Chef Roy Choi has just revealed he is shooting “Street Food”, a new series for CNN. [Eater]
Author Eric Liu talks to NPR about his new book A Chinaman’s Chance, which is both a memoir and an examination of Chinese Americans today. [NPR]
Ever wonder why a lot of folks don’t like Katy Perry? This Tumblr post may help explain. [Racialicious]
Panda triplets were born in Guangzhou, China on July 29. [Chicago Sun-Times]
Hyphen looks at why New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle” is the Asian American anthem. [Hyphen]
Asian Americans remember the life and career of Robin Williams, who died on Monday, August 11. [AsAm News]
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An excerpt from “Farewell to Robin Williams…“:
I was lucky to work with him as an actor and witness first hand the magic of what made him a legend, the wit and other worldly improv skills. As well as see him single handedly put the morale of a movie set, easily hundreds of people, on his shoulders and kept everyone laughing as they worked long hours for what seemed like months on end. And at the same time, I was fortunate to spend private times, many mornings in the makeup chair, (which with my tri-hawk hair took hours), just talking about poetry… And soft spoken and introspectively we would discuss Walt Whitman and Charles Bukowski.
With “Hook” and so many other films, I, like millions of others became a fan and was always delightfully surprised by the performances he managed to produce, but with his passing, I can’t help to feel, along with my generation… I can’t help feeling like it’s the death of my childhood. I guess we can’t stay in Neverland forever, we must all grow up.
But I just want to bid a sorrowful farewell to one of the greatest I’ve been able to work with and be around and I’ll always remember my time with you as some of the greatest moments in my life… and just like the rest of the world, I’ll remember you with joy and laughter.
O’ Captain! My Captain! See you in Neverland…
Founded in 1988 by May Louie, the San Francisco Chinatown Merchants Association (SFCMA) is an independent community organization dedicated to the revitalization of commerce and tourism in one of America’s most unique historic neighborhoods. In 1991, shortly after the devastating Loma Prieta earthquake which destroyed the direct freeway link to Chinatown, SFCMA held our first Autumn Moon Festival. Through our annual sponsorship of tradition-based events like the Annual Autumn Moon Festival, the SFCMA seeks to help visitors and locals alike appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Chinatown and all those who live and work in the neighborhood.
2014 SF Chinatown Autumn Moon Festival Photo Contest
1) San Francisco Chinatown
Show us the best parts of San Francisco Chinatown. What are your favorite places to visit, places to eat, or your favorite places to go?
2) How do you celebrate the Moon Festival?
Show us how you celebrate the Moon Festival! What foods do you make, decorations do you put up, or family traditions you have to celebrate the moon festival?
GRAND PRIZE | $500 Cash
2nd Prize (1 for each category) | $100 gift certificate
3rd Prize (1 for each category) | $50 gift certificate
Top 10 photos will be displayed at the San Francisco Autumn Moon Festival September 6th & 7th, 2014 and on Facebook.
Sue Lee, Executive Director of the Chinatown Historical Society of America
Andria Lo, Photographer
Valerie Luu, chef and author of Chinatown Sartorialist
To enter email [email protected]
with the following:
Rules: Photos should be at least 300dpi, no more than 3 photo entries per contestant. Please email [email protected] with “Photo Contest” as the subject and your name (as you would like it to appear in credits), contact info, and digital photos to by AUGUST 27th, 11:59PM.
Photo Entry Instructions:
- Photos should be at least 300dpi resolution
- Photos should be labeled with your first and last name, category, and number (1,2,3) i.e. JenniferWuChinatown1.jpg
- Please submit no more than than 3 photo entries per person
- No photos will be accepted after AUGUST 27th, 11:59PM
The Chinatown Merchants Association reserves the right to use photo entries for promotional purposes with credit given to the photographer.
For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1449153348689201
While typical media images of “The O.C.” are those of fashionable young white people or white surfers in beach communities, Orange County has grown to contain the third largest Asian American population of any county in the U.S., behind Los Angeles County and Santa Clara county. This LA Times article states how the Asian American Population grew substantially between 2000 and 2010. It also says that the Asian American population has grown in patterns not typically seen elsewhere.
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With his signature wit and charm, host George Takei explores the world of technology, trends, current events and pop culture. From the adorable to the riveting to the absurd, Takei’s Take delves into our shared experience and navigates the strange, ever-changing online world.
