Model Minority: Justin Kim


So I didn’t even know America’s Next Top Model was still on, nor that it now features MALE models. ASIAN. MALE. MODELS. Feast yo peepers on Justin Kim (by stalking his Insta @seoulful_j) and his impossible jawline…and praise be to Ty Ty for keeping the ANTM cycle going for 22 flippin’ years — although C’MON it really shouldn’t have taken almost a quarter of a century to get a male Asian American model on the show.

Christ, I still remember the first season. And that makes me feel old and sad. But this makes me feel better:


Tats, chains, and chesticles, Oh My!

Plus he reps Korea and AZN Pryde hard and wants to shatter stereotypes by showing America that Asian men are tall and hot and really really really ridiculously good looking and hot and also hot. What a good Samaritan, that Justin Kim!

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 10.40.01 PMTime for me to start clearing my calendar Thursdays at 8pm. Screw Shark Tank. I want Hunk (in a) Tank!  Ugh. Sorry…here’s a palate cleanser:





Soul Train and Cheryl Song

Yesterday, Don Cornelius, creator of Soul Train, passed away at the age of 75. R.I.P. Don, and thank you for giving my generation some of the best childhood memories and music programming of the ’70s and ’80s.

Some of you may also remember the lady with the majestic mane who was the first Asian American dancer on Soul Train (and was on the show for 14 consecutive years). Her name is Cheryl Song, and in addition to bringing the funk and the unbelievably dazzling outfits to Soul Train, she was a dancer in Rick James’ “Superfreak” video and apparently helped Michael Jackson work out The Moonwalk.

Just try to watch the following montage without repeatedly shouting “YES GIRL!” at your screen.

Cheryl now works for the Federal Air Marshall Service at LAX. Get down with your bad self Cheryl Song, and to Don Cornelius: in parting, we wish you love, peace, and soul.



Thanks Louie!

Lucy Koh Becomes FIRST! Korean American on U.S. District Court

Yesterday, the US Senate confirmed Judge Lucy H. Koh, making her the FIRST! Korean American to be on the US District Court, and the FIRST! APA Article III Judge confirmed in the Bay Area.


Released by the Asian American Justice Center:

Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed (90-0) The Honorable Lucy H. Koh to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, making her the first Korean American U.S. District Court Judge in United States history and the first Asian Pacific American Article III judge in the 160-year history of the Northern District of California.  Magistrate Judge Edward M. Chen, whose nomination to the Northern District of California is still pending, was the first Asian Pacific American judge to serve on the court.

“This is a historic achievement for the Asian Pacific American community,” said Joseph J. Centeno, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. “The glaring absence of an Asian Pacific American Article III in the Northern District California for over 160 years makes Judge Koh’s confirmation very meaningful to our community.”

Judge Koh was appointed to the California Superior Court for Santa Clara County in January 2008 by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Prior to her appointment, she was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Silicon Valley, where she specialized in intellectual property and commercial litigation.  Judge Koh began her legal career in the public sector, serving as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles in the major frauds section, and in several positions at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., including Special Assistant to the U.S. Deputy Attorney General.  Then FBI Director Louis Freeh gave Judge Koh an award for prosecuting a $54 million securities fraud case.  She also worked on the staff of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee.

“It is exciting to see Judge Koh confirmed as the first female Korean American Article III Judge in the United States,” said Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center.  “Women and Asian Pacific Americans have long been underrepresented among federal judges, and five out of the nine Asian Pacific Americans the President has nominated to serve as federal judges have been women.  It is heartening to see that the President is committed to increasing diversity on the federal bench.”

Yahoo! Let’s keep rackin’ up them FIRST!s. They’re fun to type.

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Judge Denny Chin Confirmed

Today, almost 5 months after the Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to move his nomination to the full Senate, Judge Denny Chin was confirmed by a 98-0 vote for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (a position left vacant by Justice Sonia Sotomayor). Originally nominated by Obama, Chin has been backed by some high-profile supporters, including the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, Asian American Justice Center ED Karen Narasaki, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (boo).

Born in Kowloon and raised in New York, Chin’s best hits include presiding over the US vs. Madoff case, revoking Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff’s $10 mil bail and ordering him to report immediately to federal jail, as well sentencing Madoff to the maximum 150 years, calling his crimes “extraordinarily evil”.

This is what justice looks like. Wreckognize!

So what does this mean? It means Denny Chin is the only active Asian American federal Appellate Court judge (out of about 175), the FIRST! APA Apellate Court judge confirmed outside of the Ninth Circuit, and the FIRST! active Asian American judge on the Courts of Appeal in over five years.

