Monthly Archives: June 2009

L.A. ticket giveaway: Concert of Korean pop performers Shin Hae Chul and N.EX.T. on July 4

My 4th of July* is usually associated with fireworks, barbecues, carnivals, picnics, concerts, baseball games, and various other events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the good ol’ US of A. If I hadn’t already made plans to be … Continue reading

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East Coast Asians versus West Coast Asians

By Vannie A couple of years ago back in high school, I attended the National Association of Independent Schools/Student Diversity Leadership Conference in Miami. The purpose of this three to four day conference was to reinforce our racial identities through … Continue reading

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Philanthropy YouTube Style

“Maybe we can see Kevjumba!” The Daughter was excited about that possibility of meeting the YouTube star Kevin Wu as we neared U.C. Davis.    I had a meeting there with a graduate student who I collaborate with on research, and … Continue reading

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Garrett Yee, Candidate for California State Assembly, District 20

This past week, I had the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for Garrett Yee, Candidate for California State Assembly, District 20 (which encompasses Fremont, Newark, Union City, Milpitas, parts of Hayward, Castro Valley, Pleasanton and San Jose). The current Assembly … Continue reading

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Caltech Suicide Victims, Both Asians

For many students, June is a month that signifies the end of the school year and the beginning of summer. In the case of graduating students, the end of the school year means the end of one chapter and the … Continue reading

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Write a Letter to Support Lt. Dan Choi!

I’ve already written a couple posts about Lt. Dan Choi and his organization Knights Out that’s fighting the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits openly gay servicemen from serving their country.  Lt. Choi, a graduate of West Point … Continue reading

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Jane Lui Covers Michael Jackson’s You Are Not Alone w/ Ave Maria

Given yesterday’s news about Michael Jackson’s death, it only seems appropriate on this Friday afternoon to post Jane Lui’s tribute to the gloved one in the form of You Are Not Alone with an Ave Maria Gregorian Chant. She gives … Continue reading

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Acceptability and Asian Culture

There’s a scene in Amy Tan‘s The Joy Luck Club, where one of the moms is preparing a crab dinner with her daughter. There’s just enough crabs so that each person gets one, but one of the crabs is too … Continue reading

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This Weekend: Kollaboration New York

Kollaboration New York – Kollaboration brings the search for groundbreaking Asian American talent to New York City, home to some of the greatest performers in the world. Performers will compete for $2000 in cash prizes and the title of Kollaboration … Continue reading

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The Short Film/Pilot for Yellow: American Dream, Chinese Ambition

From Lawless Films co-creators Tony Murphy and Troy Antonio comes a one-minute YouTube teaser for the short film Yellow: American Dream, Chinese Ambition. As all pilots go, it’s a piece of work that will additionally be refined, but the production … Continue reading

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POP 88 #33 – Hinsaru, Worldwide Shorts Film Festival

(Disclaimer: Apologizes for not getting around to posting the podcast here – but better late than never right? Please enjoy.) Happy June Everyone! Sorry about the delay in getting this show out. I was prepping my application for grants and stuff. … Continue reading

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“Engrish/Chinglish”: Language Lost in Translation

Growing up, I would visit Hong Kong and/or Taiwan every year to visit family and see my birthplace. At first, during these visits, I would try to read signs or menus using whatever Chinese characters I could muster.  However, as … Continue reading

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