I was flipping through a magazine, and came across this Chase credit card ad, supposedly highlighting “Chris Park,” a “Dog Daycare Owner.”
Well, clearly, this is an image of actor, comedian, writer and director Randall Park, and I don’t think he owns a dog daycare as far as I know. It’s instances like this that I am always skeptical of ads supposedly portraying real life people, because oftentimes more than not, they are not for real. (See also, the related television ad.) I can’t wait to see Park in the upcoming comedy, Fresh Off the Boat. I really do hope it’s Park very big break, where he gets the recognition he deserves.
BTW, I have nothing against Chase – I have a United Airlines credit card that is managed by Chase.
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When Babette “Bette” Bolivar’s father joined the navy, Filipinos like him and my father were limited to jobs like being a steward or a cook. In an interview with the Philippine Star, she talks about the path that has lead to become a member of the Women Divers Hall of Fame, explosives expert, and later, Rear Admiral. Bolivar is currently the commander of the Joint Marianas region and the Naval forces there. I found her story interesting in that it parallels some of my own life but diverges at key points.
They have been reunited with family and are the last American citizens known to have been held in North Korea.
Congrats to 8Asians Founder, Ernie Hsiung for being recognized for his work in Miami to facilitate civic engagement through technology.
From Miami Herald:
Ernie Hsiung is on a mission to build Miami’s tech community by creating networking opportunities for software developers and programmers. Hsiung admits that when he first moved to the area from San Francisco, he experienced culture shock. Miami was a less mature tech community than he had come from, but he felt the city had potential.
To help raise the tech community profile, he started Code for Miami, “a civic hacking brigade” of volunteer developers, community leaders and concerned citizens that meets Monday nights at the LAB Miami in Wynwood. Code for Miami has been working with the governments of Miami-Dade County, the City of Miami and surrounding municipalities to help improve the way local governments and community organizations use the web.
Just this month, Hsiung learned that he landed a Code for America fellowship, a 10-month opportunity to work intensely with a municipality to see how technology can address its needs. Fellows work in one of seven municipalities; Miami-Dade County is on the list. Hsiung will learn later this month where he’ll be assigned. For the following 10 months, he will commute between San Francisco and his assigned city. Post-fellowship, he plans to return to Miami to continue helping South Florida build a better community through technology.
From Hsiung: “I want to bridge the gap between technology and being a better Miamian. The idea is to teach people about technology with the hope that they will use it to be more civically engaged citizens and build great things.”
Even though Ernie has moved on from 8Asians, I am glad he is taking his talents and putting them to good use elsewhere.
Image credit: CARL JUSTE/MIAMI HERALD STAFF
All too soon, my two week trip to Taiwan came to an end, and before we knew it, we were heading to the airport to fly back to the States. Our drive over to the international airport in Taoyuan at least had a beautiful sky view from the freeway.
When we got to the terminal, our EVA Air check in was a flurry of Hello Kitty, complete with lounge, terminals, and Kitty flight attendant.
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WHAT: Tilt campaign: Find Dan Ha
WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Monday, November 17, 2014 (10:01am).
– Helping Dan’s parents find parking and accommodation in SF. (Dan’s parents drove down to the Bay Area from BC this weekend.)
– Flying Dan’s brother, Mark, out to SF from NYC
– Printing flyers and posters
We will be keeping track of contributions; and will return the unspent money by percentage.
Dan Ha, an iOS developer at a San Francisco startup called Metromile, has been missing for almost a week.
According to the CEO of the company, Dan Preston, who reached out to TechCrunch to help find his employee, Ha went home sick on Thursday afternoon and no one has seen or heard from him since Friday night, October 31, at 8pm.
Ha reportedly left work at 2 p.m. on Thursday and then emailed in sick at 10 a.m. Friday morning. The last anyone has seen or heard from him was the night of Halloween, when his roommate saw him rushing out of the house with a wallet and no bags, wearing a red hoodie. Ha lives in the SOMA district, near Brannan and 8th St.
His family and friends are searching for him, calling hospitals, jails, etc. and filing a missing persons report with the San Francisco Police Department.
His friends have created a Facebook group to coordinate efforts in finding him. In addition to calling hospitals and jails, they’re trying to tap into some of his social media, email, Spotify and Uber accounts to figure out where he might be.
Any information that you can provide that might help Dan’s friends, family and coworkers find him would be invaluable. If you have any information whatsoever about Dan’s whereabouts, please contact the SFPD at 415-553-1373, and use this case number: 140937521. And, particularly if you live in the San Francisco area, please share his description on Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Congressman Mike Honda declared victory this morning in his campaign for reelection in California’s 17th Congressional District.
