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Shark Tank: “Gold digger” Yunha Kim & Simple Habit

Shark Tank: "Gold digger" Yunha Kim & Simple Habit

I think the last time I wrote about Shark Tank was when 3 Korean American women were trying to raise money for their dating app, Coffee Meets Bagel, where one sister (I think the one that went to Stanford for her MBA?) turned down a theoretical offer of $30 million from Mark Cuban. Well, I was watching the premier episode of Season 9 of Shark Tank (originally airing on Sunday, October 1st, 2017), and saw […] Continue »

Manicurists, Casino Workers, and Medical Scientists: A Glimpse into heavily Asian American Jobs

Manicurists, Casino Workers, and Medical Scientists: A Glimpse into heavily Asian American Jobs

More than half of all American “personal appearance workers” (including manicurists and pedicurist) are Asian American, while more than a fourth of all casino workers are Asian American.  A little more than a fifth of all computer and mathematical area workers are Asian American.   While some of these facts are surprising and others are not, all are revealed in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report on jobs and ethnicity for 2016, also summarized nicely […] Continue »

Filipino American Downward Mobility and other Asian American Data Points from Pew Research

Filipino American Downward Mobility and other Asian American Data Points from Pew Research

After he graduated from high school this year, Number Two Son mentioned to me that one conversation he has continually had with a close Filipino American friend regards how few of their Filipino American peers were ambitious with their college choices.  Their levels of achievement and college choices seemed much low, especially compared to other Asian American students at their Silicon Valley high school and despite that many of their parents were well educated.  While […] Continue »

8Books Review: “Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia”

8Books Review: "Trespassers?: Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia"

Because I had grown up in neighboring Newark and then lived in Fremont California for many years before moving to San Jose, I was intensely curious to read what Trespassers? Asian Americans and the Battle for Suburbia by Willow S. Lung-Amam had to say about Asian Americans life in suburban Fremont.  Would it present anything that I didn’t know already? After reading the book, I was surprised at how much was new to me – […] Continue »

Sticks and Stones and Asian Last Names

Sticks and Stones and Asian Last Names

“Stick and stones may break my bones but names will never harm me” – A Children’s Rhyme After The Wife and I got married, she said that she would change her last name.    She had a Filipino last name that didn’t look at all Asian – a person with that same last name could easily be white.  I told her that I didn’t really care and that she didn’t need to change her name.  Turns […] Continue »

Eking out a living riding a bus: Asian American Seniors in New York

Eking out a living riding a bus:  Asian American Seniors in New York

In the Asian ethnoburb where I live, one sees three kinds of buses.  One kind is the Santa Clara Valley Transit public transportation bus, and another is the kind is the tech bus, as white Google buses pick people up and drop off every week day near my house.  A third kind is the bus that stops at the local Asian shopping center that picks up people to trips, often to casinos.  My dad takes […] Continue »

White Flight from Asian Neighborhoods and Schools

White Flight from Asian Neighborhoods and Schools

While many white liberals declare themselves strong advocates of diversity, in her essay “Ghosts of White People Past: Witnessing White Flight From an Asian Ethnoburb,” Anjali Enjeti says that for many of them, that advocacy ends when a certain percentage of those diverse people live by them.   We have written about Asian ethnoburbs and about white flight from them, but what really surprised me is that the ethnoburb that she talks about wasn’t in Cupertino, […] Continue »

8Books Review: “The Wangs vs. The World” by Jade Chang

8Books Review: "The Wangs vs. The World" by Jade Chang

Jade Chang’s novel The Wangs vs. The World  follows one crazy Chinese American family as they try to piece their lives back together after the economic recession of 2008. Mr. Charles Wang  is a self-made man who immigrated from Taiwan and made a fortune with his beauty product empire. But a series of bad choices leaves him completely emptied out (house and cars included). His family, including his second wife and three (almost all) adult children […] Continue »

Victoria Lai’s Sweet Taste of Success Running an Ice Cream Parlor

Victoria Lai's Sweet Taste of Success Running an Ice Cream Parlor

I caught this NBC News feel good story about pursuing your dreams recently about Wellesley-educated, former lawyer and Washington, D.C. insider Victoria Lai who had worked for the Obama administration (as Counselor to the Director for U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, DHS) to pursue her love of ice cream and open up her own ice cream shop – www.icecreamjubilee.com Not sure why NBC is doing a story on Lai now, since she’s been doing this at least since 2013, […] Continue »

Struggles in Oakland Chinatown

Struggles in Oakland Chinatown

The only Chinatown I remember growing up was Oakland Chinatown.  When my family first came to the Bay Area, we lived in the East Bay, and Oakland Chinatown was the nearest place my parents could get Filipino vegetables and other Asian groceries.  For a long time, the nearest dim sum restaurant was in Oakland Chinatown, and when I was a grad student at Berkeley, I did volunteer work there – just a quick BART ride […] Continue »

TAP-SF Presents: Careers in Taiwan Panel

TAP-SF Presents: Careers in Taiwan Panel

So I’m a bit behind on this blog post – back in July of this year, a friend of mine asked me to videotape her for a panel she was speaking at for the San Francisco chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP-SF) on “Careers in Taiwan.” I was more than happy to since I wanted to learn more for my own sake. What surprised me was the value that being fluent in English in working in […] Continue »

Asian American Medical Hazard: Working in Silicon Valley

Asian American Medical Hazard:  Working in Silicon Valley

While mobile health units are used in impoverished places like the slums of Mumbai to deliver health care to Asians there, they are also used to deliver health care to Asians in not so impoverished places – the companies of Silicon Valley. This article from Fortune points out that working in Silicon Valley can be bad for workers’ health as being poor can be in other places. Author Jeffrey O’Brien also stresses that while the […] Continue »