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...)
If you thought the Republican presidential field was already too large, Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal threw his hat into the ring on June 24th making him the 13th (? – I think!) official candidate to run for the Republican Party nomination for president. I first blogged about Jindal in 2007 when he became the first ever Indian American ever to be elected governor of a state. The first time I had ever seen Jindal […] Continue »
This is kind of old news, but I wanted to blog about it for the record. Back on June 10th, Michelle Kwan (yes, the figure skater and Olympic medal winner) is joining the 2016 Hillary Clinton for President campaign, as first initially reported by the New York Times: “Michelle Kwan, a former figure skater and Olympic medal winner, will work from Mrs. Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters on outreach efforts before the Clinton campaign’s formal kickoff rally on […] Continue »
I’ve never watched an episode of Entourage, let alone know what the show is even about, so honestly, I have to say that I never knew much about actor Rex Lee was until I saw the ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ episode ‘Blind Spot‘ where Lee plays Oscar, Jessica’s ex-boyfriend. So when I saw this Wix commercial with Lee co-starring with the famous supermodel Heidi Klum, I was pretty excited. I thought the commercial was pretty entertaining and great to see Lee […] Continue »
So I should have blogged about this Viagra commercial when it first came out this past April, but there wasn’t a higher quality version or official versions of the commercial on their website. Now I see this ad running more and more so I’m sticking with this one. Apparently Kelly Hu is the third actress in this series of women pitching Viagra. On the Viagra site, the first two women are white – so it’ll be interesting […] Continue »
As you know, I’m a big fan of the Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung, and most recently blogged about their new restaurant opening up later this year in San Gabriel Valley. Well, apparently the YouTube sensation The Fung Brothers are fans of Din Tai Fung as well, at the Arcadia, California location, put together this entertaining overview of DTF with import model Dannie Riel.
2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the western half of the Transcontinental Railroad by Chinese immigrants.Often, the immigrant Chinese’s role in this historic accomplishment has been literally white washed. As part of celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Center for Asian American Media-produced YouTube-hosted mini-documentary presents the story of these 10,000 forgotten workers through photographs, paintings and political cartoons from the period.
I’m a fan of the now completed AMC series ‘Mad Men,‘ (though I have to say, relative to ‘Breaking Bad,’ I thought was somewhat over-rated). This past week, ‘Mad Men’ concluded its series and the last scene is with one of the most famous, recognized and successful television commercials of all time, Coca-Cola’s ‘I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke Commercial‘ – and quite possible the first Asian American Commercial Watch post I would […] Continue »
To be honest, I have never heard of chef and restauranteur Corey Lee nor the San Francisco restaurant Benu until I watched a recent episode of the PBS late night talk show Charlie Rose. But seeing a Korean American chef being interviewed on TV certainly caught my eye, as do other Asian American chefs like David Chang and Ming Tsai. Lee was a guest on the show to help promote his new cook book titled, […] Continue »
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 »