What Did Jeremy Lin Do?

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Ever since JLin and the Lin family rolled to the Leavey Center for a Broncos v. Crimson game in 2010, AzN has been in full blown Linsanity mode. So for all you JLin fans out there who aren’t necessarily Laker fans (#DubNation represent) I will be conveniently posting JLin stat lines after every Laker game (0-5 and off to a great start y’all!) on the Asian American sports blog: datwinning.com. Peep BCB for some summaries of the best JLin games, but stick with Dat Winning for up-to-date stat lines cause we can’t be a 24/7 Jeremy Lin Show.

Also, thanks to High Expectations Father who kindly volunteered to give us a quote after each performance (to be honest, I didn’t ask, but my mom called me the other day and was like “High Expectations Father wants to talk to you!” so I drove out to the suburbs and, well, you know what happened next).

Thanks all! And remember, as Jeremy says, Jesus loves you! Unless you’re JR Smith, in which case, no one loves you.

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Honoring Yuri Kochiyama

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This past weekend the Asian American community, nay — HUMANITY lost a legend. But the legacy of Yuri Kochiyama continues to burn bright — not just because she was friends with Malcolm X or supported the work of the Black Panther Party. It was her integrity, her inclusive vision of justice, and her generous spirit (to name a few) that truly made Yuri a stone cold bad ass freedom fighter (not to mention a muse for Blue Scholars).

In tribute, 18MillionRising.org has set up a Tumblr called Because of Yuri, to collect stories and memories from the many people she moved, whether they met her in person or not. Including CBruhs, who is honored to have her submission included (and below). Head on over to #BecauseofYuri to share your praises, and check out the other contributions in honor of this marvelous, miraculous, beautiful woman warrior.

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I’ve never had the honor of meeting Yuri Kochiyama, but her power, her passion, her presence has continually lingered in the atmosphere, like a spark in the ether. The iconic image of Yuri speaking with ferocity at a 1968 anti-war demonstration is branded into my brain, and no doubt countless others — young and old, Asian American and non — who, like me, hope to manifest even a small part of her fearless life and vision. This image of Yuri is audacious, it is righteous, and it still quickens my blood every time I see it.  It shows someone who does not look like what we’ve been conditioned to believe a hero can look like in America, but who was nevertheless propelled by the courage of conviction, who boldly lived her values, and who modeled what justice can look like when we build together. I see a woman warrior, and it is in Yuri’s legacy that I can imagine the promise and potential of our beloved society. Thank you for all you’ve given us.

‘Hello’ Taiwan!

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Hello! Dawen here. When I wrote this I was blogging from thousands of feet up in the air, somewhere across the Pacific.  I can’t even begin to describe how it feels to be returning home to the States after being away for nearly two years. On Tuesday March 25th I’ll be joining Canadian singer-songwriter Wanting in Seattle, as part of the West Coast leg of her Say The Words Tour. We kicked it off in Los Angeles and continued to San Francisco and then Portland by tour bus.

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So how on earth did I get here?  It seems so unreal to me sometimes when I think about it. The short end of it: About three years ago, famed Taiwanese music producer Adia saw my cover of Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” (produced by my brother George Wang) on YouTube and passed it along to Universal Music Taiwan.  Universal Music then contacted me through YouTube to ask about my musical background. You can imagine how skeptical I was when I first received a message like that —  a short one sent through YouTube from someone claiming to be Universal. I thought it was a joke, initially. I soon realized that the inquiry was legitimate, and after extensive video chats and a trip to Taipei, I signed with Universal Music Taiwan in 2012.

Upon arriving in Taipei, the first thing I did was enroll in Chinese language class. Although I considered myself bilingual, I quickly realized that my conversational vocabulary was seriously lacking. And if my goal was to someday write lyrics as well as music in Chinese, I would have to improve my speaking and writing comprehension. I went to school for six months, all the while working to expand my fluency.  The following year was a series of personal and cultural developments that culminated in my debut Mandarin album Hello (Nihao) on Christmas Eve of last year.

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Hello is distinctly different from my indie album American Me. Nine of the album’s ten songs were written after moving to Taiwan and are in Mandarin. Writing in Mandarin also meant that I had to completely reconsider how I think about melody and how it relates to culture. At first I would write in English and translate it to Chinese, but often the result wasn’t very good — so I abandoned that method very early on (which goes to show that just because something sounds good in English, doesn’t necessarily mean that it will sound good in another language).

The title track ‘Hello’ was the first time I ever tried writing completely in Chinese, and you can hear how rudimentary and direct the lyrics are.  😉  Musically, Hello features more acoustic Pop, in contrast to the R&B /Soul of American MeHello is not a complete 180 though, in terms of style. ‘Acid Rain’ features a groove that is very much in the vein of American Me, and my song ‘Shoes’ (the only English language track on the album) that I wrote for Kollaboration Acoustic 4 back in 2010  — was finally recorded and points to my earlier jazz-influenced piano style.

