August 2011 Archives

Frank Gómez

Spanish: A "Foreign" Language?

By Frank Gómez, Aug 31, 2011 6:07 PM

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The respected Pew Hispanic Center in Washington recently released an exhaustive report on Hispanic media. Fine report, great data. The conclusion: "Hispanic media" are doing well - better than English language media in terms of revenues, circulation and number of media companies.

Peter Schurmann

"You" in Korean Sounds Like the N Word

By Peter Schurmann, Aug 30, 2011 3:16 PM


A video of an African American man accosting an elderly Korean male on a bus outside of Seoul has garnered widespread media attention across the country, with headlines calling for the perpetrator to be “immediately kicked out.” Netizens, meanwhile, are flooding Web sites with comments far less forgiving.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

Showing off our many local treasures, the power of sharing our ideas

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, Aug 29, 2011 9:12 AM

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) National Convention was held in Detroit this month. I really wanted to attend, since it was home, but unfortunately I was not able to make it. Still, I watched from afar via Twitter, I saw my friends smiling in Twitpix, I connected people to each other via Facebook and email, I read newspaper articles online, and I even received a cellphone call that would have allowed me to listen in on one of the panels (if only I had not been driving at the time).

Andrew Lam

"Feasting Meets Philanthropy" at OneVietnam's SF Street Eats Gala

By Andrew Lam, Aug 27, 2011 3:19 PM



Foodies, techies and their friends who want to eat well and help the organization that bills itself as the "Facebook" of the Vietnamese Diaspora will be heading to the San Francisco Ferry Building for SF Street Eats on Sept 18. The charity gala will support OneVietnam.org, a global online network for the Vietnamese community.

Spearheaded by Slanted Door chef and owner, Charles Phan, the upper floor of the posh building known for its gourmet food and weekend farmers markets, will be turned into a gallery of food and
drinks galore. Participants can sample international cuisine from well-known chefs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani of Michelin starred Ame, and ramen dishes from chef Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen. Many dishes will be from Vietnamese chefs -- spring rolls from chef Khai Duong from Ana Mandara's and Asian flavor (guava, shiraja, durian) chocolate from chocolatier Susan Lieu, for instance. Want a Vietnamese sandwich?

Try Vietnamese banh me from the Nom Nom truck, which was featured on food networks The "Great Food Truck Race.”

"Wine and dessert will also be in continuous supply and, in addition to the company of great guests, live entertainment will also be provided," notes OneVietnam's business director, Uyen Nguyen.
"Seriously, folks, this is where gourmand meets gourmet and feasting meets philanthropy."

For more info: go to http://go.onevietnam.org/streeteats/


Andrew Lam is author of East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.

Summer Chiang

Flash Mob Dancing -- The New Protest for Marriage Equality?

By Summer Chiang, Aug 24, 2011 10:20 AM

A group of Asian Americans in support of LGBT rights is trying a new tactic to attract attention to the cause of marriage equality: dancing flash mobs.

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