Asian American mixed martial artist Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson will be headlining Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card against Paige “12 Gauge” VanZant in a 115 lbs strawweight bout. The event will be in Sacramento, VanZant’s home court. Since her win over Angela Magana at her UFC debut back in the summer of 2015, Waterson has had to cancel two fights due to injuries. VanZant is coming off a win against Bec Rawlings, but spent […] Continue »
With all kinds of grim videos out there from police shootings to cringe inducing videos about “Neenjas” and Xenophobic videos about Chinese buying American farms, this NigaHiga/Jeremy Lin collaboration really made my day. It pulls in some popular Anime characters and even has a quick jab at Pokemon Go! Note that Space Jam 2, the actual sequel to Space Jam, starring LeBron James, is said to be under production, with Justin Lin possibly directing.
The New York Post is disgusted that Linsanity has been left off of Madison Square Garden Network’s list of Top 21st Century Knicks Moments. Lin’s career high 38 points should at least be as good as Iman Shumpert’s career-high 27 points in 2014! Ironically, Linsanity began with a game against the Knicks’ crosstown rivals, and he is leaving Charlotte to play for the Nets in Brooklyn. (h/t: John)
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 »
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 »