I’m a fourth-generation Japanese American hapa, born in Philadelphia, raised in Hawaii, and now a college student back on the mainland. I'm the editor for GASP!, but I enjoy writing pieces for 8Asians when I can. I like geeking out, reading, and doing origami.
Bamboo Ceiling? Not anymore. At least, not for Greystripe cofounders Michael Chang and Andy Choi. Although there have been several stories about the Bamboo Ceiling and how it plagues immigrant Asians because a lack of self-promotion, now there’s a happy ending: Andy Choi and Michael Chang, founders of the mobile ad network Greystripe, have taken the helm of the digitization company YesVideo. The pair’s new company focuses on the digitization of old videos and photos, [...] Continue »
A good sippy cup, perhaps like the perfect shade of foundation, is hard to find. Some cups have straws which are impossible for toddlers to drink out of, and normal sippy cups could be linked to delayed speech development. Luckily, Hanna Lim designed the LollaCup ($18): a stylish and functional sippy cup alternative, made for the discerning parent and child. Lollacup’s innovative design helps infants and toddlers successfully use a straw. It has a flexible [...] Continue »
Imagine a world where your fashion accessory is your phone, a watch, and just plain cute. With this “Dial” concept design, maybe all this will be possible in the future. The bracelet acts as a rotary dial for your phone, but also projects the time onto your wrist. Maybe someday soon, someone will actually create this.
We don’t know about you, but to us wall shelves are boring. So linear–so yesterday. Spruce up your wall space with these Triangle Wall Shelf set of 4 ($80). Rearrange them however you wish in order to create the shelving design of your dreams. Other shapes are available, so go crazy.
Ever feel like your day could use a little extra luck? Maybe you spilled your coffee, broke the heel off of your shoe, or just feel like something isn’t right. Now you can brighten up your day with this Maneki Neko Tee ($25). With this lucky cat on your side (screenprinted onto an American Apparel tee), you’ll be able to battle the little evils of your day. Also available in pink.
Spring is here, but that doesn’t stop the weather from throwing in a few cold days here and there. A cold day calls for tea, so warm yourself up with this Green Tea Ring ($12.50). This bling is both cute and quirky, so show off a cheeky bit of warming style.
It’s a new month, and that means it’s time for Goodies Of The Month! (GOTM!). Now, it’s finally April and the season of Spring has sprung upon us. Not everyone celebrates Easter, but here are some seasonable goodies that we found. 1. Shinzi Katoh Congratulations Card: What flower better describes the season than a tulip (assuming, of course, you live in the certain geographic regions that actually have both wildly different seasons and tulips)? Spread [...] Continue »
Having started dating when I was a sweet young thing of 17, I realized something: I only ever dated Asian people. Maybe it stems from the fact that the dating pool at my high school was predominantly Asian, but this trend continued when I went off to college. Sure, there are far more non-Asians there. But looking back on it I think that they are the only ones who understand me. They’ve had Tiger Moms, [...] Continue »
Hawaii. Simply say the word and you’ll think of a lush green state, possibly resplendent with luaus and hula girls. But what really happened in the history of the 50th state? What role did Asian Americans play? The popular history The Island Edge ($19) by Tom Coffman gives a good introduction, though as a journalist his work skews towards a summary of public opinions.
Why did Asians immigrate to America? How did the model minority myth come about? Why is it that there seem to be more Japanese Americans in Hawaii than other parts of the United States? Whatever your level of APA knowledge, Strangers From A Different Shore ($12.05) by Ronald Takaki will enrich your understanding of the major immigrant groups who came to the United States. While not always the most in-depth, this book is an enjoyable [...] Continue »
If you’ve been following us, you know that we love ninjas. Some might even go so far as to say we adore them. And now, with these Kiss Ass Ninja Hoodies ($35), we can show off our love in cute, comfortable style. The hoody is available in both black and white, and pre-orders are currently open. So grab them now before they disappear as ninjas are wont to do. Special Offer: Enter the code GASP10 [...] Continue »
Sometimes, gold jewelry can be so mundane. Sure it’s shiny, but where’s its sense of humor? With these Gold Skull Earrings ($15), you can now have it all. Measuring just over an inch long, these earrings feature jet-black crystal beads alongside adorable gold skulls. And even if you think skulls are more scary than cute, these earrings are sure to change your mind.