Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee, made history by being the first Asian American to be mayor of San Francisco (through appointment) as well as first Asian American to be elected (and re-elected) mayor of the city. San Francisco, having the largest percentage of Asian Americans of any major city in the continental U.S., these were historic milestones. Before becoming mayor, Lee worked as the City Administrator of San Francisco for many years. Lee came to the Bay […] Continue »
Every year, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors have a Chinese New Year Celebration night game – and this year was no different. Last year, along with the Celebration evening, the Warriors (along with the Houston Rockets) did debut a Chinese-themed uniforms.
Earlier in January, former Golden State Warrior and now current Charlotte Hornet Jeremy Lin returned to the Bay Area to play against his former team. Whenever Lin is in town (no relation to me), I always try to get a press pass vis-a-vis my blogging for 8Asians to catch him play, as well as see the awesome Golden State Warriors. This time around, Lin was still kind of recovering from an injury: “Former Palo Alto […] Continue »
As you may know, the NBA is extremely popular in China, even though Yao Ming is no longer playing for the Houston Rockets anymore. And out of all the popular American professional sports, basketball is definitely the most international – in terms of team rosters as well as global popularity. So it’s no surprise that the NBA goes out of its way to promote itself, the game, the teams and its players. So it’s no […] Continue »
Working in Silicon Valley and as part of my job, I’ve checked out and played around with a few smartwatches. Personally, I can’t say that I’m a big fan of them – having to charge an extra device, and most of the watches are a bit bulky and not very stylish (there’s a reason why I love my Skagen watch – thin and stylish). However, what is interesting is that traditional premium watch manufacturers are launching […] Continue »
As you may know, Taiwanese American NBA basketball sensation Jeremy Lin joined the Charlotte [North Carolina] Hornets this season. If you’ve ever been to North Carolina, you know there aren’t a lot of Asians there, and even fewer Chinese restaurants. The Fung Brothers made a special trip to Charlotte to visit Lin and to check out the Americanized Chinese food scene there. Lin mentions that his parents would be disappointed if he went for “fake […] Continue »
A couple years ago, a friend showed me a Ronda Rousey fight promotion video for Strikeforce and introduced me to Gina Carano‘s movie Haywire. It made me wonder if there were any Asian American women in mixed martial arts, so I started looking, and the first one I found was Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson. Just her name wasn’t enough to cue me in on the fact that she was of Thai descent. I saw […] Continue »
While the Holly Holm – Ronda Rousey fight was the focus of most people watching UFC 193 in Melbourne, Asian American Ben “10” Nguyen’s win over Ryan Benoit in the prelims caught my eye. Announcer Joe Rogan called Nguyen’s performance “perfect.” That victory was reached through a long and global path that includes love and a tattoed bully! Ben Nguyen, born in South Dakota to Vietnamese immigrant parents, met an Australian girl when he was […] Continue »
What a fun fight this was (finally available on UFC Fightpass). And not just because Waterson won. The fight started off generally even-footed, but there was a hint of what was to come as Magana tried to take down Waterson and Waterson was the one to throw her down on the octagon floor. @karatehottiemma @ufc debut was just phenomenal. 15 second clip isn't enough time or a highlight video. Can't wait to see her back […] Continue »
It was just last December 2014 when Herica Tiburcio from Brazil took the Invicta FC atom weight championship belt from America’s Michelle Waterson with a guillotine choke. On July 9th at Invicta FC 13, Japan’s Ayaka Hamasaki challenged Tiburcio for that atomweight belt and won it on a split decision. Hamasaki is now the first Japanese fighter to be a champion in a division of this all-women’s mixed martial arts fight promotion. Her coach and […] Continue »
Recently, the ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) show aired, and as part of that show, there was a comedic bit in between presenting the awards where actor Ken Jeong apologies on behalf of Alex Rodriguez for all sort of things except the obvious: “Alex Rodriguez may not have been invited to the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, but he was front and center at the ESPYs on Wednesday. In one segment, the recently returned New York […] Continue »
Two time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir had lost four matches in row, and his career clearly needed help. Inspiration for his resurgence would come from the unlikeliest of places, 125 pound boxing champion turned MMA fighter, Ana Julaton. How did a woman more than 100 pounds lighter than Mir help the heavyweight, a 262 pound man famous for breaking his opponents’ arms?