Hennessy Challenge

Let’s hope this doesn’t become a thing amongst my Yietnamee doo folks but damn if this is what it takes to finally get on worldstarhiphop.com I might have to do it.

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I Wish I Liked Vietnamese Music, I Do.

I really, really do. I want to enjoy my parents’ Asia and Paris by Night videos. I do. And I want to listen to the hot Vietnamese American Ca Si‘s out there singing ABBA remakes cause that’s what my parents love:

Cause life would be SO MUCH easier for me. It would mean I could spend that much more time hanging out with my parents watching Korean dramas Vietnamese music concerts when I’m at visiting home instead of sitting upstairs cutting my wrists, listening to an Elliot Smith radio station on Pandora listening to the new Drake collabo with a Young Money Millionaire.

I admit it, it must be some sort of self hate issue I have that allows me to enjoy (tongue firmly in cheek) a J/C/T/K-pop concert while at a boba tea place, but dammnit, do not make me sit through lipsyncing, lypo’d, collagen yietnamee songstresses doing a dance routine to Madonna’s vogue 20 years after it was in vogue.

And congrats to Xtine, 1/2 of Purity, for making it big in the OC concert video game. You’ve come along way from Karaoking my graduation party.

The Return of Vietnamese 80’s New Wave

New Wave Guy Smoking

GO TO THIS BLOG: Amoeba Music’s “Keep on Music New Wave and 80s Reunion Party – The Vietnamese New Wave Revival

Were you ready for that? All those PICTURES and VIDEOS of the height of the 80’s Vietnamese New Wave experience! Well, its coming back apparently. My first thought is, “did it ever really leave?”, cause just looking at my aunts and uncles nowadays, you wouldn’t have known it died and resurrected as this new kitschy, so ironic let’s put it on an Amoeba blog post phenomenon. My second thought is, I can’t believe people outside of Westminster and San Jose’s Viet community might actually recognize this subset of the New Wave pop culture of the 80’s (or this subset of the Vietnamese American immigrant experience, depending on your lens). The fact that this generation of Vietnamese Americans came over to the States and immediately and wholeheartedly adopted this genre of music and lifestyle still amazes me today, decades after sharing a room with my older cousin with the largest OMD and Depeche Mode posters I have ever seen in my life. Maybe its all the excess hairspray I swallowed as her roommate, but if this is coming back, and the girls look like this, sign me up for them marbled jackets and fishnet gloves.

FourVietnameseNewWaveGirls

9021Pho in Beverly Hills

judging by the menu, they might need more "tuong den" on that table. actually, a LOT more.

I’m not entirely against Vietnamese pho restaurants using puns in their names (Pho King in East Oakland comes to mind). And I’m not  against Vietnamese spots that don’t use accents in their menus; they confuse English-reading folks and are superfluous to folks who can read Viet, given some context of course (see 9021Pho menu). But you damn well better serve some good pho! Not that fusion crap (usually fused with more water and less MSG fish sauce). Cause this is the one dish that Americans don’t like when its watered down and prepared in a French-style bowl (ie. small portion in a giant white dish). So I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt 9021Pho in Beverly Hills, California. But judging by the Thrillist review, I have DOUBTS. EXTREME DOUBTS:

From the former chef of Michela comes this nook-like, modern casual soupery dedicated almost entirely to brothy Vietnamese deliciousness, with variations including Pho Ca (sliced tuna, onion, bean sprout, basil, and chili w/ chicken stock) and Spicy and Sour (shrimp, sole, straw mushroom, pineapple, baby corn and noodles in lemongrass, chili and tamarind broth); there’re also a few traditional entrees, like prawns wok-tossed with cilantro, garlic, and sherry vinaigrette over sliced tomatoes, and a peppercorn sauced filet mignon that’s cubed — so bring your TI-86.

Thanks RyRy.

Senate Confirmation of Judge Jacqueline Nguyen, the First Vietnamese American to Serve as Article III Judge

Written by Rep. Mike Honda for the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Today, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) applauds the U.S. Senate for confirming Judge Jacqueline Nguyen as a federal district judge in the Central District of California. CAPAC is proud to have supported Judge Nguyen through her confirmation process. She will be our nation’s first Vietnamese American to serve as an Article III judge.

For the past seven years, Judge Nguyen served on the Los Angeles Superior Court.  Prior to that, she was a federal prosecutor with the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and served as the Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section. She attended Occidental College and the UCLA School of Law.  As a child, along with her family, she escaped the fall of South Vietnam in 1975.

I congratulate President Obama on his commitment to ensuring diversity of the federal bench, and thank him for choosing talented Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) jurists of the highest caliber for the federal bench.  In addition to Judge Nguyen, President Obama has nominated Judge Denny Chin for an appellate judgeship on the Second Circuit, Edward Chen as a district judge in the Northern District of California, and Dolly Gee as a district judge in the Central District of California.

Judge Nguyen’s confirmation is an important milestone for AAPIs, as the community is sorely underrepresented on the federal bench. Currently, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up less than 1% of federal judges.

White Guy Sings a Vietnamese Song

There are many ways this video creeps me out, including the man’s Bac accent (I thought I was bad, pronouncing my D’s and G’s with too many Z’s). Props to cats like this who learn entire Asian languages in order to … (I’m just gonna throw this one out there and let it fly) … score Asian chicks. There I said it. I assumed it with no proof whatsoever. Good thing I write for this blog and not the NY Times.

Thanks calicalvin007.