A Southeast Asian’s Guide to the 30th CAAM Film Festival

For all my SEA brothers and sisters out there looking to support some movies during the Center for Asian American Media’s film festival going on from March 8-18, I have my top 3 picked out for your convenience. One is about BcB favorite Anh Joseph Cao’s journey from getting elected to the House, repping NOLA, and heading up to DC. The appropriately named Mr. Cao Goes to Washington. The second is a b-boy movie called Among B-Boys (you know BcB likes them b-boys and b-girls) about the intersection between the Hmong community and the world of b-boying. Seriously, is there any other topic better than that? The last is The Crumbles, a movie about an indie rock band that includes, without exaggeration, one of the most beautiful Vietnamese American actresses I have ever seen, Teresa Michelle Lee.

Peep the trailers here:

Mr. Cao Goes to Washington:

Among B-Boys:

The Crumbles:

 

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WA State Legalizes Gay Marriage

Today I’m especially proud of my home state. On Monday, Governor Christine Gregoire signed legislation that makes WA the seventh state to legalize gay marriage, which will go into effect on June 7th. As a double whammy, the bill was signed while Rick Santorum — Republican presidential hopeful, shining example of homophobia and sexism, and target of the best neologism campaign ever — was in town.

Opponents and haters say they will try to repeal the bill through  signature gathering and a ballot measure in the November elections, but advocates will definitely fight back against these efforts to put our rights up for public vote (as is happening in Minnesota and North Carolina).

But for now, let’s enjoy the celebrations:

Associated Press

Gary Gots It On Locke

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Gary Locke, Washington State’s former Governor and FIRST! Chinese American Governor in America, is doin big thangs. As a Washingtonian born and bred – I puff with pride to think of our Belov’d Gov likely named as (FIRST!) Commerce Secretary for the Obama inner circle.

Ok, I admit that during Locke’s 1996-2004 reign I was a youngin more preoccupied with nurturing my newfound love of schnapps and snatching up the latest Elfquest issues at Comics Corner (and managing my blinding popularity, obviously) than local politics. But in general, my hazy teen memory tells me that I did indeed vote for his re-election when I was of age, he generally kicked ass, and was well loved by PNWers.

No stranger to the projects and public school, racist threats against his family, and right-wing assassination plots, Gary is one tough mother that’s down with the proles — not some high-falutin’ elitist politician. And don’t forget his smokin’ wife, Mona!

Runway worthy. Former Newscaster. Hawt Dayum.

Runway worthy. Former Newscaster. Hawt Dayum.

Plus, he rocked the flyest haircut in the history of elected officialdom:

It's a bowl cut, bitches. Bow down.

It's a bowl cut, bitches. Bow down.

Aaaand his niece or something went to my high school (what up Emily! Sorry I was such a hosebeast in Chem). But I digress! Along with Steven Chu and Eric Shinseki, this could make three Asian Americans in the Obama Cabinet. And that’s the kinda world I wanna live in someday. Go Gary Go!
 
UPDATE:  Locke clinched it! How sweet it is that the position once likely to go to New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson — whose nomination drew opposition from groups like Chinese for Affirmative Action due to his bigoted witchhunt, denial of due process, and false accusations of espionage against Dr. Wen Ho Lee — is now occupied by a Chinese American. Eat it Richardson!