I was fortunate enough to meet Ken Fong of the Ken Fong Project this year during the V3con digital media conference in Los Angeles on June 20-21, 2014. Ken was part of the panel titled “Secrets Online: Topics that are Taboo in Real Life”, where the panelists tackled the issue of writing about things one would not normally talk about in general conversation. Ken passed along an interesting piece of advice, to beware, that if [...] Continue »
I recently got a chance to talk to actor and MMA fighter Cung Le, who is in The Grandmaster, a movie by Wong Kar Wai about Bruce Lee’s teacher Ip Man. We covered a variety of subjects, from movies and MMA to the differences between Chinese and American martial artists. If you read on, you can find out about deleted scenes in The Grandmaster, how Cung is learning Mandarin, and even on how he tries [...] Continue »
One of our own has recently published a book. Mihee Kim-Kort published Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology. Some might call it cliche because it’s a little Joy Luck Club meets Mulan. An Asian mother teaching her Asian daughter to do origami. But maybe it sounds “cliche” because it seems familiar… I read a bit and it sounds like I could have written the story about making paper cranes with my own mother: My mother [...] Continue »
I sat down with Joy Chen, a Los Angeles based author, weeks ago for a story I am working on, which is about Chinese “leftover women,” a Chinese social phenomenon stigmatizing educated, urban and single women over age 27. Chen is a super star in China nowadays, she was named Women Of The Year by All-China Women Federation last year. It all started with her book Do Not Marry Before Age 30, (for an alternative [...] Continue »
Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi successfully crossed over into the American market with The Brothers Bloom and even snagged an Academy Award nomination for her role in Babel. Things hit a little closer to home with her character in the Kaiju-centric Pacific Rim. She plays Mako in a post-apocalyptic world where huge Godzilla-like monsters emerge from the sea and badass soldiers like herself have to pilot huge Jaegers (robots, not the drink) alongside hotties like Charlie [...] Continue »
Tim is not just a long time, veteran writer at 8Asian’s but also its resident handyman, mega-geek, great dad, and all around nice guy. His posts range from personal to economic/political, always informative and educational. Get to know him better here in 8Questions: Describe who you are. I’m a middle aged gay Asian American marketing executive, immigrant, and dad. While I grew up in a relatively low income household in America, I’ve had a rather [...] Continue »
Incisive, perceptive, and thorough, Akrypti’s articles always get me thinking even when I totally disagree with her. With the ability to hit an issue right on the nose, many of her posts get thousands of hits within hours and then take the top spot for weeks. Get to know this veteran 8Asians writer in 8Questions: 1. Describe who you are. I am not as unreasonable as my online written persona comes across. I am a [...] Continue »
A published writer, prolific blogger, feminist activist, and a faith scholar, Mihee is one of the 8Asians veteran writers. Get to know Mihee in 8Questions: Describe who you are. I’m a 2nd generation Korean American. I was born in the year of the Horse. I am and always will be a Colorado girl through and through. I am Presbyterian, and an ordained minister. I am a wife to a lovely Czech/Scottish man. I am a [...] Continue »
Koji Steven Sakai is one of our 8Asians veteran writers. His posts not only get the most visits, it stays on the top of the list for a very, very, very long time. Here’s a chance to get to know this very prolific Asian American writer in just 8Questions:
I grew up LOVING taiko drums. I remember trips with my family to festivals in LA’s Little Tokyo in the summers to watch taiko groups performing. My dad had taiko albums playing on our stereos at home all the time, and when he wasn’t playing them, I would borrow them so that I could listen to them on my own. So when my friends the band Random Ninjas started up as a rock band integrating [...] Continue »
Growing up in Manila in the late 90s and going to international school (long before MP3 file-sharing became the norm), I had an opportunity to hear a wide variety of music most people stateside had never heard of from around the world, a statement that indie music hipster snobs often flaunt to annoy others. Whether it was my Scandinavian friends introducing me to The Shermans and Eggstone, or discovering the Manila underground thanks to news [...] Continue »
Relativity Media’s new comedy 21 and Over hit the theaters over the weekend. The newest project by the writers of The Hangover Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, 21 and Over is an outrageous journey as Jeff Chang (played by Justin Chon) celebrates his 21st birthday with his best friends (played by Skylar Astin, and Miles Teller the night before his medical school interview. Here are 8Questions with Justin Chon about his new film and more [...] Continue »
Paulus Magus: Liberals like to look for reasons to be offended. It's hot they find purpose in life. – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Paulus Magus: Asians produce a type of melanin called phaeomelanin. Phaemelanin is yellow. Just as white people are not ivory, but peachy-to-bronze, so Asians are not crayola... – Why Are Asians Yellow?
Azus: From a Chinese perspective, the term 'yellow' was actually self-imposed when Westerners, primarily European, were carving out spheres of influence across the country. The Chinese... – Why Are Asians Yellow?