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Asian American Thanksgiving

It feels like Thanksgiving was just yesterday, but that may be due to the fact that I am still digesting and coming out of my food coma.  That’s not just me right? You might be wondering, do Asian Americans celebrate Thanksgiving?

Whiskey Soda Lounge

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Portland and I stumbled across a Thai restaurant. What is so exciting about this Thai restaurant? It was exciting, because it was different, but different how?

Do You Know Your Credit Score?

Just the other day, a few of us were walking to a restaurant to pick up some food to go. As we came to an intersection, one of our coworkers decided to jaywalk across the street putting all our lives in danger. Ok, maybe I was a little dramatic, but I was thinking that the likelihood of getting struck by a car greatly increases when disobeying crossing laws.

The Asian Dream

The American Dream or "That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement.” This is the dream that many Asians, including my parents subscribed to when they immigrated to the United States from Asia. For a lot, this is still the case. The foreign-born population in the U.S. (13.7%) is reportedly the highest it has been in over a century. Asian immigrants make up more than 30% of that group, and since 2010 41% of all immigrants have been from Asia, quickly overtaking the number of people coming from Latin countries.

The 5 Love Languages – Asian Edition

Just the other day, a few of us were walking to a restaurant to pick up some food to go. As we came to an intersection, one of our coworkers decided to jaywalk across the street putting all our lives in danger. Ok, maybe I was a little dramatic, but I was thinking that the likelihood of getting struck by a car greatly increases when disobeying crossing laws.

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May

Just in case you didn’t know, this month is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month or AAPIHM for short.  AAPIHM is a month to celebrate the culture, traditions, challenges and accomplishments of Asian Americans everywhere.  With 22.2 Million Asians and 1.6 Million Pacific Islanders living in America  it is kind of a big deal!

TCK: Third Culture Kid

Where am I from? Seems like a simple answer for most, but it is a little more complicated for me. I am half Thai and half Filipino, born in Ventura, CA but moved to Asia when I was six.  So, I am Asian American, but spent my entire childhood living in foreign countries, attending International schools and moving all over the place.  I can’t speak any single language fluently but know words in so many.  I finally repatriated back to the United States once I graduated high school which was definitely a challenge.

Dose of Don’ts

Dose of Don’ts Lately there have been a few companies who have committed some cultural faux pas especially when referring to the Asian community.  It is always tough to distinguish between what can be deemed as cultural attunement or stereotyping.  How do you reach the proper target, the right community and come off as genuine?  Well this week, we will look at some cultural missteps and essentially a Dose of Don’ts when it comes to the Asian Community.

French influence in Vietnamese culture

Are you a fan of phở? Did you know the most iconic Vietnamese soup noodle actually came from the French cuisine? "Phở" is derived from "pot au feu," a French signature beef stew. The Vietnamese pronounced 'feu' as pho and that's where it all started. Before the French colonization, beef was not consumed in Vietnam. After all, Vietnam is a country with limited land and cows are far more useful as a farming tool. This all changed as Vietnam became the French Indochina. Under the French colonial influence, beef became the symbol of gourmet luxury. That's why Vietnamese blended the French and Chinese flavors together to created phở.

A Letter to John Cho

Dear John Cho, Just got the word that you are going to be playing Spike Spiegel in Netflix’s live action series Cowboy Bebop, an adaptation of one of the most iconic anime series in the world.  The news is all over the internet, from CNN, to Vanity fair and Buzzfeed.  Theres isn’t one popular news station that has not caught wind of this momentous occasion!  Not only that, the original creator Shinichiro Watanabe, the director of the original will serve as a consultant to the Netflix series.  I do have to say, you are definitely leading the way for Asian American actors being cast as leads. especially today.

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