Author Archives: John

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 Commercial Watch: Northwestern Mutual’s ‘Distant Relatives’

While watching the San Francisco 49ers defeat the Seattle Seahawks, I saw this Northwestern Mutual commercial (‘Distant Relatives’): “Someday is today. That’s the realization many people are having these days—what we’re calling The Great Realization. It’s time to finally do … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Lanhee Chen for California State Controller

I first heard of Lanhee Chen when he had first worked for then Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a policy advisor, and I met him the first time when he was a Hoover Fellow at Stanford University discussing his … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Sheng Thao for Oakland Mayor: “Determined”

Although I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (since 1999), I’ve never lived in Oakland and rarely make it there, but I do know that Oakland City Council member Sheng Thao is running for Mayor of Oakland this November. … Continue reading

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The Daily Show: Ronny Chieng Teaches You About K-Pop

Not sure why Ronny Chieng of The Daily Show decided to do a piece on K-pop recently: The signature elements of K-Pop? Next level dance choreography and being Asian. Ronny Chieng digs into how K-Pop is used to boost Korea’s … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Creative Planning’s ‘Wealth-Changing Question’

I was watching 60 Minutes recently and saw this commercial by Creative Planning: “Is your advisor giving you incomplete advice? Besides investing, there’s also taxes, insurance, estate planning, and other elements that can be stressful to organize. At Creative Planning, we … Continue reading

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Reporter David Louie retires after 50 years with ABC7

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area in the last 50 years, you probably have seen local television reporter David Louie. After working at ABC7 News for over 50 years, he will be retiring in October: After 50 … Continue reading

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Senate Officially Confirms Michelle Kwan as US ambassador to Belize

Back in July, I had blogged about Michelle Kwan being inducted into the U.S.Olympic Hall of Fame, as well as her being confirmed as Ambassador to Belize. Well, I was wrong – Michelle had her Senate confirmation hearing, but she hadn’t … Continue reading

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’38 At The Garden’ Premieres October 11th on HBO Max

Back in June, I had blogged about a community event about an upcoming documentary, ’38 At the Garden’ about Jeremy Lin’s performance against Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers back on February 10th, 2012, its effects, and the current state of Asian … Continue reading

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San Francisco Street Renamed ‘Vicha Ratanapakdee Way’ for 84-year-old Thai Killed

Back in January of this year, I had attended the one year anniversary of the deadly assault against 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee while on a walk in San Francisco. Recently, there was a ceremony to rename the street where ‘Grandpa Vicha’ … Continue reading

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Japanese American Tanforan Memorial Internment Camp Ribbon Cutting & Statue Unveiling

A few weekends ago on Saturday, August 27th afternoon, I attended in San Bruno, California (just south of San Fransisco), the Tanforan Memorial Ribbon Cutting and Statue Unveiling: “During World War II, the U.S. Army converted what was then the … Continue reading

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Cornell Quarterback Jameson Wang Signs NIL Deal with Degree

Image courtesy of Cornell University When I saw Jeff’s blog post on Gonzaga Basketball Players Kayleigh and Kaylynne Truong, I knew had to write about Cornell University’s Jameson Wang, a quarterback on the Ivy League school’s football team and his … Continue reading

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McKinsey & Company: Asian American workers: Diverse outcomes and hidden challenges

Earlier in September, the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company published this Executive Briefing: ‘Asian American workers: Diverse outcomes and hidden challenges’: “Events since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the murder of George Floyd and the rise in anti-Asian … Continue reading

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