Monday, October 23, 2017

All the Asians on TV: Fall 2017 Series Premieres

Here are the new scripted shows featuring actors of Asian descent. We counted.

These are new shows. The new fall television season is well underway, and as usual, we've been keeping an eye on the new Asian faces on the tube. Because we like to keep track of such things. But with cable and streaming services, as well as new shows now premiering year-round, the old model of a new fall "season" as a programming benchmark is not quite what it used to be. Nevertheless, after scouring the slate of new shows, here's a general rundown of actors of Asian descent who are series regulars (not technically guest starring or recurring) on new scripted prime time network, cable and streaming shows premiering this fall.

We might have missed a few, but here you go. These are new shows.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Read These Blogs

New Flight for a New 'Butterfly': An interview with David Henry Hwang, whose revival of his breakthrough play M. Butterfly promises some significant changes from its 1988 version.

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5 Artists on How 'M. Butterfly' Changed Their Lives: Asian American actors and playwrights describe how M. Butterfly inspired their work, and its lasting effects more than 20 years after its release.

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What We Miss When We Ignore Asian Americans: "Whether it's television programming or the leadership of tech companies and law firms, what we see right now isn't reflective of where we are as society -- and what we aspire to be."

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A California congressional race reveals political divisions in the Asian-American community: As Democrats compete for a spot in congress, Asian American voters diverge.

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Making Diwali our own, and passing it on: For many South Asian Americans, celebrating Diwali meant putting it in a new context, but keeping the roots of its important meaning.

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Despite what you might have heard, Asian American CEOs are the exception, not the norm: The perception may be that Asian Americans are overrepresented in Silicon Valley, but while they are hired in large numbers, they are the group least likely to be promoted to managerial and executive ranks.

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The Asian American Women Writers Who Are Going to Change the World: V.V. Ganeshananthan, Porochista Khakpour, Bich Minh Nguyen, and Esmé Weijun Wang discuss writing, activism and community.

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An Interview with MacArthur 'Genius' Viet Thanh Nguyen: 2017 MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses questions of justice, diversity in literature, and empathy across cultures.

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Amy Tan on Writing and the Secrets of Her Past: Renowned author Amy Tan talks to Nicole Chung about family history, Donald Trump, and her new book, Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir.

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Guilty pleasure: Hari Kondabolu loves 'Untamed Heart' When comedian Hari Kondabolu was 14 years old, he secretly obsessed over Untamed Heart, which ignited a lasting passion for the sappy romance genre.

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Metro Knows You're Not Listening To Its Respectful Pleas, Says Eff it, Releases These Videos: LA's Metro has released a trio of new PSAs -- starring Anna Akana -- to encourage passengers to use good manners on the bus and the subway.

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The best Sabine Wren episodes of Star Wars: Rebels: In honor of the fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels, here's a list of one writer's favorite episodes that center on Sabine Wren, the badass multicolor-haired Mandalorian warrior, voiced by Tiya Sircar.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Kelly Marie Tran Rides the Space Horse

New 'Star Wars' promo art reveals closer look at 'Last Jedi' creatures.

Photo: Imgur

As you know, we are enormously excited to see Kelly Marie Tran in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

We don't know much, but we know her character, a Resistance maintenance worker named Rose, has the biggest new role in a galaxy far, far away. We know that she'll be paired up with Finn, their mission will take them to a casino city called Canto Bight, and at some point, they'll go undercover as First Order officers.

Also: they will ride space horses.

Some new Last Jedi promotional art gives us a closer look at creatures called fathiers -- aka "space horses." According to Star Wars News Net, they are extremely fast creatures that are exploited for racing and gambling on Canto Bight. And as depicted (in extremely small detail) on this theatrical standee, it appears that Rose and Finn will saddle up and make a run for it on the back of one of these majestic space steeds.

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4 signs that say a marriage is on life-support

Every marriage has its ups and downs -- but if your marriage seems like it has been on the "down" side of things for a long while, is it time to get an attorney?

