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8Books Review: “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang

8Books Review: "The Prince and the Dressmaker" by Jen Wang

The Prince and the Dressmaker is a delightful graphic novel about friendship and secrets and identity and love. Prince Sebastian is supposed to be looking for a bride. But at night, he secretly dons fashion forward dresses and emerges as the mysterious Lady Crystallia with the help of his friend and dressmaker, Frances. Set in Paris, Jen Wang has created an extraordinary array of imaginative and beautifully drawn dresses and costumes that pepper a story […] Continue »

8Books Review: “Love, Loss, and What We Ate” by Padma Lakshmi

8Books Review: "Love, Loss, and What We Ate" by Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi’s memoir, Love, Loss, and What We Ate is an intimate look at family, growing, grief, and eating through life’s ups and downs. Best known for her role as host on Top Chef, Lakshmi takes us from childhood to the present in vivid detail with humor, honesty, and self-reflection. She is fully willing to unveil her flaws, capitalizing on the gift of hindsight. Lakshmi ably guides us through her triumphs and travails. She is unafraid to talk […] Continue »

Jeremy Lin’s TAG Heuer Connected Watch

Jeremy Lin's TAG Heuer Connected Watch

Working in Silicon Valley and as part of my job, I’ve checked out and played around with a few smartwatches. Personally, I can’t say that I’m a big fan of them – having to charge an extra device, and most of the watches are a bit bulky and not very stylish (there’s a reason why I love my Skagen watch – thin and stylish). However, what is interesting is that traditional premium watch manufacturers are launching […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Men’s Wearhouse – BLACK by Vera Wang

Asian American Commercial Watch: Men's Wearhouse - BLACK by Vera Wang

According to Men’s Wearhouse’s YouTube channel, their commercial starring Vera Wang about her first collection of formal wear for me has been around (or at least hosted on YouTube) since March 2015 – but I just caught this it on TV recently. The last time I think I blogged about Vera Wang was when I saw her promoting her LOVE collection at Zales. I still mostly think of Vera Wang as a fashion designer for […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Simon Premium Outlets® – Bold Summer Looks

Asian American Commercial Watch: Simon Premium Outlets® - Bold Summer Looks

Although we’re nearing the end of the summer, I’ve only recently noticed this Simon Premium Outlets tv ad: “At Simon Premium Outlets®, there’s always something new to discover. Check out our new Simon Premium Outlets commercial, and visit a property near you for shopping that’s always worth the trip.” I was wondering if maybe Simon had in mind targeting Asian Americans or Asian tourists looking for a good deal, or if this actress was casted […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Jason Wu for Cadillac in “The Daring: No Regrets”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Jason Wu for Cadillac in "The Daring: No Regrets"

Last November, at the Los Angeles Auto Show, I noticed something different about Cadillac. They seemed to be on the eve of a re-invention. These new ads, with the tagline “Only those who dare drive the world forward” seems to confirm my observations. Cadillac seeks to reinvent its 112-year-old brand as one The ad, features “those was dare,” innovators Jason Wu, Anne Wojcicki, Njeri Rionge, Richard Linklater, and Steve Wozniak and the song: Non, Je […] Continue »

Asian American Hairstylist Gives Homeless Haircuts for Free

Asian American Hairstylist Gives Homeless Haircuts for Free

Despite a career styling the hair of celebrities like Jeff Gordon at high end salon Three Squares Studio, Mark Bustos takes time every Sunday to give free haircuts to the homeless.   He first started doing this in the Philippines as a tribute to his girlfriend’s late father. Soon he would the same in Los Angeles, Jamaica, and Costa Rica.  Bustos says: “The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to […] Continue »

In My Inbox: Asian American Ad Watch: Banana Republic

In My Inbox: Asian American Ad Watch: Banana Republic

In general, I don’t like to shop for clothes. When I do shop for clothes, I do like to check out Banana Republic (though lately, I’ve been checking out Uniqlo) and do subscribe to their email list. Usually, unless there is a massive sale in the email announcement, I usually ignore and delete the email pretty quickly. But the other day, I got this email, and was kind of shocked to see only an Asian […] Continue »

Abercrombie & Fitch Sales Decline: How Disrespecting Diversity can be Bad for Business

Abercrombie & Fitch Sales Decline:  How Disrespecting Diversity can be Bad for Business

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 »

Dealing with Diversity: Gap responds to the Racist Defacement of an Ad

Dealing with Diversity: Gap responds to the Racist Defacement of an Ad

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?

China Internet Trend: Babies Wearing Watermelons As Clothes

China Internet Trend: Babies Wearing Watermelons As Clothes

I caught an The Cut/NY Mag piece (referencing Kotaku’s) about the latest trend to rock Weibo (that’s China’s “Twitter”): babies dressed up in watermelon clothes. It evidently started in Wenzhou city, when baby’s father reportedly worked all day to fashion a functional pair of shorts from a watermelon so his son could cool down in the hot weather. Aside from how this has got to be the coolest (literally!) fashion trend of the year, there’s […] Continue »

An Unconventional Activist: Princess Joules

An Unconventional Activist: Princess Joules

Julie Van Vu, better known by her YouTube vlogger handle Princess Joules, inspires me. I first stumbled upon her channel when I was searching online for eye makeup tutorials. Hers are amazing. I tried my best to replicate the above-pictured look but just couldn’t come anywhere near her level of skill. I confess I’m an avid subscriber. I love all her YouTube beauty guru showcases–the shopping hauls, the what’s-in-my-bag glimpses, everything, even the sweet and […] Continue »