Naveen Andrews

  • Feb. 14th, 2010 at 4:04 PM
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Happy Lunar New Year, people!

I was supposed to do this yesterday, but the heat here made me dizzy and I ended feeling like shit all day.

Here, back with this, and have Naveen Andrews. You all know him due to Lost where he is playing for 7 seasons. he is also hot. He started working in London, he had very important roles, starred a miniseries, The Buddha of Suburbia, and his role at The English Patient was acclaimed. He starred in Bombay Boys, and real-life based My Own Country. He debuted in USA by leading in The Chippendales Murder. He was in Rollerball, Bride & Prejudice and others. He was Menerith in The Ten Commandments, was in The Brave One... and God knows the heat is killing me and I can't keep naming his movies. He did a lot, and has a fucking great talent.

And he is gorgeous. But we know that.

Naveen Andrews

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Born in London, UK. His parents are Indian immigrants. Attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama. IMDb profile here.

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Because I don't want to spam you and this post stayed with me all day because I think it's very important:

Newsflash: Poverty is Bad for Your Health.

It would seem, then, that addressing poverty in order to prevent those negative health outcomes would be a public health priority. But it really isn’t – poverty programs are rarely described as health programs. When a politician starts talking about welfare, they’re talking about cash payments to help parents raise their kids, to preserve and support families. They don’t talk about how assisting a family out of poverty will make that whole family healthier, and less in need of health care. And addressing the negative health effects of poverty – safely removing all the lead paint, preventing slum housing conditions like cockroach infestations and mold that contribute to asthma, get them some access to dental care – would have an enormously beneficial effect on hundreds of thousands of individuals and on the health care system as a whole. However, addressing the systemic effects of poverty isn’t nearly as easy as shaming “the fatties” and slapping some calorie numbers on menus.

[...] A recent study found that almost half of working-age adults who experience poverty for at least a 12-month period have one or more disabilities. People with disabilities account for a larger share of those experiencing poverty than people in all other minority, ethnic and racial groups combined and are even a larger group than single parents. Families with more than one member with a disability are even more likely to be living in poverty. There are two things going on here. First, people who live in poverty are more likely to be or become PWDs, partly because of the health factors discussed above. But also, PWDs are more likely to live in poverty, partly because of the cost of health care.

Feb. 10th, 2010

  • 11:56 PM
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Hey, people, remember the Asian Actors Pic Posts? I know, I'm a failure, but I haven't forgotten them. I was just very... not capable of doing them. But they will be back! I swear.

Have a puppy meanwhile.

Shohreh Aghdashloo

  • Jan. 2nd, 2010 at 9:32 PM
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I know you all are dying to know how I spend my days, and who can blame you? My life is explosive. Today, for a dramatic change, I tried to do something by starting to write an app (ya saben, gente) and failed miserably. So I ended playing Chain Factor for the rest of the afternoon. The sad thing is that I'm pretty mediocre at it, I can't pass three million points in Power Mode, you will say that's high, but the truth is that it's not that much since I play non-stop every time I get frustrated with something (I don't know, there is something about exploding balls...), and as you can imagine, that's every 5 minutes. My chances to reach 5 millions, much less 10, are atill low.

Also, the light bulb of the room I'm in right now (where my computer is) got burn, and I'm too lazy to change it, so since some days ago I'm in darkness. It's kinda annoying.

Fascinating, isn't it?

I have to dissapoint you, but let's talk about other things.

Gorgeous Shohreh Aghdashloo started her acting career in Iran in movies like Shatranje bad, Gozaresh, and Sooteh-Delan. She stared in Guests of Hotel Astoria, which was her first work in the West. She also was in House of Sand and Fog, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and did a lot of TV; more prominent, 24, Smith, Flash Forward, and miniseries House of Saddam where she played Sajida Hussein. She starred in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, The Stoning of Soraya M., X-Men: The Las Stand, The Nativity Story. And boy, she is working a lot. For 2010 she has six different projects, I will just link to her IMD profile later.

