Asian eXcellence Awards on E! Entertainment TV tonight!

For those of you who missed the monumental Asian eXcellence Awards, it will be airing mainstream for the first time tonight, Thursday, May 24th at 6 PM EST (3 PM PST) with a one-hour special on E! Entertainment.

Please support and watch the show so we can have more Asian American programming on television. Also check out the hottest Asian American stars in the entertainment world being recognized and honored.


Exclusive interview with Kenneth Eng!

Hot as Pho was allowed the opportunity to have an exclusive unedited interview with Kenneth Eng at the end of this week. Since our site is one of the top site to stir up more Kenneth Eng talk, we used it as leverage to get an interview. Now it’s your turn to speak up. We are giving you, our readers and fans, a chance to ask him anything you want.

Please comment any questions you have for Kenneth Eng and we will try and get as many of those answered for you!

How will Cho Seung-Hui’s Virginia Tech shooting effect Asian Americans?

by Peter Nguyen

Cho Seung-Hui Picture of Virginia Tech Shooting

In the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history, Cho Seung-Hui, a 23-year old Korean student, was out on a mission to kill his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend. America doesn’t know much about Asian Americans other than the racially-profiled stereotypes described in the media with Model Minority traits like being quiet, hard working, family oriented, and intelligent. Unfortunately, finally when Asians do get in the news, it’s for one of U.S. history’s deadliest tragedy.

One source stated:

According to unconfirmed rumors available to The Reference Frame, the killer was a 6-foot tall male Asian – I suppose East Asian – student between 20 and 25 years from Radford University whose girlfriend from Virginia Tech left him. He had two guns (at least one of which was a 9 mm caliber handgun) and wore a vest – probably a bulletproof vest – with
too much ammunition as well as a maroon cap and a black leather jacket.

In the morning around 7:15 am, he went to her dormitory in the West Ambler Johnston Hall. She was not there so he shot her roommate and the residential assistant. They didn’t shut down the university, so he continued and tried to find the ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in the classroom of the Norris Hall (engineering) a few hours later. He didn’t know the exact location, so he has visited a few classes, lined up all students against a wall, and shot them one by one – and then himself by a shot into his head.

CNN reported:

The gunman who killed 30 people at Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall before turning the gun on himself was student Cho Seung-Hui, university police Chief Wendell Flinchum said Tuesday.

University officials said they were still trying to determine if Cho was responsible for an earlier shooting at a dormitory that left two dead.

However, Flinchum said ballistics tests show that one of the two guns recovered at Norris Hall was used at Norris and at the dorm.

Cho, a 23-year-old South Korean and resident alien, lived at the university’s Harper Hall, Flinchum said. He was an English major, the chief said.

Cho was a loner and authorities are having a hard time finding information about him, said Harry Hincker, associate vice president for university relations.

What can we learn from this now? What are your thoughts on the motives of how might Asian and/or American culture have played a role in this? How can relationship heartaches lead to such a an extreme massacre? Many sources said he was constantly teased and harrassed by other students. Was this out of racial frustration?

This goes against most mainstream Americans stereotypical beliefs of Asians. So will Asians be more racially stereotyped and bigoted in America or will this event give America more perspective on how Asians don’t fit in one stereotypical box? Maybe even break down some racial walls?

After the Columbine shooting, that didn’t have America thinking about how corrupted white Americans are, they just concluded that there are some bad people in this world. I doubt if race will be overlooked. Most importantly, how can we all grow from this incident?

Speak your mind, we all want to listen…

AsianWeek Removes Samson Wong as Editor-in-Chief

Dear Petition Signer,

Leaders of the civil rights organizations that initiated the protest against AsianWeek’s publication of a hate speech column against African Americans today noted the newspaper’s decision to remove Samson Wong as editor-in-chief.

The masthead of the newspaper’s March 30 issue shows that Wong’s title is now “Senior Editorial Consultant.”

“We asked AsianWeek to hold the editor responsible for publishing the piece accountable,” said Gen Fujioka, program director at the Asian Law Caucus. “Though the community still needs to hear directly from AsianWeek, we hope this indicates a step towards healing the hurt caused both to African Americans and also the vast majority of Asian Americans who abhor the racism expressed by the previous article.”

“From the start, this has not been just an issue of hate speech, but an issue of journalistic judgment and responsibility,” said Vincent Pan, executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action. “All communities must be vigilant against bigots and racists, as well as those who hand them microphones.”

After initially denying any wrongdoing, AsianWeek issued an apology and fired Kenneth Eng, the writer of a column titled “Why I Hate Blacks” that advocated discriminating against African Americans.

Immediately after the column was published, a national coalition of APA and civil rights organizations called on AsianWeek to, among other things, review its editorial policy and process and hold those responsible for the decision to publish the Eng piece accountable.

Thank you very much for signing our petition and lending your support on this issue!

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Journey From The Fall Opens with a Bang

Ham Tran’s Journey From The Fall, in its opening weekend release, earned the highest per-screen average of any film in the country with $21,861 per screen. The movie premiered in four theaters in New York, Organge County and San Jose. Huge support from the Vietnamese American community made the biggest impact in the large turnout.

This is a historical moment to see a Vietnamese film directed by a Vietnamese American to break some ground in the mainstream movie industry. Journey From The Fall begins to open up in other major cities. Find out if it’s coming to your cities by clicking here.

Thanks AngryAsianMan for reporting this first.

Viet Model Project are doing things right

There has been a rise of Vietnamese beauty pageants these past few years. From local to national to international pageants, the Vietnamese American community sure has a thing for beautiful women.

We had the opportunity to talk to the guys from one of the latest projects called the Viet Model Project. 25 of the most beautiful Vietnamese women in the world will compete in hopes to gain mainstream spotlight, a national magazine spread, and a $10,000 grand prize. If you think you have what it takes to become a model and want a once in a lifetime opportunity, it’s not too late. Register yourself at before April 15th! Mark your calendars because the main event will be held on August 18, 2007.

If a modeling career isn’t your deal, Miss Vietnam Global is the best beauty pageant out there. With over 5000 in attendance last year, this first-class beauty contest has some of the most beautiful Vietnamese women in the world. A $20,000 cash prize is given to the winner. Applications are due on March 31st. To find out more about registration, click here. The main event will be happening on June 30, 2007 in Las Vegas.

Vietnamese Pride video on YouTube