Monthly Archives: September 2015

Former Top Clinton Fundraiser Norman Hsu Says ‘I Was Greedy’

When I first started blogging for 8Asians back in 2007, I started to learn more about Asian Americans in the political realm, including fundraisers such as Norman Hsu (since convicted in 2009 and imprisoned), and even blogged about him a few times … Continue reading

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An Asian/White Divide in Silicon Valley

Many statistics quoted about Silicon Valley diversity often lump Asian and Whites together vs Hispanics and African Americans. This sorting implies that there is some kind of unity between Asian and Whites in Silicon Valley. As a longtime resident, I … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Liberty Mutual Insurance TV Commercial – Deductible Fund I saw this Liberty Mutual Insurance commercial recently. This commercial is part of a series of commercials of insurance customers stating how insurance and insurance companies should work. This particular ad describes a decreasing car insurance deductible: “At Liberty Mutual … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: Kyoto’s Heian Shrine

The Heian Shrine is one of those major stops in Kyoto. It’s one of the main shinto shrines in the country, and its torii is one of the largest in all of Japan. It’s a symbol of revival for Kyoto … Continue reading

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Union City School changes name to honor Filipino American Farm Labor Leaders

Alvarado Middle School in Union City California will officially change its name to Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School this September.  Larry Itliong and Philip Vera Cruz were farm worker labor leaders instrumental in the founding of the United Farm Workers.   The … Continue reading

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Defining American Citizenship: The Story of Wong Kim Ark

As a child growing up in America, I thought of myself as not-American. In America, I was Taiwanese, I was Chinese, I was Asian. Though I pledged my allegiance to the American flag alongside my classmates of various ethnic and … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “The Hundred Year Flood,” by Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses’ debut novel The Hundred Year Flood is a lyrical adventure through the streets of Prague. Young Korean American Tee at the center of everything, as he tries to reinvent himself and separate himself from his adopted parents and the … Continue reading

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Taiwanese Americans Cannot Hold Their Liquor

When I saw this article on 47% of Taiwan’s poulation lacks alcohol-metabolizing gene posted on Facebook and read the details, I laughed, since it is pretty common that Asians often do get the “Asian flush”.  ALDH2 is an alcohol-metabolizing gene and if … Continue reading

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Dancing his way into her Heart: A Dance Video Proposal

While you may have already seen Joshua Dela Cruz’s surprise proposal to Amanda Phillips disguised as a dance video shoot, but I thought I’d share it for three reasons.  First, it’s a lot more original than a flash mob proposal–those … Continue reading

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