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Top 10: Best Asian Cookbooks to Savor UPDATED

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I was a cooking school for kids called Create a Cook because my girls were invited to a birthday party. Though I’ve been there in the past for the occasional party, I realized that I never actually stepped inside before. There was a huge 2 sided wall display of gorgeous cook books, better than any book store and I purused a pile of them while the party finished up. This inspired me to pull together my own Top 10 List of Best Asian Cook Books from their selection and my own stack at home.

p.s. Thank you to my mom friend Nathalie for reminding me about this one. I have it too!

The Foods of Vietnam by Nicole Routhier

10. The Asian Grandmothers Cookbook: Home Cooking from Asian American Kitchens by Patricia Tanumihardja

This is exactly the kind of food that I want to eat so I guess I better learn how to make it. I

9. Into the Vietnamese Kitchen: Treasured Foodways, Modern Flavors by Andrea Nguyen

She also writes for my favorite foodie magazine Saveur which is where I discovered her.

8. The Breath of a Wok: Unlocking the Spirit of Chinese Wok Cooking Through Recipes and Lore by Grace Young

If you just want one cookbook for Chinese, this is it.

7. The Korean Table: From Barbecue to Bibimbap 100 Easy-To-Prepare Recipes by Taekyung Chung

My mother-in-law taught me how to make a few things but it’s a lot harder than it looks. This book is pretty though!

6. Practical Korean Cooking by Chin-hwa

For authentic Korean recipes and techniques, this is my go to.

5. Momofuku by David Chang

Well, a girl can dream, right? Celebrity chef David Chang showcases his rise to stardom amid a pile of recipes only a few of which can be reasonably recreated at home.

4. Bento Boxes: Japanese Meals on the Go by Naomi Kijima

I use some of these recipes as dinner entrees.

3. Hawaii’s Bento Box Cookbook: 2nd Course by Susan Yuen

The birthplace of Asian fusion was Hawaii.

2. Memories of Philippine Kitchens by Amy Besa

This is a fascinating read that covers the history of Filipino food and its many influences.

1. At Home with Madhur Jaffrey: Simple, Delectable Dishes from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka by Madhur Jaffrey

She’s my guide into the complex favors of South East Asian.

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2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Awards for Adult, YA and Children’s Literature

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The Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature honor and recognize individual works about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage with exceptional literary and artistic merit. The awards are given in five categories, including Adult Fiction, Adult Non-Fiction, Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature and Picture Book.

The Submission by Amy Waldman won the Adult Fiction award.

Amy Waldman imagines the fallout when a Muslim American of Indian descent, Mohammad “Mo” Khan, wins an anonymous competition for a 9/11 memorial just two years after the World Trade Center tragedy. Waldman treats her large ensemble of characters with understanding and sympathy. Through the experiences of two very different Asian American, Muslim characters—disenfranchised and privileged, immigrant and second generation—“The Submission” interrogates the definition of America.

Leche by R. Zamora Linmark was selected as the Honor Book in the Adult Fiction category.

The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking – A Memoir by Ying-Ying Chang won the Adult Non-Fiction award.

Ying-Ying Chang had the unfortunate task of writing her own daughter’s memoir after her tragic death. This moving memoir takes the reader into the world of Iris Chang, journalist and author of “The Rape of Nanking” (Basic Books, 1997), following her childhood imagination, creative writing, triumphs, motherhood, depression and suicide. Ying-Ying Chang did what she thought was important; to share the story of Iris’s illustrious as well as obscure life, which makes for a touching and poignant tribute to her daughter.

The Bangladeshi Diaspora in the United States after 9/11: From Obscurity to High Visibility by Shafiqur Rahman  was selected as the Honor Book in the Adult Non-Fiction category.

The Great Wall of Lucy Wu by Wendy Wan-Long Shang won the Children’s Literature award.

Twelve-year old Lucy is going to have the best year yet: she will be a sixth grader, be the captain of her basketball team and have a bedroom all to herself. Her plans change, however, when her Yi Po (great aunt) visits from China and Lucy has to share her room with Yi Po for a few months. This is a hilarious first children’s book for Shang, with a serious undertone as she explores the complexities of racial identity in a Chinese-American family with traditional parents and American-born children.

Vanished by Sheela Chari was selected as the Honor Book in the Children’s Literature Category.

Orchards by Holly Thompson won the Young Adult Literature award.

