Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Asian American police officers say they were 'routinely' subjected to slurs, stereotypes

Lawsuit claims San Gabriel police maintained a "racially hostile" work environment.

From the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: A group of current and former Asian American officers of the San Gabriel Police Department claim they were routinely harassed and discriminated against -- both by other officers using slurs and stereotypes and by the department’s leadership, who they say passed them up for promotion after complaining about the alleged abuses, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

The lawsuit claims San Gabriel police maintained a "racially hostile" work environment in which they were demeaned "on a nearly daily basis," including other officers using "mock Asian accents" when speaking to them, as well as comments on their physical appearance and stereotypes about Asian culture.

More here: 5 San Gabriel police officers say they were ‘routinely’ subjected to Asian-Americans slurs, stereotypes

Monday, November 20, 2017

Is your prenup binding?

The High Court recently made a decision in the case of Thorne & Kennedy that has overturned what many lawyers believed was the law regarding Prenuptial Agreements.

A seemingly valid agreement was found to be invalid because the wife was under undue pressure and in a poor bargaining position.

Duncan Basheer Hannon Senior Family Lawyer, Megan Dansie, says that anyone with a Prenuptial Agreement made shortly before a marriage or where there was a great difference between the assets of the parties, should have it reviewed by an experienced family lawyer.

Most Prenuptial Agreements will still be binding. However, in light of this new law, you should obtain advice about whether a new Agreement should be prepared.

This is particularly the case where one of the parties has been given independent legal advice that they should not sign the Agreement and that it was unfair or unjust.

If you have separated and feel you are bound by a Prenuptial Agreement, you should get legal advice about whether the Court may now cancel some or all of it in light of the recent Court decision.

The highly experienced family lawyers at Duncan Basheer Hannon are able to give you advice about Prenuptial Agreements and all Binding Financial Agreements, whether for marriages or de facto relationships.

If you are thinking of entering into a Prenuptial Agreement or a Binding Financial Agreement, you should get advice from an experienced family lawyer as early as possible. It is important that there is plenty of time for negotiation and legal advice before the wedding. Contact DBH Family Lawyers on 1800 324 324 or send us a message to arrange an obligation‑free appointment.

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File Under Badass: Four women fight off restaurant robber

"I just told the other girls to just hurt him and I'll hold the register."

This robber messed with the wrong restaurant -- a restaurant staffed with some badass ladies.

Earlier this month, a man attempting to rob the cash register at Tony's Breakfast in Northeast Washington was met with the full fury of four employees who smacked, slapped and thwacked the crap out of him.

Four women fought off a robber at a restaurant. 'You guys are crazy,' police told them.

On the morning of November 7, manager Justine Choe opened the cash register to make change for a customer, when a man suddenly lunged across the counter and made a grab for a cash drawer.

But Justine, whose parents own the restaurant, was not letting go without a fight. And this dude definitely got a fight. A crazy five-person tug-of-war ensued as three more of the restaurant's employees jumped into the fray.

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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The Rise of Rose: How A Badass Nerd Became The New "Star Wars" Lead: Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran, who stars in The Last Jedi, is ready to conquer galaxies both near and far, far away.

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Hari Kondabolu's The Problem with Apu Confronts The Simpsons' Glaring Blindspot: In his new documentary The Problem with Apu, comedian Hari Kondabolu uses The Simpsons' infamous Indian convenience store owner as a lens onto Hollywood stereotypes.

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Hari Kondabolu on 'The Problem with Apu' and why he's still a 'Simpsons' fan: In this interview, Hari Kondabolu talks about why he dislikes the character but still has love for the cartoon series.

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Riz Ahmed talks The Simpsons' race problem with comedian Hari Kondabolu: "How strange is it, Riz, that we’re two brown men who have agreed to have a phone call where white people are listening silently, and writing down what we’re saying? And we agreed to this!"

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GOP tax plan spells disaster for Asian-Americans: The GOP's proposed tax plan makes it clear that they are only interested in policies that benefit rich donors -- and Asian Americans are among the groups that will be disproportionately harmed.

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The Gray Area Between 'Yellow' And 'Brown' Skin: Can light-skinned Asians (East Asian) call themselves "brown"? NPR's Code Switch team tackles this question.

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Feeling Conflicted on Thanksgiving: "What is wrong with saying that Thanksgiving is about genocide as much as it is about gratitude?" Viet Thanh Nguyen ponders lessons for his 4-year-old this Thanksgiving.

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11 Asian-American Shows to Watch For in the 2017-18 Season: A (mostly) definitive list of productions across the U.S. that are addressing the Asian American experience this season.

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The "Inscrutable" Voices of Asian-Anglophone Fiction: Through the use of first-person narrators, writers like Weike Wang, the author of "Chemistry," are engaging with the enduring stereotype of Asian impersonality in order to overturn it.

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Comedian Jenny Yang is disrupting cultural perceptions of Asian Americans by making you laugh: For Jenny Yang, comedy's been a place for social justice and humor to coexist and raise awareness to immigrant and women's issues.

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Sarah Kuhn's superhero books are a beacon for women of color seeking community: Sarah Kuhn's Heroine Complex is a supernatural crime-fighting novel and centers women of color as main characters.

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How ABC Found a Surprise Hit in 'The Good Doctor': Daniel Dae Kim developed The Good Doctor, his first foray as executive producer, while he was part of the cast of Hawaii Five-0 on CBS, but the network passed on the project. It has become a huge hit at ABC.

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The Legacy of Both Mindys on The Mindy Project: Some thoughts on Mindy Kaling and her character Mindy Lahiri, after six seasons, in observance of The Mindy Project's series finale.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Badass mother shields kids, survives shooting rampage

Tiffany Phommathep was shot five times, then drove herself to get help.

By now, you've heard about the California man who went on a violent shooting rampage Tuesday, killing five and wounding twelve others in Tehama County, before he was killed in a shootout with police.

Kevin Janson Neal killed his wife and hid her body in a hole he cut in the floor of his trailer house. He then murdered four other people during a 25-minute tear through the rural community that ended with a shooting at Rancho Tehama Elementary School. An additional six adults and six children were wounded.

But did you hear about the woman who was shot five times, using her body to shield her kids -- and lived?

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Angry Reader of the Week: Jezzika Chung

"Today, I'd say I'm someone who isn't running away from who I am."

Hello, good readers of this blog. Here's what's up. Once again, it's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Jezzika Chung.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 28: They Call Us Unicorns

Jeff Yang and Phil Yu present an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America.

What's up, podcast listeners? We've got another episode of our podcast They Call Us Bruce. Each week, my good friend, writer/columnist Jeff Yang and I host an unfiltered conversation about what's happening in Asian America, with a strong focus on media, entertainment and popular culture.

Live from the San Diego Asian Film Festival! This episode, recorded in front of a live studio audience, we welcome fellow Potluck podcasters Marvin Yueh and Ada Tseng to pitch our hypothetical "unicorn" Asian American movie projects to studio execs Fritz Friedman and Paula Madison.

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