The Golden State Warriors debuted uniforms celebrating Chinese New Year in their February 20th game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Chinese Characters are said to say “warriors.” They will also wear the uniforms in their games on February 24 in Washington against the Wizards and also on March 2 in Brooklyn against the Nets. Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts says:
We have been working with the NBA for two years now on our Chinese New Year uniforms to recognize the tremendous fan base that our Asian community represents. Connecting with our Asian community is a priority for our organization and we are proud that we are going to be one of two teams in the NBA to debut a Chinese New Year themed uniform as a way to thank our fans here in the Bay Area and abroad in China.
The Houston Rockets first used their Chinese New Year uniforms on February 21 against the Toronto Raptors and will use their uniform on February 23 against the Minnesota Timberwolves and on February 25 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Rockets legend Yao Ming commented about this and Rockets owner Leslie Alexander:
It brings great joy to me to see the Houston Rockets honor one of my country’s most important traditions. Mr. Alexander and the Rockets have long embraced our culture and customs and made basketball fans in China a part of the Rockets community. I’m excited to ring in the Year of the Goat watching the Rockets wear the Lunar New Year uniforms.
(photo credits: nba.com)
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Happy Lunar New Year! I had heard this NPR piece recently, and thought it was very educational – because I have heard many Happy Chinese / Lunar New Year celebration and exclaiming Happy Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram. And I’m like, WTF? What year is it? Well:
“You may have seen goat, sheep or ram as the English translation for this year’s animal according to the Chinese zodiac — yang, in Mandarin. All of them are correct, says Lala Zuo, a Chinese language and culture professor at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland.
“I don’t think there’s a wrong translation,” she says. “I think there are various ways of translation. It really depends on the context.””
Although most commonly known as Chinese New Year, the Lunar New Year is celebrated by many different Asian cultures. Professor Zuo goes on to say:
“Some Chinese words are vague and not as specific as English words, so yang could refer to a goat, sheep or even a ram. But in ancient times, … that Chinese character meant goat. … Korea is small and the most prototypical image of yang for Korean people is sheep … In Vietnam, there is no sheep or ram at all because the weather is so hot …”
But that makes me wonder, how do we have Year of the Dragon, since a dragon is a fictitious animal … I guess I’ll have to wait and learn … If you interested in learning more about the Chinese Zodiac, click here to learn about the children’s book, Jade Stars – The Great Race: How the Chinese Zodiac Came to Be.
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WHO: Chefs Roy Choi (Kogi) and Daniel Patterson (Coi) are teaming up to build Loco’l, a fast food restaurant using real ingredients. The two chefs are combining their experiences and knowledge to build Loco’l, and offer fast food made with real ingredients, starting with the premiere locations in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood & Los Angeles’ Watts neighborhood. We’re inviting the community to support and join the Loco’l team effort to bring the first location live in 2015!
Loco’l is a team of innovative chefs.
Loco’l is locally sourced.
Loco’l is using quality ingredients.
Loco’l is providing fair wages.
Loco’l is leveraging state of the art technology.
Loco’l is community based.
Loco’l is crazy.
WHAT: Indiegogo project: Loco’l – Revolutionary Fast Food
The Loco’l Vision
Our vision with Loco’l is to create a fast food concept that’s delicious, but do it with the heart of a chef. As chefs, we’re approaching it just like we would another restaurant – design, function, systems, fee and costs, organizations, sourcing, product, farmers, ingredients, recipes, training, all that stuff. Then on the other side of it is being very aware of what fast food is and what it’s become in America, and why it’s so important, popular, and powerful. Not trying to throw all of those things away.
The inspiration for Loco’l came from our previous cooking efforts. Daniel started a non-profit, The Cooking Project, to offer free classes, teaching young people how to cook and the value of gathering around the table. While volunteering and teaching people from the streets how to cook good food inexpensively, and the value of gathering around the table. So many of the kids had subsisted their whole lives on processed food, and it was a revelation to see how positively they responded to real food that they made themselves.
Then he met Roy, co-founder of Kogi—food trucks that serve tasty, hard-to-categorize food. As Kogi’s reputation and success grew, so did Roy’s drive to feed more people. He began opening brick and mortar places that improved their communities, like 3 Worlds Cafe, a fruit and juice bar in South Central.
WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (11:59pm PT).
We are raising $150,000 to contribute to the building of Loco’l in Watts in LA, and the Tenderloin in San Francisco. We invite you to join us to revolutionize fast food. We have a range of fun perks for anyone interested in pursuing this mission with us.
And please invite your friends to join our mission as well. Use the Indiegogo share tools to share our vision.
We look forward to our grand opening together!
Signed on February 19, 1942 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order 9066 authorized the Secretary of War to designate certain areas as military zones and was used as the legal rationale to deport Japanese Americans, Italian Americans and German Americans to internment camps during World War II.
“Each year on February 19, the Japanese-American community gathers to remember the signing of Executive Order 9066, which authorized the forcing of all persons of Japanese descent into internment camps, including my own mother and father when they were children,” said Rep. Takano. “My family, like thousands of others, came to America seeking a better life, and our government failed us at every level. The Day of Remembrance allows us to reflect on these injustices and educate our communities so that these mistakes never happen again.”
