Monthly Archives: June 2011

Asian Belly Buttons: Are You An Innie or Outie?

My wife and I are expecting a child at the end of the year. We’ve started to discuss things like what type of crib we want to buy, whether we should circumcise or not, and what kind of college they … Continue reading

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PINK DOT-Singapore Supports the Freedom to Love

PINK DOT is an annual event in Singapore that allows the LGBT community to come together in open air and be proud of who they are. Think of a miniature gay pride event in pink but without all the craziness … Continue reading

Posted in Discrimination, LGBT | 8 Comments

Is San Jose’s Japantown Becoming Hawaiitown?

I live close to San Jose’s Japantown, and I have been getting takeout from there for many years.  During that time, I have seen the Soko hardware store (pictured left) closed down and converted to a number of shops.  One … Continue reading

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Taiwanese Food Blogger Fined For Bad Review

Think twice before posting that bad review on Yelp–at least, if you’re in Taiwan (and if they have a version of Yelp there). Liu, a Taiwanese food blogger, found her dish at a restaurant so unsatisfactory that she wrote what … Continue reading

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The 8Asians Talk About: Drama in the Delta, the 3D Japanese Internment Camp Video Game

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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Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest Enters China

Every July 4th weekend, Nathan’s Famous conducts its annual hot dog eating contest, which it has been running almost continuously since 1916! In an effort to promote its brand in China, Nathan’s Famous expanded the hot dog competition to its … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Current Events, Food & Drink | 8 Comments

CA Controller John Chiang in the Spotlight

The LA Times profiles the life of California Controller John Chiang after recent headlines for his decision to dock lawmakers’ pay–and dealing with his own Taiwanese Tiger Mom: “In 2006, he ran for controller. He was widely viewed as the … Continue reading

Posted in (simple), Family, Politics | 2 Comments

‘Tiger Daughter’ Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld’s High School Graduation Speech

A few weeks ago, Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld of ‘Tiger Mom’ fame graduated as valedictorian and gave the commencement speech to her class. Apparently anyone in the top 20% is a valedictorian candidate and is voted by the senior class. Sophia does make … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Education, Family | 22 Comments

Jose Antonio Vargas: Dreams of an Undocumented Immigrant

A while back, Jeff blogged about Jose Antonio Vargas, a remarkable person and prolific writer/journalist who immigrated from the Philippines. He worked hard but tried to stay under the radar when it came to pursuing his dreams, particularly his education … Continue reading

Posted in Current Events, Discrimination, Politics | 6 Comments

Commenter Spotlight: m.wei

Commenter Spotlight is a weekly interview with the people who comment on – whether what they have to say is insightful, touching, humorous or controversial, they’ve earned the respect of other readers. 8Asians readers, meet commenter m.wei: Tell … Continue reading

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Ai Weiwei Released from Detention

A follow-up to Tina’s post on Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei: After 81 days in detention, China’s best-known artist, Ai Weiwei, has been released from prison, on bail. “I’m back with my family. I’m very happy.” The state news agency, … Continue reading

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