Author Archives: Tim

About Tim

I'm a Chinese/Taiwanese-American, born in Taiwan, raised on Long Island, went to college in Philadelphia, tried Wall Street and then moved to the California Bay Area to work in high tech in 1990. I'm a recent dad and husband. Other adjectives that describe me include: son, brother, geek, DIYer, manager, teacher, tinkerer, amateur horologist, gay, and occasional couch potato. I write for about 5 different blogs including 8Asians. When not doing anything else, I like to challenge people's preconceived notions of who I should be.

8Books: Free Kid’s E-book for Chinese New Year, ‘The Emperor Who Built the Great Wall’

If you’re an Asian American parent like me, you probably struggle to find books for your kids that have the right blend of age appropriateness and entertainment while still offering a glimpse into the history and culture of your ancestry. … Continue reading

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No Surprise: Asian Americans More Likely to Care For Elders

A new AARP study tells us what all of us Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) already know. AAPIs are more likely than any other racial group to care for their elders. “Caregiving Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” is … Continue reading

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The Racial Divide Between Elementary Schools

As a child, I attended public school. I didn’t have a choice, it was all my parents could afford, there was zero chance with my parent’s financial status that I’d ever get to go to private school. Even attending public … Continue reading

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8 Questions for Ken Fong of “The Ken Fong Project”

I was fortunate enough to meet Ken Fong of the Ken Fong Project this year during the V3con digital media conference in Los Angeles on June 20-21, 2014. Ken was part of the panel titled “Secrets Online: Topics that are … Continue reading

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American Girl “Archives” Asian American Ivy Ling Doll

Back in 2010 I wrote about the few available Asian appearance dolls on the market for our Asian American daughters, and more specifically as a Christmas present for my own five year old daughter. Top of my list was the … Continue reading

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Being Pushed Over the Glass Cliff

Almost everyone’s heard of the glass ceiling, the inability of women and minorities to get promoted to higher levels of the executive ranks due to discrimination. What most probably haven’t heard about is the new “glass cliff”. NPR discussed it … Continue reading

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Screening for Colon Cancer, “The Silent Killer” of Asian Americans

As an Asian American, there’s one killer out there that affects more Asian Americans than any other. The leading cause of death for Asian Americans since 1980 is cancer (unlike for the general population of the U.S. which has heart … Continue reading

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Made In the USA: American Surrogates for Chinese

When I was in college, I stumbled across the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip, by Bill Watterson. In particular I was quite taken with the strip where Calvin and his toy tiger Hobbes discuss where babies come from. By the … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of Chinese School

If you’re a Chinese American child of Chinese American immigrants, then it’s quite likely you spent part of your childhood attending Chinese school. It’s a coming of age ritual of growing up ½ or 1st generation Chinese American. And of … Continue reading

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So, You Speak Really Good English

This week, Buzzfeed ran an article on a photography project from the photographer Kiyun, where she asked students from the Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus to “write down an instance of racial microagression they have faced.” If you haven’t heard … Continue reading

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Product Review: Blackberry Q10 with Verizon Wireless + V3con 2013 Wrap Up

If 8Asian’s offer of free tickets to V3con didn’t alert you to the fact that this wonderful Asian American Digital Media Conference happened over the June 14th, 2013 weekend in Los Angeles, well then let me tell you a little … Continue reading

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Spousal Versus Filial Duty

When I was growing up, a common way to phrase a politically incorrect, racially insensitive Asian themed joke was to start off with or finish with a punch line that included “Confucius say…” You don’t hear those jokes much any … Continue reading

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