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About John

I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)

Asian American Frozen Foods: Tonkatsu Miso Ramen

I was at Costco recently and came across Pulmuone Foods USA’s Tonkatsu Miso Ramen. It looked appealing to me for two servings for a cost of $11.99. In the San Francisco Bay Area, a single bowl of ramen at a … Continue reading

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PBS Documentary ‘Asian Americans’ & More Available for Online Streaming (free)

With the rise of hate crimes against AAPIs due to the COVID-19 pandemic (exacerbated by the previous president’s “China virus” and “Kung Flu” rhetoric) and the recent mass shootings in Atlanta, Georgia, Jada Leng, PBS’s Business Strategy Director, Content and … Continue reading

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Steven Yeun Makes Oscars History as First-ever Asian American Lead Actor Nominee

It’s 2021, and it’s about damn time that an Asian American has been nominated for an Oscar for lead actor: “Steven Yeun made history Monday morning with his Oscar nomination for his performance as Jacob, a Korean father who moves … Continue reading

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Documentary ‘Love Boat: Taiwan’ Now Available for Streaming – Rent or Buy!

As I had mentioned back in April 2019, the documentary Love Boat: Taiwan, was premiering at several film festival in May 2019 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Taipei. It is finally available via streaming online on Vimeo – either … Continue reading

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Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation

October 23, 2020 would have been special effects engineer and TV host Grant Imahara‘s 50th birthday.  His mother and others used that day to announce the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.   The foundation’s mission is: To inspire emerging talent and empower … Continue reading

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Asian Americans Lead in Intent to Get COVID-19 Vaccinations

A friend of mine had posted about this recent Pew Research report on ‘Intent to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine Rises to 60% as Confidence in Research and Development Process Increases.‘  It surprised me that Asians are currently more likely to … Continue reading

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Asian American Frozen Foods: Trader Joe’s ‘Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice With Kimchi’

I was at Trader Joe’s a week or so ago and saw  this new frozen meal available -‘Bulgogi Beef Fried Rice With Kimchi’: “Translated directly from Korean, bulgogi is a compound word that simply means “fire-meat.” Literal translations aside, bulgogi … Continue reading

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25-year-old Alex Lee is California’s youngest, 1st Openly Bisexual State Legislator

 While going through the local election results last week, I was surprised to learn of Alex Lee: “History was made Tuesday in Santa Clara County where South Bay voters elected the youngest state legislator in eight decades. Democrat Alex … Continue reading

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Record Asian American Turnout in Early Analysis of 2020 Election

Source: TargetSmart One of the reasons why I’ve been involved in politics and civically engaged since 2004 and why I blog about such issues since 2007 in the Asian American community is because since 2007 is because I saw a … Continue reading

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Marilyn Strickland and Possibly Young Kim: First Korean American Women Elected to Congress

History was made this election when Marilyn Strickland, the former mayor of Tacoma, Washington, won her race for the US House of Representatives in Washington’s 10th congressional district: “… becoming the first Korean American woman elected to the US Congress … Continue reading

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Kamala Harris Elected as the First Asian American US Vice President

Saturday morning, the press, after the latest batch of ballots were counted in Pennsylvania, called the presidential election for Joe Biden. By doing that, Americans made history by also electing the first woman and Asian American Vice President, Kamala Harris: … Continue reading

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Asian American Frozen Foods: Trader Joe’s Beef Pho Soup

I was at Trader Joe’s recently and came across this new frozen offering, Trader Joe’s ‘Beef Pho Soup.’ While I’m a big fan of pho and I hope it becomes as popular as ramen, it’s not something I can easily … Continue reading

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