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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...)

California Assemblymember Evan Low Introduces Universal Basic Income Bill

Since Andrew Yang dropped out of the presidential race, Assemblymember Evan Low, who was Andrew’s former campaign co-chair has been keeping busy – on February 25th, introduced a statewide universal income for Californians: “He just introduced AB 2712, proposing a … Continue reading

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Former Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Launches ‘Humanity Forward’

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced on ‘The View,’ email, and elsewhere the launch of ‘Humanity Forward’: “The entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who last month ended his long-shot presidential campaign in which he promoted a universal basic income, argued for data … Continue reading

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8Asians Interview: Rowena Chiu, Harvey Weinstein’s Former Assistant and Assault Victim, Speaks Out to the Asian American Community

Back in September 2019, when I had first read about a ‘Rowena Chiu’ who had come out publicly to recount for the first time Harvey Weinstein’s attempt to sexually assault her, I immediately instant messaged my friend Rowena the article … Continue reading

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Interview with Sophie Kim – Amara in Netflix’s ‘The Healing Powers of Dude’

Back in January, I wrote that Netflix had launched the TV show ‘The Healing Powers of Dude,” which co-starred Sophie Kim. I recently had the opportunity to drop by her house on a Saturday afternoon to interview her.  In this … Continue reading

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Din Tai Fung Las Vegas – “Steaming this summer”

Back in November of last year, I had blogged about the news that Din Tai Fung was going to open a restaurant in Las Vegas. At the time, there was little clarity as to when it was going to open … Continue reading

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‘Harvard Please Let Me In’ – A Music Video by Ethan Kim

I saw a Facebook friend of mine post this video from YouTube about North Carolina high school student Ethan Kim, who had applied early to Harvard, but got deferred. So he decided to put together a rap music video asking … Continue reading

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Andrew Yang Suspends Presidential Run: Thoughts On His Historic Run

Shortly after the closing of the New Hampshire primary polls, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced (to my surprise) the suspension of his campaign. His stated reason: “Before the Iowa caucus last week, Yang and his aides had held out … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Samsung’s ‘Galaxy Note10: Mission Statement from Kevin Lin’

I first met fellow Taiwanese American entrepreneur Kevin Lin over a decade ago when he was first working on Justin.tv before that company pivoted to become the very successful Twitch (which was acquired by Amazon for $970 million in cash.) … Continue reading

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Netflix “The Healing Powers of Dude” Actress Sophie Kim

Recently, the Netflix TV series ‘The Healing Powers of Dude” premiered: “Meet Noah, he’s an 11-year-old with social anxiety disorder starting middle school. School can be tough, but with the help of his emotional support dog, Dude, plus his friends … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Nike’s Lunar New Year Ad – ‘The Great Chase’

When I first saw this Nike ad for the Chinese New Year in China, I loved it. It brought back many memories of my father fighting over a bill with others at a Chinese restaurant. As noted in this article: … Continue reading

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“Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” Debuts January 22nd on Comedy Central

Actress, comedian, and recent Golden Globes winner Awkwafina will be debuting her new Comedy Central series on January 22nd: “Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens” makes its debut Jan. 22. The series, inspired by her real-life upbringing in New York, also stars … Continue reading

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Jonny Kim, ex-Navy SEAL and Harvard doc, is now the first Korean American Astronaut

I had heard of Jonny Kim and his amazing accomplishments, including his training to be an astronaut, but now it’s official: “Graduating from Harvard Medical School and being a part of the Navy SEALs must not have been enough accomplishments … Continue reading

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