Friday, December 15, 2017
Hello, good people of the internet. 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 Jess Ju.
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Thursday, December 14, 2017
KPOP Foods was started by a couple of friends who came together through a mutual love for Korean food (and soju), and wanted to share their obsession with the flavors and experience of eating Korean food with America. Powered by an enormously successful Kickstarter campaign, their first product is KPOP Sauce, a "chili sauce with attitude" that can be used for cooking and as a condiment, "good on everything from burgers to broccoli."
Want to get a taste of KPOP Sauce in action? The folks at KPOP Foods have cooked up a special recipe just for you, the good readers of this blog: Angry Asian Man's Pork Belly & Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich. A spicy, Korean twist on a cheesy traditional American classic.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Over the last few years, we've seen some decent strides in the number of roles for Asian Americans on television. But how do the numbers actually stack up? The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (APAMC) just released its most recent "Report Card" grading the four major television networks on their progress toward diversity and inclusion of Asian Americans for the 2016-17 season.
At the top of the class: ABC. On the strength of its 21 regular and 23 recurring Asian American actors in prime time television -- including an unprecedented three series featuring Asian American actors in lead roles last season -- the network scored an A-, the highest grade the Coalition has ever given in that category. ABC also led the networks in the categories of Writers/Producers, Directors and Commitment to the Diversity Initiatives, ultimately receiving an overall grade of B. (Let's skip the jokes about "The Asian F." For now.)
In contrast, CBS had 16 Asian American regulars and 22 recurring for a grade of B- in the Actors category, and only 15 Asian American Writers or Producers for a grade of C in that category. NBC had only 11 Asian American regulars and 24 recurring for a grade of C+ in the Actors category, and a total of 18 Asian American Writers or Producer for a grade of C+ in that category. Because both CBS and NBC have a significant number of programs featuring AAPI actors, writers and/or producers in Development (receiving a grade of B+ and B-, respectively, in that category), there's hope their numbers will improve in coming seasons.
Here's the report card:
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Shazam! Heck yeah, we've got an Asian kid in this superhero flick. Ian Chen, who plays Evan on Fresh Off the Boat, has joined the cast of the movie Shazam!, based on the DC Comics superhero.
Ian Chen & Jovan Armand Join 'Shazam!'
Starring Zachary Levi as the title character and Asher Angel as Billy Batson, the film center on Billy, a kid who can transform into an adult superhero by uttering the magic word "Shazam!"
Ian will play Eugene Choi, a friend of Billy's from a group home. The cast also includes Jovan Armand as Pedro Pena, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy Freeman, who are all part of Billy's friend crew.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
DBH Family Lawyers congratulates the same sex couples who will be able to marry following the passage of the Same Sex Marriage Bill in Federal Parliament.
The Bill was passed on 7 December 2017. It received Royal assent to become valid law on 8 December 2017.
All couples marrying must have their marriage celebrant or officiating Minister undertake the paperwork at least a month prior to the ceremony. That means that same sex couples can marry in Australia from 9 January 2018.
Same sex marriages conducted overseas are now legally recognised as valid in Australia. Same sex marriages solemnised in Australia before 9 December 2017 in a consulate office under the law of a foreign country are also recognised.
Same sex couples have for some time been able to apply for property settlements if they meet the criteria for de facto couples. The changes to the Marriage Act means that same sex couples who are married have all of the protections of the law under the Family Law Act. This includes the ability to enter into a pre or post nuptial Binding Financial Agreement.
Same sex couples planning to marry should also review their Wills. DBH Family Lawyers can advise same sex couples about the consequences of their marriage and whether any steps can be taken to protect their assets with a Binding Financial Agreement. DBH Commercial Lawyers can also provide advice in relation to Wills and Estate planning.
A pioneer in Asian American and San Francisco politics has died. San Francisco mayor Edwin M. Lee, the first Asian American to lead the city, died early Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 65.
Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor, Dies at 65
According to the San Francisco Examiner, the mayor was shopping at a neighborhood supermarket when he suffered a heart attack. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:11 am.
"It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Family, friends and colleagues were at his side," his office said in a statement.
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Monday, December 11, 2017
More and more people are working as independent contractors -- or significantly supplementing their income through what is becoming known as the "gig" economy.
People take all sorts of jobs online and off -- tutoring students for the SATs, giving music lessons, driving for Uber or Lyft, or renting their spare rooms out through Airbnb. Others pick up side income by hiring themselves out as common laborers -- housekeepers, yard work, dog watching and other personal services that help the 9-to-5 workers maintain their households.
Frankly, the old methods of collecting child support simply don't work when someone may be working two or three different "gigs" to make up most or all of their income. A lot of money that should be going to the children of those workers simply isn't.
There are several problems the new working economy -- which genuinely seems to be a trend that will continue to develop and expand in the future -- when it comes to child support collection:
- Most child support -- around 70 percent --is collected through automatic withholding. It's difficult to do that if the employer won't cooperate.
- Employers like Uber and Airbnb don't see "gig" workers as regular employees. They only feel bound to oblige automatic withholding for regularly paid full-time and part-time workers. Otherwise, it creates a drain on their resources to track it all.
- Many independent contractors or gig workers collect payment from so many sources that it isn't easy to uncover them all -- especially if the worker doesn't want to admit to them.
Really, this is an old problem with a modern twist. In the past, people intent on evading child support payments used to have to look around for an employer willing to pay them "under the table" either fully or partially so that they could skirt their support obligation. Now, since the gig worker has gone legit and is considered a more normal form of employment -- especially in urban areas -- those parents who have adaptable skills find it easy to evade their true support obligation.
If you feel that your child's other parent is hiding income to avoid child support, there are ways to get the court to order a higher payment. However, it usually takes legal help and some complex investigative work to help the court make the assessment.
Source: Huffington Post, "Gig Economy Gives Child Support Scofflaws A Place To Hide," Jen Fifield, Dec. 01, 2017