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Asian American Youth and E-Cigarette products

Asian American Youth and E-Cigarette products

by Chris Sedayao While a little less than 1 in 7 of all Americans smoke, around 1 in 4 Vietnamese American men smoke, according to the Center for Disease Control.  The use of cigarettes has decreased significantly in the United States since the days of the Marlboro Man, with young adults smoking 18-24 less than the average.  Still, cigarette companies have found ways to sell into this younger demographic. Asian American youth have found an […] Continue »

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Launches Podcast: “Check Up, Check In.”

Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum Launches Podcast: "Check Up, Check In."

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum recently launched a new podcast: Check Up, Check In. As stated in a press release: “Hear stories of health and inspiration in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander community. The Check Up, Check In podcast will explore unique perspectives and stories about what health means, and how communities are advancing health equity and justice. This podcast — brought to you by the Asian & Pacific Islander […] Continue »

Breast Cancer Rates Increasing Among Asian American Women

Scarlett Lin Gomez

A new study from the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC), with Scarlett Lin Gomez as the lead researcher of the study, is showing an increase of breast cancer in Asian American women.  This is particularly troubling because the rate among other racial groups has stabilized. The study looked at women in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, from 1988 to 2013, and included women from different Asian American backgrounds, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Filipino, […] Continue »

8Books Review: “Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember” by Christine Lee

8Books Review: "Tell Me Everything You Don't Remember" by Christine Lee

Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember: The Stroke That Changed My Life by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee is a compelling memoir about the author’s reinvention after a life-changing stroke at the age of 33. Eloquently written, Lee guides readers through the trauma of her stroke while interweaving honest self-reflection during a period in which she was in many ways, not herself, through to her evolution as a writer and a newly defined sense of self. It can […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Secret Deodorant’s Namaste

Asian American Commercial Watch: Secret Deodorant's Namaste

I first saw this Secret Deodorant commercial on Facebook. I can’t saw I’ve seen it on TV. But when I saw the image: I thought it was pretty funny. As Secret states in the YouTube description of the video: “Worry about the meeting, not your pits.” I thought it was pretty funny. I can honestly say, I’ve never used deodorant in my life. To be honest, I don’t think Asians exhibit that much body odor? [See […] Continue »

September is Suicide Prevention Month; “Together Not Alone” PSA #IFEELALIVE

September is Suicide Prevention Month; "Together Not Alone" PSA #IFEELALIVE

#IFEELALIVE is a national awareness campaign launched on the Love and Discovery blog in support of Suicide Prevention Month in September. Suicide was the 8th leading cause of death for Asian-Americans, whereas it was the 11th leading cause of death for all racial groups combined. This video is aimed at educating and helping Asian American Pacific Islanders with mental health issues. The following people contributed to this PSA: Megan Lee, Jason Chu, Elizabeth Sung James […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Nature’s Bounty – Better off Healthy – “Treadmill”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Nature's Bounty - Better off Healthy - "Treadmill"

I caught this Nature’s Bounty television commercial for fish oil while watching I think CNN on a Saturday morning. I like how this 0:15 second commercial shows the woman’s future self accelerated over time an rewinds back. My mother has taken fish oil in the past, but I’ve always wondered (like vitamins), how much of  difference it can make to take such supplements. A quick reading on WebMD: “Fish oil is FDA approved to lower […] 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 »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Kelly Hu for Viagra

Asian American Commercial Watch: Kelly Hu for Viagra

So I should have blogged about this Viagra commercial when it first came out this past April, but there wasn’t a higher quality version or official versions of the commercial on their website. Now I see this ad running more and more so I’m sticking with this one. Apparently Kelly Hu is the third actress in this series of women pitching Viagra. On the Viagra site, the first two women are white – so it’ll be interesting […] Continue »

8Questions with Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA: Dr. Pimple Popper

8Questions with Dr. Sandra Lee, AKA: Dr. Pimple Popper

I admit it, I’m a popaholic and I’m proud. Not sure what that is? It’s a person who loves watching videos of pimples, cysts, blackheads. The bigger, the better. For a long long long time, I never told anyone. I mean, once in a while, it slipped out. I’d show my wife a video that I liked. Her disgusted face was enough to reinforce that I shouldn’t share my love/fascination with anyone else. My wife is […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Vicks’ Amanda – Moms Don’t Take Sick Days

Asian American Commercial Watch: Vicks' Amanda - Moms Don't Take Sick Days

This Vicks television commercial is a two-parter advertising both NyQuil and DayQuil, the first part portraying the dilemma for dad’s and the other for mom’s. When I saw the the adult white male asking for a sick day, one imagines he’s in an office setting asking his boss for a sick day, the same when we see the adult Asian American female asking for a day off from her daughter. Although I’m not a parent, I’m […] Continue »

60 Minutes: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong & Disrupting Cancer

60 Minutes: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong & Disrupting Cancer

I regularly watch 60 Minutes every Sunday evening, and was pleasantly surprised to watch this segment on Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, a native of South Africa, and a naturalized U.S. citizen. I think 8Asians has blogged about him, and I remember Soon-Shiong the first time I had heard of him since he was described the richest person in Los Angeles (one doesn’t normally think the richest person in L.A. would be in biotech / pharmaceutical industry […] Continue »