I’ll admit I almost failed high school US government & civics, so I’ll need to consult my trusty research partner wiki to decipher the legal system described above, but I don’t need to do that to know this is a major step forward for APA representation, and definitely worthy of a hearty: FIRST! Onward!

Two Asian Pacific American Judges Nominated to Federal District Court

From the Asian American Justice Center:

WASHINGTON – Today, The Honorable Edward M. Chen and The Honorable Lucy H. Koh were nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

“Judge Chen and Judge Koh are committed members of the legal community with strong reputations for fairness, impartiality and integrity,” said Joseph J. Centeno, president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. “Both nominees are outstanding choices to be the first Asian Pacific American Article III Judges in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.”

If confirmed by the Senate as Article III federal judges, Judge Chen and Judge Koh would serve lifetime appointments. Judge Chen was originally nominated on Aug. 7, 2009 and the Senate Judiciary Committee approved him Oct. 15, 2009. His nomination, and others, was not acted upon before the full Senate recessed. This caused the nomination to be returned, per Senate rules.

Judge Chen has served more than eight years as a U.S. magistrate judge and is strongly supported by law enforcement officials, former prosecutors and multiple bar associations. The American Bar Association and the Bar Association of San Francisco have both given Judge Chen their highest rankings. Centeno noted that “since his Judiciary Committee vote in September, Republicans and Democrats alike have spoken out even more strongly in support of Judge Chen and have noted how his confirmation would strengthen the judiciary.”

Judge Koh was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in January 2008 by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior, she was an intellectual property and commercial litigator in Silicon Valley for more than eight years. She began her legal career in the public sector, serving as an assistant U. S. attorney in Los Angeles in the major frauds section and in several positions at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. If confirmed, she will be the first female Korean American Article III judge.

“With 35 percent of the San Francisco Bay Area population being of Asian American descent, the absence of an Asian American Article III judge is appalling,” said Karen K. Narasaki, president and executive director of the Asian American Justice Center. “This is especially significant because many infamous cases affecting Asian Americans – includingU.S. v. Korematsu and Yick Wo v. Hopkins – were first decided by this court.”

Centeno and Narasaki congratulate both Judges upon their historic nominations and thank President Obama and California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein for nominating them.

Curtis has more information on Edward Chen at APA for Progress.

Friday Fuckery: Hello Twitty

Happy first Friday Fuckery of 2010! Yes, I was remiss in posting Friday Fuckery last week on the 1st, cause I think it’s bad luck to drop the F-bomb on the first day of the new year. HA! Actually, I was too busy nursing a headache and watching the Lock Down marathon on msnbc. Did you know that lady prisons are nothing like Chicago?

Anyway, for today’s Fuckery, here’s a lovely new year’s pun involving our fave cartoon cat (besides Garfield of course), which is fitting — since I spent New Year’s Day acknowledging the pain in my sides and the important and courageous work my kindeys perform every happy hour, bottomless brunch, and Weekend’s Eve.

Reminds me of a charming little shirt I see at the vendor stands in New York, which makes me want to gouge out my eyes every time:

But please, don’t stop the HK punwear there…let’s keep a good thing goin! Holdin’ my breath for this one:

Hello Darlin’! HELLLLOOO Conway Twitty!


FIRST!: John Liu and Margaret Chin

Josh Haner/New York Times

It’s official! John C. Liu was sworn in as Comptroller on Friday —  a very tough job — facing what he called “the biggest budget crisis in decades”. Raised in Queens and the son of Taiwanese immigrants, Liu is the FIRST! Asian American elected to a city-wide office in NYC. And the most titillating NY celebrity sighting I’ve ever experienced (at the newly minted Museum of Chinese in America). FIRST!

William Alatriste/NYC Council

In related FIRSTs!, Hong Kong-born Democrat Margaret Chin (and former Executive Director at Asian Americans for Equality) was sworn in recently as a City Councilmember representing Lower Manhattan’s District 1, which includes Chinatown. Believe it or not, Chin is the FIRST Asian American ever to represent Chinatown, beating out two-term incumbent Alan Gerson on her fourth try. Ah, the echoes of the ol’ Tammany Hall crooked political machine….no more! Hopefully, Chin’s representation will help further empower the Chinatown community, one of the poorest and most linguistically isolated areas of the city. Chin will be the only Asian American woman on City Council. FIRST!!