Monthly Archives: April 2009

Tattoos in China Become Popular (or: Exoticizing Stupid in Any Language)

I’m sure all of my fellow Asian Americans under a certain age have seen this — a non-Asian person with tattoos in different Asian languages like Chinese and Japanese because they’re in an exotic language that they don’t understand.  It’s … Continue reading

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April 25th @ Stanford: 30 Years of the Taiwan Relations Act

For those of you living in the Bay Area and interested in learning more about Taiwan and it’s “official” diplomatic status with the United States, you might be interested in attending this event: 30 Years of the Taiwan Relations Act … Continue reading

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Asian American Superheroes Need Help

A few weeks ago I wrote about the upcoming graphic novel, Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology. The book released on April 15, but you’d be hard pressed to know that if someone didn’t already tell you. According to … Continue reading

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8Asians Interviews Bai Ling on “Crank: High Voltage” (And Some Other Stuff)

I never thought I would be blogging about Bai Ling, since — believe it or not — we have never mentioned her on the site. But in a recent post by another blog, websites like ours were called out for talking … Continue reading

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POP 88 #31 – Hot Docs 2009

Hello, I hope everyone is enjoying their April. Been busy playing live shows over at Soompi Radio and screening documentaries at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival. Look out for my reviews in 88 words or less coming soon. New music … Continue reading

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ABC’s Nightline Profiles Raymond Zheng, “Brilliant Kid”

This past week, ABC’s Nightline did a news segment on Genius School – Inside an innovative class for some of the world’s most brilliant kids (video: 7 minutes. 40 seconds) and profiled Raymond Zheng, a fourteen year old freshman at … Continue reading

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Kari Ferrell: The New Dragon Lady Arrives

If you’re some skinny emo white dude with an Asian fetish, keep a wary eye out for Kari Ferrell whom the New York Observer wrote up as the “Hipster Grifter” and is currently on Salt Lake City’s Most Wanted Fugitive … Continue reading

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What Yao Ming Not Dunking Tells Us About Asian Culture

As a diehard hoops fan, I was extremely excited when Yao Ming first entered the NBA. Not only did it mark the emergence of a new and potentially great basketball talent, it also thrust an Asian male into the media … Continue reading

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Say My Name: Changing my Adoptive Name – “Sitting down in a chair the other day, a funny thing happened: I turned a year older. It got me thinking about my name. Six months earlier I’d handed over some papers … Continue reading

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LEGENDmag Interviews Keep Company’s Una Kim

My good friend kc! is one of the guys behind LEGENDmag, a magazine devoted to independent culture and living. Their latest issue features an interview with Una Kim, who worked in marketing, branding and trend forecasting in NYC before becoming … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Banh Mi

One of my fondest memories of coaching The Daughter’s volleyball team was at a long tournament where we had a potluck lunch of tasty Filipino and Vietnamese food (the team was mostly Asian).  Not just standard fare like lumpia but … Continue reading

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Tuft’s “Bias Incident”: Alcohol + Bias = Trouble

As a college freshman, I learned two basic rules about the college life about half a week or so into my first semester. 1) Academics measures as a minor part of the college experience and 2) Alcohol is near inescapable … Continue reading

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