The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,Video Archive Earlier we presented opinions both pro and con on #CancelColbert. The Nerdist has shared Stephen Colbert response, and the first part of his response is shown above. While you would expect Colbert to answer in some way, also adding his opinion is someone whom I never expected would want to talk about this subject.
Much as been written about how the recent tech boom is transforming San Francisco and the resulting backlash. We hear about protests of Google buses and artists leaving for Oakland (and perhaps pushing out other artists), but this New American Media story talks about less publicized people who are pushed out – the ethnic elderly. Benito Santiago is being evicted out of the San Francisco apartment where he has lived for 37 years, but he’s [...] Continue »
When this report from Nielsen came out a few months ago about how Asian Americans are a wealthy sophisticated group with above average household income that marketers should target, it seemed to me that the people who compiled that report did not look at the Asian American data in detail. Didn’t the authors of that report realize that one reason that Asian American households have more income is that they tend to have more wage [...] Continue »
As debate over SCA5 runs hotly both pro and con, California Asian American State Senators Ted Lieu, Carol Liu, and Leland Yee have asked that SCA 5 be put on hold. Here is their joint statement: “As lifelong advocates for the Chinese American and other API communities, we would never support a policy that we believed would negatively impact our children. Prior to this vote, we heard no opposition to this bill. However, in the [...] Continue »
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 [...] Continue »
When my brother in-law told me how his fellow Asian realtors were upset about a proposed law to limit Asian enrollment in California colleges, I was initially skeptical. A law to put a cap on Asian students? But after looking at an e-mail (shown below) about that proposal that he forwarded me and doing a little research, there seemed to be something to this. State Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA5) looks to change California’s Proposition 209, [...] Continue »
When Number One Son took an SAT prep course in Fremont last summer, I looked at the kids coming out of the class and saw nothing but Asian kids. Curious, I asked him some questions: “Do any white kids go there? “Yes. David.” “Where do most of these kids go to school?” “Mission San Jose.” It turns out that Mission San Jose, a majority Asian high school in Fremont, California, made it on a list [...] Continue »
Asian Americans have made themselves known through YouTube videos, but can fame be achieved when those videos are only six seconds? Michael and Carissa Alvarado, a husband and wife team making up the group Us, have gained notoriety by using Vine to showcase their talent. For those of you who may not know, Vine is a social network where people exchange videos that are six seconds in length . The Alvarados have amassed more than [...] Continue »
Northwest Asian Weekly recently published a list of Asian Americans in the Sochi 2014 Olympics. While figure skater Mirai Nagasu is not going and snowboarder Chloe Kim cannot go, ice dancers like Alex and Maia Shibutani, Madison Chock, and Felicia Zhang are. The article mentions that short track skater J.R. Celski is half Filipino. John has already mentioned that hockey player Julie Chu will be at Sochi.
The incident where Maria Kang was briefly kicked off of Facebook, recent news about the “lower” rate of obesity among Asian Americans, and the debate on CNN above combine to bring up a subject that isn’t often discussed: health vs appearance. Is someone who is skinny necessarily fit? Is someone who is not so lean necessarily unfit? While I don’t doubt that Maria Kang is very fit, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) appearances can be [...] Continue »
Chloe Kim took second in the women’s half pipe snowboard qualifier rankings, but can’t represent the US in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The problem? At 13, she is too young. Qualifiers need to be 15 by the end of 2013. Chloe says that she isn’t disappointed not be going. “I think I would be really nervous and pressured. I’m glad that I’m not old enough, almost.” She and her family are said to [...] Continue »
“If she’s crying that’s good, because I’m going to make her tough.” – Andre Avery, after making his daughter cry with his criticism her golf play In a documentary full of disturbing parental behavior, one thing that particularly disturbs me about “State of Play: Trophy Kids” is a parent’s view of Asians. “Golf has really turned into an Asian ethnic sport”. They got their way of doing things, which I love. And they got money.” – [...] Continue »