Speculative Visions: An Evening with Ted Chiang

Friday, July 15 at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

Hey, New York City. The Asian American Writers' Workshop invites you to a special evening with one of the country's most prominent science fiction writers, Ted Chiang, the winner of four Nebula and four Huge Awards. The conversation will be moderated by Whiting Award winner Alice Sola Kim and introduced by Kirby Kim, Ted's literary agent at Janklow & Nesbit. It's happening Friday, July 15 at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.

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Black man fatally shot by police officer in Minnesota

This is not someone else's problem.

In Minnesota, police shot and killed a man during a traffic stop Wednesday evening, in the second fatal encounter between police and an African-American man to gain national attention this week.

32-year-old Philando Castile was shot by a police officer in suburban St. Paul. Castile's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed video of the incident on Facebook Live immediately after the shooting, showing Castile bleeding from a wound to his chest area and the officer with his gun still visible through the window.

Reynolds had been riding in the car with Castile and her 4-year-old daughter. In the video, she said Castile was stopped for a broken tail light, had informed the officer that he had a gun in the car and was licensed to carry, and was reaching for his wallet at the officer's request. And yet he was still shot.

Details are still emerging, but in the video, Reynolds says the police officer is Asian.

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Sulu is gay in ‘Star Trek Beyond’

John Cho reveals a significant new detail about his iconic character's private life.

Oh myyyy. Spoiler alert.

Sulu is gay in Star Trek Beyond and it's not a big deal. In the latest Star Trek movie, it is revealed that the USS Enterprise's helmsman, played by John Cho, is married and has a daughter with a same sex partner.

Okay, this is kind of a big deal, but I guess the movie is treating it like just another character detail about Hikaru Sulu's personal life in the forward-thinking future of Star Trek. We've already established that he's a badass and exceptionally good at his job. He's also a dad and married to a man.

The decision by director Justin Lin and screenwriter/co-star Simon Pegg to make Sulu gay was, of course, a nod to George Takei, who played the character in the original 1960s television series and beyond.

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Meet the New Chinese Super-Man!

View a four-page preview of Gene Luen Yang's 'New Super-Man' #1.

DC Comics newest high-flying hero, Kenan Kong, is a Chinese teenager from Shanghai who finds himself infused with the powers of the Man of Steel. Written by acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, with art by Viktor Bodganovich, the new monthly title New Super-Man is part of DC's "Rebirth" initiative.

Ahead of this month's debut, here's an official preview of the first four pages of New Super-Man #1, which introduces our hero Kenan Kong and the DC Universe's version of metropolitan Shanghai, which appears to have its own super-problems. It also seems that when we first encounter Kenan, he is… well, a bit of a jerk.

Take a look:

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In case you forgot that Sulu is a badass

"You kidding me, sir?"

Who's hyped for the new Star Trek movie? For those clamoring to see John Cho back in action as Hikaru Sulu in Star Trek Beyond, here's a little taste. This recently released quick-cut 15-second character promo puts the spotlight on the USS Enterprise's intrepid helmsman, who brings just the right amount of Starfleet swagger, confidence and raised eyebrow when it comes to jumpstarting alien spacecraft.

Check it out:

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Miki Sudo defends Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating title

Wiener and still champion.

Hot dog! On Monday, Miki Sudo successfully defended her championship belt, winning the women’s division of the annual Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island.

Miki Sudo retains her Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating crown

The 30-year-old competitive eater from Las Vegas scarfed down 38 1/2 hot dogs and buns in ten minutes to claim the coveted chomp-ionship title for the third straight year. She also pockets a $10,000 prize.

Sudo beat out former champion Sonya “Black Widow” Thomas, who devoured 34 hot dogs. Thomas had reigned queen of the Coney Island competition from 2011 until she lost in an upset to Sudo in 2014.

Ah, shameless gluttony. A tried-and-true Independence Day tradition.

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‘Heroine Complex’ and the Importance of Writing Asian Girls Having Fun

Guest Post by Sarah Kuhn

So I wrote this book called Heroine Complex and I finally have a good answer for the inevitable question every writer dreads: "What's it about?"

I've gone through the Way Too Long Explanation That Goes Off On Many Tangents phase. The Read It And Find Out (Followed by Big Cheesy Smile) phase. The What Is Anything About Really, You Know What I'm Saying? Now Let's Change the Subject To Something That Is Not Me phase.

Here's my actual answer: It's about Asian Girls Having Fun.

At first I said this in a jokey, quippy, tossed off kind of way.

Now I say it as if it's the most important thing in the world. Because you know what? It kind of is.

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