In a shocking turn not even the live news announcers fully expected, Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova took home the gold medal in ladies figure skating (her country’s first), upsetting defending gold-medalist South Korea’s Yuna Kim at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Italy’s Carolina Kostner, a veteran in the sport, took home the bronze. The internet, as always, is ablaze in the controversy. Even the New York Times (and Kurt Browning) is confused. Essentially, it all comes down to [...] Continue »
To view and access the video index of the program, view the video directly online at YouTube here (in the About section). Last month, I had the honor to attend the annual Korematsu Day Celebration organized by The Korematsu Institute held on the campus of San Jose State University in San Jose, California. I’ve tried to attend the past few years, having attended the inaugural event back in February 2011 with Jessie Jackson at Berkeley, [...] Continue »
In Flushing, Queens, McDonald’s employees have been battling the presence of a revolving group of elderly Koreans who sometimes sit at the fast food chain’s tables from dawn to dusk. In the past few months, police have been called in a handful of times to usher the seniors out. The seniors then defiantly walk around the block and plop themselves back on McDonald’s benches minutes later. According to the New York Times piece: And though [...] Continue »
Dear How I Met Your Mother, I have been a fan of your show since I was introduced in the second season. In fact, friends and I marathoned the entire first season on a day off with our ribs hurting from laughter. Even with the decidedly more frequent comic misses of this season and the last, I have watched. And I was sad to find you in the news over this latest bout of televised [...] Continue »
An Asian American woman (who has not yet been identified by the press, by request of family) was brutally beaten and later died (as reported by OC Weekly) after a fight outside of The Crosby, a Santa Ana (Orange County, California) nightclub, in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 18, 2014. Evidently, the young woman was waiting in line with friends to enter The Crosby, when an argument ensued with another group of people [...] Continue »
I caught this sponsored video link posted on the Front Page of Yahoo! I swear I thought 8Asians had blogged about this amazing woman, but I can’t seem to find any specific posts on her. Chu is the first Asian American woman ever to represent the United States on the U.S. women’s ice hockey Olympic team – playing in Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010 and will be the oldest American player at [...] Continue »
Nobody will GIVE us a space. We need to MAKE a space to use our voices, build community, and be heard. #NotYourAsianSidekick — Suey Park (@suey_park) December 15, 2013 Despite being a tech-capable, twenty-something, I have resisted jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. But conversations like the one that began this past weekend (and is still continuing) using the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick seriously make me reconsider. Started by freelance writer Suey Park (@suey_park), it was created to [...] Continue »
I’m no fan of the Miami Heat, but was happy to see the Heat’s Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, a Filipino American, join the NBA, NBPA, and Miami HEAT in support of UNICEF and their ongoing relief efforts in the Philippines in this public service announcement. For links to donate, click here. Unless you’ve been asleep for the past few weeks, the Philippines was hit by the most powerful typhoon in history.
Just in time for the holiday season, when kind-meaning aunties and uncles sometimes ask why you’re single, why you don’t have a date, and why you’re not giving your parents grandchildren yet, you might remember that renting a boyfriend is a thing. It’s not necessarily a new phenomenon in Asia, China, or even the whole world, but surging interests for these services in companies are generating booming businesses. With pressures mounting from parents, social situations, [...] Continue »
I had blogged earlier that during Obama’s visit to San Francisco where he gave a speech on immigration reform, he was heckled by an audience member. That person has now been identified as Ju Hong, 24, who is a UC Berkeley graduate who is also a member of Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education (ASPIRE), where he shouted: “I need your help. My family will be separated on Thanksgiving. Please use your executive order. [...] Continue »
As part of his pre-Thanksgiving West Coast trip, President Obama dropped by Chinatown in San Francisco at the Betty Ong Recreation Center (named after 9/11 flight attendant Betty Ann Ong). Obama gave some shoutouts to some prominent Californian Asian American elected officials who I believe were in attendance, including San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Congressmen Mike Honda as well as Congresswoman Judy Chu and also mentioned nearby Immigration Station at Angel Island. President Obama emphasized [...] Continue »
Brooklyn, center of all things hipster and edgy, is home to a bar. That bar is hosting a party. That party is called “Madam Wu’s Good Luck Banquet of the Senses.” It is not edgy. It it also what one might call, rife with problems. Ignoring for now the fact that the title is written in a font that I hate and that “Confucius say” jokes are still not funny, the event poster suggests dress for [...] 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?