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Filipino Kinship Terms and their Confusing Translation into English

Filipino Kinship Terms and their Confusing Translation into English

Number One Son has a “nephew” who is also a college student in Boston. When I mentioned this to my brother, he couldn’t understand how Number One Son could be the “uncle” of someone who is the same age and who is neither his son nor the son of The Wife’s siblings.  I told him “uncle” is the English translation of a Filipino term for a male who is one less generation away from a […] Continue »

‘Dr. Ken’ & ‘FOTB’ – Watershed Moments for Asian Americans Adolescents on TV

'Dr. Ken' & 'FOTB' - Watershed Moments for Asian Americans Adolescents on TV

With the end of the 2016 – 2017 traditional broadcast network television season ending, it’s been an amazing season for Asian Americans – with two Asian American family show sitcoms into their second and third seasons with Dr. Ken and Fresh Off The Boat respectively. Unfortunately, Dr. Ken won’t be around in the fall for a third season. However, I did want to highlight one aspect of the television season for both sitcoms that really stood […] Continue »

Dishwashers vs. Hand-washing – Which is More Efficient?

Dishwashers vs. Hand-washing - Which is More Efficient?

In a recent episode of Fresh Off The Boat, Evan goes over to a white friend’s home for a family lunch, and is shocked to learn that the real use of a dishwasher is not to be used as a drying rack, but to actually wash dishes! When I posted this video clip on Facebook, this really resonated with a lot of my Asian American friends – since most of us could relate – some […] Continue »

Revisiting the question of whether Filipinos are Asians or Pacific Islanders

Revisiting the question of whether Filipinos are Asians or Pacific Islanders

Are Filipinos Asians or Pacific Islanders?  That is a question we dealt with on 8asians a long time ago, and most questionnaires and surveys put Filipinos into the Asian category.  The question does come up peridiocally, as the Fung brothers put out a video on the subject in 2014 and here on Quora in 2016.  When the Adobo Chronicles, an Onion like fake news site, put out a story in 2015 that the US Census […] Continue »

#SubmitToHate and “ThankYouDonald” on Instagram is documenting social media accounts of #WhiteLash

#SubmitToHate and "ThankYouDonald" on Instagram is documenting social media accounts of #WhiteLash

I am just going to link to ThankYouDonald and let the posts speak for themselves. The account description is: Thank You, Donald. Bearing witness to the #WhiteLash. Contribute photos/screenshots by tagging them with #SubmitToHate. I wish this account didn’t need to exist. I wish this account didn’t need to exist, either. (Note: I am not the person who started that account)

The 2016 US Election is over. What is your reaction?

The 2016 US Election is over. What is your reaction?

I feel that this is a good time for us to revisit one of the original goals of 8Asians– to hear the diverse voices and opinions from our multifaceted communities of Asian Americans/Asian Canadians/Asian Australians/English speaking Asians from around the world. Our writers used to regularly TalkAbout things, but we fell out of that habit. So I ask you, do you have something to say to our community? What is your post-election reaction? Let us […] Continue »

3 Things “Enlightened” White People Can Stop Saying

3 Things “Enlightened” White People Can Stop Saying

By Sophia Chang So you’re an enlightened, non-racist, totally conscious white person. In that case, you can stop saying these 3 things: 1) “My husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/superPCterm is Fill-in-the-Color so I get it.” You know how when skinny people talk about how fat they are, it’s totally obnoxious? It’s because they’ll never know what it’s like to actually be in a body that isn’t skinny. It doesn’t mean skinny people don’t have self-esteem issues (we do, all […] Continue »

ICYMI: NYTimes: Open Season on Jeremy Lin? In Video, Fan Highlights Hard Fouls

ICYMI: NYTimes: Open Season on Jeremy Lin? In Video, Fan Highlights Hard Fouls

If you read 8Asians.com, you’ve probably already come across a Jeremy Lin fan video highlighting the injustices against opponents flagrantly fouling him titled, Jeremy Lin: Too Flagrant Not to Call and his opponents not getting called a foul. I’ve watched the video, and it’s not pretty. I was surprised that THE New York Times covered the issue and even more surprised by who put the video together: “Hsiu-Chen Kuei waited until her husband and three […] Continue »

Indiegogo: Before Tinder, there was the Taiwan Love Boat

Indiegogo: Before Tinder, there was the Taiwan Love Boat

There’s a new Indigogo fundraising for a documentary about the “Love Boat” – titled “Before Tinder, there was the Taiwan Love Boat”– asking for contributions of $20 to $5,000, with various levels of rewards for your level of contribution. And for a limited time (until the Indiegogo campaign reaches $14,000), those contributions will be matched by an anonymous donor As I had blogged about before, when I first started writing for 8Asians, I wondered until […] Continue »

Apparently in Silicon Valley, only non-Asians are allowed to have fun

Apparently in Silicon Valley, only non-Asians are allowed to have fun

By Leeland Lee The New York Times recently published a collection of photographs by Laura Morton depicting the “entrepreneurs, geniuses, idealists” who have flooded Silicon Valley in search of vast riches. In image after image, we see millennial techies in situ, both at work and at play. But only some of these techies are drinking beer and smoking stogies and, well, enjoying life. Those would be the white techies. The Asian techies, most of them, […] Continue »

Tila Tequila and the N-Word

Tila Tequila and the N-Word

Tila Tequila became famous for being a MySpace model and somehow turned that into a reality TV career. I had forgotten about her when this news story came out: Here are her tweets, which seem to get progressively worse:  

West Coast vs East Coast Asian Americans

West Coast vs East Coast Asian Americans

A month after Number One Son left California to start college in Boston, I asked him if he found East Coast Asian Americans to be different from those from the West Coast.  He definitely did, saying that most of them did not grow up in largely Asian communities like the one from where he moved.  That is just one of the differences mentioned in this recent Fung Brothers video, East Coast Asian vs West Coast […] Continue »