had learned before high school and that presentation I did in Precal dressed as Sailor Mars (DON’T!). Let’s just say I didn’t receive any gold tickets in my locker for the Cool Kids Club after that red letter day.

Activate Awesomeness!

via Buzzfeed

Seattle’s Ellis Island

Check out this radio spot on KUOW/NPR about Seattle’s “Ellis Island”…a building on the edge of Chinatown/International District that was an immigrant detention center from 1931 to 1999. While in operation — and mostly unnoticed by the average passerby —  it was used as a holding station for Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Central American, and other immigrants, who were held indefinitely in deplorable conditions.

Many Uch at the Airport Way Detention Facility. Photo by Eroyn Franklin

The piece includes interviews with federal public defender and former Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) attorney Jay Stansell, who has represented Cambodian Americans in the Seattle area under threat of deportation, and gave one of the most powerful guest lectures of my undergrad experience.

Cambodian American Many Uch also talks about his own experience in the detention center. Uch was featured in the documentary Sentenced Home — about the struggle of families in Seattle to stay together under post-9/11 draconian immigration laws that deported individuals to Cambodia for crimes they had committed as teens and already served time for.

But just because this particular facility has closed down, doesn’t mean the inhumane treatment of immigrants in detenion centers has come to an end. The overcrowded Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA has been cited for its numerous human rights and constitutional violations, from denial of emergency healthcare, to insufficient food, to physical and verbal abuse of detainees.  And there are over 400 hundred similar detention facilities across the country today, which have little transparency and accountability for humane standards.

Maybe this seems too awful to believe or disconnected from your day-to-day experience, but the consequences of the US’ messed up immigration system ultimately affects us all, immigrant or not. To borrow from the NWIRP: “Immigrant Rights Are Human Rights”.  Learn more about the immigrant detention crisis and take action by visiting Detention Watch Network.

HBO Asian Heritage Project Seeking Stories

Got this in my inbox  –  I can’t say I know much about this project or the folks behind it, but wanted to repost here in case any of our readers are interested in adding their voices to the mix:

Hello everyone,

I hope this finds you well. I haven’t seen or spoken to a lot of you
in years, and some of you I just saw as recently as a few hours ago. I
apologize for the mass email but I wanted to get in touch with all of
you because I need your help and I think you may be able to help or
know some friends who may be interested in taking part in this
project. I was hired to direct a documentary PSA series for HBO which
shoots at the end of this month in NYC.

It is my first directorial project for HBO and luckily the subject
matter has the potential to be fantastic but needs to be handled with
care. You might laugh out loud when you hear what it is, but it’s an
HBO Asian American Heritage Doc PSA. I know I am Asian and am not the
most seemingly culturally Asian guy out there, but I am told they
hired me because I am both inside and outside those circles. Works for
me! Now here is where you come in. I want you and/or your friends to
be in it! And you are on this email because I think you might be able
to send some good candidates. And if you or they get chosen, they’ll
be on HBO in May and get paid, etc.

So do you have a story to tell about your experience as an Asian
American? Can you tell the story on camera? Your story could be funny
or inspirational or touching. It could be about your grandmother or
your education or your favorite food. It could be your immigration
story, your family’s unique approach to holidays, your job. As long as
it’s real and as long as it’s uniquely you.

As an example, we currently have a story of a Korean kid who was
adopted into an Italian family in Pennsylvania. He grew up 100%
culturally Italian while looking very Korean to his peers. He won the
outstanding Italian American scholarship for college and accepted the
award in front of a room full of confused old Italians. Hilarity
ensues and lessons are learned.

We also have a story of a grandfather who came to America from China.
He couldn’t read the menu at McDonalds but was hungry as hell. All he
could read were the words “Happy” and “Meal” so that’s what he
ordered. He still cherishes the toy he received on that day.

We want a wide range of stories about how being Asian in America has
shaped you in some way. We can also explore issues such as Asian
fetishes and why Asians seemingly love break dancing and rap (I’m
learning a lot about that one). And it would be great to hear from
some folks who left a lot behind to come here and do not regret their
decisions one bit. But most of all we want to show strength and color
from all ages, demographics and backgrounds.

about your background and we will be in touch.

And if you’re camera shy (or if this isn’t relevant to you) but know
someone who is amazing, who is a great storyteller (maybe it’s your
uncle, maybe it’s your best friend growing up), let them know. Spread
the word.

I am looking for all Asian nationalities (East Asia, South Asia and
Southeast Asia). Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Pakistani,
Filipino, Vietnamese, Laotian, Hmong, Sri Lankan, Thai, Malaysian,
Cambodian, etc. etc. (the list is endless).

I am also looking for Bi-Racial folks, Adoptees, Transplants (Asian
Americans from non-Asian countries – Brazil, Argentina, UK etc), Gay
and Lesbian, 1st Generation, 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, etc.

Religious or non-religious (Buddhist, Christian, Catholic, Shinto,
Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Judaism, and others)

Individuals who embrace or question their “Asian Heritage/Identity”

All ages, all incomes and all genders

you can get a PDF flyer here:

Wow, this email is long. Thanks for reading this far and I hope you or
someone you know sends their stories along!

Jon Yi // director + cinematographer //

RiceBunny Returns

We’ve introduced her to you before as a Jesus loving, Vietnamese American make-up expert coming out of Flo Rida. But now she’s back, and she’s ruffling a bit more than our feathers these days. Sure, it was cute and all to show females how to apply make-up around black thick rimmed glasses. great. Its also great you’re teaching our children how to dress up like a poor man’s Fergie Lady Gaga.

But now you’re teaching folks how to dress up like a Geisha?!

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The Buddha Bank: Save Money on Your Way to Nirvana

I’m only half Buddhist, so let me know if I’m half wrong about this. But isn’t the idea of turning Buddha into a piggy bank completely contradictory to the fundamentals of Buddhism? And would you ever buy a piggy bank shaped like Christ on the Crucifix? Then why would you buy any of these:

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