Wednesday, September 20, 2017

When Asian Parents Retire... and Start Cosplaying

Steven and Millie Tani are having a blast dressing up as their favorite pop culture characters.

They say that the couple that cosplays together stays together. Meet Steven and Millie Tani, a retired couple that spends their leisure time getting dressed up as their favorite pop culture characters.

The couple, who have been married for 27 years, caught the cosplaying bug three years ago when they needed costumes for Halloween event at Disneyland. They went as Carl and Ellie from Pixar's Up.

Since then, the Southern California couple has suited up as everything from Captain America and Agent Carter to Han Solo and Princess Leia, traveling to events and conventions around the state.

Their daughter, a veteran cosplayer herself, suggested they document their newfound hobby on social media. You can view fun photos of Steven and Millie's costume exploits on CosplayParents.

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The Great Failed Spam Heist of Ewa Beach

Thieves thwarted while attempting to steal 18 cases of Spam from a Hawaii drug store.

It wasn't exactly a fool-proof plan, but you have to appreciate the audacity of these thieves, just a little bit. This week in Hawaii, three women were thwarted while trying to steal 18 cases of Spam.

3 women attempt to steal 18 cases of Spam at Ewa Beach Longs

According to KITV, the attempted Spam heist occurred at a Longs Drugs store in Ewa Beach, where a trio of shoplifters tried to roll off with 18 cases -- that's 216 cans -- of everybody's favorite canned cooked meat.

The thieves were thwarted when a watchful customer noticed the shopping cart full of Spam while hanging out in cereal aisle. He got suspicious and staked out the store's exit to see what was up.

"I didn't say anything. I just stood by the door and the person that was trying to steal all the Spam just pushed the wagon and said 'Here!'" Kurt Fevella told KITV.

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How do you handle religious issues after divorce?

It isn't unusual for interfaith marriages to happen these days -- and it isn't unusual for one or both spouses to turn back to their religious roots during a difficult time (like divorce).

However, that can create all sorts of unintentional conflicts over the children. If the kids were once raised "interfaith" or generally kept to the secular world, one parent may not see the other parent's newly discovered religious devotion as a good thing -- especially if the more religious parent wants to involve the children in his or her faith.

Wait -- isn't it every parent's right to involve his or her child in the parent's religion?

Not exactly. There's no one standard that's followed on a national level, but courts can (and do) restrict parents from raising their children in their current or former religion for a number of reasons:

  • The children are old enough to express an opinion and are not interested in attending the religious services or don't have the same belief systems.
  • The parent with primary physical custody may simply have the legal say-so over the religion the children follow, per your custody agreement and the law.
  • There may be an existing agreement in the divorce to continue raising the children in a specific religious tradition. For example, the divorce may state that the children will be raised in the mother's Jewish tradition -- which is how things were done when you were married. Objecting now that you're divorced probably won't gain much traction with the court.
  • The court decides that exposing the children to their parent's religion creates a risk of harm to your child. The risk could be physical or emotional. For example, if your religion forbids modern medical care and you have a child with asthma, the judge is likely to side against you.
  • The court decides that the exposure to the religion is creating actual harm to your child. For example, if your religion says that anyone who doesn't follow certain rules will be damned for eternity and that includes their other parent, that can be psychologically damaging to your children.

It's important to address interfaith issues during the divorce -- otherwise you may find yourself back in court again very shortly.

Source: FindLaw, "Divorce: Child Custody and Religion," accessed Sep. 20, 2017

A Call to Action by Jay Hirabayashi, Holly Yasui, and Karen Korematsu

By Jay Hirabayashi, Holly Yasui, and Karen Korematsu. Cross-Posted from Stop Repeating History!

Karen Korematsu (left), Holly Yasui (middle), and Jay Hirabayashi on a panel at the 2013 JANM National Conference. (Photo via

A Call to Action: Reject the Shameful Legacy of Japanese American Incarceration and Call Upon the U.S. Supreme Court to Fulfill Its Role as Defender of the Constitution

More than 70 years ago, three cases were heard before the Supreme Court of the United States, challenging the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans. World War II was still ravaging the globe, and the United States was plagued by racism and xenophobia.

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Our fathers, Gordon K. Hirabayashi, Minoru Yasui, and Fred T. Korematsu were among the 120,000 persons forcibly removed from the West Coast, deprived of their homes, property, liberty, and livelihoods by a government that claimed that national security superseded the Constitution. They trusted that the courts would fulfill their constitutional duty of asking probing questions about the government's assertion that incarcerating persons based on ancestry or national origin was justified as a military necessity.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

They Call Us Bruce - Episode 22: They Call Us #ExpressiveAsians

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.

This week, we talk TV and #ExpressiveAsians with Nancy Wang Yuen, author of the book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, and co-author of "Tokens on the Small Screen," a comprehensive new study on the state of AAPI representation on television.

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Prenuptial Agreements

Are prenups important?

Prenups can be very important.  I think it depends on the nature of your relationship.  Certainly, it is important to know you can also have a prenup for a de-facto relationship.  I think it is very important to go into a relationship considering if you want to protect your assets or not.  If so, you can get a formal document to do that.  It is important to have that conversation of “what happens if we separate? What happens with the house, what happens with the bank account?”  It is a good thing to have that conversation up front, especially because it is easy for people to drift into a de-facto relationship.  It is less formal than a marriage.  People can suddenly discover that they are living de-facto than getting married.

I think it is particularly important if one party has significant assets they want to protect.  I think prenup agreements are especially good for second marriages.  They include planning your estate, they include ensuring what you bring into that marriage goes to the children from your first marriage.  Or if you have a substantial workers’ compensation or personal injuries payment, or a substantial inheritance, you want to protect for your future a prenuptial agreement can help with that too.

Will a prenup stand up in court?

If they’re done properly, they’re a very technical document, both parties need to have legal advice.  That someone needs to be someone who is an expert in family law, that advice needs to be quite detailed.  If it’s done properly, then they will stand up in court.


If you are interested in getting a prenuptial agreement or require more information, contact DBH Family Lawyers by free calling 1800 324 324 or send us a message.

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