The first all Asian American female standup comedy tour is coming to Portland for the first time, NEXT SATURDAY, OCT 5!! The discount code “GETWEIRD” expires this Monday at midnight! Don’t miss out on this one night only event of good Asian fun! Buy your tickets today at!

Big News!
  • Bred for Death is proud to announce the reinstatement of former-band-member Katie, who will now be occupying the roles of band member and manager!
  • They are even prouder to announce that they found the original pinecone and Black Like My Soul used in “…Your Cat Is In My Drawer.”
  • They are confused about whether pinecone is one word or two. Pinecone. Pine cone. Ponder it.

OH HAI. Oh what am I doing? Oh just chillin…hangin out… WAITING for you to get your tickets to Dis/orient/ed Comedy’s show tomorrow night at Helium Comedy Club in PORTLAND! Come hang out with me to see Jenny Yang, Atsuko Okatsuka, Mona Concepcion, Katie Nguyen and D’Lo! I know what I’m talking about, trust me - I’M A PANDA. 

Olympic moments that made me tear, laugh, and swoon (sometimes simultaneously)

This has been the sexiest, I mean, best Olympics so far. (Even though I only remember Beijing and shadows of Sydney). 

My favorite moments as they pop into my head:

  1. Gabrielle Douglas wins Gold for all-around women’s gymnastics (so so happy for her and USA’s lucky to have her as a new, popular role model)  
  2. Nathan Adrian wins Gold for 100m freestyle (I cannot afford to swoon because he’s too close to home…a couple of my friends know him)
  3. Debbie Phelps’s reaction…Maybe Michael won’t be there, but Debbie’s going to Rio.



  1. Michael Phelps’s 100m Butterfly awards ceremony…The Olympics just won’t be the same without him. 
  2. South Africa’s Le Clos beats Phelps in 200m butterfly & his dad’s reaction… I love Michael Phelps, but I’ll always support the underdog. 
  3. Royal Couple PDA moment!  
  4. Reading about Olympic Village’s craziness (ESPN & DailyBeast).
  5. Ryan Lochte is hiLARious 
  6. Ryan Lochte’s mom
  7. GB Diving Team "I’m Sexy and I know It" video 
  8. Katie Ledecky, 15 year old, wins gold in 800 m swimming 
  9. Marcel Nguyen wins silver in men’s gymnastics all-around (and my family’s collective spaz attack when we saw NGUYEN!!!)
  10. Watching with my brother, dad, cousins, and aunt, and uncle! 

So many more to come! What are some of your favorite moments? Anything you are excited to see? 

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Women’s groups slam ‘discriminatory’ UK advice on sharia wills

By Katie Nguyen

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women’s rights activists have accused the professional body representing lawyers in England and Wales of endorsing discrimination against women by refusing to withdraw its guidance on sharia wills.

The Law Society issued its guidance on ensuring that wills drawn up for Muslims comply with sharia in March, drawing criticism in the local press that it was effectively enshrining Islamic law in the British legal system for the first time.

In an open letter published on Thursday campaigners said the guidance, “a source of immense concern,” encourages legal services “to accommodate highly gender discriminatory religious laws that are being increasingly defined by religious fundamentalists in our society”.

The guidance informs lawyers that in general, under sharia, male heirs inherit twice the amount a female heir will receive and that illegitimate children are not heirs.

The letter said the Law Society’s failure to withdraw the guidance amounted to a “a gross derogation of duty”.

“Are we to assume that when the Law Society refers to equality, it does not include minority women’s right to equality?” the letter said.

“Are we to assume that minority women are only to be recognised as different but not equal, and that equality and diversity are mutually exclusive? Are we to assume that the Law Society does not consider minority women as members of the public whose rights and interests the Law Society must also promote through the legal profession?”

According to media reports, the solicitors’ watchdog deleted from its website references to professional guidance on drawing up sharia compliant wills in July.

Law Society officials were not immediately available for comment.

One of the campaigners who signed the letter said many women and girls from the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan – now living in Britain – had fled countries where sharia is practised. Sharia is based on the teachings of the Koran and the practices of the Prophet Mohammed.

“They too have experienced firsthand the discrimination of Sharia law. They have come to the UK in search of safety and to live in a country where women and men are treated as equals,” said Diana Nammi, the executive director of the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), at a protest outside the Law Society in April.

“Money is being put before women’s rights. There is a lot of money to be made by lawyers from drafting Sharia compliant wills. We cannot allow for women’s rights to be sacrificed so that lawyers can cash in,” she told protesters.

The last census in 2011 showed that Muslims made up the second largest religious group in Britain with 2.7 million people – compared with the 33.2 million Christians that account for 59 percent of the population of 63.2 million.

(Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, covers underreported humanitarian, human rights, corruption and climate change issues. Visit


Please Join us for the 2014 WZFR Screening

The Waabizipinikaan-Ziibi Filmmaking Residency is a rural, low-res program for filmmakers from across disciplines that encourages sharing, collaboration, and the use of local resources for the creation of short experimental films.

Public Screening
Sunday, October 5th 7:00pm

PV Studio
1828 Marshall St. N.E. #5 Minneapolis, MN 55418
The films will be projected over the Mississippi River

Featuring films by 2014 Residents:
Katinka Galanos
John KimMel Nguyen
Katy Vonk

With opening films by:
Drew Hance
Chris Larson
Piotr Szyhalski