I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
I haven’t seen this television commercial yet, but a friend sent me this link after he saw this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 commercial while watching an NFL football game on a Sunday evening on NBC: “There’s a new way to share how you feel with Live Message on the new Samsung Galaxy Note8.” After some research, I discovered this commercial debuted during the most recent Emmy Awards. This is one of the rare commercials that […] Continue »
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum recently launched a new podcast: Check Up, Check In. As stated in a press release: “Hear stories of health and inspiration in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. The Check Up, Check In podcast will explore unique perspectives and stories about what health means, and how communities are advancing health equity and justice. This podcast — brought to you by the Asian & Pacific Islander […] Continue »
Recently, I interviewed my friend Dr. Ravi Chandra, who recently published his book, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks: Facebuddha is a rich memoir of relationships, online and off, and an exploration of the psychology of social networks through a Buddhist lens. In the brief interview, Dr. Chandra discusses his observations, thoughts and experiences regarding the use of social media. I also asked him about his thoughts on President Trump and his use of social media, primarily […] Continue »
Farmers Insurance’s line of commercials have had a few Asian Americans in their commercials which I have blogged about: Asian American Commercial Watch: Farmers Insurance’s Travel Plans Asian American Commercial Watch: Farmers Insurance – Hall of Claims: Turkey Jerks But they don’t seem to have many speaking lines – then again, I don’t think any of these Farmer Insurance commercials have people speaking much except for spokesman J.K. Simmons. This commercial has an Asian American […] Continue »
This commercial was uploaded by Chase last August 2016 (but now taken down on YouTube), but I only recently first saw it – and was questioning if what I was seeing was real! This commercial is about: “Cyr Wheel performing artist Isaac Hou spins through multiple gigs and with barely any time in between. After yet another awe-inspiring performance, Isaac receives a check and using Chase’s QuickDeposit he is able to deposit the check […] Continue »
I was at Costco recently and saw this refrigerated dish: Teriyaki Stir-fry Udon. Since I’m always on the look out for lunch to bring to work (since my company’s cafeteria sucks …), I bought this 4 pack package to try out. Each dish comes with: and recommends your stir fry or microwave. For this post, I stir fried the vegetable toppings along with the udon noodles for 3 minutes with high heat: then added in the […] Continue »
When I saw this BEHR / The Home Depot paint commercial, I had to rewind it a few times on my DVR – because I wasn’t too sure what I was seeing. I saw two boys who looked fairly Asian: and a young girl who could be possibly half-Asian or white, a white mom and possibly an Asian American man. In reading the YouTube comments in the commercials, others had noted this normal Asian Male […] Continue »
I saw this article by Durham, North Carolina’s The Hearld Sun posted on Facebook recently and was outraged by what I had read, and immediately made a small contribution to Hongbin Gu’s campaign for city council in Chapel Hill: “She’s not US born,” [member of the Orange County Local Facebook group, Douglas] Roberts wrote. “What’s happened to us?” Roberts, when asked in a comment whether Gu living in the U.S. for 22 years was enough for […] Continue »
I’m a big fan of Korean BBQ, so when I saw this Korean Style Beef Short Ribs (20 OZ) at Trader Joe’s for $9.99, I knew I had to try them out: “Here’s a quick dinner idea we think will really excite you! Trader Joe’s Korean Style Beef Short Ribs. It’s a simple entrée, really — lean beef short ribs marinated in a slightly sweet, soy-based marinade. That’s it. Exciting, right? The genius is really in the […] Continue »
From a racial perspective, the reality TV shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette has been somewhat contorversial, considering that for most of the TV series existence, both shows has been pretty white. And 8Asians has covered this issue with blog posts such as: Where Are The Asians In The Bachelor/The Bachelorette? ‘The Bachelor’ Creator Defends All-White Cast Wong Fu Productions does an *awesome* and hilarious parody of the shows and highlights a lot of the […] Continue »
It’s been a long time since I last recall blogging about Target for my Asian American Commercial Watch series, but I caught this ad recently: “Running low on the stuff you need? Time for a Target Run. Get everyday low prices on everyday essentials like milk, toothpaste and diapers. Target Run, and Done.” The ad features an Asian American Mom: her son & daughter: and the kids’ grandfather: My favorite Target ad though is the […] Continue »
I first blogged about the first Din Tai Fung opening in San Diego this past February for this fall, but apparently that has been delayed: “While most of its big name new restaurants are lined up to launch in Westfield UTC this fall, it will be a slightly longer wait for dumpling specialists Din Tai Fung. As part of the shopping center’s multi-million expansion and remodel, there will be plenty of fresh food and drink options to celebrate come October […] Continue »
MoDare: Having lived in mainland China for nearly 3 years, I can tell you that I've never seen a place so full of absolute morons. The... – Are Asians the Smartest Race?
Lucius Clarus: I never said Asians didn't invent anything. That's your hallucination. Agree that the middle east contributed zero, algebra, arabic numerals. Those are real and valuable... – Are Asians the Smartest Race?
لا أحد مهم: Actually not 'could have been' but it definitely was. Lucius, please search the origin of 'shampoo' and 'bath' Even standards of basic hygiene were plagiarized... – Are Asians the Smartest Race?