Monthly Archives: February 2009

FAPA-YPG Sponsoring Facebook 2/28 Awareness Campaign

In one of my earliest 8Asian blog postings, I asked Taiwanese Americans if they knew the significance February 28th; to raise awareness of 2/28 in a very web 2.0 way, the Formosan Association for Public Affairs Young Professional Group (FAPA-YPG), … Continue reading

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The 8Asians Writers Talk About: Gay Taiwanese Presidential Scandals

Our internal e-mail lists have us discussing all kinds of stuff: Asian American identity, representation in the media, the experiences of activism in an academia setting and its progression as we transition to the working, adult world. And sometimes, we … Continue reading

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Caption This!

Or just ask yourself “WTF?” Either way, enjoy. h/t: buzzfeed

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Photo Zen: New Years Greeting, Chinatown 1912

(Flickr photo credit: The Library of Congress)

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Model Minorities in Reality TV: The Amazing Race’s Tammy & Victor Jih

If you have been following the latest season of The Amazing Race, you’ve noticed the Asian American brother-sister team, Tammy & Victor Jih. The last time I recall The Amazing Race having an Asian American team was when father-daughter team … Continue reading

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Tonga Room in San Francisco Possibly Closing? just announced that the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco could possibly be closing soon as the hotel considers converting much of its space into condos (which in this economy doesn’t make much sense, but I … Continue reading

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From Slumdog To Millionaire: Two Child Actors Moving Out of the Slums

I was happy that a film like Slumdog Millionaire swept the Academy Awards last Sunday night with 8 Oscars, including Best Picture which is probably the highest award any filmmaker could achieve in his/her career (except for James Cameron because … Continue reading

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Gary Locke Likely to Become Secretary of Commerce

President Barack Obama has had a hell of a time trying to fill in the Secretary of Commerce seat, with his first two nominees, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and Republican Senator Judd Gregg, withdrawing their names prior to confirmation … Continue reading

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Jane Lui’s “Firefly”

So a couple of us are back from this weekend’s Kollaboration event in Los Angeles. And despite some snags, grumblings and awkward ponies — a girl behind Moye in hysterics when the VIP ticket she pre-purchased was given away, an … Continue reading

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A Lack of Asian Surrogates

Surrogacy, is when a woman agrees to carry a baby for another person or couple. When surrogacy first started, it was common for the surrogate to also be the egg donor. Recently though it’s much more common to use a … Continue reading

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Asians Playing Non-Asian Roles: The National Asian American Theater Company

Recently my friend took me to a performance by the National Asian American Theater Company. The group puts on shows that are “not for or about Asian Americans, but realized with an all Asian American cast”. We went to see … Continue reading

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2009 Growing Up Asian in America Arts & Essay Contest

Every year, the Asian Pacific Fund sponsors a “Growing Up Asian in American” arts & essay contest for San Francisco Bay Area’s K-12 students. This year’s theme — which is not surprising when you think about it — is change: … Continue reading

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