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Kogi BBQ to Go: Korean BBQ Trucks, Dang Where is My Truck in Boston?

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Have you heard of Kogi BBQ? It’s this very cool hybrid: Korean Mexican but only in Los Angeles! Dang! I feel gypped here in Boston! Someone get a franchise out here please!

The Yelp reviews are outstanding:

Finally tracked down Kogi when there wasn’t a line around the block.  I love GFTs, but not when I am forced to wait an hour to eat.  Happily, my husband and I went for a late dinner and were able to walk right up.  We got the Kimchi Quesadilla and the Pacman burger.  Oh. my. gosh! Seriously?  Who knew kinchi and cheese could be so mouth watering.  I was blown away by the flavors – totally exceeded my expectations.

I’ve found heaven in many places,
And those have never been disgraces.
Their burritos are the bomb for sure,
And their short ribs are a heartbreak cure.
Everyone should come and see,
how incredible their food can be.
Succulent and tangy I taste,
It has stolen a place in my heart, no food could ever replace.
Your prices have also made me swoon,
This love can only be from a cartoon.
You are a dream come true,
And my desire for you is true blue.!

To locate them, follow them on Twitter. And kudos to them for Outstanding Use of Social Media!

“The Kogi truck is a traveling Los Angeles landmark that serves up Korean Mexican tacos, day and night.

Spicy Pork Tacos, Kimchi Quesadillas and Short Rib Sliders satiate the hungry mouths of Angelenos who crave excellent food on a dime budget. Quality Korean barbecue meets traditional, homemade tortillas and fresh veggies to create a taste that carries the rhythms of LA street culture and exudes the warmth of all that California sun. Under the direction of Chef Roy Choi, Kogi has developed a menu that delivers high-end food at street level prices.

Currently Kogi operates 5 trucks and out of 1 bar. Roaming the streets of LA County are Azul, Verde and Roja, while Naranja and little sister Rosita make the extra trek down to Orange County. Alibi Room in Culver City stays put as the adult hub for all things Kogi.

Most recently the Kogi family has opened up its first sit-down restaurant, Chego, in Palms. LA-in-a-rice bowl meets non-alcoholic local dive bar in this mash-up of 2nd generation Angeleno culture, great food and more-than-reasonable prices.”

Yum! Someone send me a Kogi taco please! I’m starving here!


The Ubiquitous, Mysterious Guy Kawasaki … and How to Connect with Him

Is it just me or do I just really like this guy but don’t really know why? He’s everywhere but I only knew that he’s a cool dude from the heyday of Apple and does cool stuff like following me back on Twitter. So who is the ubiquitous, mysterious Guy Kawasaki anyway?! Well… here are my favorite bits from his bio:

After Stanford, I attended the law school at U.C. Davis because, like all Asian-American parents, my folks wanted me to be a “doctor, lawyer, or dentist.” I only lasted one week because I couldn’t deal with the law school teachers telling me that I was crap and that they were going to remake me.

The following year I entered the MBA program at UCLA. I liked this curriculum much better. While there, I worked for a fine-jewelry manufacturer called Nova Stylings; hence, my first real job was literally counting diamonds. From Nova, its CEO Marty Gruber, and my Jewish colleagues in the jewelry business, I learned how to sell, and this skill was vital to my entire career.

[Who knew?  We went to the same business school! He would be appalled to learn that John Scully was very unimpressive when he spoke in 1992 at the bschool at UCLA. He talked about the “paperless office” and his presentation was actually on overhead film. I kid you not. And it was in black and white! As if he did it himself on Powerpoint but was very inept at it.]

… My Stanford roommate, Mike Boich, got me a job at Apple; for giving me my chance at Apple, I owe Mike a great debt. When I saw what a Macintosh could do, the clouds parted and the angels started singing. For four years I evangelized Macintosh to software and hardware developers and led the charge against world-wide domination by IBM. I also met my wife Beth at Apple during this timeframe—Apple has been very good to me.

