On Kentucky’s sportsmanship: You wouldn’t have shook hands with Wisconsin either

April 5, 2015 / 0 comments

I am big on sportsmanship. You may not believe that after reading this post, but it’s true.

The old Chappelle Show conundrum explains why race jokes are almost always a bad idea

March 31, 2015 / 0 comments

I recently came across a passage that really resonated with me:

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff takes stand against Indiana anti-gay law

March 27, 2015 / 0 comments

I normally shy away from talking about work, but with the recent announcement by our CEO to reduce Salesforce’s presence in Indiana in the face of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act – that’s worth calling out.

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What is a marquesita (yucateca)? ¿Que es marquesita en ingles?

March 20, 2015 / 0 comments

Roaming around the the Parque de las Palapas in the central area of Cancun couldn’t have been more different than the massive resorts lining the Zonas Hoteleras.

Jesus, Ganesha and Buddha walk into a gay bar….

February 24, 2015 / 0 comments

The Onion is known for their social commentary through humor and satire. The Onion’s French counterparts is Charlie Hebdo.

Surprise Door: Here’s the NBA’s Chinese New Year commercial

February 20, 2015 / 0 comments

Here’s a cheesy Chinese New Year commercial from the NBA featuring Jeremy Lin, James Harden, Steph Curry, Benny the Bull and Dwyane Wade.

R.I.P. David Carr

February 13, 2015 / 0 comments

Scrolling through social media this morning, I was saddened to learn that David Carr had passed away at the age of 58. 

‘Fresh Off the Boat’ can be the show that opens doors for more Asians in American pop culture

February 11, 2015 / 0 comments

As someone that hangs onto any thread of potential visibility for Asians in American pop culture, you might wonder why I waited until today, almost a week after “Fresh Off the Boat” premiered to finally watch the show.

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That’s not “AMAZING” so please stop saying it

February 9, 2015 / 8 comments

The word “amazing” has lost all of its meaning. The word has been the adjective du jour for several years now. And as with anything that pop culture gets its grip on; it’s been overused, strangled, and choked to death.

You want to be older? Think older (the relationship between age and mindset)

February 8, 2015 / 0 comments

No matter how much one truly believes that age is just a number, it’s hard not to be influenced by mass media and the rest of fucking humanity.

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What is Lightning Chocolate? Searching for Thunder and Lightning in the West

February 2, 2015 / 0 comments

Last year, China Airlines began including a chocolate bar called Lightning Chocolate as one of their dessert options: 

Zara we have a problem: Is Zara’s clothing quality suffering?

December 24, 2014 / 0 comments

With Zara’s huge semi-annual sale about to commence, this is as good a time as any to address what I believe to be the diminishing quality of Zara’s clothing.

Millions March vs. Santa Con: 2 events that couldn’t be more different

December 14, 2014 / 0 comments

On any other year, New York would collectively roll our eyes and the media would skewer another aimless, zero-value SantaCon as it stumbled through the city.

Project Runway’s Korina is reality TV’s queen of sore losers (and it feels so good)

October 21, 2014 / 0 comments

Throughout the 13th season of Project Runway, contestant Korina Emmerich teetered between snotty and arrogant. 

Asian collection at Cleveland Museum of Arts worth seeing

September 7, 2014 / 0 comments

Strolling through gallery after gallery of the vast Cleveland Museum of Art, I came upon the North wing — their permanent Asian Art collection — I didn’t expect much from it.    

The Confucius Plaza Apartment Building in Chinatown

August 31, 2014 / 0 comments

I have relatives that live in Confucius Plaza, sometimes referred to as Confucius Tower. Confucius Plaza is an expansive apartment complex with historical significance found in Manhattan’s Chinatown.  

Pagoda Inn, Plymouth MI

The Chinese restaurant as the gateway to the “American Dream”

August 29, 2014 / 0 comments

My family owned a Chinese restaurant in Plymouth, Michigan for more than 35 years. It was their livelihood and played a large part in our lives.  

I ♥♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ AFROPUNK

August 26, 2014 / 0 comments

I attended Afropunk this past weekend and fell in love with it. 

Fake Facebook: Allen Iverson is broke and begging for money

August 25, 2014 / 0 comments

Another day, another fake news story being shared out on Facebook. This time it’s a story about former NBA player Allen Iverson being broke and begging for quarters at Atlanta’s Lenox Mall.

Spike Lee vs. Michael Rapaport: The gentrification of New York City

August 24, 2014 / 0 comments

Gentrification is a complicated issue. It becomes even more complicated an issue when you’re brand new to a city like I am to New York.

Black culture is popular, black people are not

August 17, 2014 / 0 comments

I came across the following tweet today and thought that it makes a powerful statement on race in a succinct, clear manner; a reality check in eight words: “Black culture is popular, black people are not,”

On human empathy: How deeply do you care about complete strangers?

August 11, 2014 / 0 comments

I’ve been wanting to write something about the New York Times article, “The Dutch Mourn Flight 17’s Victims in Their Own Sober Way,” ever since I read it three weeks ago. The piece discussed how and why we mourn or empathize with certain events; how humans emotions are limited by the “distance” or “connection”

Erhu: What is that Chinese string instrument you saw in Chinatown called?

August 8, 2014 / 2 comments

You just visited Chinatown today and you saw old Chinese men sitting on the corner playing a traditional bowed instrument. So you’re wondering, what is that Chinese strong instrument you saw in Chinatown called?

You can’t lose a game that you’re not playing

June 8, 2014 / 0 comments

Something I have been thinking a lot about over the last several months is the idea that life is a game, one that’s been created for each one of us to compete against one another. 

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