Enjoy the beauty you all.

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo pics )

Born in Tehran, Iran. Completed her education in Englad, and has a degree in International Relations. Her IMDB bio says something interesting: However, it was not easy getting work in Hollywood as a middle eastern actress with an accent; she had roles in some decent, though not great, films, including Twenty Bucks (1993), Surviving Paradise (2000) and Maryam (2002). She had to wait quite some time to get a "Hollywood" break.. And still, seeing some of her roles, you know The West has issues. Filmography here.

Sendhil Ramamurthy

  • Dec. 22nd, 2009 at 11:14 PM
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I have been very absent due to a combination of factors. I'm kinda back, but (still) kinda depressed. Anyway.

Probably the prettiest man western TV has bestowen upon us in a while, Ramamurthy is better known for playing Mohinder in Heroes. He has been a regular in Ultimate Force, has worked in The Guiding Light, Numb3rs, Grey's Anatomy and Psych. Now is working on It's a Wonderful Afterlife and Lena on the Seventh Day.

And the Gods have been kind to him.

Sendhil Ramamurthy

Sendhil Ramamurthy pics )

Born in Chicago, USA. His parents are Tamil Indians. Has a pre-med major. Filmography here.

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Meme because my spirits aren't exactly high right now:

ANON CRUSH MEME

Parminder Nagra

  • Dec. 7th, 2009 at 8:10 PM
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She is widely known for her role in ER as Dr. Neela Rasgotra, she was also in Ella Enchanted, Compulsion, starred in Twelfth Night, or What You Will as Viola, and was widely acclaimed in Bend It Like Beckham.

Extremely gorgeous woman.

Parminder Nagra

Parminder Nagra pics )

Born in Leicester, England, UK. Daughter of Indian immigrants, speaks Punjabi fluently. Filmography here.

Kal Penn

  • Dec. 5th, 2009 at 8:25 PM
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Okay, I admit it. This was mostly focused first on East and South-East Asian actors because it was so trendy to whitewash those characters. But you know what? Screw that. Let's go with all of Asian like it should have been from the start.

I want to ask you something. Does this man looks like Keanu Reeves? No? Right.

Better known for playing Dr. Lawrence Kutner in House M.D.. He protagonizes Harold & Kumar series with John Cho, also was in 24, Superman Returns, The Call, and is now starring in Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain.

We all know he quit House to work as a Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, wiki says: "Penn serves as a liaison with the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. He has gone back to using his birth name, Kalpen Modi."

I'm not sure if he has quit acting for good. There is a Harold & Kumar movie to be filmed if I'm not wrong.

Anyway, huge crush here. He was the reason I endured the last House episodes I watched.

Kal Penn

Kal Penn pics )

Born in New Jersey, USA. Son of Guajarati immigrants. Career here.

Jamie Chung

  • Dec. 4th, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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We continue with this, and today is apparently international whitewashing day. Via [livejournal.com profile] fujurpreux: Johnny Depp is set to play Pancho Villa in movie adaptation. Yeah, throw up on me.

So, it way prettier things: Jamie Chung. A lot of you will probably know her as Chi-Chi in Dragon Ball Evolution, but forget that because her hotness makes this world a better place. She was casted in 2004 in reality show Real World and since them she hasn't stooped. She was a recurrent character in Days of Our Lives, and has starred in Samurai Girl, Dragon Ball Evolution, Princess Protection Program, and now is working on Burning Palms, Grown Ups, and Sucker Punch.

And seriously. Hot, hot, hot.

Jamie Chung

Jamie Chung pics )

Born in San Francisco, California. Korean descendant. Career here.

Aaron Yoo

  • Nov. 30th, 2009 at 11:26 PM
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A relatively short career with lots of starring roles. He played a recurrent tole in The Bedford Diaries and starred American Pastime, Disturbia (oh my God, I watched that in a friend's house, I just can't describe its badness, Aaron Yoo was fine though), The Wackness, 21 (oh yes, probably the only Asian there), Friday the 13th, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, etc., etc. He is working now on Kid Cannabis. He is doing so good.