This episode strays a bit from the regular format, which is typically fun and funny. Revisiting “man’s worst use of technology” in the dropping of the first nuclear bomb in the city of Hiroshima, George shares his own family connections to Hiroshima as well as the city’s ongoing commitment to peace.
Considering that this week is the 69th anniversary of the bomb, which happened August 6, 1945, take a moment to watch and reflect with George and his husband Brad.
Produced by AARP, with a focus on technology, in the second season of Takei’s Take, host George Takei leaves the studio and voyages across the globe, exploring technology and trends that change the way we live and reshape our world. From MIT’s Age Lab in Boston to Tokyo’s next generation robotics, Takei provides viewers with unprecedented access to cutting edge innovation and the scientists, artists and engineers making it all happen.
h/t: Gil A
All that is about to change.
This female- and minority-driven dramedy follows the girls as they sort through boy troubles, career trials, financial woes, and the social muck of being “ethnically ambiguous” in the arts.
Ultimately 2 Girls | 1 Asian tells the story of two girls who value their friendship above all else.
From Kelly Colburn + Kaela Mei-Shing Garvin:
2 Girls | 1 Asian is devoted to diversity, gender equality, and tackling topics that aren’t readily addressed in mainstream entertainment today. Our series passes the Bechdel test, presents characters outside of Asian-American stereotypes, and features young independent artists of all races, backgrounds and disciplines–including the musicians whose songs we showcase weekly on our soundtrack. As an independently-produced small webseries (we produced the entire first season over 25 days of filming for under $3000!), we are maintaining a devoted fan base. With your help, we would love to expand that number and share our series with the world.
How many Asian Food nights do we need?
Well, there can never be enough, according to LuckyRice Festival founder Danielle Chang. “Asian food is everyday grub,” Chang says.
Getting a jump start on the major foodie events in August—LA Food and Wine Fest and LA Times The Taste occur near the end of the month— LuckyRice comes to Los Angeles for the first time ever. And the organizers follow that up with a San Francisco event just after Labor Day.
So Californians no longer have to trek to Vegas to get LuckyRice. And who better to usher in the fest than Chef Sang Yoon, that hunky Top Chef Masters star and owner of Lukshon and Father’s Office. No word on what he’ll bring—Yoon brought savory Dan Dan noodles to The Taste and LAFW last year, not tastings of his famous burger which was voted the country’s best by both Esquire and the Today show. But there’s more than enough to excite your palette. Everyone’s favorite Starry Kitchen will be there along with Katsuya, Phorage, Bling Bling Dumplings, RockSugar, Fluff Ice, Hamasaku, Dirty Habit, and E+O Asian Kitchen just to name a few.
Oh, and there will be cocktails, Asahi beer, wine, and Bruce Cost Ginger Ales, a handmade take on the standard beverage.
While we’ve written about how Filipinos have been affected by the San Francisco Tech boom, this story from Boom (summarized here by New America Media), talks about the effects of the boom on small Chinese American businesses like these on Clement street. I liked how in addition to talking about broad trends, it talks about individuals like Big Sister, who despite crowds eating at her restaurant, is closing her Geary Street restaurant and moving to Daly City. “Too expensive, losing too much money,” she says.
The Boom story also talks about how years ago, some San Franciscans worry about their city being transformed into a Chinese city as large ethnic Chinese areas emerged in areas like the Richmond and the Sunset. Ironically, as buyers from China purchase real estate, Chinese Americans are being squeezed out. For more stories like Big Sister’s, look at the Boom Article (it’s more detailed than the New America Media summary).
By Leeland Lee
Recently, in between scenes of apes wreaking havoc throughout the streets of San Francisco, I played a game I often play whenever I feel bored at the movies: spot the Asian actor or actress.
From the start, I suspected this would be no easy task. Certainly, none of the main human characters were Asian. And, to my knowledge, none of apes were, either. But how about the extras, the nameless faces in the crowd?
I spotted exactly one. A male with long black hair and, shockingly, glasses. One Asian person in the entire movie, a movie that’s supposedly set in a city that’s currently about 33% Asian, according to the latest statistics from Wikipedia.
So what happened to all the Asian people? I began devising elaborate theories. Perhaps they lacked the key resistance gene for simian virus and were decimated by disease. Perhaps they had been run out of town by a gang of predominantly white Silicon Valley yuppies. Perhaps they had fled to Fremont.