Kanako Goldberg wants nothing more than to spend the summer with her friends in New York, but the loss of her classmate Ruth changes everything, and her parents believe that the best thing for Kanako to do is to be shipped off to her grandparents’ mikan orange farm in Shizuoka, Japan. Written entirely in verse, Kana’s intimate narrative captures the reader as she not only grapples with the death of a friend, but also navigating a place that is not entirely familiar, even if it is a part of her.

Level Up by Gene Luen Yang was selected as the Honor Book in the Young Adult Literature category.

The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China by Ed Young won the Picture Book award.

Fragments of artist Ed Young’s childhood are gathered in this memoir, displayed in a variety of hand drawn images, paintings and collages of cut paper and personal photographs. While addressing the issues of World War II and their effect on China, much emphasis is placed on warm vignettes of small, personal moments that all readers can relate to.

Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji by F. Zia, illustrated by Ken Min was selected as the Honor Book in the Picture Book category.

Special thanks to the APALA Literature Awards Committee, including Jury Chair Dora Ho; Adult Fiction Chair Michelle Baildon and members Suhasini L. Kumar, Karen Fernandez, Eileen Bosch and Jerry Dear; Adult Non-Fiction Chair Buenaventura “Ven” Basco and members Eugenia Beh, Samanthi Hewakapuge, Monica Shin and Yumi Ohira; Children’s Literature Chair Ngoc-Yen Tran and members Shu-Hsien Chen, Tamiye T. Meehan, Laksamee Putnam, Katrina Nye and Maria Pontillas; Young Adult Literature Chair Lana Adlawan and members Jade Alburo, Lessa Pelayo-Lozada, Karla Lucht and Candice A. Mack and Picture Book Chair Susan Hoang and members Jeannie Chen, Kate Vo-Thi Beard, Amber Painter and Danielle Date Kaprelian.

An affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was founded in 1980 by librarians of diverse Asian/Pacific ancestries committed to working together toward a common goal: to create an organization that would address the needs of Asian/Pacific American librarians and those who serve Asian/Pacific American communities. For more information about APALA, visit www.apalaweb.org.

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Asian Inspired Decor: Chinese Garden Stools and Oh So Versatile!

Chinese garden stools are gorgeous, versatile and affordable. They also can play multiple roles, serving as extra seating, a side table, a garden seat, or object d’art to add a dash of Asian inspired decor into any room from bathrooms, outdoor living rooms to bedrooms and living rooms. I found a selection of Chinese ceramic garden stools to match up to these inspiration photos. What is your favorite?

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image from MerrimentStyle 

To do this yourself, how about these turquoise or celadon Chinese Garden Stools with carved out designs …

or ? Click on either Asian Garden Stool to view more closely at Amazon.

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from CozyBliss

To try this at home, how about  an orange or lime green Chinese Garden Stool for a pop of color …

 or ?

Bedroom eclectic bedroom
To try this at home, how about a traditional blue and white Asian patterned Chinese Garden Stool …

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image The Well Appointed House

DIY with an purple or should I say eggplant OR chartreuse Asian ceramic garden stool …

or ? Depends on the colors of your room, of course!

To view any Chinese Garden Stool at Amazon, please click on image of garden stool. The prices change a lot there too!


Best Asian Dolls for Asian American and Pacific Islander Little Girls

best asian doll for adopted asian chinese korean baby toddler jadeluckclub jade luck club asian doll familyI know I am too late for the December holidays … oops, that month was a blur! My girls were never that into dolls though we had our share of the American girls including the Asian American San Franciscan Julie. Still, it’s nice to know that there are a range of great Asian and Eurasian dolls at price points much below that of the American Girl Dolls. I’ve researched the best Asian dolls for children including doll families for doll houses.

In browsing all the doll choices at Amazon labeled Asian, I was struck by the multitude of Asian baby dolls for children. These did not exist when I was little. I wonder if this market niche will continue to grow as the Asian market overseas has more purchasing power? I was also surprised by the specificity of the dolls: Asian baby dolls with Down’s Syndrome (?!) and also Tipi from Laos. Interesting, huh? What do you think of all these choices? And, do your kids have a favorite Asian baby doll? Please share!


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$42 (Asian doll with Down’s Syndrome)

$14 for the Asian Family, great for doll houses


$17 for entire extended family

$22 for a plastic Marvel family





$36 but she also teaches you to dress yourself

$25 Tipi is from Laos, interesting…

 $43 Barbie goes Geisha

$30 Barbie also goes to China

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Best Asian Inspired Decor and DIY with One Special Element

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Image from Harper’s Bazaar. Photo Credit Douglas Freidman.

