Monthly Archives: June 2009

Ninja Warrior

Video Game – E3 2009 – Ninja Warrior Ninja Warrior is a  Japanese game show that my sons got me hooked on. I found it absorbing and creative (who says Asians are not creative?), so I vegged out for a … Continue reading

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White Men Making Decisions for Asian Women: Sarkozy and the Burqa

“It will not be welcome on the territory of the French republic.” Following a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in which the two disagreed on the issue, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a major policy speech condemning the covering. … Continue reading

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“Asian Men Are Short: That’s Why White Woman Don’t Marry Them”

A recent tweet by a New York Times reporter posted a link to Modeling Interracial Love, a report about a recent Center for Economic and Policy Research discussion paper excitingly titled Anthropometry of Love: Height and Gender Asymmetries in Interethnic … Continue reading

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Martin Hsu’s The Legend of Naii in San Francisco

I’ve written about artist/animator Martin Hsu before, so I’m excited to write about his latest collection, The Legend of Naii, at Gallery 1988 in San Francisco. The eight paintings are a tribute to his grandmother, whom he depicts as a … Continue reading

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Yet Another Reason You Shouldn’t Drink Too Much: Video Evidence of Drunkeness

We’ve covered the “Asian Flush” more than once and well, frankly, getting taped and humilated is a far worse consequence than turning red from alcohol. Well, that’s what I think, anyway. Be careful who you are drinking with because they … Continue reading

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Korean High Schooler Tae-hyok Nam is Dodger Blue

I like to think that I bleed Dodger Blue. I love baseball and I LOVE the Los Angeles Dodgers. While I may not be an expert, I know my around a game enough to surprise the boys who think girls … Continue reading

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Fatherhood, Time, and Success

On a spring morning in 1998, Dominic Orr woke up as he did every day, in the dark. While his children slept, he showered, checked his phone and e-mail messages, and drove from his Saratoga, Calif., home to a breakfast … Continue reading

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How lame do you have to be to steal a wheelchair?*

Elaine Touch is a beautiful 24 year-old college grad from Long Beach. She aspires for a career in public relations and she’s in the news. Why? Because the custom wheelchair that she relies on to live her life was stolen … Continue reading

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Body Modification Hits Japan

I’ve heard and seen people into the body modification scene, but I’ve never really heard of the saline inflation fad in Japan until coming across these photographs by Ryoichi ‘Keroppy’ Maeda in Bizarre Magazine. Saline inflation what? Yeah, fans of … Continue reading

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The Green Dam Youth Escort: Not an Environmentalist “Dating” Service for Young People.

…and the Green Dam Girl doesn’t have anything to do with dental dams. Actually, Green Dam Youth Escort (绿坝·花季护航) is “content-control software” developed in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Ostensibly designed to block pornography, Green Dam can actually be … Continue reading

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Top Chef Masters: Kelly Choi

Bravo’s Top Chef spin-off, Top Chef Masters, kicked off last week and I know I’m not the only one glued to the television (or DVR) when it’s on. I’m waiting for Roy Yamaguchi’s episode to come on, since I’m curious … Continue reading

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When Your Success Is Your Parent’s Success

Growing up in Korea, I’ve heard from different adults in my life that a child’s success is their parent’s success: if a child misbehaved, they would blame the parents rather than the misbehaving child; if a child did well in … Continue reading

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