Currently, I’m a founding partner at Garage and co-founder of Alltop as well as a husband, father, author, speaker, and hockey addict. Alltop is an online magazine rack that I hope you’ll check out—you’ll probably enjoy Innovation.alltop, for example. I’ve also written ten books. My latest is Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions. You can read about my other nine books here.

If you’d like to stay on top of my writing, the best places are the American Express Open Forum and my Twitter account. You can also follow my adventures on my Facebook fan page.


What I really like about Guy Kawasaki is that he’s not your typical Venture Capitalist who stays under the radar. The attitude is “if you can’t even find a way to reach me, clearly you have no business being an entrepreneur.” Guy seems like both a nice guy and a straight shooter. You can actually contact him and I suspect he will even get back to you (if your idea is good enough). Anyway, have any of you reached out to him? Did he return your email or respond to a tweet? Please tell!

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The House of Suh: An Award Winning Movie of the True Story of an Asian American Dream Gone Terribly Awry…

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Yoon Myung and Tai Sook Suh immigrated to America for a better life for their children, Andrew and Catherine. But their pursuit of happiness quickly became riddled with misfortune, culminating on September 25, 1993, when Andrew shot and killed his older sister’s fiancé of eight years, Robert O’Dubaine, at Catherine’s bidding.

Those closest to Andrew expressed shock and disbelief: how could a young man with a promising future allow himself to be convinced into committing murder? As the Suh’s complex history unfolds, issues of cultural assimilation, traditional values and justice are examined, raising questions of guilt, innocence and the illusive gray area in between.

Eric Hung from the 2010 San Diego Asian Film Festival says,” “The House of Suh” is by no means a one-sided film; Andrew is a complex person, and deserves to be portrayed as one.  I also do not doubt Andrew’s lawyer’s contentions that the prosecution misunderstood Andrew’s motives and that his 100-year sentence is substantially beyond the norm for this type of crime.  That said, I do wonder whether the film’s portrayal is a little too sympathetic.  One problem is that we never hear from Catherine Suh, who is portrayed as such a monster in the film.  This is unavoidable, as she did not cooperate or meet with the filmmakers.  Another problem is that Andrew, who even while admitting the heinous nature of his crime, seems to blame his actions almost exclusively on his heritage, specifically the idea of filial piety.  Is this really a convincing explanation for a murder in modern Korean or American society?”


Best Documentary/Audience Award at the Philadelphia Asian Film Festival.

Grand Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival.

Directed by Iris K. Shim.

Originally from Chicago, IL, Iris K. Shim graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 with a B.A. in Psychology. After a year long stint in Los Angeles working on several films, including a documentary directed by Academy Award winner Jessica Yu, Iris returned to Chicago to produce and direct her first documentary short, OF KIN AND KIND, which tells the story of Andrew Suh, a man who, at the age of 19, was sentenced to a 100 year prison term for the shooting death of his older sister’s fiancé at her bidding. The film screened at the 2007 DisOrient Film Festival in Eugene, OR and the 2007 Chicago Underground Film Festival. THE HOUSE OF SUH is the full-length version of Of Kin and Kind and is Iris’ debut feature documentary.

Produced by Iris K. Shim, Gerry Kim and Joseph Lee.



APALA Awards for Children’s Books and Young Adult Literature. Have You Heard of These?

Yasmin's Hammer Best Asian American Picture Book Apala Awards Jade Luck Club JadeLuckClub best Asian American books for kids children adultsIt came as big surprise to me to learn that there is, indeed, an Asian American Children’s and Young Adult Lit Award. It was Faye Bi from Little Brown who kindly pointed it out to me. I am pretty surprised because I spent the last year tracking Google Alert words “Children’s Book Award” in search of award winning children’s books. I also googled “Asian American Children’s Book Award” and this award did not come up on the first page so maybe they just need help getting the word out. I’m happy to help.

The winners of the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature from APALA (Asian Pacific American Librarians Association) were announced on March 25, 2011. The prizes promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded based on literary and artistic merit.  Past winners from 2005 and onward are here. I’m glad it exists and I hope that it becomes more widely known! Thanks Faye!

