Charlyne Yi Recounts Racist Remarks from Writer and Director David Cross

By Jenn Fang. Cross-Posted from Reappropriate.

Charlyne Yi — the award-winning actor, comedian, writer, and musician best known for her role as a series regular on House, her voice acting work on Steven Universe, and her starring role in Paper Heart which she also wrote — took to Twitter earlier this week to describe her first encounter with writer, director and actor David Cross.

In a series of four tweets, Yi — who is mixed race Filipinx and Korean American — describes how when she first met Cross, Cross made fun of Yi for her appearance. When she didn't respond, Cross reportedly said: "What's a matter? You don't speak English?? Ching-Chong-Ching-Chong." Cross went on to mockingly challenge Yi to a karate match.

At the time of the encounter, Cross was over forty years old, and already an established comedian, writer and TV and film actor with several stand-up comedy specials already under his belt. Yi was a veritable newcomer to the comedy and acting scene, and was only about twenty years old.

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Get this Awesome Shirt and Support 18 Million Rising

Celebrate 18MR's five years of organizing Asian Americans online.

Just wanted to point your attention to this awesome t-shirt design from our friends at 18 Million Rising. To celebrate five years of organizing Asian Americans online, as well as fundraise to keep it all going for the future, they're offering these super-cool limited shirts and hoodies.

Designed by Karl Orozco, the shirt is a re-imagining/inversion of the old political cartoon about the "yellow peril" tiger attacking the globe. According to 18MR, "we wanted our tiger to protect the globe as our communities increasingly find ourselves on the frontlines of state violence, gentrification, and climate change."

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Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump’s travel ban

Travel ban “plainly discriminates based on nationality” in a way that is “antithetical” to American principles.

Trump keeps trying to make this shit happen. And Hawaii keeps knocking it down. A federal judge in Hawaii has issued an order blocking major parts of Trump’s newest travel ban, suggesting it violated immigration law.

The decision, ordered by U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson in Honolulu on Tuesday, stopped the administration’s travel restrictions nationwide, hours before they were scheduled to take full effect Wednesday.

The newest travel rules, which Trump signed September 24, indefinitely ban entry to the U.S. by most nationals of Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea. They also restrict travel by certain Venezuelan government officials and their families.

Watson wrote that the ban goes against the Immigration and Nationality Act and “plainly discriminates based on nationality” in a way that is “antithetical” to American principles. He also said the order “lacks sufficient findings that the entry of more than 150 million nationals from six specified countries” would harm U.S. interests.

More here: Federal judge in Hawaii blocks Trump’s new travel ban

Chinatown Art Brigade protests racist exhibition

“Chinatown lives are not poverty porn!”

On Sunday afternoon in New York, dozens of protesters from the Chinatown Art Brigade and other local art and anti-gentrification activist groups converged in the front room of James Cohan Gallery’s Chinatown location, demanding that the gallery take down what the group is calling “racist art.”

Their target: Omer Fast’s new exhibition, August, which has transformed the space to appear like a poorly maintained Chinatown business. Visitors walk through the space to see the artist’s video work in the backroom.

In a letter sent to the gallery last week, CAB called the exhibition a “racist aggression towards the community of Chinatown,” and added “this show reifies racist narratives of uncleanliness, otherness and blight that have historically been projected onto Chinatown.”

More here: Chinatown Art Brigade Protests Omer Fast’s “Racist” Exhibition at James Cohan Gallery

“Here’s my problem with most racism: it’s the inaccuracy.”

Watch Kumail Nanjiani's opening monologue from 'Saturday Night Live.'

Hey, racists! Kumail Nanjiani would take you a little more seriously if you could just get it right.

Over the weekend, the Pakistani American comedian, fresh off the summer success of his indie romantic comedy The Big Sick, performed hosting duties on Saturday Night Live. During the opening monologue, he delivered a hilarious, timely standup set, taking on racism and… more racism.

Among other things, he pointed out the very real fact that Sikhs are often targeted with Islamophobic violence, mistaken for Muslims. This is a challenging thing to joke about, but Kumail just slays it. He also clarifies what bothers him most about racism: the inaccuracy. Racists, you're just not coming at this with correct information — and it's not working out for you.

"I'm like, do the research," Kumail says. "Put in the work. You will see the benefits!"

Check it out:

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I was sexually abused as a child and want legal advice about making a claim. What should I expect at my first appointment?

Discussing the circumstances surrounding a potential claim for sexual abuse can be difficult given the sensitive and personal nature of the information to be provided. The first appointment with a lawyer may be the first time the circumstances and effect of the abuse is reported.  It is also often the case that the abuse occurred many years ago and so discussing the circumstances surrounding the abuse can be difficult.  We are very sensitive to that fact and will make the process of telling your story as easy as possible for you. 

We are able to accommodate a request for a meeting with a senior female or senior male lawyer experienced in bringing compensation claims for victims of abuse against individuals, the government, churches and other organisations.  The lawyer you meet with will then manage your claim to its final resolution.  You are welcome to bring a support person to your initial meeting and any subsequent meetings, should you wish.

If you have reported the abuse to the police and you have a copy of your statement, that document can be helpful in providing a background of the circumstances of the abuse.  If you do not have a copy of your police statement, we can assist in obtaining a copy.  It is not necessary for the abuse to have been reported to the police and for there to have been a criminal conviction of the perpetrator in order to bring a claim for compensation.  Some people choose not to report the abuse to police for various reasons.  Alternatively, the police may not be able or willing to prosecute the perpetrator for various reasons.  Again, the fact that the police have not proceeded with a criminal prosecution of the perpetrator does not mean you will not be entitled to bring a claim for compensation.

There are time limits that apply to bringing compensation claims as a result of sexual abuse.  It is important that you contact us to discuss how those time limits might affect your claim for compensation and what steps need to be taken in order to protect your claim.

Contact Katie Sajatovic or Matt DeGregorio at Duncan Basheer Hannon Lawyers on 08 8231 3668 to make an appointment to discuss your entitlements to a compensation claim.

Click here to visit the Duncan Basheer Hannon Sexual Abuse page for further information.

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