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 saw this article posted via Facebook on a tech blog called Boy Genius Report and felt compelled to watch the McDonald’s YouTube video, Our food. Your questions. What are McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets made of? From this Forbes article, McDonald’s is doing this social media effort for the following reasons: “In an effort to convince a skeptical public that McDonald’s sells “real” food, they recently launched “Our Food. Your Questions,” an initiative in which McDonald […] Continue »
I regularly watch 60 Minutes every Sunday evening, and was pleasantly surprised to watch this segment on Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a native of South Africa, and a naturalized U.S. citizen. I think 8Asians has blogged about him, and I remember Soon-Shiong the first time I had heard of him since he was described the richest person in Los Angeles (one doesn’t normally think the richest person in L.A. would be in biotech / pharmaceutical industry […] Continue »
I caught this commercial Discover credit card commercial recently and found it pretty entertaining, though I’m not surprised the Asian American female office worker had dated a white male co-worker named Gary last year, but admits that he was a mistake and attributes his inappropriate behavior to get her to kiss him by hanging mistletoe above her while she’s one the phone. I just don’t understand why the woman would be calling her credit card company […] Continue »
I forgot when I first heard of the fashion designer Vera Wang, but I’ve mostly heard of her name associated with wedding dresses. So it came to my surprise to come across this Zales television commercial for her line Vera Wang Love diamond ring collection! By the way, I think finding the right woman is a whole lot harder than finding the right ring!
We’ve blogged about the dominating Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, and recently, he defeated Chris Algieri in a unanimous decision infront of a sold-out crowd in Macau. But here in the U.S., you can see Pacquiao in one of Foot Locker’s latest television commercials. I’m not a boxing fan at all and have never watched a boxing match or attended one live, so I had to Google exactly what Pacquiao was excited about in the commercial: “For five long years, boxing fans […] Continue »
I think it is safe to say that we’ve all had moments in our life where we’ve been really hungry and our stomachs have been growling. I think Jack Link, the beef jerky company, creates a unique spin on that hunger in this commercial. Actress Joy Regullano plays a fellow test taking student in a large college lecture hall. I first became aware of Regullano in her YouTube videos spoofing ‘Yellow Fever’ recently labelled ‘White […] Continue »
I am a Fidelity Investments customer (as well as other financial services) and saw this television commercial the other day. To be honest, I am not sure advertising the fact that Fidelity does 1-second trade executions is that much of a differentiator to really convince others to switch to Fidelity or to execute more trades. Most individual investors are not day traders, and tend to hold securities longer than your average high speed frequency trader… […] Continue »
I was flipping through a magazine, and came across this Chase credit card ad, supposedly highlighting “Chris Park,” a “Dog Daycare Owner.” Well, clearly, this is an image of actor, comedian, writer and director Randall Park, and I don’t think he owns a dog daycare as far as I know. It’s instances like this that I am always skeptical of ads supposedly portraying real life people, because oftentimes more than not, they are not for […] Continue »
I live about 35 miles south of San Francisco and don’t often make it across the bay to Oakland, so I haven’t been following the Oakland mayoral race, so I was surprised to see this headline about Jimmy Kimmel mocking mayoral candidate Peter Liu: “Oakland’s most ridiculous mayoral candidate, Peter Liu, was jabbed by comic Jimmy Kimmel Monday night for his wild take on the digital divide in Oakland. Answering a question about equal access […] Continue »
While watching the World Series, I saw the latest Bank of America commercial with Sal Kahn promoting Kahn Academy and their efforts with BetterMoneyHabits.com. It has been a little over a year since I first blogged about this effort, so it’s good to see that Bank of America is continuing to promote their effort in improving financial literacy.
One weekend evening when I was home, I remembered I wanted to see and wound up watching To Be Takei via Comcast On Demand and thoroughly enjoyed the film. After viewing the documentary, I thought about what a remarkable life Takei has had, experiencing life as a child growing up in a World War II Japanese internment camp, to becoming a breakthrough and iconic Japanese American and Asian American actor (and in the closet) in […] Continue »
When I saw the headline, Asian-American Voter Registration Not Matching Population Growth, I wasn’t surprised and of course disappointed. This is one reason why I am motivated to be active in politics – to make-up for my fellow Asian Americans. This is the saddest part of the online article (IMHO): “Despite the Asian-American population increasing 46 percent between 2000 and 2010, those numbers do not necessarily carry over to the voting booth because a large […] Continue »
sternhead: I think before anything else, before tackling this that or the other privilege, COP privilege should be knocked down, since it can be done directly... – #asians4blacklives and #blacklivesmatter