Monthly Archives: April 2016

Asian American Commercial Watch: Jane Kim for California State Senate (District 11) – “Fight”

Full disclosure: I’m a friend and have a lot of mutual friends with Jane Kim, and know her initially through a former 8Asians blogger (who used to be roommates with her). I think I may have donated to some of … Continue reading

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Film Review: ‘Pali Road’

Pali Road (2016) With Michelle Chen, Sun Kang, Jackson Rathbone, and Henry Ian Cusick. Directed by Jonathan Lim. Written by Doc Pedrolie and Victoria Arch. Lily is a young physician doing her residency at a hospital on Oahu. Her boyfriend … Continue reading

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‘Fresh off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Hi, My Name Is…”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 2, Episode 20: “Hi, My Name Is…” Original airdate April 26, 2016. Microsynopsis: The Huang family goes to the bank together so Evan can open his first bank account, but the process is slowed when … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Nothing Ever Dies” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The second book out from author Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, is a sharp non-fiction work that deals in the theoretical world of remembrance, forgetting, humanity, and its lack. Nguyen is much in the news … Continue reading

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Indiegogo: Before Tinder, there was the Taiwan Love Boat

There’s a new Indigogo fundraising for a documentary about the “Love Boat” – titled “Before Tinder, there was the Taiwan Love Boat”– asking for contributions of $20 to $5,000, with various levels of rewards for your level of contribution. And … Continue reading

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‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Ken Tries Stand-Up”

Dr. Ken, Season 1, Episode 22: “Ken Tries Stand-Up” Original airdate April 22, 2016. Symptoms:  When Ken is visited by a stand-up comic he knows from college (Jeff Ross), he’s persuaded to give stand-up a try at an open mic. … Continue reading

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8Books: Congrats to Viet Thanh Nguyen on his Pulitzer!

So many congratulations to Viet Thanh Nguyen who just won the Pulitzer Price in fiction for his debut novel, The Sympathizer! I was jumping up and down in my office chair when I saw the news yesterday. I devoured this book last … Continue reading

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Ro Khanna Running for Congress Again – Endorsed by San Jose Mercury News Over Congressman Mike Honda

Ro Khanna Speaking at Santa Clara, California campaign office opening One of the most closely watched Congressional races in 2014, especially from an Asian American and Democratic Party perspective, was when Indian American Ro Khanna challenged long-time incumbent Japanese American … Continue reading

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‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Korean Men’s Club”

Dr. Ken, Season 1, Episode 21: “Korean Men’s Club” Original airdate April 15, 2016. Symptoms:  At Allison’s urging, Ken joins a Korean men’s civic group, but rather than community service, the club is dedicated to doing “absolutely nothing” with a … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Taco Bell’s The Internet is Talking & George Takei I remember seeing actor and activist in the beginning if this Taco Bell television commercial campaign for it’s quesalupa’s I think starting around during the Super Bowl. But I think this is the first commercial with Takei being the … Continue reading

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8Books: “Have They Run Out of White Poets Yet?” by Franny Choi

I’m giving Franny Choi the post title because of her amazing poem responding to the latest in a long string of poems by white people that shouldn’t have been published. Calvin Trillin’s poem “Have They Run Out of Provinces Yet?” ran … Continue reading

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Conan Korea Episode Available Online

Watch episode here. Last February 2015, comedian Conan O’Brien visited a Korean Spa in Koreantown in LA The Walking Dead actor Steve Yeun and that video of his visit was hilarious (and has gotten over 13 million YouTube views as … Continue reading

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