The 8Asians Talk About: Cat Cafes

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 talk about kittens OMG OMG KITTEHS OMG OMG YOU CAN PLAY WITH THEM AT A CAFE OMG GAAAAH.

Mike: Now here’s a business model: Cat Cafes!

Moye: So weird. My friend is leaving for Tokyo today and I was telling him about these places!

Tina: I heard about these. LOL, I would probably pay to play with the kittens.

Akrypti: I’m familiar with the one in Taipei. I heart the idea of cat cafes. I’m totally going to open one when I retire.

Mary: I would be more interested in going to a dog cafe ^_^

Tina: They did start in Taiwan ^O^  When I was at a 7-11 in Taiwan with my cousins, they asked me “Do you want a hot dog?” in Chinese. I almost responded, “Oh, I don’t eat dog meat.” Luckily, I caught myself in time.

Christine: I think they have dog cafes in Korea. And I definitely saw a cat cafe in Hongdae. Right beside a sausage shop.

Jeff: I was disappointed when I read the link.  I thought that cats were on the menu.

Akrypti: Japanese, Jeff. The cafes are Japanese. Not Chinese.

(Flickr photo credit: SammyDavisDog)

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I'm the creator of 8 Asians and one of the editors. While I'm a regular blogger to the site as well, think of my role as Barbara Walters on "The View," except without the weird white hair. During the day, I'm a Developer for a major Internet company and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've also been writing in my blog,, for seven years.
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