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 »
We have shared a number of moving and evocative commercials from Thailand, and this one also falls into that category. While it has been out for a while, but it remains notable for its effectively delivering its message. This article questions whether those are real adults that kids ask or actors. I don’t know, but even it if they are actors, the ad still elicits a powerful response.
I was pleasantly surprised to see this video from Pantene Philippines talking about double standards against women. Not that the double standards don’t exist, but that this message would come out of what is a generally anti-intellectual culture in a commercial of all things. Hope to see more like this! From the video description: Does gender bias still exist? If the answer is no, then why is it that women who take charge tend to [...] Continue »
“So, before moving to Korea, why did I not realize the potential in Asian men? Because for the first 21 years of my life, the United States had deceived me.” With so much focus on how men fetishize Asian women, an article that my niece liked caught my eye because it focused on the attractiveness of Asian men. When Asian American men complain about how media stereotyping makes them perceived as unattractive, they are often [...] Continue »
Manny Pacquiao might be currently be the world’s most famous Filipino, but before he could train with well known trainers like Freddie Roach (shown here to the left), he was an unknown skinny 17 year old who had run away from home because his mother did not have enough money to raise him and his 5 other siblings. This sequence of 18 photos from Gerhard Joren shows the young Pacquiao at working out at the [...] Continue »
rbgoaw: Have you looked into the official game for the 3DS? It lets you make your own character, sorta. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VK90w0Frxo Also, pretty surprised when I saw... – Attack on Titan: The Game