Friday Fuckery: T.G.I. Friday’s Korean Tacos

photo: T.G.I. Friday’s

We’ve all been goin’ ga-ga for Korean tacos over the past few years, from Roy Choi’s groundbreaking Los Angeles-based Kogi truck to Seattle’s Marination Mobile…and countless imitators. The latest of which is your favorite suburban binge-drinking office party spot, T.G.I.F.! Or, Thank Goddess It’s Fracking Time for Korean Tacos Hells Yes Hi-Five Brah!!!

If you want a little something extra to go with those Loaded Skillet (teehee) Nachos or that bowlful of Tuscan Spinach Dip (TM), these tacos are made with Black Angus steak and they’re served with Sriracha, ginger-lime slaw, cilantro, basil aaaaaand jasmine rice pilaf. Let’s just ram the whole of Southeast Asia and the Asian subcontinent in there for good measure — and kinda skip over most of the Korean ingredients thing…kimchi and kkakdugi smells may freak out the mall walkers, brah!

Regardless, I will probably still order this mess next time I’m by the Westfield. In mah belly, it’s always Friday (Fuckery)!

via Eater

Thanks Char!

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‘SAFE’ AKA ‘Jason Statham Snuffs More Asians’

Oh, look — another Jason Statham movie. This one is called SAFE, and the drama revolves around a girl who’s an orphaned math prodigy and can memorize anything. And she’s Asian, so that makes sense. And this Asian girl is going to be saved by Statham’s character cuz he’s a destitute, mediocre (but white!) cage fighter, and because her fellow AZNs are exploiting her by ruthlessly using her maths skills for gambling. This necessitates much ass-whupping of random Asian gangsters and a buttload of shoot ’em ups in dark, smoky Chinatown haunts…à la the White Knight/Orientalism formula and the typical Statham movie.

At least Bai Ling won’t be making a repeat appearance as Grimy Clingy Hooker in this one:

Bitchin’ Haikus: Masafumi Nagasaki

Today’s Bitchin’ Haiku is inspired by Masafumi Nagasaki, a 76-year-old Japanese hermit who decided to give the middle finger to society by spending his golden years on a deserted island tanning his hot cross peepaw buns:

Old man and the sea

Lets the sun shine where it don’t  

Nekkid ass nekkid

via Dlisted (click for full story)

Causes Worth Your $$: The Hope Fund for Laos

What better way to celebrate Lao New Year than by donating to a terrific org that improves lives in Laos? Legacies of War — an amazing nonprofit headed up by my tireless pal Channapha — has been working since 2004 to raise awareness about the history of the Vietnam War-era bombing in Laos and advocate for the clearance of unexploded bombs (UXOs). Legacies just partnered with World Education to establish the Hope Fund, ” a new way to bring healing and transformation to the people and communities in Laos affected by the wreckage of war”.

Two-year old Kayeng Yang was severely injured in January during an explosion from a fire that the family built to keep warm. (Photo: World Education, with permission from the family)

Contribute to the Hope Fund, and you’ll provide direct assistance to UXO survivors in Laos, as well as support programs to educate and mobilize the public to advocate for increased US government funding for UXO clearance, risk education, and victim assistance.

Here are some examples of what your donation to the Hope Fund can provide:

  • $50 will provide a basic set of annual educational supplies (one uniform, textbooks, notebook, notebooks, and pens) for a UXO survivor in Laos, and help teach a new generation about the UXO issue by sending the Legacies of War curriculum to a classroom in the U.S.
  • $100 will purchase 10 breeding chickens for UXO survivors in Laos, and ensure messages of healing and hope are shared with new audiences by allowing Legacies of War to do a community presentation or panel discussion.
  • $200 will support a child UXO survivor’s return to primary school (including a backpack, two uniforms, shoes, and a bicycle), and help highlight the long-term impact of war by enabling Legacies of War to collect and showcase five stories for “Our Shared Journey”.
  • $1,000 will cover the cost for a UXO survivor to attend college in Xiengkhouang for one year, and make it possible to conduct broader community outreach by supporting Legacies of War’s participation in a community event.
  • $2,000 will cover the cost of a UXO survivor to attend college in Vientiane for one year, and contribute to increased knowledge and support among policymakers about the need to fund the clearance of bombs from Laos and assist victims by enabling Legacies of War to maintain its office and presence in Washington, DC

More info on Legacies of War and the Hope Fund here. If you’re like me, you just might feel better about yourself after spending your tax refund on this, instead of blowing it on She-Hulk comics and Hello Kitty jeggings in multiple colors…again.

Sakura-Con J-Pop Extravaganza!

Since the Asian Americans behind this blog don’t know shit about Japanese pop culture, this guest post is brought to you by special J/K Pop correspondent, lace front-wearin’ Sakura fashion model, and BCB Affirmative Action Fellow, Reese Umbaugh aka Bishie Reesie.

Beginning today, all of downtown Seattle will be flanked by cosplayers, otakus, and tons and tons of adults in Pokémon costumes. That’s right: It’s Sakura-Con weekend. For those unfamiliar, Sakura-Con is Seattle’s annual three-day anime convention held at the cavernous Washington State Convention & Trade Cener. Programming includes panels on everything from voice acting to Japanese cooking, RPG and tabletop gaming, fashion shows (more on that in a later post!), and J-pop concerts.

Much like my previous post on K-pop, I’d like to take a moment in honor of Sakura-Con weekend and share with you my 5 favorite J-pop bands, in no particular order:

Stereopony:

If you are a fan of anime, there’s a damn good chance that you’ve heard a song by Stereopony. They basically have the anime theme song market on lockdown, having done theme songs for Gundam, Bleach, and Darker Than Black. They’re also note-worthy for being an all-female rock band, which makes them instantly badass. If you’re into it and heading to Sakura-Con then you’re in luck! Stereopony will be performing tonight at 6:30PM. Not able to make it? Good news, they’re also live-streaming the show. More info here.

The Pillows:

Man, I love me some Pillows. I remember being in high school and spending a hefty chunk of change to import this record from Japan. I’d blast it in my car on full volume with my windows down and other kids would stare me down. I finally saw The Pillows live in a shitty Seattle venue last fall and they blew my face off.

Perfume:

Originally formed in 2001, Perfume has slowly taken over the Japanese pop world. Recently signing on with Universal in order to release their music internationally, the girls seem poised for worldwide success. Fun Fact about Perfume: They formed the group themselves as teenagers, without being put together by a record company. This video stands as one of my favorites of all time.

Shonen Knife:

The song above is called “I Am a Cat”. That is all.

The Seatbelts:

Less a band and more a force of nature, The Seatbelts is composed of over a dozen members and helmed by the musical Goddess of anime: Yoko Kanno. Nothing makes me want to run in the opposite direction quite like the words “jazz band”, but The Seatbelts are so much more than that. They span genres, have songs in multiple languages, and make some of the craziest music I have ever heard.

See you in the mosh pit at Sakura-Con!

Friday Fuckery: Born Asian

Just got this tumblr site Born Asian sent my way. I’m not too sure what the overarching theme is here, but I heart .gifs and I heart Asians, so there we go. Some of the entries are questionable, but the best content includes plenty of Gaysian shade and Mom side-eye…

“When white guys be all like ‘Ni Hao Ma?'”

“When a guy mistakes my ethnicity”:

“When I ride with mom”:

…and #1 in my book, Ajumma body rolls:

Add your own!

Thanks Char Char!