And he is so fine.

Aaron Yoo

Aaron Yoo pics )

Born in New Jersey, USA. Korean descendant. Career here.

Tsai Chin

  • Nov. 29th, 2009 at 4:14 PM
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Tsai Chin has a very long and awesome career on her back. She started working in 1957, and got known by playing Lin Tang, Dr Manchu's daughter in the Fu Manchu movies (I have no idea about those movies, but somehow they don' give me good vibes). She also was a bond girl in 1967's You Only Live Twice, and lately appeared in a Bond movie again: 2006's Casino Royale as Madame Wu. She also did Memoirs of a Geisha, Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior, and was recurrent in Grey's Anatomy. She wrote Daughter of Shanghai, and recorded two albums in the 60s. She is doing a lot right now.

Beautiful and talented woman.

Tsai Chin

Tsai Chin pics )

Born in Shanghai, China; Zhou Xinfang's daughter. Long filmography here.

Leonardo Nam

  • Nov. 28th, 2009 at 1:22 AM
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Okay, people, I know I'm uber late, I know. But LISTEN TO ME. I mean it. Amazing actor. Leonardo Nam was in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Vantage Point, American Pastime, and Half-Life. Where he played LEE MARKS LOVER, PEOPLE. I mean, OMG YOU GUYS! (Yes, I'm that predictable, I don't care.) (Nam said he watched 15 times Brokeback Mountain to play that part because he wanted to be like Ledger.) He is now in Watching TV with the Red Chinese, and appeared recently on Bones. (Lee Marks and Leonardo Nam, people!)

LOOK AT HIM, YOU GUYS:

Leonardo Nam

Leonardo Nam pics )

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; moved to Australia when he was eight. Korean descendant. Studied architecture. Filmography here.

Lauren Tom

  • Nov. 26th, 2009 at 11:10 PM
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You will see Lauren Tom's Imdb profile and will see how impressive her filmography is. She is predominantly a voice actor, and has had thousand of roles, better know as Amy Wong in Futurama, I guess. But she has done everything. And I mean everything. Back in the nineties she appeared in Friends as Ross girlfriend, Julie; she also played a major role in The Joy Luck Club. Right now she is appearing in Men in Trees tv series. But as I said, she has been in everything on tv, from Grey's Anatomy to CSI. Lauren did theater, wrote essays, now is writing book. She does everything.

One hell of a woman.

Lauren Tom

Lauren Tom pics )

Born in Chicago, USA. Chinese-American. Linking again her Imdb's profile because it's pretty impressive.

Justin Chon

  • Nov. 25th, 2009 at 10:29 PM
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Well, let's use all this Twilight hype and make something useful out of it.

Justin Chon is now playing Eric Yorkie in the Twilight series (don't ask me about the character and what he does, heck, maybe I'm better not knowing), he also is starring in Turbo, Crossing Over (which is apparently about immigration, but I see all big white names taking the principal roles, so...), and Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach. So he has been working a lot this year. He was also playing a major role in Just Jordan, Hack, and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior.

Brief career, but already doing so good. And look at the pretty:

Justin Chon

Justin Chon pics )

Born in Irvine, California. His father was an actor in Korea. Career here.

Stephanie Jacobsen

  • Nov. 16th, 2009 at 11:09 PM
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Young and talented Stephanie has a relatively short career with already very prominent roles. She has been in Farscape, played a recurrent character in Australian tv show Home and Away, but probably a lot of people know her for her roles in Battlestar Galactica and The Sarah Connor Chronicles where she played Kendra Shaw and badass Jesse Flores respectively. Now she is playing Lauren Yung in 2009's Melrose Place.

So hot, hot Stephanie Jacobsen.

Stephanie Jacobsen

Stephanie Jacobsen pics )

Australian, born in Hong Kong, moved to Australia at twelve. Her career here.

