8Asians is working with McDonald’s to give away free tickets for you and a guest to watch the highly anticipated documentary Twinsters at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on April 25, 2015, AND reconnect over a shared meal at McDonald’s. In February 2013, Anaïs Bordier, a French fashion student living in London, stumbled upon a YouTube video featuring Samantha Futerman, an actress in Los Angeles, and was struck by their uncanny resemblance. After […] Continue »
Origami, the art of paper folding, is a great arts and crafts project for young and old. Tuttle, a publishing company focusing on Asian language, history, and culture, with the tagline “Books to Span the East and West,” offers a wide range of books and products–from young adult novels to language learning materials, from business guides to origami paper. 8Asians is collaborating with Tuttle to give our readers a sampling of some of their stuff, starting with […] Continue »
Do you recognize the Asians in this? Here’s the “Are We There Yet?” ad for the 2015 Porsche Cayenne, which began airing in November 2014, featuring Ian Chen (who plays Evan Huang on Fresh Off the Boat) asking his mom (played by actress Lynn Chen, no relation in real life), “我們到了嗎？” (That’s “Are We There Yet?” in Mandarin Chinese.)
A trip to Japan is simply not complete without visiting a giant robot. And a Gundam robot no less. Apparently, it had originally been placed closer to the waterfront, so that you can get this really epic feeling that the robot was real and standing at the ready for battle. Now it’s in front of the massive Diver City Mall, which is slightly less epic, as it looks more like a commercial attraction, but it’s […] Continue »
Last year, I wrote about Taiwan’s convenience stores being awesome. Japan’s are pretty awesome too. I remember one time, a couple decades ago, I found convenient stores in Japan selling Play Stations. Japan has a reputation of being too expensive, and definitely, high end Japanese hotels and restaurants can really be ridiculously pricy, even for high end, but many a time, with family or friends, I have traveled Japan living solely off of convenience store […] Continue »
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 »
I think a lot of Asian American kids watch this and are like “Yeah, my parents do a lot of those things”, but my mom watched this, cracked up, and said “I really do do that!” I feel like that’s another level of validation for the video. I have to say, though, their mom in this video is ADORABLE.
In my on-going quest to get my daughter fluent in Chinese, I came across the opportunity to review a book called “Learning Chinese Characters” published by Tuttle Publishing. In case you’re not familiar, I have a nine year old daughter, who started Chinese school when she was six. The uphill battle with Chinese school has already been well documented in this past 8Asians blog post. So I’m always on the look out for anything that […] Continue »
Japanese was one of those languages that I’ve always sort of known but never fully mastered. One of my grandmothers was a Japanese language teacher in Taiwan and grew up in the era of Japanese colonialism. Both she and my grandfather told me they spoke Japanese more fluently than any other language, which makes sense since they grew up formally schooled in the language. I’ve also watched my share of Japanese anime for over two […] Continue »
The New York Times does a nice 6 minute video overview of Koreatown in Los Angeles, even highlighting the Wi Spa that Conan O’Brien and Steve Yeun recently visited. BY Fritzie Andrade, Max Cantor, Jessey Dearing, Louie Alfaro and Will Lloyd As the most densely packed part of Los Angeles, Koreatown is also one of the city’s most strollable, with Art Deco buildings, palm-lined streets and East-meets-West restaurants.
The White House released a video message from President Obama welcoming in the Lunar New Year. Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year here in America and all around the world. I’ll always remember the parades, fireworks, and gatherings that surrounded the Lunar New Year when I was growing up in Hawaii. And now as President, this celebration is a perfect reminder of the many cultures and faiths […] Continue »
If you’re an Asian American parent like me, you probably struggle to find books for your kids that have the right blend of age appropriateness and entertainment while still offering a glimpse into the history and culture of your ancestry. Just in time for Chinese New Year, a new children’s e-book is available on Amazon. While the topic isn’t Chinese New Year, it does tackle the topic of why the Great Wall exists in China. […] Continue »
SayWhat: Pacific Islander is just as a generic term that does not include the Philippines. How many people from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Japan, Taiwan argue that... – Are Filipinos Asian or Pacific Islanders?