In any case, whoever made this movie certainly spared no expense turning San Francisco into a haven of post-apocalyptic CGI porn. In one scene, apes are swinging from the cables of a rotted Golden Gate Bridge. In another, the main characters escape into an abandoned BART station. There’s even a scene showing the tunnel on Stockton Street, along with the shuttered storefronts of the Asian massage parlors that, like weeds, currently line its entrance. Now that’s attention to detail!
But there’s only one tiny little problem: They left out all the Asian people!
Sadly, in scene after scene, the only Homo sapiens who seem to inhabit San Francisco are a bunch of feckless hipsters who are either busy putting on their sad faces or partying it up in some abandoned warehouse, as they are apt to do.
And that lone Asian guy? He’s quietly standing in the background, where Asians, historically and metaphorically, have always seemed to stand. Always receded, always just outside of the frame.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leeland Lee has previously written for 8Asians.com about Apple factories in America
8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. The projects selected for 8$ are not endorsements by 8Asians. (To be considered for 8$, we highly suggest you not harass the writers or the editors of 8Asians.)
WHO: Angela Tabora and Erin Lim, filmmakers of The Nomadic Family Project: the story of the ups and downs in almost 4 years of non-stop budget travel across 15 countries. The Nomadic Family has lived among the locals in the jungles of Ecuador, pushed their limits on a 16 day trek in the Himalayas, and settled down among the gorgeous beaches of Goa, India.
WHAT: Kickstarter project: The Nomadic Family Project (Part 2: The Final Stretch)
In addition to the 100+ hours of personal footage from the family, our crew followed them on their biggest challenge yet, the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal! It was a 16 day trek through the Himalayas to the 10th highest mountain in the world! Next we followed them to India, where they settled down amongst the beautiful beaches of Goa for some well earned downtime. But the story isn’t over! After traveling for more than 38 months through 16 countries, the family has just returned home. That means we’re headed to Israel to capture how they adjust to life within four walls.
WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (4:34pm PDT).
Although we are asking for $25,000, if we raised $30,000, that would not only make our film that much better, and completed quicker, it will also help us get The Nomadic Family to the US for our film premieres in LA and SF, so we can have a live Q&A and they can meet all of our beautiful supporters! (trust me, you want to meet them, they are AMAZING).
Typically, a film of this nature would require at least a 6 figure budget, and a 10 person crew (and that’s still considered bare bones). So far, we’ve accomplished what we have with $15,000 and a crew of 3. In short, we’re good at making our money and our resources stretch! What we earn this time around will go towards:
-Final Filming: shoot in Israel with our crew of 3 (travel costs + minimal on the ground expenses)
-Post Production (transferring footage, editing, etc.)
-Entry fees for the film into festivals across the US and Israel
-Legal fees, distribution
Thanks to an 8asians’ reader, we came across this Samsung commercial starring Krista Marie Yu as ‘Maggie,’ a kind of socially clueless but technologically curious millennial trying to check out Samsung products in all the wrong settings. What’s interesting is that in this commercial, there are also a few other Asian Americans in the storyline, including actor Rich Ceraulo as a student in the library and Jessica Blythe Kemejuk as a Best Buy / Samsung Experience Shop employee.
I know the Samsung Experience store-within-a-store has been great deal for Best Buy, but I wonder if it’s helped Samsung at all compete against Apple and it’s Apple stores. Whether the Samsung Experience Shops are helping Samsung or not, it’s great that Samsung is highlighting more and more Asian Americans in its television campaigns, since when I can remember with the launch of their “The Next Big Thing is Already Here” campaign with Vince Foster (who was also in another recent Samsung ad).
I was fortunate enough to meet Ken Fong of the Ken Fong Project this year during the V3con digital media conference in Los Angeles on June 20-21, 2014. Ken was part of the panel titled “Secrets Online: Topics that are Taboo in Real Life”, where the panelists tackled the issue of writing about things one would not normally talk about in general conversation. Ken passed along an interesting piece of advice, to beware, that if you’re willing to talk about a taboo topic online, you may become the go to person and spokesperson for that issue.
Ken Fong is a moderate Baptist pastor and subject of the documentary “The Ken Fong Project”. The documentary covers his journey as he reconciles his beliefs with the way gays and lesbians are being treated by his community. He has compared the way gays and lesbians are treated with the way Jesus was treated by the hyper-religious Jews in biblical times.
Additional information about the documentary is relayed in the video below:
The initial round of funding for the documentary was completed through Indiegogo, but the documentary team will be looking for additional funding in the near future to help with costs of completing the film.
Ken was gracious enough to agree to an 8Questions interview on 8Asians, and the result is after the jump.