Apparently Ang Lee and I are not the only people of Taiwanese descent that love In-N-Out Burgers. The chain recently decided to torture their fans in Taiwan by opening up for a planned 4 hours to sell only 300 burgers, but they sold out in 2 hrs (surprise, surprise) and closed shop right after. Seeing as In-N-Out is not even opening across the U.S. and is primarily available in California, why the stunt in Taiwan of all places?
Well, it makes perfect sense to me because the first In-N-Out and its current headquarters is located in Baldwin Park, which is situated right in the heart of Los Angeles County and San Gabriel Valley (SGV). Surrounding this area are tons and tons of heavily Asian American suburban neighborhoods, and among those many Asian Americans are quite a whole lot of Taiwanese Americans, like myself. So there’s like an In-N-Out or two in every neighborhood, and I don’t know a single Taiwanese American in the area (I’ve met quite a lot of them, believe you me) and not a single one doesn’t love In-N-Out. Add on top of that a continuous traffic flow between here and Taiwan. Many Taiwanese Americans visit Taiwan every year or have someone from Taiwan visiting them. At one point, I was going back twice a year, once during summer and once during winter break, and that’s really common for a lot of Taiwanese American kids even today.
So In-N-Out in Taiwan? Of course. Just like there’s is Costco in Taiwan. Makes complete sense. If they do end up opening one up in Taiwan, it will make it a lot easier for me to stay in Taiwan for long periods of time. In-N-Out will just be a bullet train away.
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Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, it’s no surprise that I see television commercials for Pacific Gas & Electric (commonly known as PG&E). So it was nice to see this ad highlighting a San Francisco native, Sandy Locke, talk about her role at PG&E as a gas distribution central design supervisor. No doubt, PG&E is trying to improve it’s image, given the 2010 San Bruno pipeline explosion it was responsible for, which killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the resulting explosion and fire. Of course, PG&E is most famously portrayed in the movie, Erin Brockovich.
Still, I am sure Locke is sincere in the commercial about safety. She does highlight that she was born and raised in San Francisco and still lives in the city with her entire family. It is in her best self interest to make sure that PG&E gas pipelines are safe.
In 2011, when news struck of the quake and tsunami, I remember watching in horror as video footage began broadcasting on NHK. As it turned out, the quake was just a precursor to more horrific disasters to come. The tsunami wiped out countless lives and cities. Then the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant nuclear reactor incident(s) escalated to be a Level 7 crisis rating– the highest since Chernobyl.
Beyond the headlines and coverage, racist Tweets emerged online, comparing the death tolls of the quake and Pearl Harbor. Stories about the lack of Japanese looters– no wait, there were looters– also came to light. The theory of “no looters” were published alongside stories which theorized that the Japanese respect for authority possibly prevented thousands of needless deaths.
One the one year anniversary of the quake, it was clear that the recovery was far from over.
In April 2013, a small boat washed ashore in Crescent City, Calif., and was soon found to be a piece of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Humboldt State University professor Lori Dengler, a tsunami expert, learned that the boat might have belonged to Takata High School in Rikuzentakata, so she sent a message to the city’s Facebook Page, which she had been following since her own visit to the area for research. Someone quickly replied and was able to find a teacher who recognized the boat as the school’s.
The boat had traveled about 5,000 miles over two years before it landed in Crescent City, a town that also experienced a tsunami that same day in 2011. A group of Del Norte High School students were struck by the many similarities between Crescent City and Rikuzentakata, so they volunteered to clean up the boat and return it to Takata High School. Last month, the city of Rikuzentakata and Takata High hosted the Del Norte students in Japan and thanked them for their friendship and for providing a reminder that their struggle has not been forgotten.
To make your own connection to Rikuzentakata and to follow the city’s recovery, visit facebook.com/RikuzentakataCity
Taiwan has many levels of convenient public transportation: Taiwan High Speed Rail, Taiwan Railway, and the Metro systems in all the major cities (e.g. Taipei MRT). All this on top of Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s Taiwan Tour Bus and ubiquitous taxis really make it possible to get pretty much anywhere on the main island. The video above is of the Taipei MRT, and as you can hear, they announce every stop in Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese (minan), Hakkanese, and English.
Here are some of my experiences on various levels of Taiwan’s available transportation. I must warn you, though, that I love trains.
Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR)
Silicon Valley, CA – Yesterday, Congressman Mike Honda received the sole endorsement of the California Democratic Party (CDP) for his re-election in California’s 17th Congressional District. The endorsement follows an overwhelming show of support for Honda at last month’s Pre-Endorsement Caucus, where 92% of Democrats from the 17th District voted for him.
Dear Shannon Knapp,
First and foremost, thank you for Invicta. It’s an understatement to say that it has been a blessing to women’s MMA and women’s combat sports.
I check Invicta news every day, and I noticed that in the recent flurry of signings, Invicta signed Rachael Ostovich of Jesus is Lord MMA Gym in Hawaii.
Ostovich had fought her first pro-MMA fight with one of my favorite fighter athletes, Jenny Liou of Ace Jiu-Jitsu and Subfighter MMA, who was also in her debut pro-MMA fight.
Liou won that fight against Ostovich by TKO (knee to the Body and Punches) at Destinay MMA – Na Koa 4 on January 25, 2014.
Further, Liou has just won her second pro-MMA fight against Jilian Lybarger by unanimous decision on February 22, 2014 at KOTC Radar Lock.
The video above is Liou’s most recent amateur fight on December 6, 2013, and Liou not only won against Ariel Beck with a split decision but also won Fight of the Night at Fight Force – Butte Brawl 15.