I posted previously on Vera Wang’s new, gorgeous Los Angeles Post Modern Minimalist house using photos from the real estate site. What’s so amazing is that now that Vera has moved in, she’s kept the decor minimalist but added that Asian tweak using just one accent piece. In this case, it’s an enormous bonsai tree.

With one key accent piece in mind, I searched for moderately priced pieces to bring an Asian element into any decor. What’s great about Asian inspired accents is how well they seem to work with any styles or periods. If you are DIY type, you can add an element of Asian home decor yourself using these photos for inspiration.

p.s More picture of Vera Wang’s house here and a post about her tiger mom upbringing here.


A bonsai plant makes an elegant and noticeable statement when it’s large, but smaller and more moderately priced trees can also do the trick. Perhaps you might think of a bonsai plant when you need to replace your houseplant?

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Chinese Garden Stools

I like to use these Asian Garden Stools in the living room as end tables. They also double as extra seating both indoors or out. A pop of color is an unexpected surprise.

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Buddha Heads

I am very partial to Buddha heads. They make me feel calm.

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One Piece of Furniture

A hint can be in the guise of furniture … and these pieces are quite reasonable.

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Far East Movement, Asian American Electro Hop Quartet, Hitting the Big Time Like a G6!

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Far East Movement (also known as FM) has bridged the gap between underground party records and mainstream hip-hop and pop. They blend elements of hip-hop, pop, electro and dance to create an original sound and lifestyle they call ‘Free Wired’. The group translates this ‘Free Wired’ way of life by constantly staying interactive and living the lifestyle it promotes. Whether it’s their weekly music show on www.cherrytreeradio.com, blogging everyday on www.fareastmovement.com or uploading a series of FM Satellite webisodes they shoot on the road with their ‘spy cams’ they always stay free to “’geek out’ 25 hours a day, 8 days a week.

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Far East Movement (stylized Far⋆East Movement or abbreviated FM) is an American electro hop quartet based in Los Angeles. The group formed in 2003 and consists of Kev Nish (Kevin Nishimura), Prohgress (James Roh), J-Splif (Jae Choung), and DJ Virman (Virman Coquia). 

The three original members of Far East Movement, Kevin Nishimura (Kev Nish), James Roh (Prohgress), and Jae Choung (J-Splif), grew up in Downtown, Los Angeles. They were close companions in high school and shared a passion for music together. The trio promoted their music online and began performing at local clubs and events in Los Angeles; soon, they began their musical career with the name “Emcees Anonymous” by 2001. However, they later changed it to Far East Movement or FM, originating from a song that they produced with the same name.

In 2003, they organized an event called “Movementality” in Koreatown, LA, featuring ten different performances with all the proceeds sent to a local youth drug rehabilitation center. In 2005 Far East Movement released a mixtape called “Audio-Bio” which was one of their first CDs and contained many of their earliest songs and many songs not available anywhere else.

Their first album called Folk Music was released in early 2006. The single “Round Round” was featured in the film, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, appearing both on the self-titled soundtrack The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and video game. This critical breakout was the catalyst that cemented their decision to pursue music as a full-time career. They proceeded to perform on two world tours (including USA, South America, Canada, and Asia), and they signed distribution deals in Japan and Korea with Avex Network and JF Productions for their album. Their songs continued to be shown in the media and TV networks including VH1, MTV and E!.

In 2007, they were featured in the Sundance Film Festival film called Finishing the Game, making the song “Satisfaction” for the film. They also released the single “You’ve Got A Friend” featuring Lil Rob and Baby Bash, which became their first song on major national radio.

LA’s radio station Power 106 DJ, DJ Virman, came to the group as their official DJ. They released another single titled “Lowridin” that received heavy airplay in 2008. Soon after, they planned on showcasing a second album, releasing Animal later on in the same year. Animal featured three hit singles that frequently won national radio play: “You’ve Got A Friend”, “Lowridin”, and the successful “Girls On The Dance Floor.” “Girls on the Dance Floor” reached 27th on the Billboard chart for the Latin Rhythm Airplay, which marked their debut on the Billboard’s charts.

