Yeah, neither did I. Turns out that the star of the hit comedy The Mindy Project has an older brother named Vijay. A quick Google search of his name reveals little: on the internet, he exists entirely in the form of short quotes (one to Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, the other to Parade, another to the New York Times) about how awesome his sister is. He is also listed as a surviving child in his mother’s obituary. On a fansite for The Office, Vijay trawled for threads about his sister and shamelessly name-dropped that he was related to her (Update: link no longer active). On Twitter, he has a scant 230 followers (at the time of this publication) despite having been on the microblogging site for four years as a self-described “anti-affirmative action hacktivist” (#tcot?). In his Twitter bio, he tells us that the most pertinent detail about his life is that he’s related to Mindy Kaling.
Yet, Chokalingam is making news today in super-Rightwing news media outlets: in early March, Chokalingam released details of a book pitch documenting his efforts to gain admission into medical school by donning Blackface fifteen years ago.
Yes, you read that right: Mindy Kaling’s brother says he wore Blackface for more than two years while applying to and attending medical school.
Proving that we are just as capable of bad behaviour as anyone else.
This video has been making the rounds this week. At a restaurant in Sha Kok Estate in Hong Kong last week, two groups of people got into a fight over something. It’s a lot of yelling and screaming. Y’know, your pretty typical mass argument.
Typical, that is, until 40 seconds in when someone picks up a teapot and flings the hot water at someone else. That person then chases the target of his rage around the restaurant, teapot swinging wildly like a weapon. I think he actually manages to chase the other person down and hit him multiple times about the head and shoulders with the teapot. Twenty second later, someone else picks up a chair and hurls it at I think no one in particular. People are screaming, limbs are flying. At 1:30, a white-haired elderly woman who looks about four-and-a-half-feet tall courageously wades into the throng to try and calm the teapot-wielder down.
It’s equal parts horrifying and (admittedly) engrossing… from the safety of my keyboard, that is. Video, after the jump.
Artist David Choe is a local Los Angeles-area celebrity, who made his name as the artist who painted a mural for the small office of a little-known start-up called Facebook and who was paid by the man who hired him (Mark Zuckberg) in company stock; when the company went public in 2012, Choe became instantly independently wealthy with an estimated net worth of over $200 million dollars. Choe, who has collaborated frequently with Asian American magazine Giant Robot, also painted a portrait of newly-elected President Barack Obama that was chosen to hang in the White House.
Beyond his artwork, Choe also has aspirations of being a celebrity personality (i.e. “a person famous for being famous”): between 2007-2010, Choe co-hosted a web series called “Thumbs Up!” which followed his adventures hitchhiking across the country, and currently Choe co-hosts a podcast (available in both audio and video) called DVDASA with porn star Asa Akira, which is basically a poor man’s Asian American version of the Howard Stern Show.
Yee, who represents San Francisco and part of San Mateo County, and who is currently running for California Secretary of State, was arrested along with notorious former San Francico-area gangster Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, after FBI and IRS investigators searched both Yee’s Sacramento-based office, as well as his San Francisco home. Both are scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.
(This post will be continuously updated with details as they are reported. This post was updated to include information about the charges against Senator Yee.)
The UC-Santa Barbara campus is reeling today after a 19-year-old student was assaulted, beaten and gang-raped Saturday evening. Authorities are now searching for a group of three “Asian males” who orchestrated this organized and vicious assault, which occurred either on-campus or in the surrounding Isla Vista residential area.