I don’t mind getting email promotions from my idol’s legacy company because it means something bigger to me

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Every day I get an email from Bruce Lee. Yes, I know that’s not really the same Bruce Lee who died in 1973. But I still get a kick out of it in the same way that a baseball fan would get a giggle from getting a weekly flyer in their mailbox for a weight loss treatment or a gym membership from none other than Babe Ruth himself. “I lost 20 lbs in four weeks with the Babe Ruth Home Run Diet!”

My emails are from the Bruce Lee Family Company run by Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee. They sell…


How the pandemic will change the way we see and make movies.

With enough luck and cooperation, hopefully, we can get enough people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 so that we can get to a new sort of normal by the fall of 2021. We’re already in a new normal already. The old theatrical window is gone. We can watch first-run movies at home on the same day that they are released in the theatres. The old Hollywood model has been broken and we’re not even out of the woods yet. No one really knows what the new Hollywood model…


Simple tips to avoid a lifetime of shame, guilt, and denial.

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The fact that you’re reading this article is already disappointing to your Asian parents. Please temporarily close this article and find a safe place far away from their disapproving eyes before attempting to reopen. Just bookmark it.

Editor’s Note: If you do not have Asian parents or simply aren’t quite sure of their complete ethnicity, please do not despair. Your parents are just as likely to be disappointed in you. Please read on, but in a safe place.

Now that you’re in a safe place. Let’s begin.

1. You’re 39 years old and still working on your graduate thesis.

Higher education, especially a Master's or the gold standard — Doctorate degree, is…


A posthumous letter to all dog lovers and I don’t mean the nice people who actually care for and love dogs as companions.

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Dear Human,

If you’re reading this letter, that means that I have already passed. And when I say passed, I mean that some asshole actually passed me down their fucking throat as dinner! If you find that revolting, then this letter isn’t directed at you. But you still need to read this so that you can tell the human assholes who like dog meat to stop it already!

I am a dog who was raised on a dog meat farm. I don’t even have a name. What I do know is that I have friends, I think, and have my…


How to optimize your remote work experience during and after our pandemic in a new normal way of working.

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According to the OECD, the unemployment rate is 8.4 percent in OECD countries, 14.7 percent in the U.S., 13.0 percent in Canada and 7.3 percent in the Euro Area. If you’re already working from home or you’re about to start, you are among the fortunate ones who is employed and has a job that allows you to work safely from home during this COVID-19 pandemic. The employment picture is bleak but things are looking up as countries start to reopen their…


How great stories drive us and divide us

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)- Official Trailer

Part 1 of 2 part series

Asian Americans and Asian Canadians were very happy and proud of the success of Jon Chu’s movie Crazy Rich Asians in 2018. This was our Black Panther! In a typical Hollywood rationale, it took a massive $240 million box office to give Asian American actors, filmmakers and movies legitimacy in the predominately white movie industry. This movie paved the way for its star Constance Wu to costar with Jennifer Lopez in The Hustlers and to help greenlight Asian American director Lulu Wang’s The Farewell which starred Crazy Rich…


How great stories drive us and divide us

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Part 2 of 2 part series

When I made my journey to New York City in 1993 to pursue my dreams of working as an architect in one of the best firms in the U.S., how different was my journey compared to those of early European immigrants in the mid-nineteenth-century who sailed across the Atlantic to pursue their dreams in the land of the free? I think in many ways, they were similar. My journey by plane and train was certainly much quicker and probably more comfortable than the passengers who made their transatlantic crossing by ship in a week…


After 54 years, a new Model Minority is finally selected!

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At the Washington Convention Center, over 2,000 delegates gathered at the annual convention of the American Coalition for the Advancement of Minorities to select a new Model Minority for 2020. Since the inception of the Model Minority in 1966, Asian Americans have been named every year with the exception of a brief period during the mid-1990s when the TV show Seinfeld was at its peak and Jewish Americans were given that title. This year, two groups tied for top spot after a record number of 21 ballots and 36 hours of deliberations. …


A Diners’ Parable in Three Acts

ACT ONE: THE APPETIZER

INT. VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT, PALO ALTO, CA — NIGHT
Under bright fluorescent lights, the dinner time customers have packed this Vietnamese restaurant, loud and very family-friendly. Young Asian families with kids absorbed by their iPads, twenty- and thirty-something couples and small groups eating and chatting at crowded tables full of delicious colours and fragrant aromas. At the quieter end of the restaurant near the back where the restrooms are, we find JACK HARRIS (28, white, tech professional) and DIANE WONG (27, Asian, tech professional) at their table looking at the menus underneath the glass tabletop. This is their second date. WAITER HOANG…


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What can slow down this disruptor from rolling over Hollywood?

If you’re a movie-goer like me, you’ve seen greenscreen technology or something like it already. You might even have used a form of this technology at your last Zoom meeting when you used the Virtual Background feature to turn your messy home office into a tropical beach. When you see an actor driving in a movie, the world moving in the background could be a greenscreen or a video that is playing live as the camera is rolling. Hollywood has used rear screen projection for driving scenes for decades.

Andrew Li

I work in film and write, but not necessarily at the same time. Words in An Injustice! and Slackjaw.

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