Death by Karaoke… (Don’t mess with Asian musicians)

51-year-old Bobby Ray Carter Jr. (who was with his 27-year-old son Adam on vacation in the tourist town of Krabi, Thailand) was reportedly stabbed to death by members of a local karaoke band for refusing to stop singing.

The main attraction at the Little Longhorn Saloon is a live karaoke band that takes requests, and witnesses say that a drunk Carter got angry when the band played Hotel California instead of the song he requested, and he refused to step down.

The musicians then decided to take a break, but Carter continued hogging the stage, and refused to let anyone else have a turn. A fight then broke out between the musicians and Carter after the latter demanded his tip back from band members Carter, his son, and the band took their altercation outside, where Carter was ultimately stabbed in the chest with an iron rod.

He was pronounced DOA at an area hospital.

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American Tourist Killed by Karaoke Band for Refusing to Stop Singing



9-year old Carissa Yip becomes the nation’s youngest chess expert

After only three years since first picking up the game of chess, 9-year-old Carissa Yip can already look down at 93 percent of the more than 51,000 players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation. Carissa, who will be a fifth-grader this fall is ranked in the top 7% of all players registered with the U.S. Chess Federation, and in the top 2% of female players.

Last fall, she competed in an international competition in Slovenia, and in December, she’ll play the World Youth Championships in the United Arab Emirates.

Try and keep up… but I doubt you will.

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9-year old Carissa Yip becomes the nation’s youngest chess expert

Chess Prodigy


From Better Luck Tomorrow to K-Town: Asian Americans and Los Angeles in 21st Century Media

Here is a great article on the KCET (Southern California’s PBS entity) website regarding the path of Asian Americans in film and tv over the last 15 years, including interviews with directors Quentin Lee and Justin Lin. As many know, Justin Lin (who has directed four films in the Fast and the Furious franchise) made his initial mark as the director of the groundbreaking Generaxian-X film, Better Luck Tomorrow (featuring The Fast and the FuriousSung Kang, and Star Trek‘s  John Cho).

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From Better Luck Tomorrow to K-Town: Asian Americans and Los Angeles in 21st Century Media



KTVU producers fired over the four Asiana Air fake/racist names that it aired

KTVU-TV has confirmed that the station fired three veteran producers over the four fake names for the on-air gaffe involving the fake names of those Asiana Airline pilots that became a viral YouTube clip and a major embarrassment to the station. Investigative producer Roland DeWolk, special projects producer Cristina Gastelu and producer Brad Belstock were all dismissed after an in-house investigation into the matter.

To backtrack, during its noon newscast on July 12, anchor Tori Campbell announced that “KTVU has just learned the names of the four pilots who were on board” the ill-fated plane – then proceeded to read from a teleprompter while the phony names were displayed on a graphic.

The names she gave were Capt. Sum Ting Wong, Wi Tu Lo, Ho Lee Fuk, and Bang Ding Ow.

Only after the station returned from a break did Campbell – who had clearly been unaware of the mistake – read an on-air correction, telling viewers that the station had confirmed the names with the National Transportation Safety Board.

By day’s end, the NTSB issued its own apology for “inaccurate and offensive names that were mistakenly confirmed” to KTVU. Soon after, the NTSB announced that it had fired a summer intern over the incident.

Colleagues said they were saddened, but not completely surprised by the dismissals given the international attention the gaffe got, including a threat – later dropped – by Asiana to sue to the station.

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KTVU producers fired over the four Asiana Air fake/racist names that it aired