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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...)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jimmy O. Yang

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Jimmy O. Yang

I’m a big fan of Stephen Colbert and saw that Jimmy O. Yang, of HBO Silicon Valley fame, was going to be on the show, I was curious as to learn more about him. As I’ve blogged before, I am not a big fan of his character on Silicon Valley, but I was open to learning more about him and was pleasantly surprised that he came to the U.S. at age 13 from Hong Kong, was not […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: McDonald’s ‘Office Kleptos’

Asian American Commercial Watch: McDonald's 'Office Kleptos'

I can’t recall having brought my lunch to work and having it taken. However, in this McDonald’s commercial, that is the premise of this commercial: “Check out the new $1 $2 $3 Dollar Menu if you have coworkers at your office stealing your lunch. Choose from McDonald’s menu items like the McChicken® for one dollar and top it off with any size soft drink for only a dollar!” Paul’s lunch has been taken, so he […] Continue »

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Congressman Ted Lieu & The Democrats Push to Take Back the House

The Opposition with Jordan Klepper: Congressman Ted Lieu & The Democrats Push to Take Back the House

I don’t regularly watch The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, but I saw that one of my favorite Representative Ted Lieu was on the show recently: “Congressman Ted Lieu makes the case for revoking Jared Kushner’s national security clearance and pushes a bill to rein in the president’s nuclear first-strike capabilities.” Ever since Trump became President, Lieu is most known for being a hilarious Twitter troll to Trump’s tweets: “Through his Twitter account, the Congressman has catapulted […] Continue »

John Chiang Remains a Top Contender in Race for California State Governor

John Chiang Remains a Top Contender in Race for California State Governor

California state treasurer John Chiang was in the San Jose area supporting California assemblymember Evan Low on Sunday, March 18th, and I had a chance to catch up with him after the belated Lunar New Year fundraising dinner. The last time I saw John was when he was in town being endorsed by Evan last November. The more recent exciting news about the race for California governor was at the California Democratic state convention, where […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Day in the Life with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

Asian American Commercial Watch: Day in the Life with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

If you own a high-end Android smartphone, it most likely has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Recently, Qualcomm announced their latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 845, and highlights some of the benefits in their corporate video (okay, so not really a broadcasted television commercial): “Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 processor is about to transform flagship mobile devices. New architectures will deliver immersive AR and artificial intelligence. VR meetings and 360-degree video over LTE will revolutionize collaboration, while […] Continue »

Michelle Kwan Endorses Vivek Viswanathan for California State Treasurer

Michelle Kwan Endorses Vivek Viswanathan for California State Treasurer

Michelle Kwan and Vivek Viswanathan Here with Michelle W. Kwan reminiscing about our time on the 2016 campaign trail with Hillary Clinton. Thanks so much for your support, Michelle! Check out our campaign at www.vivekforca.com #VivekforTreasurer #RunwithVivek Posted by Vivek Viswanathan for California Treasurer 2018 on Saturday, March 3, 2018 Video & Image courtesy of Vivek Viswanathan for State Treasurer 2018 – https://www.vivekforca.com/ Back in early March, I was on Facebook and I saw a fundraising event […] Continue »

Dr. Mai Khanh Tran is running for Congress in hotly contest seat for CA-39

Dr. Mai Khanh Tran is running for Congress in hotly contest seat for CA-39

I recently had a chance to meet Dr. Mai Khanh Tran while she was visiting in downtown San Jose. She’s one of many running for an open seat in the 39th Congressional District of California, after Republican incumbent Ed Royce announced, like many Congressional Republicans in “purple” districts, that he was retiring from Congress. But Republican Young Kim is the anointed successor by Royce (having worked for him previously), a Korean American business woman who previously had served a term […] Continue »

8Asians Interview with Dave Min for Congress (CA-45)

8Asians Interview with Dave Min for Congress (CA-45)

Back in January, I was able to meet up with Korean American Dave Min, who is running for Congress in California’s 45th Congressional District, which is in Southern California, encompassing part of Irvine: Min was raised in the Palo Alto area and we have a mutual friend who introduced us to each other. Min is currently a law professor at the University of California, Irvine. From his campaign website: “A first-generation Korean-American, Dave worked as […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Panda Express’ “Breaking the Ice”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Panda Express' "Breaking the Ice"

I just saw this new Panda Express TV commercial, “Introducing Peking Pork – Breaking the Ice“: “New Peking Pork from Panda Express is peking your appetite with crispy pork chop bites, hand- cut peppers and white onion, wok-tossed in a sweet and sour glaze. It’s American Chinese comfort food that’s made to satisfy in any situation.” It surprisingly stars Wong Fu Productions’ Philip Wang. I think this is the first time I’ve seen Wang star in […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Toyota & “Different Ads, Different Ethnicities, Same Car”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Toyota & "Different Ads, Different Ethnicities, Same Car"

A recent New York Times article covers Toyota’s marketing efforts: Companies have developed commercial campaigns aimed at minority groups for years, often in conjunction with specialized ad agencies. But Toyota’s efforts show how major companies are adjusting their marketing tactics as the nation’s demographics shift. Some wonder, though, if these kind of specialized ads are even needed when the country’s population is getting more diverse. “You see a real blending and a more progressive acknowledgment […] Continue »

8th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution – with Daniel Ellsberg

8th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution - with Daniel Ellsberg

Every year since the kickoff year in 2011, I’ve tried to make the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution in the Bay Area. This year, I was particularly interested since after watching the movie The Post (about The Washington Post and its reporting of the Pentagon Papers, which was leaked by Daniel Ellsberg), the keynote speaker this year was was Daniel Ellsberg, who apparently lives in Northern California. Ellsberg did not disappoint! Ellsberg’s […] Continue »

Chloe Kim’s Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Box -Sold Out in 7 Hours!

Chloe Kim's Kellogg's Corn Flakes Box -Sold Out in 7 Hours!

I first heard that Olympic Gold medalist in halfpipe snowboarding Chloe Kim made the cover of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes while watching an interview with her on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, and then later, finding the press release: “To celebrate Chloe Kim’s Gold Medal win with Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, Kellogg’s® has announced that she will be featured on Gold Medal edition boxes of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®. Boxes are available in limited quantities for a short […] Continue »