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Racist or Not? Samson Wong of AsianWeek on “Extreme Side Eyes” at the 2014 Chinese New Year Parade

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Here’s the issue:

DON’T YOU SIDEBALL ME: Chronicle’s Beth Spotswood blogged Feb. 17 about being given “extreme side eyes” near the Lunar New Year parade reviewing stand in Chinatown as she vainly scouted for verbal shots against local pols from Chinese Chamber of Commerce advisor Rose Pak. As Spotswood skulked about and expressed disappointment about Auntie Rose’s tameness, she nicknamed one parade observer as a scowling “Side Eyes” allegedly close to Pak…While fortunately not tagging anyone as an incendiary “slant eye” or “round eye,” she had to be referring to a fish …”

Verdict: NOT RACIST. (This was an easy one.)

And actually, Rose Pak got pressured by elements of the Communist Party of China (CPC) as well as SFGov, so she doesn’t mouth off as much anymore.

Even her 2012 performance was relatively tame:

She was out of control back in the aughts.

The 10th Anniversary of the SFPD Detention of Lawyer Rodel Rodis – Everything’s About Race? – Scott Wiener Angle

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Yes, everything that ever happens in your life has to do with your ethnic heritage, apparently.

That’s the conclusion you might come to after reading this tale from area attorney Rodel Rodis. It started up ten years ago and ended up involving a former Assistant City Attorney by the name of Scott Wiener.

All right, Rodel, the SFPD took you into a station after thinking you were trying to pass a fake $100 bill, but actually it was real, so look sad, come on, sadder, sadder, cleek:

Via Darryl Bush from a story by Ryan Kim

Uh, dude, you’re telling your story wrong.

And I’ll tell you, if you ever find me with a $100 bill, I’ll know exactly where I got it from.

And you’d think somebody could have entered the phrase “1985 $100 bill” into the Google earlier in this process, back in the day, but oh well. (And IRL, a teller supervisor at a bank in the pre-Internet era could examine a bill and then contact the feds in a New York minute, you know, to check the serial number.)

And if Walgreens ever sends me a giant bouquet to turn my frown upside-down, I’d tell them they should have simply handed over the bouquet money directly to me.

But, In mitigation, you went to the former New College of Law and then, unlike most of its graduates*, you passed the CA bar exam. So good on you. Srsly.

And you escaped the college board before City College came crashing down, so that was a good move as well.

All right, let’s look forward to this incident’s 20th anniversary in 2023, when we’ll surely hear this tale again…

*Such as your fellow area minor celebrity, the ivory-white “Ivory Madison.”

Well, It Looks Like We Have Some Actual Campaigning for District Five Supervisor: Julian Davis Has the Mo

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This crowd looks to be the first to gather for any candidate in the D5 race:

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Why don’t you get in on the fun? Here’s the drill:

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Ooh, now let’s check in with weak-willed “Progressive” Christina Olague. Here’s her campaign.

I’ll tell you, if you like Ed Lee’s neo stop-and-frisk policy for the SFPD, then you should vote for Christina Olague, cause, you know, she worked hard to ensure that voters would choose Ed Lee over Supervisor John Avalos in the last mayoral election.

Oh, and here’s her most recent vote of no confidence. Per Samson Wong of AsianWeek:

“EMPRESS HAS NO CLOTHES: Some overconfidence in District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague’s campaign before last week’s August 15 SF Democratic Party county committee endorsement vote. Only days before, Bill Barnes, veteran campaign manager, government staffer and former District 5 candidate himself, came in to corral votes for the supervisor representing Japantown, Haight-Ashbury and Western Addition. One strategic error made – assuming an inflated head count that Olague would snag the important SF Democratic Party endorsement. In reality, no consensus had developed for Olague and her rivals - London Breed of the African American Arts and Culture Complex, Julian Davis of the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center or College Board member John Rizzo. The outcome – a public embarrassment for Olague, the Mayor Ed Lee appointee…”

Or London Breed, that’s the other choice for Ed Lee fans in D5, believe it or not. (She has the support of Republican billionaire Ron Conway, so that’s your big fat clue regarding how she rolls.)

Choose or lose, D5.

5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration a Huge Success

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

First of all, anybody who thinks 100,000 souls attended the 5th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration in the Civic Center last weekend needs to put down the crack pipe and come back to Earth. Can you hear me Major Tom? Can you hear me Major Tom?  I’m not even sure the Rule of Three could get you to a reasonable estimate. But if you want to chalk that six-figure number up to puffery or mindless boosterism, feel free.

Having said that, it appears that the AHSC has found a good home on Larkin Street betwixt Little Saigon and the Asian Art Museum. Last year’s venue in Japantown was not without controversy, but the clucking NIMBYs of notorious 1600 Webster (seriously, who would want to live with those people – they’re a laughingstock) have uttered nary a peep regarding this go-around in 2009, so they appear to be fine with the AHSC as long as it’s held a mile away from their condos. That’s what makes them NIMBY’s. Fair enough.

Here we go. Everybody seemed to being a good time, under the pouring sun:

There was some kind of parade going on – it was hard to tell. Larkin Street isn’t used to this kind of pageantry.

Hamburgerpanda made the scene. Natch.

And now it’s time for the Import Car Show. Check out this Beast from the East – Brampton, Ontario in Canada to be precise. But look how Brampton Comes Alive! with the scissor doors. Here it is, some kind of Chrysler, the El Diablo SRT-8:

The gritty nitty. Yes, it’s a Hemi:

What happens when the insanely wide rear tires on your Lexus are dialed in with insanely negative camber? What happens is every spring shower results in a vernal pool, ready for the rubber duckies:

Now, speaking of “schlocky souvenirs and mediocre food stands,” you had that in spades last Saturday – but what do you expect? It’s a San Francisco street fair, right? If you don’t want to buy a purse, don’t buy a purse.

Or magnets. Always with the magnets. I asked about snake oil – they were all out but they said they could order some for me.

And who else but The Supreme Master to round out the show?

I missed all the anime stuff, and the Thai kick-boxing and Assemblywoman Fiona Ma‘s talk and a bunch of other things as well probably. Oh well. Events like this are part of what makes San Francisco San Francisco. It’s good that the AHSC could find a home this year.

“Audited Circulation” and the Death of AsianWeek as a Printed Newspaper

Monday, January 5th, 2009

With news of the end of AsianWeek as a physical, dead-tree newspaper, we learn that it:

“…had an audited circulation of 58,000 and 95 percent of the copies published were picked up by readers.”

95%? Really? Cause lots of these boxes seemed to have plenty of copies left days after the weekly distribution date, almost filled to the brim with content and Best Buy inserts. 

This was what one box looked like four days after the hot February 23, 2007 issue came out. Click to expand: 

Actually, in these days of miracle and wonder, it might almost be better to not have circulation claims described as “audited.”

These are the days when even the American Society of Newspaper Editors wants to take the word “newspaper” out of its name.

On it goes.

More about that February 23, 2007 issue after the jump.

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