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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...)

Now on Netflix: ‘Like a Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres’

Back in October of last year, we reviewed the documentary ‘Like a Rolling Stone: The Life and Times of Ben Fong-Torres,’ which was still making the film festival circuit (I believe) and released theatrically. Now the documentary is available on … Continue reading

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POV Presents A Special Encore Presentation ‘Who Killed Vincent Chin’ in Recognition of the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 Hate Crime

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022, and one of the most consequential events in APA history is the killing of Vincent Chin, whose murders never got the justice they deserved. The documentary, ‘Who Killed Vincent Chin?’ will air … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: P&G’s ‘The Name’

I saw someone retweet this P&G ad the other day, and I teared up after watching it: “Everyone has a name — and from birth through a lifetime of introductions, it becomes the cornerstone of our identity. For many Asian … Continue reading

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Documentary ‘Norman Y. Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story’ – Available for Free Streaming

With the recent death of Norman Mineta, the Norman Y. Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story documentary is available for free streaming here, courtesy of the Mineta Legacy Project. I had the great pleasure of viewing this documnetary back in … Continue reading

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Historic Japanese American Norman Y. Mineta Dies at 90

Former Secretary of Transportation and Japanese American Norman Y. Mineta died on Tuesday at age 90: “Norman Y. Mineta, a second-generation Japanese American who was held in an internment camp during World War II and later became one of the … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Panda Express – ‘Wok-Fired Shrimp: Now Back at Panda Express’

A former colleague and friend Mike passed this recent Panda Express commercial to me that I had not yet seen. He was intrigued by the Mandarin version of Johnny Cash’s classic, Ring of Fire – quite a clever song for … Continue reading

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8mm Review: ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ & SF Premiere Panel Discussion Footage

I had the honor and pleasure of attending the San Francisco premiere of Everything Everywhere All At Once on Sunday, March 20th at the historic Castro Theater with Q&A afterwards with cast members Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie … Continue reading

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Asian Canadian Commercial Watch: Google Pixel 6 X Simu Liu | For All You Are

Asian *Canadian* actor Simu Liu is in this Google Pixel 6 commercial speaking in Mandarin showcasing the Pixel’s “Live Translate” feature. Pretty cool to see Simu speaking Mandarin.  He sounds fluent to me, but I’m not fluent in Mandarin (I … Continue reading

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San Francisco apologizes for discrimination against Chinese immigrants

In early February, San Francisco became the fourth city in the United States to apologize for its historic systemic racism against the Chinese: “The Board of Supervisors passed the apology resolution presented by city supervisor Matt Haney on Monday, coinciding with … Continue reading

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Jon M. Chu Joins Ethnic E-Grocery Weee! As Chief Creative Officer

If you haven’t heard of Weee!, maybe the online delivery grocer doesn’t deliver in your area (their major markets are SF Bay Area, LA, Seattle, Portland, San Diego and New York but expanding rapidly). Weee! was founded in Fremont, California … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: P&G: Chloe Kim & ‘Always There’

Love you always, dad. Couldn’t have taken this wild ride without your and mom’s constant love and support. Check out our story from @proctergamble 😍#sponsored pic.twitter.com/wjFspVMAmi — Chloe Kim (@ChloeKim) February 4, 2022 I saw Chloe Kim tweet this Proctor & … Continue reading

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CBS Sunday Morning: ‘Actor James Hong: At 92. Still going strong’

If you’ve watched any television or movies in the past 70 years, you’ve probably seen actor James Hong at least once in your life, even if you may not have known who he was. In fact, he may be the … Continue reading

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