With 91,732 ballots counted, Congressman Mike Honda is currently beating his challenger by 4.41% or 4,046 votes, an increase from the initial lead on Election Day of 3,549, after additional ballots were processed on November 5th & 6th by both Alameda and Santa Clara Counties.
Ro Khanna would need to win the remaining estimated late absentee ballots in CA-17 by 14.8%, an impossible task for the challenger. Congressman Honda is expected to increase his lead of 4,046 as the remaining ballots are processed.
Congressman Honda won re-election by this margin despite being outspent 2-1 by Khanna’s campaign and Super PAC ($5.2M to $2.6M) as of the most recent FEC filing.
Congressman Honda delivered the following remarks at a press conference this morning declaring victory (remarks as prepared for delivery):
“With 91,732 votes counted, we lead by 4,046 votes – an insurmountable lead.
This WIN was a team effort, and this win belongs to all of you who: knocked on doors, made calls, contributed funds, and talked to your friends and neighbors
I also want to specifically thank Democracy for America, and it’s more than 1 million members nationwide, who were helpful from the beginning to the end of our campaign.
Together, we sent a message that the voters of this district value a lifetime of service to the community more than a lifetime of serving oneself.
Together, we sent a message that this election could not be bought by Super PACs and right-wing millionaires and billionaires. My opponent’s donors wasted more than $5 million, through his campaign and Super PAC, to try to replace my progressive voice with someone who would do their bidding. And although we were outspent 2:1, they were no match for the more than 10,000 people who funded my campaign.
Today I have a message for those right-wing millionaires and billionaires: You can not buy grassroots. You could not buy it this year, and you will not be able to buy it next year either. This District, and our democracy, are not for sale.
Together, we will continue to fight to make sure the voices of the most needy are not drowned out by the voices of those who pay to make theirs the loudest in Washington.
Together, we will fight to raise the minimum wage, to increase Social Security benefits, to make sure each and every child receives the educational equity and excellence they deserve, and to respect the civil rights of all people, no matter what they look like, where they’re from, how they worship, or who they love.
We will continue to fight for these things because they are the values that make our nation, and this District, great.
I also want to make this clear right now: you can count on me to be with you in that fight, because I’m not going anywhere.”
As the blood started to flow, the bruises started to swell, and the stories started to fly of how so-and-so finished her last fight in a few seconds by literally punching off someone’s finger, the weight of mixed martial arts reality settled back in again–this was no child’s play. Although safety of the athletes is always top priority and many other sports cause more death and injury than this one, there’s also no question that there is indeed a real danger to life and limb stepping into that octagon.
Yet if you ask me, is this a violent sport, I would say no. There’s a consent and respect between the competitors here. They step in there, weapons ready, fully aware of the very real risks. In truth, there’s more violence in a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Barbie doll than in all the MMA fights combined. This is why I have the utmost respect for each and everyone of this ladies who take on the challenge of stepping into that cage, both to test themselves and to dispel shallow conceptions of gender.
The latest Invicta FC9 was actually quite stacked with Asian and Asian Pacific American female fighters. No lack of representation here. To my knowledge, out of 9 bouts, 2 had Japanese fighters (and there was another one that had been cancelled) and 2 had APIA women. Here’s a quick rundown of the fights and the results of these four fights.
Jamie Moyle Defeats Jenny Liou Shriver by Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
When Cung Le lost to Michael Bisping, UFC commentator and former fighter Brian Stann tweeted, “it didn’t pay to cheat for once, good start to the day,” assuming that Le’s ripped body shown at the UFC Fight Night Macau weigh-ins meant that he used Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). A drug test found that he had unusual levels of Human Growth Hormone, resulting in a suspension by the UFC. Asian Americans have been accused of cheating in a variety of other areas, from academics to contracting to politics. Are Asian Americans all cheaters? Is Asian American achievement an illusion that stems from cheating, as some say? Did Cung Le really cheat? The answer isn’t a simple yes or no, as we will see.
Similar to X-men or Heroes, in the world of the Japanese anime Hamatora, there are some individuals called Minimum Holders that are born with special abilities. The skills range from electricity manipulation to healing to extreme analytical skills. They train at the Facultas Academy to control and use their skills, and they can hire themselves and their abilities out to people.
The story is full of mystery surrounding political struggles between groups as Minimum Holders try to find their place in a society full of people that fear and hate them. This one is pretty brutal and bloody, so it’s not relaxing view. However, it’s great for anyone interested in an anime full of psychological intrigue.