Liou has a foundation in ground game, but her recent wins by TKO and decisions show that she has definitely been stocking up her arsenal.
These facts have been bothering me because although Ostovich is a great fighter, too, Liou seems more than qualified to join the prestigious ranks of Invicta FC. Thus, as an ardent fan of Invicta FC and of women’s MMA, I earnestly urge Invicta to sign Jenny Liou.
I am very much looking forward to the six Invicta events planned for this year. Schedule permitting, I hope I can fly out from Los Angeles and see one in person.
Thank you again for showing the world that nothing is more awesome than “fighting like a girl”!
Invicta FC Fan,
One of the biggest stories of the day today is that Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman revealed the alleged true identity of the supposed founder of Bitcoin, which had been credited to “Satoshi Nakamoto.”
In the detailed investigative report, the article alleges that the Bitcoin founder is a Japanese American man living in Southern California named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. Along with other personal and background information– including that the 64 year-old man is living with his mother and recently had troubles with cancer and a stroke– the article also published a photograph of the man, a photo of his car (with license plate showing) in the driveway of his house, as well as identifying the city of his residence. Within hours, the location of his home was identified and a media storm descended upon his home. Online, reaction swiftly condemned the journalist for revealing the home address of this man and possibly putting his life at risk (the Bitcoin founder is worth at least $400m in Bitcoin, as of now).
Although Dorian Nakamoto denies being the founder of Bitcoin, it didn’t stop reporters from chasing him across town, according to the Los Angeles Times. Nakamoto said he would speak to only one reporter and then accepted a invitation to a free lunch with an AP reporter while other reporters followed and camped outside. It was covered as the “Bitcoin chase” live via social media and the Los Angeles Times.
So, is Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto the founder of Bitcoin? Well, the jury is still out on that, but one AP reporter certainly will be getting the scoop of his life for the cost of a sushi lunch. More to come, I’m sure.
UPDATE 3/6/2014: The “chosen” AP reporter was Ryan Nakashima whose exclusive article was published at 9:45pm Pacific Time: MAN SAID TO CREATE BITCOIN DENIES IT. Also, the original Satoshi Nakamoto P2P Foundation account owner replied to a very old post with a message: “I am not Dorian Nakamoto.“
Visit Asian America. Asian America is not just an identity or an idea, it’s a place as well. It is America, and certain parts of America distinctly embody the Asian American homeland. Join us as we highlight different Asian American destinations that you can add to your next travel itinerary.
Martial Arts History Museum is a center that educates the public about martial arts and provides a space for cultural and artistic experiences with martial arts, which includes learning about the many different countries known for their martial arts traditions.
(cross streets: Magnolia & Buena Vista)
Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm.
$8 for adults, $4 for kids (6-12 years old)
Gaming, workshops, demonstrations, and festivals.
Phone: (818) 478-1722
email: [email protected]
So apparently, some totally obsessed fan made a tribute game to the anime and manga series Attack on Titan. I totally understand how this fan feels. It’s simply terrible sitting around waiting for the next season to be made and released. However, though this game is not exactly visually striking, it strikes paralyzing terror in me every time one of those titans opens its mouth to bite someone. In watching the group game play video above, I found myself squealing loudly in fright as one of the Titans chomped down on one of the players. I’m not sure if people who haven’t seen the anime or read the manga would have the same sort of pre-programmed reaction to it, but I definitely feel like my imagination runs away with me and I start reliving the horrors of a Titan attack. Remember, I have Attack on Titan PTSD.
Years ago when I saw a policeman on the TV news restrain a protester using an Aikido sankyo grip, I thought to myself, “where did the cop learn that technique?” Only after reading an obituary did I found out. Johnny has talked about jeet kune do and kajukenbo as uniquely Asian American martial arts, and I would add the Koga System to that list, a martial arts system that got its start in the Topaz internment camp in Utah.
The old adage that half the fun is getting there couldn’t be more true. When we booked the flight with the popular Taiwanese airline EVA Air, we didn’t think the one we got was going to be one of the airline’s Hello Kitty flights. It wasn’t indicated as such on our reservation, although when we got our luggage checked in and our boarding passes, it got our hopes up.
We watched with unexpected delight when our plane rolled in like so. Everyone in the waiting area got up to take pictures.
Robert Lopez made history when he won the Oscar® for Music (Original Song) at the 86th Academy Awards® for writing the music and lyrics of “Let It Go” from “Frozen” (along with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez).
Robert is only the twelfth person who has achieved an “EGOT” (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award) and he completed this achievement faster than anyone has previously done: in only ten years. He is also the youngest person to EGOT in competitive categories at the age of 39.
Robert is also Filipino American and thus, is the first Filipino American (and first Asian American) to achieve EGOT.
During his backstage interview, he was asked about his Filipino background:
Q. So, Robert, not only did you make history by joining a group of people who have won the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony but in the Philippines you just made history by being the first Philippine[sic] American to win an Oscar. So, your thoughts please.
A. (Robert Lopez) Filipino pride. I’m so excited. I’m just sending love to the Philippines. I know they’ve had a tough year and I just send out my feelings to them.
It must be pretty chaotic for the press that is working backstage, but I have comment about the question itself.
First, Robert Lopez made history everywhere (not just in the Philippines). Second, it’s “Filipino American” (and not Philippine American). Nitpicking aside, I’m glad that Robert acknowledges not only his Filipino background, but also that the Philippines have been hit hard in the past couple of years by terrible disasters. Kristen followed up, saying that they’ll be doing a benefit concert for the Philippines on March 12th, in New York City.
Congrats to Robert and Kristen for their Oscars®. (Cutest husband-wife acceptance speech/song ever!)