Monthly Archives: February 2020

Din Tai Fung Las Vegas – “Steaming this summer”

Back in November of last year, I had blogged about the news that Din Tai Fung was going to open a restaurant in Las Vegas. At the time, there was little clarity as to when it was going to open … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Year of the Rabbit” by Tian Veasna

Year of the Rabbit by Tian Veasna is a stunning graphic novel detailing the true story of one family’s struggle to survive under the Khmer Rouge. Veasna himself was born in 1975, three days after the Khmer Rouge came to … Continue reading

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‘Fresh off the Boat’ Episode Review: “Family Van” and “Commencement”

Fresh Off the Boat, Season 6, Episodes 14 and 15: “Family Van” and “Commencement” Original airdate February 21, 2020. Synopses:  In episode 14, the family minivan acts up, inspiring a crisis for Jessica and Louis, who are torn between their … Continue reading

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Fresh Off the Boat Sails into the Sunset Tonight

After six seasons (that’s 116 episodes), Fresh Off the Boat calls it Friday evening with a two-part series finale.  The season’s fourteenth episode, “Family Van,” airs at 8:00 on ABC. When the trusty Huang family van takes a turn for the … Continue reading

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“Practical” Asian Careers and Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience and upcoming Shang-Chi Marvel Film)

Simu Liu, of Canadian TV series Kim’s Convenience, is poised to become massively visible as the star of the upcoming Marvel movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the the Ten Rings.   But the road to getting to that point was … Continue reading

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‘Harvard Please Let Me In’ – A Music Video by Ethan Kim

I saw a Facebook friend of mine post this video from YouTube about North Carolina high school student Ethan Kim, who had applied early to Harvard, but got deferred. So he decided to put together a rap music video asking … Continue reading

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Andrew Yang Suspends Presidential Run: Thoughts On His Historic Run

Shortly after the closing of the New Hampshire primary polls, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced (to my surprise) the suspension of his campaign. His stated reason: “Before the Iowa caucus last week, Yang and his aides had held out … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Dear Girls” by Ali Wong

Ali Wong’s Dear Girls will make you laugh, cry, and will also make you hungry. But overall you will be happier, and it seems like maybe in 2020, we’re going to want some more happy. I had every honest and … Continue reading

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Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Parasite’ cleans up at the Oscars; watch it now on 4K Ultra HD Digital, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand

Parasite made history last night as the first Korean film to receive an Oscar®, but clinching four top Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Film is the pinnacle of a spectacular awards season for … Continue reading

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UC Berkeley Tang Center: Xenophobia a “Common” and “Normal” reaction to the Coronavirus

In an incident full of irony on multiple levels, UC Berkeley’s University Health Services Tang Center, named after donor and Hong Kong businessman Jack Tang, posted the above note on social media for Cal students, many of whom are Asian … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: Border People

Border People is a journalistic one-man theater piece by Dan Hoyle that dwells on the broad theme of “borders.” It’s now being performed at A.R.T. / New York Theatres in New York City. Based on in-depth conversations and interviews at … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Samsung’s ‘Galaxy Note10: Mission Statement from Kevin Lin’

I first met fellow Taiwanese American entrepreneur Kevin Lin over a decade ago when he was first working on Justin.tv before that company pivoted to become the very successful Twitch (which was acquired by Amazon for $970 million in cash.) … Continue reading

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