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...)
As you may know, Houston Rockets basketball player Jeremy Lin endorses Volvo as one of his many sponsorships. I’ve been getting around to catching up on blog posts and Lin back in January released a viral web video to talk about his “XC60 Workout,” which basically has Lin utilizing a Volvo XC60 in a wide variety of ways in a campy video to show how he works out. Personally, I think the video is a [...] Continue »
Back in early January, President Obama nominated Chris Lu as Deputy Secretary, Department of Labor. If his name sounds familiar, it may be because I had interviewed Lu back at the Democratic National Convention in September of 2012, when he was Obama’s cabinet secretary. Almost a year ago, Lu had stepped down as cabinet secretary to take some time off. Looks like Lu is ready to get back to work. According to the Washington Post: [...] Continue »
At the end of January, the Golden State Warriors had their annual Asian Heritage Night themed game. This was the first time in a while that I recall that did not feature Jeremy Lin playing (even though he has since moved on from the Warriors) to the Houston Rockets. This year seemed a little bit more subdued. Fans who purchased an Asian Heritage Night event ticket received a limited-edition Asian Heritage Night t-shirt. The big [...] Continue »
To view and access the video index of the program, view the video directly online at YouTube here (in the About section). Last month, I had the honor to attend the annual Korematsu Day Celebration organized by The Korematsu Institute held on the campus of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. I’ve tried to attend the past few years, having attended the inaugural event back in February 2011 with Jessie Jackson at Berkeley, [...] Continue »
I was catching up on watching The Daily Show, when I saw this Dr. Pepper commercial and noticed that the woman was beauty tip and YouTube sensation Michelle Phan. I first noticed that she was a cute Asian woman before realizing who the woman was. Upon closer look, her face reminds me of a younger Asian version of Jessica Alba, at least in this commercial. Very cool that Phan has a Diet Dr. Pepper commercial!
I saw this commercial post by a friend on Facebook, who had noticed that the Asian American man starring in this commercial had a cute, white, female girlfriend. The only other commercial I recall that has such an Asian Male / White Female (AM/WF) combination in a commercial is the McDonald’s commercial talking about how a white woman thought his Asian boyfriend was the “Egg McMuffin of Boyfriends. As I had blogged before, the most [...] Continue »
I caught this television commercial for discount stock broker Scottrade, with “Ron” discussing why he uses Scottrade. Essentially, Scott trade is trying to promote itself as a place where their costumers can get individualized service for the way they trade stocks – you’re a name, not a number, and how at Scottrade, you can actually speak to people over the phone or visit actual physical offices (I know, what a concept!). I’m guessing Scottrade is [...] Continue »
At 8Asians, we’ve reviewed the highly acclaimed documentary back in March of 2012, ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi,’ but I only recently caught the film when I noticed on Facebook that the documentary was going to be airing as part of PBS’s Independent Lens series. As Independent Lens summarizes the documentary: “Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, owner and meticulous chef of a tiny Tokyo sushi restaurant. Despite humble appearances, it’s [...] Continue »
I caught this sponsored video link posted on the Front Page of Yahoo! I swear I thought 8Asians had blogged about this amazing woman, but I can’t seem to find any specific posts on her. Chu is the first Asian American woman ever to represent the United States on the U.S. women’s ice hockey Olympic team – playing in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and will be the oldest American player at [...] Continue »
I saw this TV ad during Monday Night Football when the San Francisco 49ers were playing their last regular season game in Candlestick Park against the Atlanta Falcons. The last TrueCar commercial I saw also had featured an Asian American woman, but this commercial highlights a whole family. Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I wonder if this was a locally targeted ad given the high concentration of Asians and Asian Americans living in [...] Continue »
Back in May, I had written about another Din Tai Fung opening in the Greater Seattle area – in the University Village section of town. Well, the new Din Tai Fung is now open! Here are the details: “The new Din Tai Fung restaurant is set to open at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, at University Village. … Managing partner David Wasielewski, who opened the Bellevue Din Tai Fung in 2010 to 3-hour-long lines, said [...] Continue »
I was first introduced to Stephanie Chang through Ho Chie Tsai, who I often affectionately have termed the “Godfather of the [2nd Generation] Taiwanese American community.” Like myself, Chang is a Taiwanese American. In early November, Chang announced publicly her candidacy for State Representative for Michigan’s House District Six, which includes Southwest Detroit, downtown, a significant portion of the East Side of Detroit, and two downriver communities (River Rouge and Ecorse). I had a chance [...] Continue »
Johnny Chan: Interesting observation on this certain facet of Caucasian-American / Euro-American society; people should in fact collect all the available facts that make up Western civilization,... – What Do White Supremacists Think of Asians?