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Louis Leung is a proud self-published author who enjoys writing novels that revolves around controversial Asian-American themes that normally wouldn't be accepted by mainstream publishing.
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Dear Chanel, I read your book “Know My Name” and acknowledge that I am part of the problem. In your book, you mention about Trump and his “grab ‘em by the pussy” outburst, though I think the bigger problem is Billy Bush. Billy Bush was the guy listening and laughing along with Trump in that infamous video and months later, Billy Bush said he didn’t agree or condone with any of Trump’s “locker room talk”...

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SNL excited us with Bowen Yang, but the news of the show’s first Asian-American cast member lasted about as long as a Venus sunny day. Within hours, audio from Shane Gillis, another newly casted SNL member, surfaced and clouded over our victory parade. Check out his comments on full display here: Gillis quickly apologized after the video went viral, but the incident offered an opportunity to discuss an under-spoken topic: Bigotry against Asians is more...

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I was not prepared for The Farewell nor did I think white America was either. It was almost exactly a year ago when I dragged myself to watch Crazy Rich Asians, and I thought to myself, yeah, it’s cool that we finally have an Asian Hollywood film, but the storytelling bar was extremely low. I called these films the Phase One movies of Asian-American cinema, an era where we liked them solely because there were...

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I am a Jeremy Lin fan. I am obnoxiously stubborn about what could’ve been and I cheer for him solely because he’s Asian (and a good guy). I like to say he’s won a championship even though he merely dribbled the ball for a garbage minute. Linsanity was two of the best damn weeks of my life. I followed any team that had him, even when it was the crappy Hornets. I was a Lakers...

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We’ve lost all concept of the word ‘racism’. It’s weird because racism is all around us like air and we don’t argue about what’s air. Racism is now either everything or nothing. For example, if I say I prefer vanilla over chocolate, that could be construed as racist. Or, on the other side of idiocy, any incidents of racism are hoaxes, perpetuated by whiny people who seek attention. Racism is also now defined by only...

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“You know, as an actor, I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job and the requirements of my job.” – Scarlett Johansson, July 2019. ScarJo is neither an idiot or a racist, but her annual insistence that she ought to have, as an actress, whatever role she seeks makes me question her naivete. As People of Color, can we keep forgiving white people of...

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Americans can learn a thing or two about protests from the city of Hong Kong. We’re witnessing a beautiful culture, a resilient people clinging on to democracy as its final miracle to save them from a cultural extinction event, inevitably coming in 2047. For those not in the know, Hong Kong is unique among Chinese cities because it was British-owned until 1997, when Communist China took over. Hong Kong was spoiled by democracy, often sporting...

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Comedies are the hardest things to pull off. People either laugh or they don’t. Nobody cares if the pace is right, the cinematography is good or the characters have full arcs, etc. because if it isn’t funny, it fails. Always Be My Maybe is a movie I’ve seen hundreds of times in their black, Latin, white and international forms. It’s an often used rom-com formula, two characters grow up, had a crush with each other...

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Living in New York for three years, I’ve learned that there are many reasons to like it, but only one true reason it’s worth putting up with seven months of freezing weather, insane rent and rats. Restaurants. New York has so much diverse good food that the Statue of Liberty should’ve been a brick oven artichoke heart pizza. Good food is the one thing 8.623 million people agree on other than the Knicks suck. Dates...

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Recently, Taiwan became the first Asian nation to pass gay marriage legislation. This is exciting, but sad for a lot of reasons, because it spotlights the taboo of LGBTQ in our communities. To say Asians are against LGBTQ is inaccurate; queerness in our communities is more like a fiction, a phase, a small deal that’s not real important like a pharmacy degree. Our apathy is worse than homophobia, it buries the very existence of gays...

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