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And now, appropriate of nothing, is possibly the most embarrassing and unintentionally hilarious video I've seen in months. A Laotian teen with too much time on his hands acts hard, surfs MySpace and sings the hits to his webcam.
Click here to watch.
I've been searching for news about the Vietnamese Americans who were hit by Katrina. Not only did a large number of Vietnamese settle in the Gulf Coast, but many of them depend on the Gulf for their living. They are shrimpers.
Back when I was a reporter in Texas, I went down to the little town of Palacios, Texas to write about Vietnamese American shrimpers. I went shrimping with them one morning. And it was not easy. We had to get up at 3 or 4 in the morning and crawl out into the water to drag the nets. We didn't bring the nets up until well after the sun had come up. I had never seen live shrimp before. I was not used to seeing them a completely different color, and staight, not curled.
Chinese American rapper The Emcee, who used to go by the name Jin, is releasing his new album independently on Oct. 25.
He talked about how his race affected how his first album was marketed and why he's going independent now in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News (registration required).
Full disclosure: I work for Knight Ridder Digital, which produces mercurynews.com
I got an email today from a friend confirming that our New Orleans friend and his wife are alive and well, and had made it to Houston. I am so relieved. I knew they had the means to get out of there (money and car) unlike some other people, but I don't know if they would have left the city. I just couldn't see them leaving. Still don't know what their story is, but at least I know they are safe.
This was forwarded to me in an email. Caveat: I'm not sure whether or not these were the actual captions written (though it would not be surprising), and who wrote them. The same person? Different people?
Our founding publisher, Yuki, is from New Orleans. Luckily, her family evacuated in time, though they are now without homes or jobs for many months. I've also not heard from a writer friend of mine; we had not kept in touch recently. But our other friends have not heard from him either.
What is not to love about Ryan? Check out that hair! And the boy is one of 14 finalists on "So You Think You Can Dance" -the dancer's version of "American Idol." Not only is Ryan Asian American, he's one of just a few b-boys who have made it through the first eliminations.