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...)
While watching my local evening news, I came across this Progresso Soup commercial for their Creamy Potato with Bacon & Cheese soup. I kind of like these Progresso Soup commercials with their childhood nostalgic use of empty soup cans used as play phone toys. In this particular commercial, a Progresso Soup customer ‘calls’ a Progressive Soup chef about how much she likes the soup, loves her sister (but hates her hideous bridesmaid dress).
It’s January 2015 already and we’re well into the NFL playoffs, but I had just caught this Buffalo Wild Wings’s commercial that apparently has been hosted on YouTube since the beginning of the latest season – August 2014, where two buddies are watching the end of a football game in regulation time. Of course I love it when I see Asian Americans in any television commercial, but I’m especially happy to see Asian Americans in […] Continue »
After hearing that one of my closest friends and his wife are big fans of ABC’s Shark Tank, I’ve begun to watch repeats of the show on CNBC, and new episodes. If you’re not familiar with Shark Tank, it’s an American reality competition television series that premiered August 9, 2009 and has aspiring entrepreneur-contestants make business presentations to a panel of “shark” investors to invest in (or not). In the episode aired on Friday, January […] Continue »
This Vicks television commercial is a two-parter advertising both NyQuil and DayQuil, the first part portraying the dilemma for dad’s and the other for mom’s. When I saw the the adult white male asking for a sick day, one imagines he’s in an office setting asking his boss for a sick day, the same when we see the adult Asian American female asking for a day off from her daughter. Although I’m not a parent, I’m […] Continue »
I first met former New York Times writer Jennifer 8. Lee I believe at a San Francisco Harvard alumni event with a friend when she was promoting her book, The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, a history of Chinese food in America and had blogged about her hilarious appearance on The Colbert Report. Lee is a producer for the documentary, The Search for General Tso, which will be going into limited theatrical release on January 2nd, 2015 […] Continue »
Unless you have been living under a rock and haven’t heard of the events of the past month or so, alleged North Korean hackers hacked Sony’s computer networks – threatening to do more damage beyond releasing leaked emails and copies of unreleased hack, unless Sony blocked the release of comedy The Interview about an assassination plot of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, to be released on Christmas day. “North Korean” hackers then hinted that there […] Continue »
In the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live, the show does quite a funny parody of a politically correct television commercial for an “Asian American Doll” – mocking many past mistakes of namely, the makers of Barbie, Mattel, for perpetuating a wide variety of bad stereotypes (including most recently this controversy: Mattel Pulls Sexist Barbie Book “I Can Be A Computer Engineer” Off Amazon). One thing I would like to criticize though is that […] Continue »
I saw this article posted via Facebook on a tech blog called Boy Genius Report and felt compelled to watch the McDonald’s YouTube video, Our food. Your questions. What are McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets made of? From this Forbes article, McDonald’s is doing this social media effort for the following reasons: “In an effort to convince a skeptical public that McDonald’s sells “real” food, they recently launched “Our Food. Your Questions,” an initiative in which McDonald […] Continue »
I regularly watch 60 Minutes every Sunday evening, and was pleasantly surprised to watch this segment on Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a native of South Africa, and a naturalized U.S. citizen. I think 8Asians has blogged about him, and I remember Soon-Shiong the first time I had heard of him since he was described the richest person in Los Angeles (one doesn’t normally think the richest person in L.A. would be in biotech / pharmaceutical industry […] Continue »
I caught this commercial Discover credit card commercial recently and found it pretty entertaining, though I’m not surprised the Asian American female office worker had dated a white male co-worker named Gary last year, but admits that he was a mistake and attributes his inappropriate behavior to get her to kiss him by hanging mistletoe above her while she’s one the phone. I just don’t understand why the woman would be calling her credit card company […] Continue »
I forgot when I first heard of the fashion designer Vera Wang, but I’ve mostly heard of her name associated with wedding dresses. So it came to my surprise to come across this Zales television commercial for her line Vera Wang Love diamond ring collection! By the way, I think finding the right woman is a whole lot harder than finding the right ring!
We’ve blogged about the dominating Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, and recently, he defeated Chris Algieri in a unanimous decision infront of a sold-out crowd in Macau. But here in the U.S., you can see Pacquiao in one of Foot Locker’s latest television commercials. I’m not a boxing fan at all and have never watched a boxing match or attended one live, so I had to Google exactly what Pacquiao was excited about in the commercial: “For five long years, boxing fans […] Continue »