Filed under Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Academic Book Porn

Academic Book Porn

Ever wonder what I’m doing when I’m not blogging? Spending hours, hours, and hours reading aaaaaaall these babies. Yeah you know you want some of THIS. Despite my bitterness that grad school takes up too much of my time, I can’t help but look over all of these books I’ve read over the past 9 … Continue reading

Speaking of Asian men seducing women…

This will ALWAYS be one of my favorites. Always.   One of the things I like most about Jen Kwok‘s hilarious video response to the emasculation of Asian men is that she references ethnic groups that are often not popularly included in mainstream discussions of Asian America, notably South Asians and Middle Easterners (and YES some … Continue reading

Don’t want no Paper Tigers

Don’t want no Paper Tigers

Forget Lady Gaga and her less inspired stuff… did anyone actually read Wesley Yang’s Paper Tigers article in New York Magazine earlier this month? I mean, I tried… but the online version was 11 freaking pages long. Also, I read so much other crap related to Asian American stuff that the opening lines of one … Continue reading

We be takin’ over, son!

We be takin’ over, son!

Look out, Hawaii. Filipinos are EVERYWHERE! (Btw, since I can’t link in a caption, that lovely Philippine/Hawaii flag mashup above can be found in its original form here.) According to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, Filipinos have surpassed Japanese as the largest Asian ancestry group in the state of Hawaii. … Continue reading

K-pop > J-pop

When I was living in the States and J-pop, K-pop, and all the other Asian-pops were exotic and slightly inaccessible, I knew people that were into them… and I thought these people were weird. Guess I couldn’t understand how I was supposed to like something that sounded like either a less catchy version of the … Continue reading

Dabbling in food porn

Dabbling in food porn

Apparently it is a very “Asian thing” to take pictures of your food. At least that’s what I hear, though I don’t necessarily see any empirical proof for the claim. All I know is that my own dabbling in food pornography started with my obsession with Yelp.com about 4 years ago. It just became perfectly … Continue reading

A Different Look at Tofu

A Different Look at Tofu

Sure, I love tofu as much as the next Asian American or vegan hipster, but its trendiness factor does little to honor the historical, cultural relevance the food has to certain groups in the United States. Hiroshi Kashiwagi, a second-generation Japanese American who grew up in the Depression era of rural California, spent his childhood … Continue reading

Wrap it up

Saying that always reminds me of my favorite song by reggae band Katchafire :) But seriously, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and even though it’s more than half over I’ve decided to contribute to Asian American/Asian Pacific Islander (API) identity awareness by reposting the more interesting API-related material I’ve finally caught myself up with since … Continue reading