Monthly Archives: February 2024

8mm Review: The Last Repair Shop

As I mentioned on my post on Nai Nai and Wài Pó, I also screened The Last Repair Shop. Although this 40 minute short documentary is not necessarily Asian American related, I did want to review it and give it … Continue reading

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Taiwanese CEOs: Jensen Huang

By Travis Yen Renowned in the computer world, Jensen Huang is best known for his leadership as the CEO and co-founder of NVIDIA Corporation, one of the top producers of graphics processing units (GPUs). Huang, who was born in Tainan, … Continue reading

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Nǎi Nai and Wài Pó: Review and Q&A with Oscar Nominated filmmaker Sean Wang

One of the things I have loved about living in the San Francisco Bay Area since I had moved out here in 1999 has been attending CAAMFest, or what it was known previous, as the San Francisco International Asian American … Continue reading

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Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender – Episode 1 Review

The long awaited Avatar: The Last Airbender live action show from Netflix finally released, and all 8 episodes are out. Here are my impressions of Episode 1. Story: Very good. There was already solid source material to work with, and … Continue reading

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Island in Between: Review and Q&A with Oscar-Nominated Director S. Leo Chiang

I live in Silicon Valley, and one of the benefits is that I live about five miles from Stanford University, where are often quite a few events of interest to me that are open to the public. Recently, there was … Continue reading

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Golden State Warriors 2024 Lunar New Year Celebration Night

Lunar New Year is a big deal in the San Francisco Bay Area, and it’s also a big deal with the Golden State Warriors. I couldn’t make the celebration night last year, but did back in 2022. This is the … Continue reading

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Traveling Japan: Narita Omotesando and Shinsho-ji

When they built the Narita International Airport out in the Chiba Prefecture back in the 70s, the idea was to decongest the main Haneda airport in Tokyo and establish a more spacious, higher capacity, and cost efficient alternative to flying … Continue reading

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8Books Review: Valley Verified by Kyla Zhao

Celebrate Valentine’s Day by curling up with Kyla Zhao‘s latest novel, Valley Verified. Will fashion writer Zoe Zeng be able to hack it (pun intended) in the startup world of Silicon Valley? After years of “paying her dues” only to … Continue reading

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Third State Books – A New Publishing House Amplifying Stories from Asian America

Living within five miles of Stanford University, I often attend talks there that are  open to the public. I recently went to a Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAPAAC) and Stanford’s Asian American Student Association sponsored panel discussion: Owning … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Downtown Hsinchu

Before Taipei was even a thing, there was Hsinchu, the first northern city to be developed in Taiwan in the early 1700s. Savvy international investors and world leaders have definitely heard of this rather small, unassuming town because even though … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Ken Jeong in Popeyes’ 2024 Super Bowl Ad “The Wait Is Over”

My favorite fellow Duke Asian American alumni is Ken Jeong (’90), and he stars in this Super Bowl commercial announcing that the Popeyes fast food chain is now offering chicken wings as part of their menu: “The year is 1972. … Continue reading

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Heinlenville Park in San Jose commemorates a Historic San Jose Chinatown

Heilenville Park opened in October of last year in San Jose’s Japantown, but I only recently got around to seeing it for myself this past weekend.  The park is named after the Heilenville Chinatown that was located at the site. … Continue reading

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