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Interesting things:

anti racism…what went wrong?

anti racism is a white supremacist movement. because the big names/experts/the ones who make the money and prestige of it. are majority white.[...]

what i mean is. that the ones who are the most ’successful’ in anti racism are white. they are the authors, bloggers, consultants, workshop trainers, speakers etc. yes there are lots of poc who do anti racism work. or better said there are a decent number of poc who work in the anti racism industry.

and i have to differentiate between anti racism the theory (almost completely developed by poc under the designation of critical race theory) and anti racism the industry.

so when i speak of the current anti racist movement, i am speaking of the public face of that movement which is presented by those who work in the anti racism industry.


And something I totally forgot to link, but one hell of a post:

Rape Culture 101:

Rape culture is 1 in 6 women being sexually assaulted in their lifetimes. Rape culture is not even talking about the reality that many women are sexually assaulted multiple times in their lives. Rape culture is the way in which the constant threat of sexual assault affects women's daily movements. Rape culture is telling girls and women to be careful about what you wear, how you wear it, how you carry yourself, where you walk, when you walk there, with whom you walk, whom you trust, what you do, where you do it, with whom you do it, what you drink, how much you drink, whether you make eye contact, if you're alone, if you're with a stranger, if you're in a group, if you're in a group of strangers, if it's dark, if the area is unfamiliar, if you're carrying something, how you carry it, what kind of shoes you're wearing in case you have to run, what kind of purse you carry, what jewelry you wear, what time it is, what street it is, what environment it is, how many people you sleep with, what kind of people you sleep with, who your friends are, to whom you give your number, who's around when the delivery guy comes, to get an apartment where you can see who's at the door before they can see you, to check before you open the door to the delivery guy, to own a dog or a dog-sound-making machine, to get a roommate, to take self-defense, to always be alert always pay attention always watch your back always be aware of your surroundings and never let your guard down for a moment lest you be sexually assaulted and if you are and didn't follow all the rules it's your fault.

Rape culture is victim-blaming. Rape culture is a judge blaming a child for her own rape. Rape culture is a minister blaming his child victims. Rape culture is accusing a child of enjoying being held hostage, raped, and tortured. Rape culture is spending enormous amounts of time finding any reason at all that a victim can be blamed for hir own rape.

Rape culture is judges banning the use of the word rape in the courtroom. Rape culture is the media using euphemisms for sexual assault.

Ken Leung

  • Nov. 15th, 2009 at 9:27 PM
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I'm in trouble for tomorrow's exam. But well, my own fault.

Anyway, now I feel bad for complaining about Will Yun Lee lack of smiling. Seriously, for a man who has done so much, you really have to congratulate Ken Leung for his low profile. It's almost impossible to find pictures of him outside his movies/tv caps and promotional material.

Brilliant actor. Ken Leug has had prominent roles in The Sopranos, X-men, Saw, Red Dragon, etc., etc. He also lead independent film Shanghai Kiss along with Kelly Hu and Heroes' Hayden Panettiere. Now he is playing recurring character Miles Straume in Lost.

Even with all that quietness, he has some amazing interviews:

You can't do plays for free all your life. So when there's a part for an Asian character in a television show, you go out for it and build on that. It's not so premeditated, is what I'm trying to say. It's not like, "now I'm going to do TV. Now I'm going to do film." You try out for everything that you can. You don't have the luxury, when you're starting out, and certainly as a minority actor, you go for what's available and then you hope to just learn as you go and build on that as they come.

[...] I remember I had an audition once where after the reading, the auditioner would say, "Wow Ken, you speak really good English. Your English is really good." And looking back, I can come up with all these things that could have been witty retorts, but at the time, I was just so shocked, you know? And so I think all Asian American actors probably have similar stories like that. You can only play a part if you draw from your own personal experience.


Here you have, hot and mysterious.

Ken Leung

Ken Leung pics )

American, born in New York, USA. Chinese descendant. Boy, information about him is hard to find. But here, have his IMDb profile.

