What Makes YOU Angry?

As a nod to our cover story on Angry Asian Man, KoreAm asked this month’s contributors: What makes you angry?

Jeff Yang

“Deadlines! Just kidding. I’d say the thing that makes me angriest is wasted opportunity. I look at the historical moment we’re in and the grand chance we’ve had to make truly generational change, and then I look at the people who are working so hard to frustrate those efforts—and anger is the least of my emotions. But I also hate deadlines.”
Jeff Yang was the founder of A. Magazine: Inside Asian America, and is now the “Asian Pop” columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, though, thanks to the magic of the interwebz, he’s able to live mostly in his hometown of Brooklyn.
His story: Mad Man: Blogger Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man gives his most candid interview ever.
Andrew Jo

“People who think baseball is a boring sport. Players may seem idle, but every moment is spent pondering an endless number of possibilities. In its inactivity is where you find baseball’s beauty. The sooner you realize this, the more credibility I will find in you as a human being.”
Andrew Jo is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. Prior to his work with KoreAm, he was a sports editor, Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Zambia, and intern at Major League Baseball.
His story: “Koreans in Baseball”: In honor of this month’s Fall Classic, a brief history of Koreans at the plate.
Timothy Yoo

“As a Dallas Cowboys season ticket holder, it makes me angry that Wade Phillips (the head coach) is still gainfully employed.”
Timothy Yoo is a freelance writer and business litigation attorney based in Los Angeles. He frequently contributes to KoreAm and also writes about sports on his own blog at thek-factor.blogspot.com.
His story: “She’s Ba-ack”: What do figure skating phenoms Kim Yuna and Michelle Kwan now have in common?

David Yoo

“People who use the phrase ‘to my chagrin.’ Mid-90s rap-metal. Owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. Woodchucks. Woodpeckers. But mostly, people who type these three letters in a row, in all caps: LOL.”
David Yoo’s next novel, The Detention Club (Balzer + Bray) comes out next summer, followed by his first collection of essays for adults, (tentatively) titled  Honorable Mention (Grand Central). He loves using parentheses.
His story: “What Are You?”: A new spin on a dreaded question.

Oliver Saria

“Whiners above a certain tax bracket. But nothing makes my blood boil more than willful, deliberate ignorance. I’m talking to you, Sarah Palin.”

Oliver Saria, a freelance writer in Los Angeles, was tickled to pen this month’s piece on John Doe. Growing up, he encountered many people with interesting names. He knows a Ding and a Dong. He’s met a Manville and a Philamer. And now, he can add the real John Doe to the list.

His story: “John Doe on His Unusual Moniker”: A short piece on a quirky, suspicious name.
Arin Yoon
“Paperwork, people who talk on speakerphone in public, hormones in my food, the cost of higher education, landfills, people who don’t recycle, the health care system, intolerance and people who take advantage of others.”
Arin Yoon is a New York-based photographer and filmmaker. Her work will be featured as part of a group show, “Making the Leap: Crossing Borders,” at Brooklyn’s A.I.R Gallery from Dec. 1 to Jan. 2.
Her story: “Women of the House”: Photos of former comfort women living in South Korea.
Julie Ma (The one wearing a heart)
“Sour people.”
Julie Ma is a journalism student at Northwestern and former KoreAm intern. While reporting for the magazine, she watched Far East Movement perform in Los Angeles and became the hip hop quartet’s number one fan overnight. Seriously.
Her story: “Grab Bags”: Meet six designers who have a flair for merging style with our eco-conscious yearnings.
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