Actor, writer Aaron Takahashi is at the tail end of this Kmart commercial. It’s crazy to think that we’re in the middle of summer, and we’re already talking about back-to-school. Usually, when I think of “layaway,” I think of the Christmas holiday season for saving up money for gifts. I most recently saw Takahashi in this Progressive Insurance commercial.
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Please Note: This story is fictional and was originally intended for a children’s book.
Kuma (Pt. 3)
Eddy’s life changed right away. He stopped going to school and his family wasn’t allowed to leave the house at night. Eddy spent the first couple of days playing with Kuma and with Julia once she got back from school.
Eddy noticed a lot of strangers were going in and out of his front door and how things around the house were slowly disappearing. He found his mom arguing with a man over a brand new vacuum cleaner his dad had bought her for their anniversary.
“This is brand new and worth five times what you’re offering,” Mrs. Murakami told the man.
“Take it or leave it, Ma’am.”
Mrs. Murakami shook her head and when the man left, Eddy asked her, “Why are you selling the vacuum cleaner?”
From The Hollywood Reporter:
The Vampire Diaries is adding a new character who may not be who she seems.
On the heels of Eureka star Colin Ferguson joining the sixth season, The CW drama will be introducing the recurring character of Ivy, described as sweet and sincere. Actress Emily C. Chang, whose credits include Days of Our Lives and Total Recall, has booked the role.
Not much is known about Ivy, only that she’s “the quintessential girl next door with an unexpected wild side” — but knowing Vampire Diaries, the tide will turn sooner rather than later. She will first appear in the sixth-season premiere. [full story]
Video: courtesy of Stanford Graduate School of Business
At 8Asians, we’ve blogged about Where Are the Asian CEOs?, Americans Expect Business Leaders to Be White, as well as Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) and their Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives, but it’s always nice to get more exposure to the issues of the “bamboo ceiling,” especially in a high profile piece on National Public Radio:
“”Why aren’t Asians demonstrating those behaviors to be considered to be ‘high potential leadership’ in US companies?” he asks. Specifically, Gee says, they look for assertiveness, initiative, influencing skills, comfort with conflict, customer-facing skills, risk-taking and confidence to disagree. … For any Asian-American leadership program, looking through a cultural lens is crucial, says Linda Akutagawa, CEO at Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. She says America’s corporate culture has been long favored one particular style of leadership over others. That dovetails with assumptions about what Asian-Americans are interested in and capable of, Akutagawa says, assumptions based on stereotypes that are three or four decades too old. There is “a bias that Asian-Americans aren’t leaders — we’re just worker bees and techies,” she says.”
The Stanford program is not cheap – $12,000 for five days – and is of course, intended for sponsored corporate executives and managers. In general, all business schools have executive programs and they are usually profit centers for those schools.
The gap in Asian American leadership is ironically very clear in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley in the tech industry, where Asians and Asian Americans make up over 50% of the workforce, yet not nearly as representative in the areas of upper management. This has been all the clearer with the recent disclosure by tech giants like Google, Facebook and others releasing the demographics of their U.S. workforce composition.
Season 3, Episode 4 (originally aired July 8): “Sexual Healing”
Microsynopsis: Kunal Nayyar as Sanjay, also known as Neil from a Season 2 episode, returns to the bar to make amends as a recovering sex addict. Melanie is quick to forgive, but Steve thinks sex addiction is a sham, believing this to be another sleazy move on Sanjay’s part. The other regulars ask Sanjay for advice in picking up women.
Good: There are some brief moments when Ok Cha and Jack get to interact as husband and wife, and it’s pretty cute. Melanie and Steve reminisce over bad advice they’ve given each other as friends, and that’s pretty sweet. There are a lot of pretty women in the bar this week, a trend I wouldn’t mind seeing more of.
Bad: There is no Susan for the second episode in a row. The Sanjay-sex-addict story is so far out there that it might as well have fairy godmothers and pumpkins turning into chariots. What does it say about a guest-actor’s performance when it’s so over-the-top that it makes Ken Jeong’s appearance earlier this season look stoic?
Hapa moment: Some might pshaw this as a hapa moment, but when Jack and Ok Cha discuss their money the way everyone’s parents discuss money, we get to be reminded that from Steve’s point of view, this is what parents talking like married people look like, even though this may be the first married couple in American TV history to look anything at all like my own parents behaving like married people. It’s kind of a neat thing, and I wonder if non-hapa viewers notice it at all, and I wonder if I’d prefer that they notice it or not notice it. Honestly, I have mixed feelings about it.
Overall: Just a silly, stupid episode with lots of pretty actresses being sexy and one big-name comic actor really hamming it up. Except for one moment when Owen and Ahmed clink mugs after insisting they have no addictions (something that passes for subtle in this episode), there’s not much to laugh at.
Final grade, this episode: D+.
Confirming the news that the Rockets traded Jeremy Lin to the Lakers on Friday, Jeremy posted a photo of himself in a Lakers hat and doing the LA hand sign.
Via JLin7 on Instagram:
Thank you to Houston fans, media, Rockets staff, coaches and teammates for the last 2 years! Sad it never went, or ended, the way I had envisioned it to, but God always has a perfect plan and I’ll forever cherish that chapter of my life. Im SO blessed to join the Lakers and cant wait to get started!!! #purpleandgold #calikid
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) July 13, 2014
Hopping on the Taipei MRT local subway, you can easily take one of the main lines to the very northern stop at a small town called Dansui, also spelled “Tamsui”. This small town was once a major port of commerce in the 1800s, and it has historic sites worth checking out, such as the Dutch Fort San Domingo or Hongmao Castle and old temples that have absorbed the hopes, fears, and dreams of generations of people in the area. Unfortunately, our time constraints didn’t allow us to visit such historic points of interest, but we did at least get a chance to enjoy a bike ride along the harbor and really experience the ambiance of the place.
