(Picture of Lily Chin holding a framed photograph of her son, Vincent Chin)

“In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments arising from massive layoffs in the auto industry, a Chinese American named Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers. Chin’s killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and 3 years probation, but no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time across ethnic and socioeconomic lines to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement.

VINCENT WHO? explores this important legacy through interviews with the key players at the time as well as a whole new generation of activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin. It also looks at the case in relation to the larger narrative of Asian American history, in such events as Chinese Exclusion, Japanese American Internment in WWII, the 1992 L.A. Riots, anti-Asian hate crimes, and post-9/11 racial profiling.

Ultimately, VINCENT WHO? asks how far Asian Americans have come since the case and how far they have yet to go.

For in spite of Vincent Chin’s monumental significance in both the Asian American experience and the civil rights history of America, the vast majority of people today (including most Asian Americans) have little or no knowledge of him.”

Watch the full documentary on youtube: Vincent Who?


These posters are SO cool. Lily Chin, the artist, is crazy talented, and obviously loves dogs of all kinds – even breeds the AKC doesn’t recognize.. She’ll even customize these posters for you. HT buttella for turning me on to Lily Chin’s whimsical, wonderful work.

When I put together my own post, I saved the best – including my beloved Akbash (which gets no love from the AKC) – for last.

I went to Vincent Chin’s grave today, cleaned it, left fruit and incense at both his and his parents’ headstones.

I’ve been thinking a lot about you lately, brother. I’m the same age now as you were when you died, and as I grow and change, I think a lot about the impact Detroit has had on my life, and on yours. You didn’t expect to be an icon for a generation of struggle, and you certainly didn’t deserve to become an icon like this. I just want you to know that we remember.

And to Lily Chin: thank you for your heart and your organizing. You are missed. I hope you see that we remember your son, and you, and everything you gave us. Rest in power. - CM


Lily Chin: Dogs Of The World

Dogs Of The World is a new series of designs that I have been working on Spring-Summer 2014. There are a total of at least 192 dog designs and 24 cat designs, which are available as grouped and individual prints at my etsy store.

You can buy framed prints/canvases, tote bags, pillows, mugs, phone cases, and more at

*Sept 2014 - T-shirts are now available at my new Doggie Tops store.!shop/c11bk


Talks from the Yarniverse with Lily Chin

30 yrs ago today, Chinese American Vincent Chin was bludgeoned with a baseball bat by two white men, a father and stepson, in Detroit. Chin died a few days later when his mother, Lily Chin, decided to take him off of life support. Lily Chin would go on to become what some would describe as an "accidental activist”–becoming involved in political activism, sharing her story and that of her son. As a professor who teaches courses on race and racism and Asian American history, I have shown the film and watched it with my classes at least 20 times. As an Asian American, it fucks me up each and every time I see it. RIP Vincent Chin. RIP Lily Chin, who died in 2002, 20 years after her son’s murder.“ ~ Tamara K. Nopper
NYC Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond

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[Photograph: Alice Gao]

Thursday (October 31)

Wholly Goat: A Halloween Dinner at Parish Hall
Thursday, October 31st, 7:00 p.m.
There are still some seats available for Parish Hall’s five-course whole goat feast. $60. Parish Hall. 109a North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

Saturday (November 2)

A Pumpkin Day
Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Perinatal Network hosts a pumpkin educational session on how to cook and use pumpkins. There will be a cooking demo, free samples and recipes. Free. Brownsville Community Farmers Market. 514 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; event details

Fresh Pasta Making
Saturday, November 2nd, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Learn how to make fresh pasta by hand and with a food processor. This class covers tortellini, tagliatelle, and linguini. $75. Brooklyn Kitchen. 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

Sake All Stars
Saturday, November 2nd, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Learn all about sake from the brewers who make it. Tickets include unlimited sake tastings and small bites. $70. Sakagura. 211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY; tickets and event details

Sunday (November 3)

90 Years of New York Chocolate
Sunday, November 3rd, 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Li-Lac Chocolates celebrates its 90th anniversary with a party that includes wine and chocolate pairings, live music, and pricing straight out of 1923, when four original chocolates cost 23 cents. The first hundred customers can purchase one-pound chocolate boxes for $3.67. Free to enter. Li-Lac Chocolates. 40 8th Avenue, New York, NY; event details

Monday (November 4)

Hank Shaw’s Book Release with Anita Lo
Monday, November 4th, 6:30 p.m.
Author Hank Shaw’s new book Duck, Duck Goose is getting a release party at chef Anita Lo’s Annisa. The five-course duck and goose menu includes smoked duck, duck heart tartare, and goose breast. $175. Annisa. 13 Barrow Street, New York, NY; Reservations only, call 212-741-6699

