I was at Costco the other day, and noticed this new frozen meal – Ajinomoto’s Tokyo Style Shoyu Chicken Ramen Bowls. I’m always looking for something I can bring to work, since I had mentioned, the company cafeteria kind of sucks. So the fact that this packing has six dishes for $12.99, that definitely caught my eye. Although, as usual, the dish alone probably wouldn’t be that filling for lunch. I’ll probably have to bring […] Continue »
I haven’t seen this television commercial yet, but a friend sent me this link after he saw this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 commercial while watching an NFL football game on a Sunday evening on NBC: “There’s a new way to share how you feel with Live Message on the new Samsung Galaxy Note8.” After some research, I discovered this commercial debuted during the most recent Emmy Awards. This is one of the rare commercials that […] Continue »
Maggie Shen King’s debut novel An Excess Male is a thrilling ride through a dystopia future where there is many more than one excess male. Some time in the not so distant future, China has so many men, that families include multiple husbands–husbands who must compete in an ultra-competitive, dowry-driven market to ever get married at all. The novel follows four main characters, shifting perspectives with each chapter. The first is Wei-guo, a bachelor who has […] Continue »
Stolen Oranges, a new novel by Max Yeh, is a whirlwind of a historical tale, recounting a series of letters written between Miguel Cervantes (of Don Quixote fame) and a Ming emperor as told by their discoverer–a Chinese American historian. I was first drawn to this novel by the back cover description: “this dazzling meditation on the intricacies of memory, language, and time.” And when it showed up at my doorstep, by the small size […] Continue »
Recently, I interviewed my friend Dr. Ravi Chandra, who recently published his book, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks: Facebuddha is a rich memoir of relationships, online and off, and an exploration of the psychology of social networks through a Buddhist lens. In the brief interview, Dr. Chandra discusses his observations, thoughts and experiences regarding the use of social media. I also asked him about his thoughts on President Trump and his use of social media, primarily […] Continue »
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani is a delightful graphic novel about a young girl looking for herself, navigating two worlds and two cultures. Priyanka is your average Indian American teenager until she finds a magic pashmina in her mother’s closet. Her mother won’t ask questions about the India she left behind or about Priyanka’s father, but the pashmina opens a new window. The story follows Priyanka’s eventual journey to India and back again, all along insightfully […] Continue »
Farmers Insurance’s line of commercials have had a few Asian Americans in their commercials which I have blogged about: Asian American Commercial Watch: Farmers Insurance’s Travel Plans Asian American Commercial Watch: Farmers Insurance – Hall of Claims: Turkey Jerks But they don’t seem to have many speaking lines – then again, I don’t think any of these Farmer Insurance commercials have people speaking much except for spokesman J.K. Simmons. This commercial has an Asian American […] Continue »
This commercial was uploaded by Chase last August 2016 (but now taken down on YouTube), but I only recently first saw it – and was questioning if what I was seeing was real! This commercial is about: “Cyr Wheel performing artist Isaac Hou spins through multiple gigs and with barely any time in between. After yet another awe-inspiring performance, Isaac receives a check and using Chase’s QuickDeposit he is able to deposit the check […] Continue »
What’s the book about? When Kimi and her family visit Grandma and Grandpa’s house for New Year’s mochitsuki, they discover the mochi-machine is broken. After initial fears that mochitsuki will be cancelled, Grandpa proposes an interesting, yet old-fashioned solution of making mochi the hand-pounded way. What exactly is mochitsuki? Mochitsuki, or pounding rice to make mochi (rice cakes), is an important traditional event in preparation for the New Year in Japan. (Source) My Thoughts… Raising […] Continue »
I was at Costco recently and saw this refrigerated dish: Teriyaki Stir-fry Udon. Since I’m always on the look out for lunch to bring to work (since my company’s cafeteria sucks …), I bought this 4 pack package to try out. Each dish comes with: and recommends your stir fry or microwave. For this post, I stir fried the vegetable toppings along with the udon noodles for 3 minutes with high heat: then added in the […] Continue »
When I saw this BEHR / The Home Depot paint commercial, I had to rewind it a few times on my DVR – because I wasn’t too sure what I was seeing. I saw two boys who looked fairly Asian: and a young girl who could be possibly half-Asian or white, a white mom and possibly an Asian American man. In reading the YouTube comments in the commercials, others had noted this normal Asian Male […] Continue »
Instant ramen noodles have been one of my comfort foods since I was a kid. I wrote about how I even ate them raw as a kid in a previous 8Asians post, and how I’m still searching for the elusive and probably relegated to history “Sun Lih Men” brand of instant ramen noodles. When I was asked to review a new kid’s book, The Discovery of Ramen, I jumped on the chance, even though my […] Continue »
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