Source: Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2012
By Jeff Yang
Why Asia is a Hub for Bikes
Vincent Chin, Remembered: This is the 30th anniversary of the murder of Vincent Chin in Detroit, an incident that triggered the 1980s political awakening of Asian America around racist stereotyping and hate crimes. This Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm, the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Museum of Chinese in America and the Asian American Bar Association of New York have organized a unique event called “Revisiting Vincent,” which combines a dramatic presentation of the case and the court proceedings that followed with a talkback led by University of California – Hastings College of Law dean Frank Wu, author of “Yellow.”
“K-Town” Rising: Soju! Drunken beat-downs! Even more drunken shirtless groping! It looks like “K-Town,” the notorious reality TV series set in Los Angeles Koreatown, executive produced by Tyrese Gibson and some of the team behind Jersey Shore and The Hills, is finally making its debut — as a web series on YouTube, now touting itself as the “reality show no TV network could show you.” Could, or wanted to? We’ll see.
“Happening,” now: In other online video news, Wong Fu Productions has teamed up with AT&T to create a unique web series — a rom-com called “Away We Happened” starring Victor Kim and Jen FrmHeadToToe (that’s what she calls herself), whose plot will be crowdsourced to viewers and shot on the fly. The teaser’s up on Facebook.
“Every Day Is a Holiday”: My friend Theresa Loong’s documentary on her father — who she discovered, late in life, spent much of World War II in a P.O.W. camp in Japan — has been making the rounds on public TV…and it’s coming here to New York! It’ll be on WNET-13 on Sunday, May 27 at 2:30pm, and WLIW-21 on Sunday, May 27 at 5:30pm. It’s a must watch. For additional info, visit here.
Up, Up and Away: Some of you know that a few years ago, I and three friends/co-geeks edited a graphic novel anthology called Secret Identities, which pulled together some of the brightest Asian talents in the comics world to create original stories of Asian American superheroes. Well, the second volume of “Secret Identities” is about to take flight. Called “Shattered,” it’s due this fall from The New Press — but we’re previewing concept art, sketches and other in-progress, behind the scenes sneak peeks every Saturday, or “SHATTEREDay,” at our Tumblr, right here. Check it out, and watch for “Shattered” to arrive this fall!
Tao Jones is Jeff Yang’s weekly column for Speakeasy on Asian and Asian American media, entertainment, technology and culture. Tune in next week for the next installment. Follow him on Twitter at @originalspin.