The two Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller that have been held in North Korea for months now have been freed on the order of Kim Jung Un. They have been reunited with family and are the last American citizens known to have been held in North Korea.
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: San Francisco engineer Dan Ha has […] Continue »
From TechCrunch: Dan Ha, an iOS developer at a San Francisco startup called Metromile, has been missing for almost a week. According to the CEO of the company, Dan Preston, who reached out to TechCrunch to help find his employee, Ha went home sick on Thursday afternoon and no one has seen or heard from him since Friday night, October 31, at 8pm. Ha reportedly left work at 2 p.m. on Thursday and then emailed […] Continue »
It’s sad, but true. Asian Americans are the fastest growing community of color in the United States, but with the lowest voter turnout. Do your part by voting today. Find your polling location online, as well as getting information on candidates in your jurisdiction via GetToThePolls. And, when you do vote, keep your eye out for voting rights violations. Our friends at 18 Million Rising has created a tool for you to report those violations […] Continue »
Celebrating 15th anniv of LA City designation of Thai Town. TT has served as Thai immigrant entry point since 1965. pic.twitter.com/yjj9XYi0qs — APISmallBizProgram (@APISBP) October 28, 2014 America’s only officially recognized Thai town in Los Angeles celebrates its 15th Anniversary with everything from Thai desserts to local dignitaries. Recognized in 1999 in an effort to revitalize after the LA riots in 1992.
One weekend evening when I was home, I remembered I wanted to see and wound up watching To Be Takei via Comcast On Demand and thoroughly enjoyed the film. After viewing the documentary, I thought about what a remarkable life Takei has had, experiencing life as a child growing up in a World War II Japanese internment camp, to becoming a breakthrough and iconic Japanese American and Asian American actor (and in the closet) in […] Continue »
I recently had a random interesting conversation about American holidays with my mom. She was born in Taiwan, raised there, and didn’t immigrate out to America until she was about 30 years old. She told me that out of all the American holidays, she loves Halloween the most. I was really puzzled by this because she doesn’t really like to eat candy or dress up in costume all that much. She explained to me it […] Continue »
From what I recall, I first heard about Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIA) (“…a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation”) when I had attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and met Christine Chen, the Executive Director. Since the November 2014 mid-term elections are coming up, APIA is spreading the word about voting. As part of that effort, APIA is […] Continue »
Being a blogger for 8Asians, I am on a lot of email lists, including the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies one, and was pleasantly surprised to hear recently that Asian American candidates are running in record numbers this November in the mid-term elections, with the highlights including: Top 4 states with AAPI’s running for elected office: Hawaii (73), California (17), Washington (11), and Maryland (10). Many candidates are trailblazers in their communities: Republican […] Continue »