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Comparing Chinese Death Beliefs with Disney/Pixar’s ‘Coco’

Comparing Chinese Death Beliefs with Disney/Pixar's 'Coco'

During opening weekend, I took my daughter to see the new Disney/Pixar movie, Coco.  It’s a movie she’s been looking forward to seeing for almost a year, since the trailers for the new movie came out quite some time ago.  I didn’t have much expectations for the movie, as I figured it would be similar to a previous animated film, Book of Life, another film centered around Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead.  But the movie […] Continue »

8Asians Exclusive: Interview with Dr. Ravi Chandra, author of ‘Facebuddha’

8Asians Exclusive: Interview with Dr. Ravi Chandra, author of 'Facebuddha'

Recently, I interviewed my friend Dr. Ravi Chandra, who recently published his book, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks: Facebuddha is a rich memoir of relationships, online and off, and an exploration of the psychology of social networks through a Buddhist lens. In the brief interview, Dr. Chandra discusses his observations, thoughts and experiences regarding the use of social media. I also asked him about his thoughts on President Trump and his use of social media, primarily […] Continue »

8Questions: Interview with an Old 8A Friend, Author of ‘Holistic Tarot’ and ‘The Tao of Craft’

8Questions: Interview with an Old 8A Friend, Author of 'Holistic Tarot' and 'The Tao of Craft'

Our very own Akrypti has been quite busy since she went on a hiatus from covering APA social politics for 8Asians. She’s taken the tarot world by storm with her first book Holistic Tarot: An Integrative Approach to Using Tarot for Personal Growth back in 2015. Since its publication, Holistic Tarot became a bestseller in its category and has gone on to win four prominent book awards. Now Akrypti—I mean Benebell—is coming out with her […] Continue »

NYC Theater Review: “Kentucky” by Leah Nanako Winkler

NYC Theater Review: "Kentucky" by Leah Nanako Winkler

Showing in New York until May 22, Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler is a tumultuous and energetic ride through the lives of a Kentucky family on the eve of a wedding. It’s a play about home–home and family, for better and for worse. And it’s both over the top theatrical while also sweetly engaging and relatable. Hiro’s younger sister Sophie is about to get married to a born-again Christian, six months after their first meeting. Hiro–returning back […] Continue »

Traveling Japan: Arashiyama’s Tenryu-ji Temple

Traveling Japan: Arashiyama's Tenryu-ji Temple

We had come to this area primarily for the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, but we found so much more than we had expected. One of the things about the city of Kyoto is that there’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site around like every corner. We were practically tripping over them. It’s clearly why Harry Truman said no to Kyoto as a target for the nuclear bombings in World War II. I had read that the Tenryu-ji […] Continue »

Aasif Mandvi on Religion, Identity, and Politics

Aasif Mandvi on Religion, Identity, and Politics

Aasif Mandvi discusses the identity issues of being Muslim and South Asian with Huffington Post. He and his new book No Land’s Man is also featured on NPR’s Fresh Air.

Traveling Taiwan: Baguashan Buddha

Traveling Taiwan: Baguashan Buddha

On our way back up to Taipei from southern Taiwan on the bullet train, we made a quick stop in central Taiwan to check out the Baguashan Buddha. It was a cloudy day and the afternoon light was on the wane, but as a result, we got a spectacular view.

Traveling Taiwan: Fo Guang Shan Temple (Part 22 of 24)

Traveling Taiwan: Fo Guang Shan Temple (Part 22 of 24)

If you didn’t already know, in Hacienda Heights, Los Angeles County, California sits the largest buddhist temple in the western hemisphere, the Hsi Lai Temple, aptly named to mean “Coming to the West Temple”. It’s a major community center with workshops, summer camps, Chinese school, daycare, and even its own university. There’s also a vegetarian buffet and a tea house on site as well as a museum. The whole place is quite beautiful, and every […] Continue »

Traveling Taiwan: Lotus Pond, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Part 21 of 24)

Traveling Taiwan: Lotus Pond, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (Part 21 of 24)

My family lineage actually comes from south Taiwan (and South China further back), and Kaohsiung is my heritage city on my mother’s side of the family. One of the must-see attractions of the city is the Lotus Pond, which is a large lake that has a series of temples built on it. We stayed at a hotel right next to the Lotus Pond so that we could do a hike around it first thing in […] Continue »

8 Questions for Ken Fong of “The Ken Fong Project”

8 Questions for Ken Fong of "The Ken Fong Project"

I was fortunate enough to meet Ken Fong of the Ken Fong Project this year during the V3con digital media conference in Los Angeles on June 20-21, 2014. Ken was part of the panel titled “Secrets Online: Topics that are Taboo in Real Life”, where the panelists tackled the issue of writing about things one would not normally talk about in general conversation. Ken passed along an interesting piece of advice, to beware, that if […] Continue »

Shen Yun Performing Arts: A Review of Sorts

Shen Yun Performing Arts:  A Review of Sorts

If you live in the Bay Area or in other urban areas, you may notice that periodically, advertisements go up for a “Shen Yun Performing Arts.” These usually have a picture of a Chinese woman doing some sort of traditional dance like the ones shown (the image shown shown here is not from Shen Yun, though). Sometimes people will be handing out flyers or cards advertising these performance in various public places. Having known nothing […] Continue »

8Asians Visits Asian America: Hsi Lai Temple

8Asians Visits Asian America: Hsi Lai Temple

Visit Asian America. Asian America is not just an identity or an idea, it’s a place as well. It is America, and certain parts of America distinctly embody the Asian American homeland. Join us as we highlight different Asian American destinations that you can add to your next travel itinerary. The Hsi Lai Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the Western hemisphere. It is of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order headquartered in Kaohsiung, […] Continue »