Things to Know From Angry Asian America
In the Absence
The documentary short In the Absence, directed by Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam, documents the sinking of the South Korean passenger ferry MV Sewol in 2014. As a result of the ineptitude of the first response to the emerging situation, over three hundred people lost their lives — most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities. The 29-minute film has nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject. Watch it here.
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Brooklyn school board member suspended for referring to Asian students as “yellow children”
In Brooklyn, a school board member is set to face suspension over racially insensitive remarks directed at Asians in a group email exchange. Community Education Council 22 Jackie Cody has been under fire for referring to Asian parents and students as “yellow folks” and “yellow children” in an online forum for school leaders in September. Last week, the school board approved a resolution to ask the schools chancellor to suspend Cody for two months.
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Fried For The Night
Los Angeles producer/DJ TOKiMONSTA, just dropped her latest song “Fried For The Night,” featuring Atlanta duo EarthGang, from her upcoming album Oasis Nocturno. “Everyone has a moment where they feel fried and burnt, but what about those moments you feel fried and turnt?” TOKiMONSTA says. “EarthGang brought their special magic to the studio and we made something other worldly. This song is dedicated to those psychedelic moments where our reality opens up a new point of view.”
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Jessica Henwick on ‘Underwater’ and Her 6-Month ‘Star Wars’ Audition
Perhaps everybody’s a little tired of Star Wars takes by now, but am I the only one a little blown away by the revelation that Jessica Henwick had been in the running to play Rey in The Force Awakens? In this interview with Variety, she reveals that the Star Wars audition lasted “fucking six months.” She obviously didn’t get the role, but was ultimately cast as X-Wing pilot Jess Pava in Episode VII. But damn, it makes you wonder.
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APAICS Congressional Fellowship and Internship
The Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies is seeking young AAPI professionals and students who are looking to increase their experience in public policy and service. Apply to the APAICS Congressional Fellowship (deadline: January 24) for young professionals and the APAICS Congressional Internship (deadline: February 27) for undergraduate aged students — paid programs providing opportunities to build leadership skills, encourages political engagement, and fosters interest in public service careers.
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