Author Archives: Jeff

About Jeff

Jeff lives in Silicon Valley, and attempts to juggle marriage, fatherhood, computer systems research, running, and writing.

Leanne Wong: Student, Entrepreneur, and Possible Olympic Gymnast

1) Pre-med student 2) business owner 3) college gymnast trying to make it into the Olympics – Leanne Wong is all three! I first learned about her story from this ESPN article. She is an elite level gymnast, having achieved … Continue reading

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Is Ube becoming Ubiquitous?

A few years ago, I asked “Has Filipino Food Arrived?” and mentioned that ube is starting to appear in many places. In the shopping areas, grocery, and restaurants that I frequent, ube is already very well established. One could argue … Continue reading

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Filipina American Basketball Player Kayla Padilla makes it to the NCAA Elite 8

It seemed strange yet very cool to see an Asian American woman basketball player in a NCAA Division 1  game televised on national television.  It was not just any game – USC guard Kayla Padilla was playing in a NCAA … Continue reading

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The Brothers Sun cancelled (a.k.a. finish watching a show you like)

I was enthusiastically watching The Brothers Sun series when after getting through part of episode 5, I got distracted and didn’t finish it and the rest of the episodes.  Later I read that The Brothers Sun has been cancelled! It … Continue reading

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Năi Nai & Wài Pó make it to the Oscars Red Carpet and into Vogue and GQ!

My family and I really enjoyed watching Nai Nai & Wài Pó . Even though the Sean Wang’s short did not win an Oscar, The Daughter shared with me that the real life Nai Nai and Wài Pó were big … 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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Apple’s 2024 Chinese New Year Short: Little Garlic

Every year, Apple releases a short film for Chinese New Year that is shot on their latest iPhone, and every year I look forward to the story that is created. This short for this 2024 is called Little Garlic. Apple’s … Continue reading

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An Astronaut, an Asian Parent’s Expectations, and a Space Ship Hatch Lock

“If you guys don’t give me a chance to repair my instrument, I’m not going back.” Asian Americans sometimes joke about Asian parents’ high expectations, but the expectations of an Asian father had lasting effects on space travel. In this … Continue reading

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Quiz Lady wins an 2024 Critics Choice Award

When I read John’s review of Quiz Lady, I was particularly amused at his last sentence that said it probably would not be eligible for an Oscar. While I did see the movie and enjoyed it, I thought that even … Continue reading

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“Beef” Wins Big at Emmy and Critics Choice Awards

In addition to winning three Globe Globes,  the Netflix series Beef won eight Emmy awards! The awards include: Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie (Ali Wong) Outstanding Lead Actor in … Continue reading

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Disney+ cancels American Born Chinese TV Series

Despite good reviews, Disney+ is canceling any future seasons of American Born Chinese. Apparently viewership was not enough to warrant renewal. Not coincidentally, Disney+ and many other streaming services are cutting back on content spending. According to the cancellation article, … Continue reading

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“Beef” Takes Top Honors at 2024 Golden Globes

The Netflix series Beef won every 2024 Golden Globe category for which it was nominated, three in total. It won Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Best Performance by a Male Actor in a Limited … Continue reading

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