Author Archives: Jeff

About Jeff

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

Asian American Commercial Watch: The Fighting Spirit of Anderson Paak

I first heard of  Anderson .Paak from Number One Son and Number Two Son, but I didn’t bother to find anything about him until I saw him featured in this commercial for Modelo beer.  “Fighting Spirit” is definitely an appropriate … Continue reading

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8mm Review: Brittany Runs a Marathon – an “Asian American-y” Movie

While the main character of Brittany Runs a Marathon is definitely not Asian American, two major characters in Brittany’s life are Asian American and are interesting enough to make this, in the words of Stacy Nguyen, an Asian American-y movie.   … Continue reading

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A Remarkable Search: “A Vanished Dream: Wartime Story of My Japanese Grandfather”

Long hidden family secrets, an African American journalist’s deathbed request, and the Japanese American internment – all these seemingly unconnected elements connect to create a moving and timely documentary about a man taken away by the authorities and never again … Continue reading

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Chinatown Block Watch: Fighting Xenophobia in New York’s Chinatown

In response to xenophobic attacks in New York’s Chinatown, activist Karlin Chan formed Chinatown Block Watch.  He is interviewed here in an episode of PBS’s Brief but Spectacular (included is a transcript of the interview). In a Bowery Boogie interview, … Continue reading

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Awkwafina, Andrew Yang, and Dino-Ray Ramos make the A100 list of Influential Asians

For the past three years, Gold House has published the A100 list of Asians and Asian Americans who have been highly influential in the past year.  2020’s list includes well known people like Awkwafina and Andrew Yang, plus others that … Continue reading

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The Joy Luck Club: Online Discussion with Author Amy Tan and Movie Cast on June 9

Before Crazy Rich Asians or Always be my Maybe, there was The Joy Luck Club in 1993.  Not many mainstream American movies before it and for a long time afterward had a majority Asian American cast.  Some Asian Americans really … Continue reading

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Filipino American Nurses and Medical Workers Hit Hard by Coronavirus

If you are a Filipino American, it is highly likely that you know lots of nurses and other medical workers.  It also is highly likely that news that that Filipino American nurses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 Pandemic … Continue reading

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US Memorial Day: Remembering Hazel Ying Lee, WASP Pilot

Hazel Ying Lee  was one of two Chinese American women in United State’s Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) program during World War II (Maggie Gee was the other).  She learned to fly and later volunteered to fight the Japanese in … Continue reading

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Today is Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s Birthday

Today Google’s daily doodle celebrates Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole‘s birthday and includes the above video.  His version of Somewhere of the Rainbow is well known, and I personally think of it before Judy Garland’s.  It was said to have inspired the … Continue reading

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“Asian Americans” premieres on PBS on May 11, 2020

Asian Americans, a new PBS series, premieres on May 11 and 12. A quick synopsys: Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes … Continue reading

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Passing Pauses: Reflections on a Single Death in a New York City ER

When patient M.M. died during her shift, Emergency Room Nurse Laura Ng didn’t feel much at the moment.  Only after she had a day off did she have a chance to do some justice to that death. Of the accounts … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Runner takes Boston Marathon Postponement in Stride

72 year old Jeannie Rice is still motivated to run, even after the Boston Marathon, which she was scheduled to run, was postponed to September 14, 2020 because of the coronavirus.  While I am sure that many people were disappointed, … Continue reading

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