I am excited to learn about these authors and books; most are new to me. I know Mitali Perkins because we live in the same town and she graciously came to my daughter’s book club to speak about The Rickshaw Girl. She is a fabulous and wonderful person and I will feature her soon on my blog. I have The Heart of a Samurai on my bedside table to read. Unfortunately, there’s a stack of books there waiting to be read. My fifth grader tried it out and rejected it but I am not sure why.

How about you? Have you read any of these books or authors and what did you think of them?

Picture Book Winner

Malaspina, AnnYasmin’s Hammer. Illustrated by Doug Ghayka.

Picture Book Honor
Thong, RoseanneFly Free! Illustrated by Eujin Kim Neilan.

Children’s Literature Winner
Preus, Margi. Heart of a Samurai.

Children’s Literature Honor
Perkins, MitaliBamboo People.

Young Adult Literature Winner
Senzai, N. H. Shooting Kabul.

Young Adult Literature Honor
Bazaldua, Barbara. A Boy of Heart Mountain. Illustrated by Willie Ito.

Adult Fiction Winner
Yamashita, Karen TeiI Hotel.

Adult Fiction Honor
Truong, Monique.  Bitter in the Mouth.

Adult Non-Fiction Winner
Lee, Erika and Judy Yung. Angel Island: Immigration Gateway to America.


Adult Non-Fiction Honor Book
Huang, Yunte. Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History.

Adult Non-Fiction Honor Book
Vaswani, Neela. You Have Given Me a Country.

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Up Close and Personal with Asian American Artist, Arnold Chang


Arnold Chang Artist Fresh Ink Ten 10 Takes on Chinese Tradition JadeLuckClub Celebrating Asian American Creativity http://JadeLuckClubArnold Chang is the only American born and raised artist in the groundbreaking Museum of Fine Arts exhibit,  Fresh Ink: 10 Takes on Chinese Tradition. I posted on the exhibit here, asked him for an interview and he graciously agreed. But first, to put his achievements in perspective …

This is what Evan Garza of Time Out Boston had to say about the exhibit:

“The most exciting pairing in the show is Arnold Chang’s response to Jackson Pollock’s “Number 10” (1949). Laid flat, it’s seen the way a Chinese handscroll is traditionally viewed, and also the way Pollock famously worked on his canvases. Chinese ink painting is highly gestural, and Chang’s brushwork mirrors the abstract forms in Pollock’s work. The only Chinese-American in the exhibition, the New York-bred Chang felt it was more appropriate to respond to an American in the MFA collection. It’s a smart move on the artist’s part and a timely one for the museum.”

These side by side images are from Ellen Katz and you can view more at her blog File Under Fiber.
Left, a detail from Secluded Valley in the Cold Mountains, Arnold Chang, 2008.

Right, detail from Number 10, Jackson Pollock, 1949.

This take is from File under Fiber:

“Arnold Chang, a New York native, chose a work by another American, Jackson Pollock, but this juxtaposition is not as strange as it might initially appear. In traditional Chinese ink painting, each brush stroke records every incremental decision made by the artist. Similarly, Pollock created a paint diary, every drip a scribbled record of his choices in color and sequence, and of his every movement over the canvas.

The link between the two artists is further emphasized as Mr. Chang exhibits Mr. Pollock’s painting flat, in another one of those long horizontal cases, rather than hanging it vertically on the wall. The viewer sees it in the same orientation in which the painting was created, and this simple displacement was more affecting than the almost grandiose scale of some of the other works in the show.”


And now time to get up close and personal with Arnold Chang…

1) Tell me about your family and what it was like growing up? Where did you live? Siblings? What were your parents like?

