Tag Archives: Silicon Valley

HBO’s Silicon Valley’s VC-Bro ‘Ed Chen’ – Breaking the Stereotype

Recently, I had blogged about HBO’s Silicon Valley portrayal of Asian stereotypes, specifically about how I was not a fan of the character Jian-Yang. One character I did forget to mention, was the venture capitalist (VC) Ed Chen, who is portrayed by … Continue reading

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Wired: It’s Time For ‘Silicon Valley’ to Disrupt Its Toxic Asian Stereotypes

Note: this discusses a little bit of the current season – so possible spoilers if you haven’t been watching. When I saw this headline on Facebook, I wondered why no one had written about this yet. I’m a fan of … Continue reading

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The Most Asian American Congressional District: California’s 17th

This article from the Daily Kos talks about the  most Asian American congressional district in the United States – California’s 17th District.  I would have thought that a district in Hawaii would be more Asian American, but the Honolulu district … Continue reading

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Asian American Medical Hazard: Working in Silicon Valley

While mobile health units are used in impoverished places like the slums of Mumbai to deliver health care to Asians there, they are also used to deliver health care to Asians in not so impoverished places – the companies of … Continue reading

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Few Asian American Basketball Players at the NCAA D1 Level – Does it Really Matter?

After almost 10 years of playing in community, NJB, AAU, and school leagues, Number Two Son dropped out of organized basketball for good this year.  When I saw this article asking why there are very few Asian American division I … Continue reading

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Asian American High Schools in Top 25 List for SAT/ACT Scores

When Number One Son took an SAT prep course in Fremont last summer, I looked at the kids coming out of the class and saw nothing but Asian kids.  Curious, I asked him some questions: “Do any white kids go … Continue reading

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Where White means Mediocre: High-Skilled Asian Immigrant Enclaves

“Are you taking AP [Advanced Placement] courses?” “Oh no, I’m white.” – Conversation overhead by a teacher in Cupertino. Stanford sociologist Tomás Jiménez has been studying immigrants and the communities they live in, and he recently published what he found … Continue reading

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Asian Americans Now a Majority of Silicon Valley Tech Workers

You won’t be able to tell from Bravo’s Silicon Valley show, but Asian Americans now make up the majority of Tech workers in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.  2010 Census data reveals that the Asian American share … Continue reading

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Whitewashing On Bravo’s Start-Ups: Silicon Valley

When Bravo put out a preview of their upcoming series, Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, one comment about it on Gizmodo said that Asians apparently don’t exist in the Hollywood version of Silicon Valley.  As a Silicon Valley resident who watched the … Continue reading

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Vivek Wadhwa On Race, Gender, and Meritocracy in Silicon Valley

When Vivek Wadhwa founded a tech company, he was advised by fellow Indian Americans to have a white “front man” to pitch company to venture capitalists. Moving to academia in an attempt to slow down from the hectic tech business … Continue reading

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The College Admissions Game, Part 5: The Admissions Consultant

When you hear news about “College Admissions Consultants,” it’s often sensationalized and over the top. Take this article about a consultant who will guarantee a kid’s college acceptance or your money back or this article about Michele Hernandez, who is … Continue reading

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The College Admissions Game, Part 3: An Admissions Officer Speaks

College admissions officers have been criticized about things like caps on Asians Americans and decisions about who gets in and who does not. But what do they really think?  The Daughter’s high school held a session where a college admissions … Continue reading

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