Monthly Archives: February 2013

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival Now CAAMFest – 3/14 – 3/24

When I first moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the first annual events I attended was the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF). Yes, that is quite a mouthful, so maybe that is why the … Continue reading

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Knowledge Gap Contributing to Rise in Korean American Cancer Rate

Lack of knowledge about cancer screening is contributing to a rising rate of cancer in Korean Americans, their leading cause of death.  Kyeung Mi Oh, a professor at George Mason University School of Nursing, conducted a study that finds that this … Continue reading

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The Amazing Race: Season 22: Pamela Chien & Winnie Sung

It’s been a while since I’ve followed The Amazing Race, but recently CBS pemiered the latest edition of the popular reality TV show. The Amazing Race has always done a great job of having Asian Americans as part of the … Continue reading

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‘Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry’ Premieres Tonight on PBS Independent Lens

Limiting a citizen’s ability to criticize his own country is limiting his ability to love that country. With many of China’s richest packing their bags (and their bank accounts) and leaving for the United States, there are few people that … Continue reading

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Slanted Process: US Trademark Office Says Anyone (Except Asians) Can Trademark “The Slants”

By Simon Tam A few years ago, I filed a trademark application for my band, The Slants. The US Trademark Office rejected it, claiming it was disparaging towards Asians. I was baffled: I’m Asian. At first, we fought it by … Continue reading

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San Francisco: NAAAP-SF 2013 Lunar New Year Celebration & Macy’s Fashion Show

The last National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) San Francisco event I had attended was the Gateway to Leadership regional conference last Fall. Last week, in celebration of the Lunar New Year, NAAAP-SF – in collaboration with Kollaboration SF, … Continue reading

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Fireflies: an Advocacy Short by the Jubilee Project

When a short film says that it is partially inspired by Taylor Swift’s “You Belong to Me” music video, it may not seem like a good sign, but that should not stop you from watching Fireflies.  This is another advocacy … Continue reading

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Elisa Lam: Body of Missing Canadian Tourist Discovered in LA Hotel Water Tank

The body of missing Canadian tourist, Elisa Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia, was found in the water tank of the Cecil Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Lam had traveled to California by herself on January 27, en route to Santa … Continue reading

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Jeremy Lin’s Homecoming: Golden State Warriors’ Asian Heritage Night – Post Game Q&A and Event Overview

Houston Rockets’ Jeremy Lin last Tuesday returned to the Oracle Arena as part of Asian Heritage Night, but this time as a Houston Rocket instead of as a Golden State Warrior. And like his debut into the NBA regular season … Continue reading

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George Tetsuo Aratani, Nisei Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, Passes Away at Age 95

George Aratani, a survivor of the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, and later successful businessman and philanthropist who founded Mikasa and Kenwood, passed away Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at the age of 95. His legacy in philanthropy … Continue reading

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71st Anniversary of Executive Order 9066

Today, February 19, marks the 71st anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066, which is responsible for sending approximately 120,000 Japaneses Americans to remote camps throughout the United States — two-thirds of whom were American citizens. To commemorate this infamous event, … Continue reading

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The Travel Channel: The Layover with Anthony Bourdain – Taipei

http://youtu.be/bhmGf55ELRQ I’ve watched on-and-off The Travel Channel’s show, The Layover with Anthony Bourdain, after reading a review of the television series in the New York Times when the show first premiered in the Fall of 2011. Recently, I saw my … Continue reading

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