I grew up in New York city, the youngest of three brothers. My father was Chinese and my mother Eurasian–her father was Chinese and her mother was Scottish. My maternal grandfather had studied in Scotland, which is where he met my grandmother, but after they got married he took her back to China. My father came to the US to study engineering at Cornell University. My mother and maternal grandmother left China just before the communist revolution in 1949. My Scottish grandmother never saw her husband again and spent the rest of her days with us in New York. My father worked as an engineer but didn’t enjoy it, so my parents opened an upscale Chinese restaurant that was quite successful. My father also opened a showroom that sold beautifully crafted Chinese furniture. The quality was very good but the price was too high for the market at the time. We grew up speaking English at home. My mom is completely bilingual but my grandmother didn’t speak Chinese (despite having lived in China for decades). I learned Chinese in college.

2) Have you always been artistic as a child? How did your parents feel about that? What profession did they want you to pursue?

I have always liked to draw. I remember sitting on the floor as a child, scribbling and doodling with crayons. In fact, when I think of my “true self” I remember what it felt like to be that child totally immersed in the process of drawing.

3) How did you find your way as an artist?

It took awhile. In New York there are specialized High Schools that you have to take a test to get into. I was accepted to both Music and Art and Bronx Science. I chose to go to Bronx Science because it had a better academic reputation. I went to college at the University of Colorado, originally as a studio art major, but I switched to East Asian Studies and Chinese language. I went to graduate school at UC Berkeley, specializing in Chinese art history. There was always a tension between wanting to do creative work, but also wanting to be practical. I have managed to find a good balance. I went into the business of Chinese art, establishing the Chinese painting department at Sotheby’s and later working in an Asian Art gallery. At the same time I was studying Chinese painting with the great master C. C. Wang (Wang Jiqian).

4) What advice would you give to children? (Are you married? Do you have children?) or to any child who wants to be an artist?

I have one son who is in the luxury car business. My advice is simple: find a career that you enjoy and it won’t feel like work. Also, surround yourself with good people and you will benefit from their vibes.

5) I noticed you received your MA at UC Berkeley in Fine Art. Where did you study as an undergrad and what did you study?

Actually, my MA is in Asian Studies, with a concentration in Art History. I have a BA in East Asian Studies and Chinese from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

6) Tell me about being selected for the MFA Fresh Ink Exhibit. What was that like?

It was a great honor to be selected as the only foreign-born Chinese artist. The irony is that although I was born and raised in the US, I received a more classical education in Chinese art than almost anyone of my generation in China. As you pointed out in your blog entry, my work is among the most “traditional” of all the featured works in the show. There is a beautiful catalogue for anyone who missed the show.

Fresh Ink: Ten Takes on Chinese Tradition. Currently around $30 at Amazon. Click on image to examine more closely.

7) What are goals and aspirations at this point in your career?

I have worked very hard to establish myself as an authentic, classically-trained, traditional painter of Chinese ink landscapes. There is nothing in my work to this point that has not evolved directly from the great works of the Chinese old masters. On the other hand, I am a thoroughly modern American who grew up during the tumultuous 60s and 70s. As I continue to create, I am encouraging myself to find a way to allow more and more of my American psyche to come through my work in a way that continues to honor the classical Chinese tradition I have spent so many decades mastering.

8) What is the significance of the “Fresh Ink” show for us art neophytes?

“Fresh Ink” was a particularly important show because it was the first time that a major museum organized an exhibition that specifically focussed on ink painting by contemporary artists, as well as exploring several ways in which contemporary Chinese artists are informed by the art of past masters. By exhibiting the old works alongside the new ones viewers were given an opportunity to see these connections in a very direct way. My choice of Jackson Pollock as a model was an attempt to coax modern audiences into recognizing the abstract qualities inherent to classical Chinese painting. It was also a way for me to integrate the American and Chinese sides of my identity.

To learn more about Arnold Chang, please click here.

p.s. I have another post on Arnold Chang here.


“The landscape imagery of Arnold Chang  is not to be found on this earth, but the subtle beauty of his brushwork leaves one longing to visit such a place.”

