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...)
Living in California, I almost forgot that there is an Asian American running for governor for the state – Indian American candidate Neel Kashkari. If his name sounds familiar, it’s most likely that you’ve heard of Kashkari due to his involvement in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), where he administered the funds. If you ever want to see someone grilled in a Congressional hearing and take a lot of heat, you need to [...] Continue »
Part 1/3 I had the privilege to attend the only debate (at least in the press pool at NBC Bay Area) this fall between candidate Ro Khanna and Congressman Mike Honda, who is running for re-election for California’s 17th Congressional District in November. Due to California’s new open primary season, these two Democrats are facing each other after the June primary. For those into Democratic politics, this is the debate that politicos are watching. The [...] Continue »
If you haven’t heard, actor John Cho is starring in a new show this Fall on ABC titled ‘Selfie’ and NPR highlighted Cho’s unique position on being a romantic lead for the show: “John Cho wasn’t supposed to star in the My Fair Lady-like ABC sitcom Selfie. (The pilot, which premieres Sept. 30, is much better than its not-very-good name, sort of like the ’90s Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci.) The producers of the show were looking [...] Continue »
As I have mentioned lately, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and often am not aware of other political races going on in the country. I was reviewing the latest email I received from the Republican National Committee and noticed a recent ad by Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley and just realized that she is running for re-election. Wow, has it been four years already? It hasn’t seemed to be four years [...] Continue »
As I had mentioned when I had blogged about Columbia Law professor Tim Wu’s run and loss for Lt. Governor for New York in the primary, because I am living in Silicon Valley, I have not been aware of Wu being a candidate, nor until very recently, Leland Chung running for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts. I happened to be included in an email from my Aunt in the Greater Boston area, and one of her [...] Continue »
Unfortunately, I have been busy and per-occupied lately. Somewhat recently, The New York Times did an excellent profile of Taiwanese-American (of Canadian decent) of Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, who was running for Lt. Governor. I had heard and read about Wu, since he is the guy who coined the term “net neutrality.” I hadn’t realized that the New York state election primary was happening and didn’t get a chance to blog about the article [...] Continue »
I saw a few weeks ago that my fellow Cornell alum, Jenny Yang, will be leading the Equal Employment Commission: “As a child, Jenny Yang says that she found inspiration in her mother who challenged discrimination at her workplace. Now, Yang is the new Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all Americans. She is also the first Asian American to serve in that [...] Continue »
I had the great opportunity and fortune to meet a truly historic Asian American recently – former Ambassador to China, Secretary of Commerce and Governor of Washington state Gary Locke. I had attended a fundraiser in Silicon Valley for Congressman Mike Honda, who is running for re-election (for California’s 17th Congressional District). Locke was the guest of honor in support of Honda, along with former Secretary of Defense William Perry.
Current Los Angeles Lakers NBA player Jeremy Lin was in San Francisco with his Mom on Thursday, August 21st, to see himself honored and immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds SF. From the press release I received from the museum: “The creation of the figure was a very precise process that Jeremy was happily involved with. The Madame Tussauds studio artists take great pride in their works of art and strive to achieve complete [...] Continue »
In August, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) had their annual convention, which was in Washington, D.C. this year. As part of that convention, the AAJA had organized a panel discussion titled ‘Race and the 2014 Midterm Elections.’ One of the panelists is Christine Chen, Executive Director of APIAVote, and someone I had first met back in 2012 at the Democratic National Convention. The panel discusses the ways Democrats and Republicans are “trying to appeal [...] Continue »
As I may have blogged before, beyond the Arcadia and Americana at Brand (in Glendale) locations in Southern California, the Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung was opening a branch in Costa Mesa. Well, it is now officially open: “With Uniqlo scheduled to open after Labor Day (there’s currently a pop-up store by the carousel) and Din Tai Fung welcoming the Asian invasion, the Sanrio wing of South Coast Plaza will never be the same [...] Continue »
Thanks to an 8asians’ reader, we came across this Samsung commercial starring Krista Marie Yu as ‘Maggie,’ a kind of socially clueless but technologically curious millennial trying to check out Samsung products in all the wrong settings. What’s interesting is that in this commercial, there are also a few other Asian Americans in the storyline, including actor Rich Ceraulo as a student in the library and Jessica Blythe Kemejuk as a Best Buy / Samsung Experience [...] Continue »
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