“73 years ago, our government, blinded by war and by fear, abandoned the Constitution and violated the civil rights of more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent,” said Rep. Matsui. “Every year on February 19, our nation recognizes the Day of Remembrance, a time to reflect on the mistakes of the past and commit to ensuring such injustice never again becomes a reality. We cannot erase our past, but through remembrance and reflection, we can ensure history does not repeat itself.”
“When I was one year old, the U.S. government told my family that our citizenship and civil rights meant nothing compared to war hysteria and the supposed defense of our nation,” said Rep. Honda. “My family was rounded up like cattle and illegally incarcerated in an internment camp simply because we were Japanese Americans. On February 19 each year, the Japanese American community rallies together to remember the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which authorized the forced removal of all persons of Japanese descent, both citizens and non-citizens, from the West Coast. This resolution to recognize the Day of Remembrance is important in not only memorializing our experience and remembering the injustices, but also in healing and educating others so we never see such prejudicial actions again.”
The resolution is cosponsored by Rep. Judy Chu, Rep. Alan Grayson, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Jim McDermott, Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Eric Swalwell, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Del. Madeleine Bordallo, Rep. Mark Takai, Rep. Juan Vargas, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Gwen Moore, Rep. Charles Rangel, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and Rep. Maxine Waters.
Just like ‘Fresh Off The Boat,’ it’s always nice to see an Asian American family being viewed on television. In this particular case, a young couple with a recent newborn looking to purchase a new Windows-based 2-in-1 laptop. We see in the commercial all the usefulness of a 2-in-1 flexible laptop / tablet convertible for busy parents raising a child. I really like these family commercials because any Asian American family is able to convey any American family situation.
As I have probably mentioned many times before, I think one of my all time favorite Asian American Commercial Watch commercials is the Target one which I termed the ‘All American Family ad’. That family highlighted in the commercial could have been casted for ‘Fresh Off The Boat.’ I’m trying to think if there have been any other Asian American families highlighted in any commercials lately, but can’t think of any…
EDITOR’S NOTE FROM JOZ: The “Dad” in this commercial is actor Tim Chiou
Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to everyone celebrating the Lunar New Year here in America and all around the world. I’ll always remember the parades, fireworks, and gatherings that surrounded the Lunar New Year when I was growing up in Hawaii. And now as President, this celebration is a perfect reminder of the many cultures and faiths that make us who we are as Americans.
We are a nation of immigrants. Our vast array of traditions and perspectives and backgrounds – our melting pot – is what makes America unique. It’s what keeps us fresh and dynamic and entrepreneurial. That’s why last year, I took action to help fix our broken immigration system. But our work isn’t finished. We’ve still got to come together to pass a comprehensive immigration bill so that we can expand opportunities for more people to study, and serve, and contribute to our nation. Those are the aspirations that have attracted families to our shores for generations. And that story continues today. So whether you’re celebrating the Year of the Ram, the Year of the Goat, or the Year of the Sheep, may we all do our part to carry forward the work of perfecting this country that we love.
Happy New Year, everybody.
We should have done this sooner, but I’ve changed the “Bored” option to “Disgusted.” It is the mood that has been most often requested, but wasn’t quite captured by any of the other options. (This post is basically being made to note that any posts prior to this date had “Bored” as the option.)
If you’re an Asian American parent like me, you probably struggle to find books for your kids that have the right blend of age appropriateness and entertainment while still offering a glimpse into the history and culture of your ancestry. Just in time for Chinese New Year, a new children’s e-book is available on Amazon. While the topic isn’t Chinese New Year, it does tackle the topic of why the Great Wall exists in China. The book is titled “The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall” and is written by Jillian Lin. During the introductory period on February 19 and 20, 2015 you can get the book for free. After the 20th it will be priced at $2.99.
As a kid’s book, I really liked the historical story telling, but some of it may not be appropriate for the really young ones (especially the part about attempted murder of the emperor, and the many who died building the wall), but is a good early reader if your child already has a good grasp of morals and understanding around life and death.
I was especially appreciative of the end of the book which offered additional facts in a “Did you know?” section. The drawings were colorful, and well done.
My own daughter liked the book, but mostly because she’s already fascinated with the terracotta warriors after seeing the exhibit last year at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the book covers that history as well. The Great Wall isn’t something she has a particular interest in, but now that she’s read the book, I’m going to go back and show her the pictures I have of myself on the Great Wall, from when I visited back in 1995 and in 2002.
The only other thing I would have like to see in the book and didn’t would have been incorporation of some Chinese characters into the story. I’m always looking for kids books that help teach some of the simpler Chinese characters to reinforce my daughter’s Chinese school experience. Overall worth a download if you’re looking for something to share with your child for Chinese New Year.
Ever since Randall Park talked about being in K-Y ads on Jimmy Kimmel Live, I’ve had people asking about these ads. There were several different cuts of a similar ad, but I’ve got two of them embedded here.
Yes, instead of scouring YouTube, you can watch the ads here, as well as revisiting a blog post that Ben did on 8Asians back in 2010 about these ads.
