Monthly Archives: January 2011

8Questions: Gina Hiraizumi, Actress/Singer

Gina Hiraizumi is one of the hardest working people in Hollywood. I’ve been a big fan of her from afar but recently we were both invited to Japan for a conference and I found out that not only is she super talented but also one of the most down to earth and funny people I know. Continue reading

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First Asian Featured in Louis Vuitton Menswear Campaign

You can’t turn around without seeing an Asian with a Louis Vuitton product. Whether or not they are real is a totally different story. Despite that, using an Asian model in their campaigns would be a good idea, right? Enter … Continue reading

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Asians Behaving Badly: Hercules Mayor Ed Balico resigns amid Scandal Allegations

Just as Ed Lee and Jean Quan are beginning their terms as mayor, another Bay Area Asian-American mayor, Ed Balico of Hercules, is now out.  After being presented with an effort to recall him and other members of the Hercules … Continue reading

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Nightline’s Behind the Scenes With Taiwan’s Next Media Animation

By now, I think everyone is pretty familiar with Taiwan’s Next Media Animation – or at least their animated news releases – the most famous being their recounting of Tiger Woods’ post-Thanksgiving car accident and subsequent scandal. Last Friday, Nightline … Continue reading

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Nominations Open for the 2011 Farmers Insurance Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Awards

On Wednesday February 16th, 2011 at the Farmers Insurance Extraordinary Entrepreneurs Awards in Sacramento, Farmers Insurance will honor diverse female business professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Cisco’s Umi If you work in the corporate world, you may have used a high end video conferencing system before. In the past few years, Cisco has been selling a VERY high end version of video conferencing and branding it “Cisco … Continue reading

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Book Review: Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng

I was recently sent a review copy of Grandfather Counts by Andrea Cheng. It caught my eye immediately, as the premise reminded me of an event in my own childhood. While the book isn’t new (it was published in 2000 … Continue reading

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Giveaway: $50 American Express Year of the Rabbit Gift Card

UPDATE on 2/4/2011: This giveaway is now closed. The randomly selected winners have been contacted and will be announced soon. The Year of the Rabbit is just a week away (on February 3!) and if you weren’t one of the … Continue reading

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Self-Segregation in Religion

So I was out having dinner with a few friends and the topic of religion came about. One of the guys basically invited us to his church and the question came up on whether or not the church accepted mixed … Continue reading

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Asian Americans & Smoking: A Silent Epidemic

As I go through pharmacy school and learn about all the different diseases that people go through, I’ve been particularly interested in seeing how these diseases affect Asian Americans, including how smoking tobacco has affected us. Personally, it’s affected me … Continue reading

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Banana 2 Coming Soon on February 26th!

As advertised on the BANANA 2 website, a gathering of Asian Pacific American bloggers from across the country will participate in BANANA 2 on February 26, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the back lot of CBS Studios … Continue reading

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Stephen Colbert’s Take on Limbaugh’s Chinese

The other day, 8Asians wrote about conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s mocking of the Chinese language when he was complaining about the lack of translation when Chinese President Hu was speaking the other day. Well, Stephen Colbert has his … Continue reading

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