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I do want to acknowledge how important the Asian American community has been to me and how grateful I am to each and every one of you who have supported me from all the beginning. A particular shout out goes to the blogosphere: Bicoastal Bitchin’, AngryAsianMan, 8Asians, A-Tunes, not to mention my fam at TaiwaneseAmerican.org, Kollaboration and Tuesday Night Project!! I love you guys and can’t wait to see you all.

Hello is out on iTunes and Spotify, so give it a listen when you get the chance. The other person I want to acknowledge is my older brother George. In addition to knowing me for as long as I’ve been alive, Geh has been my best friend and number one supporter, as well witness to all the past highs and lows. It’s safe to say that if he didn’t light that fire under my ass I would not be on this flight coming home. I couldn’t wait to land at LAX, meet my brother, smother Sweet Pea the dog, and take my shoes off when I got in the door.

Happy Bitchin’ Momma’s Day

Here at BCB, we’re well aware that we’d be nothing without our Mas and Grandmas and folks who’ve played a momma role in our lives. We are selfish, shiftless brats who waste too much money, drink too much, and don’t visit enough, but Ma loves us just the same.

Here’s a couple nice gestures you can do for your mom and the important wimmins in your life today (and every second of every hour of every other day of the year, fool!)

– AAPI online organizing group 18MillionRising.org created a #TYMom (Thank You Mom) site where you can create and send a custom message to your mom. Remind her of that specific time she did something really special for you, like making herb soup when you came down with chicken pox or bailing you out of jail.

MomsRising.org & NAPAWF made a fun “Mom Dance” video that you can giggle at and then share with your mom.

But the Mom Dance to rule them all is obviously ‘Dub Step Mom’, featuring Mike Song and his mama Laura:

Stone. Cold. Mama Song.

Much love and gratitude to all the Bitchin’ Moms, Grandmoms, Godmoms, Sisters, Aunties, Cuzins, and strong women who give us a beautiful life, every day.

Happy New Year! (Courtesy of R. Kelly)

BCB wishes all y’all readers a prosperous Year of the Snake — filled with happiness, good fortune, and ssssssmexinessss. And who better to embody this last quality than Sir R. Kelly himself:

A perfect New Year’s ditty to sing ’round the banquet table with your family and loved ones.

Gung Hay Faht Choy! 恭喜發財! Chúc Mừng Năm Mới!

Thanks MY and AZNHeartthrob!

A Treasured (Big Gay Chinese) Wedding

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I don’t usually get super emotional at weddings (except over the bounty of booze and food), but these newlyweds are giving me life! Shove off, William and Kate, you’ve been upstaged for Wedding of the Millenium by Big Treasure and Little Treasure.

A retired history teacher and a water delivery man who met while the latter was bringing water to the former, the couple married in front of 12,000 online Weibo supporters — many of whom I’m guessing they garnered after a video of them singing a karaoke love song to each other went viral. The couple were moved by the Hong Kong gay rights organization Big Love Alliance to come out and shout their love from the rooftops and into karaoke mics.

If I was at this wedding I’d be ferociously banging my chopsticks on my plate, making countless Hennessy toasts, and blubbering like an hormonal pageant queen.

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And it wouldn’t be a gay old wedding without some shade: commenting on a son’s refusal to attend, “It’s disappointing that outsiders can bless us but not our own son. The heartless child is sabotaging our happiness.” BOOM, you thankless party poopin’ black-hearted assbrat!

While same-sex marriage is not recognized in China, the couple declared on Weibo: “We won’t part till we die. We will strive to be together no matter how hard and painful it is.”

From the groom’s adorable crooked bowtie, to the groom’s red roses bouquet quinceañera eleganza, to the arm-in-arm shots, the key word here is TREASURE.

Wishing Mr. & Mr. Treasure Deep Love, Long Life, and Double Happiness!

via Dlisted and Queerty

Croon, Jamie Woon!

Ok, I’m probably hella tardy to the party on this guy, but I’m kinda officially an old person who has abandoned all hope for keeping up with the jams favored by youffs of today. But now and again I’ll pause my riot grrrl and Jodeci remix cassettes long enuf to hear some NEWNOWNEXT music that doesn’t make me scratch my chin and stamp my K-Swiss in confusion. Rather, it reminds me why I shouldn’t be one those annoying “I only listen to music from {random yesteryear decade}, back when music was GOOD. Pffft” type of people.

Case in point: Jamie Woon, a British Malaysian Chinese/Scottish singer/songwriter/producer, whose debut album Mirrorwriting is a striking blend of haunting, soulful, and groovy. Souvy? Graunting?? YES.

 

If you’re a fan of James Blake or just like purty boys who can croon til the cows come home, then Woon is your dood.