What Ben said:
What I love about these KY Intense commercials is that while sex not talked about by conservative Americans of any ethnic culture, yes…People actually do the horizontal mambo from time to time. For fun. The APA community does this, too, as crazy as that sounds. So in commercials that play off some of the stereotypical quiet Asian behaviors, I find that these KY ads are actually fairly well done.
I love the fact that there are industries recognizing the buying power of APA now. I suppose that some might get offended that we’re stereotyped as reserved and quiet, but from an economic perspective, I love it. There are not many studies out there that prove Asian Americans have a serious buying power but even looking at this 2004 study by the Magazine Publishers of America shows that we’re a force to be reckoned with if you can persuade us to drop some of the hard-earned cash.
By Emma Tao
Tomorrow is Lunar New Year… are you ready? New Year’s is a very big deal to many Asian cultures, think of it as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas combined. People usually celebrate by gathering among family members they haven’t seen in ages, eating a large and expensive meal, and handing out pocket money as well as gifts.
This year, I’ve noticed that many companies are having promotions and special events to help celebrate the Lunar New Year. In the past, most of the sales and unique offers stop after the beginning of January (end of the typical holiday season) but many stores have been incorporating new merchandise in February in hopes of attracting Asian and Asian American consumers. Lunar New Year is one of the biggest and most widely celebrated events out there. It is great that many major companies are getting involved and hopefully many more will in the future!
Check them out, from Godiva to Converse and more, and let us know what other companies are making interesting Lunar New Year products.
I was surprised to learn that Randall Park has never been on any late night talk show thing before, since Park has been acting for quite a while.
I guess with the whole The Interview film being pulled then being made available to the public on the Internet and in limited theatrical release, Park never went on a publicity tour on any of the shows.
I’m really happy that Park is getting his due notice with Fresh Off The Boat playing Eddie Huang’s dad, Louis Huang.
It’s funny to hear Park reference that he’s done a lot of television commercial work, because it is true! And the most famous television commercial he’s been recognized for has been for KY Intense, something we blogged about back in 2010:
Image credit: ABC
It has only been three weeks, but Fresh Off the Boat is up to Episode 5, and yes, you can catch up online in a number of ways. (Watch Episodes 1 and 2, Episodes 3 and 4, and if you haven’t downloaded the pilot for free on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, definitely do that, too.)
As predicted, the show lost viewers last Tuesday night at 8pm timeslot with two new episodes that aired on 2/10, as compared to the Wednesday night preview/debut. On the bright side, Fresh Off the Boat was the strongest comedy of the six that aired on the networks on Tuesday night.
Next Tuesday (2/24), Fresh Off the Boat will air another new episode at 8:00pm, but for the first time against NBC’s hit show The Voice, putting more pressure on a fairly difficult timeslot.
Remember aside from the ratings (which are most important), the network is also tracking legal downloads/streaming, as well as social media (Hashtag: #FreshOffTheBoat). So if you want to show the network your support, definitely watch, download, and tweet/post about it.
Multiple episodes are currently available for streaming using the “WATCH ABC” app for iOS. As of now, these downloads and streams are only legit available in the U.S./North America. Sorry to all our overseas readers that we can’t necessarily provide you links; you’ll just have to catch it on satellite for now.
EPISODE 5: Persistent Romeo (S1E5)
Louis has to hire a professional instructor (guest star Brett Gelman) to give the restaurant staff a sexual harassment seminar after Jessica’s attempts fall flat. Meanwhile, Eddie tries to pass off the seminar’s instructional tape as a “dirty movie” to his friends in an attempt to impress them and get them to come to his house for a sleep over, on “Fresh Off the Boat,” TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, (8:00-8:30 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Fresh Off the Boat” stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan. Eddie Huang provides the voice over narration.
Guest starring are Lucille Soong as Grandma Huang, Paul Scheer as Mitch, Jillian Armenante as Nancy, Chelsey Crisp as Honey, Brett Gelman as Dusty Nugget, Brady Tutton as Brock, Connor Rosen as Bed-Wetter Doug, Trevor Larcom as Trent, Prophet Bolden as Walter, Elyse Cole as Stacy, Peter Mark as Kevin, Luna Blaise as Nicole and David Goldman as Principal Hunger.
“Persistent Romeo” was written by Sanjay Shah. Lynn Shelton directed. This program carries a TV-PG,D,L parental guideline.
About the show:
It’s the ’90s and 11 year old, hip-hop loving Eddie (Hudson Yang) just moved to suburban Orlando from DC’s Chinatown with his parents (Randall Park and Constance Wu). It’s culture shock for his immigrant family in this comedy about pursuing the American Dream. Fresh Off the Boat is based on Chef Eddie Huang’s memoir Fresh Off the Boat.
Fresh Off the Boat stars Randall Park as Louis, Constance Wu as Jessica, Hudson Yang as Eddie, Forrest Wheeler as Emery and Ian Chen as Evan.
Fresh Off the Boat is executive produced and written by Nahnatchka Khan and executive produced by Jake Kasdan for 20th Century Fox Television.