BCB Movie Review: Sunny

I’ve said it many times before. I’m a fan of Korean films. Asian American films are usually a bit too serious for me. Chinese films are just heartless and lack emotion for me. Korean films are the most honest depiction of the human condition out there and yes its awesome to see an Asian person on the big screen. But when I originally got the advance copy of Sunny, I didn’t expect much. And 2 hours later, sitting at home with my mom, I was almost in tears. I said almost cause hey this isn’t the intro to Pixar’s Up.

Without giving away too much, this movie is funny and drama-filled but best of all, its self-referential (which helps those unfamiliar with Korean pop culture as well as the hardcore fans). Watch it. And if you do like Sunny, check out director Hyung Chul Kang’s previous feature, Speed Scandal, starring Tae-hyun Cha (who makes the greatest cameo appearance in Sunny that I have ever seen in any movie ever).

Noddy and ‘Yes on 74’

This November in Washington state, approval/rejection of gay marriage will be on the ballot under Referendum 74. Even though a bill legalizing same-sex marriage was passed and signed into law by Governor Christine Gregoire back in February, the day before the law was to take effect, haters and basic b*tches submitted enough signatures to put personal choice and marriage rights up for public vote.

In response, local organizations and musicians have been advocating for approval of Referendum 74, including my own band Noddy. Theez Queens just released our new EP Yes on 74, which is available for download — with all proceeds through October 31st benefiting Washington United for Marriage. So subject yourself, won’t you — to the sickening, exxxtravagant, everythang sounds of Noddy (backup yodelin’ and (butt)trumpeting courtesy of yours truly). No tea no shade, it’s for a good cause. YASS hunty, and YASS on 74! Let’s get our marriage on!

Mattel Presents: Drag Queen Barbie!

At last! Mattel has decided to up their eleganza game by commissioning their first Barbie doll modeled after the true embodiment of glamour and glitz: Drag Queens!

Yes Ma’am, it’s about time. Coming out of the design house The Blonds (David Blond and Philippe Blond), the aptly titled “The Blonds Blond Diamond Barbie Doll” will be available in December for $125 (oof, extravaganza!).

It’s too bad Jason Wu didn’t get commissioned for this, as he (according to my trusty source Char Char) is widely known to have gotten his start in fashion by designing clothes for dolls, before he became a a household name (thanks to Michelle Obama). Char Char also reminded me of a magical time long long ago, when we were at the now-defunct Happy Valley and Amanda Lepore was auctioning off a Jason Wu-designed doll of her likeness:

                                         photo by Candace McMullen

Oh wells. My dream come true would be a Jason Wu-designed Jujubee doll. C’mon Mattel, screw Miko, Dana, and Nikki, we need a little color in our Queens…make it happen!

Thanks Char Char!

‘No Place for Your Kind’: Documenting Anti-Chinese Violence

Site of attempted forced removal via ocean steamer, Seattle. Photo by Tim Greyhavens

In his project No Place for Your Kind, Seattle-based photographer Tim Greyhaves documented historical sites from a little-known — yet one of the most violent — chapters of our history: ethnic cleansing and expulsion of Chinese immigrants. From the mid-1800s to early 1900s, the American West was settled by Chinese laborers, miners, and families. This was accompanied by over 150 known attempts to systematically and brutally drive the Chinese out via massacres, lynchings, riots, and burning homes and businesses to the ground (perpetrators went largely unpunished). Where once there were dozens of Chinese communities peppered across the West Coast and mountain regions, for the most part (except larger cities such as San Francisco, L.A., and Seattle), there is now no trace.

General area of the camp where five Chinese miners were murdered. Oro Grande, Idaho. Photo by Tim Greyhaves

Greyhaves also makes the connection between the ugly reaction to immigration then and currently. Both periods are marked by scapegoating and inhumane measures directed towards immigrants during an economic recession, and buttressed by fear of the “foreign Other”.

For more info on this period check out Jean Pfaelzer’s excellent book Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans. Pfaelzer also writes about how the Chinese fought back: organizing strikes and protests, ordering firearms from China, and even winning legal battles.

Greyhaves’ next project will focus on another unfortunate series of events in Washington state’s history – the building of the Grand Coulee Dam and its infringement on vital tribal fishing grounds and burial sites.

And keep an eye out for an upcoming exhibit on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which is scheduled to open at the New-York Historical Society in April 2014.

Thanks to R.J. Lozada for sharing

source: NYTimes

141 eyewear drops a new line of sunglasses: lookseegoods

So what do you do after you release a very successful line of eyeglass frames with the buy one gift one to a child in need business model? Well, you release a line of sunglasses that Omar from The Wire rocks too. Created by an amazing couple in Portland who started 141eyewear in 2010 who not only know the eyeglass and social welfare game equal parts, but really know how to give a great tour of PDX too. Nice work Shu-Chu and Kyle!

Check out 141eyewear, if only cause its got the best name for a product ever. And check out lookseegoods for the new line of sunglasses.

Total Recall’s 3-Boobed Woman is…

Kaitlyn Leeb. And yes, she is half Chinese, half Irish and from Canada. No, pervert, all three boobs are not real. And no, I do not think this was a wise career move. Why? Do you remember the name of the original three-boobed woman in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Total Recall? Right, me neither.

Standby for Total Recall midnight showing live tweets in-line at the Daly City Century 20 tonight.