Julia F. Andrews and Kuiyi Shen, A Century in Crisis


Kaba Modern: UC Irvine Hip Hop Dance Troup on America’s Best Dance Crew

Kaba Modern America's Best Dance Crew Asian American Hip Hop Dancers JadeLuckClub Celebrating Asian American Creativity best Asian American dancers competitors American's Best Dance CrewDid you ever catch America’s Best Dance Crew a few years ago, and there was this amazing group (THAT SHOULD HAVE WON!) of Asians who were extremely versatile dancers and choreographed as a group? Their moves were both mesmerizing and clever. Yes, clever. Cerebral dance. They used their brains as much as their bodies.

And did I mention that they should have won?! My kids and I were a little obsessed with this show! This is not the team that was on that show, but this troupe is fantastic!


They is how they describe themselves:

Kaba Modern is an urban collegiate dance group established in 1992 by Arnel Calvario. As a proud part of the Filipino-American club Kababayan, at the University of California, Irvine, he founded the group to perform in the modern dance suite of their annual PCN (Pilipino cultural night). The group has since evolved to be one of the most cutting edge Hip Hop dance crews in California. Kaba Modern’s legacy has lived on, first and foremost, as a family of artists, while embracing diverse styles of dance to create a name for themselves in the dance community.

Kaba Modern has a rich history of award-winning performances at competitions such as Bust-A-Groove, Bodyrock, Fusion, and Vibe. On the global scale, they recently placed 3rd in US nationals and was a finalist among 52 competing international teams in the world for the 2009 Hip Hop International Dance competition. Kaba Modern was also most recently featured as one of the final crews on the first season of the hit MTV show, America’s Best Dance Crew, and continues to accrue a fan base in countries all around the world.

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated… Kaba Modern.

p.s. They are taking auditions. You don’t have to go to UC Irvine or have dance experience…


Deborah Jiang Stein: A Life Turned Around From Fractured Beginnings and The Un-Prison Project.

Deborah Jiang Stein The UnPrison Project JadeLuckClub Celebrating the road less traveled by Asian Americans Creativity Notable Asian Americans with drug addiction problemsDeborah Jiang Stein is not an example that your parents ever gave when they went on and on when you were growing up. Oh sure, you’ve heard stories of every child known to your parents who got into Harvard, went to Johns Hopkins Medical School, and/or won the Academic Decathlon. True, your parents might not have known Deborah, but even if they did, they would have talked in hushed tones about her and said things about her like:

“No good.”

“Stay away.”

“Her mother was in jail! She was born in a jail!


But now they would be proud to claim her as their own. They would say:

“Why can’t you be more like Deborah? She climbed out from under and look, she’s making a difference.”


But that doesn’t even begin to describe her. There needs to be a category created for “Prominent Asian Americans Born In Jail.” It is a short list. I know, I googled this and nothing came up.

“From a gene pool that’s done a lot of crime, time, and drugs, with an upbringing in the fine arts. I live between both worlds.”


She wants you to send her to jail where she’s started The Un-Prison Project, a  project which focuses on the 1.7 million children who have a parent in jail. Please watch her video, and if moved, please donate here.

p.s. She’s also a writer.  I can’t wait to read her books when they come out!


Quakebook Blog: A Twitter-sourced charity book about how the Japanese Earthquake affected us all.

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Quakebook Blog is a Twitter-sourced charity book about how the Japanese Earthquake at 2:46 on March 11, 2011 affected us all with all proceeds benefiting the Japan Red Cross. You can sign up to be notified when the book is released here. The #quakebook (2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake) will be available very soon (within a few days) as an electronic download, and later, in a print edition.

Here are a few excerpts:

Daniel Freytag


I have been around Tokyo for 15 years and I feel I am needed here now more than ever. The decision whether to stay is the most complex one I have ever had to make in my life. Japan is my adopted home. I would not leave a burning house alone if my family were still inside.

Our house is not as of yet on fire but I need to be available in the event it does go up in flames. We as a community don’t owe it to Japan. But when I think of the Fukushima 50 risking life and limb, when I think of the children now without parents in the Tohoku region, when I think about the untold damage to the region far beyond the scale of the New Orleans flooding, this is simply where I need to be.

