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(NOTE: Updates posted at bottom, including more parodies as they're posted and more crazy stuff from Pete Hoekstra as he says them). This ad was shown during the Super Bowl, but only in Michigan, where former Republican Congressman Pete Hoekstra is running to unseat Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow. The 30-second spot shows a pretty young Asian woman in what looks like...

This is a disgusting bit of race-baiting. Someone claiming to support Ron Paul's bid for the GOP presidential nomination has posted an attack ad against Jon Huntsman -- who frankly isn't one of the top contenders -- that plays up Huntsman's connections to China. It begins with an ominous challenge asking whether the candidate represents "American values or Chinese?"...

This about takes the cake for lame-ass non-issues. WUSA9, Gannett's DC affiliate (and sister station to Denver's KUSA 9News, the top-rated station in Denver and home to Adele Arakawa, the Japanese American top-rated anchor), posted this video and text followup about the Obama girls' private school serving Asian food on Dec. 7: "Sidwell Friends School, Sasha and Malia Obama's School,...

If you don't know who Anna May Wong was, she was an Asian American pioneer in Hollywood who deserves wider recognition. Filmmaker Yunah Hong has produced a one-hour documentary about Wong, "Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words" that's been screened at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea, and at festivals across the US and Canada. The film was...

Last week an over-eager reporter for WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, aired a "gotcha" investigative piece about a local puppy mill that had apparently shipped dogs to a meat shop in New York City's Chinatown, where the intrepid reporter, James Schugel, got a clerk to say on the record that they do indeed sell dog as food. The only problem...

Major props to University of Colorado ethnic studies professor Daryl Maeda for calling out the Fox Network for a racist video "report" that has since been pulled from the Fox website. The video shows comedian Bob Oschack, who's identified as a "Investigative Reporter" and holds a Fox Sports microphone, interviewing Asian students on the campus of the University of...