Monthly Archives: October 2009

Can Being Asian Prevent Promotions?

So I got this email, and saw the tweet: Being Asian can prevent you from ascending the corporate ladder. Our seminar, presented with EMC Asian Circle, can tell you what to do about it. You’ve done all the right things, … Continue reading

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Yul Kwon Appointed to FCC as Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the appointment (.pdf) of Yul Kwon, (yes, Survivor & Red Mango owner Yul Kwon), as Deputy Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau. Yul has had past political aspirations including running for … Continue reading

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KFC: When is Chicken Not Chicken?

For most people, there’s little concern if our chicken meat has some pork or say some beef mixed in. But for some groups of Asians that would be an entirely different matter. Most people are already aware that Indians of … Continue reading

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Happy Friday: Battlestar Galactica Babe Grace Park on the Cover of Maxim

“I don’t know what planet you come from, but to me, you’re a perfect ten!” That would be my pathetic pick-up line if I were to stumble across Battlestar Galactica bombshell Grace Park. Gentlemen — and ladies — drop what … Continue reading

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Dawen covers Jay Sean’s “Down”

The curse of a great song like Jay Sean’s “Down,” the kind which hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, is that it gets played it like a million times on the radio until you don’t want to hear … Continue reading

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Racist Confrontation Between NYC Traffic Agent and Chinese Man

It’s hard to believe that this sort of thing still happens, and yet, here it is: earlier this week in Manhattan’s Chinatown, traffic agent Twana Chapman was about to put a parking ticket on a car when the owner, Qiang … Continue reading

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China Only Trails U.S. in Billionaires

According to the newly released Hurun Rich List there are 130 billionaires in China, up from a 101 a year ago, moving China to second place behind the U.S. in the number of billionaires. And it’s believed the actual number … Continue reading

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Mandarin, not Cantonese, Becoming the Language of Manhattan’s Chinatown

I grew up in Manhattan’s Chinatown. My family speak Toisanese (or Taishanese), which is a version of the more commonly known Cantonese. As far as I knew, everyone in Chinatown spoke either Canton or Toisan, or both. But not Mandarin. … Continue reading

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Will You B Here? UC Davis

There was a post a week or two ago about the B Here Campaign, a quick reminder that the UC Davis event is on the 27th and the 28th… make sure you catch the last chance (in awhile) to see … Continue reading

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Three Apples: Celebrating Hello Kitty’s 35th Anniversary

There’s no denying Hello Kitty’s global domination.  Can you name any other icon character that has graced almost every single kind of product, from stationary sets and band-aids to Paris Hilton and hospitals around the world? (Okay, yes, maybe Mickey … Continue reading

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South Pacific on Tour in San Francisco: Racism is Carefully Taught

The wonderful Broadway revival “South Pacific“, directed by the brilliant Bartlett Sher, is on tour right now in San Francisco. Written in 1949 by Rodgers and Hammerstein, most people remember this musical as a lovely romance during World War II … Continue reading

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My Time in Cambodia: Cleanin’ Like My Momma

Now that I’m living in an actual “third world” country — instead of just studying about one — I find it important to be aware of what I’m seeing and how it connects to the ideas and “truths” I learned … Continue reading

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