Category Archives: Observations

West Coast vs East Coast Asian Americans

A month after Number One Son left California to start college in Boston, I asked him if he found East Coast Asian Americans to be different from those from the West Coast.  He definitely did, saying that most of them … Continue reading

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Post Show and Tell: “Dr. Ken” Behind the Scenes and On the Set

If thirty minutes of Ken Jeong and his new ABC sitcom Dr. Ken (Friday nights at 8:30) aren’t enough of the good doctor to satisfy you (and how could they be?) check out the new Post Show and Tell video … Continue reading

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The 8Asians Talk About Jennifer Pan, “Tiger” Parenting, and “Everyone Loves Raymond”

Our internal e-mail lists have us discussing all kinds of stuff: Asian American identity, representation in the media, the experiences of activism in an academia setting and its progression as we transition to the working, adult world. The subject of … Continue reading

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Simon Tam of The Slants: “I am not the floodgate of racism that some think I am.”

I am not the floodgate of racism that some think I am. I am not the Pandora’s Box of hate speech that some afraid I’ve turned into. I am an anti-racist, social justice activist who has been battling in the … Continue reading

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New York Times “Modern Love” video: Breaching the Seawall

I’ve been digging the short “Modern Love” videos from the New York Times Style section. This, called “Breaching the Seawall,” really resonated with me. When Laurel Fantauzzo met a young woman and her bicycle in Manila, her relationship to the … Continue reading

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Caitlyn Jenner and the Power of Privilege

Observe the coming out of Caitlyn Jenner and you get a good study of the power of privilege. I don’t want to minimize the courage and bravery Jenner exhibits to tell her story and to live her life the way … Continue reading

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NPR: Whatever Floats Your Goat: The 2015 Lunar New Year Animal Is Up For Debate

Happy Lunar New Year! I had heard this NPR piece recently, and thought it was very educational – because I have heard many Happy Chinese / Lunar New Year celebration and exclaiming Happy Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram. … Continue reading

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A comment to Lela Lee of Angry Little Asian Girl, by Min Jung Kim

EDITORS NOTE FROM JOZ: For background, over the weekend, Lela Lee of Angry Little Asian Girl posted this: Why the “Angry Asian Man” is pissing me off. Today, Phil Yu of Angry Asian Man responded: I AM BEING THREATENED WITH … Continue reading

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Can Asians Fly?

With the recent ATR-72 TransAsia Airways plane crash in Taiwan and the Asian airplane tragedies in the last couple of years, I thought it was important for me to weigh in on the question of whether Asians pilots can fly airplanes. … Continue reading

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8Asians TalkAbout: Watching the ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ Pilot

Our internal e-mail lists have us discussing all kinds of stuff: Asian American identity, representation in the media, the experiences of activism in an academia setting and its progression as we transition to the working, adult world. And since the … Continue reading

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Newspaper sets up 2 Asian Americans on a date, massive boredom ensues

by Leeland Lee Get ready to cringe. The New York Post recently set up two random Brooklynites on a blind date in their “This Week’s Couple” segment. Asian Americans Chris, 30, and Vickie, 27, met up for dinner at Café … Continue reading

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Is shame the reason why Filipino food has not gone mainstream yet?

Over the years, there have been many stories about Filipino food becoming the entering the American mainstream.  Efren wrote this one in 2007, and I wrote one in 2012 as people like chef and TV host Andrew Zimmern  were proclaiming … Continue reading

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