Category Archives: Tech

Bias in Source Code Review Pushback impacts Asians and other groups at Google

You would think that tech rank and file positions in Silicon Valley (as opposed to upper and executive management) would be where Asians would experience less bias, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Researchers at Google have found … Continue reading

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Asian Canadian Commercial Watch: Google Pixel 6 X Simu Liu | For All You Are

Asian *Canadian* actor Simu Liu is in this Google Pixel 6 commercial speaking in Mandarin showcasing the Pixel’s “Live Translate” feature. Pretty cool to see Simu speaking Mandarin.  He sounds fluent to me, but I’m not fluent in Mandarin (I … Continue reading

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Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation

October 23, 2020 would have been special effects engineer and TV host Grant Imahara‘s 50th birthday.  His mother and others used that day to announce the Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.   The foundation’s mission is: To inspire emerging talent and empower … 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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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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Asian American Commercial Watch: Day in the Life with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

If you own a high-end Android smartphone, it most likely has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Recently, Qualcomm announced their latest and greatest, the Snapdragon 845, and highlights some of the benefits in their corporate video (okay, so not really a … Continue reading

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Samsung Galaxy Note8’s “I Love You”

https://youtu.be/ERpKo7XZ9yY I haven’t seen this television commercial yet, but a friend sent me this link after he saw this Samsung Galaxy Note 8 commercial while watching an NFL football game on a Sunday evening on NBC: “There’s a new way … Continue reading

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8Asians Exclusive: Interview with Dr. Ravi Chandra, author of ‘Facebuddha’

Recently, I interviewed my friend Dr. Ravi Chandra, who recently published his book, Facebuddha: Transcendence in the Age of Social Networks: Facebuddha is a rich memoir of relationships, online and off, and an exploration of the psychology of social networks through a Buddhist lens. … Continue reading

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Wired: It’s Time For ‘Silicon Valley’ to Disrupt Its Toxic Asian Stereotypes

Note: this discusses a little bit of the current season – so possible spoilers if you haven’t been watching. When I saw this headline on Facebook, I wondered why no one had written about this yet. I’m a fan of … Continue reading

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Priscilla Chan, in rare interview, tells how her goals with Mark Zuckerberg are shaped by personal story

In the local Silicon Valley newspaper, The San Jose Mercury News recently did an interview with Priscilla Chan. She’s most well known for being the wife of founder & CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg and she rarely gives interviews. In … Continue reading

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ICYMI: SVVR 2016 – Virtual Reality (VR) in China

I work in Silicon Valley and in the “tech” industry and one of the hottest topics this past year, especially with the commercial release of the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive in April, is Virtual Reality. I happened to attend … Continue reading

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60 Minutes Hacks Congressman Ted Lieu’s Lent iPhone

The other night, CBS News’s 60 Minutes did a segment on cell phone security (or the lack thereof), titled “Hacking Your Phone”: “We wanted to see whether Nohl’s group could actually do what they claimed — so we sent an … Continue reading

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