Yunjin Kim

  • Nov. 13th, 2009 at 8:40 PM
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Well, this took me a while. Classes are officially over, but I have my last exam on Monday. Then finals come.

So. Let's get to business.

Incredibly gorgeous woman, widely known for Lost. She also does theater. Yunjin worked a lot in Korea, where she played a major part in Shiri. She was also awarded in South Korea with the Daejong's Lead Actress Award for Seven Days.

Yunjin Kim

Yunjin Kim pics )

Korean-American. Born in Seoul, South Korea. She is fluent in Korean and English. Career here.

Dustin Nguyen

  • Nov. 9th, 2009 at 8:02 PM
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Not totally out of hiatus until Thursday, but just because I have some free time...

For [personal profile] willow!

Actor, director and writer. He started working very early, and got popular with 21 Jump Street. Recently he was in Little Fish. He practices multiple martial arts. He and his wife, Angela Rockwood-Nguyen, are spokespersons for The Paralysis Resource Center's Minority Communities Outreach Campaign.

And look at him.

Dustin Nguyen

Dustin Nguyen pics )

Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, fled the country with his family during Saigon's Fall. Also was in The Slanted Screen. Whole filmography here.

Kelly Hu

  • Oct. 31st, 2009 at 9:21 PM
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Thank to [livejournal.com profile] allira_dream! This one would make an awesome Yuuko if you ask me.

The very first Asian-American to be crowned Miss Teen USA, Miss Hawaii USA, Kelly Hu actually began her acting career in 1987. And boy, what a career. She was in X2, The Scorpion King, and lots of things. She has a black belt in Karate.

And she is... yeah.

Kelly Hu

Kelly Hu pics )

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Chinese and Filipino descendant. She also worked in Japan and Italy. Her career here.

Will Yun Lee

  • Oct. 25th, 2009 at 8:11 PM
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I remember watching Witchblade when I was younger, he was a ghost who appeared in most of the episodes. White woman's police partner who died and ended as her guide from beyond the grave. Yes, I have a good memory of that show. He was in Die Another Day, Elektra, Torque, Bionic Woman and many more though.

Anyway, as you can see, wasn't named One of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People's Magazine for nothing, also, one of the Sexiest Men Alive.

He will be Iori Yagami in the upcoming King of Fighters film. Which is amazing, but let's not mention Kyo Fucking Kusanagi because my gastrointestinal problem will get worse. Yes, the whitewashing going on in that movie is puke-worthy.

Let's just watch the beauty that is Will Yun Lee. (Good God, you don't know how hard is to find a picture of this man smiling.)

Will Yun Lee

Will Yun Lee pics )

Born in Virginia, USA. Korean-American. Was in The Slanted Screen. Whole Filmography here.

Tia Carrere

  • Oct. 24th, 2009 at 2:12 PM
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Duh. Hotness personified. The picspam got bigger, I'm shallow I know. Singer and actor, her career is big as a career can be. She was in MacGyver and General Hospital, but Wayne's World gave her lots of recognition because she did the soundtrack. She starred Relic Hunter a series in which she played Sydney Fox, "a university professor and black belt who globetrots after lost, stolen and rumored-of artifacts and antiquities" says IMDb. I know. She voiced Nani in Lilo & Stitch. She is a Grammy Winner also.

Tia Carrere . Do I need to say more?

Tia Carrere

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Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Filipino and Chinese descendant. Big career here.

Rex Lee

  • Oct. 23rd, 2009 at 1:14 AM
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Late because real life called.

This is thanks to Nina, who gave me an awesome link.

Rex Lee got very famous for his prominent role in HBO's Entourage, series I haven't watched, but for which I have heard interesting things. He plays a gay man struggling with Los Aageles's homophobia there (from what I have read).

Hot man, he worked as a casting director's assistant before Entourage, apparently. He had multiple jobs and graduated from a music conservatory.

Rex Lee

Rex Lee pics )

American, Born in Ohio, son to Korean immigrants. Profile here.

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