While he jokes about possible endorsements in the above video, Jeremy Lin revealed in a recent interview that he turned down millions in endorsements during Linsanity. The reason? He wanted to focus on basketball. You might think “no big deal,” but he says that the endorsement money would have been bigger than his salary, including his upcoming $14 million dollar season. Lin says in that interview that he has been given a talent by God, [...] Continue »
Carrying an Asian name would seem to be a liability in the many countries – actress Chloe Bennet says that changing her Asian last name resulted in her getting more acting work. Former Apple Employee Sam Sung thought his old business card, which showed the humorous juxtaposition of a “Sam Sung” working at Apple, might be worth something. So when he put it up for bid on eBay (with proceeds going to the charity Children’s [...] Continue »
While we’ve written about how Filipinos have been affected by the San Francisco Tech boom, this story from Boom (summarized here by New America Media), talks about the effects of the boom on small Chinese American businesses like these on Clement street. I liked how in addition to talking about broad trends, it talks about individuals like Big Sister, who despite crowds eating at her restaurant, is closing her Geary Street restaurant and moving to [...] Continue »
Video: courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Business At 8Asians, we’ve blogged about Where Are the Asian CEOs?, Americans Expect Business Leaders to Be White, as well as Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) and their Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives, but it’s always nice to get more exposure to the issues of the “bamboo ceiling,” especially in a high profile piece on National Public Radio: “”Why aren’t Asians demonstrating those behaviors to [...] Continue »
On May 9th, history was made as the Chinese Railroad Workers were inducted into the U.S. Labor Hall of Honor. You can view the entire ceremony on the Department of Labor’s YouTube channel. If you don’t happen to know: “But too often lost in discussions of this awe-inspiring achievement is the contribution of the approximately 12,000 Chinese laborers who took on the grueling task of completing the western section of the track. It was backbreaking, [...] Continue »
Almost everyone’s heard of the glass ceiling, the inability of women and minorities to get promoted to higher levels of the executive ranks due to discrimination. What most probably haven’t heard about is the new “glass cliff”. NPR discussed it this week in reference to Jill Abramson’s firing from the position of editor of the New York Times. The idea behind the glass cliff is that women and minorities are only promoted to the executive [...] Continue »
I noticed this commercial because it has many of my favorite (or perhaps least favorite) Asian American stereotypes: Nerdy Asian technical guy White guy in charge Asian guy awkward with white women The Asian guy is surprised when his cheesy line actually gets a reaction. Not appropriate behavior in the workplace, though. I do have to confess that I did laugh at that “fell from heaven” line. Enjoy! Or perhaps, not enjoy.
So apparently the controversy over the sriracha smell in Irwindale is not over. Residents of the city are still complaining about the spicy smell and sting in their eyes from the sauce making factory, and just yesterday, LA Times reported that the Irwindale Council declares Sriracha smell a public nuisance. I just visited the Irwindale factory this past Monday, and standing right outside the factory front door, I couldn’t even smell the sauce and had [...] Continue »
I saw this commercial as well during March Madness, with a fictional Susan getting a promotion and thinking now she can invest in her financial future, in this Transmerica television commercial. However, I think this commercial sends the wrong message – you should always be thinking and investing in your financial future, even if it is only a little bit at a time. It’s never too early to start thinking, saving, investing, and making good [...] Continue »
Much as been written about how the recent tech boom is transforming San Francisco and the resulting backlash. We hear about protests of Google buses and artists leaving for Oakland (and perhaps pushing out other artists), but this New American Media story talks about less publicized people who are pushed out – the ethnic elderly. Benito Santiago is being evicted out of the San Francisco apartment where he has lived for 37 years, but he’s [...] Continue »
When this report from Nielsen came out a few months ago about how Asian Americans are a wealthy sophisticated group with above average household income that marketers should target, it seemed to me that the people who compiled that report did not look at the Asian American data in detail. Didn’t the authors of that report realize that one reason that Asian American households have more income is that they tend to have more wage [...] Continue »
On Saturday, March 15, 2014, the first Asian Pacific American Worker Congress in Los Angeles will be held at the Service Employees International Union #721 at 1545 Wilshire Blvd. from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 100 Asian American workers from unions, worker centers, and community organizations will attend. It’s the first time in Los Angeles such a forum has been held, which will empower the Asian-Pacific community to discuss improving conditions in their [...] 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?