Wednesday (November 6)

The Better Basics
Wednesday, November 6th, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Whole Foods is teaching some culinary basics for fall cooking. Make a pan-roasted steak, cassoulet, and mac and cheese. $45. Whole Foods Market’s Bowery Culinary Center. 95 East Houston Street, New York, NY; tickets and event details

Thursday (November 7)

Aki Matsuri 2013
Saturday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Gohan Society has organized an izakaya-themed feast from New York restaurants including Nobu 57, Morimoto, and Blue Ribbon. There will also be a live soba-making demonstration by Soba-Ya. Part of the proceeds will go to Japan Relief. $125. Brooklyn Brewery. 79 N 11th Street, New York, NY; tickets and event details

Whole Fish Butchering
Thursday, November 7th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Yuji Haraguchi of Yuji Ramen will show you how to break down a whole fish and cook it. Attendees get a knife and leftover fish to take home. $85. Brooklyn Kitchen. 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

The Southern Korean Table
Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 p.m.
Egg is hosting a Korean-meets-Southern dinner with chef George Weld’s takes on banchan, family-style stews, and more. Tickets include soju. $75. Egg. 135A North 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

BK Farmyards Annual Fall Benefit
Thursday, November 7th, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
For BK Farmyard’s annual benefit they’re hosting a tasting of Brooklyn-made food and drink from restaurants and companies like SCRATCHbread, Blue Marble, and Seersucker. A raffle will also be held to reel in prizes from Stumptown Coffee, The Brooklyn Kitchen, and much more. Proceeds will be used for farm projects at the High School for Public Service. $40. Freebrook Spaces. 375 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

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The Best (Mostly Cheap) Eats on St. Marks Place in the East Village

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Lamb burger from Xi'an Famous Foods. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Restaurants on St. Marks Place come and go, but most share one thing in common: they’re all about affordable eating. From Japanese hot dogs to chocolate pudding to great sliders, there’s no shortage of cheap eats on this one street alone. To help you get the best bang for your buck, here’s our guide to the best eating on (or just off) St. Marks between Cooper Square and Tompkins Square Park. Of course there’s plenty more good food nearby—this is the East Village after all—but we’re keeping tight on the geography for this post. You can find more East Village eating right this way.

Astute St. Marks-ers will notice some omissions from this guide: a certain popular falafel stand, ramen shop, and Chinese restaurant, for starters. That’s because with such a wealth of good, cheap options on this one street, we think you can do better. Still feel we left something out? Let us know in the comments.

Quick Bites on the Go

Curry lamb banh mi at Xe May. [Photograph: Craig Cavallo]

Xe Máy Sandwich Shop: This small sandwich counter does unconventional banh mi right. Their baguettes are firm and crisp, great support for fillings like curry lamb.

Pommes Frites: Legendary late night hole-in-the-wall that sells thick-cut Belgian fries with dozens of dipping sauces ranging from simple ketchup and mayonnaise to stranger dips like wasabi mayo and “Irish Curry.”

Papaya King: Classic, natural casing hot dogs cooked on a griddle—this is the New York hot dog experience done right.

Oroshi hot dog from Japadog. [Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Japadog: For a less traditional hot dog, Japadog’s Japanese-stylized dogs come with toppings like nori, tonkotsu sauce, and croquettes. The fries come spiced with ingredients like wasabi and shichimi.

Crif Dogs: More hot dogs, but these are wrapped in bacon and topped with everything from eggs and cheese to avocado.

Xi'an Famous Foods: You don’t need to trek to Flushing to try Xi'an’s famous lamb burger and hand-pulled noodles, this slim shop is here for you. Compared to the other Xi'an locations, we think this one is a little tame on the spice, but it’s still a very good thing.

Casual Sit-Downs

Potato pancakes at Stage Restaurant. [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Stage Restaurant: Before choosing Veslka as your go-to spot to taste Eastern European fare, visit Stage Restaurant for old school no-frills potato pancakes and pierogi. Pastrami or open-face turkey sandwiches are also well worth an order if they’re available that day.

B & H Dairy: Another Eastern European lunch counter with great vegetarian soups and a simple-but-satisfying egg and cheese on homemade challah.

Mark: The griddled sliders here—topped with American cheese and grilled onions and served in a steamed potato roll—are among our favorites in the city.

Natori: The sushi restaurant equivalent of a dive bar with affordable, tasty sushi and sashimi combos under $20. The rest of the menu is also worth a look, such as okonomi yaki served in a sizzling hot plate or wings.

Hanjoo: Korean barbecue is pricier than most of the restaurants listed here, but the house specialty of crystal-grilled pork—served with kimchi flavored by the pork’s rendered fat—is worth the relative splurge. We don’t love the rest of the menu as much, so stick to that pork barbecue and complimentary banchan for best results.

