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 »
by Leeland Lee What’s the only thing worse than discrimination? How about discrimination topped with self-discrimination? Hitting various news outlets today is a report that Cesar Ramirez, head chef of the swank Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, openly discriminated against Asian patrons, routinely referring to them as “shit people,” according to ex-server Emi Howard in a lawsuit. Ramirez allegedly instructed his staff to serve Asian customers inferior scraps of meat at his three-Michelin star French-Asian […] Continue »
When I hiked Mission Peak two years ago, I saw lots of Asians on the trails, but I was surprised to see recent headlines like “Crowds Overrun Mission Peak in Fremont to Shoot Selfies.” Apparently, the number of hikers there has skyrocketed, causing parking problems, crowds, and other changes. So what happened? Are selfie-obsessed Asian Americans really swarming and degrading Mission Peak Regional Preserve?
A message from Dan Ha’s brother via the Find Dan Ha Facebook Page: Hi everyone. I would like to thank all of you for your continued support and prayers in the search for my brother Daniel over the past week. I would like to especially thank you, Dan’s friends, and everyone who has been in close contact with us in coordinating the search effort including the First Mennonite Church of San Francisco, Dan’s employer Metromile, […] Continue »
Congrats to 8Asians Founder, Ernie Hsiung for being recognized for his work in Miami to facilitate civic engagement through technology. From Miami Herald: Ernie Hsiung is on a mission to build Miami’s tech community by creating networking opportunities for software developers and programmers. Hsiung admits that when he first moved to the area from San Francisco, he experienced culture shock. Miami was a less mature tech community than he had come from, but he felt […] Continue »
From TechCrunch: Dan Ha, an iOS developer at a San Francisco startup called Metromile, has been missing for almost a week. According to the CEO of the company, Dan Preston, who reached out to TechCrunch to help find his employee, Ha went home sick on Thursday afternoon and no one has seen or heard from him since Friday night, October 31, at 8pm. Ha reportedly left work at 2 p.m. on Thursday and then emailed […] Continue »
Congressman Mike Honda declared victory this morning in his campaign for reelection in California’s 17th Congressional District. With 91,732 ballots counted, Congressman Mike Honda is currently beating his challenger by 4.41% or 4,046 votes, an increase from the initial lead on Election Day of 3,549, after additional ballots were processed on November 5th & 6th by both Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. Ro Khanna would need to win the remaining estimated late absentee ballots in […] Continue »
It’s sad, but true. Asian Americans are the fastest growing community of color in the United States, but with the lowest voter turnout. Do your part by voting today. Find your polling location online, as well as getting information on candidates in your jurisdiction via GetToThePolls. And, when you do vote, keep your eye out for voting rights violations. Our friends at 18 Million Rising has created a tool for you to report those violations […] Continue »
I live about 35 miles south of San Francisco and don’t often make it across the bay to Oakland, so I haven’t been following the Oakland mayoral race, so I was surprised to see this headline about Jimmy Kimmel mocking mayoral candidate Peter Liu: “Oakland’s most ridiculous mayoral candidate, Peter Liu, was jabbed by comic Jimmy Kimmel Monday night for his wild take on the digital divide in Oakland. Answering a question about equal access […] Continue »
Celebrating 15th anniv of LA City designation of Thai Town. TT has served as Thai immigrant entry point since 1965. pic.twitter.com/yjj9XYi0qs — APISmallBizProgram (@APISBP) October 28, 2014 America’s only officially recognized Thai town in Los Angeles celebrates its 15th Anniversary with everything from Thai desserts to local dignitaries. Recognized in 1999 in an effort to revitalize after the LA riots in 1992.
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.) WHO: East West Players was founded in […] Continue »
Last year, I had the honor of conducting a number of interviews of notable figures for a documentary celebrating East West Players’ 50th anniversary. One of the interviewees was Sumi Sevilla Haru, who came with a copy of her book, Iron Lotus: Memoirs of Sumi Sevilla Haru, and stacks of notes and historical archives in tow. I learned a lot about her groundbreaking work in support of Asian Americans and people of color in Hollywood. […] Continue »