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As an outsider to the anime and manga community Erin and I are drawn to Nan Desu Kan, Denver's anime convention that celebrates its 16th year this weekend at the Marriott in the Tech Center, in large part for its attendees' passion for cosplay. We're not that familiar with the plethora of contemporary anime titles (though I did grow up...

Yellowface is back in Hollywood, and it's as big, ugly, blatant and offensive as ever. Racebending wrote about this a couple of weeks ago in "The Cloud Atlas Conversation: Yellowface, Prejudice, and Artistic License," but as more and more people see the trailer for the new sci-fi flick "Cloud Atlas" (the film just premiered at the Toronto Film Festival) the outrage...

Here's a column I wrote for the latest issue of JACL's Pacific Citizen newspaper, which is undergoing a crisis with the loss of both its executive editor and assistant editors. The paper is also looking for a fulltime business manager. I'm on the search committee, so if any of my readers is interested in applying, you should send me an email....

View the V3 conference told in tweets and uploaded photos posted live as it happened, in a Storify timeline: [View the story "V3 Asian American Digital Media Conference timeline" on Storify] V3 Asian American Digital Media Conference timeline V3, the Asian American Digital Media Conference, was held Aug. 25, at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, with an...

[slideshow_deploy id=4516] The V3 conference for Asian America Digital Media, which was held August 25 in Los Angeles, was a landmark event. It was the first time that Asian American media from both journalism and the blogosphere gathered together to discuss their online presence and share their knowledge and skills. The conference grew out of a similar event, the Banana conference that...

I helped organize the panels and awards for the V3 Asian American Digital Media Conference, and it's going to be a hella great confab if I say so myself. Check out the speakers, performers and panelists we have lined up! Here's a V3con preview with scenes from last year's Banana2 Asian American bloggers conference, which evolved this year into V3: ...

IN 2001, New York filmmaker Linda Hattendorf began documenting the life of a homeless artist whose work caught her attention. The elderly man, who set up his "shop" outside a corner grocery in SoHo, not far from the Wall Street district, wouldn't take money from passersby, unless it was in payment for one of his drawings or paintings, many of...