Because I have two teenagers who are active in an extremely strenuous sport and one of them (Number Two Son) started complaining about chest pains, I started reading an article with a title about children dropping dead from exercise. What caught my attention was a story inside about a family who lost two sons to Pediatric Cardiomyopathy. I can’t imagine losing one son much less two, but Lisa Yue and her husband Eddie Yu moved [...] Continue »
This is the type of post that we would like to do less often, but until more Asians and Asian Americans are in bone marrow registries, will continue to do so. Alex Tung has Acute Myeloid Leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to live, but doesn’t yet have a match. The Team Alex Facebook page has more info how to register. There is also a fund raising effort to help with his medical expenses [...] Continue »
I saw this video posted earlier this month on Facebook by someone by budding self-described actress, director, writer Anna Akana and recently saw that The Huffington Post had picked it up. Although I’m a guy, I liked the message that Akana is delivering – that beauty is both outside *and* inside. The YouTube video has over 1.4 million views now! If you’re starting off in Hollywood (or entertainment in general), it definitely makes sense to [...] Continue »
A few months ago, a student from Yale University, Frances Chan, blogged in the Huffington Post about her horrific experience with Yale–she was 5’ 2” and about 90 lbs, and they designated her an “eating disorder” case and began to force her to gain weight. The problem was, Chan didn’t have an eating disorder, her body was just the way it was, but their use of the broad (and widely considered inaccurate) BMI measurements labeled [...] Continue »
The CDC is conducting a national search for their Tips from Former Smokers Ad Campaign. This is a paid position. The campaign pays $2,500 + Travel for those who are selected. They’re looking for ex-smokers of all ethnicities, particularly Asians, who suffer from any illnesses as a result of their smoking. Or even those who just quit. Tips encourages people to quit smoking by showing the toll that smoking-related illnesses take on smokers and their [...] Continue »
7 year old Baylor Frederickson needs a bone marrow transplant. If he was purely from one Asian group, it would be hard enough, but since one of his parents is not Asian, it’s even more difficult to find a match. I found this article (and others) that says some Asian ethnic groups naturally have that extra difficulty because of a long history of racial mixing. Filipinos fall into this category, and I can see how [...] Continue »
As an Asian American, there’s one killer out there that affects more Asian Americans than any other. The leading cause of death for Asian Americans since 1980 is cancer (unlike for the general population of the U.S. which has heart disease as the number one killer). Among Asian Americans, colorectal cancer is the second most common diagnosed cancer, and it is the third highest cause of cancer-related mortality. Colon cancer is also referred to as [...] Continue »
When I was in college, I stumbled across the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, by Bill Watterson. In particular I was quite taken with the strip where Calvin and his toy tiger Hobbes discuss where babies come from. By the end of the strip Hobbes looks at Calvin’s shirt tag and says “You came from Taiwan”. I guess I really liked it since I really did come from Taiwan, and I came into the world [...] Continue »
I hate to share videos that objectify women mainly because it makes me want to throw up. Just watching that video I found above has left me with no appetite for the rest of my breakfast. Nevertheless, I thought the concept I want to explore was important enough, and really, there are so many contrasts in that video that when I watch it I swing dramatically back and forth from completely inspired to thoroughly disgusted. [...] Continue »
The incident where Maria Kang was briefly kicked off of Facebook, recent news about the “lower” rate of obesity among Asian Americans, and the debate on CNN above combine to bring up a subject that isn’t often discussed: health vs appearance. Is someone who is skinny necessarily fit? Is someone who is not so lean necessarily unfit? While I don’t doubt that Maria Kang is very fit, Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) appearances can be [...] Continue »
We have shared a number of moving and evocative commercials from Thailand, and this one also falls into that category. While it has been out for a while, but it remains notable for its effectively delivering its message. This article questions whether those are real adults that kids ask or actors. I don’t know, but even it if they are actors, the ad still elicits a powerful response.
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?