Monthly Archives: January 2016
Yuen Yung, co-founder and chief executive officer of sushi franchise How Do You Roll, received a $1 million offer on-air—at the time, the largest to date—from Kevin “Mr. Wonderful” O’Leary during Season 4 last year. O’Leary seemed eager to close, Yung says: Less than 15 minutes after taping, his representatives arrived in the green room with papers for Yung to sign. They told him that most people just sign to get it out of the way.
But it was Saturday, and Yung insisted on waiting until Monday for his lawyer. Within three months, the deal was dead. At one point, Yung says, O’Leary wanted to create a five-member board and take three of the seats, including chairman. Yung refused. O’Leary later withdrew, without specifying why.
In the end, Yung did all right without the money. Since his episode aired, he has sold the rights to add more than 100 franchise units across the U.S., Canada, and the Middle East. “You can’t buy that kind of exposure for a million dollars,” he says.
Following the attacks, people have a “legitimate reason” to fear Muslims, says the Pulp Fiction star and that has lead to ordinary, innocent citizens suffering.
He also added that he had hoped the California shooting that killed 14 people and injured 21 would not be linked to Muslims, because that would legitimize the fear further after the Paris attacks.
“When that thing happened in France, we were sitting there going, ‘Oh, my God, these terrorists!’ And I can’t even tell you how much that day the thing that happened in San Bernardino — I was in Hawaii — how much I really wanted that to just be another, you know, crazy white dude, and not really some Muslims.”
“Because it’s like: ‘Oh, shit. It’s here. And it’s here in another kind of way.’ Now, okay, it happened on an Army base and it happened somewhere else. But now? It’s like they have a legitimate reason now to look at your Muslim neighbour, friend, whatever in another way. And they become the new young black men,” he explained.
Commenting on the ongoing American elections and his golf buddy Donald Trump’s controversial views on Muslims and refugees, he simply said, “There’s absolutely nothing I can do. There are some other people that aren’t as open about what he’s saying that are running also, you know, that are just as crazy, that have just as much ill-will toward the common man — and not just the common black man. People who don’t have a certain amount of money don’t mean anything to them.”
Samuel, however, remains a loyal Democrat and says he is voting for Hillary Clinton. ”I’m gonna vote for Hillary. I mean, I love Bernie — Bernie’s a man of the people — but he can’t win. So I gotta cast my vote for a person that can keep those other people from winning, okay? Not to mention, you know, Hillary kinda knows the job, she can hit the ground running,” he added.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Pakistanis who had lived in a western country and then returned home were usually perceived to have become more informed and ‘modern’.
One way of observing this is to study the way the country’s once-thriving Urdu cinema portrayed such Pakistanis. For example, across the 1950s and 1960s, most Urdu films that had a character who had returned from Europe or the US was usually portrayed as a wise and enlightened person.
Cinematic narratives in this context went something like this: An educated city dweller was seen to be more level-headed and less religious than a person from the rural areas. And such a city dweller was usually a Pakistani who had gone to the West for studies or work.