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About John

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...)

Disney’s ‘Mulan’ – Official Trailer

Disney’s live action film trailer of Mulan dropped recently: “When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Yamaha Piano Red Envelope Commercial

When I saw this television commercial recently by Yamaha, I felt like Yamaha is really targeting and reinforcing the Asian stereotype that we all play the piano or violin. LOL! But seriously, it was only after watching the commercial on … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Opening in Las Vegas in 2020

  I was excited and saddened to hear that Din Tai Fung is opening in Las Vegas in the future: “Din Tai Fung, the Taiwanese restaurant chain known for its xiao long bao, will open a location at the Aria … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Subaru Crosstrek’s Android Auto & Emergency Text

I saw this commercial as a pre-roll on a web video and thought it was funny. I’m an Android person and definitely want Android Auto support in my next car. Seriously though, who carries toilet paper with them in the … Continue reading

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Netflix Sets Tuesday December 17, 2019 For Ronny Chieng Comedy Special

There’s no trailer for the Netflix special, but I think Ronny Chieng’s appearance on ‘The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon’ this past April is a kind of preview. Netflix recently announced a stand-up comedy special with comedian and actor, Rony … Continue reading

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Meeting HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ & CRA’s Jimmy O. Yang – One Funny Guy

Season 6 Trailer (Final Season) for ‘Silicon Valley’ When I saw that actor, standup comedian, and writer Jimmy O. Yang was going to be performing Cobb’s Comedy Club in San Francisco, I wanted to see him perform. While waiting for … Continue reading

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The End of an Era: ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ Not Returning After Season 6

With great sadness that I read that ‘Fresh Off The Boat‘ is being canceled after its current sixth season: “When Fresh Off the Boat first premiered in 2015, it was the first time I saw a family on-screen that not only looked … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Andrew Yang’s ‘Not the First’ – Medicare for All

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has just released his first television ad that he is going to air.  It is about healthcare, highlighting the need for affordable healthcare for all. Andrew and his wife, Evelyn, discuss the fact that they … Continue reading

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Andrew Yang’s San Francisco Rally (Sun 10/27/19) Overview

Although I’ve interviewed and met Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang several times, I’ve never actually attended a rally of his. The previous time Andrew had a rally in San Francisco, I was out of town, or it was held on … Continue reading

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Michelle Kwan Launches ‘AAPIs for Biden’ for President

Michelle Kwan’s remarks begin at minute 10:50. 8Asians.com’s Exclusive mini-‘interview’ can be viewed here. I had the great pleasure to attend the official kick-off for ‘Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) for Biden’, held in Las Vegas this past Saturday. … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘American Factory’

I forgot how I came across this Netflix documentary, ‘American Factory,’ but after my brother saw the film and mentioned it, I knew I had to watch it. The film is about: “In 2014, Fuyao bought part of a closed General Motors … Continue reading

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Bowen Yang’s Historic ‘Saturday Night Live’ Debut

On Saturday, September 28th, comedian Bowen Yang made history by becoming the first Asian American cast member of NBC’s iconic ‘Saturday Night Live’ in its 45-year history (see him in the opening sequence of ths show here). This season of … Continue reading

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