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Asian American Commercial Watch: P&G’s ‘The Name’
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I saw someone retweet this P&G ad the other day, and I teared up after watching it: “Everyone has a name — and from birth through a lifetime of introductions, it becomes the cornerstone of our identity. For many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), their given names carry an even deeper history and significance. […]

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Documentary ‘Norman Y. Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story’ – Available for Free Streaming
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With the recent death of Norman Mineta, the Norman Y. Mineta and His Legacy: An American Story documentary is available for free streaming here, courtesy of the Mineta Legacy Project. I had the great pleasure of viewing this documnetary back in 2018 and meeting Mineta.  The trailer that CAAMFest had promoted for the film is above. […]

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Historic Japanese American Norman Y. Mineta Dies at 90
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Former Secretary of Transportation and Japanese American Norman Y. Mineta died on Tuesday at age 90: “Norman Y. Mineta, a second-generation Japanese American who was held in an internment camp during World War II and later became one of the country’s highest-profile Asian American political leaders, as a big-city mayor, a 10-term congressman and a […]

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Asian American Commercial Watch: Panda Express – ‘Wok-Fired Shrimp: Now Back at Panda Express’
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A former colleague and friend Mike passed this recent Panda Express commercial to me that I had not yet seen. He was intrigued by the Mandarin version of Johnny Cash’s classic, Ring of Fire – quite a clever song for Panda Express to use for their ‘Wok-fired shrimp,’ which is literally cooked in a ring […]

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8Books Review: Korean American by Eric Kim
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Eric Kim’s debut cookbook Korean American is an absolute joy to read and cook from. The essays are beautifully written (no surprise if you’ve ever perused Kim’s writing for the New York Times) and the recipes are wide-ranging with drool-inducing photographs. The recipes, Kim writes, “explore the tension–and the ultimate harmony–between the Korean in me […]

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SF Theater Review: Asian American LGBTQ Themes in a New Production of “Fun Home”
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When I was offered the chance to get tickets to 42nd Street Moon‘s production of Fun Home playing at San Francisco’s Gateway Theater (April 21-May 8, 2022), I jumped at the chance for a few reasons. First, I’d heard songs from this Tony Award winning musical many times and was already familiar with the premise. […]

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8mm Review:  ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ & SF Premiere Panel Discussion Footage
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I had the honor and pleasure of attending the San Francisco premiere of Everything Everywhere All At Once on Sunday, March 20th at the historic Castro Theater with Q&A afterwards with cast members Michelle Yeoh, Ke Huy Quan, and Stephanie Hsu, directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (“The Daniels”), and producer Jonathan Wang. Michelle Yeoh […]

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A California Roadtrip through Asian American Women’s History
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Mine Okubo, noted artist and illustrator and author of Citizen 13660 March is Women’s History Month, and a description of a roadtrip through California that covers important places of Asian American Women’s history caught my attention.  Even though I have lived in California for most of my life, I had only been to two places […]

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