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 »
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 »
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 »
Current Los Angeles Lakers NBA player Jeremy Lin was in San Francisco with his Mom on Thursday, August 21st, to see himself honored and immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds SF. From the press release I received from the museum: “The creation of the figure was a very precise process that Jeremy was happily involved with. The Madame Tussauds studio artists take great pride in their works of art and strive to achieve complete [...] Continue »
Via MyFoxLA: SANTA ANA, Calif. – A man was arrested after police say he broke into a woman’s home, took off all his clothes, and climbed into her bed while she was in it sleeping. According to police reports, the incident happened [in July 2014] in Santa Ana, California. The victim told investigators that she screamed when she awoke to find the man, identified as 29-year-old Jonathan Phan, in her bed. Phan fled through a [...] Continue »
As I may have blogged before, beyond the Arcadia and Americana at Brand (in Glendale) locations in Southern California, the Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung was opening a branch in Costa Mesa. Well, it is now officially open: “With Uniqlo scheduled to open after Labor Day (there’s currently a pop-up store by the carousel) and Din Tai Fung welcoming the Asian invasion, the Sanrio wing of South Coast Plaza will never be the same [...] Continue »
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: Kristina Wong, performance artist and comedian [...] Continue »
While typical media images of “The O.C.” are those of fashionable young white people or white surfers in beach communities, Orange County has grown to contain the third largest Asian American population of any county in the U.S., behind Los Angeles County and Santa Clara county. This LA Times article states how the Asian American Population grew substantially between 2000 and 2010. It also says that the Asian American population has grown in patterns not [...] Continue »
By Ken Choy How many Asian Food nights do we need? Well, there can never be enough, according to LuckyRice Festival founder Danielle Chang. “Asian food is everyday grub,” Chang says. Getting a jump start on the major foodie events in August—LA Food and Wine Fest and LA Times The Taste occur near the end of the month— LuckyRice comes to Los Angeles for the first time ever. And the organizers follow that up with [...] Continue »
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 »
I saw this video posted earlier this month on Facebook by someone by budding self-described actress, director, writer Anna Akana and recently saw that The Huffington Post had picked it up. Although I’m a guy, I liked the message that Akana is delivering – that beauty is both outside *and* inside. The YouTube video has over 1.4 million views now! If you’re starting off in Hollywood (or entertainment in general), it definitely makes sense to [...] Continue »
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