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CAAMFEST36: Opening Night Film & Gala Red Carpet Premiere of ‘An American Story: Norman Mineta’

CAAMFEST36: Opening Night Film & Gala Red Carpet Premiere of 'An American Story: Norman Mineta'

One of the things I have really enjoyed after having moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999 has been attending the San Francisco Asian American International Film Festival, which is now known as CAAMFest, now its 36th year. This year’s opening night premiere was a documentary – AN AMERICAN STORY: NORMAN MINETA – about groundbreaking elected official and civil servant, Japanese American Norman Mineta – the first Asian American elected to San Jose, California […] Continue »

CAAMFEST 2018 – May 10-24, San Francisco & Oakland

CAAMFEST 2018 - May 10-24, San Francisco & Oakland

CAAMFEST 36 One of the things that I appreciate about the San Francisco Bay Area after I moved here is the rich cultural activities in the area, and that includes the annual Asian American film festival known as CAAMFEST (known prior to 2013 as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival (SFIAAFF) – quite a mouthful). The festival is organized by the Center of Asian American Media (CAAM), which is based in San Francisco. This […] Continue »

The Fred Yamamoto Scholarship Fund

The Fred Yamamoto Scholarship Fund

A friend of mine, Steven Lee, who is a Palo Alto resident and involved in city government is helping to raise a scholarship fund in memory of Fred Yamamoto and provided a prepared statement: “As a 3rd generation Chinese-American and a Palo Alto Human Relations Commissioner, I was strongly in favor of the committee’s recommendation to name a school after Fred Yamamoto, and was disappointed by both the opposition raised by certain members of my Chinese-American […] Continue »

John Chiang Remains a Top Contender in Race for California State Governor

John Chiang Remains a Top Contender in Race for California State Governor

California state treasurer John Chiang was in the San Jose area supporting California assemblymember Evan Low on Sunday, March 18th, and I had a chance to catch up with him after the belated Lunar New Year fundraising dinner. The last time I saw John was when he was in town being endorsed by Evan last November. The more recent exciting news about the race for California governor was at the California Democratic state convention, where […] Continue »

Michelle Kwan Endorses Vivek Viswanathan for California State Treasurer

Michelle Kwan Endorses Vivek Viswanathan for California State Treasurer

Michelle Kwan and Vivek Viswanathan Here with Michelle W. Kwan reminiscing about our time on the 2016 campaign trail with Hillary Clinton. Thanks so much for your support, Michelle! Check out our campaign at www.vivekforca.com #VivekforTreasurer #RunwithVivek Posted by Vivek Viswanathan for California Treasurer 2018 on Saturday, March 3, 2018 Video & Image courtesy of Vivek Viswanathan for State Treasurer 2018 – https://www.vivekforca.com/ Back in early March, I was on Facebook and I saw a fundraising event […] Continue »

8th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution – with Daniel Ellsberg

8th Annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution - with Daniel Ellsberg

Every year since the kickoff year in 2011, I’ve tried to make the annual Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties & the Constitution in the Bay Area. This year, I was particularly interested since after watching the movie The Post (about The Washington Post and its reporting of the Pentagon Papers, which was leaked by Daniel Ellsberg), the keynote speaker this year was was Daniel Ellsberg, who apparently lives in Northern California. Ellsberg did not disappoint! Ellsberg’s […] Continue »

Warriors Unveil New Look: Chinese Heritage Uniform

Warriors Unveil New Look: Chinese Heritage Uniform

Although I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1999, I only started following the NBA and the Golden State Warriors since they signed Jeremy Lin, and after Lin left – with the rise of Stephen Curry. On a demographic percentage basis, the San Francisco Bay Area probably has the largest Asian and Asian American population for any given NBA market – the 2010 census put’s that figure at 23.3%. And we also know that […] Continue »

2017 – 2018 Golden State Warriors Asian Heritage Night

2017 - 2018 Golden State Warriors Asian Heritage Night

Living in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve become a fan of the Golden State Warriors when the Warriors first signed on Jeremy Lin back in 2010. And since then, the Warriors have gotten better and better (although Lin has been long gone), including winning the 2017 NBA championship last year. So when I get the opportunity to attend a game on behalf of 8Asians.com, I do! Back on Monday, December 11th, the Warriors held […] Continue »

Maia & Alex Shibutani Siblings and Madison Chock Make 2018 U.S. Olympic Ice Dance Team

Maia & Alex Shibutani Siblings and Madison Chock Make 2018 U.S. Olympic Ice Dance Team

The Japanese American dynamic duo brother & sister siblings Maia & Alex Shibutani (also known as the Shib Sibs), as well as Madison Chock (and her ice dance partner and Evan Bates) made the 2018 U.S. Olympic Ice Dance Figure Skating Team, as announced this past Sunday during a press conference and press release: “U.S. Figure Skating announced today the ice dance teams who will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as part of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating […] Continue »

Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou Make U.S. Men’s 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Team; Zhou Responds to Racist Tweet

Nathan Chen and Vincent Zhou Make U.S. Men’s 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Team; Zhou Responds to Racist Tweet

Part 2 of the press conference here. On Sunday, Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou were named to the U.S. Figure Skating Team: “U.S. Figure Skating announced today the men who will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 as part of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team. The men’s singles team is Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon and Vincent Zhou. Nathan Chen is the 2018 U.S. champion, successfully defending his 2017 title. Chen entered the 2018 U.S. Championships as the only undefeated male skater in […] Continue »

Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen Make U.S. Women’s 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Team

Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen Make U.S. Women's 2018 Olympic Figure Skating Team

Press Conference:  2018 U.S. Women’s Olympic Skating Team Selection I had the real honor and pleasure to witness history live in San Jose, California (15 miles from where I live, 5 miles from where I currently work) to see two Asian American women, Japanese American skater Mirai Nagasu and Taiwanese American Skater Karen Chen skate at the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, where they respectively came in 2nd & 3rd: “Mirai Nagasu (Pasadena FSC), the 2008 […] Continue »

March Fong Eu, pioneering Asian American politician who was longtime California secretary of state, dies at 95

March Fong Eu, pioneering Asian American politician who was longtime California secretary of state, dies at 95

To be honest, I had not heard of March Fong Eu prior to reading about her passing, but she indeed sounds like a pioneering Asian American & Californian politician that broke many ceilings: “March Fong Eu liked to tell constituents that she was “born behind a Chinese laundry,” and it wasn’t far from the truth. Eu’s parents ran a hand-wash laundry in Oakdale, a modest town in the San Joaquin Valley where — at the […] Continue »