It’s where I want to be.



I don’t know where to start to write . . . Ten days has passed since the earthquake. My parents’ house is within 40 km of the Fukushima nuclear plant. They’ve been told they must stay indoors. Although the house wasn’t greatly damaged by the earthquake or tsunami, as the house is built on solid ground, they have to contend with the problem of radiation.

Although this is far from the worst case of losing a family member or home, they have scarcely any information regarding radiation. All they can do is watch news on TV. They don’t know really if they are in danger or if they are safe, and fight against an invisible enemy inside the house. Even if they decide to evacuate, there have no gasoline, so they don’t know how far they would get. The trains aren’t running, either.

Linda Yuki Nakanishi

My 70-year-old mother refuses to go to a shelter and insists on staying at home. She says she’s not bothered by magnitude 3 earthquakes. Even though the government seems to have forgotten her, she is perfectly calm. What is the government doing? Don’t they care about the people in Fukushima? When people living towards the coast were confronted with the threat of radiation, the whole town decided to evacuate without waiting for government instructions. Nobody in my hometown will evacuate. Why? What’s more, they took in people evacuating from the town next-door, so now they feel they can’t evacuate themselves and leave those people behind.

People of the Tohoku region are stoic, compassionate, calm and humble. They have always just dealt with the situation without complaining. Of course they have questions and fears, but they hesitate to show them as they know other people are experiencing far worse

They don’t expect the government will help them, but they’ve made up their minds to stay here and fight. Rumors about radiation pollution continue to grow. What have we done to deserve this? We are suffering like others in disaster affected areas. The difference is we have an unnatural and unseen danger to deal with. Please don’t abandon Fukushima. Please see the reality. Please give us accurate and timely information. Please get this nightmare power station under control as soon as possible. And please know that Fukushima is doing its best

Tokyo (hometown Tamura, Fukushima)


Cranes for Clothes to the Children of Japan: Get Your Children Involved! From Osh Kosh B’Gosh

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Sometimes it helps children to understand tragedy such as the recent devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan by letting them help. Carter’s has set up a charity called Cranes for Kids: Giving Hope to the Children of Japan. It works like this: Through April 25, OshKosh will  be collecting the paper cranes that you and your children create and sending them to our OshKosh stores in Japan to show them the support and caring of their friends in the United States. OshKosh will donate up to 50,000 articles of clothing.


Show your creativity and compassion!

Pick up a free Cranes for Kids action pack at your local OshKosh store, which includes origami paper and instructions or download our Origami Crane or Easy Origami Crane instructions here and make your own at home.

Here’s link for how to fold the easy origami crane. Here’s a link for the traditional origami crane. And you can use any paper; it doesn’t have to be origami paper if you are unable to drive to the OshKosh store. Just use any paper and cut into a perfect square. It’s easiest if you fold the paper into a triangle shape and trim off the rectangle edge. I wouldn’t recommend newsprint as the ink will get smeary on your hands but newsprint paper would work fine!

We’ve set up three easy ways for you to deliver your finished crane(s):

1. Bring it to any OshKosh Store through April 25, 2011 and as a thank you, you’ll receive 10% off your purchase that day.
2. Take a photo of your crane and upload it to


3. Mail it to us:

Cranes for Kids

OshKosh B’Gosh

One Waterview Drive

Shelton, CT 06484



Lillian Chan: Cartoonist

Empty Bamboo Girl Lillian Chan Asian American Cartoonist Amy Chua Race to Nowhere JadeLuckClub Celebrating Asian American Creativity Tiger Mom Anti-Tiger Mom AmyI found Lillian Chan, a wonderful cartoonist, on Twitter. She claims that no one knows about her cartoon, Ah-Lin!, but I hope to change that! I hope she doesn’t mind that I am posting her cartoon on an imaginary encounter with her parents on Facebook. For more of her cartoons, click here. She turns her upbringing by a Tiger Mom into a cute, appealing, and funny cartoon strip. Check her out!


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