In February 2010, Far East Movement signed a major record deal with Cherrytree Records, a subsidiary of Interscope Records.They are currently managed by Ted Chung of Stampede Management, who is also the President of Doggystyle Records.



Call to Arms for Asian American College Applicants: Civil Rights Class Action Law Suit for College Rejection

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Did you receive a college reject letter?
Are you Asian American?
Did the college accept a non-Asian American student with lower test scores and grades than yours?
Don’t get mad, get even.
File a civil rights complaint against the college.
You will need the names of the non-Asian American students, their test scores and grade point averages and some indication they are lower than yours (e.g. class rank, honors, etc.).
If you have any questions after reviewing the Office of Civil Rights form, contact the webmaster at d33j at yahoo.com and we will refer you to a volunteer attorney.

Office for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100
FAX: (202) 245-6840; TODD: (877) 521-2172

Online complaint form: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html
E-mail: OCR@ed.gov
How to file a complaint: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/howto.html?src=rt

I found this fascinating after posting on this same topic.


The Creation — and Consequences — of the Model Minority Myth

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The model-minority myth tries to tell people: there are no structural barriers; it’s all in your mind.

This is from ColorLines and is an important in depth look at the myth of the Asian American Model Minority. We are not all the same and lumping us into one group obscures the Asian American groups who need and deserve recognition and assistance as minorities via Affirmative Action. I found this through my LinkedIn group, Asian American Leadership, thanks to a member who shared it.


Asian-Americans face significant challenges to getting their education, says a new report out from the National Commission on Asian-American and Pacific Islander Research in Education. And the study has got everyone from experts to students talking, because the findings fly in the face of conventional wisdom about Asian American students as high-achieving, so-called model minorities.

The picture of Asian Americans is distorted by the broad lens too much research uses. While Asian Americans as a group record high levels of educational attainment that match and occasionally surpass that of whites, large sectors actually deal with high dropout rates from high school and college. The study also underscores the complicated reality of the Asian-American community. Asian Americans are not a monolithic group and the experiences of Hmong, Laotian and Cambodian Asian Americans differs greatly from that of, say, East and South Asians growing up in the U.S.

Here’s some of the hard math:

  • Nearly 70 percent of Indians in the U.S. over 25-years-old have a bachelor’s degree, according to the study, and over 50 percent of Chinese, Pakistani and Korean-Americans over 25 also have college degrees.
  • But fewer than one in 10 Samoan-Americans can say the same. Cambodian, Hmong and Laotian Americans also record college degree attainment levels that hover around 12 and 13 percent.
  • All this is crucial because educational attainment translates directly to unemployment levels. Between 2006 and 2008, 15.7 percent of Tongans were out of work, according to CARE, a level that is close to the unemployment levels of black Americans, while just 3.5 percent of Japanese-Americans were unemployed in the same time period.

But in the age of the Tiger Mom, who’s emerged as 2011’s spokesperson for the model minority myth, much of this information about Asian-Americans gets lost in the shuffle. The study calls for the disaggregation of data collection on Asian Americans and education issues and reiterates over and over the dangers of buying into the model-minority myth, which suggests that Asian Americans owe their relative wealth and high educational attainment to cultural values and hard work.

To get some perspective on the persistence of this myth of Asian American exceptionalism, I spoke with Oiyan Poon, a research associate at the University of Massachusetts’s Institute for Asian-American Studies and former academic adviser at George Mason University and the University of California, Davis. Here’s what Poon had to say about the myth’s enduring legacy, and how it impacts other students of color.


On the ways the model minority myth plays out in real life:

People are not being blatantly racist, but as an academic advisor I’ve seen educators say, “Well, my class is half Asian, they must be doing something right.” That hyper-visibility may lead to an interesting invisibility. At UC Davis, we asked the institutional research office to go through their data set and one year everyone was shocked because Korean men in the early 2000s had one of the highest push-out rates. But no one would have known.

The lack of good data—and the pervasiveness of stereotypes and not looking deeper at a very complicated population and understanding those complexities—leads to things like this. There’s a lack of high school outreach programs and community partnerships and things that completely overlook the Asian-American community even though students may be low-income and there is serious need there.

On when the model-minority myth ends up excluding Asian-American students:

There are actually minority scholarships that exclude Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, like the Gates Millennium scholarship. It’s a national scholarship geared toward low-income, first-generation college students that was only open to African American, American Indian and Latinos students. Advocacy organizations fought them on it and were able to get them to realize they should be open to Asian Americans because, in fact, around a third of Asian-American students are the first in their families to go to college. And for Hmong, Laotian and Cambodians, just [over 10 percent] of the population over 25 has college degrees, and that’s among the lowest of any population.

