by Carmen Van Kerckhove
Continuing our new series on Racialicious: Link Love! I’m going to use this series to shine a spotlight on some of the blogs that I consider daily must-reads. So if you’re looking for new blogs to add to your daily media diet, you’re in the right place.
Many of you probably already read Angry Asian Man regularly. But if you’re not familiar with his blog, run – don’t walk! As someone who’s been blogging since 2001, Phil Yu can definitely be considered an OG in the blogosphere.
His blog is a one-stop shop for any and all news, events and issues related to Asian America. But Angry Asian Man goes beyond that. The blog has played a crucial role in getting the word out about some of the biggest Asian-American protest campaigns over the past few years: from Abercrombie & Fitch’s racist “Two Wongs Can Make It White” T-shirts to Details magazine’s “Gay or Asian?” column.
Phil was profiled in The Washington Post a couple years ago and the article’s description of his blog is pretty good:
The site doesn’t boast big numbers — about 60,000 hits a month, Yu says — but since launching in February 2001, it’s become a daily must-read for the media-savvy, socially conscious, pop-cultured Asian American. It’s part Gawker (“Check out this Bud Light commercial. Just another Asian karate dude . . . getting his [butt] kicked . . . By an old lady . . . That’s racist! “); part Drudge Report (“New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson acknowledges in his new autobiography that Wen Ho Lee was ‘mistreated’ “); part Ain’t It Cool News (“The new TV drama, ‘Inconceivable,’ starring Ming Na, premiered last night on NBC . . . Hopefully, they’ll give her more to do than they did on ‘ER.’ “). But it’s also altogether original.