When I first moved to San Jose from the East Bay 25 years ago, one very pleasant discovery has been San Jose’s Japantown. As one of the three remaining Japantowns in the US, I always thought it had much more of a neighborhood and community feel than than the Japantowns in San Francisco and Los Angeles. San Jose Japantown is celebrating its 125 Anniversary, and KQED radio covered the history of San Jose Japantown in […] Continue »
When the University of Maryland needed a defensive spark in the last seconds of their March Madness opener against Valparaiso, they called up reserve player Varun Ram. According to the Washington post, Ram’s late game disruption of Valparaiso’s offense caused Indian Americans around the country to take notice. As I looked into more detail about him, it seemed to me that this 5-9 point guard is really a giant in many ways. Varun Ram first […] Continue »
In this prank video from Malaysia, professional racer and drifter Leona Chin has some fun with driving instructors while disguised as student driver. Not only can this Asian woman drive but she can also terrorize. Incidentally, the idea came from the driving school.
Many Asian Americans are foodies, but Hannah Hong’s more than 1300 Yelp restaurant reviews (including review updates) since 2012 has put into higher level of foodie, the Yelp Elite Squad. While there are individual Yelp reviewers who have generated more total reviews, but her pace of more than one review a day is incredible – that’s a lot dining out! Yahoo Food talked to her about her life, food, and reviewing. Hong, 31, is an […] Continue »
The Golden State Warriors debuted uniforms celebrating Chinese New Year in their February 20th game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Chinese Characters are said to say “warriors.” They will also wear the uniforms in their games on February 24 in Washington against the Wizards and also on March 2 in Brooklyn against the Nets. Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts says: We have been working with the NBA for two years […] Continue »
The unique growth of Asian Americans in Orange County has resulted in the majority of Orange County Supervisors being Asian American. Michelle Steel, a Korean native, and Lisa Bartlett, a Japanese American, were joined on the five member board by Andrew Do, who won a special election in January by 43 votes. “This is not your father’s Orange County,” said political science professor Fred Smoller of Chapman University, referring to the old stereotype of Orange […] Continue »
15 year old Karen Chen of Fremont, California took third in the US Figure Skating Nationals held last month in North Carolina. In instance that reminds me of what happened last year with Mirai Nagasu, she cannot compete internationally at the Senior World Championships in Shanghai because of how the sport’s rules are applied. The San Jose Mercury News recently published a profile on Chen that revealed her inspirations and the sacrifices that she and […] Continue »
You may have seen this video released during the holidays where YouTube Prankster Josh Paler Lin gives $100 to a homeless man and follows him to see what he will do with money. The homeless man named “Thomas” goes to a liquor store, but instead of buying of alcohol which Lin and a lot of other people would expect, he gets food which he distributes to other homeless people in a local park. Lin apologizes […] Continue »
Over the years, there have been many stories about Filipino food becoming the entering the American mainstream. Efren wrote this one in 2007, and I wrote one in 2012 as people like chef and TV host Andrew Zimmern were proclaiming Filipino food as the “next big thing.” In 2015, it still hasn’t taken off in the American mainstream as predicted. In an article that a friend shared with me, Filipino restaurant owner Nicole Ponseca […] Continue »
“He hit me a lot. He hit me if the dinner was late. He hit me if I didn’t polish the shoes the right way.” Kathy, who arrived from India in 2010, left an abusive marriage with nothing but the clothes on her back and clothes and food for her baby. She found safety at the Asian Women’s Home, a project of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), a community based organization in Santa Clara […] Continue »
Harvard and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill have been sued for their admissions practices by the organization Project for Fair Representation. The suit says that Harvard and UNC Chapel Hill are making admissions harder for Asian Americans than those of other races, citing enrollment figures like these show that despite growing numbers of Asian Americans applicants in the population, the percentage of races has remain rather steady. These lawsuits generate many questions in […] Continue »
When I hiked Mission Peak two years ago, I saw lots of Asians on the trails, but I was surprised to see recent headlines like “Crowds Overrun Mission Peak in Fremont to Shoot Selfies.” Apparently, the number of hikers there has skyrocketed, causing parking problems, crowds, and other changes. So what happened? Are selfie-obsessed Asian Americans really swarming and degrading Mission Peak Regional Preserve?