On the actual barriers Asian-American students face in college:

When I was working at UC Davis, there was summer orientation, and all these college campuses have a family track. What struck me was that at the student portion of the orientation, there were huge numbers of Asian students, but at the family or parent track, it was almost always all white. There’s a disconnect in parental support and a lot of students don’t get any help in putting together financial aid papers or figuring out how to navigate which classes they should take.

I met a lot of Asian-American students who faced sexual or racial discrimination and harassment on campus and they didn’t know where to turn for help. For many students who are the first in their family to go to college, they often don’t know there’s a counseling center that’s there for emotional support, or other campus resources.

Why Asian-Americans just can’t be seen as a monolithic group:

There are huge disparities within this population that make this title, “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders,” sort of arbitrary. It’s a geographic identifier; it’s not a socioeconomic status identifier, though in some ways it can be.

The experiences that each group has—the migration histories; the culture; the language; the circumstances of arrival, from being refugees to being highly educated professional immigrants; and now you have a second and third generation that’s facing different issues—mean everyone has very different challenges. In a way you could say this about a lot of different populations and perhaps this is just a challenge of data systems in general. For Latinos, you’ve got Cubans, who tend to be more highly educated, and Puerto Ricans who don’t have the immigration issues that Mexicans or Central Americans have.

But for Asian-Americans, we end up having this conversation [about the need to disaggregate data] much more because the differences are so much more pronounced. And when there isn’t information, then there are just assumptions that people have to go on, and then the Tiger Moms of the world can keep going on and on as long as they want.

On the dangerous political utility of the model-minority myth:

People have to think about why this model-minority position came to be in the first place. It was to silence other people of colors’ attempts at demanding equity. Everyone who cares about racial equity should care about countering the model-minority myth because the whole purpose of it is to undermine claims of racism. People will say, “Oh, you’re going to riot and say there are inequalities and that blacks and Latinos face racism? Stop complaining, look at this non-white population over here. They’re doing fine.”

The model-minority myth tries to tell people: there are no structural barriers; it’s all in your mind.

It’s true that some Asian Americans are doing well. Sure. It’s true. But does that mean that we ignore the people who aren’t doing well? What’s my responsibility, and what’s our responsibility as people who are concerned about equity, knowing that there are specific groups facing distinct patterns of inequality? Do we say to that Hmong kid who kind of looks like me because we both have black hair, it’s okay, her struggles are not an urgent issue?


The Future of Jazz: Korean American Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly Asian American Jazz Musician JadeLuckClub Jade Luck Club the future of jazz saxophone Brookline famousGrace Kelly is not who you think she is. Not an Hermès It bag. Not a princess or an actress. This Grace Kelly is just 19-years-old and setting the jazz world on fire. She hails from Brookline, Massachusetts. Grace won Glamour Magazine Top 10 College Women: The Musician.  “Her dream: “To collaborate with Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and Sting. And to win a Grammy!” Hmmm…. someone should hook her up with Sarah Hicks! Seriously.

Have you heard her play? What other outstanding Asian American musicians do you love? Please leave a comment.

You can catch her here.

Sep 17, 2011, 4:30 PM, Lake George Jazz Weekend Shepard Park Canada Street, Lake George, NY 

Sep 23, 2011, 7:30 PM, Bethel AME Church 38 Walk Hill St, Jamaica Plain, MA 

Sep 24, 2011, TBA, Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, Boston, MA 

Sep 26, 2011, 7:30 PM, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, New York, NY

Sep 26, 2011, 9:30 PM, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, New York, NY

Sep 27, 2011, 7:30 PM, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, New York, NY

Sep 27, 2011, 9:30 PM, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, New York, NY 

Oct 1, 2011, 8:00 PM, Cafe 939, Boston, MA

Oct 3, 20117:30 PM, Salem State, Salem, MA 

Oct 4, 2011, 8:50 AM, Natick High School, Natick, MA

Oct 5, 2011, 8:00 PM, Scullers Jazz Club, Boston, MA

Oct 14, 2011, 7:00 PM, University Club, Providence, RI

Oct 15, 2011, 8:00 PM, The Colonial Theater, Pittsfield, MA 

Oct 24, 2011, 7:30 PM, Stockton Performing Arts Center, Pomona, NJ 

Nov 2, 2011, 7:30 PM, Tula’s, Seattle, WA 

Nov 3, 2011, 7:30 PM, Tula’s, Seattle, WA

Nov 5, 2011, 7:00 PM, Emerson Cultural Center- Jazz Montana Festival, Bozeman, MT

