There’s nothing worse than putting one of your favorite necklaces down, then picking it up later and getting a brand-new necklace ball instead. Put away your jewelry (and little trinkets) safely and neatly with this Sari Jewelry Box ($40) by Amrita Singh. Made of cotton fabric, this box is large enough to hold a decent amount of jewelry but small enough to fit alongside other things on your dresser.
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Remember BoA and her entry into American Pop Music? While she may not have been the crossover K-Pop Superstar that SM Entertainment had hoped for – unless you count a couple of boys dancing at gay bars, the Korean music company is banking on nine-member group Girls’ Generation to be the first Asian group to truly break the American pop music scene with its newest single, The Boys. Yes, this is the same girl group also known as SNSD and spawned a parody video of old men in halter tops dancing. But what are the chances of the song being a hit in America? My thoughts, after the jump. Continue Reading »
Recently, I covered the some of the overview of the numbers and statistics as they relate to Asian Americans in a new report from the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice). As I mentioned in the previous article, never before have we gotten such detailed information on each of the different Asian sub-groups. I’ve already covered the Taiwanese sub-group in detail; in this post, I’m going to focus on the sub-groups that tend to be under-represented, and whose numbers lie outside the norm.
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APA Faith Matters is a periodic interview of Asian Pacific American (APA) leaders in various religious contexts. It highlights those leaders who are passionate about social justice issues that matter to APA communities and work from within their religious contexts.
Patrick S. Cheng is the Assistant Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, and also writes for the religion and gay voices sections of the Huffington Post. He is one of the few voices that courageously speaks out for a group that continues to be marginalized, particularly in the Christian church.
What is your religious background?
I was raised in a Roman Catholic household. I was received into the Episcopal Church over thirteen years ago, and I have worked for the Episcopal Church for over a decade both as a lawyer and as a seminary professor. I have served as an ordained minister with the Metropolitan Community Churches, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) affirming denomination that is open to all, since 2001.
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It’s Halloween! Which means that you need a costume, stat. If you’re short on time and low on creativity, you can always follow in Hello Kitty’s footsteps: add a mustache and call yourself a hipster. And with this Hello Kitty Mustache Coin Bag ($16.95), you can show your hipster pride the rest of the year too. The bag is made of vinyl, and measures 5.5″ x 4.25″.
I was flipping through the channels the other day, and was surprised to see how quickly this ad by MoveOn.org got on the air two days later after the Oakland police crackdown on the Occupy Oakland demonstrators. Personally, I support the Occupy Wall Street movement and am certainly supportive of all peaceful expressions of free speech and the message they are conveying.
I’m an Ivy League graduate with a “Top 10” MBA, and I am in the 99% getting by in the very expensive San Francisco Bay Area which has a very, very high cost of living, Even with a well paying job, I feel like I’m barely getting by and wonder about the next generation of Americans. When I graduated from college, I was lucky to get a job during a major recession (the worst job market for college graduates until now) and had over $17,000 in loans ($25,000 in today’s dollars). The real challenge for the Occupy Wall Street protestors is to mobilize collective anger into actual legislation through electoral change in our representative democracy that has been corrupted by money.
Hey everyone – you have less than 24 hours left to enter in two giveaways relating to ‘A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas,’ provided by 8Asians, Warner Bros, John Cho, and Kal Penn!
Crap. It’s the day before Halloween and you don’t have a costume. You’re also Asian, which means your options are either limited to Bruce Lee, GoGo from Kill Bill, Ryu from Street Fighter or Mulan. Yawn. You were already a ninja last time and this year, you want to be different. You want to be creative. You’re also either broke, lazy or both. What to do?
We’re here to help. Here are our eight costume ideas that can come straight out of your closet…or your parents.
The first costume actually counts as two because you can be either Harold or Kumar. It’s so easy. By the way, don’t forget to submit a question for John Cho and Kal Penn for A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas.
What You Need: A suit (for Harold) or hooded sweatshirt and puffy vest (for Kumar)
Optional Accessory: White Castle Burgers, Bong, Oregano, “Oregano” [EDITOR’S NOTE: 8ASIANS.COM DOES NOT PROMOTE THE USAGE OF “OREGANO” AND TO FOLLOW THE LAWS OF YOUR LOCAL, STATE AND FEDERAL JURISDICTIONS.]
A is for Apple, B is for Bumblebee…and Ph is for Pho. Show that you’ve learned your food (and letter) fundamentals with this “Ph is for Pho” Tee ($12.98). This image of warm, delicious noodles in broth can come on your choice of colors–each shirt is printed to order. And the price tag is low enough that, should the shirt make you hungry, you can go out and still afford a nice bowl of beef pho (including, of course, bean sprouts, Sriracha sauce, and lemon).
Recently, I covered the some of the overview of the numbers and statistics as they relate to Asian Americans in a new report from the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice). As I mentioned in the previous article, never before have we gotten such detailed information on each of the different Asian sub-groups. In this blog post, I’m going to focus on one sub-group, and the information found around them in the report, specifically the Taiwanese Americans. I was surprised to see Taiwanese broken out into its own category in the report and perhaps even more surprised by some of the numbers. Thinking about it though, it shouldn’t have surprised me, since I was one of those who marked my background as Taiwanese on the most recent census.
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With the help of their art teacher, students at Oakhland International High School–many of whom are immigrants and learning to speak English–have detailed their experiences by drawing and writing comics: “By asking her students to create these comics, Bui is not only teaching them to tell stories through art, but she is helping them make sense of their lives and process what they have gone through. Bui has only reflected on her and her family’s immigration experience as an adult. In fact, she says that creating her first book helped her become an adult, even though she was already a grown woman, and a mother, when she wrote it.”
I was kind of surprised to learn over the weekend that Governor Bobby Jindal won re-election as governor of Louisana. Not because I didn’t think he couldn’t get re-elected, but it seemed like yesterday (but it’s been four years since he was first elected in 2007), as well as the fact that I thought all regularly scheduled elections occurred the first Tuesday of November:
Jindal, who was widely favored to win, had 66% of the vote with 98% precincts reporting, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State. His next closest competitor, Democrat Tara Hollis, got about 18% of the vote. The eight other candidates pulled in low single digits. … The state holds a nonpartisan blanket primary, meaning both political parties run in the same contest and if a candidate wins 50% or more of the vote, then he or she wins the race. If Jindal had failed to get a majority, he would have gone head-to-head with the second place candidate in the gubernatorial general on Nov. 19.
I’m not a fan of Jindal’s policies or politics, but as the first Indian American governor elected in the United States, he has definitely broken new mental barriers as to how many Americans may perceive who political or business leaders can be.
Then again, recently, since Jindal has often been considered a potential vice presidential running mate ever since 2008, birthers have questioned Jindal being a “natural born citizen.”
(Image courtesy of Associated Press)