Desserts and Drinks

Golden Toast from Spot Dessert Bar. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Spot Dessert Bar: A more refined but approachable dessert spot with innovative sweets and a classic, simple condensed milk-topped Golden Toast that’s slathered in butter and baked until golden brown.

TKettle: TKettle is best known for their bubble drinks; for the classic milk tea, stick with Saint’s Alp nearby. Here, you should aim for the more fun drinks, like yogurt shakes, slushes, and milkshakes in flavors like avocado.

CoCo Fresh Tea & Juice: An international tea chain with a few outposts in New York. Things to try: Three Guys (milk tea with tapioca, grass jelly, and pudding), Jasmine Milk Tea, and Cream Black Tea (brewed ice tea with a thick layer of salted whipped cream). The dairy-free grapefruit green tea is a pleasantly tart, refreshing alternative to all the sweetness.

Macarons from Macaron Parlour. [Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Macaron Parlour: We dig the offbeat macarons here, but we like other pastries like the kouign amann, cinnamon bun, and cookies even more.

Puddin’ by Clio: The specialty is, surprise surprise, pudding—chocolate is our favorite. But moist cakes and pies like the key lime cheesecake are also good dessert options.

PDT: You can expect great drinks at this cocktail destination, but don’t be surprised if there’s a multi-hour wait when you go.

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Speed crochet!

Last-Minute Discounts on NYC Cooking Classes

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Every week we spotlight a dozen cooking classes sold through our partner CourseHorse to take in the weeks ahead. Some of the most popular classes CourseHorse offers sell out way in advance, but cooking schools like the Institute of Culinary Education and the Brooklyn Kitchen are now offering deals on last-minute-availability seats exclusively through us. Want a sweet deal on a cooking class? Here are three classes with discounted seats.

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NYC Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond

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[Photograph: Laura Togut]

Friday (October 25)

Colorado Craft Beer Tap Takeover and Charity Raffle
Friday, October 25th to November 3rd, 4:00 p.m.
East Village restaurants and bars are raising money for Colorado flood relief. A $10 donation enters you into a craft beer raffle. Multiple locations in the East Village and Lower East Side; tickets and event details

Halloween Candy Making
Friday, October 25th, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Make halloween candies such as peppermint patties, peanut butter cups, and caramel apples while sipping on apple cider. $50. Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

Saturday (October 26)

Luke’s Lobster Boil
Saturday, October 26th, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lobster roll specialists Luke’s are hosting their first lobster boil. Tickets includes a lobster, corn, potatoes, slaw, blueberry cake, iced tea, and hot apple cider. Live music for all; beer A portion of the proceeds to to Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy. $40. Pier 1 on the Harbor View Lawn Brooklyn Bridge Park. 334 Furman St., Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

Sunday (October 27)

2nd Annual East Harlem Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
This annual event includes a pig roast, soul food and beer tents, and live music with educational information about composting and urban farming. Free to enter, pay per item. 1640 Park Avenue at 116th Street, New York, NY; event details

Applepalooza 2013
Sunday, October 27th, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate everything apple. Taste apple ciders, apple liquors, apple fritters and unusually varieties of apple. $45. Astor Wines. 399 Lafayette St, New York, NY; tickets and event details

Get My Goat!
Sunday, October 27th, 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Eat roasted coat, goat cheese, goat milk, drink beer & wine and listen to live music. Food bonuses awarded to attendees in costumes. $30. The Farm on Adderley. 1108 Cortelyou Rd. Brooklyn, NY; tickets and event details

Monday (October 28)

Richard Juhlin Book Signing and Champagne Party
Monday, October 28th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A book signing and Champagne party hosted by “Champagne King” Richard Juhlin. $125. Corkbuzz Wine Studio, 13 East 13th Street, New York NY; tickets event details

Thursday (October 31)

Tricks and Treats: Pairing Sweets and Cheese at Murray’s Cheese
Thursday, October 31th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Murray’s is hosting a Halloween night with seasonal cheeses paired with sweets like chocolate, fruit chutney, and goat milk caramel. Learn what sweets pair best with different cheeses. $60. Murray’s Cheese, 254 Bleecker Street, New York, NY; ticket and event details

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Cult Movie Essentials: The Heroic Ones (1970)

Cult Movie Essentials: The Heroic Ones (1970)

Honk Kong cinema was on fire in the 1970’s, and kung-fu films were the main reason for its boom.  The team of director Chang Cheh and actors David Chiang and Ti Lung – collectively known as “The Iron Triangle” led the field.

In The Heroic Ones, it is the late 9th-century imperial China and the Tang dynasty court no longer had…

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