Nov 7, 2011, 7:00 PM, Boise State University, Boise, ID 

Dec 3, 2011, 8:00 PM, The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN), Natick, MA

Dec 11, 2011, 2:00 PM, Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA


Here are her many albums:

* Third year in a row named to “Alto Saxophonist Rising Star” list in the Annual Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll Aug 2011

 “Best Jazz Artist” Phoenix 2011

“BEST MUSIC POLL” Fourth year in a row

Awarded 2011 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award

Grace Kelly Debut on NPR Jazz set with Geri Allen, Esperanza Spalding, Terri Lyne Carrington and Dee Dee Bridgewater

WINNER “Jazz Artist Of The Year” Boston Music Awards 2008, 2010

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Top 10: Best Asian American Fashion Designers. Who Will be Next? UPDATED

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The newest Asian American Fashion Wunderkind is Joseph Altazarra. His ethnicity is a bit under the radar but he’s half French-Basque (father) and half Chinese American (mother). It’s a good looking combination! He studied art history at Swarthmore College then interned for Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler and Givenchy despite not having a formal fashion education. It helps that he runs with NYC It Girls like his cousin and model Lily Kwong, “Lauren Santo Domingo, the Vogue editor, and Vanessa Traina, who walked in his spring show.” NY Times Blog

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His clothes are known for Body-Con chic with an edgy twist.

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The first eight designers are from the U.S. Embassy site and I added two more favorites. Thank you to my friend Ginny for sending me this link!

“Asian-American designers are a major force in the global fashion industry, as the New York Times recently noted. In this group are Vera Wang, Anna Sui and other established figures, plus relative newcomers such as Jason Wu and Thakoon Panichgul (both of whom are favorites of U.S. first lady Michelle Obama). Each designer has a distinctive aesthetic, reflecting the deep Asian-American talent pool in fashion and other fields. Here, models show off evening wear by Monique Lhuillier, a Filippina-turned-Californian.”

Asian American designers are rocking it. Who will be the next Big Thing? Can you suggest some under-the-radar Asian designers? Let’s discover them together!


1. Thakoon Panichgul

Known for gorgeous prints and COLOR, Thakoon is a line that says “happy!”

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2. Monique Lhuillier

Her gowns grace red carpets and A Listers and her bridal collection is sought after by socialites.

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3. Jason Wu

Dressing Michelle Obama put him firmly on the fashion map, but his flowy, feminine and flattering creations are what makes his line go supernova. His studded-on-the-bottom handbags are also the newest It Bag.

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4. Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang is Downtown NY cool. I love his looks but I am not cool enough to pull them off. Working on it!

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5. Anna Sui

With a funky boho vibe, Anna Sui is pure fun. I bought a dress from her capsule Target collection that gets a lot of compliments. No one can believe I bought it for $4o! Her own line is even nicer.

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6. Phillip Lim

He started his own company at only age 31 (hence the 3.1) and he’s a runaway wunderkind commercial success. He hits all the right notes, season after season.

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7. Vera Wang

Her dad is a gazillionaire industrialist and her mom is a Tiger Mom. Known for her prodigious work ethic, Vera Wang is a runway and “for the masses” big-time success. Her Tiger Mom should be proud!

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8. Derek Lam

To me, he’s the Asian Michael Kors known for lux casual. I can’t afford him but I have been coveting his clothes for more than a decade.

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9. Prabal Gurung

He strikes the right balance of flouncy and tailored. If you can’t afford him, he did a nice capsule collection for J. Crew. There is still a little bit left.

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10. Doo Ri

She understands drape more than any other designer, except, maybe for Donna Karan who famously failed that class in design school. Her clothes are lux, louche and gorgeous. I want!

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Honorable Mention

Vivienne Tam

She creates very wearable clothes for real women, particularly those in the workforce.

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Peter Som


Peter Som describes his aesthetic as one of “effortless elegance and refined sexiness”, and aspires to provide a fresh perspective to modern American fashion.

Peter Som best Asian American Fashion Designer JadeLuckClub


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