Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Fung Brothers: Din Tai Fung ft. Dannie Riel

As you know, I’m a big fan of the Taiwanese restaurant chain Din Tai Fung, and most recently blogged about their new restaurant opening up later this year in San Gabriel Valley. Well, apparently the YouTube sensation The Fung Brothers … Continue reading

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2015 Austin Asian American Film Fest Early Submission Deadline on June 1st

The Austin Asian American Film Festival (AAAFF) is one of the premiere Asian American festivals in the American Southwest. The festival is committed to bringing the best in Asian and Asian American cinema to the vibrant city of Austin. It … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Kung Fu Killer The title of this movie sounds pretty standard as kung fu movies come. You’d expect that there’s a really strong kung fu guy who kills a lot of people. Well, that is actually the case, but there is a … Continue reading

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CAAM: The Golden Spike

2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the western half of the Transcontinental Railroad by Chinese immigrants.Often, the immigrant Chinese’s role in this historic accomplishment has been literally white washed. As part of celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, the Center … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “The Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s expertly and cunningly crafted debut novel The Sympathizer dictates a confession in the years after the end of the Vietnam War. At it’s very base, this is a spy’s story. Told from his perspective to an unnamed Commandant … Continue reading

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US Memorial Day: Remembering Captain Francis Wai

In 1996, the United States Congress ordered a new look at the stories of Asian American soldiers to see if any were passed up for appropriate medals.   As a result, in 2000, Frances Wai’s Distinguished Service Cross medal was … Continue reading

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AAPI MMA Fighters win at UFC Fight Night 66 in Manila as Mark Munoz Retires

Three Asian American/Pacific Islander MMA fighters won at UFC Fight Night 66 in Manila (Pasay to be exact) Philippines.  Jon “The Super Saiyan” Tuck, the first Chamorro signed to the UFC, submitted Tae Hyun Bang, by rear naked choke.  Mark … Continue reading

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16-year-old Asian Exchange Student Gored by Bison in Yellowstone

A 16-year-old exchange student from Taiwan staying with a host family in the United States visits Yellowstone National Park, stands three feet away from a live wild bison, turns her back to it for a picture, and is gored in … Continue reading

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Asian American Medical Hazard: Food Allergies

My father developed an allergy to shrimp, one of his favorite foods.  When he ate shrimp anyway, my mother warned him in Tagalog that he would get itchy.  “Then I’ll scratch,” was his reply.  While I laugh when I think … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Mad Men’s Series Finale: ‘I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke Commercial’

I’m a fan of the now completed AMC series ‘Mad Men,‘ (though I have to say, relative to ‘Breaking Bad,’ I thought was somewhat over-rated). This past week, ‘Mad Men’ concluded its series and the last scene is with one … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: Mr. Donuts

When I’m Stateside, I actually hardly ever have donuts. But when in Asia, with Mister Donuts in easy access, I have donuts almost every day. Not a bad thing, but it does make it a bit of a relief that … Continue reading

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The White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders: Historic Gathering of Almost 2,000 People

This week, on May 12, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, DC. Nearly 2,000 community members, federal officials, and guests from over … Continue reading

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