Pop Culture

“The Green Hornet”: John Cho vs. Stephen Chow vs. Jay Chou

So apparently, imdb.com couldn’t tell John Cho and Jay Chou apart and listed the former as playing Kato in ‘The Green Hornet’ on its site. I have to admit, though, as I watched the film, I initially couldn’t help but think John Cho would have been great in that role. For the first half hour of […]

Insensitive (to say the least) Groupon Ad

Damn, I really do enjoy getting a good deal, but my options are getting increasingly limited. First Target, now I can’t shop with Groupon either. I found this over at Reapproriate, where Jenn had the following to say, “This commercial is racially and culturally offensive. That is all.”

A Sensory Feast at the Kearney Street Workshop Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Friday, February 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.) the Kearny Street Workshop is opening  “A Sensory Feast,” an art exhibit “where you can experience food and art not just by eating and seeing, but also through your other senses of feeling, hearing, and smelling.” The exhibit will run through Feb. 24, but there is […]

I feel slightly nausiated by this…

Hey guys, it’s time to relax, it’s the weekend and… What is this? Where did this guy come from? I really want to watch this show, just to be allowed to yell profanities at it, but alas, the UK doesn’t let me watch it legally. But seriously, when you name your documentary off of a […]

If Pixar’s ‘Up’ Were Made in 1965

By Ivan Guerro.

Haley Kiyoko, star of Disney’s new high school musical (not High School Musical)

More hapas on (kids) TV! So apparently Disney is putting together a high school musical TV movie (not a High School Musical© TV movie, mind you) called “Lemonade Mouth.” The star is Nikkei, and Disgrasian has the rundown. Here’s an excerpt: Hayley Kiyoko (pictured, center), who plays one of the lead misfits. Because the 19 […]

Fall of Japan? A look at 2010 and what it might spell for J-Pop around the world

So it’s another year, and while real life doesn’t actually revolve around the increment of 365 ¼ days, it’s good to know that we like to box everything into little categories. Ronald Kelts, author of Japanamerica, wrote last January that Japan may have jumped the shark: 2009 wasn’t such a hot year for them either, […]

Meet George Takei, ‘Supah Ninja’

His ninja name is Hologramps. I was going to try to write something funny, but I couldn’t top that. Looks like it could be a pretty good kid’s show. The main character is supposed to be a Nikkei kid, Mike Fukunaga, from a ninja family. The actor, Ryan Potter, looks pretty damn hapa to me. […]

Japanese singer Hamasaki marries actor Schwarz

TOKYO (Kyodo) – Japanese pop singer Ayumi Hamasaki married U.S-based Austrian actor Manuel Schwarz on Jan. 1 in a church ceremony in the United States, her office said Jan. 2. Hamasaki, 32, and Schwarz, 30, met last August in Los Angeles when she made a promotional video for her song “Virgin Road,” in which he […]

‘The Mentalist’s’ Tim Kang making a mark in Hollywood

It might be hard these days to find someone who has never seen Tim Kang’s face. The Korean American actor has appeared on “Chappelle’s Show,” “The Office,” “Monk,” “Law & Order,” and in the 2008 “Rambo” film. He was in a pivotal, highly memorable episode of the “The Sopranos” and is perhaps best known for […]

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