I’m a fan of the infectious Nicki Minaj song “Super Bass”, and this lip sync by Rhian Ramos, Moymoy Palaboy, and Roadfill totally gives the glo-in-the-dark original music vid a run for its money. And check out the videobombers in the back. I could watch this all day, and not just because Rhian Ramos is the Mayor of Babesville.
If you’re a child of the ’80s/’90s, you might have spent every day after school parked in front of the TV with a bowl of Top Ramen/microwaveable mini burgers, inhaling as much Disney Afternoon through your eyeballs as possible before your parents got home and made you do shit.
DuckTales was just one of the animated offerings on the delectable Disney Afternoon line-up, but definitely the one with the catchiest theme song and most jammin’ bassline in all of TVLand.
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jane Lui (whose latest record Goodnight Company was nominated for Best Local Recording in this year’s San Diego Music Awards) has done an equally fun cover that’ll guarantee you’ll be screaming “whooo-ooh!” for days and losing/gaining a few friends in the process.
You got nothing to do this Sunday? Wanna go to the greatest party east of the Mississippi? Come see the greatest Filipino DJs from the Bay (and one Salvadoran dude who’s aight) at the Social Club in NYC on September 25. RSVP and get in for $15, courtesy of BicoastalBitchin: http://www.sfnyconnect.com/rsvp (actually everyone can get in for $15).
No one can do Drake like Drake does Drake. But when Dawen drops a Chinese version of Marvin’s Room, the first single off Drakes new album coming in October, you gotta listen.
DL the MP3 Here.
It’s no secret that the US immigration system can be deeply unjust, with one of its major flaws being the deportation of individuals who have already served their time for past offenses — or committed very minor/no crime at all (check out Sentenced Home to learn how this issue has impacted the Northwest Cambodian American community specifically). Usually, these individuals have deep roots in America and no familial, cultural, or language ties to the “home country” they are being deported to. These punitive immigration policies also go hand-in-hand with American’s expanding multi-billion dollar prison industry, which has a built-in incentive to pack jails with “criminal” immigrants in order to grow profits.
This contemporary human rights issue is well demonstrated in the case of Eddy Zheng, a beloved Bay Area youth advocate and leader who is under threat of deportation, after serving 19 years for a crime committed when he was 16. A documentary called BREATHIN’: The Eddy Zheng Story is being made to raise awareness not only of Eddy’s inspiring history, but around the larger issue of the criminalization of immigrants and people of color. According to the film’s Kickstarter page:
The U.S. currently imprisons over 2.3 million people, making it the world’s leading jailer. Contrary to notions of a “model minority,” the Asian and Pacific Islander American prison population grew 250% between 1990 and 2000. Unfortunately for many immigrants, all “non-citizen aliens” who commit an aggravated felony or crime of moral turpitude are mandatorily deportable, even if they immigrated to the U.S. legally or with refugee status. Between 1998 and 2006, there was a 61.6% rise in total deportations of people of Asian nationalities. Despite the growing trend of incarceration and deportation for many Asian Americans, these individuals have largely remained invisible in public policy, media, and in their own communities.
Recently released from prison after serving over 20 years for a robbery he committed at age 16, Eddy Zheng is now at risk of deportation to China. By exploring Eddy’s personal journey from incarcerated prisoner to a valued community leader in the Bay Area, BREATHIN’ seeks to uncover important social and political issues concerning the rising number of imprisoned Asian Americans, many of whom will be deported after completing their prison sentences. Using intimate interviews with Eddy and his family, friends and colleagues, the film aims to draw viewers into Eddy’s world and challenge assumptions they may have about immigrants, prisoners, and deportees.
Definitely a worthy project to support. The filmmaker and producers have only 12 days (until Oct 1st) and about $4,000 left to raise towards their goal of $15,000. The film will only be funded if this amount is pledged. Help them reach their goal and tell Eddy’s story here.
Chipotle, the national burrito chain seen across the street from every frickin’ college campus, is expanding its model into Southeast Asian food. Its new venture (with the first location in DC) is called ShopHouse Southeast Asian Kitchen. And like its father company, ShopHouse will feature quick, viewable, assembly-line preparation.
From a DCist review:
Diners can choose between two entree styles: bowls ($6.59-7.50) and banh mi ($6.14-7.05). The protein selections include grilled chicken satay, pork and chicken meatballs, grilled steak or organic tofu. For those who select bowls, this is nestled atop your choice of jasmine rice, brown rice or rice noodles. This is then accompanied by a vegetable, sauce, garnish and topping. The banh mi in its baguette is topped with green papaya slaw, mint and crushed peanuts. You can then drink up on BeerLao, Singha, Chang, and Dogfish Head 60 Minute or the usual selection of granola-y ginger ales, iced tea or young coconut water.
Looks like another establishment is trying to hop on the banh mi bandwagon ($7 bucks?! Seriously? Even the banh mi at Michael Bao Huynh’s fancy-schmanse NY-based Baoguette are $5 to $8).
And maybe I’m being a total snob, but I never got into Chipotle and its cafeteria-like, causal-cum-healthy dining approach. I know it uses “naturally-raised meats” and shit, but I’d rather just go to a local taco truck or family Mexican joint (or shit, even Taco Bell if my system demands fast food). Likewise, I think I’d rather support a better, cheaper (and Asian-owned) Viet deli or restaurant than a company that reminds me of Subway.