I’d read that Dansui is known for beautiful sunsets, but our day was a cloudy one. Nevertheless, there was a certain mysterious otherworldly feel to the place as a result, and the gloom actually created its own sort of melancholy beauty.
Of course, we had to start off with renting our bikes.
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It’s the news that’s lighting up the internet… Jeremy Lin was traded by the Houston Rockets to the Los Angeles Lakers.
JLin himself hasn’t made a public comment yet, but keep I keep reloading his Twitter feed (@JLin7) to see if he does.
Since this is an evolving, breaking story, I’ll just put up some links.
If you didn’t already know, the announcement that UFC Fight Pass is now distributing top female MMA promotion Invicta FC content was already big news, but the bigger news is they finally announced date and fight card for Invicta FC8: Waterson vs. Tamada.
That’s right, the highly anticipated IFC8 is headlined by two Asian women MMA fighters in a championship bout. Excuse me while I implode with excitement.
Asian American Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson will be defending her Atomweight champion belt against Yasuko Tamada from Japan. Another notable APIA female MMA fighter is Jinh Yu Frey, also atomweight, who will be fighting her first Invicta fight against Invicta veteran Jodi Esquibel. Time to get my Fight Pass.
Please Note: This story is fictional and was originally intended for a children’s book.
Previously… “Kuma” (Part 1)
Kuma (Pt. 2)
Eddy was a Nisei, which means second generation Japanese. In other words, his parents were born in Japan, but he was born in America and was therefore a citizen. Because he had never visited his parent’s homeland and since he couldn’t speak a word of their native language, he always felt more American than Japanese.
But when others saw Eddy, they saw the enemy. At school, the other kids wouldn’t let him play baseball during recess and the teachers stopped calling on him in class. They all blamed him for what Japan had done. It was the first time Eddy felt more Japanese than American.
Not everyone stopped being friends with Eddy. Julia told him. “Now you have more time for me.”
Kuma barked, which was his way of saying, “Don’t forget about me, too!”
A month after Mr. Murakami was taken away, the family finally got a letter from him. Mr. Murakami told them that he was safe, but he couldn’t say where he was.
In late March 1942, Eddy was playing catch with Kuma and Julia when one of their old Japanese neighbors walked past them in tears.
In general, I don’t like to shop for clothes. When I do shop for clothes, I do like to check out Banana Republic (though lately, I’ve been checking out Uniqlo) and do subscribe to their email list.
Usually, unless there is a massive sale in the email announcement, I usually ignore and delete the email pretty quickly.
But the other day, I got this email, and was kind of shocked to see only an Asian American male model highlighted in this email ad. I’m still kind of in shock. Next thing we know, we’ll see Abercrombie and Fitch doing the same thing … nah …
Season 3, Episode 3: “About a Boy, His Mom, and the Man They’re Dating” (originally aired July 1, 2014)
Microsynopsis: Carol is at first shocked and then pleased to realize that Daryl (Charles Shaughnessy) has become her boyfriend. Owen is initially uncomfortable with Daryl, but after they spend the day at a ballgame together, Owen realizes he may have found the father he never had. Soon, Carol and Owen are arguing about who should get more time with Daryl. Meanwhile, Ok Cha and Roy challenge each other to a “spice-off,” a competition to see whose tolerance for the other’s cultural spicy food is greatest.
Good: If the writers are going for a Cheers-like sense of place, they do themselves a favor with this episode, in which more of the bar’s space is put to use than just the office in back and the bar up front. As the ringleader of the spice-off, Steve is put front and center while the action swirls around him. With Melanie serving as ringside physician, the nice, easy chemistry between these characters (which is one of the few things this show consistently nails) does most of the work, and the result is a friendly-neighborhood-bar vibe that the show seems to seek but seldom manages. There are two lines of dialogue I was caught off-guard by: one where Hank talks about our forefathers dying so that a black man could compete against a Korean woman in an eating contest (an allusion to Sonya Thomas and Eric Booker? I might be reaching, but it’s funny either way), and one where Steve offers a quick, legalese-sounding disclaimer absolving the bar of any injuries that might be incurred by the spice-off participants. Both lines had me laughing aloud, and that second one was a nice reminder of Steve’s former career.
Bad: I don’t find the ickiness of Owen’s relationship with Carol at all funny (most of the time), and this episode puts it right up front. The others’ discomfort with it continues to be mildly amusing, as a running gag, but I find it funnier as an unspoken ickiness. While the spice-off subplot is pretty good for character development, it’s not especially interesting. Most annoying is the complete absence of Susan in this episode.
Hapa moment: Although the spice-off is framed as Korea vs. America (at least culturally), Jack and Steve side with (and even lay money on) Ok Cha, giving the contest an our-family-vs.-everyone-else kind of feeling. It’s sweet, up until the moment Ok Cha calls Steve a “dumb sh**.”
Overall: The continued development of Steve as a low-key, charismatic leader of the bar’s activity is an encouragement. He’s a likable main character, and Melanie as his second banana works really, really well. Owen has some serious issues that, if the show decides it wants to go there, could really play well in the future for some dark comedic themes, although I’m unsure that would work with the show’s vibe as it currently exists. Still, it’s a pretty forgettable episode, one that even a fan of the show (which I am!) could probably miss entirely and not really miss anything.
Final Grade, this episode: C.