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 »
Living in California, I almost forgot that there is an Asian American running for governor for the state – Indian American candidate Neel Kashkari. If his name sounds familiar, it’s most likely that you’ve heard of Kashkari due to his involvement in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), where he administered the funds. If you ever want to see someone grilled in a Congressional hearing and take a lot of heat, you need to [...] Continue »
Part 1/3 I had the privilege to attend the only debate (at least in the press pool at NBC Bay Area) this fall between candidate Ro Khanna and Congressman Mike Honda, who is running for re-election for California’s 17th Congressional District in November. Due to California’s new open primary season, these two Democrats are facing each other after the June primary. For those into Democratic politics, this is the debate that politicos are watching. The [...] Continue »
As I had mentioned when I had blogged about Columbia Law professor Tim Wu’s run and loss for Lt. Governor for New York in the primary, because I am living in Silicon Valley, I have not been aware of Wu being a candidate, nor until very recently, Leland Chung running for Lt. Governor of Massachusetts. I happened to be included in an email from my Aunt in the Greater Boston area, and one of her [...] Continue »
Unfortunately, I have been busy and per-occupied lately. Somewhat recently, The New York Times did an excellent profile of Taiwanese-American (of Canadian decent) of Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu, who was running for Lt. Governor. I had heard and read about Wu, since he is the guy who coined the term “net neutrality.” I hadn’t realized that the New York state election primary was happening and didn’t get a chance to blog about the article [...] 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 had the great opportunity and fortune to meet a truly historic Asian American recently – former Ambassador to China, Secretary of Commerce and Governor of Washington state Gary Locke. I had attended a fundraiser in Silicon Valley for Congressman Mike Honda, who is running for re-election (for California’s 17th Congressional District). Locke was the guest of honor in support of Honda, along with former Secretary of Defense William Perry.
We already know that Jeremy Lin has a good sense of humor (see Jeremy Lin reads mean tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Jeremy Lin dunking on his Mom, and wishing her “happy birthday”). We also know Madame Tussauds SF has immortalized him with a wax figure. So Jeremy pretended to be a statue and hilarity ensued. Back in 2011, Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu did the same prank. via Bleacher Report
Despite a career styling the hair of celebrities like Jeff Gordon at high end salon Three Squares Studio, Mark Bustos takes time every Sunday to give free haircuts to the homeless. He first started doing this in the Philippines as a tribute to his girlfriend’s late father. Soon he would the same in Los Angeles, Jamaica, and Costa Rica. Bustos says: “The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to [...] Continue »
Dear Hello Kitty Fans, I know you’re upset that Sanrio has recently surprised the world by saying that Hello Kitty is not a cat. But really, as a long-time Sanrio fan, I’m not sure why many of you are quite so irate about the whole thing. So she’s not a cat. So this probably also means that Keroppi’s not a frog and Pekkle’s not a duck. But none of these revelations should truly change who Hello Kitty is [...] Continue »
EDITORS NOTE: See Mitchell’s 8Asians review of ‘A Letter to Momo’ GKIDS presents A Letter to Momo, opening September 5, 2014 at Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco, and Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley. It will be presented in two language versions with different showtimes: in English language voice cast, and in Japanese with English subtitles. The second film by Hiroyuki Okiura (director of Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and animator on Ghost in the [...] Continue »
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?