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Can an Asian American Dress Up as a Geisha for Halloween?

Can an Asian American Dress Up as a Geisha for Halloween?

With Halloween less than a month away, I knew what I wanted to write about this month: Racist Halloween costumes. Even though I don’t dress up and haven’t since I was a kid, I understand that Halloween is really important to a lot of people. There have been a lot of articles about racist Asian costumes already, including this evergreen one by my esteemed 8Asians editor Moye, Top 8 most offensive Asian Halloween costumes. Of […] Continue »

8Books Review: “Adventures in Asian Art” by Susan DiCicco

8Books Review: "Adventures in Asian Art" by Susan DiCicco

I’ve been a member of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco since before their move to the old public library in SF.  It’s been a membership I’ve enjoyed greatly, and something that I happily share with my daughter.  She’s now 11, and getting to be a bit old for this latest book review, “Adventures in Asian Art: An Afternoon at the Museum” by Sue DiCicco.  This book is probably best suited for kids ages 3 to […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Men’s Wearhouse – BLACK by Vera Wang

Asian American Commercial Watch: Men's Wearhouse - BLACK by Vera Wang

According to Men’s Wearhouse’s YouTube channel, their commercial starring Vera Wang about her first collection of formal wear for me has been around (or at least hosted on YouTube) since March 2015 – but I just caught this it on TV recently. The last time I think I blogged about Vera Wang was when I saw her promoting her LOVE collection at Zales. I still mostly think of Vera Wang as a fashion designer for […] Continue »

Traveling Japan: McDonald’s in Japan

Traveling Japan: McDonald's in Japan

I suppose it is fitting to talk about McDonald’s in Japan as it was the last stop before we headed back home Stateside, a sort of transition from Japan to America. I have pretty much removed McDonald’s from my dietary routine, for weigh cutting reasons and now for fair trade and sustainability purposes, but prior to this change, I always found it interesting to visit the local McDonald’s in different countries to see what they […] Continue »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Simon Premium Outlets® – Bold Summer Looks

Asian American Commercial Watch: Simon Premium Outlets® - Bold Summer Looks

Although we’re nearing the end of the summer, I’ve only recently noticed this Simon Premium Outlets tv ad: “At Simon Premium Outlets®, there’s always something new to discover. Check out our new Simon Premium Outlets commercial, and visit a property near you for shopping that’s always worth the trip.” I was wondering if maybe Simon had in mind targeting Asian Americans or Asian tourists looking for a good deal, or if this actress was casted […] Continue »

Traveling Japan: Kaiseki

Traveling Japan: Kaiseki

I’ve got no patience for food preparation. For me, when it comes to cooking, the simpler, the better. I’m not a picky eater either, and though I enjoy delicious food, I wouldn’t really call myself a foodie. So when I read about Kyoto’s kaiseki specialities, I was not really interested. That is, until I tried some. Kaiseki is a multi-course traditional Japanese meal supposedly derived from the tea ceremony and buddhist tradition. There’s an emphasis […] Continue »

Giveaway: Ultimate Origami for Beginners and Hokusai Origami Paper from Tuttle

Giveaway: Ultimate Origami for Beginners and Hokusai Origami Paper from Tuttle

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 »

Traveling Japan: Conbini (Convenience Stores)

Traveling Japan: Conbini (Convenience Stores)

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 »

Asian American Commercial Watch: Jason Wu for Cadillac in “The Daring: No Regrets”

Asian American Commercial Watch: Jason Wu for Cadillac in "The Daring: No Regrets"

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 »

Traveling Japan: Learning Japanese

Traveling Japan: Learning Japanese

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 »

Which Companies Are Celebrating Lunar New Year?

Which Companies Are Celebrating Lunar New Year?

By Emma Tao Tomorrow is Lunar New Year… are you ready? New Year’s is a very big deal to many Asian cultures, think of it as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas combined. People usually celebrate by gathering among family members they haven’t seen in ages, eating a large and expensive meal, and handing out pocket money as well as gifts. This year, I’ve noticed that many companies are having promotions and special events to help celebrate the […] Continue »

Gifts That Look Like Me

Gifts That Look Like Me

I know recently there’s been a backlash against the whole Elf on a Shelf phenomenon. If you aren’t a parent, then you might not know what I’m talking about. Elf on the Shelf is a book that comes with an elf. The story goes that the elf watches the children during the day and then at night returns to the North Pole to tell Santa if the kids have been naughty or nice. The fun […] Continue »