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...)
Last year, Viet Luong made history by being the first Vietnamese American to become a U.S. general. Forty years ago this past week, Luong was a 9-year-old boy in Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City) fell to the North Vietnamese Communist and he and his family fled Vietnam to eventually settle in the United States. This NPR piece tells, in his voice, his story: “Luong and his family spent weeks in refugee camps […] Continue »
So I was a bit pre-occupied at the time and did not blog when the news that Din Tai Fung was opening a new restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area at San Jose’s Westfield Valley Fair Mall – slated for opening this October 2015. Now there is news that Din Tai Fung will be opening *another* restaurant in Southern California: “It’s quite the coup for the seriously popular dumpling house, which started in Arcadia before branching […] Continue »
I’m not a Verizon Wireless subscriber, though after seeing Verizon’s commercials, sometimes I wonder if I should be, since with my current carrier, my 4G LTE data coverage often sucks and am amazed that I get switched to 3G – and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area! But generally, Verizon is usually more expensive (but I guess you get what you pay for…) If you follow the mobile handset industry, you know that […] Continue »
Okay, so there are no Asian American actors or actresses in this commercial, but I just saw this Panera Bread commercial for their new offering of Asian-inspired broth bowls, highlighting Soba Noodle Bowl with Chicken. I really don’t eat regularly at Panera Bread and to be honest, although the quality of their food is generally above average, the ‘value’ has never been for me. I’ve usually gone their for coffee, bagels, a sandwich or salad. Maybe […] Continue »
A lot of people today still don’t know that Microsoft has a large “cloud” business, and with a series of commercials, Microsoft is trying to change that perception. In this commercial, Microsoft highlights Virginia Tech computer science Professor Wu Feng’s work utilizing Microsoft Cloud to sequence and analyze the genome of a cancer. I’m really optimistic that with increasing computational power, a lot of genetic based illness can be solved and treated in my lifetime.
The New York Times does a nice 6 minute video overview of Koreatown in Los Angeles, even highlighting the Wi Spa that Conan O’Brien and Steve Yeun recently visited. BY Fritzie Andrade, Max Cantor, Jessey Dearing, Louie Alfaro and Will Lloyd As the most densely packed part of Los Angeles, Koreatown is also one of the city’s most strollable, with Art Deco buildings, palm-lined streets and East-meets-West restaurants.
I guess Aaron Takahashi is becoming the next Randall Park for commercials. The last commercial I saw him in was for Kmart. Here, Takahashi portrays a customer at Staples asking how does he know he’ll get the best prices at Staples? Apparently Staples has a price match guarantee.
As far as daily evening news programs go, PBS’s News Hour tends to be a bit more serious and have a lot less fluff stories. So I was happy to see this News Hour segment this past weekend on ‘Fresh Off The Boat.’ The News Hour story provides some good context regarding ‘Fresh Off The Boat’, which also includes an interview with Wall Street columnist Jeff Yang, father of childhood actor Hudson Yang. Image courtesy […] Continue »
Happy Lunar New Year! I had heard this NPR piece recently, and thought it was very educational – because I have heard many Happy Chinese / Lunar New Year celebration and exclaiming Happy Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram. And I’m like, WTF? What year is it? Well: “You may have seen goat, sheep or ram as the English translation for this year’s animal according to the Chinese zodiac — yang, in Mandarin. All […] Continue »
Just like ‘Fresh Off The Boat,’ it’s always nice to see an Asian American family being viewed on television. In this particular case, a young couple with a recent newborn looking to purchase a new Windows-based 2-in-1 laptop. We see in the commercial all the usefulness of a 2-in-1 flexible laptop / tablet convertible for busy parents raising a child. I really like these family commercials because any Asian American family is able to convey […] Continue »
I was surprised to learn that Randall Park has never been on any late night talk show thing before, since Park has been acting for quite a while. I guess with the whole The Interview film being pulled then being made available to the public on the Internet and in limited theatrical release, Park never went on a publicity tour on any of the shows. I’m really happy that Park is getting his due notice with […] Continue »
I first saw this Conan O’Brien video posted by a friend on Facebook and immediately re-shared it, and saw a few other friends quickly re-share it. Conan and actor Steve Yeun for some reason decide to go to a Korean Spa in Koreantown in LA. I’ve personally never been to Korea or to a Korean Spa, so I was curious about the video. The video is hilarious. No doubt, Yeun is making the media rounds […] Continue »