One of the (few) benefits of having teenagers is getting a glimpse of what youth culture is like these days. Given that I myself am decades removed from that time period, I like to compare what I see and hear from them to how it was when I was young. Since my kids and I all grew up in communities full of Asian Americans (unlike John), I have some perspective on how Asian American youth […] Continue »
Looks like Din Tai Fung is in expansion mode again, with reports in late January that the restaurant chain will be expanding into San Diego: “Joining previously announced newcomers, including big-time national burger outfit Shake Shack and Javier’s and The Winery from Orange County, is world-renowned dumpling house Din Tai Fung. Founded in Taiwan, with locations now spanning the globe, the crowd-drawing eatery is known for its delicate, soup-filled steamed dumplings.” Now the Westfield UTC mall […] Continue »
Last year, actor & activist George Takei was in a Taco Bell Super Bowl commercial. And in case you didn’t see the greatest Super Bowl comeback in NFL history, there were also commercials. And Takei appeared again in a Super Bowl commercial this year, but this time around, for Pizza Hut. Takei uses his signature phrase, “Oh My” to great humor. I’m not sure if I saw any other Asian Americans in the other Super […] Continue »
Chow Chop Suey: Food and the Chinese American Journey joins the circle of books traversing the history of Chinese food in the United States, specifically the peculiar beast that is chop suey. Mendelson takes a historical journey into its origins, as a food consciously produced for a white audience during a time of Exclusion, and into the expansion of Chinese food in the United States beyond that. Her volume joins a growing bookshelf, including Jennifer […] Continue »
Aubergine, a new play written by Julia Cho, opens today at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Running through October 2, it’s an emotional story about family, death, and food. Ray’s father is home on hospice with his son Ray, a first-generation Korean American chef, who is struggling with how to manage and how to cope. To notify his father’s brother, he calls on his ex-girlfriend Cornelia to tell him in Korean. When his uncle unexpectedly shows up with a soup recipe, […] Continue »
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 »
I caught this NBC News feel good story about pursuing your dreams recently about Wellesley-educated, former lawyer and Washington, D.C. insider Victoria Lai who had worked for the Obama administration (as Counselor to the Director for U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, DHS) to pursue her love of ice cream and open up her own ice cream shop – www.icecreamjubilee.com Not sure why NBC is doing a story on Lai now, since she’s been doing this at least since 2013, […] Continue »
Ever since I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and tried a Din Tai Fung (DTF), I’ve wanted one in the Bay Area. Din Tai Fung opened today – Tuesday, May 10th at 11:00 AM PST – and I was there to catch the grand opening. For a while, the only Din Tai Fung in the United States was in Los Angeles – Arcadia, California to be exact. The that location expanded with another restaurant adjacent […] Continue »
I remember seeing actor and activist in the beginning if this Taco Bell television commercial campaign for it’s quesalupa’s I think starting around during the Super Bowl. But I think this is the first commercial with Takei being the focus of the commercial. I actually like Taco Bell’s tacos, but not a real big fan of the rest of the menu. But I guess I should try a quesalupa before passing judgement. Takei is also […] Continue »
I’m giving Franny Choi the post title because of her amazing poem responding to the latest in a long string of poems by white people that shouldn’t have been published. Calvin Trillin’s poem “Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?” ran in the New Yorker last week. I’m not going to quote it, so you can go read it and come back if you like, but the gist is, too many different kinds of Chinese food […] Continue »
While watching a March Madness basketball game, I saw this Sprite commercial with Eddie Huang (for some reason Sprite isn’t making the commercial embeddable): “Eddie Huang knows there’s no substitute for the classic lemon-lime. Keep it fresh at http://www.sprite.com. #ObeyYourThirst” YouTube has said that this commercial was uploaded on Jan 27, 2016 (with over 5M views as of this writing), but this is the first I’ve seen of the commercial. You would think that they’d run this […] Continue »
In this recent McDonald’s commercial, we have two Asian American actors being briefly highlighted as the fast food chain tries to promote it’s latest offering on a wider scale: flavored coffees. The actors in the commercial are Danny Cho (who did an awesome Kim Jong Il impression in this faux eHarmony commercial): And actress Joy Regullano: who I mostly know for her YouTube video ‘White Fetish‘ and ‘White Fetish 2.‘
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