Fans abound for the gritty, fast-paced, Chinatown-style street ball known as 9-man. In the 1930s, Chinese American men began playing 9-man, a street version of volleyball involving nine players (hence the game’s obvious if not well known name) compared to the six people playing on school and pro teams across the nation. It began as a game for laundry and restaurant workers in the streets and parking lots during an era when Chinese Americans were [...] Continue »
It’s the news that’s lighting up the internet… Jeremy Lin was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers. JLin himself hasn’t made a public comment yet, but keep I keep reloading his Twitter feed (@JLin7) to see if he does. Since this is an evolving, breaking story, I’ll just put up some links. CBS Sports: Rockets trade Jeremy Lin, 1st-round pick to Lakers ESPN: Lakers trade for Jeremy Lin Yahoo: Sources: Rockets [...] Continue »
If you follow California politics, you may have been following the California State Controller’s race. John Chiang, the current state controller is terming out. California now has an open primary – where voters can vote, even if they are registered to a political party, can vote for any candidate, not only their own party. And when you have an open primary, the two top vote-getters proceed onto the general election in November. Because there were [...] Continue »
Back in 2010 I wrote about the few available Asian appearance dolls on the market for our Asian American daughters, and more specifically as a Christmas present for my own five year old daughter. Top of my list was the “Ivy Ling” doll from American Girl. But that choice is going away this fall as American Girl discontinues their only currently available Asian American doll. “Ivy Ling” has been available from American Girl for the [...] Continue »
On Monday, June 9th, Google had a new doodle on their homepage. That doodle was part of an annual competition. Google held their 7th annual “Doogle 4 Google” competition where they asked kids in K-12 tell Google what they’d like to invent to help make the world a better place. 11-year old Audrrey Zhang of New York won. There were over 100,000 submissions from all 50 states. The description of Zhang’s artwork was: “To make [...] Continue »
Leland Yee has been arrested on a number of corruption charges and dropped out of the California Secretary of State race, but 323,000 people managed to do what is pictured here as of the most recent count of California’s primary election held on June 3, 2014. It was too late to remove his name from ballots by the time he dropped out, but Yee still managed to get 9.6% of the vote as of June [...] Continue »
Video of event: C-SPAN. House Speaker John Boehner, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other members of Congress gathered last week to remember the 25th anniversary of the massacre in Tiananmen Square, passing a bi-partisan bill (House Resolution 599) : “Urging the Government of the People’s Republic of China to respect the freedom of assembly, expression, and religion and all fundamental human rights and the rule of law for all its citizens and to stop censoring [...] 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 »
General Eric Shinseki has just resigned as Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (For the full Obama press conference, click here for the C-SPAN video). If you haven’t been following the news lately, there has been a lot of controversy of veterans getting the appointments they’ve needed: “Eric Shinseki resigned as secretary of the Veterans Affairs Department Friday after meeting face-to-face with President Obama about mounting evidence of widespread misconduct and mismanagement at the agency’s vast network [...] Continue »
Mayor Mark Breceda of Irwindale is stating that the city has dropped the lawsuit against Sriracha after meeting with owner David Tran and two representatives from California’s Governor Jerry Brown and touring the plant. They will be revisiting the situation once chilli grinding season starts in midsummer. Personally, the lady complaining about the garlic smell makes me wonder–I would love to wake up to the delicious smell of garlic every morning. Then again, I know [...] 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 »
This piece was originally published at SFGate and is republished on 8Asians.com with permission. By Emil Guillermo Getting his university degree was the most important goal in my cousin Stephen Guillermo’s short life. But on May 3, he earned a death certificate instead. On that day, Guillermo, 26, was shot and killed when he got off the elevator on the wrong floor of his San Francisco apartment building and entered an apartment identical to his [...] 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?