So this is the story of HOW I GOT #AzizAnsari TO BRING ME COOKIES AND MILK.
We were both on a non-stop flight from New York to Los Angeles. He was in business class and, well, I was not.
It was March of 2016 and I was flying home to Los Angeles after touring the east coast telling jokes. I was exhausted and existentially pissed that I was flying from New York to Los Angeles on Delta Airlines. I never fly on Delta because it's expensive and I'm an immigrant who rescues restaurant napkins. The only reason I was on this flight was because I had to use flight credit after paying a two hundred dollar refund penalty. I’m a self-employed stand up comedian. I never waste money like that.
This is the story of how I met Gary Chan. It is also the story of how I got inspired to write these series of blog posts as a way of redefining "How To Be A Good Asian."
Redefining what it means to be "A Good Asian" is a lifelong process for me - I had plenty of reasons in my own life to figure this out for myself and with my good friends in private chats. For example, after I started performing stand-up comedy and talking about quitting my previous career, so many people in my audiences (many Asian American) would come up to me and say they wanted to do that too but were so afraid. I wrote about that in a previous blog: "I want to be a Good Asian, but now I want to do what I love."...[continue reading]
OR IT'S MORE LIKE DISNEYLAND, BUT ASIAN-ER AND TASTIER
Have you ever wondered what it'd be like go to Disneyland but like without the Disney part and with more Taiwanese stinky food and Asians tryna avoid the sun with visors, umbrellas, huge hats and wearing full bodied clothing in hot summer weather? Okay. Neither have I. But lucky for us, 626 Night Market has burped this into existence and it smells vaguely of stinky toe-jam Taiwanese tofu.
This past Sunday I was on the main stage of the 626 Night Market trying to entertain the masses. The crowd was already packed in the Market but I don't think they were expecting an obnoxious Chinese girl to be taking the mic. Folks were walking by thinking, "What is this crazy Asian lady doing yelling at us in Mandarin and Taiwanese?" [Continue Reading]