According to divorce attorneys, here are the signs that a marriage is terminal -- not merely troubled.

1. The couple has lost common ground.

If a couple used to have common interests but those have faded, and they no longer see much point to spending time with each other -- that's a really bad sign. A lot of "grey" divorces start out this way because the couple realizes that they stopped having anything in common except the house and kids long before.

2. They lie about money.

No matter how the family finances are ordered or managed, if one or both partners is lying about their spending or money habits, that signals a lack of trust in the marriage. It also means that the couple can't really work toward common financial goals.

3. The sex is pretty much over.

If the couple has a tepid sex life at best, if one member of the couple is only participating out of a sense of obligation or the couple has stopped having sex altogether, there is a loss of more than just physical intimacy -- there's a loss of emotional intimacy as well. It usually means the couple is too guarded with each other to engage in sex in an open way.

4. They fight all the time or not at all.

Constant screaming, open contempt and name calling is a bad sign. However, the silent treatment is just as awful. Perhaps even worse, some couples will just say anything to avoid a fight -- which means they aren't living in a relationship with any real strength at all.

If you've come to the realization that your marriage simply isn't going to last, it's time to talk to a divorce attorney. Our firm has attorneys who are experienced in that area of the law and may be able to help you as you move forward.

Angry Reader of the Week: Joel Kim Booster

"I get up on stage and talk about my butt."

Hey, everybody! It is time, once again, 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 Joel Kim Booster.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dammit. Jeremy Lin is out for the season.

Nets guard suffers ruptured patella tendon during Brooklyn's season opener.

Noooooooooooo! Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin has been diagnosed with a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee and is expected to miss the rest of the 2017-18 season, the team announced Thursday.

The injury occurred Wednesday night during the fourth quarter of Brooklyn's season-opener against the Indiana Pacers. Lin landed awkwardly on a drive to the basket and crumbled to court in obvious pain. His immediate emotional reaction seemed to indicate he knew the injury was pretty serious.

"I'm done," he said, shaking his head, before doubling over in anguish. It's painful to even watch.

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Being a Grandparent in the 21st century

In modern society, families are increasingly reliant on the significant care and support that grandparents provide to their grandchildren to allow parents to work and provide for their own family.  While it’s hoped that a separation will not affect grandparent’s relationships with their grandchildren, this is quite often not the case.

Have you been stopped from or limited in the time you can spend with your grandchildren? Including after a separation or divorce?  As a grandparent, you have options to assist you to preserve your grandchildren’s relationship with you.

The Family Law Act (Cth) 1975 gives the Court power to make parenting orders for children that relate to other people, not just parents.  In fact, grandparents are specifically listed in the legislation along with parents as people who may apply to the Court for parenting orders.

As with all parenting matters before the Court, the Judge must regard the child’s best interests as the paramount consideration when making decisions.  This includes a number of factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • the nature of your relationship with the child/ren’s parents. Both with your own child and the other parent and the ongoing effect of such time on the relationship;
  • what time you have spent with the child/ren to date, and the nature of your relationship with them;
  • the child/ren’s wishes;
  • any other factor the court deems relevant.

In circumstances where neither parent may be suitable to care for the child, or where as a grandparent you have been the child’s primary carer, the Court enables you to make an application for them to live with you or to spend substantial and significant time with you.  It is important that if you feel these circumstances apply to you that you seek legal advice prior to making an application with the Court.

Of course, Court should be the last resort.  It is one of the many reasons that the law requires parties to attend mediation proper to commencing court proceedings, unless there is urgency or has been family violence.  While mediation does not guarantee that you will reach agreement as to what time you can spend with your grandchildren, it can be step in the right direction in a lot of cases.

For complex family relationships, there are also family counsellors and other services available that may be able to assist you to discuss with your family the time your grandchildren can spend with you without adding further conflict.

For advice tailored to your specific circumstances, contact us today to discuss your options.