One of the biggest stories of the day today is that Newsweek’s Leah McGrath Goodman revealed the alleged true identity of the supposed founder of Bitcoin, which had been credited to “Satoshi Nakamoto.” In the detailed investigative report, the article alleges that the Bitcoin founder is a Japanese American man living in Southern California named Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto. Along with other personal and background information– including that the 64 year-old man is living with his [...] Continue »
Asian Americans have made themselves known through YouTube videos, but can fame be achieved when those videos are only six seconds? Michael and Carissa Alvarado, a husband and wife team making up the group Us, have gained notoriety by using Vine to showcase their talent. For those of you who may not know, Vine is a social network where people exchange videos that are six seconds in length . The Alvarados have amassed more than [...] Continue »
The incident where Maria Kang was briefly kicked off of Facebook, recent news about the “lower” rate of obesity among Asian Americans, and the debate on CNN above combine to bring up a subject that isn’t often discussed: health vs appearance. Is someone who is skinny necessarily fit? Is someone who is not so lean necessarily unfit? While I don’t doubt that Maria Kang is very fit, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) appearances can be [...] Continue »
I was pleasantly surprised to see this video from Pantene Philippines talking about double standards against women. Not that the double standards don’t exist, but that this message would come out of what is a generally anti-intellectual culture in a commercial of all things. Hope to see more like this! From the video description: Does gender bias still exist? If the answer is no, then why is it that women who take charge tend to [...] Continue »
If you’ve been living in the San Francisco Bay Area, you probably know that the economy is probably the strongest in the U.S. and the economy, at least in the tech sector, is booming. There is no greater example of that than in San Francisco, where IPO’s like Twitter are moving what has been traditionally considered Silicon Valley in the mid-peninsula to the city itself. And according to a recent census report, San Francisco is [...] Continue »
After managing to alienate significant numbers of Asians, Asian Americans, Muslims, African Americans, Hispanics, overweight, and disabled people, Abercrombie & Fitch has found – surprise – that declining sales forced it into a quarterly loss. In an attempt to regain some lost sales, the company has slightly retreated on its position of catering only to what the company’s CEO calls the “all American beautiful people” by now including sizes for larger people. Abercrombie & Fitch [...] Continue »
Arsalan Iftikhar, senior editor at The Islamic Monthly, posted a picture of this defaced Gap advertisement on his twitter account. This ad featured Sikh-American designer Waris Ahluwalia and model/filmmaker Quentin Jones. What, if anything, would the Gap do?
by Leeland Lee After its recent I.P.O. filing, Twitter provoked an outcry over the lack of women among its board of directors and senior management. Time Magazine declared that “Twitter’s all-male board spells failure,” while The New York Times pointed out that Twitter inadvertently exposed a more general problem—the lack of diversity in male-dominated board rooms in Silicon Valley. Just how lopsided is the ratio of male-to-female leaders among the top software companies? A recent [...] Continue »
When this article about Asian buyers making cash offers on million plus dollar Bay Area homes circulated on the internal 8asians mailing list, one of our writers lamented that Chinese investors making cash offers were frustrating her home purchase efforts, even at lower price ranges. Another said that the same phenomenon was also happening in Southern California. I showed this article to my Brother-In-Law (BIL), a Bay Area real estate agent in a firm that [...] Continue »
Recently, ZTE the world’s 4th largest smartphone OEM, announced that it was making ZTE the official smartphone of the Houston Rockets for the 2013-14 NBA season: “As part of the partnership, ZTE will have an opportunity to engage directly with the fans of the Rockets around the world through a variety of avenues, including key Rockets events, television and digital exposure, and customized in-game activation …” You’ve probably never heard of ZTE. I barely had [...] Continue »
Thai commercials sometimes go viral when they are clever or really tug at one’s heartstrings. It’s seems odd that dtac, a Thai mobile phone and telecommunications service provider, would create and broadcast this ad, but it seems to resonate with people outside of Thailand. While the commercial was created a few years ago, the message is still valid. I’m going to make my kids watch this one. (h/t: Daniel)
If 8Asian’s offer of free tickets to V3con didn’t alert you to the fact that this wonderful Asian American Digital Media Conference happened over the June 14th, 2013 weekend in Los Angeles, well then let me tell you a little bit of what happened, while going over my latest product review. V3con happened to overlap with the time period for a loan from Verizon Wireless of one of the latest Blackberry devices, the Q10. If [...] Continue »
Johnny Chan: Interesting observation on this certain facet of Caucasian-American / Euro-American society; people should in fact collect all the available facts that make up Western civilization,... – What Do White Supremacists Think of Asians?