Monthly Archives: June 2017

Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe’s Spicy Thai Shrimp Fried Rice

At my local Trader Joe’s in Silicon Valley, this frozen dish goes for $4.99. I’ve had this dish before where I have stir fried it, so this time around, I microwaved the dish – first the shrimp separately, then adding … Continue reading

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My Father’s Lost Concentration Camp (Pt. 1 of 2)

In April of this year, I was asked by Southern California Public Radio to do a presentation about my family as part of their new series called, Unheard LA. The following is the video from my talk, followed by my … Continue reading

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NPR: His Life Cut Short, Vincent Chin Is Remembered For What Might Have Been – 35 Years Later

Recently, NPR interviewed Vincent Chin’s best friend and best nan, Gary Koivu, to remember Chin, on the 35th anniversary of his death:   “Gary Koivu met Chin when they were in the first grade and their teacher introduced Chin to … Continue reading

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Asian American Conspiracy Files: Senator Daniel Inouye

I’ve mentioned before that I pretty much love anything paranormal or conspiracy related. Give me a good alien abduction, or haunting, or JFK assassination story and I will be happy for hours. Not that I believe most of it—or any … Continue reading

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The Daily Show: The Slants & The Right to Discriminate Against Yourself

If you hadn’t heard recently, there was a Supreme Court decision involving the Asian American band called The Slants, that was settled in their favor: “Members of the Asian-American rock band The Slants have the right to call themselves by a disparaging … Continue reading

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Film Review: ‘The Big Sick’ starring Kumail Nanjiani

By Michael Aushenker Opening June 23 and going wide July 14, Kumail Nanjiani stars in The Big Sick, his autobiographical pet project—based on his real-life courtship with future wife Emily V. Gordon and their struggle after she is diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Top 5 Asian American Athletes

I heart professional sports. I love baseball, basketball, and football. I’m mostly obsessed with my local teams (Dodgers, Lakers, USC, and now Chargers). To prove it, I spend way too much time on fantasy sports. (On a side note, I’m … Continue reading

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Georgia Special Election Shines Light on Asian American Voters

If you’re not aware, there is a closely watched special Congressional election coming this Tuesday, June 20th in Georgia – in a suburb of Atlanta (Georgia’s 6th Congressional District between Republican Karen Handel and Democrat Jon Ossoff), and Asian Americans … Continue reading

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Asian American Frozen Foods: Review: Trader Joe’s Bi Bim Bap Bowl

I’m a big fan Korean food, especially Korean BBQ. But I also like bibimbap: “The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper … Continue reading

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Ben Nguyen should move up the UFC Flyweight ranks with 49 second submission of Tim Elliott Ben “Ben 10” Nguyen will most likely move up the UFC Flyweight ranks with his 49 second submission of #9 ranked Tim Elliott at UFC Fight Night:  Lewis vs. Hunt.   #12 ranked flyweight Nguyen was scheduled to fight #2 … Continue reading

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HBO’s Silicon Valley’s VC-Bro ‘Ed Chen’ – Breaking the Stereotype

Recently, I had blogged about HBO’s Silicon Valley portrayal of Asian stereotypes, specifically about how I was not a fan of the character Jian-Yang. One character I did forget to mention, was the venture capitalist (VC) Ed Chen, who is portrayed by … Continue reading

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Giveaway: The Little Exile by Jeanette Arakawa

8Asians and Stone Bridge Press are teaming up to give away two copies of Jeanette Arakawa’s The Little Exile. It’s the story of a Japanese American middle school girl sent to an internment camp during World War II. As Koji put … Continue reading

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