Category Archives: New York

8Books Review: “The Leavers” by Lisa Ko

Lisa Ko’s debut novel, The Leavers, follows a mother and son separated by immigration agents, borders, and new families. Deming Guo wakes up one day in the Bronx to find that his mother Polly has disappeared. Soon, he is Daniel Wilkinson … Continue reading

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Day Laborers, Flood Victims, and the Other One Percent: Illustrating the Gap between Asian American Rich and Poor

Much has been made about Asian American success, with articles pointing to average and median Asian American income being greater than whites, Asian cultural advantages, and incorrect exaggerations about the percentage of Asian American CEOs in Silicon Valley. Much less … Continue reading

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Eking out a living riding a bus: Asian American Seniors in New York

In the Asian ethnoburb where I live, one sees three kinds of buses.  One kind is the Santa Clara Valley Transit public transportation bus, and another is the kind is the tech bus, as white Google buses pick people up … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Seamless – stereotypical or racist?

https://youtu.be/eqLpLONAzss A friend of mine posted on Facebook recently this TV commercial that he saw air during prime time on network television by Seamless: “Ah, New York City. The people, the culture, the food. It just doesn’t get any better than … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: “Aubergine” by Julia Cho

Aubergine, a new play written by Julia Cho, opens today at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Running through October 2, it’s an emotional story about family, death, and food. Ray’s father is home on hospice with his son Ray, a … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: “Green Card: A New Musical”

Green Card: A New Musical takes on immigrant artists and the American dream in a new musical from young director Dimo Kim. Playing at Theatre at St. Clement’s until August 26, it focuses on the story of Han, an actor … Continue reading

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8Books Review: “Rich and Pretty” by Rumaan Alam

Rich and Pretty is not your average book about friendship, where everything is great, your friends can do no wrong, and everyone is beautiful. Ok, everyone is beautiful, at least it seems. But still, this is a book that offers a complicated … Continue reading

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Linsanity Left off the list of 21st Century Knicks Highlights

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iWWFk6TX18 The New York Post is disgusted that Linsanity has been left off of Madison Square Garden Network’s list of Top 21st Century Knicks Moments.  Lin’s career high 38 points should at least be as good as Iman Shumpert’s career-high … Continue reading

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NYC Theater Review: “Kentucky” by Leah Nanako Winkler

Showing in New York until May 22, Kentucky by Leah Nanako Winkler is a tumultuous and energetic ride through the lives of a Kentucky family on the eve of a wedding. It’s a play about home–home and family, for better and … Continue reading

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Apparently in Silicon Valley, only non-Asians are allowed to have fun

By Leeland Lee The New York Times recently published a collection of photographs by Laura Morton depicting the “entrepreneurs, geniuses, idealists” who have flooded Silicon Valley in search of vast riches. In image after image, we see millennial techies in … Continue reading

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Charlie Rose: Danny Bowien & Mission Chinese Food and Mission Cantina

If you follow this blog, you may know I’m an avid follower of Charlie Rose and appreciate his more in-depth television interviews. I recently came across this one with Danny Bowien, chef and co-founder of the restaurants Mission Chinese Food and … Continue reading

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Theater Review: “Smart People” Takes on Race at Second Stage

Smart People, now at 2econd Stage Theatre in New York, takes an incisive look at the role race plays in our lives, from career to personal, and particularly when the two mesh. Written by Lydia Diamond and starring Mahershala Ali (House of … Continue reading

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