Stir Fry

It’s quite apparent that I am no food blogger or chef.  I’ve always envied the photos that such bloggers are able to capture of their culinary creations.  I thought I’d try my hand tonight.  My husband and I perused the produce section this evening, and although I don’t particularly like Asian food, I do love stir fry.  I’m quite fond of almost every type of vegetable, which I guess is convenient since veggies are a large part of a healthy diet. I went down the sauce aisle and grabbed a bottle of “Stir Fry Sauce” – real original, I know.  Then I grabbed:...more

Applying to College: Don’t Check Asian. Or Do?

How the Model Minority Myth is Driving Some College Applicants to Hide Their Ethnicity An article published by the Associated Press this weekend highlighted a growing problem among students applying to college: potential discrimination against Asian American applying to elite universities. In particular, Hapa -- or Asian mixed-race -- applicants face the dilemma of whether or not to acknowledge their racial makeup....more
Great post. The Asian kids we know are now repackaging themselves as purple-haired independent ...more

Asian Slaw

Asian Slaw Summer is fast approaching and a new trainer and the annual desire to get in shape has...more

Brown and Yellow Women Dying to be Pale

Do you associate summer with pool parties, picnics, beach trips, and the sunkissed skin that comes with it? As an Asian American woman, I have the kind of complexion that tans easily— my skin darkens by a few shades after a quick lunchtime walk. Unfortunately, as an Asian woman, that’s not the kind of complexion my culture considers beautiful. In fact, it's spawned a lucrative -- and potentially dangerous -- industry of skin lightening products. During a recent beach trip, I found myself huddled on a blanket with several other Asian American women, comparing SPFs and stories of how dark we got during our own childhoods, and how much our mothers lamented it: “Brown as a monkey!”...more
I loved this article. I am Native American, Spanish, and Irish mixed. I have black hair, but ...more

Snowflower and the Secret Fan

I wanted to hate Snowflower and the Secret Fan. Really, I did. Lisa See, I owe you an apology. When I first heard that Lisa See’s bestselling novel Snowflower and the Secret Fan was going to be made into a major movie, I had no desire to watch it. After all, I have managed to avoid See’s series of historical novels, set in ancient China, with their misty titles and Shanghai poster girl cover art. I braced myself for tired old Asian stereotypes to be reinforced to a new generation....more

I seemed to be one of the few people who read the book and didn't like it. I'd probably enjoy ...more

An Open Letter to Internet Creepers

Dear Internet People, I Am Not Your Fetish Object. I am on websites like Adultfriendfinder and Fetlife to explore my sexuality and fetishes- not to be your fetish object.  I know this might be a confusing concept for some of you out there, but women of color have their kinks and turn-ons as well.  While some women might be open to race play many are not.  I’m one of those women ...more

Putting Tiger Parenting in Context of the Immigrant Experience

What drives a parent to force her kids to practice piano or study for hours on end? For many immigrants, it's not so much blind ambition to climb the social ladder... but to merely gain a foothold in a new country. This spring, I've been reading a lot of Asian American literature: Lac Su's I Love Yous Are for White People, Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation, and Erin khue Ninh's Ingratitude. I have to admit, there are some common themes -- the pressure and tangible rewards of academic success, the fraught parent-child relationships....more

Multiracial Population Grows, Giving Birth to New Hapa Identity

From BlogHer   The author and her family, photo by Jocelyn Lai   When the results of the 2010 Census came in, the numbers of people identifying themselves as “Multiracial” grew by 50% from the 2000 Census, the first time that people could check more than one box for race.  It confirmed what I already suspected, having given birth to two of those multiracial individuals myself. ...more
I am so happy to see this topic going mainstream in the land that is "blogdom". My husband's ...more

Life Lessons from Fish Sauce ~ Asian Beef and Bok Choy Salad

The lesson of fish sauce: Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden. ~Phaedras...more

Never under-estimate the power of fish sauce! The dish looks delish!more

Comfort Food From My Childhood - Chinese Noodle Soup with Egg and Vegetable

One of the simplest and fondest memories of a quick meal from my childhood was my dad's Da Lu Mein, or Chinese Noodle Soup with Egg and Vegetables. So simple, yet so comforting. I haven't made this noodle soup in a while, but it's been a rough couple of weeks, and I was craving a bowl of this thick, luscious Chinese noodle soup, pure comfort in a bowl. ...more