Monthly Archives: September 2016

DNC 2016 – Day 4 – Quick Chat with CA State Treasurer John Chiang and Governor 2018!

Although I had seen California State Treasury John Chiang several times during the week at the Democratic National Convention, I hadn’t had a chance to do an interview. On Day 4 at the California Delegates Breakfast, I finally did, though only … Continue reading

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September is Suicide Prevention Month; “Together Not Alone” PSA #IFEELALIVE

#IFEELALIVE is a national awareness campaign launched on the Love and Discovery blog in support of Suicide Prevention Month in September. Suicide was the 8th leading cause of death for Asian-Americans, whereas it was the 11th leading cause of death … Continue reading

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Rose Pak, San Francisco Political Powerhouse, Dies

If you follow or cover San Francisco politics, especially regarding Asian Americans, Chinese Americans or Chinatown, you’ll inevitably here the name Rose Pak. Pak passed away of natural causes at age 68 at home on Sunday, September 18th. Her life, … Continue reading

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New Compilation Album Encourages Asian American Voters to Cast Their Ballots

  Voices of Our Vote is a new compliation album featuring “32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians.”  Presented by activist group 18MillionRising in partnership with Kollaboration, Traktivist, Tuesday Night Project, and Mishthi, the collection of … Continue reading

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8$: ‘Rice on White,’ Asian American Sex Comedy Feature Film

8$ is a series which occasionally highlights interesting crowdfunding projects. Every day, the 8Asians team is inundated by many worthy pitches. We are unable to highlight every one that comes our way, or even the ones we might individually support. … Continue reading

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‘Dr. Ken’ Episode Review: “Allison’s Career Move”

Dr. Ken, Season 2, Episode 1: “Allison’s Career Move” Original airdate September 23, 2016. What seems to be the problem? Allison is offered a position at Welltopia, something that appeals to neither her nor Ken, although’s Allison’s current practice is … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Nature’s Bounty – Better off Healthy – “Treadmill” I caught this Nature’s Bounty television commercial for fish oil while watching I think CNN on a Saturday morning. I like how this 0:15 second commercial shows the woman’s future self accelerated over time an rewinds back. My mother … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “The Fortunes” by Peter Ho Davies

Peter Ho Davies’ latest novel The Fortunes traverses 150 years of Chinese American history through the stories of four characters. Beginning with Ah Ling, biracial servant to railroad baron Charles Crocker in the late nineteenth century, the book moves on to … Continue reading

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8Questions: Dr. Sophia Yen of, a new online birth control prescription service

I’ve blogged about my friend Dr. Sophia Yen in the past. She’s probably the most politically active person I know (and her brother served in Iraq and her mother Sandy Yen was in the Taiwan legislature.) But by day, she’s not only … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: APIAVote: George Takei & John Cho – Voice Your Vote

APIAVote, which I’ve blogged about in the past, has just released online their new Public Service Announcement: “#VoiceYourVote: This year, be sure to uplift #AAPIVoices and make your voice heard by registering to vote and voting in the elections.” starring … Continue reading

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When Bollywood Meets the Blues: Aki Kumar Goes to Bollywood

The term “Asian American” talks about the interaction of two sets of ideas, customs, and traditions, Asian and American.   To me, one of the most fascinating instances of this are when two ordinarily distinct notions of Asian and American get … Continue reading

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8Asians At DNC 2016: Day 3 – Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC)

As Congresswoman Judy Chu had mentioned on Day 1 at the AAPI Caucus, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) would be represented and speaking on the Convention stage at the convention, which Chu is the chairwoman. This is the first time CAPAC … Continue reading

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