Category Archives: Shopping

Asian American Commercial Watch: Zales Vera Wang LOVE Collection

I forgot when I first heard of the fashion designer Vera Wang, but I’ve mostly heard of her name associated with wedding dresses. So it came to my surprise to come across this Zales television commercial for her line Vera Wang … Continue reading

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Stuff That Should Stay in Asia: Singing & Spinning Happy Birthday Flower Candles

Have you seen these fire hazards known as “The Amazing Happy Birthday Candle?” Easily found on the Internet and evidently legal and available in the United States (via Amazon and other websites), these candles have been popular in mainland China … Continue reading

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Awesome Photoshop Trend: Hello Kitty-fying Superheroes

We already know that Hello Kitty is not a cat, that Hello Kitty is also for men, that you can get pretty much anything you want emblazoned with Hello Kitty on it, and that if you need to get away … Continue reading

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Giveaway: GODIVA Limited Edition 2014 Chocolate Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes

UPDATE 9/10/2014: Congrats to Douglas C, winner of the GODIVA Limited Edition 2014 Chocolate Mid-Autumn Festival Mooncakes. In 2014, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 8. That means it’s mooncake time! Now if you’re like me, and you basically hated … Continue reading

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Dear Hello Kitty Fans: Why It’s OK She’s Not a Cat

Dear Hello Kitty Fans, I know you’re upset that Sanrio has recently surprised the world by saying that Hello Kitty is not a cat. But really, as a long-time Sanrio fan, I’m not sure why many of you are quite so … Continue reading

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Traveling Taiwan: Houtong Cat Village (part 16 out of 24)

It’s an understatement to say I have a soft spot for cats. So when I heard that Taiwan had a village full of cats, my trip simply would not be complete without visiting the Houtong Cat Village. Upon arrival at … 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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Traveling Taiwan: Night Markets (Part 5 of 24)

When I went on the Taiwanese Love Boat, I lived right in Jian Tan, which is the home of the world famous Shilin Night Market of Taipei, Taiwan. I’m sure there’s night market culture in a lot of different places, … Continue reading

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Product Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

EDITORS NOTE: This review was written in June 2013 but got (temporarily) eaten by the blog monsters. Let’s just put it this way: I’m fully entrenched in the world of Apple. I use an iPhone, an iPad, and a MacBook … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Ace Hardware Neighbors This commercial from Ace Hardware shows “Greg” (Actor Ryun Yu) getting a bit of hardware advice from his “neighbor” at Ace. I wonder if they can give advice like Tim does on Asian American DIY such as installing powerful … Continue reading

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CNN Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown: Koreatown Los Angeles I’ve lived in LA’s Koreatown for a few years and driven up and down its streets on a daily basis for over a decade. I’ve got some of my own favorite little haunts on this corner and that strip … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Sears “A Monkey’s Uncle”

Have you seen the Sears commercial featuring Jeanne Chinn, Lorenzo Lamas, and a monkey? Cute commercial, but if that didn’t sound like the start of a bad joke, I’m not sure what does. Screenshot courtesy:

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