Monthly Archives: July 2011

Asian American Commercial Watch: DirectTV’s “The Whale”

I caught the latest DirectTV’s commercial starring Dat Phan. I think Phan’s character is inspired by Ken Jeong’s character Mr. Chow from The Hangover and I can’t say that I’m a fan of the commercial. There’s even a giant panda … Continue reading

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Asian American Teens Spend Most Money On Back To School Fashion

From Fashionista: “Asian American teens spend an average $140.97 per month on fashion, the most of any ethnic group, while white teenagers spend the least amount ($111.58). Latinos spend the most per trip–$98.20–while again, whites spend the least ($81.41). That’s according … Continue reading

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Next Media Animation Covers Congressman David Wu’s Resignation

You know the rule: if a major news story like Congressman David Wu resigning has the search terms Taiwan, Congressman, Sexual Assault and Tiger suit, you sure as hell know that Taiwan’s Next Media Animation will have it covered in … Continue reading

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Congressman David Wu Resigning Amidst Sex Allegations

If you haven’t been following this fast moving story, here are the facts to get you up-to-speed: Last week, local Oregon news reports indicated that Congressman David Wu had an unwanted sexual encounter with a possible minor. Wu denies that the … Continue reading

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Street Fighter x Hello Kitty: A Kitty Fighter!

When I hear someone even mumble the words “Street Fighter,” my heart rate sky rockets and my eyes light up. I imagine pushing buttons, throwing projectiles and super combos upon some poor newbie. Capcom is very well known for collaborating … Continue reading

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Study Suggests Asians in the US “No Longer at the Top of the Wealth Hierarchy” Due to Housing Crisis

An article from the Pew Research Center finds that – in percentage terms – the bursting of the housing market bubble in 2006 and the recession that followed from late 2007 to mid-2009 took a far greater toll on the … Continue reading

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The United States Vs. Takaichi Sakai: Renunciant, Part 3 of 5

After my grandparents answered “No No” to questions 27 and 28, the whole family was sent to Tule Lake, Northern California. A camp that was designated for “bad” Japanese Americans – in other words those who had answered the loyalty … Continue reading

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Chinese Couple Sells Kids For Video Games

According to ABC News Radio, a Chinese couple has been arrested for selling their two children for video games: “In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child, a baby girl, and came up with the idea to … Continue reading

Posted in (simple), Family, Lifestyles, Video Games, WTF | 12 Comments

Asian American Commercial Watch: Target’s Back-to-School Suggestions

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glquKfXhLFo Target has launched its back-to-school push, highlighting a “2nd Grade Teacher” discussing all the school supplies your child needs for the new school year. The teacher seems to be a bit too excited, enthusiastic and energetic for my tastes. … Continue reading

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New Internet Fad Owling Looks Suspiciously Like the Asian Squat

You know, I don’t get the whole planking trend, where people lie face down in weird places and other people take photos of them. But wait — planking is SO nine months ago, because according to Newsweek’s tumblr page, the … Continue reading

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The 8Asians Talk About: David Sedaris’ Fear of Chinese Food

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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DUDE WTF ASIA: Korean Skyscraper Evacuated Due to Tae Bo and Snap!’s The Power

On July 5, the Korean Techno-mart skyscraper was evacuated because of mysterious tremors shaking the building.  Korean scientists have discovered the cause: middle aged exercisers doing Tae Bo to Snap!‘s 1990s Dance Hit, “The Power“.  Apparently the combination of doing Tae … Continue reading

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