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Even if you don’t have BieberFever, you’ve heard his new single with Usher, “Somebody to Love,” on the radio-don’t deny it. But you probably haven’t seen his music video, since that would entail you actually going out of your way to look it up, and, cough, no one does that.
Except it’s almost worth the three plus minutes it takes to watch his video, since his new video features a whole slew of Asian American backdancers, including ABDC’s Poreotix and Beat Freaks, and some interesting weird pink fan dancers. He also has a few scenes with a huge red Chinese character for love in the background, complete with fire. Because you know, fire and love plus Usher and Justin Bieber and a couple of Oompa Loompa-esque dancers makes for a hit. Continue Reading »
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) has recently released a guide to citizenship for Asian immigrants looking to gain U.S. citizenship. Since many Asian immigrants have a difficult time getting clear information in their own languages, APALC’s videos (available in English, Cantonese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, and Vietnamese), will be a huge help for those struggling with the naturalization process.
The videos cover application processes as well as interview questions, and also presents civics questions in English, to help viewers improve their language proficiency. APALC has also released an accompanying English language guidebook, which is available for free download on the APALC website.
It’s been weeks since BP screwed up and creating the largest oil spill in history, and yet the pump is still leaking millions of gallons of oil. They’ve tried the top kill method (which Bill Nye, the Science Guy so cleverly explained), and attempted to funnel some oil through a containment cap, but Rep. Anh Joseph Cao, the Vietnamese-American Republican congressman from New Orleans had another suggestion for BP America President Lamar McKay.
“Mr. Stearns asked Mr. McKay to resign,” Cao said. “Well, in the Asian culture we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we just give you a knife and ask you to commit harakiri.”
Harakiri is a form of ritual suicide from back in the Japanese feudal days which required samurais who had committed serious crimes to take a knife and slice into their abdomen, left to right.
Apparently all the recent photos of the distraught oil-slicked birds have been really getting to Cao, but come on now. Harakiri?
photo from the Christian Science Monitor
North Korea training in a public gym in Johannesburg.
Just about the entire Korean American community has World Cup fever- that’s including everyone who hasn’t watched a soccer game since the last World Cup in 2006- but while hundreds of thousands of fans stayed up to watch South Korea beat Greece, few people bothered to watch the North Korean team play Brazil in their first World Cup appearance since 1966.
The Beijing office of the North Korean Sports Committee even handed out free tickets to the tournament to around 1000 Chinese fans, knowing it would be near impossible for North Korean fans to make it over to South Africa.
But even with such lackluster fan support, North Korea performed better than anyone expected, with Ji Yun Nam making a surprising goal in the second half. Brazil still came out on top, winning 2-1, but for a team that has to train in public gyms and has rented fans, the NK team is holding its own.